Johannesburg - Ford Motor Company South Africa (FMCSA) is to
create 800 new jobs in SA with the introduction of additional shifts at its
Silverton Assembly Plant in Pretoria and its Struandale Engine Plant in Nelson Mandela Bay to meet increased
production of its Ford Rangers.
The company said on Friday that training of more than 800
potential employees has begun.
“Due to continued strong demand for the award-winning Ford
Ranger pickup truck‚ FMCSA will add 800 new positions to increase production at
its Silverton Assembly Plant and its Struandale Engine Plant on September 3‚”
FMCSA will add a second shift at Silverton and a third shift
Training of potential employees to fill the new positions
began in June.
Jeff Nemeth‚ president and CEO of FMCSA‚ said that in order
to meet continued strong demand in SA and abroad‚ it was adding shifts‚
creating jobs and confirming its commitment to SA.
“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. In addition‚ creating new jobs is incredibly empowering and
helps make a difference in the communities where we have operations.”
Ford last year announced the completion of a R3.4bn
transformation at its South African manufacturing and assembly plants to enable
it to produce and export its new Rangers to 148 countries‚ mostly in Africa and
Both plants have been transformed into world class
“A core part of our production philosophy is to empower the operators
by giving them the right tools and training to build the highest-quality
vehicles possible‚” Nemeth said.
“Our enthusiasm for technical innovation is always tempered
by our responsibility to the vehicle‚ to our customers and their safety.
“We’re investing in the continuous training and education of
our employees. Each one of the 800 potential new employees underwent
comprehensive pre-employment assessment.... The successful candidates underwent
stringent classroom and on-the-job training; they are now equipped to build
“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‚” he said.
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