The City of Tshwane congratulate Ford South Africa for creating around 1 200 job opportunities this month by adding a third production shift as part of its multibillion-rand investment at the Silverton Assembly Plant in Tshwane.
Earlier in the year during an oversight visit that Executive Mayor Randall Williams attended with President Cyril Ramaphosa, the company announced a R15 billion investment in its South African manufacturing operations largely to modernise and expand the Silverton plant.
“I am now thrilled to note that this investment in bearing real opportunities for communities with the increment of the company’s workforce,” Williams said.
Williams noted that the company recently communicated that its local workforce has increased to approximately 5 000 with the Tshwane base Silverton plant having the lion’s share with over 4 100 people employed.
He added that the City of Tshwane is pleased to note that with the additional third shift at the Silverton Assembly Plant, the company will be capable of producing up to 720 vehicles per day or 240 units per shift.
“This month the company also celebrated the production of its 500 000th Ford Ranger for export from the Silverton Assembly Plant. As a city we are truly proud that we have been able to create an investment friendly environment to enable businesses to thrive and create employment opportunities, while boosting the local economy,” he added.
Concluding, Williams said the success of Tshwane based major businesses is a testament that their city is indeed an attractive investment destination.