Back in August, Ford announced that it would be donating 240 engines to technical schools in the country to assist in practical training. Now in November the first of these engines will be delivered.
This first of many handovers will take place in Port Elizabeth at the Otto du Plessis High School.
Deputy Minister of Basic Education, Dr Reginah Mhaule, will receive the donation of behalf of the school come this Thursday, 19th November.
“The two hundred and forty engines will be distributed to Technical High Schools already offering Mechanical Technology (Automotive) to support teaching of the subject as well as those that have stopped offering the subject due to lack of resources and other reasons to support the reintroduction of the subject and its teaching in the school,” reads a release from the Department of Basic Education (DBE).
According to the DBE and Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa (FMCSA), these 240 engines represent a donation of R7.8 million.
As for the physical engines themselves, it is reported that they are 2.0-litre diesels (both single and bi-turbo versions), as well as 2.2-litre and 3.2-litre turbodiesel options.
These engines are all built in South Africa at the Struandale Engine Plant. This plant is also located in Port Elizabeth, for those wondering why this city was chosen to receive the first of the donations. According to Google Maps the plant is less than three kilometres away from the school, which means it will be taking a very short journey after being assembled.
“The Department of Basic Education is pleased to partner with Ford Motor Company and also play a role in its Socio Economic Development Programme. which focuses on skills development, training and youth empowerment in South Africa. The first of these engines will be handed over to Otto du Plessis High School in Port Elizabeth, formally kicking off the donation programme,” the DBE ends off.[Image – FMCSA]