BMW has decided to shut down its Rosslyn plant amid the growing number of infections in the country.

BMW Chairman of the Board of Management Oliver Zipse announced on Wednesday that the plant which is in the north of Pretoria will be shut down to protect its employees.

He said the next couple of weeks will be essential as many countries have taken decisive measures and a company they back the measures.

Addressing the Annual Account Press Conference which was broadcast live, Zipse said many traders and car dealerships have already closed for the time being.

“As is with many things, the demand for cars will significantly decrease. In our case our production follows the forecast sales development – our production volume is flexibly adjusted to demand,” he said.

“As of today, we have started bringing down our European auto plant, also the plant in Rosslyn South Africa. The interruption is scheduled to last for four weeks until the 19th of April,” Zipse said.