Alstom has a long legacy of technological excellence and a commitment to local economic and social progress in South Africa.
We are an active and valuable participant in South Africa’s endeavours in creating employment and developing skills.
Localization is a business imperative and a key driver of our global strategy. We strive to develop long-term relationships with local companies, supporting them with training in our design, standards and specifications.
Alstom Southern Africa – now focused on Transport only - continues to strengthen its commitments to South Africa through its local joint-ventures Gibela and Alstom Ubunye. Alstom’s commitment to diversity, education and sustainable development has already resulted in several new initiatives:
- Alstom Ubunye on site welding school for learners from the community
- Alstom Foundation project in Duduza (establishment of a technical high school) (in progress)
- Bursaries for children of employees of Gibela and Ubunye
- Mandela Day initiatives
- Gibela Maths & Science programmes at local schools
- Gibela Early Childhood intervention programmes
- Diversity in the workplace
Alstom Ubunye on site welding school
In 2016, Alstom Ubunye reopened its on-site welding school for learners from the community.
The investment is part of the company’s social responsibility programme but also addresses the future need for skilled artisans for Alstom Ubunye and Gibela. Welding skills are used in the refurbishment and manufacturing of trains and is a scarce skill in South Africa.
HRD Manager Motlalepula Matjila, (right) with Gibela learners.
Welding skills are used in the refurbishment of train coaches.