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Ramaphosa thanks Mara Group for employing young people at smartphone plant

The plant, built at the Dube Trade port, employs 200 young people, many of whom were skilled but unemployed.

President Cyril Ramaphosa on 17 October 2019 officiated at the official opening ceremony of Mara Group’s cellphone manufacturing plant at the Dube Trade port, Durban, with a ribbon-cutting ahead of the guided tour. Picture: @PresidencyZA/Twitter

CAPE TOWN – Africa’s first producer of smartphones Mara Group on Thursday launched a manufacturing plant in Durban.

Mara Group opened its first plant in Rwanda earlier this month.

The plant, built at the Dube Trade port, employs 200 young people, many of whom were skilled but unemployed.

President Cyril Ramaphosa said Mara Group was one of the companies that made commitments at his inaugural investment conference last year.

“The young people who are working here are going to increase in number as time goes on. These are young people who are skilled and who have embraced technology, and who are our soldiers for the fourth industrial revolution. I thank them for employing all these young people, 67% of them are women and 94% of them were unemployed but skilled,” he said.

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