Ford secures Africa export contract

first_img8 May 2008Pretoria-based Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa (FMCSA) has secured an export contract to supply right- and left-hand-drive models of the popular Ford Ranger pickup truck to African markets.In a statement this week FMCSA said that it began exporting the right-hand-drive variants from April and will follow with exports of left-hand-drive vehicles from July onwards.The company expects to manufacture approximately 10 000 Rangers for export at its plant in Silverton, outside Pretoria, during the remainder of the year.This number will increase to 24 000 Rangers for export in 2009, and to approximately 40 000 Rangers by 2010, raising the company’s total export volume to 60 000 vehicles per year.“This is another important contract for Ford of Southern Africa, and clearly shows the confidence Ford Motor Company has in our world-class workforce and their ability to produce vehicles of international standards and quality,” said FMCSA chief executive Hal Feder.“It also further highlights our ongoing commitment to expanding our operations and export component in South Africa.”The contract would assist the company in preparing for the export programme of Ford’s next generation global compact pickup in 2011, by enhancing the plant’s manufacturing capabilities.FMCSA recently announced it would invest more than R 1.5-billion to expand operations for the production of the next-generation pickup truck and Puma diesel engine.Apart from the Silverton plant that assembles Ford, Mazda, Volvo and Land Rover vehicles, from passenger vehicles to commercial truck ranges, Ford also has an engine plant in Port Elizabeth, which is the company’s global producer of the 1.3-litre RoCam engine which it exports together with the 1.6-litre RoCam engine to Ford plants in India and Europe.The company also uses its Port Elizabeth plant to manufacture catalytic converters for export, with Ford pointing out that South Africa had become a centre of excellence in the field, with the city acting as a hub for the catalytic coverter industry.“This announcement further highlights South Africa’s capabilities in an increasingly competitive global market,” said Feder. “The automotive sector plays an important role in the South African economy and we will continue to develop our significance both locally and as a strategic export base for vehicles, engines and components for Ford Motor Company.”SAinfo reporter Would you like to use this article in your publicationor on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Chess moves are life moves: Zuma

first_img24 December 2010Quick thinking was the order of the day at the recent Moves for Life chess tournament in Nkandla, KwaZulu-Natal. Moves for Life patron Jacob Zuma was in attendance, squaring off against some formidable youngsters – and planning the next move in taking the game to even more South Africans.South African President Jacob Zuma, whose love for the game of strategy is well-known, had a trick or two to show the smart kids at Wednesday’s tournament.The participants came from all over KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng province. Among those in attendance were international master Watu Kobese and South African champion Kgaogelo Mosetle.Unlocking potentialMoves for Life met with Zuma at his house in Nkandla this week to plan their next move in taking the game that teaches logic and problem-solving skills to even more South African children.According to its website, Moves for Life helps to unlock people’s potential through exposure to the game of chess, with its unique features enabling an innovative, structured programme for chess education from the lowest grades up.“The basic analytical functions required to play chess are of the same nature as the brain functions required to tackle subjects such as maths and science,” says Moves for Life. “Chess training, at any level of competence, helps people to tackle logic-based problems like those found in maths and science.”Reaching out to more placesThe Moves for Life tournament is in its second year, and there are plans to make it even bigger.“The President wants us to reach out to more places, particularly where there are previously disadvantaged people,” tournament organiser Sandile Xulu told BuaNews. “Next year, we plan to move to other rural areas because people want us to, and the response has been great.”Moves for Life will also partner with KwaZulu Chess, co-founded by President Zuma, to roll out a chess programme for schools from February.Ten schools in KwaZulu-Natal, including schools in Nkandla and Richards Bay, will be among the first targeted. Xulu said they hoped to reach still more schools in the near future.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

How can Employee Scheduling Work as a Growth Booster for your Business?

first_imgWhat Nobody Teaches You About Getting Your Star… Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… Related Posts Creating an efficient and effective employee schedule can be the difference between being stressed out or being relaxed as a manager. Your employees are your business and you always have to Ensure that your staff is where they need to be is critical for the smooth operation of your business.Related Read: 9 Ways To Help Your Employees Step UpThe roster will always be a major focus of any business. In saying that, business is primarily about making money, and with this being the major goal of most business’ they will always be focused on ways to save time and money, and one of, if not, the biggest expense is payroll. Having a system such as an employee scheduling will cut time to an arduous and sometimes exhaustive process as rostering staff. With efficient scheduling software, you can track staff shift times down to the minute, thus getting an exact calculation of your wage expenditure. Therefore with such accurate and real-time information, you can cut down on any unnecessary staff and wages.With ever-changing technological advancement, workplace laws and requirements and changes to the workplace, running a business has more components than ever, and with this, the time pressure becomes even more problematic. With scheduling software, you can avoid the pitfalls of not being compliant and be abiding by all workplace laws, scheduling software lessons the risk of accidentally flouting workplace laws with a multitude of functions to help make sure you’re in compliance. From overtime to hours worked public holiday rates and different industry awards, keeping your finger on the pulse of all the different requirements that a business has to abide by eases the stress on a manager.Implementing latest management tactics and processes with technology will keep you ahead of the game and will ease the pressure that occurs when you’re trying to build and keep, happy and loyal employees.Staff Scheduling ChallengesPlanning out a roster for the day, week or month can be challenging, having a central electronic platform to perform a multitude of tasks just makes your life much simpler. Flicking in between different applications and programs, emails and texts to work out the staff requirements, allowed wage budget and pay rates can fry a manger’s brain sometimes. It can take hours for a manager to plan and sort through all of the above, to make a roster for the business, hours that can be saved quite easily, all the while being a more efficient and effective way of processing a staple requirement of any business.Managers always have the pressure and responsibility of being compliant with organizational and workplace regulations, internal business requirements, employee upskilling, customer requirements and so much more. With all these tasks, it is becoming a basic requirement of any business today to use employee scheduling software in order to always Staying Compliant with employee scheduling in any current and future laws and regulations of your business.A well-managed and well-implemented employee scheduling system can help to keep your business moving smoothly as well as resolving a few difficult situations which can arise from rostering, payroll and compliance.Importance of Employee SchedulingImplementing and maintaining a consistent and efficient workplace schedule is important for the smooth function of your business. It helps to cut down wasted time, find inefficiencies and improve productivity. A great employee management system helps owners and managers to get more bang for your buck. Here are some key reasons why employee scheduling is important for your business:Add a professional touch that is cost-effective: To get the work done efficiently and effectively, employee software is becoming a requirement for all business’ today. It also reduces the labor cost and the maximum amount of work is completed in a shorter amount of time. Employees with the proper resources at their disposal can really maximize their efficiency at work.Reduce the stress: Creating an effective schedule ensures all the required tasks are done in a timely manner, without shift conflicts and to also ensure that your staff happy and a bit less stressed.Meeting deadlines: Managers can send alerts and notifications immediately to all staff if a shift needs to be filled, or priority tasks need to be done earlier, scheduling software can quickly alleviate your issues.Utilising Employee Scheduling SoftwareIt is always a challenge to coordinate with your staff members via email or text, regardless if you are part of a small cafe, or a large corporation, using employee scheduling software is a powerful and productive way to manage the employee schedule.In real time you can quickly track your employees’ holiday leave, sick leave and also alert employees when there are scheduling conflicts. Managers and Employees can update their availabilities, see their hourly rate, receive their schedules and get notifications in real time on any mobile devices. In addition to the preceding features, managers can customize compliance rules like overtime, break allocation, public holidays to suit your internal business policies and workplace regulations.Here are some benefits that owners and managers can gain by using employee scheduling software:The software makes scheduling easy to manage and employers will know the employee availability, key details, pay rates, leave requirements, payroll and shift times. In addition, It will help to improve accountability of your staff and catch those staff members that spend a little too long on break.Managers can view and edit the schedule from anywhere in real time. Scheduling software helps employers save time and improve their focus on other parts of their business.Employee scheduling software is compatible on multiple platforms like Android, iOS, and available for desktop.ConclusionThe old paper timesheets is a dinosaur of the past, the clock on a system on your old POS system is on the way out and being replaced in a very rapid movement towards all-encompassing employee scheduling software. Accurate and in real time, great all-in-one employee scheduling software is the future of your business. 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Nowcenter_img James Grills How to Make the Most of Your Software Developer… James Grills is a technical writer with a passion for writing on emerging technologies in the areas of mobile application development and IoT technology. He is a marketing advisor – currently associated with Cumulations Technologies a mobile app development company in India. last_img read more

Lula still in prison after Brazil judge voids shock release order

first_img\R Rio De Janeiro, Jul 8 (AFP) A Brazilian appeals court judge on Sunday quashed a fellow judge’s bombshell ruling ordering the release of jailed former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, in a day of legal tumult that comes just months before the South American country’s presidential vote.Though he is serving a 12-year sentence for corruption, the wildly popular leftist Lula, 72, continues to lead opinion polls ahead of October’s election and has vowed his name will be on the ballot.In his Sunday afternoon ruling, Judge Pedro Gebran Neto overturned a shock order to free Lula, which dropped just hours earlier from Judge Rogerio Favreto at an appeals court in Porto Alegre — the same one that had ordered the ex-president’s arrest.Favreto, the weekend duty judge, had ruled in favor of several deputies of Lula’s Workers’ Party, who on Friday submitted a habeas corpus application on the former president’s behalf, arguing he had been illegally imprisoned.On the heels of the first ruling, top anti-corruption judge Sergio Moro — who originally sentenced Lula in July 2017 — said Favreto did not have the power to secure the leftist’s release.Gebran Neto followed suit, instructing federal police at a prison in Curitiba to keep Lula behind bars.Lula has been imprisoned since April following his conviction for accepting a seaside apartment as a bribe from Brazilian construction company OAS.He has insisted on his innocence and branded the corruption accusations a political conspiracy aimed at thwarting his electoral aspirations.After ruling Brazil from 2003 to 2011, Lula left office with sky-high ratings following an economic boom and widely praised social programs to reduce poverty.advertisement”Lula free now!” read the popular politician’s Twitter account after Favreto’s order, praising the short-lived hope for “the end of the illegal imprisonment of Lula.” But even if released, Lula could see his candidacy invalidated by the South American country’s electoral court.Brazilian courts have repeatedly stifled his many efforts to secure release.Just last month the South American country’s Supreme Court withdrew Lula’s appeal from its agenda, after a lower appeals court ruled the prison sentence could not be referred to the top bench.The lower court said the top chamber should only handle cases related to possible constitutional violations, a standard which Lula’s request did not meet.Prosecutors in May filed new graft charges against Lula, his ex-economy minister and two other political figures allegedly promised $40 million by the Odebrecht conglomerate, which is also linked to corruption scandals elsewhere in Latin America.The charges are part of operation “Car Wash,” Brazil’s biggest ever anti-graft crackdown. It has targeted several former presidents, current President Michel Temer and politicians from all major parties.Investigators discovered that politicians and their parties were allegedly taking money from Odebrecht and other big companies in exchange for political favors and contracts with state oil company Petrobras.Yet Lula and his supporters remain steadfast in their goal to take back control of Brazil’s executive branch.Just last week the former president — who had been writing football commentary from jail, which a veteran Brazilian sports journalist and leftist sympathizer then read on air — ceased commenting on the World Cup to comply with electoral rules forbidding potential candidates from making television and radio appearances after June 30. (AFP) PMSPMSlast_img read more

Massive challenges ahead for Croatia despite dream World Cup run

first_imgCroatia exceeded all expectations as they came agonisingly close to winning the World Cup 2018 final before losing to France 4-2 in the final on Sunday.It has been great achievement for a nation with a population of little over four million. The Luka Modric’s side won all three group matches as they defeated Nigeria, Argentina and Iceland to finish at the top of their group.In the knockouts, the Croatians registered three consecutive come-from-behind victories as they reached their first World Cup final.But the fairytale is now over and now comes a return to a harsh football reality of sketchy infrastructure and scandals for Croatia.2018 FIFA WORLD CUP: FULL COVERAGEWith Modric most likely having played his last major international tournament at the age of 32, and several of his teammates, including Ivan Rakitic (30) and the 32-year-old Mario Mandzukic, in the twilight of their careers, Croatia’s presence in the World Cup final is an event unlikely to be repeated soon.Modric was the standout of the team and can still earn the title of world player of the year, breaking the stranglehold of Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.Croatia almost failed to qualify for the tournament in Russia, needing a 2-0 victory at Ukraine in their last group match to earn second spot that sent them into a playoff against Greece.FIFA World Cup 2018: Full list of prize winnersIt was the start of Zlatko Dalic’s term at the helm and the coach managed to guide them to Russia where they displayed some of the finest soccer on show.advertisementDalic’s future, however, is still unclear despite having a contract until 2020.”I will take a time out, take a breather. I never take decisions overnight,” the soft-spoken coach said on Sunday when asked about seeing out his contract.”At this moment I am not thinking of anything else but going back safely to Croatia and taking a rest.”Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic and Emmanuel Macron bond at World Cup 2018 FinalDalic, however, knows any long-term decisions are difficult to take in Croatia, which is still engulfed in the biggest soccer scandal the country has seen.Only last month a Croatian court sentenced former Dinamo Zagreb chief Zdravko Mamic to six-and-a-half years in prison for fraud and corruption.Croatia’s state attorney has also charged Modric with giving false testimony in the case, a major black spot on the player’s reputation.Coupled with the country’s limited resources to improve their football infrastructure, it was no wonder Dalic called their World Cup run a miracle.”Something has to be started, if not now then when? We have character and pride but in all other aspects we have to improve,” Dalic said before the final.”This is the ideal moment to say ‘let’s do something’. Sport has brought so much joy to the people.”We have definitely written ourselves into history, given the conditions and infrastructure back home, we are a miracle.”It will take more than that to keep Croatia in the forefront of international football.(With Reuters inputs)last_img read more