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COMMENT: NUMSA strike rhetoric needs injection of hope

28 Jul 2014 | Simon Warburton

As sticking points go, South Africa's so-called 'peace clause' has proved exceptionally tricky to shift....


COMMENT: High time NUMSA ended permanent state of war with employers?

17 Jul 2014 | Simon Warburton

Is the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (NUMSA) interested in promoting its members' conditions and working with employers in...


COMMENT: Chinese OEMs make their move on North Africa

28 Mar 2014 | Glenn Brooks

China's Shanghai GM Wuling, and BYD, have caused a surprise with world premieres at Algeria's national motor show. Renault and PSA should be...


COMMENT: "Avoidable" South Africa strikes bewilder negotiators

13 Sep 2013 | Simon Warburton

No sooner had the South African automotive industry thought it was out of the woods with the ending of one hugely damaging and costly strike...


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South Africa sets dealer virus rules

19 May 2020 | Graeme Roberts

South Africa's Department of Trade, Industry and Competition has detailed directions regarding the sale of cars and emergency vehicle repairs during Level 4 lockdown.


Renault to stop Tangier/Casablanca production from 19 March

18 Mar 2020 | Simon Warburton

Renault Group is suspending production at its Tangier and Casablanca sites in Morocco from 19 March in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak.


Daimler Buses inks 500 city bus order for Morocco

31 Jan 2020 | Simon Warburton

Daimler Buses has secured an order for 500 city buses for Morocco.


Scania to deliver 450 buses to Cote d'Ivoire

12 Dec 2019 | Simon Warburton

Scania has signed an agreement with the Ivorian Ministry of Transport and Abidjan transport company, SOTRA to deliver 450 buses.


Ford fined R35m for South Africa Kuga fires

3 Dec 2019 | Graeme Roberts

Ford Motor Company of South Africa (FMCSA) has been fined an administrative fine of R35m (GBP 1.8m) for incidents in which the Kuga 1.6 model caught fire, according to a local report.


Nexteer opens plant in Morocco

1 Oct 2019 | Dave Leggett

Nexteer has opened a steering systems plant in Morocco. The plant will manufacture electric power steering systems for PSA Group, as well as driveline systems for FCA, PSA Group and the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance, Nexteer says in a news release.


Morocco looks to 1m pa production by 2022 - AMICA

30 Jul 2019 | Simon Warburton

Morocco's automotive supplier association (AMICA) says OEMs will produce 1m vehicles by 2022 as the country continues to attract major overseas manufacturers to North Africa.


Third Ford South Africa shift to add jobs at Silverton plant

18 Jul 2019 | Graeme Roberts

Strong demand for the Ranger pickup truck it produces both for local sale and export has led Ford South Africa to add a third shift from August 2019.


Coscharis to assemble Nigeria Logan and Duster brands

18 Jul 2019 | Simon Warburton

Coscharis is to start assembling Renault's Logan and Duster brands in Nigeria, as well as distribute them from October this year. 


Denso establishes South Africa aftermarket JV

12 Jul 2019 | Simon Warburton

Denso and Smiths Manufacturing have established Denso Sales South Africa, a joint venture dedicated to selling aftermarket products and services in Southern Africa.



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