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MORE HANDS ON DECK: The production lines at Ford SA's Struandale and Silverton facilities will be bolstered with the addition of 800 workers to meet continued Ford Ranger demand. Image: Ford

PRETORIA - Ford SA will add 800 new positions at its Silverton assembly and Struandale engine plants as it increases production to meet demand for its Ranger bakkie.


Starting September 3, 2012, Ford will add a second shift to its Silverton assembly plant in Pretoria, and its Struandale engine plant in Port Elizabeth.


WORLD-CLASS FACILITIES


Training of the new staff started in June, 2012.


Jeff Nemeth, President and CEO of Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa, said: “In order to meet continued strong demand in South Africa and abroad, we are adding shifts to our operations, creating jobs and confirming our commitment to South Africa. We invested significantly to transform our operations, and it is our strong belief that these jobs have the power to transform people’s lives as well.


“Each one of the 800 potential new employees underwent comprehensive pre-employment assessment prior to the commencement of training. The successful candidates underwent stringent classroom and on-the-job training; they are now equipped to build high quality Rangers,” Nemeth continued.


Ford in 2011 announced the completion of a R3.4-billion transformation at its manufacturing and assembly plants in South Africa to enable it to produce and export its new Ranger to 148 countries, mostly in Africa and Europe. Both plants have been transformed into world-class facilities, the company said.
 

“As part of the One Ford plan, and to maintain a viable and strategic presence in Southern Africa, we require a globally integrated supply chain and a highly trained workforce,” said Nemeth. “We are pleased with the investments in South Africa and we are committed to having world-class facilities and standards.”




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