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Isuzu Motors South Africa donates engine to the University of Johannesburg

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From left – Luvuyo Mbolekwa (Isuzu), Nceba Rusi (Isuzu), Mandlakazi Sigcawu (Isuzu), Dr Samuel Loyiso Gqibani (UJ), Celestin Ndhlovu (Isuzu), Professor Peter Madindwa Mashinini (UJ), Jessel Vencencie (Isuzu)

Isuzu Motors South Africa (IMSAf) is donating a diesel technology engine to the University of Johannesburg (UJ). The engine will enhance teaching and learning by giving students access to the latest technology engines from the largest producer of diesel engines in the world.

This donation coincides with the celebration of Youth Month in South Africa. Isuzu is committed to forging strategic relationships that seek to empower and elevate the youth. Mandlakazi Sigcawu, Executive for Corporate and Public Affairs says, “Our contribution to education as a company is a commitment that we undertake to foster the upliftment of skills development and learning experiences.”

Kosheek Maharaj of the Automotive Industry Development Centre (AIDC) in Gauteng facilitated this agreement through the Mechanical & Industrial Engineering UJ advisory board. “Our tertiary institutions play a pivotal role in preparing our students to support the sector, its master plan and to grow our economy. It is important to have sector integration and enhance relationships that can assist to bridge the gap in enhancing and empowering the youth.” Said Maharaj.

Isuzu has the vision to recognise its impact on the environment and the communities in which it operates. The donation of this engine by Isuzu is part of a companywide process that strategically aligns the business operations with the values of the organization.

Dr. Samuel Loyiso Gqibani, Head of School Mechanical and Industrial Engineering says the engine will enhance the practical experience and research of students. “The engine will be used for undergraduate teaching and learning where students will learn about the functioning of an internal combustion engine. The Honours and Masters students will do cutting edge research towards optimising engine performance.” – Said Gqibani.

Africa has the highest number of young people that any other continent has ever had at any one time in history. While the rest of the world’s population is shrinking and aging,  in Africa on the contrary the population is youthful and energetic. Isuzu is committed to unleashing the creative energies of Africa’s Youth with programs that aim to skill, develop and empower them.

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