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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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Varroc to start Morocco production facility

14 Dec 2017 | Simon Warburton

Varroc Lighting Systems is establishing a manufacturing and product development base in Morocco.


Major Morocco OEM/supplier deal to create 11,500 new jobs

12 Dec 2017 | Simon Warburton

Morocco has inked a huge raft of automotive deals with international OEMS and suppliers worth around US$1.5bn and creating more than 11,500 jobs.


BYD invests in Morocco

11 Dec 2017 | Dave Leggett

BYD is investing in Morocco and has announced an MoU for the supply of a 'range of renewable energy solutions to the country leading by the company’s innovative straddle monorail system, the SkyRail; and to explore the possibility of localised production'.


Wabco now owns all of South Africa unit

4 Dec 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Wabco Holdings has acquired the remaining 51% interest of its South African partnership with Sturrock and Robson Industries.


Opel names new South African importer

22 Nov 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Import rights for Opel in South Africa are set to change on 1 January 2018 following General Motors' decision earlier this year to exit the country by the end of 2017 and the subsequent sale of Opel and the Opel/Vauxhall brands to PSA.


First Global NCAP South Africa results poor

22 Nov 2017 | Graeme Roberts

The first Global NCAP independent crash test assessment of some of South Africa's most popular compact and small cars has delivered poor results, as expected for markets where cars are sold with less standard safety equipment than in Europe. The crashworthiness results of the five cars tested show a wide range of safety performance, from four to zero stars for adult protection, with the lowest ratings resulting in a high probability of life threatening injury in a road crash.


PSA teams with Algerian partners for 2019 production

13 Nov 2017 | Simon Warburton

PSA Group has created a joint venture with three Algerian partners, meaning a production unit will be fully working in 2019 and local operations gradually starting next year.


Durban storm halts Toyota South Africa production

11 Oct 2017 | Graeme Roberts

A huge storm in the Durban area of South Africa has stopped Toyota production until at least Thursday, local media reported.


Magneti Marelli plans shock absorber plant in Morocco

27 Sep 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Morocco's minister of industry, investment, trade and the digital economy, Moulay Hafid Elallamy, minister of economics and finance, Mohamed Boussaid and Magneti Marelli CEO Pietro Gorlier have signed an agreement to build an auto parts plant in the country which initially will make shock absorbers.


Volkswagen Group and Sovac open multi-brand plant in Algeria

27 Jul 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Volkswagen and partner Sovac officially opened their multi-brand joint venture assembly plant (view location in just-auto's search engine QUBE in Relizane, 280km south west of Algiers).



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