The Deputy Minister of Trade and Industry, Ms Nomalungelo Gina has welcomed Procter & Gamble’s R300 million investment in a new Always sanitary pads manufacturing plant which has created 300 jobs. Gina was speaking at the launch of the plant in Kempton Park on Friday, 1 November.

Gina said the launch and commissioning of the new Always manufacturing facility, which is additional line to the existing facility in Kempton Park, was a giant step forward.

“Today we are giving practical implementation to our investment mobilisation drive. I am pleased that we are now seeing the fruits of our investment mobilisation drive and that throughout the year, there have been a number of projects completed and launched. Today we celebrate a special project, the commissioning of the new R300 million Always manufacturing facility,” said Gina.

She added that the P&G investment was a testament to the company’s continuing and increasing investments into South Africa and the region.

“This investment demonstrates the commitment of P&G to continue to grow and contribute to the growth of our country and region in addition to over R1 billion that has already been invested by P&G since 2009. We are seeing a new additional manufacturing facility being introduced for the Always sanitary pads, and we are also witnessing an additional line being added to the Pampers production line bringing the latest in the innovation and technology to South Africa,” added Gina.

She emphasised that the sixth administration of the South African Government was committed to working in partnership with the private  sector, labour and civil society to unlock growth, create jobs and build an inclusive economy.

“In demonstrating government’s commitment, National Treasury this year announced zero VAT rate on sanitary pads which P&G advocated strongly for and through the robust and dynamic partnership between government and industry., We are pleased to see the commitment of P&G to the empowerment of women and girls. As the dti we are pleased to see that there is a strong focus on women entrepreneurship, investing in SMMEs and a partnership with WEConnect to empower women entrepreneurs, the backbone of the SA economy,” stressed Gina.

Gina concluded her speech by welcoming the release of the 2019 edition of the World Economic Forum Global Competitiveness Index (GCI), which indicates that South Africa’s overall ranking improved from 67 out of 140 nations in 2018 to position 60 out 141 nations in 2019.

Issued by: The Department of Trade and Industry