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Tesla taps Cape Town for Africa office

Tesla Motors will open its first Africa office in the city of Cape Town.

Tesla Motors will open its first Africa office in the city of Cape Town.

Electric car maker and energy solutions company, Tesla Motors, will soon open its South African office in Cape Town, according to mayor Patricia de Lille.

The company was established by South African-born Elon Musk.

Speaking to CapeTalk radio, De Lille said some of the company's products will be available in the country in the next month or two.

De Lille explained Tesla's move to open an office in Cape Town will add to the city's pursuit of energy solutions.

"We are very proud even though he pinched one of our finest energy specialists in Cape Town, Evan Rice… We are very grateful that they have chosen Cape Town to make their first base in Africa," she said.

The Tesla Cape Town office will be managed by Rice. Rice is former CEO of GreenCape, an organisation formed to help develop the market for renewable energy in the Western Cape.

According to reports, Tesla's priority in SA will be to develop a market for the company's industrial-scale battery pack, called the Powerwall.

A date for when the office will be open for business is yet to be announced.

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