Business Stability

Business Stability Is Imperative For Long-Term Growth

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The SEIFSA mission encapsulates the essence of its product and service offerings to its affiliated member companies. SEIFSA is a Federation of Employer Organisations which collectively represent the views, goals…
Atrocious Safety Health Awareness

Atrocious Safety Health Awareness Drives Confusion and Mis-Information in Health and Safety

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Huge Reputational Risk for Companies in Metals and Engineering Sector Protection of employees from occupational injuries and illness is one of the most underrated aspects in corporate governance and ethics.…
A Third Consecutive Decrease

A third consecutive decrease in broader manufacturing production reflects a generally difficult business environment amid persistently low domestic demand, says SEIFSA

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Johannesburg, 8 November 2018 - The Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (SEIFSA) today laments a third consecutive decrease in output of the broader manufacturing sector –  including its…

Consistent Purchasing Managers’ Index Decline Highlights the Challenges Faced By Manufacturers

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Johannesburg, 1 November 2018 - The Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (SEIFSA) is concerned about the dip in overall business activity in the broader manufacturing sector, as…
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Bursaries and Scholarships

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The Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (SEIFSA) continues to support and facilitate the development, availability and retention of skilled human capital directly related to the Steel and…
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Continuous Improvement in Selling Price Inflation for Metals and Engineering Sector Intermediate Products Is Pleasing, Says SEIFSA

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Johannesburg, 25 October 2018 - The Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (SEIFSA) welcomes the continuous improvement in the Producer Price Index (PPI) for intermediate manufactured goods, as…
SEIFSA Welcomes Us’s Decision

SEIFSA Welcomes Us’s Decision To Exempt South Africa’s Aluminium And Steel Products And Encourages Further Engagement To Cancel All Tariffs

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Johannesburg, 24 October 2018 - The Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (SEIFSA) welcomes the decision by the US Department of Commerce (DoC) to exclude some of South…

SEIFSA Welcomes Finance Minister Tito Mboweni’s Medium-Term Budget Policy Statement

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Johannesburg, 24 October 2018 – The Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (SEIFSA) welcomes Finance Minister Tito Mboweni’s maiden Medium- Term Budget Policy Statement (MTBPS), with spending projected…

SEIFSA Elects Its Most Transformed Board To Date As Elias Monage Assumes The Presidency

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Johannesburg, 14 October 2016 - Arabela Holdings Executive Chairman Elias Monage was elected President of the Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (SEIFSA) and Chairman of its Board…
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Subdued Domestic Demand Likely To Constraint Promising Manufacturing Production Outlook, Says SEIFSA

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Johannesburg, 11 October 2018 – The latest manufacturing production data released by Statistics South Africa today confirms the resilience of the Metals and Engineering (M&E) cluster of sub-industries, despite the country…
SEIFSA Employment equity

Employment Equity: May the Force Be with you – The Serious Consequences of the Employment Equity Act

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“Don’t put it off”, that’s the warning from SEIFSA to its members and all other companies within the Metals and Engineering Sector. The Department of Labour has ramped up its…
The Presidential Jobs Summit Framework Agreement

THE PRESIDENTIAL JOBS SUMMIT FRAMEWORK AGREEMENT

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President Cyril Ramaphosa announced the Jobs Summit during his inaugural state of the Nation Address in February and subsequently requested NEDLAC to convene Social Partners to address the crisis of…

PERSISTENTLY POOR PMI PERFORMANCE DURING THE THIRD QUARTER OF 2018 IS INDICATIVE OF A FRAGILE ECONOMY – SEIFSA

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Johannesburg, 1 October 2018 - The Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (SEIFSA) notes with concern that the seasonally-adjusted Absa Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) released today for September 2018…
Worsening Unemployment Crisis Amidst

WORSENING UNEMPLOYMENT CRISIS AMIDST RECENTLY-LAUNCHED ECONOMIC STIMULUS PLAN A SERIOUS CONCERN – SEIFSA

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Johannesburg, 26 September 2018 – The Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (SEIFSA) is seriously concerned about the jobs lost in the manufacturing sector during the second quarter…
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PRESIDENT RAMAPHOSA’S FISCAL STIMULUS PACKAGE DOES NOT HOLD KEY TO SOUTH AFRICA’S LONG-TERM ECONOMIC GROWTH

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Johannesburg, 21 September 2018 – Government’s fiscal stimulus package will not provide long-term solutions to South Africa’s ailing economy, instead Government needs to create a conducive environment for entrepreneurs in…
METALS AND ENGINEERING INDABA CONFERENCE DELEGATES

METALS AND ENGINEERING INDABA CONFERENCE DELEGATES PASS A RESOLUTION FOR GOVERNMENT TO BE EFFECTIVE IN IMPLEMENTING AND MONITORING DESIGNATION OF LOCAL CONTENT

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Johannesburg, 21 September 2018 – Delegates attending the 4th Southern African Metals and Engineering Indaba organised by the Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (SEIFSA) at the IDC…
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A MILLION JOBS BY 2027 POSSIBLE IF CHINESE INVESTMENT EFFECT IS WELL MANAGED

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Johannesburg, 21 September 2018 – Business and Government need to work together to increase demand for locally-manufactured products if the creation of one million jobs, in the manufacturing sector, by…
SEIFSA Steel

LACK OF SKILLS, LOW ECONOMIC GROWTH AND SATURATED MARKETS CONSTRAINTS TO INVESTING IN METALS AND ENGINEERING SECTOR

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Johannesburg, 21 September 2018 – Lack of demand in the form of large infrastructure projects, expensive input costs, lack of skills required by the metals and engineering (M&E) sector as…

ANC AND DA OUTLINE THEIR PLANS FOR ECONOMY AT THE METALS AND ENGINEERING INDABA

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Johannesburg, 21 September 2018 – The ruling party is cognisant of and appreciates challenges facing South Africa’s metals and engineering (M&E) sector including lack of demand, proliferation of illegal imports,…
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METALS AND ENGINEERING INDABA CONFERENCE DELEGATES PASS A RESOLUTION CONDEMNING MINISTERS’ FAILURE TO ATTEND THE CONFERENCE

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Johannesburg, 20 September 2018 – Delegates attending the 4th Southern African Metals and Engineering Indaba organised by the Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (SEIFSA) at the IDC…
Domestic Manufactures Must Work Together To Survive

DOMESTIC MANUFACTURES MUST WORK TOGETHER TO SURVIVE

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Johannesburg, 20 September 2018 – The global trade war between two of the world’s largest economies has the potential to render global growth less synchronised, less certain and less supportive…

NATIONAL DEVELOPMENT PLAN STILL RELEVANT DESPITE SLOW PACE OF IMPLEMENTATION – DR NKOSAZANA DLAMINI ZUMA

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Johannesburg, 20 September 2018 – South Africa’s National Development Plan (NDP) was still relevant despite the slow pace of its implementation, Minister in the Presidency Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma said at the…

SOUTH AFRICA NEEDS NEW ANTI-CORRUPTION AGENCY TO DEAL WITH PUBLIC CORRUPTION AND CORPORATE MALFEASANCE

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Johannesburg, 20 September 2018 – State capture needs to be dealt with urgently to restore public confidence in the State, the constitutional framework and the rule of law. This is…
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GLOBAL COMPETITIVENESS AND POLICY CERTAINTY KEY TO IMPROVING SOUTH AFRICA’S SOVEREIGN CREDIT RATING

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Johannesburg, 20 September 2018 – The prioritization of economic growth, global competitiveness and policy certainty and predictability are key to improving South Africa’s Sovereign credit rating, so said Massmart Holdings…
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SOUTH AFRICA NEEDS COHERENT AND WELL-EXECUTED ECONOMIC STRATEGY TO GROW – DR MATHEWS PHOSA

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Johannesburg, 20 September 2018 – A change in attitude towards the metals and engineering sector from Government, particularly the Department of Trade and Industry and the Gauteng Provincial Government is…
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SOUTHERN AFRICAN METALS AND ENGINEERING INDABA 2018 OPENING ADDRESS

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OPENING REMARKS Thank you, Melissa. Ladies and Gentlemen, welcome to the Fourth Southern African Metals and Engineering Indaba. Our inaugural conference took place at Emperors’ Palace at Ekurhuleni in 2015,…
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SLOWDOWN IN CONSUMER INFLATION IS ENCOURAGING AS IT RELIEVES PRESSURE ON THE METALS AND ENGINEERING CLUSTER AND OVER-INDEBTED CONSUMERS, SAYS SEIFSA

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Johannesburg, 19 September 2018 - The slowdown in the official inflation number released by Statistics South Africa (StatsSA) today is encouraging as beleaguered businesses in the Metals and Engineering (M&E) cluster…
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HIGH-CALIBRE SPEAKERS TO ADDRESS CHALLENGES CONFRONTING THE METALS AND ENGINEERING INDABA STARTING TOMORROW

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Johannesburg, 19 September 2018 – High-calibre speakers – including Cabinet Ministers senior business leaders and labour leaders – will address delegates attending the fourth Southern African Metals and Engineering Indaba…
THE CONTINENTAL FREE TRADE AREA ARE WE MAKING PROGRESS

THE CONTINENTAL FREE TRADE AREA: ARE WE MAKING PROGRESS?

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Johannesburg, 18 September 2018 – In March this year, the African Union launched the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA), with the main agreement having been signed on 22 March…
MINING, CONSTRUCTION AND AUTOMOTIVE SECTORS CRITICAL FOR M&E SECTOR’S SURVIVAL

MINING, CONSTRUCTION AND AUTOMOTIVE SECTORS CRITICAL FOR M&E SECTOR’S SURVIVAL

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Johannesburg, 16 September 2018 – The link between the metals and engineering (M&E) sector and the mining, construction and auto manufacturing industries will come under scrutiny at the fourth Southern…
TRANSNET, ESKOM AND PWC BOSSES TO DISCUSS ADMINISTERED PRICES

TRANSNET, ESKOM AND PWC BOSSES TO DISCUSS ADMINISTERED PRICES AFFECTING SOUTH AFRICA’S INTERNATIONAL COMPETITIVENESS

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Johannesburg, 16 September 2018 – Transnet and ESKOM Chief Executive Officers Siyabonga Gama and Phakamani Hadebe will discuss administered prices such as logistics costs, electricity prices and port tariffs, which…
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METALS AND ENGINEERING SECTOR OUTPUT INCREASE THREATENED BY A TUMBLING BUSINESS CONFIDENCE AND EXCHANGE RATE, SAYS SEIFSA

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JOHANNESBURG, 11 SEPTEMBER 2018 – The Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (SEIFSA) welcomes the third consecutive increase in output in the metals and engineering sector in July 2018,…

TRANSFORMATION IS ONE OF THE TOPICS TO BE DISCUSSED AT THE FOURTH SOUTHERN AFRICAN METALS AND ENGINEERING INDABA

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Johannesburg, 9 September 2018 – The black industrialist programme championed by the Department of Trade and Industry will come under discussion during the fourth Southern African Metals and Engineering Indaba,…

PARTIES TO THE MEIBC VOTE OVERWHELMINGLY FOR GAZETTAL AND EXTENSION OF 2017-2020 METALS AND ENGINEERING MAIN AGREEMENT

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Johannesburg, 4 September 2018 – Parties to the Metals and Engineering Industries Bargaining Council (MEIBC) today voted overwhelmingly in favour of the extension of the three-year agreement reached in the…
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AS SOUTH AFRICA CATAPULTS INTO A TECHNICAL RECESSION, CONCERNS ABOUT THE MANUFACTURING SECTOR’S CONTRIBUTION TO ECONOMIC GROWTH REMAIN, SAYS SEIFSA

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Johannesburg, 4 September 2018 – The Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (SEIFSA) is concerned about the poor performance of the economy and the contribution of the broader…

PARTIES TO THE COUNCIL TAKE VOTE OVERWHELMINGLY TO GAZETTE AND EXTEND THE MAIN AGREEMENT

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The extension of a bargaining council’s collective agreement is not unconstitutional. This view was upheld by Judge John Murphy on behalf of a full bench of the North Gauteng (Pretoria)…
Metals And Engineering Sector’s Performance To Be Better Than Originally Expected

DECLINE IN SEASONALLY-ADJUSTED PURCHASING MANAGERS’ INDEX IS CONCERNING, SAYS SEIFSA

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Johannesburg, 3 September 2018 - The Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (SEIFSA) is concerned about the significant decline in the Purchasing Managers Index (PMI) released by Absa today,…

NATIONAL DEVELOPMENT PLAN TO FEATURE PROMINENTLY AT THE SOUTHERN AFRICAN METALS AND ENGINEERING INDABA

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Johannesburg, 3 September 2018 – Six years ago, the Government adopted the National Development Plan (NDP), a blueprint for how South Africa could eradicate poverty and reduce inequality by 2030…
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IMPROVING SELLING PRICE INFLATION AUGURS WELL FOR PRODUCERS IN THE METALS AND ENGINEERING SECTOR – SEIFSA

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JOHANNESBURG, 30 August 2018 – The continuous improvement in selling price inflation of companies in the metals and engineering (M&E) sector is encouraging, Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern…
COLLABORATION PRESS RELEASE

COLLABORATION REQUIRED TO IMPROVE SOUTH AFRICA’s SOVEREIGN CREDIT RATING

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Johannesburg, 26 August 2018 – Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene will, on the first day of the 2018 Southern African Metals and Engineering Indaba, meet with Business Unity South Africa CEO…
RISING INFLATION A CAUSE FOR GREAT CONCERN SEIFSA

RISING INFLATION A CAUSE FOR GREAT CONCERN – SEIFSA

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JOHANNESBURG, 22 AUGUST 2018 – The consistent rise in the Consumer Price Index (CPI) is a cause for great concern and does not bode well for businesses operating in the…
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WOMEN’S DAY 2018

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GORDHAN, NAIDOO AND DUVENAGE PRESS RELEASE

GORDHAN, NAIDOO AND DUVENAGE TO SPEAK ON EFFORTS TO END THE SCOURGE OF CORRUPTION

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Johannesburg, 20 August 2018 – Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan, Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse Executive Director Wayne Duvenage and Council for the Advancement of the South African Constitution Executive Secretary…
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A MILLION JOBS IN MANUFACTURING BY 2027 – A REALISTIC PLAN OR A PIPEDREAM?

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Johannesburg, 12 August 2018 – Can South Africa’s manufacturing sector create a million jobs by 2027 amidst a stagnant economy and the much-anticipated fourth industrial revolution, which is likely to…

SEIFSA WELCOMES INCREASE IN METALS AND ENGINEERING SECTOR OUTPUT

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Johannesburg, 7 August 2018 - The Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (SEIFSA) welcomes a second consecutive increase in output of the metals and engineering (M&E) cluster in two months, SEIFSA…

MAIN POLITICAL PARTIES TO ADDRESS 2018 INDABA DELEGATES

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Johannesburg, 5 August 2018 – South Africa’s prominent political parties will get an opportunity to unpack their economic manifestos to business leaders attending the 2018 Southern African Metals and Engineering Indaba,…
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SEIFSA Member Companies And The Constitutional Court Judgment On Labour Brokers

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The Constitutional Court Ruling on Labour Brokers may mistakenly have created the perception that all clients of labour brokers become the sole employer of employees who earn below R205 433.30 per…
Metals And Engineering Sector’s Performance To Be Better Than Originally Expected

Rebound In The Purchasing Managers’ Index For July 2018 After Months Of Subdued Performance Is Encouraging

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Johannesburg, 1 August 2018 – The rebound in overall business activity in the broader manufacturing sector is encouraging and bodes well for the future, the Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa…
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Government Is Not The Only Solution To South Africa’s Unemployment Problem, Says SEIFSA

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JOHANNESBURG, 31 JULY 2018 – The employment data released by Statistics South Africa (StatsSA) today is indicative of an economy under duress and highlights the mammoth task facing stakeholders in…

NUMSA AND THE CALL FOR A NATIONAL SHUTDOWN ON 1 AUGUST 2018

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Introduction As you may be aware from media reports, the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (NUMSA) says it supports the call of a national shutdown which is expected…