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MBSA celebrates women milestones

In 1994, the first group of women started working on the manufacturing production line of Mercedes-Benz South Africa (MBSA) in East London, Eastern Cape. This month marks 25 years of the company’s diversity journey, by reflecting on the pioneering spirit and contribution that women have played in the plant’s success.


The C-Class W201 model was taken off the production line for the first time in 1994 with a group of women forming part of this success. These women are what made it possible for the younger generation to advance in other areas of the automotive supply chain.

MBSA has employed over 1 700 women who continue to manufacture the much-loved sedan for local and international markets. Adding on to their 71 years of manufacturing in South Africa, the plant celebrated 25 years of manufacturing the C Class sedan.


Executive Director for Human Resources and Corporate Affairs, Abey Kgotle said the Mercedes Benz South Africa believes in the diversity and inclusion of their commercial success. “We know that diversity and inclusion matter and creating positive change and a sustainable impact, our responsibility. Companies with more diverse workforces perform better and we are very proud to have been a part of such progressive milestones that have helped us lead the premium automotive market in South Africa,” said Kgotle.


The East London plant is one of the four Daimler plants that manufacture the luxury sedan.


The first batch of women that were tasked with manufacturing the C-Class W201 model in 1994 in East London.

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