ITAC was established to foster economic growth and development in order to raise income and promote investment and employment in South Africa. It strives to create an enabling environment for international fair trade through technical advice to the Ministries of Economic Development and Trade and Industries. Its core functions are customs tariff investigations, trade remedies and import and export control.

As a member of the Commission, Mr Langenhoven will be part of the team whose role entails the evaluation of investigations conducted by ITAC employees and recommendations to the Ministers responsible. As an economist, Mr Langenhoven will join specialists from diverse backgrounds, including agriculture, other business disciplines, international trade law and labour.

Informing Mr Langenhoven of his appointment, Minister of Economic Development Ebrahim Patel wrote: “I thank you in advance for your commitment to the work of ITAC and wish you all the best in what I am confident will be an exciting and interesting period in the evolution of trade policy.”

Mr Langenhoven is also an active participant in various business forums such as Nedlac, Business Unity South Africa and the South African Reserve Bank economic roundtable discussions, amongst others.

In addition to Mr Langenhoven’s appointment, SEIFSA Operations Director Lucio Trentini has recently been appointed a member of the CCMA Governing Body as well as a member of the Nedlac Labour Market Chamber, while SEIFSA Human Capital and Skills Development Executive Mustak Ally was appointed to the Manufacturing, Engineering and related services SETA and the National Skills Development Boards.

Commenting on the appointments of Messrs Langenhoven, Trentini and Ally, SEIFSA Chief Executive Officer Kaizer Nyatsumba said: “These important appointments confirm SEIFSA’s position as the undisputed voice of the metals and engineering sector in the country.

I am grateful to these Ministers for their recognition of the enormous expertise that resides within SEIFSA, which is available to serve not only the Federation’s interests, but also those of our country as a whole.

“I have no doubt that these colleagues will add enormous value in the deliberations of the bodies on whose Boards they sit. Their appointments onto key statutory bodies gives effect to our vision to promote sustainable metals and engineering industries and to ensure that they are strategically positioned for innovation and growth in the interests of a prospering South Africa.”