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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 a country where union rights for all are still a relatively fledging concept, or is it more concerned with establishing some sort of Marxist State?

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 - than another one begins.

COMMENT: Can South Africa avoid cyclical strikes?

29 Aug 2013 | Simon Warburton

South Africa's huge auto strike that has seen 31,000 workers down tools and production pole-axed for the last nine days is hardly the first time vast industrial unrest has swept the country.

COMMENT: Detroit to Johannesburg - Danny Glover's campaign continues

31 May 2013 | Simon Warburton

Hot on the heels of the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa's (NUMSA) claim for a 22% pay increase and the union finds itself in the spotlight for the second time in a week with the visit of Hollywood actor, Danny Glover, to Johannesburg.

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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