The new facility near Pretoria was opened earlier this week on July 18, coinciding with Mandela Day.
The plant will produce Nescafé coffee mixes: namely the Nescafé Gold range, which includes Cappuccino Original, Cappuccino Original Reduced Sugar, Cappuccino Salted Caramel Latte, Cappuccino Vanilla Latte, Cappuccino Hazelnut Latte, and Cappuccino White Chocolate; and Nescafé Ricoffy 3in1.
Nestlé says its investment of R79 million ($4.5m) in the production plant ‘demonstrates its strong commitment to the region, powering positive economic impact.’
The plant has created 27 new roles in engineering and production. “This opportunity has helped 19 men and 8 women, 67% of whom are from the Hammankraal area, gain employment,” says Nestlé. “Of the 27 employees, 24 are employed in production and 3 are based in engineering. Notably, this initiative was led by an all-women start-up team, aligning with Nestlé's objectives of promoting job creation, fostering diversity.”
Around 46% of ingredients used at the factory are sourced locally, continues the company: supporting growth and development of the local economy as well as streamlining supply chain operations, reducing environmental impact, and ensuring fresher products for consumers.