Wednesday, 11 February 2015

Plan to relocate Pasdec Automative Technologies plant from South Africa to neighbouring Botswana

“… Pasdec Automative Technologies supplies to world-known car brands such as Nissan, Renault and Volkswagen; with electrical wiring harnesses.

“Given our long and successful relationships with these prestigious multinational automative manufacturers, we expect our business to grow further,” says the Chief Minister giving a glimpse on the relocation exercise. 

A MOMENTO TO THE VISITING MINISTER... Dato' Sri DiRaja Adnan is seen here, handing a momento to Mr Sereste at the dinner. This will surely further strengthened the G-to-G relations between Malaysia and The Republic of Botswana.

21ST FLOOR, ZENITH HOTEL, KUANTAN – Pasdec Holdings Bhd’s subsidiary – Pasdec Automative Technologies (Pty) Ltd (PAT), intends to relocate it’s electrical wiring harnesses plant from the present site in Brits, South Africa, to Lobatse in the Republic of Botswana.

Announcing this in his 9-minute off-the-cuff speech at a dinner hosted for the visiting Minister of Trade and Industry (MTI) of the Republic of Botswana, Mr Vincent T.Sereste, Wednesday, February 11, Chief  Minister Dato’ Sri DiRaja Adnan Yaakob said;

“From feedback given to the Board of Directors by Dato’ Kevin Pather, it is clear that in the government of Botswana, the Botswana Development Corporation (BDC) and the people of Botswana in general, we will surely have exceptional partners to accompany us on our journey to sustainable growth.

“The manner in which you have embraced our relocation exercise and have gone the extra mile to accomodate our operational requirements, bodes well for the future and we are very grateful for your enthusiastic participation.

“In return, I can assure you that Pasdec Automative Technologies, which has a proud track record of more than 40 years, is committed to adding value to your economy and improving the lives of your citizens”.

ALL IN THE HOLDING ROOM... Prior to the dinner at the 21st Floor, both parties had a brief, cordial meeting in a holding room at the 19th Floor of this 5-star hotel. 

Apart from Dato' Sri DiRaja Adnan and Mr Sereste, also seen in this photograph are Dato' Sri Muhammad Safian (seated, third from left); the State's Executive Councillors - Dato' Norul Azali and Dato' Shafik Fauzan (seated, respectively 1st and 2nd from left); Dato' Kevin Pather (seated, 4th from left); and members of the Botswana delegation among others is Ms Gaogane (seated, 2nd from right).  


Dato’ Kevin Pather as mentioned by Dato’ Sri DiRaja Adnan, is presently the Chief Executive Officer cum Managing Director of PAT, who flew in from South Africa to be present at this dinner.

The Chief Minister added that, PAT is currently supplying electrical wiring harnesses to some world- and popularly-known car brands such as Nissan, Renault and Volkswagen and that;  

“Given our long and successful relationships with these prestigious multinational automative manufacturers, we expect our business to grow further (when the plant is relocated to Botswana),” he assured.

He then threw some sort of a challenge to the management of PAT to continually manufacture world-class products, hence the need for the company to keep on developing world-class skills in it’s workforce.

Thus far he said, PAT has a tremendous track record in it’s ongoing development programmes, which over the years have substantially enhanced the expertise and knowledge of the many hundreds of it’s employees.

ADMIRING THE VIEW OF KUANTAN - NIGHTTIME... This photograph is taken from the balcony of the 21st Floor, right before the dinner ends. Both Dato' Sri DiRaja Adnan and Mr Sereste are seen here, admiring the glittering view of Kuantan town.  


“Needless to say, Pasdec Automative Technologies will not deviate from this policy and through our dedication to training, we believe that we can make a meaningful contribution to the advancement of skills in the Republic of Botswana and Lobatse, in particular – the place to where our plant to be relocated to,” he added.    

Dato’ Sri DiRaja Adnan also spoke about social consciousness and commitment to performing Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) that were not something new nor alien to PAT.

The company’s contribution to the communities where it’s plant is situated at he added, has always been to support initiatives of the local business community and to help in improving the quality of life of the people residing in these communities.

“The people of Lobatse therefore,” he said, “… will directly benefit from our presence and we look forward to being able to make a positive difference to their lives, in-sya-Allah, God-willing”.

Among those also present at this dinner were the Pahang State Secretary, Dato’ Sri Muhammad Safian Ismail; State Executive Councillors namely Dato’ Shafik Fauzan Sharif, and, Dato’ Norul Azali Sulaiman;

SKILLED WORKERS AT PAT'S PLANT IN BRITS... Skilled workforce attending to their tasks at this PAT's plant in Brits. And PAT is said to be one of South Africa’s leading automotive component manufacturers with a proud reputation for the design and manufacture of world-class automotive wiring harnesses.


State Legal Adviser, Dato’ Shamsulbahri Ibrahim; Director of the State Land and Mineral, Dato’ Azizan Ahmad; State Chief Police Officer, SAC Dato’ Sharifuddin Abdul Ghani;

Chairman of Pasdec Holdings Bhd, Dato’ Kamaruddin Mohamed; Chief Execitive Officer of the Pahang State Development Corporation (PKNP), Dato’ Abdul Rahim Mohd Ali; and, Chief Executive Officer of Pasdec Holdings Bhd, Dato’ Mohd Khairuddin Abdul Manan.

The visiting Mr Sereste was accompanied by Deputy Ambassador of the Republic of Botswana to the People’s Republic of China, Ms Gaogane Tiny Mothobi; Managing Director of Bostwana Development Corporation (BDC), Mr Bashi Gaetsaloe;

BDC’s Head of Marketing and Communications, Ms Boitshwarelo Lebang; BDC’s Head of Business Development, Mr Kamogelo Kesiilwe; and, Personal Assistant to Mr Seretse, Mr Uyega Banungi; who were also present at this sumptuous dinner. – Khabar