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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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Third Ford South Africa shift to add jobs at Silverton plant

18 Jul 2019 | Graeme Roberts

Strong demand for the Ranger pickup truck it produces both for local sale and export has led Ford South Africa to add a third shift from August 2019.


Denso establishes South Africa aftermarket JV

12 Jul 2019 | Simon Warburton

Denso and Smiths Manufacturing have established Denso Sales South Africa, a joint venture dedicated to selling aftermarket products and services in Southern Africa.


Nissan to add Navara pickup at South Africa factory

10 Apr 2019 | Graeme Roberts

Nissan will spend ZAR3bn (US$214m) at its factory in Rosslyn, Pretoria, South Africa to prepare for production of the next generation Nissan Navara pickup.


Ford to expand engine plant in South Africa

28 Mar 2019 | Dave Leggett

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 South African plants, announced late last year.


Global NCAP wants ban on Nissan NP300 in Africa

19 Nov 2018 | Dave Leggett

The latest crash test results in the #SaferCarsForAfrica campaign, released by Global NCAP and AA South Africa last week, show that Nissan’s NP300 ‘Hardbody’ received a zero star safety rating.


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.


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.



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