Hyundai Automotive SA donates cars to schools for technical training Published - 09/07/2013

Hyundai Automotive South Africa has donated two cars to schools in Germiston and Durban for technical training and as a contribution to the development of sorely needed technical skills in the automotive industry of the country.

The two Eon models, which were used for a test programme in South Africa, were recently handed over to the Primrose High School in Germiston and the West Ridge High School in Durban during a media launch of the new Hyundai Sonata 2.4 GDI.

The donation of the two complete cars to the schools forms part of Hyundai Automotive SA’s Corporate Social Responsibility programme, with its aim to assist with technical training of learners at schools. It is an ongoing involvement with schools to assist with technical training and skills development by Hyundai in South Africa.

“We view this as an important contribution to learning of skills for future careers at school level. Hyundai Automotive South Africa has assisted 25 schools to date countrywide in this manner. We are aware of the dire need of well-qualified technicians in the automotive industry of South Africa. It is not a self-serving gesture, but rather an attempt to assist schools in the technical training of learners who might follow a career where they need a solid technical skills base,” said Stanley Anderson, marketing director of Hyundai Automotive SA, at the handover of the cars.

Michael Rohde, after-sales director at Hyundai Automotive SA, said the two Hyundai Eons were part of a test programme in South Africa, but that this model was not destined to be launched here. “These are fully functioning, running vehicles. The big benefit for the schools is that these cars display the latest technology, which is important for learners to keep up with the latest developments in the automotive world.

“These cars are also small, which makes it easy for learners to remove parts in a short period of time. The relative smaller size of the components make it easy to work on,” said Rohde.

Dr. Suren Seetal, principal of the West Ridge High School in Durban, was delighted when the key of the Hyundai Eon was handed to him by Gideon Jansen Van Rensburg, regional director of Hyundai Automotive SA in KwaZulu-Natal. “This is such an important contribution to the development of the students at our school. Technical training of students who do not have an aptitude to follow other careers is often neglected in our school system. We need assistance such as this donation dearly, and it is much appreciated,” said Seetal.

The key for the Hyundai Eon for Primrose High School was accepted by Mr. Dolf Willemse, technical department head. “We are always in need of up-to-date and technologically advanced training material. A contribution such as this Hyundai Eon to the school’s technical curriculum also goes a long way to boost the morale of the learners and their interest in this study field,” said Willemse.