MBLA celebrates four decades of learning and skills development

The Eastern Cape Premier, Lubabalo Oscar Mabuyane and BCM Mayor, Xola Pakati present at the MBLA 41st anniversary celebrations. PICTURE: BHEKI RADEBE
An MBLA trainee giving a showcase of one of the equipment. PICTURE: BHEKI RADEBE

The Mercedes-Benz training centre, Mercedes-Benz Learning Academy (MBLA), celebrated 41 years since it was established in East London.

The celebrations were held at the business development site known as the East London Industrial Development Zone (ELIDZ) in West Bank, East London on Tuesday this week.

The most important thing that was emphasised by the speakers is that this institution [MBLA] builds a strong collaboration with TVET colleges in South Africa to ensure the development of even more skills.

The CEO of ELIDZ, Simphiwe Kondlo, said that he believes that this progress is not only the legacy of Mercedes-Benz, but of the automotive industry.

“We want to see more growth. You need to be doing more in partnering with our TVET colleges, we need to see more exchange not just in terms of skills and standards but even in terms of some of your equipment,” said Kondlo.

The Eastern Cape Premier, Lubabalo Oscar Mabuyane, who was part of the celebrations, said that they applaud what MBLA is doing by constantly developing skills.

He said that when the provincial budget was made this year, the Eastern Cape government allocated money to the ELIDZ for the purpose of ensuring that skills development continues.

ELIDZ is one of the areas that help to grow the economy of the Eastern Cape.