All data is delayed
See More

Ford to create 800 jobs

Aug 24 2012 10:52
I-Net Bridge

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‚” it said.

FMCSA will add a second shift at Silverton and a third shift at Struandale.

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 Europe.

Both plants have been transformed into world class facilities.

“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 high-quality Rangers.

“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.

* Follow Fin24 on Facebook, Twitter and Google+.

ford  |  job creation


Read Fin24’s Comments Policy publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Company Snapshot

We're talking about:


Marketing is a big concern in SA's small business community, followed by a lack of confidence and partnering with the wrong people, according to a survey.

Money Clinic

Money Clinic
Do you have a question about your finances? We'll get an expert opinion.
Click here...

Voting Booth

The 25 basis points interest rate increase is:

Previous results · Suggest a vote