Maliza said that VWSA had recruited the third wave of candidates for its DPAP, which lasted for 18 months and aimed to develop a talent pool of black dealer principals for the VWSA network.

“The intention is to ensure economic inclusion and diversification of VWSA dealers as well as fostering a true spirit of transformation and black economic empowerment,” she said.

Maliza added that the selection criteria for the programme were very specific and focused on experience and development potential that would benefit the transformation of VWSA’s dealer network.

She said the programme offered candidates personalised mentoring and coaching, which was structured to provide much broader training exposure.