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FordBusiness Report writes that hundreds of new direct and indirect jobs are expected to be created by a new R3bn investment by the Ford Motor Company of SA (FMCSA) to further increase the manufacturing capacity of its Silverton plant in Pretoria.  

This will enable the company to meet growing local and international demand for the Ford Ranger.  The latest investment by Ford follows its R2.5bn investment in the plant last year to produce the new Ford Everest, which created about 1,200 new jobs.  Casper Kruger, MD of FMCSA, said on Friday the additional R3bn investment was a confirmation of Ford’s commitment to SA.  From 2019 the plant would also start producing the Ranger Raptor.  The investment excludes the R125m invested in the upgrade of the vehicle conveyor system in the plant in May this year.  The increased production capacity and volumes produced will create additional direct and indirect jobs, but the manufacturer declined to quantify how many new jobs would be created.  FMCSA currently has between 3,500 to 4,000 direct employees, including those at its engine plant in Struandale, Port Elizabeth.

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