Since opening our doors in South Africa in 1946, Volkswagen has been deeply invested in the local economy and its people. Now more than ever, we are committed to helping our country recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, by helping South Africans and their businesses get back on the road.
We support the buying of locally manufactured goods, support local businesses and help drive local initiatives that aid our communities. Volkswagen has also created the “Drive local” logo which will be used by VWSA and our Dealers on any projects, offers or initiatives that support this ethos.
Our latest television commercial that speaks to “Drive local. Support local”, depicts a story of South African resilience, as we rebuild and support one another in this challenging time. Watch the commercial here
At Volkswagen, we believe actions speak louder than words. Which is why we have actively looked at ways to support South Africa during the global COVID-19 epidemic.
We have signed a partnership with the German government to convert our PE Plant into a temporary Covid-19 medical facility that can accommodate up to 4 000 patients.
As part of the National Government Task Force team, we are manufacturing medical equipment such as ventilators – making sure our resources are used to support our nation. VWSA are also proudly producing protective face masks in partnership with local NGO, Gusco.
Volkswagen South Africa is proud to be supporting the economy by manufacturing all Polos and Polo Vivos locally. These models are also exported for sale at Volkswagens around the world. Another reason why our exceptional Uitenhage plant won the #1 factory in the Volkswagen world for quality in 2018.
Volkswagen South Africa, in partnership with Lionesses of Africa, are launching “Volkswagen’s Lionesses Den”, a competition which invests in tomorrow’s female success stories.
The hunt is on for three exceptional female entrepreneurs who will win a share of R175 000 cash to support their businesses.
The investment is aimed to assist female entrepreneurs by providing relief for existing business challenges and in turn to help drive the South African economy forward.
Enter the VW Lionesses Den on the 1st of July 2020.
Volkswagen Motorsport has announced a partnership with Squadra Course to make motorsport more accessible to the youth in South Africa. With a proud 40-year history that has seen the People’s Car investing in many famous local racing drivers, it’s time to get the next generation into the driver’s seat.
Read more here
To support local artists and creatives during lockdown, Volkswagen sponsored the Goliath online comedy show which was streamed free daily and included a range of local comedians and creatives.
VW also created the #vwstaycation social campaign and commissioned local creatives Donovan Goliath, Paul Speirs, Talya Galasko and Arno Kruger to create and share their ideas for a stay-at-home road trip.
Their posts encouraged the nation to also share their #vwstaycation stories and to #stayhomestaysafe.