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bmwReuters reports that a spokesperson for BMW said on Monday that output at the company’s main vehicle assembly plant at Rosslyn had been hit by the wage strike in the metals and engineering sector.

"While our associates have been reporting for work, we have lost production since the strike commenced ... as a number of suppliers to the plant have been affected," Hailey Philander advised. She said production of around 700 vehicles had been lost, but gave no further details. The National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) launched the strike last Tuesday after pay talks with employer bodies reached a deadlock, raising fears the action would spill over and block supplies of parts to make new cars. On Friday, Numsa said its members were considering a new proposal to end the strike. On Monday, the union was still collating feedback before making a decision. "It is concerning for the whole autos manufacturing sector that the strike in the metals and engineering space has continued till now, but we know that negotiations to resolve are advanced and we hope a breakthrough is imminent," said Renai Moothilal, executive director at the National Association of Automotive Component and Allied Manufacturers (Naacam). Spokespeople at Ford, Volkswagen and Toyota said they had not been affected by the strike so far.

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