The Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (SEIFSA) today concluded an important Partnership Agreement with Aurik Business Accelerator to boost small businesses in the sector.

Signing the agreement in Marshalltown, Johannesburg this morning were SEIFSA CEO

Kaizer Nyatsumba and Aurik Business Accelerator Chairman Jackie Mathebula, with Aurik Business Accelerator CEO Pavlo Phitidis in attendance. This important partnership seeks to bring big and small businesses together in order to catalyse Enterprise Supplier Development (ESD) in the Metals and Engineering Sector.

Small businesses have traditionally struggled to sustain their businesses in a particularly hostile economic environment. Bigger businesses are challenged to find the correct business partners to become part of their supply chain. Through this partnership, SEIFSA and Aurik will attempt to address these issues and podcasts of Mr Phitidis’s radio broadcasts will be uploaded onto the SEIFSA Small Business Hub’s website (

Mr Nyatsumba and Mr Phitidis expressed great excitement about the partnership, which they have committed to implementing successfully as a matter of urgency.

Mr Phitidis will also participate prominently in the Southern African Metals and Engineering Indaba which will take place in Sandton in September 2018.

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