The winners of the 11th edition of The Radio Awards were announced on today, Friday 30 July 2021, in an online awards ceremony hosted by comedian Loyiso Madinga. A total of 80 winners were celebrated across 30 categories.
The 13th annual IAB Bookmark Awards took place today in a prestigious virtual celebration. Hosted by the multi skilled Selae Thobakgake and Merica Monamodi; the most thrilling and innovative digital marketing campaigns of the past year were announced.
Construction on The Capital Mbombela's R205m project, set to be a game-changer on the city's hotel and accommodation industries, is well underway with an anticipated hotel opening set for November 2021.
"The city hasn't seen any significant new additions to its hotel repertoire since development ahead of the 2010 FIFA World Cup projects," says Marc Wachsberger, managing director of The Capital Hotels and Apartments.
"Its status as a leading city in Mpumalanga, at the heart of the province's tourism and agriculture sectors, means that the time is perfect to build an exciting new offering that will be appealing to tourists and corporates alike."
According to a new NielsenIQ report, South Africa's latest liquor ban equated to a loss of R7,6bn during the four weeks it lasted (based on average sales - 13 weeks to end of May 2021 of R1,9bn per week).
Ford Motor Company has appointed Jim Farley as chief operating officer of Ford, reporting to Jim Hackett, the company's president and CEO.
Jim Farley, newly appointed chief operating officer of Ford, effective 1 March 2020.
It was also announced that Joe Hinrichs is retiring as Ford's president, Automotive, after a highly accomplished 19-year career with the company.
The changes come as Ford is moving with urgency to fully integrate and accelerate its transformation into a higher-growth, higher-margin business by leveraging smart, connected vehicles and services.
Since 2017, Ford has made important progress in transforming the company in the face of sweeping technological change and disruption in the auto industry while working to improve the fitness of its base business - restructuring operations, invigorating the product portfolio and improving fitness.
"Jim Farley is the right person to take on this important new role," Hackett said. "Jim's passion for great vehicles and his intense drive for results are well known. He has also developed into a transformational leader with the imagination and foresight to help lead Ford into the future."
"I'm thrilled and humbled by the opportunity to work with Jim Hackett and the entire Ford team to advance our vision to design increasingly intelligent vehicles and connect them to the world around us, all to make life better for our customers and communities," Farley said. "Ford is blessed with great people and an incredible brand, and together we will build a very bright future."
In addition, Ford announced that Hau Thai-Tang, chief product development and purchasing officer, will take on an expanded role reporting to Jim Farley. Thai-Tang, will continue to lead Product Development and Purchasing, while adding responsibility for Enterprise Product Line Management and connectivity.
"Hau will be the primary architect as we bring together the vehicle architecture and software stack to create products, services and experiences our customers will love," Hackett said. "We are moving forward with an integrated approach to vehicles and connected services, all anchored in an obsession for the customer, great design and a commitment to strong returns." says Hackett.
All the changes announced will be effective 1 March 2020.
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