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Continental Tire Announces Launch of New Legal Entity for West Africa


Continental Tire will be expanding its presence in West Africa with the launch of a new legal entity for the region, based in Accra, the capital city of Ghana, on 20 April 2016.

"Expansion into the crucial Sub-Saharan Africa markets, and West Africa in particular, is a fundamental part of our growth strategy across the continent," says Shaun Uys, Managing Director of Continental Tire Sub-Saharan Africa.

"The tyre industry in Africa is generally under-serviced by the major manufacturers, and is dominated by cheap imports. We're aiming to change this with the establishment of the new legal entity for Continental Tire in Ghana, which will create the platform to expand our footprint and maximise our exposure in the market."

Volkswagen to commission R120 million Try-Out Press machinery


After travelling 13 140 km by ship from Spain, Volkswagen Group South Africa's (VWSA) new try-out press arrived in the Uitenhage factory recently.

VWSA has invested R120 million in a new 21 000 kN (kilo Newton) Try-out Press to improve the manufacturing capability of its Uitenhage Plant.

The new press will be used to ensure that the tools are pressing the vehicle sheet metal parts according to the required quality standards prior to going into production. This ensures that the currently installed presses are used solely for production thus improving the productivity of the press plant. It will also be used in tool maintenance and implementing engineering changes on the current series production press tools.

Ford Invests R2.5 Billion in South Africa to Build the All-New Everest SUV, Creating 1,200 New Jobs


Ford Motor Company is investing R2.5-billion ($170 million US dollars) to expand operations in South Africa at its Silverton Assembly Plant in Pretoria, South Africa, to produce the all-new Ford Everest, along with the new Ford Ranger that was launched at the end of last year.

This investment will create approximately 1 200 new jobs at Ford South Africa and within the South African supplier network. "Our customers love the capability and utility offered by the all-new Ford Everest," said Jim Farley, Ford executive vice president and president of Europe, Middle East and Africa. "By producing the Everest in South Africa, we will be able to make it more readily available, and in a greater variety of models, for customers throughout Sub-Saharan Africa.

Ford Donates Two Rangers to World Vision to Improve Health Care in Eastern Cape


Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa (FMCSA) is collaborating with World Vision South Africa to improve access to quality healthcare in the Eastern Cape by donating two Ford Rangers to its Better World initiative.

The two vehicles, which have been specially modified as mobile clinics, will support two area development programmes (ADPs) in the province in order to provide health education, access to medication and support child nutrition for approximately 20 000 children and 10 000 adults within its first year.

VWSA appoints first Female Production Unit Head


1 March 2016, marked a significant day at VWSA as Faith Lelaka, took up the position of Unit Head of the Paint Shop. This is the first time a black woman has been appointed at this level in the Production environment.

Faith started as an in-service trainee in February 1999 and has spent most of her VW career in and around the Paint Shop. In 16 years she has worked her way from a technician in the Process Lab to the Production Line and into Leadership. "I realised early on that I needed to be involved in as many aspects of the job as possible and if that meant getting into a tank to measure paint levels or running multiple test to check paint viscosity, that's what I was going to do!" remarked Faith.

Atlas Security Boosts Local Fleet with Chevrolet Utility


Top Port Elizabeth security firm, Atlas Security, recently took ownership of nine Chevrolet Utilities, boosting their fleet to 90.

The purchase forms part of a business decision by Atlas to boost their growing fleet and to increase service delivery, in addition to replacing older vehicles owing to wear and tear, said Atlas General Manager, Craig Kerr.

"We purchased about 28 Utility vehicles previously in total which have proven to be reliable and robust for a 24-hour fleet. We have found that the running costs of these vehicles have exceeded our expectations in terms of efficiency."

VWSA bids farewell to longest serving woman


Julia Potgieter walked into Volkswagen for the first time, 47 years later, she will be retiring from Volkswagen with her head held high after an amazing career.

At a special tea held in her honour she was able to reminisce with VWSA Chairman and MD,Thomas Schaefer, about her years of service in the company.

Ford Transforms Lives with Second Phase of Vastrap Container Housing Project


The Ford Struandale Engine Plant transformed the lives of 10 families from the Vastrap informal settlement in Booysens Park, Port Elizabeth, with the installation of shipping containers converted into safe and secure housing units.

Five containers were completely renovated, converted and subdivided to provide houses for 10 destitute families, the sick and elderly. A sixth unit was also prepared as a multi-purpose facility for community meetings, classroom for the children and a skills development centre.