Ford South Africa is celebrating significant milestones this year for its local production of the Ranger pickup. At the beginning of September the Ford Silverton Assembly Plant in Pretoria produced its 500 000th Ranger for export, which is a fitting achievement since it is also the current model’s 10th anniversary this year.
The Ranger Raptor – the toughest, highest-performing variant of one of South Africa’s best-selling bakkies – is set to get even more desirable as Ford confirms the launch of the new Ranger Raptor Special Edition in South Africa.
Ford South Africa has funded the production of school shoes for 4 300 underprivileged children in Pretoria and Gqeberha (formerly Port Elizabeth). The first batch of 1 010 pairs of shoes were handed over today to Ramahlale Primary School in Mamelodi, near Ford’s Silverton Assembly Plant.
In celebration of Women’s Month in August, Ford South Africa has been celebrating women who are pioneers in their respective vocations.
South Africa has made considerable progress in the advocacy for gender equality in the workplace, and more specifically in the automotive industry. According to the Motor Industry Staff Association (MISA), the percentage of women in the motor industry has been steadily increasing in recent years.
Ford South Africa is gearing up for its next Esports sim-racing competition, which is set to launch on August 23. The competition, which is free to enter and open to all age groups, will be the first time that South African sim-racers will be able to represent their country and test their mettle against five European countries, all aligned to Ford’s established sim-racing division known as Team Fordzilla. Prizes from some of the biggest gaming brands and partners in Esports and motorsport will add to the local and global excitement.
The Ford Wildlife Foundation (FWF), founded in 2014, is lending a supportive hand to the Cape Leopard Trust (CLT) and the Endangered Wildlife Trust (EWT), by providing Ford Ranger 4x4 Double Cabs to the non-profit wildlife conservation organisations for a period of two years.
The versatility and security of the Ford Ranger Wildtrak has been enhanced with the introduction of the Securi-lid Roll Top Cover – now available as a Ford-approved accessory exclusively on the Ranger Wildtrak, and available for order through Ford’s nationwide dealer network.
Ford South Africa is making an important contribution to tackling the COVID-19 pandemic by having opened specialised Vaccination Clinics at both of its local manufacturing plants, with cooperation and approval from the National Department of Health (NDOH).
Yota Baron has been appointed the new Chief Financial Officer (CFO) for Ford South Africa, effective 1 August 2021. She previously served as CFO for Direct Markets within the Ford International Markets Group.