Ford has implemented a phased restart for its South African operations beginning 1 June, including restarting vehicle and engine production and bringing back the first wave of employees that are not able to do their jobs remotely.
Demonstrating profound versatility and compassion, Ford Motor Company Southern Africa (FMCSA) has pivoted elements of its daily business operations in order to effectively respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, all the while maintaining and protecting traditional business foundations.
With speed, style and a name that embodies both, Ford today announces the Mustang Mach 1 is roaring back to life this year.
Motor racing is generally an expensive and exclusive sport, particularly at the top echelons where big budgets are required to be competitive. As a result, being part of a winning team is an extremely limited club, whether as a competitor or as part of the support crew. Accordingly, Neil Woolridge Motorsport (NWM), which designs and manufactures the Ford Ranger for cross country racing in South Africa and around the world, is doing its part to develop a new generation of motorsport technicians and engineers with the emphasis on diversity and empowerment.
Just prior to the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, South Africa’s economy slid into its third recession since 1994. Job cuts, which were already expected prior to lockdown, are now almost certain in the weeks and months ahead as we all make great sacrifices to flatten the curve. This will unfortunately only deepen the unemployment rate, which is already at a staggering 29 per cent, according to Statistics South Africa’s final 2019 survey.
Henry Ford pioneered numerous innovations in the automotive industry, most notably the integrated moving assembly line introduced in 1913, which reduced the time to build the legendary Model T from 12.5 to 1.5 hours. This not only contributed to significantly increased production volumes, but also helped to dramatically reduce the price of the motor car – making what was previously only affordable to the wealthy also accessible to the general public.