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General Motors South Africa
Type Wholly owned subsidiary
Predecessor Delta Motor Corporation (1987-2003)
Founded 1913 (formation)
2004 (reacquisition)
Headquarters Port Elizabeth, South Africa
Industry Automotive
Products Automobiles
Employees 1,900
Parent General Motors

General Motors South Africa, or GMSA is a wholly owned subsidiary of American automobile manufacturer General Motors. It manufacturers and distributes automobiles under the Chevrolet, Opel and Isuzu brands. The company is headquartered in Port Elizabeth, South Africa.

Founded in 1913, GMSA initially distributed Chevrolet vehicles before beginning to manufacture and distribute vehicles of all of GM's brands in 1926. It was sold off and relabeled the Delta Motor Corporation in 1986 as a result of the passage of the Comprehensive Anti-Apartheid Act in the United States and subsequent divestment of General Motors from apartheid South Africa. Following the transition to democracy in the 1990s, GM acquired a 49 percent stake in the company in 1997, and in 2004 the company once again became a wholly owned subsidiary of General Motors, reverting to its original name.

Although GM divested the last of it's ownership of Isuzu, it still owns the dealership network in South Africa, and builds/assembles the Isuzu pickups and trucks.


in 1974, General Motors South Africa Ltd. began to construct GM-Designed locomotives rather than importing them from the United States.

The locomotive customers for GMSA (1974–1987) were:

  • South African Railways
  • Iscor
  • African Explosives & Chemical Industries
  • Anglo-American Coal
  • Middleburg Steel & Alloys
  • Kwazulu Finance & Development Corporation
  • Richards Bay Coal Terminal
  • Bophutatswana National Development Corporation

After January 1987, GMSA was sold to local management which continued production as the Delta Motor Corporation. The company failed after one order of 11E-Type locomotives were constructed using GMSA leftovers. Delta Motor Corporation focused instead on automobile engines rather than locomotives, shutting down the plant where the locomotives were constructed.

See also

  • South African Class 34-600
  • South African Class 34-800
  • South African Class 35-200
  • South African Class 35-600
  • South African Class 36-200
  • South African Class 11E


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