Businesses always do what is best for the business. But when businesses/companies close, employees suffer the most. They are left jobless and not knowing when and where the next pay cheque is gonna come from. General Motors popularly known as GM, has announced that their relationship with South Africa has come to an end.
General Motors’ international vice-president Ritch Schaafsma has dismissed speculations that their move was influenced by SA’s economic or political state. Managing Director for GMSA, Ian Nicholls, told Radio 702 that ‘Investment in South Africa will not provide GM with the strong returns required to support our global business strategy.‘
GMSA has been the home for Opel, Isuzu and Chevrolet. According to reports, GM plans to stop selling/building Chevrolet brand vehicles in South Africa by the end of the year. So what does this mean for the existing customers who are already panicking? Well, Ian Nicholls has confirmed that there will be ongoing support for Opel, Chev and Isuzu customers in SA and ALL existing warranties, remain in place he says.
General Motors has been in South Africa since 1926 and will cease operations by the end of the year. So this means the 1500+ employees of GM in SA have to start looking for alternative employment.