PORT ELIZABETH, South Africa, 4 April 2016 – Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa (FMCSA) remains a brand on the move, consistently growing its local sales and export volumes while the overall market comes under increasing pressure. Ford sold a total of 6 807 vehicles and exported a record 5 086 Rangers in March 2016, its highest figures yet for the year. *This is in stark contrast to the prevailing market trends which, according to the figures released by the National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa (NAAMSA), saw the aggregate new vehicle sales in March 2016 fall by 14% to 47 631 units compared to March last year. Similarly, total export volumes dropped by 18.5% to 27 714 units for the month. “Customers in South Africa continue to want the utility, flexibility and performance of the Ford Ranger, and the utility offered by our entire SUV ranger. Despite market headwinds, the attributes of the entire Ford line-up continue to appeal to consumers. At Ford South Africa, we are committed to continuing to bring vehicles and technologies that our customers want and value. Stay tuned for some important news about a new vehicle tomorrow,” says Neale Hill, Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa Director of Marketing, Sales and Service. “Ford secured its highest overall sales for the year,” Hill states. “We’re also delighted that Ford was once again the second best-selling brand overall and through the dealer channel, signalling strong consumer confidence and the sustainability of our dealer network.” The new Ranger topped the 3 000 sales mark once again, as the latest model makes further inroads into the competitive light commercial vehicle segment. Demand continues growing from Ford’s export markets too, with an export volume of 5 086 units for the Ranger. Ford’s Figo had a superb month, notching up 1 180 sales and the Fiesta with 676 up 55% year-to-date. The EcoSport compact SUV maintained its segment leadership with 902 units sold in . . .
PORT ELIZABETH, South Africa, April 5, 2016 – 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. “The R2.5-billion investment reaffirms the importance of these markets as part of our growth strategy across the Middle East and Africa,” Farley added. “It further reinforces South Africa’s position as a strategic export base for Ford Motor Company.” The Silverton facility joins AutoAlliance Thailand in Rayong; Ford’s Chennai plant in India (where it is sold as the Endeavor) and the JMC Xiaolan Plant in Nanchang, China, as production hubs for the Everest. Initial production at Silverton of the Everest will commence in the third quarter of 2016, with the first units expected to come to market in the fourth quarter. South African-produced models will be sold locally and exported to markets across Sub-Saharan Africa. Part of this investment has been directed towards the production of the new Ranger, which is already running at maximum capacity at the Silverton Assembly Plant – with domestic sales and export demand at an all-time high. The Silverton Assembly Plant features state-of-the-art automation utilising Ford's global manufacturing processes, and will be equipped to produce 10 000 Everest’s per annum. “The all-new Everest has been extremely well received since . . .
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(Pretoria) – Kicking off a long-term campaign to alleviate hunger in impoverished communities, volunteers celebrated Human Rights Day by pouring into Centurion’s Forest Hill City mall and packing 10 000 food parcels for residents of the Mooiplaas squatter camp. The settlement’s 14 000 inhabitants – many unemployed with no access to running water or electricity in the unserviced portion of Centurion – are among Pretoria’s most vulnerable community members. Forest Hill City marketing manager Annah Moremela said figures released by non-governmental organisation Stop Hunger Now showed that 3.1-million South African children faced chronic hunger on a daily basis. “By joining the Stop Hunger Now campaign, we are doing our bit to reduce those numbers within our own community,” said Moremela. She said each of the food parcels – which will be delivered to the Mooiplaas daycare centre – comprised a nutritious combination of rice, soya mince and beans, and would feed six people. “One of our business objectives is to give back to our community and, by doing so, we also endorse the true spirit of ubuntu, which means ‘we are who we are through others’.” Moremela said the day had been a great success, with participation from mall staff as well as 90 members of the public, including congregants of the Hatfield Christian Church. Forest Hill City is one of a number of malls owned by the Billion Group participating in this year’s Stop Hunger SA campaign, which aims to reach 100 000 beneficiaries by December. Public and private sector organisations are invited to purchase the raw ingredients from the NGO and pack food parcels as a community and team-building initiative. The next major food-packing events will take place in the lead-up to international Nelson Mandela Day on July 17. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
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Strap in this Easter, urges emergency service provider: The use of safety belts in motor vehicles is without doubt responsible for saving the lives of countless South Africans every year. Those planning to travel by roads over the upcoming holiday period should therefore always make a point of wearing a seatbelt, urges emergency medical services provider Netcare 911. “A number of studies have shown that, in the case of a vehicle accident, injuries are prevented and lives saved when adults and children are properly restrained,” asserts Shalen Ramduth, Netcare 911 general manager of national operations. “Despite this, all too many South Africans continue to drive without wearing seatbelts, and, perhaps of still greater concern, many fail to ensure that their children are safely buckled up.” “Thousands of South Africans are killed or injured on our roads each year. These fatalities could be reduced considerably if all drivers took heed of some basic safety advice, such as ensuring that all vehicle occupants wear safety belts.” Seatbelts save lives Ramduth explains that the principle behind the use of car safety belts for adults and safety seats for children comes down to basic physics: a vehicle that moves forward at a constant speed and then comes to a dead stop, will result in any unfastened objects being propelled forward with enormous force and at the same speed that the vehicle had been moving. “Fitted safety belts and child restraints absorb the energy caused by a rapid deceleration, which usually occurs during a motor vehicle accident, and also considerably reduces the risk of occupants being ejected from the vehicle,” he adds. René Grobler, who heads up Netcare Milpark Hospital’s Netcare Trauma Injury Prevention (TIP) programme, an awareness and educational project aimed at reducing the incidence of traumatic injuries among South Africans, agrees that seatbelts can afford a significant measure of protection to the occupants of a vehicle . . .
Road users urged to stay safe and alert over busy holiday time: The first school holidays of the year coupled with two consecutive long weekends signal a busy time on our roads in the coming weeks, but travellers can take comfort in the knowledge that Netcare 911 is ready to provide emergency medical care where the need arises. “Drawing on our experience from previous years, we know that this is a particularly busy time on our roads which is, unfortunately, often accompanied by tragic road accidents,” says Netcare 911’s general manager of national operations, Shalen Ramduth. “Every motorist has a role to play in making South Africa’s roads safer over this time. By following reasonable safety precautions and courteous driving behaviour, it is possible to reduce the number of accidents and ensure that more people reach their destinations and return safely after their holidays.” Driver fatigue and drunk driving are two major contributors to road accidents, and both are fully preventable. “Drivers need to consider the importance of being mentally alert and in good physical condition when embarking on a road trip. They should also consider that alcohol consumed the night before could still impair their driving ability the following morning,” Ramduth cautions. “One of the difficulties about alcohol is that it often creates a sense of confidence, so that people under the influence often mistakenly believe that they are fully in control and able to drive. This is one of the most dangerous things about alcohol, because it can stimulate people to take unnecessary risks without them realising that their judgment and coordination are impaired.” Apart from being rested and alert, drivers should also ensure that their vehicle is roadworthy and equipped with a spare tyre in good repair, basic tools, a reflective triangle and first aid kit. “It is also advisable to do some research to obtain current information about the route that you are planning to take, . . .
The ‘only original’ master of ‘Defending the Caveman’ is back touring South Africa. His first two concerts kick off in the charming Atterbury Theatre in Pretoria on 12 and 13 March, and then followed by a one-night show in White River at the Casterbridge Theatre on 19 March. Residents of White River come and spend this one night being entertained in your own town for a change with one of the best, solo comedies. Tim Plewman’s way of managing to ‘capture’ his audience in his hands is palpable. It is an incredible performance with one person on stage giving of his all. You can laugh one moment and be digging your partner in his/her ribs because of the truth of the comments, the next. All the tales ring home in such an incredible way. It is extraordinarily funny and worth every cent to spend an evening laughing which is, as one knows ‘medicine for the soul’! Back by popular demand, Plewman puts new life and energy into ‘Defending the Caveman’, adding to his 1 604 performances of the longest-running and most successful solo comedy in South African theatre history. “I am going to bring my wife here to see it”, said Geoffrey Matenji from SAfm radio with tears rolling down his cheeks from laughter. ‘Defending the Caveman’ is on at the Atterbury Theatre in Pretoria on 12 and 13 March and at the Casterbridge Theatre in White River on 19 March. Book at Computicket or at the Casterbridge – 0794203245. Read what journalists had to say: “Laugh, I nearly died! This play is not an exercise in soul-searching, it’s a belly laugh night out with similarly bemused friends” says Len Ashton (Weekend Argus) “Here is the artistry of the human heart conveyed in a language that can only make you laugh till you cry.” – Mary Jordan, Arts Journalist Tim has become one of the most sought after actors in South Africa, equally at home in drama or comedy. He is a dancer, humourist, director, writer and producer. From his first leading role in 1978. In the comedy, . . .
Sugary cold drinks contributing to SA’s obesity scourge: A tax on sugary drinks, proposed by Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan in his recent budget speech, is a step towards making South Africa a healthier nation and is to be welcomed, says the Principal Officer of Resolution Health Medical Scheme (Resolution Health), Mark Arnold. “With concerns growing over the obesity rate in South Africa, and many associated non-communicable lifestyle diseases on the rise, the notion of a tax on sugary drinks is a welcome development,” Arnold states. “Resolution Health sincerely hopes that South Africans will have cause to think twice before buying sugary beverages, which are calorie-laden but have become a part of many people’s daily diet. These drinks should be enjoyed in moderation and as part of a balanced and healthy lifestyle, as their frequent use only exacerbates the problem of obesity.” The proposed tax, to be introduced from 1 April 2017, will be levied on sugar-sweetened beverages such as soft drinks, fruit juices, sports/energy drinks, and vitamin waters, sweetened ice tea, lemonade, cordials and squashes. This comes after a recent study, undertaken by the University of Washington’s Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, found that 70% of South African women and 40% of South African men were overweight or obese. Dr Jacques Snyman, director of product development at Agility Global Health Systems [Africa], administrators to Resolution Health, explains that regular consumption of sugary drinks can have significant ramifications for our waistlines and our health. “It is very easy to gulp down a lot of sugar in a drink, very quickly, almost without realising that this accounts for a large proportion of your recommended daily calorie intake. These drinks have also become so accepted in South African culture that many people are drinking them far more often than is healthy.” In recent years, flavoured waters and mass produced iced teas have grown . . .
Number one bestselling author, Dr Mulalo Nemavhandu has released the never-before-told story, The True Origin of HIV & Aids: Secret Revealed. Re-Released February 16, 2016 and available for purchase from Amazon. Having been the subject of contentious debate for decades, Dr Mulalo Nemavhandu has uncovered what has puzzled scientists from around the world since Aids came to light in the 1980s. Readers should prepare to be shocked by the revelations made in this 154 paged non-fiction medical mystery. Over 34 million people in the world are living with HIV and AIDS, with 15 thousand new infections every day and an estimated 17 million AIDS orphans. With this book we can begin to better understand where the suffering began. Dr Mulalo Nemavhandu explains, “We owe the millions of those who died, those living with HIV or AIDS and those that will be infected in the future, the truth and nothing but the truth.” “Aids is no longer a disease, it’s a human rights issue” ~ Nelson Mandela YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XRf7oj8Z2bc CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .