Cost control and convenience: Why Direct insurance makes sense for more consumers

As economic pressures rise, people increasingly seek out less costly ways to run their lives. That includes the insurance cover required for cars and other goods, driving the popularity of direct insurance. And, in an increasingly technology-savvy world, customers are realising that cutting out the middlemen means access to the same products, but at a lower cost.

In this environment, those insurers which are able to deliver quality insurance at a low price and with sound customer service, will flourish.

Price and service

Modern consumers want convenience and competitive pricing, so direct insurance makes sense for more people than ever before - especially the ‘internet generation’, which confidently uses online services that don’t necessarily require a personal relationship. That dovetails perfectly with direct insurance solutions.

Strong growth for direct insurance is confirmed by Global Credit Ratings. According to its November 2013 Short-Term Bulletin, direct insurers currently hold a 15% share of the overall market on the back of what it describes as ‘robust growth which continues to outstrip the broader market’. It says the emerging middle class is behind the growth, with young, tech-savvy buyers accustomed to buying products direct from the source to bring down costs.

Together with digital channels, the rise of self-service allows customers to manage their insurance portfolios online, at their leisure. This makes it possible to achieve the balance between low cost (because powerful web-based direct insurance automates many of the tasks and paperwork associated with taking out cover, managing that cover when requirements change, and even claiming) and excellent service.

The rise of the Apps

By extension, mobile apps provide the ability for individuals to access and self-manage their insurance portfolio on a smartphone or tablet, providing further convenience. And if an issue is encountered, there is always the personal touch available, with the insurer’s own contact centre available to help on the phone or via online web chat.

Digital is a growing trend in almost every industry and is likely to continue gaining momentum especially as generational changes take hold in the customer base and more people look to the internet to meet their needs for a range of products and services – including insurance.

MiWay’s early focus on digital channels is reflected in its 2012 introduction of the MiXpress online portal, which allows customers to get quotes, sign up for new insurance policies and update existing policies. It also recently launched the MiWay Mobile app.

People switch insurance for two key reasons: price and customer service. When an insurer can deliver the required solution at a better price and with excellent customer service, why would you go any other way?

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HAWKS arrest ringleader of a vehicle finance scam for defrauding motor vehicle institutions

A man, who is believed to be a ringleader of a syndicate that specialises in defrauding motor vehicle institutions, appeared in the Johannesburg Commercial Court yesterday, 22 July 2014, for R7, 1 Million fraud.

The Commercial Crime Unit of the Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation (the Hawks) arrested 39-year-old David Monamo while he was appearing in the Johannesburg Commercial Crime Court for a similar case of fraud on Monday, 21 July 2014.

He was appearing in court with his accomplice, 26-year-old Mahlatse Selby Mabokela, from the Alexandra Township. The duo are facing charges for defrauding a vehicle dealership in Roodepoort, Johannesburg, of more than R170 000, 00. Mabokela allegedly submitted fraudulent documents while securing finance for a Toyota Avanza, which was recovered during the investigation. Monamo allegedly prepared the documents.

Little did Monamo know that the Hawks were preparing another case of fraud against him for 43 counts amounting to R7, 1 million? These charges came after several vehicle financing institutions had approached the Hawks for assistance after their forensic investigation departments had identified a syndicate.

One Johannesburg-based bank was defrauded of R7, 1 million in fraudulent purchases of 43 Toyota Avanzas, which were recovered during a joint operation between the Hawks and the defrauded bank.

Monamo's clients operate in the taxi industry in the Alexandra and Benoni areas. Most of them could not qualify for finance, but wanted to use these Toyota Avanzas as taxis. They would pay Monamo a small deposit of R1800, 00 for a new Toyota Avanza. Monamo has been remanded in custody until next week Tuesday, 5 August 2014, for a formal bail application.

"Owners of the Toyota Avanzas, whose purchases were facilitated by David Monamo, are strongly encouraged to contact the Hawks through its national spokesman, Captain Paul Ramaloko, at 079 514 4476/082 770 4902 to verify if their purchases are above board or not," said  Gauteng Provincial Head of the Hawks, Shadrack Sibiya.

Investigations continue and more arrests are expected.

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Ford Announces Power Outputs for All-New Mustang; Lightweight Body and Performance Chassis

  • Ford reveals for the first time the power outputs for the all-new Ford Mustang
  • All-new 2015 Ford Mustang will offer 228kW equipped with the 2.3-litre EcoBoost engine, 320kW with the 5.0-litre V8 engine.
  • All-new Mustang will go on sale in South Africa in 2015, with fully independent front and rear suspension, platform optimised for ride and handling

PRETORIA, South Africa 24 July 2014 – Ford Motor Company revealed power outputs and performance details for the all-new Ford Mustang at its Go Further event in Sandton last week.

The all-new Ford Mustang equipped with the new 2.3-litre EcoBoost engine will offer 228kW and 440Nm of torque, while the Mustang equipped with a muscular 5.0-litre V8 engine will generate 320kW with 536Nm of torque.

Both engine options will be made available to customers in South Africa when the all-new Mustang goes on sale late next year. Ford also announced at Go Further that order books for the new Mustang officially open in January 2015.

In addition to the two engine offerings the all-new Mustang will also offer fully independent front and rear suspension, and an advanced lightweight body structure with extensive high-strength steel and aluminium components for excellent ride and handling.

Ford South Africa will announce at a later date final specification and details for all-new Mustang models for South Africa.

A global motoring icon with nine million sold since first launched in 1964, Mustang is the world’s most-liked vehicle on Facebook with more than 7 million fans and has made more than 3,200 appearances in film and on TV.

Advanced engine technology

The new 2.3-litre EcoBoost engine was designed specifically for the all-new Mustang, to meet the needs of drivers looking for outstanding performance and fuel efficiency.

“This EcoBoost engine delivers the healthy output Mustang drivers expect, regardless of the car’s speed,” said Scott Makowski, EcoBoost powertrain engineering manager. “It delivers where a Mustang driver expects it to – with a broad, flat torque curve and great drivability under any conditions.”

The newest member of Ford’s global EcoBoost engine family, the 2.3-litre continues to take advantage of state-of-the-art technologies including direct fuel injection, twin independent variable camshaft timing and turbocharging.

With a compact engine generating nearly 100kW per litre and more than 188Nm of torque per litre ensuring engine durability was critical. The Mustang EcoBoost engine will withstand the added stresses with:

  • Forged-steel crankshaft
  • Piston-cooling jets
  • Steel piston ring carriers
  • Premium bearing materials
  • Upgraded valve seat materials
  • Forged-steel connecting rods
  • High-pressure die-cast aluminium cylinder block with ladder-frame bearing caps
  • Deep-sump, die-cast aluminium oil pan

The 5.0-litre V8 delivers a host of features that help it breathe, especially at higher engine speeds. Getting air into the cylinders and exhaust out is key to generating more power and torque from any engine, and that has been the focus in the development of this V8, which features:

  • Larger intake valves
  • Larger exhaust valves
  • Revised intake camshafts
  • Revised exhaust camshafts
  • Stiffer valve springs ensure valves close completely at high rpm
  • New cylinder head casting – revised ports provide straighter path to the valves for less restrictive intake and exhaust flow; combustion chamber modifications accommodate larger valves
  • Sinter forged connecting rods are lighter and more durable for high-rpm operation
  • Redesigned piston tops – deeper cut-outs clear the new larger valves
  • Rebalanced forged crankshaft to support higher-rpm operation

Independent suspension and lightweight body for sharper reflexes

With fully independent suspension systems front and rear, and Ford’s integral link rear suspension technology, the all-new Ford Mustang will be the nimble and comfortable, achieving world-class performance in both dynamics and ride quality. Lightweight aluminium is used for the bonnet and front wings to help reduce body mass and improve the weight balance.

Some of the other components made of aluminium include the rear suspension knuckles, rear axle housing on automatic transmission cars, rear control arms, and rear brake callipers. Even parts made of steel and other materials such as the hollow rear stabiliser and the new seats have been intelligently designed to meet the performance standards while keeping weight down.

Every new Mustang features an all-new integral-link independent rear suspension. The suspension architecture is based on a lower control arm, integral link, upper camber link and a toe link. The geometry, springs, dampers and bushings have all been specifically modified and tuned to deliver improved mechanical grip for this high-performance application.

The suspension geometry of Mustang now keeps the body level under hard acceleration and braking. Aluminium alloy rear knuckles help reduce unsprung mass for better ride and handling.

At the front, a non-isolated perimeter subframe helps stiffen the structure while reducing mass, contributing to a better foundation for more predictable wheel control that benefits handling, steering, and ride quality.

The double-ball-joint front MacPherson strut system enables the use of large, powerful brakes without resorting to excessive wheel offsets that would hurt steering feel. Like the rear, the front end contributes to improved pitch stability with anti-dive in the geometry to prevent the nose from squatting under braking.

Hyundai Automotive South Africa launches the enhanced 2014 Elantra

Hyundai Automotive South Africa has launched the enhanced 2014 Elantra - incorporating a refreshed design and improved product features - with the aim to further strengthen this award-winning model's presence in one of the most competitive market segments.

The Hyundai Elantra returns for 2014 with extensive design upgrades: A host of new features have been added, while maintaining the roominess, warranty and safety that has helped the Elantra to be a winner in its market segment.

Since the first-generation Hyundai Elantra was launched in 1990, the model accumulated global sales exceeding 8,77 million units. The Elantra has also won a series of coveted awards, including the 2012 North American Car of the Year and 2012 South African Car of the Year awards.

"The Hyundai Elantra was the first Korean car to win the South African Guild of Motoring Journalists Car of the Year Award, and deservedly so. It is a car with qualities and standard features that makes it a very competent competitor in its segment. The excellent ergonomics of its interior design, outstanding exterior looks and the roomy cabin and luggage area makes it a perfect compact family sedan. It is also a very rewarding and pleasing car to drive," says Stanley Anderson, marketing director of Hyundai Automotive South Africa.

The present model, launched in 2011 in South Africa, has now received all-new front and rear exterior designs, along with interior styling upgrades. The "fluidic sculpture" design language that has first been adopted by Hyundai for its popular ix35 SUV and the flagship Sonata sedan was also used to create the very attractive Elantra. That striking design has now been complemented by several exterior styling refinements.

The enhanced Elantra has an overall length of 4 550 mm, which is 20 mm longer than the previous model, while its wheelbase remains the same. With front and rear bumpers extended by 5 mm and 15 mm respectively, the facelifted Elantra projects a more stable, balanced look.

The newly designed front bumper, radiator grille, fog lamps as well as adoption of LED light guide and projection headlamps add a dynamic, high-tech feel to the Elantra. When seen from the side, the redesigned 17-inch two-tone alloy wheels and chrome belt line moulding accentuate the Elantra's premium image. A new black, two-tone rear bumper and LED rear combination lamps were also adopted.

Interior design elements were modified with the aim of improving usability, reflecting feedback from customers of the previous Elantra model. Such research and feedback resulted in the centre air vent position being moved upward on the dash, while the front centre armrest position was also raised.

Exterior changes

Exterior enhancements in the 2014 Elantra include:

  • New 17" alloy wheels on the 2014 Elantra replace the 16" steel rims;
  • A new headlight design;
  • New front fog lights design;
  • A chrome belt line molding;
  • A new front grille; and
  • Redesigned front and rear bumpers.

The front and rear styling of the 2014 Hyundai Elantra have been altered for a more stable, balanced look. Up front, a new open-mouth lower bumper, grille, more technical fog lights and projector headlamps add a dynamic, precise feel to Elantra.

The whole L-shaped fog light graphic stabilizes the front end and gives the car a more grounded look, while maintaining a greater sense of width that forces the eye to the corners. The headlamp and tail lamp LED accents were also given a more technical appearance to give the Elantra a stronger attitude. Viewed from the side, new 17-inch alloy wheels accentuate the Elantra's premium image.

Interior refinements

Inside, refinements in design give the entire 2014 Hyundai Elantra a more premium feel, with subtle changes to the placement of air-conditioning vents, controls and the height of the front center armrest lending a higher-quality, simplified look.

Interior and convenience enhancements in the 2014 Elantra include:

  • A new audio system with integrated Bluetooth;
  • A redesigned climate control interface;
  • A new straight pull automatic transmission selector with a leather boot;
  • Increased height of centre armrest;
  • Repositioning of the air vents on the dashboard, now also with a shut-off function;
  • The addition of electric folding side mirrors; and
  • The addition of auto-up for the driver's window, with a safety function.

Changes to reduce NVH (Noise, Vibration & Harshness) even further

Since the launch of the current generation Elantra in 2011, the model has undergone significant changes to reduce cabin noise. The cumulative effect of these improvements is evident in the outstanding ride quality of the Elantra and they will be noticed immediately by driver and passengers.

NVH Enhancements include:

  • New HVAC duct absorption material;
  • New, higher density carpet;
  • Increased anti-vibration floor pad thickness;
  • Increased anti-vibration cowl pad thickness;
  • Additional expandable foam in the A pillars;
  • New anti-vibration material in dash panel; and
  • Applied full underbody cover.

Gamma 1.6 MPI D-CVVT engine

The lightweight, all-aluminium 1,6 litre Gamma MPI four-cylinder engine is used for the 2014 Elantra, equipped with D-CVVT to boost power output of 96 kW at 6 300 r/min. and allow lower exhaust emissions while delivering class-leading fuel economy. Peak torque delivery is 157 Nm at 4 850 r/min.

The Gamma has a Mechanical Lash Adjuster (MLA) that improves fuel efficiency and overall rigidity while its lower inertial mass helps reduce friction and noisy valve clatter. The intake/exhaust manifold system improves engine performance with the application of a novel structural design, reducing chronic problems and enhancing durability.

Fuel consumptio of 6,4 litres/100 km has been measured officially for the manual transmission derivative, while the automatic version recorded 6,9 litres/100 km in a combined (urban and open, rural roads) test cycle. The CO2 emissions are 152 g/km and 163 g/km respectively for the manual and automatic derivatives.

Six-speed transmissions

Hyundai's commitment to making the Elantra highly fuel-efficient continues with a six-speed automatic transmission with SHIFTRONIC manual control or a standard six-speed manual transmission.

Developed and manufactured entirely in-house, the six-speed automatic transmission is designed for engine applications in small mid-sized passenger cars. The automatic transmission consists of three planet gears, two clutches and three brakes, which make it small, compact and light. Hyundai is one of only three global car manufacturers with its own unique six-speed automatic transmission layout.

Acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h takes 10,1 sec in the manual version, while automatic derivative accelerates in 11,6 sec to 100 km/h. Top speeds are 200 and 195 km/h respectively.

Ride & handling

The suspension and steering components of the Elantra are anchored to a chassis of outstanding rigidity and strength that permits more precise tuning of the final ride and handling settings.

The Motor Drive Power Steering (MDPS) eliminates the use of hydraulics of a conventional power steering system and delivers varying degrees of power assistance. It adapts itself to driving situations, such as city driving and parking in tight spots, or faster driving through sweeping curves on the open road where accurate feedback from the wheels to the steering wheel is critical. The other benefit of the MDPS is that it helps save fuel.

Levels of noise, vibration and harshness (NVH) have been lowered substantially on the new Elantra, inter alia by more sound-deadening foam in key body cavities that counters resonance of sound waves, increased stiffness of the dashboard panel and optimizing the tuning of the size and angle of the bushes in the suspension linkages.

The Elantra uses a MacPherson strut front suspension with a six-point reinforcement of the cross member that improves rigidity and handling characteristics.

At the rear, the coupled torsion beam axle suspension is simple in design and functioning, but light in weight and effective to deliver a smooth, comfortable ride and excellent stability.

A refined ride with a well-weighted and accurate steering response, linked with outstanding suspension articulation and road compliancy, forms part of the modern premium package of the Elantra.

Driver's convenience and safety

The Elantra can boast with a long list of standard features that include safety escort headlamps that remain turned on for 30 seconds after the driver leaves the car, an auto defogging system, and rear park assistance sensors.

Further, the Elantra features airbags for the driver and front passenger, ultra-high tensile steel used to reinforce safety-critical areas of the car's body structure such as a stronger centre member underneath the dashboard, added protection for the driver's knees in case of an accident and hot-stamping technology used to maximise body rigidity of the side structures.

Seatbelt pretensioners complement the passive safety features of the Elantra. ISOFIX child seat anchors are also standard safety features.

An Advanced Brake System (ABS) with Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD) and Brake Assist forms part of the Elantra's active safety system.

The spare wheel of the Elantra is a full-size alloy, stored under the floor of the 485-litre capacity luggage compartment.

Pricing

Included in the price of the 2014 Elantra is Hyundai's ground-breaking 5 year/150 000 km Warranty, with 5 year/150 000Km Roadside Assistance adding further peace of mind. A 5 year/90 000 km service plan is also part of the standard package. Service intervals are 15 000 km.

The prices of the two Hyundai Elantra derivatives are:

Elantra 1.6 Premium (manual)             R247 900

Elantra 1.6 Premium (automatic)                  R262 900

Upington Housebreaking suspect arrested and stolen items recovered


The Upington Police are investigating a case of housebreaking after a 32 year-old suspect was caught in a closet at a house where he broke into with the stolen goods in his possession.

On Thursday, 17 July 2014 at 17:20 the Crime Prevention members were busy to conduct crime prevention duties in Jooste Eiland, Louisevale, Upington Cluster. Constable Charlton Andrews discovered the alleged suspect in a closet in one of the rooms in the house. According to information, entrance was gained through a window. The items that was confiscated from the suspect was a grinder, a jig saw and a corner driller to the value of R1 000-00. All these items were handed back to the lawful owner.

The Station Commander Colonel Sampie Koopman applauded the two members for their outstanding work.

The suspect will appear in court today for a formal bail application.

The police investigation continues.

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Casual Day – Mandela 67 minutes of service at Cresset House in Midrand

Casual Day ambassadors Luvo Nelani, Nicole Laxton, Kashveera Chanderjith, Khumo Moyane & Thapelo Mokoena

Mandela Day is very special for the Casual Day team and each year the team visits a different school, centre or organisation that renders services to persons with disabilities. This year several of Casual Day’s new ambassadors spent 18 July at Cresset House, a self-sustaining community providing residential and work facilities for 60 adults with intellectual disabilities, including those with Down Syndrome and Autism.

The Casual Day team was there to assist the residents to decorate their hall for a big party. “Mandela Day and Casual Day have this in common: both projects aim to empower communities everywhere. Casual Day seeks to be instrumental in seeing persons with disabilities being included fully in society as interdependent contributors to a better society,” says Casual Day project leader Celeste Vinassa.

The ambassadors that visited Cresset House are Kashveera Chanderjith, the first profoundly deaf chartered accountant in South Africa and audit manager at Anglo American; Tujay Harmonix – or Jonathan Groenewald – a hip hop artist with Muscular Dystrophy; Khumo Moyane, who has a condition called Osteogenesis Imperfecta or ‘brittle bones’; Nicole Laxon, who has Absence Epilepsy, and Luvo Nelani, a human rights activist in the field of disability.

“Our ambassadors are persons with disabilities or people who have dedicated themselves to fighting for the rights of persons with disabilities,” says project leader Celeste Vinassa. “They speak from experience and knowledge about disability. It’s called ‘self-advocacy’. They are all people who have overcome great adversity, and are now ready to help Casual Day with its evolution.

“Casual Day changes lives one R10 sticker at a time. Our ambassadors are there to give society a deeper understanding of the world of disability and how to make the world a more respectful and nurturing place for everybody.”

Cresset House is situated in Glen Austin, Midrand (between the two major cities of Johannesburg and Pretoria), on an expansive property covering eleven hectares. The facility comprises six residential houses, a bakery, an organic vegetable garden, ten vegetable tunnels, a woodwork centre, craft centres and contracts workshops, a stimulation centre, an administrative block and a community hall.

The over-arching objective of Mandela Day is to inspire individuals to take action to help change the world for the better – this is what Casual Day beneficiary organisations will be doing on Friday 5 September 2014, but it is never too early to start planning to dress up in the 2014 theme, which is Bring out the Bling!

“Cresset House is a long-time participant in Casual Day and we do encourage everyone in the Midrand area to get their stickers from Cresset House 011 314 1148 or 011 314 1848 or email zen.rankin@gmail.com. Schools and businesses in the area can create community spirit in action by donation R10 for their sticker,” she says.

Casual Day is South Africa’s most successful fundraising project for persons with disabilities – and the amount raised for last year has climbed to R24.8 million. Sponsored by The Edcon Group, Casual Day is the flagship project of the National Council for Persons with Physical Disabilities in South Africa (NCPPDSA), which this year celebrates 75 years of service to the community of persons with disabilities.

Concludes Vinassa: “This year we celebrate Casual Day’s 20th birthday and invite everyone to help us celebrate the work of all our beneficiaries which are committed to advancing the rights of persons with disabilities. Apart from the services they provide to their constituencies, they are involved in advocacy and lobbying for the inclusion of persons with disabilities in mainstream society. All our national beneficiaries are committed to advancing the rights of persons with disabilities – and are representative of a spectrum of conditions and disabilities.”

The beneficiaries of Casual Day are:

National Council for Persons with Physical Disabilities in SA

South African National Council for the Blind

South African Federation for Mental Health

Deaf Federation of South Africa

Autism South Africa

Down Syndrome South Africa

National Association for Persons with Cerebral Palsy

South African National Deaf Association

National Institute for the Deaf

Alzheimer’s South Africa

South African Disability Alliance

QuadPara Association of South Africa.

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Limpopo Police foil business robbery: seven suspects nabbed

A joint crime intelligence lead operation secured the arrest of seven armed robbers in Groblersdal on Saturday.   Police received a tip-off about a business robbery and members from the Tactical Response Team (TRT) laid in wait for the robbers to arrive.

Five of the seven suspects were seen alighting from their vehicle and proceeded to the business premises.  On noticing the suspects the police warned them to surrender however they retaliated and started firing back.  A gun battle ensued leaving one suspect wounded in the arm.   The other four suspects surrendered and subsequent investigations lead to the arrest of a security guard and business assistant believed to be part of the group.

During the shooting, a 62 year-old taxi driver was allegedly shot in the face by one of the suspects while pouring petrol.  He was rushed to Groblersdal hospital and is currently in a stable but serious condition.

Meanwhile, three illegal firearms with ammunition and a blue VW Polo were confiscated by the police.  The injured suspect was treated at the local hospital and later discharged.  The suspects aged between 20 and 49, four from Gauteng and three locals,  will appear in the Groblersdal Magistrates’ Court soon facing charges of armed robbery and possession of unlicensed firearms . Police investigations continue.

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Five alleged rhino poachers arrested at Phinda Game Reserve, KwaZulu-Natal

On 9 July 2014 during the day, a joint operation by Durban Organised Crime Unit, Nyathi Anti-Poaching and Special Task Force were patrolling around Hluhluwe when they received information about a group of people who were suspected to be poaching at Phinda Game reserve.

The members started to intensify their patrols and they spotted five suspects inside the Game reserve.

When the officers approached the suspects, it is alleged that the suspects fired shots towards the members and the members retaliated and one suspect was wounded.

All five suspects were arrested and they were found in possession of an unlicensed hunting rifle with three live rounds, a silencer and an axe.

All arrested suspects aged between 17 and 38 years will appear in the Hluhluwe Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday, 22 July 2014 facing charges of illegal hunting, attempted murder, possession of unlicensed firearm and ammunition.

The KwaZulu-Natal Provincial Commissioner, Lieutenant General Mmamonnye Ngobeni applauded the members for the good work. “Police will work tirelessly to fight and combat illegal hunting including rhino poaching,” she said.

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Ford Is Bringing 25 New Vehicles to Middle East and Africa by 2016

  • Ford Middle East and Africa responsible for 67 markets
  • Newly established structures aim to support growth in the region
  • One Ford strategy will see a growing line-up of new or refreshed vehicles entering the market

PRETORIA, South Africa, 18 July, 2014 - Ford announced that it is bringing 25 new vehicles to Middle East and African markets by 2016 as part of its aggressive expansion plans in its newest business unit, Middle East and Africa (MEA).  Spanning Saudi Arabia to South Africa, and Nigeria to Kenya, Ford’s new MEA unit is comprised of 67 markets.

“Ford is bringing a full family of safe, high quality, fuel efficient and fun-to-drive cars, trucks and SUVs to customers throughout the Middle East and Africa region,” said Jim Benintende president, Ford Middle East and Africa.  “MEA is the final frontier for global growth in the auto industry and thanks to the power of our One Ford plan, we are able to offer vehicles here that our customers want and value.”

Vehicle sales in the MEA are expected to grow by 40 percent by the end of the decade to 5.5 million vehicles.  Ford is putting the right structure and people in place in order to bring a full family of vehicles that customers will want to the region.

Ford’s MEA business unit underscores Ford’s commitment to customers in a region where Ford and Lincoln sales grew up to 60 percent in the past four years.

To take advantage of growth opportunities, Ford has combined the four regions of North Africa, Sub-Saharan Africa, South Africa and the Middle East into a single business unit, with all sales, share and financial reporting consolidated for the 67 Ford markets. The new Ford Middle East and Africa operation – Ford’s fifth global business unit – is headquartered in Dubai.

“The Middle East and Africa region is vast and is comprised of very diverse markets with different political, cultural and economic environments,” Benintende said. “In order to best support the region it has been imperative that we establish a robust operation with a dedicated focus and clear understanding of the unique conditions and customer needs in these markets.”

To attain that dedicated focus and support the diversity of the markets, Middle East and Africa is now being managed in two sub-regions – South Africa and Sub-Saharan Africa, and the Middle East and North Africa. While regional operations are headquartered in Dubai, Ford maintains regional offices in both South Africa and Dubai.

“The new business unit will give the region the focus it deserves and help spearhead Ford’s continued growth in emerging markets. Africa is one of the youngest markets in the world, and there is an opportunity to provide an affordable product for the people of the continent,” he continued.

Benintende emphasised that priorities include supporting Ford’s dealer network throughout the Middle East and Africa to service customer needs. Ford currently sells about 200,000 vehicles a year throughout the Middle East and Africa region.

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Momentum Cape Times Knysna Forest Marathon Results Released

Results of the Momentum Cape Times Knysna Forest Half Marathon and Marathon are:

42km:
Men:
1. Lloyd Bosman 02:29:00 (open category), 2. Tsepang Ramonene 02:30:55 (open), 3. Ben Brimble 02:36:04 (open).

Women:
1. Linda Tucker 03:03:03 25th overall (40-49 years), 2. Sonya Baard 03:04:09 26th overall (open), 3. Olga Backeberg 03:09:15 34th overall (40-49 years).

21km:
Men:
1. Ettiene Plaatjies 01:05:27 (open), 2. Melikhaya Frans 01:10:04 (open), 3. Petrus Jacobs 01:10:13 (open).

Women:
1. Ulrica Stander 01:23:45 34th overall (open), 2. Melissa van Rensburg 01:26:30 51st overall (open), 3. Liza Bright 01:27:28 57th overall (open).

Full results can be found on the Knysna Marathon Club website: http://esctiming.com/eventresults/fm2014

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