END-OF-YEAR MESSAGE TO SEIFSA MEMBER COMPANIES
- Published: 12 December 2014
To: SEIFSA Member Companies
Thank you very much for your continued support and loyalty to SEIFSA during the course of this year.
Our sector faced numerous challenges in 2014. There were disruptions due to energy constraints, competition from imports grew and the very disruptive month-long strike in July. In spite of all the challenges, your support and loyalty never wavered and we are utterly grateful for that.
I convey to you Season’s Greetings and Best Wishes for the New Year. Enjoy your time with your respective families and have a good, well-deserved rest.
More work awaits us in 2015 and challenges of different kinds remain. At the top of the list is our country’s lacklustre economic performance, followed by the flood of imports and our manufacturing sector’s inability to be internationally competitive.
These challenges will continue to stare us in the face, if not worsen, until such time that Government, business and labour get together to discuss things openly and constructively, putting the country’s interests above all else. We at SEIFSA will be there to represent you and your interests in such discussions.
In spite of the challenges currently facing our sector, I am confident that, united, we will be able to find sustainable solutions that will see the metals and engineering sector rise out of the doldrums.
Internally, we will continue to work diligently to deliver on the SEIFSA 2014-17 Corporate Strategy and to demonstrate concretely that we have the interests of both big and small companies in the metals and engineering sector and that we represent and speak for all.
In conclusion, I invite you to submit entries for the SEIFSA Awards for Excellence and to register for the inaugural Southern African Metals and Engineering Indaba, which will take place in March and May respectively. More details on both events can be found on our website (www.seifsa.co.za) and on www.meindaba.co.za.
These are critical initiatives intended respectively to recognize and reward excellence in our sector and to stimulate manufacturing and put the metals and engineering sector at the centre of economic and political debates in the country, thus placing the sector in a position in which it can take advantage of the ambitious infrastructure plans captured in the Government’s National Development Plan.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. I look forward to continuing to working with you all in 2015.
Kaizer M. Nyatsumba
Chief Executive Officer
SOUTH AFRICA IS CRYING OUT FOR EFFECTIVE LEADERSHIP
- Published: 11 December 2014
South Africa needs qualified, untainted leadership to take it out of its current spiral of poor growth and electricity load shedding, argue Kaizer Nyatsumba and Henk Langenhoven.
For a country that once held so much promise internationally following the end of apartheid, South Africa has seriously under-performed on various fronts and may be at the tipping point. While examples of our under-performance in different areas abound, it is when attention is turned to the economy that the extent of our failure is breath-taking.
SEIFSA LAUNCHES AWARDS CELEBRATING EXCELLENCE IN STEEL AND ENGINEERING INDUSTRY
- Published: 11 December 2014
JOHANNESBURG, 11 December 2014 – To encourage growth and celebrate excellence in the metals and engineering sector, the Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (SEIFSA) has taken the initiative of introducing the annual SEIFSA Awards for Excellence.
To foster a culture of excellence in these industry sectors, the awards offer 10 different categories and SEIFSA invites manufacturers in metals and engineering operating in Southern Africa to submit their entries. The 10 categories are: