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Kaizer Nyatsumba

The Government and Law-Enforcement Agencies Should Protect Business from Local Thugs

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The new tendency of pseudo-entrepreneurs demanding a stake in public tenders won by companies poses a serious threat to the country and its economy, argues Kaizer Nyatsumba.

A society’s descent into lawlessness does not happen overnight. It takes place over a number of months and years, often indirectly encouraged by authorities’ failure to take decisive, punitive action against those committing various criminal acts. Inevitably, a society whose leaders tolerate – or conveniently turn a blind eye to – any form of criminality or malfeasance deteriorates over time into a state of utter anarchy.

South Africa is not there yet, but it could easily get there if the situation is not arrested speedily.

Until recently, far too many people in this country got away with so much. As has become evident from the various commissions of enquiry currently taking place in the country, many among our political leaders and those connected or close to them have committed many vile deeds with absolute impunity. They have looted with gay abandon and lived well beyond their legal means. They have turned public office and entities into their own private fiefdoms and milked them dry.

Among the consequences, as we have witnessed in recent days, has been the rolling load shedding that has been visited upon us by Eskom and firmly consigned us to the status of a backward, third-world country. However, perhaps the most insidious consequence of the general criminality by some political mandarins has been the unwitting setting, for the ordinary citizen, of an example that it is fine – if not commendable – to cut corners, to steal and generally to break the law. After all, if putative leaders can shamelessly engage in such activities and get away with it, then, the logic will go, it must similarly be fine for ordinary citizens to do the same.

South Africa desperately needs an urgent, sustained crackdown on all forms of crime, from the most heinous to the apparently benign. That crackdown should focus as much on those in the private sector and ordinary individuals, as it should on those in the private sector. We need a sustained effort aimed at inculcating a new culture of zero tolerance for crime.

While we welcome the good work done by the various commissions of enquiry established by President Cyril Ramaphosa, we wait with bated breath to see if widespread arrests, prosecutions and convictions – especially of prominent, high-profile individuals – will follow suit. Were that to happen consistently, it would go a long way towards sending a powerful message to all and sundry not only that corruption will not be tolerated during the era of “a new dawn”, such as it is, but also that the commission of crime will inevitably lead to dire consequences for those involved.

Precisely because of the kind of example that has been set by South Africa’s political leaders and some of their reckless pronouncements on the economy, in recent years the business community has been on the receiving end of a sustained campaign to harass and intimidate it. A new breed of opportunists – some of whom call themselves entrepreneurs – has sprung up in different parts of the country to target the business community.

Routinely, they target various companies that have won tenders from the public sector and demand 30% sub-contracting of the said business to them. They unleash violence to take over construction sites and to prevent any work from taking place, unless the companies thus victimised yielded to their vile blackmail. Often, this is in addition to members of the local communities demanding to be prioritised for employment on those projects, even if they may not have the requisite skill, experience or expertise.

This terrible culture is fast spreading to different parts of the country, in the process posing a serious threat to investment. Some companies are known to have packed up their bags and walked away from tenders that they had won, while others have even reconsidered their investments in South Africa – at a time when the country desperately requires investment to grow the economy and create jobs.

Among the companies that have been terribly affected by this scourge of lawlessness have been members of employer associations affiliated to the Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (SEIFSA). Many of them have laid charges against those involved in such acts of criminality and even obtained court interdicts, all to no avail. Others, on their own or in partnership with SEIFSA, have registered their concerns with the various provincial governments and some national Cabinet Ministers.

Regrettably, none of these efforts has so far yielded positive results. Precisely because of the aforementioned culture of impunity and the general inefficiency of our police service, the thugs – who often appear to be politically connected – have continued to harass, victimize and generally terrorize the business community. In a country in which “demand” is possibly the most popular word, where everybody – including students, local communities and workers – demands something from somebody else, often the Government, these pseudo-entrepreneurs have also continued to demand, shamelessly, 30% of the value of won business opportunities.

We are not talking here about people who have sought to negotiate black economic empowerment partnerships with companies winning public tenders, or who could add some value to the companies thus cornered. Instead, these are men and women who are eager to muscle in because they can – and know that there is a high probability (if not certainty) that they will get away with it.

We in the metals and engineering sector join other sectors of the economy to call on government and the country’s law-enforcement agencies to move swiftly to bring an end to these horrible acts of intimidation, violence and economic sabotage. We fully support and champion transformation, but will have no truck with economic terrorism.

Although we have previously raised our concerns on this matter in meetings with the relevant stakeholders, including with President Ramaphosa and his Ministers during the last CEO Initiative gathering at the Union Buildings in September last year, we have not yet witnessed any change for the better. If anything, we have seen these acts of criminality spreading to other parts of the country and affecting even more of our members.

In the interest not only of our sector or the business community, but also of South Africa itself, we call on President Ramaphosa and all tiers of government to condemn this new tendency equivocally and to urge compatriots to desist therefrom, and we call on the SAPS and other law-enforcement agencies to do their work.

Kaizer M. Nyatsumba is the Chief Executive Officer of the Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (SEIFSA).

Increase In Inflation Does Not Bode Well For Beleaguered Businesses In The Metals And Engineering Cluster – Says SEIFSA

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Johannesburg, 17 April 2019 – The Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (SEIFSA) is concerned with the latest Consumer Price Index (CPI) figures released by Statistics South Africa (StatsSA) today which reflects an increase in the general level of prices for goods and services, against the backdrop of existing volatility in fuel prices, SEIFSA Chief Economist Michael Ade said this morning.

According to the Stats SA data, the annual CPI was 4,5 percent in March 2019, up from 4,1 percent in February 2019. The index increased by 0,8 percent month-on-month in March 2019.

“The latest inflation data is of great concern to beleaguered businesses in the metals and engineering sub-sectors and the broader manufacturing sector, which are facing continuous headwinds including rising intermediate inputs costs. Moreover, over-indebted consumers are not afforded a reprieve from oscillating petrol prices and a general rise in the prices of goods and services underpinned by a weaker rand and a difficult economic environment,” said Dr Ade.

He added that consistent and unpredictable fuel prices, increasing intermediate input costs and passive domestic demand impacts negatively on the margins of businesses, also negatively affecting profitability. Dr Ade said the difficult operational environment faced by businesses is of great concern, and the added pressure in the form of higher CPI figures is worrisome. A constant rise in the general level of prices which decreases the purchasing power of the rand does not augur well for broader manufacturing which imports the bulk of its inputs.

Dr Ade said it is also disconcerting to see that CPI data is now delicately poised at the mid-point of the South African Reserve Bank’s official inflation target range of 3 percent to 6 percent.

“Given this context, businesses still have to closely monitor petrol prices, the volatile exchange rate and the unpredictability in electricity supply, as upside changes of these variables may lead to additional costs with compounding inflationary effects,” Dr Ade concluded.

SEIFSA is a National Federation representing 23 independent employer Associations in the metals and engineering industries, with a combined membership of 1600 companies employing around 200 000 employees. The Federation was formed in 1943 and its member companies range from giant steel-making corporations to micro-enterprises employing fewer than 50 people
SEIFSA Innovative Excellence

Innovative Excellence To Be Celebrated At SEIFSA Awards

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Johannesburg, 14 April 2019 – Amongst other imperatives, South Africa’s manufacturing sector – including its metals and engineering (M&E) cluster – needs innovation to spur industrial growth, the Steel and Engineering Industries Federation (SEIFSA) said today.

Empirically, there is a growing body of work which generally highlights a strong positive correlation between innovation and industrial growth at the macro level and also between innovation and firm revenues at the micro level, the Federation said. It added that numerous research studies had reported that the most innovative companies overall were growing significantly faster than the least innovative. SEIFSA said the recorded difference for industrial manufacturing companies was dramatic, with the most innovative companies recording growth levels which were over four times those of the least innovative companies.

However, despite this empirical evidence, the M&E cluster is generally considered a laggard in innovation and technology.

“This is one of the chief reasons why we established the SEIFSA Awards for Excellence. We wanted to encourage innovation and to celebrate excellence in the metals and engineering sector,” SEIFSA Chief Executive Officer Kaizer Nyatsumba said.

“In such volatile economic times and a challenging business environment, we at SEIFSA believe that companies operating in the manufacturing sector in general and the metals and engineering sector in particular should invest in innovative technological advancements if they are to compete successfully with international players.

“We also believe that it is of critical importance that companies that excel at what they do get the acknowledgement and recognition they deserve. This is another reason we established the SEIFSA Awards for Excellence,” Mr Nyatsumba said.

Last year, adjudicators in the Most Innovative Award category were impressed by the work done by the winning company, Denwa Engineering, which used its invention in the form of a MaMoo Trailer to design and manufacture a product with local material and labour, instead of importing from an overseas-based company at an exorbitant cost and with little value add from South Africa.

This year, winning companies will, once again, be celebrated during an annual gala dinner to be held on 23 May 2019 at the IDC Conference Centre in Sandton, Johannesburg. Entries for the Awards close on 26 April 2019 for all categories.

Along with the Most Innovative Company of the Year, the SEIFSA Awards for Excellence have six other categories, namely:

  • The Health and Safety Award of the Year, which will be awarded to a company boasting the lowest Lost Time Injury Frequency Rate between July 2017 and December 2018;
  • The company rated the highest in customer service performance between July 2017 and December 2018 will receive the Customer Service Award of the Year;
  • The Environmental Stewardship Award will go to a company that has successfully implemented greening initiatives in its day-to-day business operations between July 2017 and December 2018;
  • This is the Decade of the Artisan, and an award will be made to the company that trained the highest number of artisans between July 2017 and December 2018;
  • The Best CSI Award will be presented to a company whose corporate social investment programme/s between July 2017 and December 2018 had a major impact on the lives of its beneficiaries; and
  • The Most Transformed Company of the Year Award will be received by a company that showed the highest transformation level in its ownership and the composition of its Board of Directors, Executive Management and Managerial Team between July 2017 and December 2018 (this award category pits companies employing fewer than 100 people against those of similar size, and companies employing more than 100 people against others of similar size).

Mr Nyatsumba encouraged companies operating in the metals and engineering sector to submit their entries for the seven categories before the deadline date of   26 April 2019. Participants can enter by visiting the SEIFSA Awards website (www.seifsaawards.co.za).

The Awards are open to all companies in the metals and engineering sector, and not only those that are members of Associations affiliated to SEIFSA. Awards winners will be honoured at a ceremony that will take place at the IDC Conference Centre in Sandton on 23 May 2019.

Issued by:

Ollie Madlala
Communications Manager
Tel: (011) 298 9411 / 082 602 1725
Email: ollie@seifsa.co.za
Web: www.seifsa.co.za

SEIFSA is a National Federation representing 23 independent employer Associations in the metals and engineering industries, with a combined membership of 1600 companies employing around 200 000 employees. The Federation was formed in 1943 and its member companies range from giant steel-making corporations to micro-enterprises employing fewer than 50 people.
Political Parties

POLITICAL PARTIES COMMIT TO COLLABORATE WITH BUSINESS LEADERS TO GROW ECONOMY AND CREATE JOBS

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Johannesburg, 12 April 2019 – The African National Congress (ANC), the Democratic Alliance (DA) and the Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) today committed to continue working with business leaders to pull the economy out of the doldrums and create much-needed jobs.

The parties – represented by ANC Economic Transformation Committee Head Enoch Godongwana, DA National Chairman Athol Trollip and IFP spokesman and Member of Parliament Mkhuleko Hlengwa – addressed delegates attending the Political Parties Seminar hosted by the Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (SEIFSA) at the Johannesburg Country Club this morning.

The parties collectively agreed that the stagnant economy, high levels of unemployment – particularly youth unemployment – and rampant corruption, among other socio-economic woes, were of great concern and that Government needed to work closely with the business community to address these challenges. They also agreed that there is a need for Government to work with manufacturing sector leaders to reverse the fortunes of this sector, which has over the years struggled to operate in a low-demand, and high-administered costs environment.

“The manufacturing sector is one of the critical contributors to the South African economy. It is, therefore, of paramount importance to the economy. It is, thus, important that Government continues to work closely with captains of this industry to ensure its global competitiveness and survival,” Mr Godongwana said.

In addition to working closely with the business community to grow the economy, Mr Hlengwa said Government also needed to invest in infrastructure in the form of electricity and water, among others, to ensure that businesses thrive and subsequently contribute to economic growth. He said it was also of critical importance that the Government overhauls the education system to ensure that the country produces skills relevant to the fourth industrial revolution, as required by the economy.

Mr Trollip said policy incoherence was detrimental to the economy and that the Government should do whatever it takes to address this challenge if investors were to come on board.  He said the Government also needs to continue to create sector-specific incentives that reward investing in the local economy and job creation.

 

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SEIFSA Disappointed By Decrease In Manufacturing Output

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Johannesburg, 11 April 2019 – Preliminary data released by Statistics South Africa (Stats SA) today – which shows a reduction in manufacturing production – is disappointing, the Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (SEIFSA) said. SEIFSA Chief Economist Michael Ade said the data, which reflects a decrease in output for February 2019, does not augur well for both the Metals and Engineering (M&E) cluster of industries and the broader manufacturing sector.

The latest preliminary data published by Stats SA indicated that production in the broader manufacturing decreased on a year-on-year basis in February 2019, when compared with January 2019. On a continuous three-monthly basis, output in the manufacturing sector has been volatile, increasing from 0.0 percent in December 2018 to 0.9 percent in January 2019, thereafter slowing to 0.6 percent in February 2019. The monthly data reflects a high level of volatility.

“The deceleration in output does not augur well for businesses in the manufacturing sector, including the M&E cluster which continuously faces headwinds underpinned by low domestic demand, unpredictable energy supply and high petrol prices. These all  add to the increasing logistics costs of companies. A positive performance is imperative towards improving the real Gross Domestic Product of the domestic economy for the first quarter of 2019,” said Dr Ade.

However, in spite of the difficult operational environment, Dr Ade said SEIFSA remains confident that companies within the M&E cluster will stay resilient and navigate the challenges posed by a spluttering economy.

SEIFSA is a National Federation representing 23 independent employer Associations in the metals and engineering industries, with a combined membership of 1 600 companies employing around 200 000 employees. The Federation was formed in 1943 and its member companies range from giant steel-making corporations to micro-enterprises employing fewer than 50 people
SEIFSA to Celebrate Companies

SEIFSA to Celebrate Companies with Best Health and Safety Compliance Record at Awards for Excellence

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Johannesburg, 7 April 2019 – Employees are one of the most crucial investments businesses make. Without employees, businesses – particularly in the labour-intense metals and engineering sector –  would cease to exist. It is against this backdrop that companies should continuously invest in ensuring that the environment in which employees operate is safe, so says Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (SEIFSA) Chief Executive Officer Kaizer Nyatsumba.

“Employers have an obligation towards their employees to ensure that not a single life is lost at the workplace, regardless of how hazardous the work environment is. In fact, the more hazardous the environment, the more caution employers need to exercise to ensure the safety of their workers. The injury or loss of even one life at a plant or at a site is one life too many and companies need to go out of their way to ensure that not a single life is lost at work,” Mr Nyatsumba said.

It is against this backdrop, among others, that SEIFSA established the SEIFSA Awards for Excellence to encourage and celebrate companies which take the health and safety of their employees seriously.

To celebrate companies that go out of their way to invest in the health and safety of their employees, SEIFSA will present the Health and Safety Award of the Year to a company with the best legal compliance record in Health and Safety or the lowest Lost-Time Injury Frequency rate between July 2017 and December 2018.

Last year, the Health and Safety Award was won by Babcock.  The Judges in this category said at the time: “Babcock not only completed a 1.5 million manhour project without any serious injuries, but it also displayed astounding support for both employees and management through comprehensive training and meticulous risk management.”

This year, winning companies will, once again, be celebrated during an annual gala dinner to be held on 23 May 2019 at the IDC Conference Centre in Sandton, Johannesburg. Entries for the Awards close on 26 April 2019 for all categories.

Along with the Health and Safety Award of the Year, the SEIFSA Awards for Excellence have six other categories.

  • The Most Innovative Company of the Year, which will be awarded to a company that showed the best level of innovation in research and development or production between July 2017 and December 2018;
  • The company rated the highest in customer service performance between July 2017 and December 2018 will receive the Customer Service Award of the Year; and
  • The Environmental Stewardship Award will go to a company that has successfully implemented greening initiatives in its day-to-day business operations between July 2017 and December 2018.
  • This is the Decade of the Artisan, and an award will be made to the company that trained the highest number of artisans between July 2017 and December 2018;
  • The Best CSI Award will be presented to a company whose corporate social investment programme/s between July 2017 and December 2018 had a major impact on the lives of its beneficiaries.
  • The Most Transformed Company of the Year Award will be received by a company that showed the highest transformation level in its ownership and the composition of its Board of Directors, Executive Management and Managerial Team between July 2017 and December 2018 (this award category pits companies employing fewer than 100 people against those of similar size, and companies employing more than 100 people against others of similar size);

 

Issued by:

Ollie Madlala
Communications Manager
Tel: (011) 298 9411 / 082 602 1725
Email: ollie@seifsa.co.za
Web: www.seifsa.co.za

SEIFSA is a National Federation representing 23 independent employer Associations in the metals and engineering industries, with a combined membership of 1600 companies employing around 200 000 employees. The Federation was formed in 1943 and its member companies range from giant steel-making corporations to micro-enterprises employing fewer than 50 people.

Voting is Your Right and Responsibility – Kaizer Nyatsumba

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Next month, South Africans above the age of 18 will be heading for the polls. Confronting them will be a crucial decision about the country’s future, specifically the next five years.

The question confronting all of us, then, will be: whom can we trust to offer South Africa the kind of ethical, visionary and inspirational leadership that will take the country out of the morass in which it currently finds itself and bring out the very best in us as a people?

There is definitely no shortage of candidates. With each election since the dawn of our democracy in 1994, more new political parties spring up as vehicles to enable their founders to occupy cushy seats in the country’s national and/or provincial legislatures. My guess is that, even as they are conceived of by their respective founders, very rarely – if ever – are they regarded as instruments to help steer the country in the right direction. Very rarely are they formed out of a need to steer our country back onto the right path from which it has been derailed over the years.

Often, however, they are merely extensions of their founders’ egos and vehicles to enable them to enter – or stay in – politics to be able to feed from the public trough. Political parties have mushroomed as individuals have fallen out with their original parties or their comrades within those parties, and those men and women have then found themselves in need of new political vehicles to enable them to remain on the public payroll.

Thus were various political parties formed: Bantu Holomisa’s United Democratic Front and Mosioua Lekota’s Congress of the People from the ANC; Themba Godi’s African People’s Convention from the Pan Africanist Congress; Zanele Magwaza-Msibi’s National Freedom Party from the Inkatha Freedom Party; Julius Malema’s Economic Freedom Front from the ANC; and, more recently, Patricia De Lille’s Good from the Democratic Alliance.

There have been some exceptions, with the main one having been the attempt in 2013 by Mamphela Ramphele to form the now-laughable Agang, out of a desire to re-direct the country back to the path chosen for it by our founding fathers and mothers during the multi-party talks at the Congress for a Democratic South Africa and the subsequent Constituent Assembly that finalized our world-acclaimed Constitution.

As a people, then, we are not without a choice on 8 May 2019. While none of the parties or their leaders is perfect, nevertheless it remains crucially important that South Africans go out in their numbers to vote during our sixth all-inclusive elections. For me, who or what they vote for is immaterial, as long as they exercise their fundamental right to vote.

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Regrettably, there are those who, out of disillusionment with politics and politicians, have decided that participating in the elections is a waste of their precious time because it makes no real difference. All politicians, they argue, are the same: they make lots and lots of great promises but, once elected, proceed deliberately to ignore those promises to the electorate and to do what they would like to do anyway – and that, most of the time, is to mess up, plunder and steal and advance their own selfish interests instead of those of the nation.

While that disillusionment is understandable, nevertheless the decision to opt out of politics and, in the process, forego one’s right to vote is grossly irresponsible. It is laziness of the worst kind on the part of those compatriots who may be so inclined. They forget that, even if they did not exercise their right to vote, once elected, our bent politicians go out to do what they do – whether that be lying and stealing – in the collective name of “the people”. Included in “the people” are those who, myopically, may have taken a decision not to vote at all as a sign of protest against our rotten politics and its practitioners.

Our disillusioned compatriots ignore – at their peril – the simple but truthful fact that, in a democracy such as ours, it is during a time like now, when elections are around the corner, when even the simplest or poorest of voters is at his or her most powerful. It is now, in the run-up to an election, when even the most arrogant and obnoxious politician has to humble him/herself and come crawling to beg for our votes. It is now that the pendulum swings decidedly against the rich, proud, smug or vulgar politician in favour of the poor voter who, in reality, is the real repository of power.

While they may strut around proudly and make all sorts of claims about enjoying mixing with the people, the truth is that politicians do not enjoy the period that we have now entered, when they have to humble themselves and travel to every nook and cranny of the country to shake hands with our poorest compatriots, to smile and sing as they promise heaven on earth. They do not enjoy having to take trains, buses, go to taxi ranks and be exposed to some of the dirtiest streets in our townships and informal settlements to beg for votes in return for their parties’ T-shirts and sundry paraphernalia and empty promises. Nothing reminds them so strongly of the fact that the power they exercise after an election has its origin from ordinary South Africans.

Therefore, there is no time when the ordinary man and woman in the country is as powerful as now. During this period, suddenly politicians remember even those squalid parts of the country that they only ever hear about in the media once they are comfortably ensconced in office after an election.

While the decision whether or not to vote is for each person to make, I would urge every compatriot strongly to go out on 8 May to vote their conscience. I urge every South African to go out to send a strong message to our political mandarins that we, the ordinary men and women that we are, want our country back from those who have dared to steal from it, to abuse it in different ways or even to pawn it to the highest bidder/s. I ask that all South Africans go out to vote for the party or parties of their choice and, in the process, remind politicians that none of them has a God-given right to govern this country.

Regrettably, our choices continue to be confined to political parties as opposed to individuals, thanks to what was supposed to be a limited-duration deal that was struck

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during the pre-1994 negotiations at the World Trade Centre. As a result, many of us will find ourselves having to block our noses to prevent the stench emanating from objectionable names of crooked, unethical or downright corrupt individuals on the lists of some of the parties for which we may find ourselves voting on 8 May. It is precisely because it has served the parties well that we continue to have this obnoxious system in place, when we should long have had a system by now that combines both constituency representation and proportional representation.

One is encouraged by the fact that there is, on the court roll somewhere in the country, a case seeking to assert our rights as citizens to vote for men and women of our choice, who will stand as individual candidates and represent specific constituencies, as opposed to voting – as we now do – for political parties, with absolutely no say in who they include on their precious lists. It is crucially important that civil society – through organisations like the Helen Suzman Foundation, Freedom Under Law, the Council for the Advancement of the Constitution, etc. – take this fight up in our country’s courts after the forthcoming elections to re-assert our rights to vote for men and women of our choice, rather than parties which, once elected, have little or absolutely no obeisance to the electorate.

Were we sufficiently respected, as citizens, to vote directly for the President of the country, as opposed to leaving this important responsibility to political parties to choose one of their own in Parliament to become our Head of State, the choice confronting us on 8 May would be much easier. Many among us would find it easy to vote for Cyril Ramaphosa as President, without simultaneously feeling guilty that our vote for him, through his party, will also be a vote for men and women of questionable integrity on his party’s lists.

That shortcoming notwithstanding, it remains very important for all adult compatriots to go out to vote with their minds – and not their hearts – on 8 May. We should do so with a view to producing whatever we may consider the best possible outcome for the country and its nine provinces. For me, such an outcome will be one in which no party ever feels entitled to govern, or feels that it can take the electorate for granted because, regardless of its performance while in office, it can always be assured of victory at the next polls.

In addition to their own responsibility to go out to vote on election day, business leaders must also encourage their employees to do so, and ensure that they have ample time to do so.

Let us go out and re-shape South Africa’s fate on 8 May and take responsibility for our actions and decisions, and refrain from for ever bleating afterwards – as is typical of South Africans – as though collectively we are powerless as a people. The power resides firmly in our hands. Let us use it on 8 May and make ourselves unmistakably heard. Only then will politicians ever take us seriously.

Kaizer M. Nyatsumba

Chief Executive Officer

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Political Parties

Political Parties to Share Their Plans on the Economy with The Metals & Engineering Sector

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Date: 12 April 2019

  • Start Time: 07:30
  • End Time: 11:00
  • Venue: Johannesburg Country Club
  • Member Price: R 500
  • Non-Member Price: R 700

SEIFSA is proud to host the top five South African political parties in the run-down to South Africa’s election on 8 May 2019.

The parties, one of which will be elected into power in May, will brief the metals and engineering sector on their plans for the economy.

The main five political parties/organisations will talk directly to business leaders and organised business in the metals and engineering sector about their concrete plans to stimulate the economy over the next five years.

In particular, the parties have agreed to:

  • spell out their concrete plans to grow the economy and to create jobs over the next five years;
  • indicate how they will stimulate manufacturing in the country;
  • indicate how they will help to harness a culture of cooperative partnership between business and labour;
  • indicate how, if they were to come to power, they would ensure that the Government has a healthy, constructive and productive relationship with business, with the latter viewed as a partner and not an enemy.

SPEAKERS

Mr Enoch Godongwana – ANC

Mr Enoch Godongwana was Deputy Minister of Public Enterprises of the Government of South Africa from 2009 to 2010 and as Deputy Minister of Economic Development of the Republic of South Africa from 1 November 2010 to 2012. He was member of African National Congress (ANC) National Executive Committee (NEC) from December 2007 and member of Parliament from 2008.

General Bantu Holomisa – UDM

Major General (Retired) Bantu Holomisa co-founded the United Democratic Movement in 1997 with Mr Roelf Meyer. Mr Holomisa serves as the UDM’s President. He has served as the Deputy Minister of Environment and Tourism of South Africa in the Government of National Unity (elected in 1994).

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Mr Athol Trollip – DA

Former Executive Mayor of Nelson Mandela Bay Metropolitan Municipality, he has been a member of the DA since the party’s inception in the early nineties. He has been the DA leader in the Eastern Cape since 2002. Trollip has served as member of the National Assembly and as a member of the Provincial Legislature of the Eastern Cape Province. He served as Parliamentary Leader of the opposition between 2009 and 2011.

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Hon Mkhuleko Hlengwa – IFP

Mr Hlengwa has been an MP since 2014. He also serves as the National Chairperson of the IFP Youth Brigade and is the  IFP National Spokesperson. He serves on the parliamentary committees on Public Accounts, Internationational Relations and Cooperation, and the Standing Committee on Finance.

Hon Mkhuleko Hlengwa IFP

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Speaker to be announced soon.

The breakfast discussion is scheduled to take place at the Johannesburg Country Club at 7.30am

Purchasing Power

Decline In Purchasing Managers’ Index Concerning, Says SEIFSA

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Johannesburg, 1 April 2019 – The Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (SEIFSA) is extremely concerned about the consistent decline in the Absa Purchasing Managers Index (PMI), Economist Marique Kruger said this morning.

The seasonally-adjusted PMI declined from 46.2 points in February 2019 to 45.0 points in March 2019, meaning that manufacturing sector prospects are slightly worse now than they were in February 2019. It is for the third consecutive month in 2019 that the headline PMI has been trending below the 50-neutral level, which separates expansion from contraction.

Ms Kruger said this rate of contraction since the beginning of the year is worrisome.

Speaking after the release of the index, Ms Kruger said the deterioration in the data was underpinned by sharp declines in the employment, inventories and business activity sub-indices, despite the promising performances from the supplier performance sub-index, which perched above the neutral 50-point mark in March 2019. She said the best performer was the supplier performance sub-index, which increased to 55.3 points in March 2019, while the worst performer was the employment sub-index, which registered 42.7 points.

Ms Kruger said generally the PMI signalled broadly no change in overall manufacturing operating conditions in the first quarter of 2019, as beleaguered businesses in the Metals and Engineering (M&E) cluster struggle to stay afloat due to increasing fuel prices and rising energy costs, which compound input costs.

“A challenging business environment makes it difficult for businesses to capitalise on the weaker rand and increase the volume of imported intermediary imports. Moreover, increasing fuel prices and input costs could impact negatively on businesses’ production and export volumes. There is a need for more sub-indices to trend above the contractionary terrain,” Ms Kruger concluded.

SEIFSA is a National Federation representing 23 independent employer Associations in the metals and engineering industries, with a combined membership of 1600 companies employing around 200 000 employees. The Federation was formed in 1943 and its member companies range from giant steel-making corporations to micro-enterprises employing fewer than 50 people.
SEIFSA to Honour Companies

SEIFSA to Honour Companies Advancing Transformation In The Metals and Engineering Sector

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JOHANNESBURG, 31 March 2019 – Almost two decades   have passed since South Africa’s Black Economic Empowerment policy was first introduced, yet transformation  in the metals and engineering sector is still painfully slow, with the sector ranking amongst the least transformed in the economy.

“Transformation is of paramount importance to South Africa’s future and sustainability. Companies in the metals and engineering sector have begun to embrace transformation, albeit at a painfully slow pace,” SEIFSA Chief Executive Officer Kaizer Nyatsumba said.

He said it was against this backdrop that SEIFSA continues to advocate for transformation within the sector and, through the SEIFSA Awards for Excellence, also continues to celebrate companies that have gone out of their way to embrace transformation.

“We, therefore, call upon companies that have embraced transformation in the metals and engineering sector to submit entries for the Most Transformed Company of the Year category of the SEIFSA Awards for Excellence.”

Mr Nyatsumba said the accolade is awarded to the most transformed company in terms of ownership, the composition of its Board of Directors, Executive Management and Management Team in the period July 2017 to December 2018.

The Most Transformed Company of the Year Award category is split into two by company size: the first covers companies employing fewer than 100 people and the second one looks at companies employing more than 100 people. This, according to Mr Nyatsumba, ensures that companies are judged against their peers to encourage fairness.

Last year’s winner in this category was Weir Minerals, which had embraced the challenges of the amended Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment Code, with a firm commitment to using its skills development initiatives as a cornerstone of its transformation agenda.

This year, the winning company will, once again, be celebrated during an annual gala dinner to be held on 23 May 2019 at the IDC Conference Centre in Sandton, Johannesburg.  Entries for the Awards close on 26 April 2019 for all categories.

Along with the Most Transformed Company of the Year Award, the SEIFSA Awards for Excellence have six other categories.

The other categories are:

  • The Most Innovative Company of the Year, which will be awarded to a company that showed the best level of innovation in research and development or production between July 2017 and December 2018;
  • The Health and Safety Award of the Year will be offered to a company with the best legal compliance record in Health and Safety or the lowest Lost-Time Injury Frequency rate between July 2017 and December 2018;
  • The company rated the highest in customer service performance between July 2017 and December 2018 will receive the Customer Service Award of the Year; and
  • The Environmental Stewardship Award will go to a company that has successfully implemented greening initiatives in its day-to-day business operations between July 2017 and December 2018.
  • This is the Decade of the Artisan, and an award will be made to the company that trained the highest number of artisans between July 2017 and December 2018;
  • The Best CSI Award will be presented to a company whose corporate social investment programme/s between July 2017 and December 2018 had a major impact on the lives of its beneficiaries.

Mr Nyatsumba has encouraged manufacturers operating in the metals and engineering sector to submit their entries for the seven categories as soon as possible. The Awards are open to all companies in the sector, both SEIFSA members and non-members.

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Issued by:

Ollie Madlala
Communications Manager
Tel: (011) 298 9411 / 082 602 1725
Email: ollie@seifsa.co.za
Web: www.meindaba. seifsa.co.za

SEIFSA is a National Federation representing 23 independent employer Associations in the metals and engineering industries, with a combined membership of 1600 companies employing around 200 000 employees. The Federation was formed in 1943 and its member companies range from giant steel-making corporations to micro-enterprises employing fewer than 50 people.