Responding to a Twitter query last week that read “Can we get Tesla in South Africa?” South African-born Musk responded: “Would love to, but import duties are extremely high, even for electric vehicles (EVs).”
Speculation ran rife last year that the trendy car manufacturer would expand in Africa by the end of 2019.
However, Tesla’s latest expansion push is into China with its first overseas factory in Shanghai.
Michael Mabasa, the chief executive of Naamsa, said yesterday that while Naamsa had no knowledge or direct information about Tesla’s plans to come to South Africa, South African tariffs were not high and with South African policies Tesla would be able to rebate its import duty to lower levels or even zero. Mabasa explained how South African vehicle tariffs work.