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A Coherent, and Focussed Strategy Required to Make Sure South Africa Benefits from 4IR

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Johannesburg, 12 September 2019 – South Africa needs a coherent and focused strategy on how to take advantage of opportunities that will be presented by the fourth industrial revolution (4IR), so said Council for Scientific and Industrial Research CEO Thulani Dlamini.

Speaking at the annual Southern African Metals and Engineering Indaba currently taking place at the IDC Conference Centre, Mr Dlamini said there is no denying that the 4IR is already happening and as a country South Africa needs to not only make sure that it is ready to take advantage of the opportunities presented by the 4IR but to also be in a position to deal with the concerns that have been raised including job security and impact on global competitiveness.

“Countries such as Japan, Germany and South Korea have formulated coherent strategies aimed at ensuring that they increase their countries’ competitive advantage. South Africa needs to do the same. Failure to do this will result in South Africa getting left behind and unable to compete at a global level, Mr Dlamini said.”

He said there is also a need for the country to make concerted efforts in developing human capital and equipping them with high-end skills that will be needed to take advantage of the 4IR.

Speaking on the same panel, Deputy Minister of Higher Education Buti Manamela said Government is already putting numerous initiatives in place to ensure that South Africa does not get left behind.

“We recognise the rapid increase in technological advancements and we are making sure that the public sector responds with favourable policies that will support and enhance the country’s ability to take advantage of the 4IR,” the Deputy Minister said.

He said in its efforts to make sure that South Africa does not get left behind Government, in 2018, participated in the South Africa/European Union 4IR dialogue and will feed the outcomes of that dialogue into Government Policy development.

He added that as a country we also need to grow high level research capabilities and ensure stronger links between research institutions and business.

Department of Trade and Industry’s Future Industrial Production and Technology Chief Director Ilse Karg said South Africa has an advantage over developed countries to be a leader in 4IR due to its young and growing population.

“More than 50% of our population are young people under the age of 35. We, therefore, need to design skills development programmes that will make sure that young people are trained and employable. We have, for the last ten years, been running a pilot programme that has been an ernoumous success and we will scale it up nationally in collaboration with other Government departments including the Department of Education,” Ms Karg said.

Speaking on a panel which reflected on a growing Chinese Presence in South Africa, Black Business Council’s Judy Nwokedi said South Africa needs to make sure that small and medium enterprises benefit from China’s presence in South Africa.

“We also need to ensure that we don’t get exploited as a country. We must safeguard against exploitation of resources and cheap  labour and we must ensure  that Chinese loans don’t come with conditions similar to the Stractural Adjustment Programmes imposed by the World Bank and the IMF when providing funding to third world countries.”

BRICS Business Council Member Elias Monage said South Africa lacks focus and leadership alignment between Government and business. This he said  is the reason why South Africa’s manufacturing sector has eroded over the last ten years.

“Part of the reason why China is taking over the world is that its Government and businesses work together, they are focused and they take decisive decisions together. We ought to learn from them and our Government needs to support and partner with the manufacturing sector if we are to stand a chance to compete against China.”

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Ollie Madlala
Communications Manager
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Email: ollie@seifsa.co.za
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SEIFSA Calls Upon All South Africans to Work Together to Reverse High Unemployment, Xenophobia and Violence against Women

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Johannesburg, 12 September 2019 – Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (SEIFSA) CEO Kaizer Nyatsumba has called upon Government,  business leaders, labour representatives and the general public to join hands and get involved in various efforts to reverse the many ills confronting South Africa including high unemployment, poverty, xenophobic attacks as well as violence against women and children.

Speaking at SEIFSA’s fifth Annual Southern African Metals and Engineering Indaba currently taking place at the IDC Conference Centre in Sandton, Mr Nyatsumba said as a country, we need to face up to the challenge that ours is a sick country that is dangerously close to tipping over – unless we fold our shirt sleeves and put shoulder to the wheel.

“The responsibility to save South Africa belongs to us all. In any society, this is way too important a task to leave to politicians alone. It is even worse in our case, where a growing number of politicians are exposed in various forms almost on a weekly basis to be self-serving individuals who worry only about themselves, their families and their political parties, with the country coming stone last, Mr Nyatsumba said.”

He added that South Africa has been taken over by angry, vile and unemployed men who rape, murder and pillage with gay abandon, comfortable in the knowledge that they will get away with it because the police are either on the take or useless and  law-enforcement agencies are impuissant.

He said amidst the state that South Africa currently finds itself in, it appears as though leaders have either gone to ground or are too pre-occupied with their internecine conflicts and sundry machinations.

“This is why we cannot leave the mammoth tasks of growing the economy, creating employment, fighting the scourge of xenophobia and protecting women to political leaders. It would, infact, be very irresponsible of us, as business and labour leaders, to stick our necks in the sand and pretend as though everything is hunky-dory. In my view, we all have a duty, individually and collectively, not only to face our current reality squarely in the face, but also to do something about it.”

In conclusion, Mr Nyatsumba said he believes that South Africa can be saved provided Government, business, labour and the general public work together as a team.

“We believe that however much the men and women of goodwill and integrity in Government may be willing to do so, the Government cannot execute this mammoth task alone. Obviously, with business not pulling the levers of legislative power, business also cannot do it alone. Instead, we need a strong partnership involving, in the first instance, Government, Business and Labour, followed by the general community.”

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

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Introductory Remarks At The Fifth Southern African Metals And Engineering Indaba

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By Kaizer M. Nyatsumba, Chief Executive, SEIFSA

Date: 12 September 2019

Thank you, Melissa, for that fantastic introduction.

Ladies and Gentlemen, we meet at a most inauspicious time for our beautiful country. Unlike a year ago when there was so much hope of a New Dawn in the air, when the Commission into State Capture had just begun its public hearings and so much was expected to come of the President’s inaugural Investment Conference, we meet today at a time when our country is engulfed with bad news and our leadership has been exposed to be weak and so far unequal to the gargantuan task ahead.

Everywhere we look, leadership has taken cover and, as I had occasion to write in a poem more than two decades ago, “the sanguinary are in control”. We have become the rape and misogyny capital of the world, where just having been born female is enough to mark one out for all kinds of abuse. Our mothers, sisters, wives and daughters live in palpable fear of being molested and murdered with what looks like absolute impunity, while our leadership limply throws its hands into the air, mouths yet more empty condemnations and makes more unconvincing promises and undertakings.

Our streets have been taken over by angry, vile and unemployed men who rape, murder and pillage with gay abandon, comfortable in the knowledge that they will get away with it because our police are either on the take or useless and our law-enforcement agencies are impuissant. With unspeakable savagery, they lay into men and women whose only sin is that they are from another African country; torch trucks on the country’s roads for no reason other than that those who drive them across our towns, cities and borders are employed and are unknown to them; and target construction sites in our industrial areas to demand – by brute force – a stake in other people’s businesses, to which they will add not an iota of value.

Our borders exist in name only, with anybody who so desires free to walk in and out of them any time, in the process worsening our unemployment crisis and seriously inflaming passions among the indigent who do not know where their next meal will come from and for whom the only asset they have in abundance is time. Our borders are porous, our police are useless – I guess I have earned the right to say so: my brother was murdered in 2009 and, more than a decade later, nobody has yet been arrested – and our Department of Home Affairs and the National Defence Force are laughing stocks.

All this goes on while our political mandarins are either conspicuous through their silence or, when they dare surface to make some pronouncements, either make the same mealy-mouthed excuses for their failure to do the jobs for which they were elected or threaten – yet again – fire and brimstone, fully knowing that their words are not worthy of the pieces of paper or the Notepads from which they read them.

To our utter dismay, it would seem that our beautiful country is on auto pilot. Its leaders have either gone to ground or are too pre-occupied with their internecine conflicts and sundry machinations. It is as if we are left to our own devices.

Is it any wonder, then, that our economy has continued to flounder so badly and that our State-owned companies are in such a pitiable state? I don’t think so.

Far be it from me, Ladies and Gentlemen, to depress you right at the beginning of our Fifth Southern African Metals and Engineering Indaba. That is not at all my intention. I point these things out because it would be irresponsible of us, as business and labour leaders, to stick our necks in the sand and pretend that everything is hunky-dory. In my view, we all have a duty, individually and collectively, not only to face our current reality squarely in the face, but also to do something about it. We are not as helpless as we may sometimes believe ourselves to be.

We are far more powerful beyond measure. We must, each one of us, speak out robustly against the many ills confronting our country, and join hands with those who are similarly concerned and are keen to get involved in various efforts to reverse the very evident decay confronting us. We need to stop romanticising about a non-existent nirvana and face up to the challenge that ours is a sick country that is dangerously close to tipping over – unless we fold our shirt sleeves and put shoulder to the wheel.

The responsibility to save South Africa belongs to us all. In any society, this is way too important a task to leave to politicians alone. It is even worse in our case, where a growing number of politicians are exposed in various forms almost on a weekly basis to be self-serving individuals who worry only about themselves, their families and their political parties, with the country coming stone last. We need to reach out across the racial, political, class, gender and whatever other divides to work with all who profess to love South Africa and want to see it prosper.

That is the context in which we hold this Southern African Metals and Engineering Indaba. We believe that South Africa can – and will – be saved, if we all work together as a team. We believe, as I often point out, that, however much the men and women of goodwill and integrity in government may be willing to do so, the Government cannot execute this mammoth task alone. Obviously, with business not pulling the levers of legislative power, business also cannot do it alone. Instead, we need a strong partnership involving, in the first instance, Government, Business and Labour, followed by the general community.

Regrettably, it is sad to observe that, even during this period of a supposed New Dawn, we still have some people in Government behaving as if they were some demi-gods, rather than Servants of the People who elected them into office in the first place. It is a great pity, for instance, that among the nine members of the Ramaphosa Government invited to address this conference and interact with you, the Shareholders of this Beautiful Republic, all but two contrived to come up with various excuses for their absence. Even with one of the largest Cabinets in the world, in which every Minister has a Deputy, those who showed disdain to the metals and engineering sector by spurning our invitation would not even dispatch their Deputies or Directors-General to address this conference.

Sadly, both we and others who organise similar industry conferences have come to know that some among our Cabinet Ministers prefer events where theirs will be the only voices to be heard, without any other stakeholders to challenge them or hold them to account. Some would even go as far as to seek to control a conference’s agenda by insisting that members of political parties other than their own should not be invited.

We at SEIFSA have doggedly resisted such pressure – and will continue to do so. We are a Federation representing important stakeholders in our economy, and have no appetite whatsoever for any political gimmickry or games. We invite to our conferences any individual that we deem to have the experience, insights, wisdom and the power to contribute meaningfully to discussions of any issues being considered.

As always, Ladies and Gentlemen,   we look forward to a fruitful, robust engagement with our speakers in the course of the next two days.

As you may recall, during the Indaba last year, we asked you to consider adopting resolutions on some of the important issues that came under discussion. To refresh your memory, those resolutions saw delegates:

  1. Expressing disappointment at the failure of some Cabinet Ministers to attend important sessions of the conference to which they were invited;
  2. Calling on the Government to enforce designation of local content more rigorously in production processes across all value chains and expressing disappointment at the awarding of tenders to foreign companies by some State-owned enterprises when there is capacity for local businesses to manufacture the same products;
  3. Calling on the Government to include the local manufacturing industry in decision making regarding foreign and domestic investments to promote beneficiation and job creation;
  4. Calling on the Government to prioritize local businesses in all investment and construction projects, including Black Economic Empowerment partners, to comply with South African rules to address racial disparities;
  5. Calling on the Government to find a way of extending to the mid- and downstream group of industries in the metals and engineering sector the support available to primary steel producers; and
  6. Calling on the Government to reconsider the introduction of a carbon tax in the country, at a time when business is already struggling.

These resolutions have formed the basis of SEIFSA’s lobbying activities during the course of the last year. Regrettably, we have all lost the fight on the carbon tax, thanks in no small measure to the parlous state of the fiscus.

Ladies and Gentlemen, we at SEIFSA believe very firmly that, however difficult things may be at the moment, there continues to be a future for Manufacturing in South Africa and our region, and we believe that that future also includes a thriving Metals and Engineering Sector. However, for the sector to realize its full potential, it behoves all of us – in business, Government and labour – to get all hands on deck.

Thank you very much, yet again, for your attendance. Let us have a fruitful engagement that will be seen by future generations to have been vital for the continued survival of our Sector.

Thanks, too, to our host, the IDC, and all our Sponsors and Media Partners.

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High-Calibre Speakers To Address Metals And Engineering Indaba From Tomorrow

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Johannesburg, 11 September 2018 – High-calibre speakers from Government, labour, business and academia will address delegates attending the fifth annual Southern African Metals and Engineering Indaba which takes place at the IDC Conference Centre in Sandton tomorrow and on Friday, Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa CEO Kaizer Nyatsumba said today.

Speaking ahead of this year’s annual gathering of captains of industry, policy makers and entrepreneurs, Mr Nyatsumba said the 2019 Indaba boasts highly-respected business leaders, politicians and academics, including Trade and Industry Minister Ebrahim Patel, NUMSA General Secretary Irvin Jim, Massmart and Aspen Holdings Chairman Kuseni Dlamini, Wits Business School Professor Patrick Bond and Deloitte’s Dr Martin Davis, among others.

These speakers will tackle challenges currently facing South Africa’s economy, which is marred by slow growth, high unemployment, high inequality and most recently attacks on foreign nationals.

Mr Nyatsumba said the speakers will deliberate on the following topics, among others:

  • A Growing Chinese Presence in South Africa: How Should Local Business Respond?
  • The Fourth Industrial Revolution and Manufacturing: Is South Africa Ready – Or Will It Be Left Behind?
  • Africa is Open for Business: Is Local Manufacturing Ready to Leverage Opportunities Presented by the African Continental Free Trade Area?
  • The Economy, Labour Stability and the 2020 MEIBC Negotiations on Wages and Conditions of Employment

Now in its fifth year, the Indaba is organized and hosted by SEIFSA. Its core objective is to provide a platform for policy makers, labour representatives and businesses operating in the metals, engineering and related sectors to discuss the challenges facing the sector and collectively to devise sustainable solutions aimed at ensuring its sustainability.

Mr Nyatsumba encouraged those who have yet to register for the 2019 Southern African Metals and Engineering Indaba to do so speedily to avoid missing out.

 

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Ollie Madlala
Communications Manager
Tel: (011) 298 9411 / 082 602 1725
Email: ollie@seifsa.co.za
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SEIFSA Welcomes Moderate Increase In Manufacturing Data

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Johannesburg, 10 September 2019 – The Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (SEIFSA) welcomes the increase in broader manufacturing sector production, as indicated in manufacturing production figures released by Statistics South Africa (Stats SA) this afternoon.

The latest preliminary seasonally-adjusted production data for the broader manufacturing sector indicated that output moderately increased to -1.1 percent year-on-year in July 2019, from -3.6 percent in June 2019.

Speaking after the release of the numbers, SEIFSA Economist Marique Kruger said the data – which is still trending in the negative territory, despite the moderate increase in July – is worrisome. However, on a month-on-month basis, the manufacturing sector’s performance was more inspiring, registering 0.4 percent in July 2019, significantly improving on the -1.9 percent recorded in June 2019.

“Despite the increase in manufacturing output, the concerns regarding various constraints remain, including volatility in exchange rate, increasing intermediate input costs, operational costs and high fuel and energy costs,” Ms Kruger said.

She said these variables undoubtedly constrained the value add by manufacturing to the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in the second quarter of 2019, and have the ability to further hinder manufacturing contribution in the third quarter of 2019.

In conclusion, Ms Kruger said SEIFSA expects the generally weak exchange rate to boost manufacturing export competitiveness in the mid-term, which will be to the benefit of businesses.

“This is imperative in order for businesses to stay resilient as we collectively seek ways of re-igniting long-term domestic growth,” Ms Kruger said.

SEIFSA is a National Federation representing 21 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
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Does the NDP Still have the Potential to Turn South Africa’s Economic Fortunes Around?

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Johannesburg, 10 September 2018 – Seven years ago, the Government adopted the National Development Plan (NDP), a blueprint for how South Africa could eradicate poverty and reduce inequality by 2030.  While the plan drew criticism from some labour formations, many other stakeholders – among them the business community – hailed it as a solid foundation upon which inclusive economic growth could be achieved.

But, seven years on, just how much of the plan has been implemented – and does it still have the potential to turn South Africa’s economic fortunes around?

Wits School of Business Professor Patrick Bond, Political Economy South Africa Executive Director Siya Biniza and Department of Trade and Industry Acting Deputy Director-General Dr Anneline Chetty will provide an assessment of South Africa’s implementation of important policies, including the NDP and the Industrial Action Policy Plan, at the Southern African Metals and Engineering Indaba taking place at the IDC Conference Centre on Thursday and Friday, this week.

Speaking ahead of the Indaba, Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (SEIFSA) CEO Kaizer Nyatsumba said he remains of the view that, if implemented correctly, the NDP and its strategic infrastructure projects (SIPs) have the potential to help South Africa turn its economic fortunes around.

“The Government’s expenditure on the projects would revive industries such as construction and our very own metals and engineering, which have been in the doldrums for years. South Africa has, for a very long time, been embattled by slow growth, unemployment, the continually widening gap between the rich and the poor and most recently widespread attacks on foreign nationals that one could argue are fueled by poverty and hopelessness. The NDP, through its SIPs, has the potential to help turn the situation around,” Mr Nyatsumba said.

Now in its fifth year, the Indaba is organized and hosted by SEIFSA. Its core objective is to provide a platform for policy makers, labour representatives and businesses operating in the metals, engineering and related sectors to discuss the challenges facing the sector and collectively to devise sustainable solutions aimed at ensuring its sustainability.

The Indaba will also deliberate on the following topics, among others:

  • A Growing Chinese Presence in South Africa: How Should Local Business Respond?
  • The Fourth Industrial Revolution and Manufacturing: Is South Africa Ready – Or Will It Be Left Behind?
  • Africa is Open for Business: Is Local Manufacturing Ready to Leverage Opportunities Presented by the African Continental Free Trade Area?
  • The Economy, Labour Stability and the 2020 MEIBC Negotiations on Wages and Conditions of Employmen

The line-up of speakers includes:

  • NUMSA General Secretary Irvin Jim;
  • Ayanda Mngadi, Chairperson of the Manufacturing Circle;
  • Elias Monage, Executive Chairman of Afika Holdings and Member of the South African Chapter of the BRICS Business Council;
  • Massmart and Asphen Pharmacare Holdings Chairman Kuseni Dlamini; and
  • Dr Thulani Dlamini, CEO of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research;

Mr Nyatsumba encouraged those who have yet to register for the 2019 Southern African Metals and Engineering Indaba to do so speedily to avoid missing out.

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

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Trade and Industry Minister to Address Delegates Attending 5th Southern African Metals and Engineering Indaba

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Trade and Industry Minister Ebrahim Patel will address hundreds of delegates attending the fifth Southern African Metals and Engineering Indaba taking place at the IDC Conference Centre on Thursday and Friday.

Along with National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa Director Mike Mabasa, National Association of Automotive Component and Allied Manufactures Executive Director Renai Moothilal and Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (SEIFSA) Chief Economist Dr Michael Ade, Minister Patel will provide a critical assessment of the likely impact of the new Automotive Production and Development programme on the metals and engineering sector.

In November last year, the Cabinet adopted the revamped South African Automotive Masterplan (SAAM), which replaced the Automotive Production Development Programme. The plan aims to double employment in the sector from the current 112 000 to 224 000 jobs by 2035, f and position South Africa to produce 1% of global vehicles, or 1.4-million vehicles.

“There is no doubt that SAAM will have a positive impact on South Africa’s economy and jobs. The metals and engineering sector should benefit from the plan, given the fact that it is a supplier to car manufacturers. It is for this reason that we decided that it would be appropriate to invite the Minister to address delegates to the Indaba so they can better understand how our sector will benefit from the plan,” SEIFSA CEO Kaizer Nyatsumba said this morning.

Now in its fifth year, the Indaba is organized and hosted by SEIFSA. Its core objective is to provide a platform for policy makers, labour representatives and businesses operating in the metals, engineering and related sectors to discuss the challenges facing the sector and collectively to devise sustainable solutions aimed at ensuring its sustainability.

The Indaba will also deliberate on the following topics, among others:

  • A Growing Chinese Presence in South Africa: How Should Local Business Respond?
  • The Fourth Industrial Revolution and Manufacturing: Is South Africa Ready – Or Will It Be Left Behind?
  • Re-imagining Industrial Strategy and the National Development Plan: A Progress Report on Their Implementation.
  • Africa is Open for Business: Is Local Manufacturing Ready to Leverage Opportunities Presented by the African Continental Free Trade Area?
  • The Economy, Labour Stability and the 2020 MEIBC Negotiations on Wages and Conditions of Employment

The line-up of speakers includes:

  • NUMSA General Secretary Irvin Jim;
  • Ayanda Mngadi, Chairperson of the Manufacturing Circle;
  • Elias Monage, Executive Chairman of Afika Holdings and Member of the South African Chapter of the BRICS Business Council;
  • Massmart and Asphen Pharmacare Holdings Chairman Kuseni Dlamini.
  • Patrick Bond, Professor at the Wits School of Business; and
  • Dr Thulani Dlamini, CEO of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research;

Mr Nyatsumba encouraged those who have yet to register for the 2019 Southern African Metals and Engineering Indaba to do so speedily to avoid missing out.

Issued by:

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

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Are State-Owned Companies Enablers Or Blockers of Economic Growth?

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Johannesburg,  5 September 2019 – State-owned companies (SOCs) have long played a pivotal role in South Africa’s economy. Not only do they provide basic infrastructure without which  businesses cannot operate –   such as water, power, road and rail – – but they also employ millions of South Africans, thus enabling them to participate in the economy.

However, during  the last dacade, SOCs such as Eskom, Transnet, South African Airways and the SABC have been criticized for being engines that have enabled the cancer of corruption and State capture to take place. Corruption and poor corporate governance have resulted in a growing number of South Africans calling for the privatization of some of the SOCs.

But how should SOCs be turned around to be enablers to the economy? That is one of the  questions that will be deliberated upon at the upcoming Southern African Metals ad Engineering Indaba scheduled to take place on 12-3 September 2019 at the IDC Conference Centre is Sandton.

Providing answers to the questions will be the Department of Public of Enterprises,  IDC Divisional Executive: Mining and Metals Industries Trevor Arran; University of Johannesburg Associate Professor Nicholas Ngepah and SEIFSA Chief Economist Dr Michael Ade.

Remarking on this plenary session, SEIFSA CEO Kaizer Nyatsumba said there’s no doubt that SOCs have a big role to play in providing infrastructure development and reducing administered  prices in the country, but added that  a whole new strategy is required to manage them more effectively.

“There is reason to believe that, managed properly,  SOCs have an important role to play in our economy, but proper governance structures and new strategies are required to ensure that they become enablers of economic growth, and not inhabitors,” Mr Nyatsumba said.

Now in its fifth year, the Indaba is organized and hosted by SEIFSA. Its core objective is to provide a platform for policy makers, labour representatives and businesses operating in the metals, engineering and related sectors to discuss the challenges facing the sector and collectively to devise sustainable solutions aimed at ensuring its sustainability.

The Indaba will also deliberate on the following topics:

  • The new Automotive Production and Development Programme: Will the Metals and Engineering Sector Benefit?
  • A Growing Chinese Presence in South Africa: How Should Local Business Respond?
  • The Fourth Industrial Revolution and Manufacturing: Is South Africa Ready – Or Will It Be Left Behind?
  • eRe-imagining Industrial Strategy and the National Development Plan: A Progress Report on Their Implementation.

The line-up of speakers includes:

  • Ebrahim Patel, Minister of Trade, Industry and Competition;
  • Patrick Bond, Professor at the Wits School of Business;
  • Dr Thulani Dlamini, CEO of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research;
  • Ayanda Mngadi, Chairperson of the Manufacturing Circle;
  • Elias Monage, Executive Chairman of Afika Holdings and Member of the South African Chapter of the BRICS Business Council; and
  • Massmart and Asphen Pharmacare Holdings Chairman Kuseni Dlamini.

My Nyatsumba said the agenda for the 2019 Indaba was informed  by the state in which the metals and engineering sector currently finds itself.

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

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Over 200 Stakeholders Will Be Attending The Metals And Engineering Indaba On 12-13 September 2019.

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WILL YOU BE THE ONLY ONE MISSING OUT?

More than 200 stakeholders with an interest in the welfare of the Metals and Engineering Sector in particular and Manufactuing in general will be attending the Fifth Southern African Metals and Engineering Indaba (M&E Indaba) in Sandton, Johannesburg on 12-13 September 2019.

Will you be the only one missing out? Don’t miss out on a great opportunity to make your voice heard as South Africa grapples with various economic and political challenges. Don’t wonder what happened. Be there to make yourself heard and to watch it all unfold.

The M&E Indaba offers all stakeholders – business executives and captains of industry, policy makers and Government Ministers, as well labour leaders – a vital opportunity to discuss matters of common interest calmly, robustly and yet constructively in order to improve the performance of our sector and to revive economy.

Speakers include, among impressive others:

  • Trade and Industry Minister Ebrahim Patel;
  • Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan;
  • Council for Scientific and Industrial Research CEO Dr Thulani Dlamini;
  • BRICS Business Council Chairperson Busi Mabuza;
  • Africa House Director Duncan Bonnett;
  • Department of Trade and Industry Chief Director for Africa Multilareral Economic Relations Wamkele Mene;
  • NUMSA General Secretary Irvin Jim and Solidarity General Secretary Gideon du Plessis;
  • Manufacturing Circle Chairperson Ayanda Mngad; and
  • National Association of Automotive Components and Allied Manufacturers Renai Moothilal.
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Be part of the search for a solution to South Africa’s manufacturing challenges. You are not as powerless or helpless as you may believe. Unfortunately, challenges do not yet have the ability to resolve themselves. That is why we have to work together to resolve them. Make your voice heard. Engage. Contribute. Innovate. Sustain. Register for the Fifth Indaba, where matters of concern to you and all of us will be discussed. Don’t miss out on this wonderful opportunity to be heard.

Register now on www.meindaba.co.za, where you will also find the detailed conference programme. Key Government, business (including some of your customers) and labour leaders will be there. Don’t be the only one missing out. I look forward to seeing you at the conference at the Fifth M&E Indaba at the IDC Conference Centre on Thursday, 12 September 2019 as one of the more than 200 sufficiently concerned stakeholders.

Yours Sincerely
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Kaizer M. Nyatsumba
Chief Executive Officer