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Ford Ranger production hits the 500,000 Milestone in SA

Ford Ranger production hits the 500,000 Milestone in SA

Ford Motor Company’s Silverton Assembly Plant in Pretoria has reached a significant milestone with the assembly of the 500,000th current generation Ford Ranger.

The half-millionth unit, a Wildtrak 3.2 Double Cab, was fittingly painted in the range-topping model’s distinctive and exclusive Pride Orange, and signifies the Ranger’s segment-defining legacy since production commenced in 2011.

“The current Ford Ranger has been a remarkable success story for Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa, and we are delighted to have reached the 500,000 mark for this vehicle programme,” said Ockert Berry, VP Operations, Ford Middle East and Africa.

“Ford invested more than R3-billion in our local operations for the launch of the Ranger in 2011 to cater for the South African market and exports to over 148 markets in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. We followed this up with a further R3-billion investment in 2017 to further expand our production capacity to meet the growing worldwide demand for the Ranger,” Berry added.

“This reaffirms our role as an integral part of Ford’s global manufacturing network with world-class operations at the Silverton Assembly Plant in Pretoria, and at the Struandale Engine Plant in Port Elizabeth which produces the Duratorq TDCi engines for the Ranger.”

The trend-setting Ranger has introduced a wide range of cutting-edge safety, comfort and convenience features to the pick-up segment over the years. This includes three generations of Ford’s award-winning SYNC infotainment system, as well as advanced driver assistance technologies such as Adaptive Cruise Control and Lane Keeping System which are standard on the Ranger Wildtrak.

Equally, the exceptional performance delivered by its 2.2 and 3.2-litre Duratorq TDCi engines has contributed to its remarkable popularity, while the introduction of sophisticated automatic transmissions across a wide range of models and both engine capacities has reshaped the buying patterns of customers in the pick-up segment.

Traditionally long model cycles associated with the LCV segment have been slashed with the Ranger, as regular feature and equipment upgrades over the past seven years have ensured that Ford’s pick-up range remains at the top of its game. Most notably, the Ranger received a comprehensive update in 2015 that saw the debut of even more muscular styling, along with technology and feature enhancements that included SYNC 3 and the subsequent addition of embedded navigation on high-spec models.

Not surprisingly, the Ranger has consistently been one of the top-selling vehicles in the hotly contested light commercial vehicle (LCV) segment in South Africa, as well as in the overall sales charts. Its highest-ever domestic sales figure of 3333 units was achieved in July 2017.

The Ranger is the undisputed leader in the increasingly popular double cab segment in South Africa – a highly revered position it has held uncontested over numerous years.

Records continue to be broken in terms of export volumes, with a truly impressive 8 062 units being shipped from Silverton to customers in Europe, the Middle East and Africa in April 2018. Combined local and export volumes for the month topped out at a record-breaking 10,434 units, making the Ranger the highest volume LCV model produced in South Africa – by a significant margin.

“Early next year we are set to launch the first-ever Ford Ranger Raptor, which will add an exciting new chapter to the Ranger’s proud legacy in South Africa and across the region,” Berry added.


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Following reverse listing, public can now acquire shareholding in Paratus Namibia

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20 February 2020, Windhoek, Namibia: Paratus Namibia Holdings (PNH) was founded as Nimbus Infrastructure Limited (“Nimbus”), Namibia’s first Capital Pool Company listed on the Namibian Stock Exchange (“NSX”).

Although targeting an initial capital raising of N$300 million, Nimbus nonetheless managed to secure funding to the value of N$98 million through its CPC listing. With a mandate to invest in ICT infrastructure in sub-Sahara Africa, it concluded management agreements with financial partner Cirrus and technology partner, Paratus Telecommunications (Pty) Ltd (“Paratus Namibia”).

Paratus Namibia Managing Director, Andrew Hall

Its first investment was placed in Paratus Namibia, a fully licensed communications operator in Namibia under regulation of the Communications Regulatory Authority of Namibia (CRAN). Nimbus has since been able to increase its capital asset base to close to N$500 million over the past two years.

In order to streamline further investment and to avoid duplicating potential ICT projects in the market between Nimbus and Paratus Namibia, it was decided to consolidate the operations.

Publishing various circulars to shareholders, Nimbus took up a 100% shareholding stake in Paratus Namibia in 2019 and proceeded to apply to have its name changed to Paratus Namibia Holdings with a consolidated board structure to ensure streamlined operations between the capital holdings and the operational arm of the business.

This transaction was approved by the Competitions Commission as well as CRAN, following all the relevant regulatory approvals as well as the necessary requirements in terms of corporate governance structures.

Paratus Namibia has evolved as a fully comprehensive communications operator in Namibia and operates as the head office of the Paratus Group in Africa. Paratus has established a pan-African footprint with operations in six African countries, being: Angola, Botswana, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa and Zambia.

The group has achieved many successes over the years of which more recently includes the building of the Trans-Kalahari Fibre (TKF) project, which connects from the West Africa Cable System (WACS) eastward through Namibia to Botswana and onward to Johannesburg. The TKF also extends northward through Zambia to connect to Dar es Salaam in Tanzania, which made Paratus the first operator to connect the west and east coast of Africa under one Autonomous System Number (ASN).

This means that Paratus is now “exporting” internet capacity to landlocked countries such as Zambia, Botswana, the DRC with more countries to be targeted, and through its extensive African network, Paratus is well-positioned to expand the network even further into emerging ICT territories.

PNH as a fully-listed entity on the NSX, is therefore now the 100% shareholder of Paratus Namibia thereby becoming a public company. PNH is ready to invest in the future of the ICT environment in Namibia. The public is therefore invited and welcome to acquire shares in Paratus Namibia Holdings by speaking to a local stockbroker registered with the NSX. The future is bright, and the opportunities are endless.