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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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Ford South Africa to expand Struandale engine plant

3 Apr 2018 | Graeme Roberts

Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa (FMCSA) is expanding its operations at the Struandale engine plant in Port Elizabeth as part of a wide-ranging investment in its two local plants announced late last year.


Ficosa opens new production centre in Morocco

21 Mar 2018 | Dave Leggett

Ficosa has established itself in Africa for the first time, opening a new production centre in Rabat (in the Technopolis free zone), Morocco.


Groupe PSA/NDC to assemble SKD Opel/Peugeot vehicles in Namibia

12 Mar 2018 | Dave Leggett

Groupe PSA and the Namibian government have signed an investment agreement facilitating the joint-venture agreement between Groupe PSA and Namibia Development Corporation (NDC) to assemble SKD Opel and Peugeot vehicles in Walvis Bay.


New Nexteer Morocco plant to aid South Europe capacity

1 Mar 2018 | Simon Warburton

Nexteer says its new EPS facility in Morocco will allow it to add to its South-West European capacity as the supplier looks to expand.


Datsun expands Africa footprint in Zimbabwe

27 Feb 2018 | Simon Warburton

Datsun is expanding its footprint in Africa with the launch of the Datsun lineup in Zimbabwe: the Datsun GO, Datsun GO+ and the Datsun GO+ panel van.


BMW Plant Rosslyn rolls off its last BMW 3 series sedan

22 Feb 2018 | Dave Leggett

After 35 years, the last BMW 3 Series Sedan rolled off the production line at BMW Group Plant Rosslyn in Pretoria, South Africa. The plant has produced a total of 1,191,604 units and five generations of the BMW 3 Series. One in four BMW 3 Series Sedans of the current generation come from BMW Group Plant Rosslyn.


Draxlmaier opens new design office in Tunisia

14 Feb 2018 | Simon Warburton

Draxlmaier Group has opened a design office at the site in Sousse, Tunisia, with the first six employees already having started work, with plans to increase staff numbers this year and in 2019.


Gestamp enters Africa with Morocco JV

7 Feb 2018 | Simon Warburton

Gestamp has inked a joint venture with components manufacturer, Tuyauto, marking the Spanish supplier's first entry into Africa.


VW Group's Seat expanding operations in Algeria

23 Jan 2018 | Graeme Roberts

VW Group's Spanish brand Seat has announced plans to expand in Algeria following the group's opening of a multi brand vehicle assembly plant in Relizane last July and the recent launch of the redesigned Ibiza there.


VW establishes mobility company in Rwanda

19 Jan 2018 | Graeme Roberts

VW has founded Volkswagen Mobility Solutions Rwanda to provide modern integrated mobility services in Africa.



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