First Ford Ranger Raptor Trial Units Produced in South Africa


  • Assembly of first Ford Ranger Raptor trial units, as build-up continues towards full-scale production


  • Culmination of R3-billion investment and extensive upgrades to Silverton Assembly Plant


  • Additional R160-million invested in readiness for production expansion in 2019


  • Ranger Raptor set for launch in first half of next year



PRETORIA, South Africa, 9 October 2018 – The dream of producing the highly anticipated Ford Ranger Raptor has taken a big step closer to becoming a production reality with the first batch of trial units emerging from Ford’s Silverton Assembly Plant in Pretoria.

As the first Ranger model to be introduced as part of the Ford Performance family, this high-speed off-road bakkie will set an entirely new benchmark for its segment when it is launched in South Africa during the first half of 2019.

In the meantime, in preparation for full-scale production of this exhilarating all-new model, the Silverton Assembly Plant produced its first 10 official Ranger Raptor units as part of the Tooling Trials (TT) build-up phase, validating its high-tech assembly line that received an extensive upgrade through Ford’s R3-billion investment in its local operations, announced last year.

“This is a momentous occasion for everyone at Ford, as we witnessed our first Ranger Raptor TT unit coming off the line after more than 18 months of extensive upgrades and modifications to the Silverton assembly plant,” said Ockert Berry, VP Operations, Ford Middle East and Africa.

“We continue to invest in our local operations to meet growing demand for the Ranger, and are currently introducing new equipment on the assembly line to improve the handling of the chassis turn-over, adding incremental buffers in the Trim, Chassis and Final line as well as new shipping conveyors in the Fitment Centre,” Berry adds. “This is an additional R160-million investment in readiness for our expanded production capacity, commencing early next year.”

As for the Ranger Raptor, Berry is particularly enthusiastic about this all-new model: “The Ranger Raptor is an exciting and very important model for us, as it pioneers an entirely new dimension for the pick-up or bakkie market and represents the first Ford Performance model to be produced in South Africa, destined for export to customers throughout Europe, the Middle East and Africa,” Berry adds.

Powered by an all-new 157kW / 500Nm 2.0-litre Bi-Turbo engine assembled at Ford’s Struandale Engine Plant in Port Elizabeth, and utilising a sophisticated new 10-speed automatic transmission, the Ranger Raptor has the punch to match its muscular and aggressive design and off-road capabilities.

Combined with Position Sensitive Damping (PSD) shock absorbers exclusively manufactured by FOX, an advanced Terrain Management System (TMS) that includes an exciting Baja mode, a toughened reinforced chassis, powerful all-disc braking system and specially developed BF Goodrich tyres, the Ford Ranger Raptor is truly a gem.


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A new music video for Joe Moth

Sensational Cosmo City Hip-hop artiste Joe Moth will release a new music video for his single “Only Your Love” on 13 0ctober.

The 25-year-old Joe told Cosmo City Chronicle that he had been working on the video for the past weeks. The video was shot by Pilot Films, a famous company which has shot great videos of South African musicians such as Babes Wodumo, DJ Kent, Donald, KO and many more. The video is expected to be aired on big music TV stations like Channel O, MTV and Trace.

Born John Mothemane, the singer rose to fame in 2015 and he is a two time Ngoma Gospel awards nominee. He stormed into the music scene as a hip-hop gospel artiste. His love for mainstream hip-hop grew and he switched genres. He has released five singles and one EP so far. Throughout his career, Joe Moth has performed alongside the likes of Thebe, Dr Malinga, Chomee, Nokwazi and Busiswa.

The song “Only Your Love”featureing Calvin Mayer was produced by Dave la Decks and is a blend of Pop/Dance beats, with a mixture of English lyrics.

“After seeing more than one thousand people buying my music, I decided not to look back,” Moth said in an interview with Cosmo City Chronicle. “The new music video has a special message behind it, and I think from time to time people just  need to hear words that help them get back up when they are down. It has a straightforward, clean and peaceful message without any swearing.”

He added that he wants to work with Sketchy Bongo and Shekinah in the near future because they play the same type of music.

“I think the people who have been working with me on my song and video have opened many doors for me,” added Joe. “They have inspired me more into my dreams. This new

video will bring potential growth for me.  It’s all about growth, going international with my sound.”

Joe Moth also runs Moth Entertainment, a company which focuses on comedy, acting, MCing and TV presenting. Joe Moth is also a fashion lover and he recently partnered with Ayesha M Designing.









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