Message from SEIFSA CEO Kaizer Nyatsumba

The Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (SEIFSA) is the undisputed voice of the metals and engineering sector in South Africa and the region. Its knowledge and understanding of the sector is unequalled.

Formed in 1943, SEIFSA is 75 years old this year. Over the years, the Federation has seen the metals and engineering sector go through great times and – especially in recent years – challenging times. Not only has it kept pace with developments in the sector, but often it has been a crucial – and sometimes indispensable – part of those developments and a reliable voice of the sector.

Long known for and strongly associated with collective bargaining, SEIFSA offers various products and services of great importance to companies in the metals and engineering sector, including those in other economic sectors with close links to this part of the economy. It boasts four Divisions led by respected experts in their respective fields – Economics and Commercial; Industrial Relations and Legal Services; Human Capital and Skills Development; as well as Safety, Health, Environment and Quality. These services range from consulting through to training, both public and in-house.

Our revered Economics and Commercial (EC) Division is a repository of much of the information on the sector’s economic performance over the years. For more than half a century, the EC Division has published the unique and indispensable SEIFSA Price and Index Pages (PIPS). Over the past two decades, the Division has also conducted traning for those keen to benefit from our training in Contract Price Adjustments (CPA).

To mark our 75th anniversary, this year we publish our biggest and most authoritative State of the Metals and Engineering Sector 2018 to 2019, which has much more information than any of its predecessors. Compiled by Dr Michael Ade and Ms Marique Kruger, this publication is brimming with invaluable information on the sector’s historical and expected future performance.

I have not the least doubt that all who closely monitor the fortunes of the broad metals and engineering sector and its sub-sectors in Southern Africa, and those with even a passing interest in it and its related sectors, will find this Report invaluable. I commend this Report highly to all who are keen to understand a very important – and strategic – part of the broad manufacturing sector and thank Dr Ade and Ms Kruger for their labour of love.

Both Michael Ade and Marique Kruger are available for consultations with stakeholders interested in deepening their understanding of the metals and engineering sector and its sub-industries. They can be reached at and by those companies keen to invite them to help during their strategic planning sessions, for consultations on any aspect of the sector or to book CPA training.

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