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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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Suzuki, Toyota, eye car making JV in Ghana

20 Mar 2019 | Graeme Roberts

Officials from Suzuki Motor Corporation, Toyota Tsusho Corporation, and CFAO are eyeing a joint venture to manufacture and distribute vehicles in Ghana.

Varroc Lighting opens Morocco facility

8 Mar 2019 | Simon Warburton

Varroc Lighting Systems has opened a greenfield 17,000-square metre facility in Tangier, Morocco.

Nissan to build new car plant in Algeria

13 Feb 2019 | Dave Leggett

Nissan and Algerian partner Groupe Hasnaoui will invest a total of US$160m in a new Nissan vehicle plant in Algeria to meet growing customer demand in the country and across Africa.

Hyundai and Global Group of Algeria to produce commercial vehicles

18 Dec 2018 | Dave Leggett

Hyundai Motor Company and Global Group of Algeria signed an agreement to jointly produce Hyundai’s commercial vehicles in Algeria as Hyundai continues to expand its foothold in commercial vehicle businesses around the world.

Audi and Sovac to produce selected models in Algeria

7 Dec 2018 | Dave Leggett

Audi AG and the longstanding Audi importer Sovac have opened the assembly of three models in Algeria.

BMW Group, BASF and Samsung launch sustainable cobalt mining project

30 Nov 2018 | Dave Leggett

As part of a cross-industry initiative, BMW Group, BASF SE, Samsung SDI and Samsung Electronics have launched a joint cobalt pilot project in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

SEAT begins Ateca assembly in Algeria

23 Nov 2018 | Dave Leggett

VW-Group owned SEAT has begun assembling the Ateca at the multi-brand plant in Algeria owned by the Volkswagen Group and Sovac, the VW Group’s importer in Algeria.

Global NCAP wants ban on Nissan NP300 in Africa

19 Nov 2018 | Dave Leggett

The latest crash test results in the #SaferCarsForAfrica campaign, released by Global NCAP and AA South Africa last week, show that Nissan’s NP300 ‘Hardbody’ received a zero star safety rating.

Nissan shoots for plant in Ghana

9 Nov 2018 | Dave Leggett

Nissan says it has committed to working with the government of Ghana to establish an automotive manufacturing industry in the country. The company will also make Ghana its hub for sales and marketing in West Africa.

Used vehicle imports hamper African growth says NAAMSA chief

25 Sep 2018 | Graeme Roberts

Imports of used vehicles into many countries in Africa are "a big obstacle to new vehicle sales growth", according to Andrew Kirby, chairman of the National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa (NAAMSA) and president and CEO of Toyota SA Motors, who said he was confident the local motor industry would overcome its major challenges and that the industry would grow substantially into the future.

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