Ford’s plant in Silverton, Pretoria, is at a standstill due to the power towers that fell on the N4 and shrouded large parts of the city in darkness.
All three shifts at the plant are currently suspended which means the 720 Ranger vans that are built here per day cannot be built.
According to Ford, its 5,500 employees as well as nearly 60,000 employees at companies that supply parts to Ford are affected by this.
Ford generates a lot of solar power – 13.5 MW – but it’s simply not enough to keep the giant plant running.
This interruption in Ford’s operations will not only be felt locally, but also in the more than 100 countries to which Ford exports its vans.
Volkswagen’s Amarok is manufactured at the Silverton plant.
According to Ford, he is working with the Tshwane metro and Eskom to solve the problem.
Dozens of neighborhoods in and around Pretoria and Centurion have been without power since Sunday evening after several power towers gave way during a storm and fell onto the N4 in Pretoria. Some of the areas’ power was restored on Monday and Tuesday, but many residential areas are still without power.
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