Uitenhage based Volkswagen Group South Africa hosted its employees and loved-ones at a festive and fun filled Family Day on Saturday, 15 November at its manufacturing factory in Uitenhage.
Over 14 000 people braved the inclement weather to attend the event themed “My Day Our Day.’ The entertainment line-up included renowned stand-up comedians, Tumi Morake and Nik Rabinowitz. The car enthusiasts were treated to a display of Volkswagen Group vehicles such as Lamborghini, Porsche, Bentley and Scania Trucks.
VW Rally drivers, Gugu Zulu and Henk Lategan, were on hand to get the guests’ adrenaline pumping with lucky winners getting a chance to experience a spin in a rally car.
The future VW drivers were entertained in a dedicated Kids Zone which included large jumping castles, peddle go-karts and visits from their favourite cartoon characters.
David Powels, Managing Director of Volkswagen Group South Africa said the main objective of the Family Day was to open the manufacturing factory to the family members of the Volkswagen employees so that they could see where their loved ones spent most of their time.
“Our team culture encourages our employees to be fully engaged with the organisation. We are confident that this unprecedented event in the history of our company to give family members of our employees unrestricted access to the factory will embolden the pride and joy of working for one of the best companies in the world,” explained Powels.
One employee commented: “What an unbelievable day – even the weather couldn’t dampen everybody’s enthusiasm and the turnout was fantastic! VW went to extraordinary effort to ensure that there was fun for young and old, as well as providing an amazing platform to show our loved-ones where we spend so much time contributing to the success of VW.”
“To be able to share how we build ‘our peoples cars’ from beginning to the final product with our loved ones, was a very proud experience for me,” said another employee.
Interesting Facts about the 2014 Volkswagen Family Day:
- 3 km of cabling was used
- 4 km of bunting was put up
- 198 crew (excludes security and cleaning) on duty
- 1,860m² of ground used under marquee/tents
- 3,190kg of meat consumed
- 2,030kg of potatoes consumed
- 29,000 rolls consumed
- 14 4000 cans of cold drink