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Old June 12th, 2008, 05:21 PM   #61
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and guess what the chairman/owner is only 31 (or so) years old
really? thats amazing
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Old July 7th, 2008, 09:17 AM   #62
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Pretoria - An initiative that was launched in the Eastern Cape four years ago, aimed at increasing the number of black engineers available to the automotive industry, has expanded to Gauteng.

A pilot of the automotive experiential career development programme (AECDP) resulted in 19 black Grade 12 pupils in Gauteng earning "graduation" certificates on Friday, after showing promise in mathematics, science and engineering.

The AECDP was established by the Automotive Industry Development Centre with BMW South Africa at the Tshwane University of Technology (TUT).

Chrystal Christian, BMW SA's general manager of human resources and training, said the firm had sponsored the pilot in Gauteng and would ensure its sustainability over five years.

But Christian said the firm would challenge other motor manufacturers to assist and feed the automotive industry with black engineers.

The AECDP in the Eastern Cape expects to channel 120 qualified black engineers into the sector over the next four years. Similar results are expected from the Gauteng programme.

The AECDP aims to ensure participants make a successful transition from school to tertiary study and eventually enter the industry. In Gauteng, about 60 participants who showed promise in mathematics and science attended a four-week mathematics development programme hosted by TUT. The top 19 pupils were selected to continue with the programme.

Jan Botes, the head of TUT's department of mechanical engineering, said programmes like the AECDP were compulsory to address high unemployment and the inability of 35 percent of school leavers between 2002 and 2004 to attend an educational institution.

Nelisiwe Mahlangu, a pupil at Soshanguve High School near Pretoria, said: "It has encouraged me to study mechanical engineering and architecture."

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Old July 19th, 2008, 02:53 AM   #63
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Moroccan-French car company 'SOMACA' produced some 40,000 cars in 2007


Casablanca, July 14

Moroccan-French car company "SOMACA", arm of French company Renault, has produced some 40,000 Logan cars in 2007 against 29,600 in 2006, French Magazine "Jeune Afrique" reported this week.

The car manufacturer, according the weekly, has beaten its last year's production record, and has exported 7,500 Logan cars to the French and Spanish Market.

Driven by growth in the Moroccan market, which jumped up 23% in the first six months of 2008, the Casablanca-based production plant should continue "going forward" and produce some 45,000 vehicles during the current year, wrote the Magazine, noting that the manufactured cars include "Dacia Logan","Renault Kangoo","Peugeot Partner" and "Citroen Berlingo".

Regarding next year's expectations, the paper underlined that Renault intends to increase its production capacity to 80,000 cars, including 70,000 Kangoo, "Logan" and "Sandero" cars as well as 10,000 "Partner" and "Berlingo" cars.
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Old July 20th, 2008, 04:03 AM   #64
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SA niche car maker challenges the 'Big Boys'


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The power of the computer may be about to do for the car industry what YouTube has done for the media.

I'm not talking about the world's first open-source car - cumbersomely named "c,mm,n" for "common" - which has been launched in Holland with all the specs and technical drawings available free on the web.

No, the biggest motoring beneficiaries of the web revolution so far are cars that have two seats and go very fast.

It's a case of "glocalisation" rather than globalisation and it's leading to a back-to-the-future-style revolution in which every country - from Estonia (ESTfield) to Mexico (Mastretta) - can once again have its own niche sports car company

Even if their largely exported production runs barely make it into three figures, and the cars themselves range from R200 000 take-your-life-in-your-hands roadsters to obscenely priced supercars.

Ex-Special Forces soldier and trained engineer John Watson is planning his campaign of conquest from his purpose-built factory in Kolff, South Africa. About 250 of his Lotus 7-lookalike 1.8 or two-litre Birkin S3 custom-built roadsters are already exported each year to countries including Japan, the US and Australia.

Watson denies any similarities with the more expensive Caterham 7 but the British firm had better watch out as Europe is already in Watson's sights as a market for the Birkin in kit car and factory-built form.

Watson admits the biggest challenge in selling his R225 000 package of fun is keeping up with growth of the market – demand that he believes is down to cheap new technology that has allowed him to deliver the quality needed to compete internationally and capitalise on the cost advantage that South African companies enjoy.

As a result consumers know that cars like the Birkin "are more than the plastic bodied lookalikes masquerading on VW Beetle chassis that were typical of kit cars in the past".

Watson feels Birkin is in a very strong position to take advantage of the gap created by the rising costs and prices of competitors in Europe.

"With some aggressive marketing we have a good chance of exceeding our achievements of the 1980s, when Japan alone took every car we could make."

According to Hans Herweijer, MD of mypowerproducts.com, a Holland-based supplier of engines and running gear to niche car manufacturers across Europe, "small companies can now cheaply use new technologies like 3D modelling and rapid prototyping to visualise a product before it even exists".

That helps them match the quality of the Big Boys without having to blow their limited R&D budgets - and risk their companies - on projects that might turn out to be dead ends.

'No rational need'

Meanwhile in the another southern-hemisphere country Jock Freemantle is in the middle of planning the 2008 launch of his - and New Zealand's - first supercar, the limited-production, F1 look-alike 410kW BMW V8 Hulme. Only 20-30 of the R4.7-million car named after New Zealand's 1967 F1 World champion will be built each year.

Property developer and yacht builder Freemantle admits "there is no rational need for an extremely limited-production supercar but experience proves that worldwide there is a demand driven by the emotional desire to have the best, particularly when coupled to a passion for driving".

The key to the success of the project is the technological base New Zealand has developed to build America's Cup yachts which he hopes will transfer directly to the construction of supercars.

So much so that Freemantle - backed by international investors - already has a second model on the way. The open-top, aluminium-bodied 410kW Chevrolet LS7 V8 Hulme Can-Am is due to be launched in 2009 to coincide with the 40th Anniversary of Hulme's US Can-Am championship.

Viable business model

Auto industry analyst David Leggett says it's never been easier to produce a low-volume sports car. But the technological revolution isn't just about the hardware sitting on a designers desk, as the Hulme shows.

"Information flows around the world on the internet in a way it has never done before," he said. "It encourages good designers and engineers to move from country to country. International investment follows, component suppliers set up and exports become easier."

"A few local enthusiasts can now support a low-volume manufacturer. Throw in a few exports and you have a viable business model.

"And if you want to raise a ghost from the dead, MG would have survived as a British company if it had become a small niche sports car manufacturer, which was the original plan."

Argentine motoring glory

So, in a hangar at Buenos Aires airport, father and son advertising executives Jorge and Martin Vazquez are fighting to recapture past Argentine motoring glory, when heroes such as Juan Manual Fangio and Alberto Ascari drove at the Palermo Woods street circuit in Buenos Aires in races such as the historical "1000 kilómetros de Buenos Aires".

Their company JVA Automóviles Especiales has already started to export its Porsche 550 look-a-like to Europe. It has a VW engine and a purpose-built chassis that JVA was able to design in-house thanks to the latest CAD technology and the Vazquez's believe the R680 000, 74kW JVA550 can compete with Europe's best.

Like many visionaries the Vazquez's are already dreaming of the next great leap forward - the 5.8-litre, 445kW, V8 "GrandAm class" Fulgor.

But revolutions never turn out quite as they were supposed to; the global credit crisis rumbles on as the world heats up and there's another open-source contender - the OScar - in the pipeline.

Who knows where this might end?

http://www.motoring.co.za/index.php?...566&fSetId=381

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Wow, no Nigeria or Angola, ey? Humm, that's not good.
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Old July 22nd, 2008, 12:16 AM   #66
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Renault-Nissan to invest E80 million in South African project

Renault-Nissan to invest E80 million in South African project


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The Renault-Nissan Alliance has confirmed the launch of a new manufacturing project in South Africa. Renault and Nissan will invest E80 million in the project to adapt two cars to the South African market, prepare the plant, and develop the local components and accessories supply chain.

The current production output at the plant is 40,000 units per year. This will increase to 68,000 units in 2009 as a result of the investment. The local integration rate will be 25% at the start of production and gradually increase afterwards. Products will initially be sold in the local market.

The company said that the new Nissan NP200 half-ton pickup and Renault Sandero are to be produced at Nissan's Rosslyn plant. Production of the NP200 has already started in the plant and the production of the Sandero will start in 2009.

Mike Whitfield, managing director of Nissan South Africa, said: "Nissan has built up a formidable reputation in the light commercial vehicle segment of the market and the retirement of the legendary 1400 Bakkie should not be viewed as the end but rather the beginning of an era."

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Old July 22nd, 2008, 12:21 AM   #67
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Wow, no Nigeria or Angola, ey? Humm, that's not good.
Nigeria was mentioned earlier on in this thread.

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Old July 22nd, 2008, 12:24 AM   #68
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Brazilian manufacturer negotiating to build jeep factory in Angola


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Sao Paulo, Brazil, 24 Feb – Brazilian company Troller is negotiating to set up a unit for manufacturing jeeps in Angola, company officials said Wednesday.

The Angolan operation is part of Troller’s strategy to create an export platform for its vehicles to other African countries, the company’s president, Mario Araripe said.

The new factory is planned to assemble the Troller T4 jeep, the Troller T4-M military jeep and the Pantanal open bed truck, vehicles which have been adapted for conditions on Angolan roads, which require all-terrain vehicles.

Araripe said that the Troller jeep is known throughout the world, and because of its characteristics, is capturing the interest of Angolan businesspeople.

The Brazilian company recently sold 308 vehicles in Angola, including jeeps adapted to transport troops, patrol borders, combat diamond smuggling and even to transport patients.

In July 2004, Angolan company Equi-Tec imported Troller’s first jeeps into Angola, which were sold in a showroom on Luanda Island, an upper class area of Angola’s capital.

Troller is currently located in the city of Horizonte, in Ceará state, in northeastern Brazil, and had annual turnover of US$47 million in 2005, a 45.7 percent increase on 2004.

Exports are expected to reach 15 percent of total production, and main markets include Middle Eastern countries such as Kuwait, the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia.

Over the last four years, the company has invested around US$28 million on expanding production, which should reach 1,900 vehicles this year, a 58 percent increase on 2005..
http://www.macauhub.com.mo/en/news.php?ID=865

This factory is already operational in Angola right now. Here is the wiki page for Troller:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Troller
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Old July 22nd, 2008, 12:27 AM   #69
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Angola: Dongfeng-Nissan auto plant opens in April


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Beijing, China, 12 March - The car manufacturing plant set up in Angola by China’s Dongfeng and Nissan of Japan will begin production next month, six months behind schedule, Chinese state media reported Tuesday.

The Zhengzhou Nissan plant, owned in equal proportions by Nissan and Dongfeng, is expected to begin operating in April in the Viana industrial zone, north of Luanda, the joint venture’s CEO, Guo Zhenfu, told Economic Daily.

In July 2007, CGS Automovel, the Angolan partner of Zhengzhou-Nissan, said the auto plant would open in October in an investment worth US$ 30 million and a 840,000-square-meter production unit employing 300 people in an initial stage.

Zhengzhou-Nissan expects to produce up to 30,000 vehicles yearly in Angola including pickup trucks, small, medium and large buses, light trucks, multiuse passenger vehicles and the Nissan Paladin jeep, currently only sold in China.

CGS Automovel is financed by China International Fund, which oversees economic cooperation between China and Angola. Some 2,800 vehicles have already been ordered in Angola. (macauhub)

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Yeah, but I was expecting Naija to be like at least the #2 producer in Africa by now and Angola to already have at least one or two plants. South Africa is sooooooooooooooooooooo far ahead of the rest of Africa in everything its unbelievably ridiculous and sad to think about.
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Old August 10th, 2008, 02:24 PM   #71
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south africa is far ahead no one knows that . but it's not about how many things you have but the quality of people's lives whats count my friend . with olla that south africa has and the money they have it is ridiculous to spend and people still liviving in that kind of poverty. i don't mean that no country have poor people but damn. the money and poverty level it's ridiculous.
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It's ridiculous in all countries tbh.
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Old August 12th, 2008, 10:39 AM   #73
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I meant to say everybody KNOWS that SOUTH AFRICA is far ahead than any AFRICAN country , but with all that money ? there is no way that many people can be living in a situation like that . no wonder they started killing other africa people.
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Do a little more research into other countries before you start whining. We've heard it all, so your sad attempt at a flame isn't going to do much.

Go have a look at the poverty levels in the USA - with their huge economy - before you start giving your 5 cents. Poverty exists everywhere.
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i agree poverty exist everywhere .... and yeah i live in america and i can't desagree with your fact .... but my point is ...south africa poverty is increasing rather than redusing.....plus all that much crime and xenophobia against people who helped them fight for freedom and that stupid government of MBEKI do nothing about it , just watch people being burnt alive ... what kind of human ..... is that how you repay people ?



On the other hand in America ....poor people are lazy ....I'M from CONGO AND been working two jobs for 5 years . and change jobs the way i want .... while these dumb african -americans crying of being poor .


ONE .they have electricity ... , cold and hot water .... they don't sleep in boxes like the poor people in south africa do. AFRICANS and black people from all LATIN AMERICA and the CARRIBEAN live a better life than the owner of the country ... that is sad. they ca't even mary their own women . they get some money they run to WHITES , LATINO AND ASIAN WOMEN . and then live their own community poor ....


in south africa the townships can beraly found water ....when even in aparthied era they had free water. now its problem when they rule. that is so sad .


don't be so bitter it's not my fault or yours.
let just have a civilised conversation .


IT'S TIME YOU GO DO YOUR "HOMEWORK"
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I have done more than enough homework (article from last month):

http://www.news24.com/News24/South_A...359123,00.html

If you'll notice, since 1996 over 9 million people have been lifted out of poverty. Unemployment has also decreased. So excuse me for being skeptical of your homework, but I'm reading the facts.

Decreasing poverty may sound easy in theory, but it simply does not work that way. You can't take wealth from one group and give it to another - Zimbabwe is living (or dieing) proof of that. It takes time!

With regards to your statement about water..."Altogether 87.2% of households have access to water at the RDP standard or above, compared to 61% in 1994, 73% have access to sanitation (50% in 1994), and 72% have access to electricity (51% in 1994). " Let's not forget education! "Gross enrolment at primary school level is at about 98% and adult literacy is increasing. "
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We can't generalize black americans. They still account for the wealthiest african population in the world. Plus black americans vary the same as people back home in level of access to education. Its like back home when you compare Northern and Southern congo access to education and wealth distrubition. Black Americans can't be placed in a box they often veiw there world outside the box. You will be suprised how rich black americans are when you explore the rest of the nation. There more politically engaged in the politics in america then any other minority group. Don't fall into the media hype that either portrays blacks in a negative or exploited benchmark. It's a psychological science here in America to tear up unity and progressive march that will lead to complete black dominance. Black americans after all are your kin, and just like your kin they fall under all spectrum of life and character so lets not judge or generalize them with so much negativity.
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I know for fact that there is some rich black americans ,and i'm not blinded by the media .Believe me , may you should be here in AMERICA nad see for yourself . i know that white America always try to ignore the black success . Let me tell you something..... there is less educated black Americans today than they where in the 50s,and 60s. you ahve to see how they behave in work place , and school place, and other public places , you will be stunned .


I'm not putting all of them of them in the same category , but you have to here and see how sad this is .
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