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Manufacturing Jobs Bloodbath Due To Covid-19 Pandemic Underlines Mammoth Task Facing Policy Makers – SEIFSA

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JOHANNESBURG, 29 SEPTEMBER 2020 – The disappointing employment data released by Statistics South Africa (Stats SA) today highlights the mammoth task facing stakeholders and policy makers in their efforts to…

Cosatu, Fedusa, Nactu and Saftu to embark on joint protest action on 7 October

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Introduction  Management will be aware, from recent media reports, that the Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu), the Federation of Unions of SA (Fedusa), the National Council of Trade…

Businesses Set To Benefit From Uptick In Economic Activity As Product Selling Prices Continue To Rise

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The Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (SEIFSA) welcomes the increase in the Producer Price Index (PPI), as per the data released by Statistics South Africa (Stats SA)…

Caterpillar presents Enterprise Development Training

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Caterpillar will be hosting its annual 3-day comprehensive training Date: 21-23 October 2020 Contact: CIPL_Supplier_Info@cat.com The session will take place ONLINE

Unchanged Repo Rate a Missed Opportunity to Cushion Businesses Against COVID-19 Impact – SEIFSA

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JOHANNESBURG, 17 SEPTEMBER 2020 – The decision by the South African Reserve Bank’s (SARB) Monetary Policy Committee to leave interest rates unchanged generally aligns with market expectations and comes as…

SEIFSA Welcomes Move To Level 1 Of National Lockdown

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JOHANNESBURG, 17 SEPTEMBER 2020 – The decision to move the country to level 1 of the national lockdown put in place to fight the spread of COVID-19 will give struggling…

SEIFSA Joins Forces With Former ABB Southern Africa MD Leon Viljoen To Support SMEs

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JOHANNESBURG, 9 SEPTEMBER 2020 – The Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (SEIFSA) has partnered with manufacturing industry veteran Leon Viljoen to provide support, guidance and advice to…
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Second-Quarter GDP Numbers a Harbinger of More Dismal Data Due To National Lockdown, says SEIFSA

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JOHANNESBURG, 8 SEPTEMBER 2020 – As expected, the countrywide lockdown to fight the spread of COVID-19 from 27 March 2020 severely affected economic activity in the second quarter as real…

SEIFSA Encouraged By Uptick In PMI As Lockdown Restrictions Ease

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Overall business activity in the manufacturing sector, as captured by the headline ABSA Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) for August 2020, provides some level of reassurance to companies in the Metals…

SEIFSA And Trade Unions Adopt Historic, Stand-Still Main Agreement

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JOHANNESBURG, 1 SEPTEMBER 2020 – The 19 employer associations affiliated to the Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (SEIFSA) and the industry’s five trade unions today formally adopted…

Increased Selling Price Inflation Offers Strained Businesses Room To Manoeuvre On Costs, Says SEIFSA

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 JOHANNESBURG, 27 AUGUST 2020 – The increase in the Producer Price Index (PPI) for intermediate manufactured goods in the Metals and Engineering (M&E) sector is expected to ease the pressure…
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SEIFSA Calls For Urgent Support For Struggling Businesses Following The Easing Of Lockdown Restrictions

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JOHANNESBURG, 20 AUGUST 2020 –  As South Africa ends its first week under alert level 2 of the national lockdown to curb the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Steel…
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Historic Standstill Agreement Reached

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Given the unprecedented socio-economic challenges brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic, the SEIFSA-affiliated Employer Organisations and the sector’s five biggest trade unions today concluded an unprecedented stand-still agreement which will…
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Poor Manufacturing Output Reflects The Extensive Impact Of COVID-19 Pandemic On Economic Activity – SEIFSA

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JOHANNESBURG, 11 AUGUST 2020 – The national lockdown occasioned by COVID-19 has had a devastating impact on manufacturing output, as reflected by negative growth rates in the volume of manufacturing…
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SEIFSA Is “Deeply Concerned” About Eskom’s Decision To Import Designated Components

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JOHANNESBURG, 10 AUGUST 2020 – The Steel and Engineering Federation of Southern Africa (SEIFSA) is deeply concerned about a decision by Eskom in the Eastern Cape to import components designated…
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SEIFSA Welcomes High Court Ruling In Favour Of Designation and Localisation

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JOHANNESBURG, 5 AUGUST 2020 – The Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (SEIFSA) has welcomed yesterday’s high court ruling in favour of the Department of Trade, Industry and…

Although PMI Broadly Reflects Business Optimism, Concerns Remain, Says SEIFSA

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Although the composite Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) continued to trend in the expansionary zone, important sub-indices did not live up to expectation, the Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern…

OPPORTUNITY! FIT PARTNERSHIP WITH GERMANY

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The Department of Trade and Industry  has partnered with Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy - GIZ of Germany to capacitate South African companies who wish to better understand the…
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SEIFSA Welcomes NERSA’S Decision To Appeal High Court’s Judgement On ESKOM’S MYPD4 Application

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JOHANNESBURG, 30 JULY 2020 – The Steel and Engineering Federation of Southern Africa today welcomes the decision by the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (NERSA) to appeal the high…

Drop In Factory Gate Prices Will Add To Business’s Pain In Metals And Engineering Sector

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JOHANNESBURG, 30 JULY 2020 – The drop in the selling prices of domestic intermediate products will likely put a further strain on companies in the Metals and Engineering (M&E) sector,…
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HISTORIC STANDSTILL AGREEMENT ON THE BRINK OF BEING CONCLUDED

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At a meeting of the MEIBC Negotiating Committee  facilitated by the CCMA today, all the trade unions reported that the SEIFSA proposal that negotiations for the current cycle be deferred…
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COVID-19: COMPENSATION FOR WORKPLACE CONTRACTED COVID-19

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On 23 July 2020, the Minister of Employment and Labour published a revised Directive for Compensation of Workplace-Acquired COVID-19 attached. This Directive must be read with the Compensation for Occupational…
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SEIFSA Disappointed By Court Ruling Against NERSA

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JOHANNESBURG, 29 JULY 2020 – The Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (SEIFSA) is disappointed at the recent court judgment against the National Energy Regulator of South Africa…

SEIFSA Worried About Increase In Unemployment

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JOHANNESBURG, 28 JULY 2020 – The Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (SEIFSA) is concerned about the latest quarterly employment statistics (QES) data released today by Statistics South…
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Repo Rate Cut Will Provide Further Reprieve to Embattled Businesses – SEIFSA

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JOHANNESBURG, 23 JULY 2020 – The Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (SEIFSA) welcomes today’s decision by the South African Reserve Bank to reduce the repo rate by…
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BUSINESS WELCOMES THE EXTENSION OF THE TERS BENEFIT TO MID-AUGUST

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Business welcomes the extension of the Temporary Employer/Employee Relief Scheme (TERS) benefit beyond its original 3-month term by an additional month-and-a-half until mid-August. The announcement of this today by Deputy Minister…
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LABOUR TO CONSULT MEMBERS ON PROPOSAL TO ROLL OVER THE CURRENT MAIN AGREEMENT

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Trade unions registered with the Metals and Engineering Industry Bargaining Council (MEIBC) have undertaken to take SEIFSA’s proposal for the deferral of the 2020 negotiations and that the terms and…
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DEFY Saving Lives by Manufacturing Ventilators

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LISTEN: DEFY Saving Lives by Manufacturing Ventilators
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Manufacturing Production Data Continues To Disappoint – SEIFSA

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JOHANNESBURG, 9 JULY 2020 – The decrease in manufacturing production, as shown by the data released by Statistics South Africa (StatsSA) today, is concerning, the Steel and Engineering Industries Federation…
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SEIFSA Welcomes Investigation into Scrap Metals Supply to the Local Industry

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JOHANNESBURG, 4 JULY 2020 – The Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (SEIFSA) welcomes the Government’s decision to look into measures to support the metals and engineering sector,…

Expected Dismal Performance Of The Economy In Q1 2020 Compounds Prevailing Challenges Faced By Local Businesses

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Johannesburg, 30 June 2020 – A further decline in the real Gross Domestic Product (GDP) for the first quarter of 2020, and by extension domestic demand, is disconcerting as beleaguered…
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Business day tv speaks to SEIFSA Michael Ade Economist Steel Industry Challenges

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Business Day TV spoke to Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa chief economist Michael Ade about the embattled industry.
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Road To M&E Sector’s Post-Covid-19 Recovery To Be Long

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JOHANNESBURG, 24 JUNE 2020 – The road to the metals and engineering (M&E) sector’s post-Covid-19 recovery will be long and will require extraordinary and targeted policies to walk the tightrope…

Persistent Increase In Unemployment Numbers Will Delay Efforts To Reindustrialise The Economy, Says SEIFSA

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Johannesburg, 23 June 2020 - The quarterly labour force survey (QLFS) data, which reflects an increase in the number of unemployed people for Q1 of 2020 before the Coronavirus-induced economic…

Poor Manufacturing Production Data Bodes Ill For The Economy, Says SEIFSA

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Johannesburg, 11 June 2020 - The latest manufacturing production data released by Statistics South Africa this afternoon is consistent with the economy’s poor performance since the beginning of the year…
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NEW EXPORT DEVELOPMENT COURSE – DON’T MISS IT!!!

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Grab the opportunity; don’t miss the train! Book your seat now for SEIFSA’s New Export Development Course In these uncertain times, characterised by poor domestic demand and ongoing challenges posed…
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SEIFSA AWARDS FOR EXCELLENCE: THE FAR-REACHING BENEFITS OF AWARDS AND RECOGNITION

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In an increasingly crowded global marketplace, it can be hard to stand out. In the past, competition came from companies that looked just like yours. That is no longer the case. With…
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SEIFSA AWARDS FOR EXCELLENCE A DRIVER FOR YOUR COMPANY’S PUBLIC RELATIONS

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There is an old saying: “Advertising is what you pay for; publicity is what you pray for.” In 2012, the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) defined public relations as…

Unexpected Uptick In PMI For May 2020 Is Refreshing, Says SEIFSA

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Johannesburg, 1 June 2020 - A surprise uptick in overall business activity for May 2020, as captured by the headline Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI), despite subdued economic activity from the…

Persistent Dip In PPI Adds Further Strain To Embattled Manufacturers

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Johannesburg, 28 May 2020 – The persistent dip in the intermediate producer price index (PPI) is adding further strain to embattled manufacturers operating in the metals and engineering (M&E) sector,…
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SEIFSA Welcomes SARB’s 50 Basis Points Interest Rates Cut

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Johannesburg, 21 May 2020 – The 50 basis points interest rate cut announced by the South African Reserve Bank (SARB) this afternoon will bring further relief to the domestic economy…
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Manufacturing Production Data Disappoints As Businesses Struggle With Additional COVID-19 Challenges

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Johannesburg, 19 May 2020 – The decrease in manufacturing production figures for the month of February 2020 deals a further blow to metals and engineering (M&E) companies already operating under…
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Introducing SEIFSA FREE WEBINAR WEDNESDAYS

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Join us every Wednesday from 20 May till 1 July 2020 as SEIFSA presents its experts to talk to you about doing business in the new reality of COVID 19…
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GUIDANCE REGARDING THE RESPONSE TO THE IMPACT OF COVID19 CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC ON THE IMPLEMENTATION OF EMPLOYMENT EQUITY IN THE LABOUR MARKET

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The Commission for Employment Equity (CEE) as per Section 30 of the Employment Equity Act of 1998 (the EEA), is mandated to advise the Minister on codes of good practice,…

BRICS Manufacturing Conference Now Scheduled for 6 August

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Johannesburg, 7 May 2020 – The inaugural, one-day BRICS Manufacturing Conference, which was scheduled to take place in Johannesburg on 21 May, has been moved to 6 August, Conference organisers…
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ENTRY DEADLINE FOR SEIFSA AWARDS FOR EXCELLENCE EXTENDED

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Johannesburg, 6 May 2020 – Owing to the Covid-19 pandemic, the Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (SEIFSA) has moved its 6th Annual Excellence Awards ceremony from 28…

Business Activity Index’s Dismal Performance Highlights The Devastating Impact Of COVID-19 On Local Businesses

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Johannesburg, 4 May 2020 - The Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (SEIFSA) is concerned about a huge dip in business activity in the broader manufacturing sector, as…
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INAUGURAL BRICS MANUFACTURING CONFERENCE TO INVESTIGATE PRIORITY PROJECTS

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Johannesburg, 29 April 2020 – The establishment of the BRICS Manufacturing Working Group (MWG) subsequently gave birth to numerous priority projects identified across a number of the sub-clusters of the…
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SEIFSA Awards For Excellence – Final Call For Entries

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Johannesburg, 28 April 2020 – The Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (SEIFSA) urges companies that are yet to submit entries for the 2020 SEIFSA Awards for Excellence…
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Seven Days Left To Submit Entries For Excellence Awards

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Johannesburg, 21 April 2020 – The Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (SEIFSA) reminds manufacturers that are yet to submit entries for its annual Awards for Excellence that…