18 June 2010Volkswagen has launched a R230-million parts and accessories distribution centre in Centurion outside Pretoria, while announcing a R500-million investment in a new press shop at its plant in Uitenhage – further demonstrating the company’s commitment to South Africa.The car maker has invested over R5-billion in its operations in the country over the past four years – R4-billion of this over the past two years – and has embarked on a new strategy that will see the local content levels in its Polo and Polo Vivo cars increased from 40% to 70%.World-class operationThe company’s Uitenhage plant in the Eastern Cape is also the sole supplier of four-door Polos to right-hand-drive markets, as well as the sole manufacturer of the new Cross Polo for all global markets.“The new systems and processes to be installed in this giant distribution centre will enable improved levels of customer service to the Volkswagen, Audi and commercial vehicles dealer networks in South Africa,” Volkswagen AG chairman Martin Winterkom said in a statement this week.The 26 000 square metre facility will be fully operational before the end of 2010.“The investment [in the distribution centre], together with the best in class systems and processes and a major upskilling of the two hundred people employed at the centre, will enable a world class parts and accessories operation for the Volkswagen Group South Africa,” Winterkom said.Further new developmentsVolkswagen will also begin work on a R60-million dealer training academy on the site adjoining the distribution centre in the fourth quarter of 2010, in an effort to improve the company’s capabilities at the customer retail level.Winterkom said the company would launch its BlueMotion environmentally friendly technology – available in the Polo, Golf, Tiguan and new Tuareg ranges – by the fourth quarter of the year.In addition, the local arm of the manufacturer plans to introduce its new one ton Amarok pickup truck to the local market in the same period.“We anticipate the new Amarok will cause a major stir in the highly competitive one ton pickup market in South Africa,” Winterkom said. “The new Amarok will be a class leader in terms of emissions and fuel efficiency.”Remaining committedNext year will mark 60 years of manufacturing Volkswagens in South Africa, and the plant in Uitenhage has to date rolled out 2.7-million vehicles for both the South African market and for exports. Winterkom said the group’s commitment to the country had never been stronger.“We are proud of what we have achieved in South Africa, and the fact that next year we will celebrate our 60th anniversary of manufacturing cars in South Africa,” he said. “We remain committed to a country full of opportunity.”SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The Ohio Cattlemen’s Association (OCA) BEST Program for youth ages 8 to 21 years hosted the BEST Celebrity Showdown at the Clark County Cattle Battle to benefit Make-A-Wish Ohio, Kentucky & Indiana. The event, in its fifth year, was held on Friday, Jan. 27, 2017, at the Champions Center in Springfield. The Clark County Cattle Producers, an OCA County Affiliate, assisted in coordinating the event.Youth who raised a minimum of $100 participated in this year’s community service project, dressed up their cattle and presented them to the celebrity judge, WHIO Television’s Gabrielle Enright, news anchor and reporter. Through donations from family, friends, the community and members of the Ohio Cattlemen’s Association, youth participating in the Celebrity Showdown raised over $5,000. Additionally, a silent auction was held with numerous items selling to generous supporters that raised an additional $6,000 for Make-A-Wish Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana. The goal is to raise $16,000 to help grant the wishes of local children battling life-threatening medical conditions. In the past five years, BEST participants raised more than $70,000 for Make-A-Wish.Incentive prizes will be awarded to the top fundraisers at the OCA BEST Program Awards Banquet on May 6, 2017. Donations to Make-A-Wish will continue to be accepted after the Celebrity Showdown until the BEST Banquet.The BEST Celebrity Showdown at the Clark County Cattle Battle is a part of the Kids For Wish Kids program. It gives students the opportunity to help make wishes come true. Students develop fundraising ideas under the supervision of a teacher, principal or club advisor and help share the power of a wish.Make-A-Wish Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. For more information, visit our website at ohio.wish.org or call 1-877-206-9474.
Aam Aadmi Party national convener Arvind Kejriwal on Sunday held his first-ever road show in Haryana in support of the party’s Faridabad Lok Sabha candidate and State unit chief Naveen Jaihind.In an appeal to the electorate to vote for his candidate, Mr. Kejriwal said that AAP, along with alliance partner Jannayak Janta Party (JJP), was committed to put an end to the rule of criminals and ensure the security and safety of women in the State. Mr. Kejriwal said that corruption had reached its peak in Faridabad and successive governments had plundered the resources of the city. Flanked by JJP leader Dushyant Chautala and Mr. Jaihind, the Delhi Chief Minister addressed the crowd from atop a mini-truck outfitted to look like a “rath”, with flags of the two parties tied to either side.Accompanied by a large motorcade, the seven-hour-long roadshow started at the Delhi-Faridabad border around 3 p.m. The roadshow passed through five Assembly constituencies: Tigaon, Old Faridabad, Badkhal, NIT and Ballabgarh. AAP supporters could be seen standing on the roofs holding party flags, clicking pictures and waving at the senior leaders as the motorcade passed through several localities.Addressing the crowd at several stops, Mr. Kejriwal accused the BJP and the Congress of creating division in society by pitting one caste against another. Donning the trademark AAP cap, Mr. Kejriwal claimed that his party did not discriminate along caste lines and took everyone along. “We are offering opportunities and respect to all,” said Mr. Kejriwal. He said that Faridabad topped Haryana in crime against women and had reported the maximum number of gang-rapes in the State.Mr. Chautala said that sitting Faridabad MP Krishan Pal Gurjar had won the previous election calling the toll tax as discriminatory, but did not keep his promise to remove the toll plaza. He said that toll was charged on all the roads leading to Faridabad, adding that it was not possible to enter the city without paying the toll.Making an appeal to the people to ensure victory for the joint AAP-JJP candidate with record votes, Mr. Chautala said that they had fielded a candidate who was the most educated among all in the fray.Mr. Jaihind said that the law and order situation in the city could not be improved till the time transfers and postings in the police department were carried out at the behest of politicians.AAP Rajya Sabha MP Sushil Gupta said that the BJP remembered the trading community only for donations and votes. He said that demonetisation and the Goods and Services Tax had ruined businessmen. He said that the BJP had back-stabbed the trading community and they should now be prepared to avenge it.