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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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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.

Sumitomo Rubber starts South Africa production

13 Aug 2018 | Simon Warburton

Sumitomo Rubber has started production of truck and bus tyres at its Ladysmith, South Africa facililty to supply the Afircan continent.

BAIC starts X25 production in South Africa

26 Jul 2018 | Staff reporter

China's Beijing Automotive Industry Corporation (BAIC) began production at its newly built car assembly plant in South Africa this week.

SEAT starts assembling Arona and Leon in Algeria

17 Jul 2018 | Dave Leggett

VW Group-owned Seat has begun the final assembly of the Arona and the Leon models at a plant in Algeria.

GAZ in partner with Africa Motors commence sale of LCVs in Morocco

6 Jul 2018 | Dave Leggett

GAZ, a manufacturer of commercial vehicles in Russia, together with Africa Motors (Auto Hall Group), a new distribution partner of GAZ, have started selling a range of commercial vehicles GAZelle Next in Morocco.

New chief takes charge at Ford South Africa

3 Jul 2018 | Graeme Roberts

Neale Hill, 50, took over as Ford's managing director of South Africa and sub Saharan Africa this week.

Volkswagen starts local assembly and car sharing in Rwanda

28 Jun 2018 | Graeme Roberts

Volkswagen has launched integrated mobility in Rwanda which includes local vehicle assembly, mobility services and a sales and service retail outlet called CFAO Volkswagen Rwanda.

Mercedes spending EUR600m to expand South African car plant

26 Jun 2018 | Graeme Roberts

Daimler's Mercedes-Benz Cars said it would produce the next generation C-Class at its East London, South Africa factory which would be expanded at a cost of EUR600m.

Seat to lead VW Group's North Africa expansion

25 Jun 2018 | Simon Warburton

Seat has been designated by Volkswagen to lead the Group’s growth in North Africa and will start to coordinate strategy and on-site brands in the region, identify synergies and foster partnerships with other companies.

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