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TRAINING: John Deere Invests R8.5 Million in Training Artisans


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John Deere, the worldÂ’s largest manufacturer of farm equipment, has extended its artisan training programme with the black-owned artisan training academy, Ikaya Fundisa Techniskills Academy (IFTA) in Roodepoort, by signing a contract worth R8.5 million that will see the company train tractor technicians for deployment within the group and at its dealerships in South Africa and the rest of Africa.

Mandisa Nyathikazi, a director of IFTA, said the three year contract is seen as “highly strategic” for John Deere as the company “continues to drive for customer service excellence and for the careful growth of its dealership channel”.

John Deere Looks to Expand its African Footprint

Carel Theron, marketing manager at John Deere, said the company hopes to train 50-60 artisans every year, although he did say this is “quite a tall order”. He said the company is expanding its presence in Africa, adding that dealerships in South Africa and Africa “urgently need” skilled staff.

“Unfortunately there is a lot of poaching of skills as this is a very competitive environment – but this should not deter companies from investing in training. It is critical for the continued health of the overall South African economy - and we will certainly not be deterred.”

John Deere to Bring in Top Warehousing Technology into SA

John Deere recently announced that it will invest R150 million in developing a new state of the art parts warehouse close to Oliver Tambo airport. This warehouse will boast the very best warehousing technology, parts logistics and availability - thereby making it comparable to similar facilities in the USA and Europe. In terms of capacity it will have more than three times the capacity of the existing warehouse in Rosslyn. This investment is in line with the company’s continuous focus to give customers a “unique ownership experience”, said Theron.

The warehouse will support dealers across Sub Sahara Africa. Theron added that John Deere always recognised the importance of not only having parts available in the market where customers operate , but also ensuring dealers have the capability to effectively support customers to ensure maximum uptime is achieved with their equipment.

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