Government plans for a revised local truck manufacturing strategy may never be carried out because of feasibility problems, UD Trucks MD Gert Swanepoel said on Tuesday. While heavy vehicles are assembled predominantly from imported kits, the Department of Trade and Industry is anxious to increase use of South African-built components. At present, local value, including parts, labour and energy, is little more than 10% of the vehicles’ total production cost.
New-vehicle market shows upward trend for first time in yearsThe improvement was not as strong as expected‚ but after three consecutive years of decline in new-vehicle sales‚ the motor industry is relieved that the market showed any kind of upward movement last year. The industry sold 557 586 new vehicles in the domestic market last year – a 1.8% improvement on the 547 547 achieved in 2016. Car sales followed a similar trend‚ up 1.9% from 361 264 to 368 068.
With more than 50% of South Africans living below the poverty line, many more in debt and most of the rest cautious about spending, is there any point at all in companies lavishing millions of rand on award-winning advertising campaigns? The answer, say advertising agencies, is a resounding yes.
Muck Rack makes it simple to find people, tweets, or articles that mention any name, keyword, company, hashtag etc. We've compiled this guide to help you make the most of your search.
Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
names, titles and bios with some suggested searches:
Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
Muck Rack's Advanced Search allows for many boolean operators.
Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
searching Musk AND Zuckerberg or Musk + Zuckerberg.
Use the operators OR or , to broaden your search when you'd like either of
multiple terms to appear in results. (This is the default behavior of our search when no operators
are used). For example, results will contain either cake or cookie by searching cake OR cookie or cake,cookie
Use NOT or - to subtract results from your search. For
example, searching Disney will yield results about the Walt Disney Company as well as Walt Disney
World Resort. To exclude mentions of Disney World, search for Disney -World or Disney
When using one of these operators with a phrase, enclose it in quotation marks. For example, you can
find results about smartphones excluding Apple's iPhone 4S by searching smartphone -"iPhone
Exact case matching or punctuation
If you're searching for a brand name or keyword that relies on specific punctuation marks or capitalization, you can
find results that match your exact query by adding matchcase: before the keyword you're searching for, like matchcase:E*TRADE .
Use parentheses to separate multiple
boolean phrases. For example, to find journalists talking about having fun in Disney World or
Disneyland, search for ("disney world" OR disneyland) AND fun.
An asterisk can be used to search for any variation of a root word truncated by the asterisk. For example, searching for admin* will return results for administrator, administration, administer, administered, etc.
A near operator is an AND operator where you can control the distance between the words. You can vary the distance the near operation uses by adding a forward slash and number (between 0-99) such as strawberries NEAR/10 "whipped cream", which means the strawberries must exist within 10 words of "whipped cream".