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Pretoria: Ford Ranger success helps manufacturer create 1200 new jobs

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The Silverton Assembly Plant in Pretoria has become the latest exemplar of job creation, thanks to the Ford Ranger’s demand and a $1.05-billion investment.

PRETORIA SITE SEES NUMBER OF EMPLOYEES GO BEYOND 5000

The Silverton plant has been in operation for a number of years with 4000 workers. Now it has added an additional 1200 new jobs to its workforce.

“Ford South Africa has created around 1200 incremental jobs by adding a third shift as part of the $1.05-billion investment in its Silverton Assembly Plant,” Road Safety reported.

“The local workforce has increased from the current 4 200 Ford South Africa employees to approximately 5000, along with an additional 440 jobs at the plant’s on-site service provider,” it added.

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The company’s Pretoria expansion has been inspired by high demand in both the local and international markets for the Ford Ranger. As a result, the addition of 1200 new jobs in Pretoria will meet the company’s aim to have a 24-hour, seven-day operation plant.

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JOB CREATION THANKS TO FORD RANGER DEMAND

“Crucially for our communities, the higher production volumes mean more jobs, and we are delighted to add the 1 200 jobs that now fill the third shift from the beginning of September,” says Ockert Berry, VP Operations at Ford South Africa.

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“The employees that were brought on board and trained in 2019 were given the first option to take up the new positions, and it is fantastic to see our Ford family growing as we head into the most exciting and dynamic chapter of Ford’s history in South Africa yet as we prepare for the next-generation Ranger in 2022,” Berry concluded.

PLANT TO CREATE 720 CARS PER DAY

The Silverton Pretoria plant has a clear target. It is said that the operation is aiming for the production of 720 Rangers per day to meet the high demands. According to the report, the Ranger is a top-seller in 100 markets around the world, with Europe topping the demand chart.

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