Ford has joined the list of global manufacturers to invest in export capacity in South Africa – the first US-based company to do so, writes Dave Cumming. Deborah Coleman, CEO and group managing director of the local Ford operation, has announced a 1 billion rand (£86.5 million; $US135.6 million) programme, which will see the company exporting a commercial vehicle in the third quarter of next year and a passenger vehicle in the first quarter of 2005.