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Ford Invests R3bn for Production Expansion in SA, Including First-Ever Ford Ranger Raptor

TP Mantashe

The ANC is of the view that the automotive industry is increasingly offering a secure base and ideal location for multi-national motor companies to locate operations to South Africa. This will ensure export into the potentially huge African market and other markets of the world, and we commend Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa for having confidence in the country's economic potential. We are encouraged by the investment of R3 billion to expand production capacity at its South African manufacturing operations in order to meet growing local and international demand for the trendsetting Ford Ranger.

Along with the continued local investment, Ford has confirmed that the first-ever Ford Ranger Raptor will be produced in South Africa when it hits the market in 2019, introducing an entirely new level of off-road performance and capability to the one-ton pickup segment.

The ANC is of the view that this significant investment reaffirms Ford's ongoing commitment to South Africa as a local manufacturer, exporter and key employer in the automotive sector, and will support a large number of direct jobs as well as indirect employment through its extensive supplier base. Thus every effort has to be made to maintain and grow the automotive manufacturing industry as a strategic long-term industry in this country.

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