Are you a writer? Or do you simply have a passion for writing?

When people encounter painful and unexpected ordeals in their lives, most turn to writing as a coping mechanism. From diarising the trauma to expressing it in poetry, there is increasing evidence to support the notion that journaling/writing has a positive impact on physical well-being.

Dear SA (Dear South Africa) is a community newspaper unlike any other, it is a compilation of stories written by South Africans and all who live in it. Dear SA serves as a tool for ordinary individuals in our communities to share and talk about problems that affect them personally on a daily basis.

Spawning from the concept of the agony aunt section in magazines, instead of writing your story to seek advice from one expert, why not write your story and publish it to the nation and get responses from your fellow countrymen. The idea is that your problem is not unique, someone out there is, or has gone through what you are going through, it may not be in the same way but they can relate. By connecting people and by more people sharing their stories we can raise awareness towards certain problems that continue to bring down our communities.

You could be a rape survivor, a disabled person, an ex-convict, a homosexual person, a former addict, an activist passionate about a cause, a former unemployed citizen turned businessman, or you could just simply be a person that came to a cross-road in life and decided to make a change. Telling your story could potentially benefit someone in your community or the next, who is still going through these ordeals alone without help. Your story can help encourage, motivate or change someone’s life for the better.

Such a platform allows people in our communities to continue conversations on the topics that affect us in our personal, families and neighbours lives. On this platform people can express themselves to a listening audience about what it’s like to walk in their shoes. The more people are able to share their stories the more we can fight against stigma in our communities. The more people read such stories, more people begin to understand the differences in the people that make our community, and the more people understand this, we can begin to heal the psyche of our people to become more accepting and positive towards each other.

Visit our website at and also read stories from NGO’s and CSI’s who are committed to developing our communities for the better. Or alternatively follow us on our social media links.

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The Millionth Engine rolls of the assembly line at Volkswagen Group South Africa’s Engine Plant.

The Millionth Engine rolls of the assembly line at Volkswagen Group South Africa’s Engine Plant.

→  Volkswagen Group South Africa’s Engine Plant continues to produce 450 EA111 engines a day for both local and export custom

Volkswagen Group South Africa (VWSA) reached a historical milestone on Monday, 11 June 2018 when it produced its one millionth EA111 engine.


Production of the EA111 engine started back in January 2010 when the first engines for the then new Polo and Polo Vivo were produced for the local market which was followed by producing engines for export markets including China, India, Taiwan, Mexico and Malaysia.


Apart from assembling the engine locally, the grey cast iron cylinder block for the engine as well as the bearing cap for the block is also machined in-house.


“This is the most successful line that we have run in the Engine Plant since it was opened in 1981. It’s still operating flawlessly and at an output performance level far exceeding the initial target,” said Richard Reid, Unit Head: Engine Plant.


The foundation of the EA111 engine‘s success is its reliability and fuel economy provided by the strong and flexible design concept that underpins it.  Some 350 000 local customers have taken delivery of a Polo or Polo Vivo since 2010.


The production line is designed in such a way that the output capacity can be adjusted without affecting the quality or stability.


The Engine Plant is currently producing over 450 engines and just over 470 machined engine blocks per day with a two shift pattern run by 192 operators and setters


„ The Engine Plant‘s continued dedication to meeting  the strict quality standards set by the Volkswagen Group and continuous achievement of volume targets is a credit to their great team work.  They are a great example of a team that live our Volkswagen Values of Respect, Integrity, OneTeam and Excellence, “said Thomas Schaefer, Chairman and Managing Director of Volkswagen Group South Africa.


The EA111 engine which started production in 2010 is fitted to the latest generation Polo Vivo built in Uitenhage. The EA111 engine is manufactured in two derivatives, namely a 1.4l and 1.6l available with both manual and automatic transmissions.  The EA111 engine continues to be exported to India.

Press contact
Volkswagen Communications

Matt Gennrich

General Manager Communications

Tel: +27 82 570 5761


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