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Our series introduces Volkswagen employees from around the world. This issue: Thandi Antonie from Uitenhage, South Africa.

At home in paradise

Thandi Antonie

Ms. Antonie, how long have you been at Volkswagen, and what exactly do you do at the Uitenhage plant?

I’ve been working for Volkswagen since October 1998, which makes it 19 years now. I came to VWSA straight from teacher’s college. My first job was as a production operator in the paint shop. After that, I worked in the press shop and now I work as a specialist clerk in final assembly maintenance.

What has been your best experience at Volkswagen so far?

My best experience was when I got my first lease car. From then on, I had the independence to go anywhere I wanted without having to ask anyone for help. It was a ­life-changing experience for me. What I also value highly at VWSA is that our families also benefit. For example, the company provides a gym and I go to Zumba there with my daughter three times a week. VWSA also offers the chance to get scholarships. I’m currently working on my Product Management Diploma, which is being financed by Volkswagen.

What should colleagues who pay a visit to Uitenhage be sure not to miss?

I would recommend that you visit first and foremost the AutoPavilion, which is the Volkswagen Museum on the plant grounds. It gives you great insights into the 65-year history of our plant, and there are also a few of the very first vehicles to admire. The Eastern Cape province, in which our plant is located, is extremely beautiful. Whether it’s our gorgeous beaches, the rolling green hills of the Transkei or the many wonderful game parks, such as the Addo Elephant National Reserve – I’d even go so far as to say that we live in a piece of paradise here!