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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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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.


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.


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.


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.


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.



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