Pretoria, South Africa.
Life in Pretoria.
Located right in the northern part of the province Gauteng, Pretoria is the capital city of South Africa and home to almost 700.000 people. With the many diverse cultural influences it got its different architecture uniqueness from colonial to modern up to art deco styles with a good mix of typical South African characteristics.
The three different main universities, gave Pretoria the name to be the ‘academic city’ within South Africa, which also of course influences the general city vibe. Youngsters and students you will mostly find in the center or the eastern part of the city, where most of the universities but also bars, and a lot of multicultural as well as typical South African restaurants are located. For daily shopping you can either go to one of the many malls within Pretoria or visit a local farmer or flea market. To have a stroll around after your workday, you may want to go to the central business district where you can find beautiful historical buildings, many museums like for example the cultural history museum ‘African Window’ and theatres.
For those who would like to escape the city life, you will find many different attractions, activity parks and camp sites within a radius of a 45min drive. A crater of humankind – where recently the origins of mankind were discovered, or the Hartbeespoort dam, also called Harties by locals, has become a hive of activities and is a very popular destination for weekend getaway.
About Plant Rosslyn.
Located roughly 30km from the city center of Pretoria, our plant in Rosslyn has been built in 1974 and ever since developed its production and export by constant investment into the plant.
By the end of 1996, Plant Rosslyn had adapted its entire production to become the first South African car producer to launch a fully-fledged export programme. Today, over 85% of production is destined for export markets, making BMW one of South Africa’s leading exporters of premium vehicles and components and a significant contributor to the South African economy.
By opening the Vehicle Distribution Center (VDC) in ’99, the central holding and distribution area for all BMW vehicles in South Africa has been ensured.
The 35,628 hectares big plant area is also home to our Early Learning Center, our Health Management Service Center and the onsite Gym, which are available for all our associates. Also the plant has an included canteen with subsidized food as well as a coffee bar located at the site, which not only serves coffee but also delicious cake.
About the BMW Group in South Africa.
In 1973 we as BMW Group, took our first steps within the South African market by establishing and building Plant Rosslyn.
For the first time we have invested in building a plant outside the European borders, which by today within the fields of production, sales and financial services for the BMW brand of motor vehicles, including motorcycles and MINI, over 3.000 associates call their workplace.
With our facilities in Midrand (Sales Headquarter) and Pretoria (Plant Rosslyn), as well as many dealerships and first-tier suppliers we are constantly building and strengthening our local and international network and therefore are an important sector of the entire BMW Group.
To promote sustainability BMW South Africa has signed a power purchasing agreement with the energy company Bio2Watt (Pty) Ltd in 2014. The off-take partnership brings renewable energy to Plant Rosslyn where by now, since the project has started in 2015, between 25% and 30% of Plant Rosslyn’s electricity requirements are generated from renewable sources. Additionally in 2015 our Head office in Midrand has been awarded a 5-star rating by the Green Building Council South Africa (GBCSA) for being environmentally friendly. The rating makes BMW South Africa the first automotive company in South Africa to receive this rating.
Since 1994, BMW has invested more than R10-billion in its production facility in Rosslyn and has led the industry in a number of respects in terms of production and export. Our announcement in November 2015 of another investment into the manufacturing of the BMW X3 is further proof of our commitment to South Africa and its people.
We are now already over 43 years committed to the South African market and therefore we see us, the BMW Group, as an engaged corporate citizen dedicated to the upliftment of South Africa and its people.