Ford Donates Ranger to Nelson Mandela University’s Ford Engine Research Unit

 

  • Vehicle will be used by Nelson Mandela University's Ford Engine Research Unit as a test platform for practical training

PORT ELIZABETH, South Africa, 10 October, 2017 - Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa (FMCSA) is continuing its commitment to skills development and training in the automotive sector by donating a Ford Ranger to the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Nelson Mandela University in Port Elizabeth.

The vehicle will be used by Nelson Mandela University's Ford Engine Research Unit (FERU), which was established in 2012 in partnership with Ford to foster research in engine development and testing amongst its undergraduate students.

The unit boasts a sophisticated engine dynamometer and conducts independent quality and performance verification engine testing for Ford's Struandale Engine Plant in Port Elizabeth, which produces the Ranger's sophisticated Duratorq TDCi engine for the domestic market and global exports.

"We are extremely grateful to Ford for the donation of the Ranger to Nelson Mandela University," said Gysbert Kleyn, Head of Department for Mechanical Engineering at Nelson Mandela University. "This extends our ongoing partnership with FMCSA through the Ford Engine Research Unit."

"The Ranger is a great addition to the department as it will provide the platform for demonstration and training for the department's Motor Vehicle Engineering subject that focuses on the workings of a modern automobile. This includes practical training as a test platform on the advanced Rototest rolling road dynamometer to evaluate power output and performance under urban cycling on a modern vehicle."

The Ranger XLT Double Cab was produced at Ford's Silverton Assembly Plant in Pretoria, and is powered by the advanced 2.2-litre four-cylinder Duratorq TDCi engine built at the Struandale Engine Plant in Port Elizabeth.

"We are delighted to provide Nelson Mandela University with a Ford Ranger, as it reinforces our partnership with the university, and builds on Ford's commitment to developing engineering expertise in South Africa," said Ockert Berry, Vice President Operations for Ford Middle East and Africa.

Ford has a long-standing relationship with Nelson Mandela University, having donated two Duratorq TDCi engines to FERU last year for training and research purposes. It also sponsors the Ford Premier Award for the top Master's Degree student at the university's annual Academic Excellence awards.

Caption - Mervin Knoesen from Nelson Mandela University's Ford Engine Research Unit (left) receives the keys to the Ford Ranger from Ockert Berry (VP Operations, Ford Middle East and Africa).

Young African Leaders Initiative

Questions have risen as to the ability of Africans to invest in themselves and their youth, seeing as more than half the African population is under the age of 35. Yali has come together with current African leaders to empower these youths and mould them into leaders and forward thinkers. Who do not look at where they come from but where they are going.

The Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) is a signature effort to invest in the next generation of African leaders. The need to invest in grooming strong, results-oriented leaders comes out of the present state of the African economy, nearly 1 in 3 Africans are youth, and more than half of Africa’s total population is below the age of 35.

‘’YALI is a fellowship, an online community a regional Leadership training. Launched in 2014 the four Yali regional leadership centres in Kenya, South Africa, Senegal and Ghana train young Leaders in leadership Entrepreneurship, Civic Leadership and Public Management.Yali  also provides a great place to network’’. Said Mustuf Makaudi, Founder and Chairperson of Lead works Foundation Community Knowledge Centre.

Who will empower and lead these young Africans? Who will shape the future of business and entrepreneurship, civic leadership, and public management? In order to answer these questions, YALI promotes three models designed to identify and empower young leaders: the YALI Mandela Washington Fellowship, YALI Network, and now the establishment of Regional Leadership Centers across Africa.

‘’ Unisa School of Business Leadership in Midrand, South Africa for the English speaking participants. The same program will be replicated in Mozambique for Portuguese speaking participants as a way of reaching and opening access to the disadvantaged.’’ He explained.

This program is made for youth between the ages of 18-35, those who want to be a part of changing the narrative of the African child. Those who are committed to impacting Africa, their own countries and their communities. Those who are committed to the development agenda of the African continent. To provide the tools to empower dynamic young Africans to awaken their innate leadership potential for the benefit of Africa.  Angola, Botswana, Comoros, Lesotho, Malawi, Madagascar, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Seychelles, South Africa, Swaziland, Zambia and Zimbabwe can apply.

World Bank Seminar

On Friday the 29th of September 2017, The Executive Director of the World Bank Group representing Angola, Nigeria and South Africa, Ms Bongi Kunene invited the South African companies to stake a claim to the US$45 billion that the group has set aside for projects in Africa. This took place at the Radisson Blu Gautrain Hotel in Sandton.

Kunene was speaking at seminar on Doing Business with The World Bank Group that was co-hosted with the Department of Trade and Industry (the dti) through its Trade Invest Africa Division in Sandton today. The purpose of the seminar was to provide a platform for the Group to share information on how it works with the private sector in partnership with governments, as well as its

“This seminar provides a perfect opportunity for us to share with the private sector opportunities that are available in the World Bank Group. We have raised US$72 billion for the low-income countries of the world and as a board we have decided that US$45 billion of that money will be spent in Africa. The clients are African governments but as you know, most of government work is executed by contractors. Today is the opportunity for the World Bank to explain to all of you South African businesses how to make it as a contractor,” said Ms Kunene.

She added that the money will be used in various sectors of infrastructure. These include economic infrastructure such as roads, water and energy.

“But we will go beyond economic infrastructure and also touch on social infrastructure including hospitals. We will also help government to procure goods and services such as books, computers and medical equipment. So this provides a vast opportunity for any company that qualifies to be able to participate in the projects, she said

The Acting Chief Executive Office of Trade Invest Africa (TIA), Ms Lerato Mataboge said the seminar was in line with TIA’s mandate of assisting South African businesses access investment and trade opportunities in various parts of the African Continent.

 

“It was essential for us to partner with the World Bank Group for this seminar so that companies would get directly from the Bank’s officials the projects that are available and what the requirements and processes that they need to follow are.  We are hoping that most of the

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On Friday the 29th of September 2017, The Executive Director of the World Bank Group representing Angola, Nigeria and South Africa, Ms Bongi Kunene invited the South African companies to stake a claim to the US$45 billion that the group has set aside for projects in Africa. This took place at the Radisson Blu Gautrain Hotel in Sandton.

Kunene was speaking at seminar on Doing Business with The World Bank Group that was co-hosted with the Department of Trade and Industry (the dti) through its Trade Invest Africa Division in Sandton today. The purpose of the seminar was to provide a platform for the Group to share information on how it works with the private sector in partnership with governments, as well as its

“This seminar provides a perfect opportunity for us to share with the private sector opportunities that are available in the World Bank Group. We have raised US$72 billion for the low-income countries of the world and as a board we have decided that US$45 billion of that money will be spent in Africa. The clients are African governments but as you know, most of government work is executed by contractors. Today is the opportunity for the World Bank to explain to all of you South African businesses how to make it as a contractor,” said Ms Kunene.

She added that the money will be used in various sectors of infrastructure. These include economic infrastructure such as roads, water and energy.

 

“But we will go beyond economic infrastructure and also touch on social infrastructure including hospitals. We will also help government to procure goods and services such as books, computers and medical equipment. So this provides a vast opportunity for any company that qualifies to be able to participate in the projects, she said

The Acting Chief Executive Office of Trade Invest Africa (TIA), Ms Lerato Mataboge said the seminar was in line with TIA’s mandate of assisting South African businesses access investment and trade opportunities in various parts of the African Continent.

 

“It was essential for us to partner with the World Bank Group for this seminar so that companies would get directly from the Bank’s officials the projects that are available and what the requirements and processes that they need to follow are.  We are hoping that most of the

The Rewards of hard work

The 11th of October 2017, marked a special day for some residents of Cosmo City, They were being presented with certificates for completing a 3 month course in the Agricultural sector. The purpose of the course was to equip people with skills to be able to be self-sufficient, to have food to eat every day and a way to grow through agriculture.

Agriculture is the art and science of growing plants and other crops and that of raising animals for food, other human needs, or economic gain“. Agriculture can be defined as the cultivation and/or production of crop plants or livestock products.” Agriculture includes Crop Production, Animal Husbandry & Dairy Science, Agriculture Chemistry & Soil Science, Horticulture, Agri Economics, Agri Engineering, Botany, Plant Pathology, Extension Education and Entomology, which develops its separate and distinct branches of agriculture occupying these days place in several Agri Universities in the world.

‘’ Today we are meeting here, to hand over the certificates to the class that did the Agri-Seta course which was crop production as well as plants, 25 people managed to finish the course. So today we are handing them their certificates,’’ Said Sibongile Mnikathi, one of the participants in the programme.

This programme allowed people to have the ability to change their own economic situation at home. It promoted entrepreneurship, skilled people in a field that could help sustain them and it gave them a starting point if they want to go into business for themselves.

Seeing their work on display brought smiles and even tears to the participants because it showed them that they did not need to live in situations they had no way of changing, and gave them the pride to know that they could do anything they put their minds to. It also made them realise that government could only go so far and do so much, the rest is up to them.

‘’  These vegetables that you see are the peoples hard work, it was them that made all of this possible and it was them who worked hard and set goals to achieve and build a future for themselves using the skills that they have learnt here. Some have even started their own businesses,’’ She explained.

Self-sufficiency is extremely important these days it may be the only way some families have food on their tables.

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