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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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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).


Mercedes-Benz launches Nissan-based X-Class light truck

19 Jul 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Daimler has launched its long-heralded X-Class medium size pickup truck, effectively a rebadge of the Nissan-Renault Alliance's Barcelona built Navara model line.


Nissan UK plant trains South African colleagues

18 Jul 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Shop floor supervisors from Nissan Motor's South African assembly plant in Rosslyn now undergo training at the automaker's flagship Sunderland plant in the UK, and over 40 local employees have completed the course, a top executive revealed.


Renault Tangier plant builds a million cars

10 Jul 2017 | Graeme Roberts

The millionth vehicle at the Renault-Nissan plant in Tangier has been completed just three years after #200,000 rolled off the line.


Ford recalls Indian made cars in South Africa

23 Jun 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Ford is recalling nearly 16,000 Indian made Ikon and Figo models in South Africa due to a potential fire risk, a media report said on Friday.


Ford invests in upgrade of Silverton facility

7 Jun 2017 | Richard Jackson

Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa has invested more than ZAR125m (US$9.8m) to upgrade the 3,000-metre vehicle conveyor system at its Silverton Assembly Plant in Pretoria in order to increase its production capacity for the locally-built Ford Ranger and Everest.


GMSA union sees 600 jobs gone by July

23 May 2017 | Graeme Roberts

South Africa's National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) has said up to 600 workers at General Motors SA are set to lose their jobs by July, out of a total of 1,500.


Sogefi to build a new factory in Morocco

22 Mar 2017 | Dave Leggett

Sogefi, the automotive components company of the CIR Group, has announced a plan to build a new factory in Morocco, the company’s first industrial site in Africa



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