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SA's First Cellphone Factory Mara is Empty and Goes on Auction

South Africa became the first African country to open a world class cellphone manufacturing factory, when the Rwandan entrepreneur opened a factory in Durban. The opening ceremony in 2019 was attended by the South African president Cyri Matamela Ramaphosa. Ramaphosa hailed the new cellphone factory Mara as "a great moment in South Africa’s drive to be a producer of advanced goods".

In March 2020 the company introduced its first Mara Phones experience store, and opened it in Maponya Mall, Soweto. By then the company planned to roll more stores across the country. But all that has vanished in a period of less than three years. The factory in Dube (Durban) is empty and companies which funded the project, Standard Bank and Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) wants to auction it.

According to business insider, the auction will include the entire plant and accessories. This includes manufacturing and assembly plant, equipment, and components for smartphones, plus already completed phones in storage. Already one person from India has shown interest in this wordclass factory, and two locals are also keen to bid for the factory.

This is a sadback for Africa, particularly South Africa as many people where directly or indirectly employed by the factory. It is not known what led to the closure of this factory, and whether the other factory in Rwanda is still operational.

Hopefully the factory will find new owners and create the much needed jobs in the ailing South African economy. Mara is the first cellphone device made in Africa, during the launching of the device the company offered two models, Mara X and Mara Z.

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