Why do we love our cars so much? Why do some of us spend more on our car payments each month than our bond? Yes, there is the debate about the availability of public transport in our country. Yes, there is the road versus rail discussion. Yes, we all have our opinions about e-Tolling.
In this month’s issue we look back on the career of John Newbury, CEO of Nissan for almost 20 years. What can Newbury teach us about the automotive industry in SA? It’s a fascinating read. We also take a brief look at some of the facts and figures for the industry. We take a look at how BMW is positioning itself to double output from 50 000 to 100 000 units by 2013 and the impact that will have on the local employment market. With Toyota in the news again with another recall in USA, we have an opinion piece about how the company is surviving, or not.
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With any manufacturing industry there is always the opportunity for business improvement, to look at processes and challenge the way we do things. So we have a report from SSA Solutions on their work with TATA motors in India. How can we bring these lessons, and their passion for the impossible, to Africa?
I would like to thank everyone who is now following us on Twitter. Our following has doubled in the past three months which is fantastic to see. We want you, our readers to engage with us. If you would to express your views, then please join in our discussions on LinkedIn. It really is the place for you to quickly and easily comment on either our latest discussion thread, or any aspect of what you might read in your magazine. You will find the link at the bottom of my message.
It has been a busy month; we had a most wonderful, informative time at the ASTD conference, meeting almost 300 of our readers. Thank you for all your feedback. We are taking your comments on board and we will soon be starting a series of one-day workshops, the first of which starts in June. Please do not wait until the last moment to book your place, as it is open to both ASTD members and non-members.
We were also at the Association of Project Management SA conference in Western Cape, so watch out for a report in the next issue and more news of how you can get involved.
By the time you read this, President Zuma’s second visit to a BRICS summit will have been concluded. Our next issue for May, out on April 25th, will focus on BRICS and some of the challenges and rewards that our country has experienced dealing with Brazil, Russia, India and China. We feature the views of DTI Minister Rob Davies who recently took time out to speak to Management Today.
Enjoy this issue of your magazine. Regards,
Alan de Sousa Caires, Publishing Editor email@example.com