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Trade, Industry and Competition Minister to Deliver Opening Address at BRICS Manufacturing Conference

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JOHANNESBURG, 5 MARCH 2021 –Trade, Industry and Competition Minister Ebrahim Patel will deliver the opening address at the inaugural BRICS Manufacturing Conference, taking place on 26 March 2021 at the…

Metals and Engineering Sector needs to deepen partnerships to address artisanal and engineering skills shortage, says SEIFSA

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JOHANNESBURG, 4 MARCH 2021 – The Critical Skills List recently released by the Department of Home Affairs for public comment is indicative of South Africa’s failure to close the gaps…

SEIFSA partners with Venncap to open up access to funding for companies in the Metals & Engineering Sector

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JOHANNESBURG, 4 MARCH 2021 – The Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (SEIFSA) is proud to have partnered with VennCap Business Solutions to assist companies to successfully secure…
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BRICS Manufacturing Conference to shine a spotlight on special economic zones

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JOHANNESBURG, 2 MARCH 2021 – The inaugural BRICS Manufacturing Conference, to be held on 26 March in Sandton, will shine a spotlight on Special Economic Zones (SEZ), which have the…
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Year-Long View of the Metals and Engineering Sector Concludes That Government Policy Support Is Essential To Revive the Sector

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JOHANNESBURG, 25 FEBRUARY 2021 – The Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (SEIFSA) today released its flagship publication, The State of the Metals and Engineering Sector Report 2020-2022.…

National Budget Adopts Correct Approach in Covid-19-Induced Tough Economic Times, Says SEIFSA

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JOHANNESBURG, 25 FEBRUARY 2021 – The Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern African (SEIFSA) welcomes the national budget presented by Finance Minister Tito Mboweni in Parliament yesterday. SEIFSA Chief…

Rising Unemployment Numbers Reflect Hard Task Ahead For Government In Addressing Inequality And Poverty, says SEIFSA

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JOHANNESBURG, 23 FEBRUARY 2021 – The quarterly labour force survey (QLFS) data released by Statistics South Africa (StatsSA) today reflects the challenge faced by the Government in dealing with inequality…

BRICS manufacturing conference to discuss export opportunities for local manufacturers

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JOHANNESBURG, 22 FEBRUARY 2021 – The inaugural, one-day BRICS Manufacturing Conference, which was initially scheduled to take place last year, will finally take place on 26 March 2021 in Sandton,…

SEIFSA to honour companies committed to transformation at SEIFSA Awards for Excellence

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JOHANNESBURG, 12 FEBRUARY 2021 – Entries are open for the seventh annual SEIFSA Awards for Excellence and the Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (SEIFSA) is calling on…

Massive decline in 2020 manufacturing sector production a major concern, says SEIFSA

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JOHANNESBURG, 11 FEBRUARY 2021 – The COVID-19 pandemic and the lockdown conditions which it occasioned had a devastating effect on the South African economy in general and the manufacturing sector…
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Oxygen Shortage Amid COVID-19 Second Wave Has Affected Industrial Production SEIFSA Poll Finds

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JOHANNESBURG, 4 FEBRUARY 2021 – The impact of COVID-19 has had a significant negative impact on businesses across all sectors and taken a toll on healthcare systems and facilities in…
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SEIFSA calls for entries for 2021 SEIFSA Awards for Excellence

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JOHANNESBURG, 3 FEBRUARY 2021 – Entries are open for the seventh edition of the annual SEIFSA Awards for Excellence, which are aimed at celebrating excellence in the Metals and Engineering…

Slow pace of manufacturing recovery a concern, says SEIFSA

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JOHANNESBURG, 01 FEBRUARY 2021 – The Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (SEIFSA) is concerned about the slow pace of recovery in the manufacturing sector, as depicted by…
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State of the metals and engineering sector report to highlight the havoc wreaked by COVID-19

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JOHANNESBURG, 1 FEBRUARY 2021 – The COVID-19 pandemic came at a time when South Africa’s Metals and Engineering (M&E) and broader manufacturing sector was already struggling as a result of…

SEIFSA Welcomes MPC Decision To Leave Repo Rate Unchanged

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JOHANNESBURG, 22 JANUARY 2021 – The Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (SEIFSA) welcomes the Reserve Bank’s decision to leave the repo rate unchanged at 3,5%, which it…

Declining manufacturing production shows signs that economy is in for a rough ride to recovery in 2021

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JOHANNESBURG, 12 JANUARY 2021 – The Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (SEIFSA) said today that November 2020’s decline in the manufacturing production growth rate showed that the…
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Dip in manufacturing production shows economic recovery will remain bumpy under covid-19 pandemic restrictions, says SEIFSA

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JOHANNESBURG, 10 DECEMBER 2020 – The latest dip in the manufacturing production growth rate in October shows that economic recovery will be bumpy under COVID-19 restrictions, the Steel and Engineering…

SEIFSA welcomes announcement of AfCFTA commencement date for trade

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JOHANNESBURG, 10 DECEMBER 2020 – The Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (SEIFSA) welcomes the confirmation yesterday that trading under the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) agreement…

An Uptick in Economic Activity As Reflected By the GDP Growth Rate In Third Quarter Of 2020 Is Positive News, Says SEIFSA

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JOHANNESBURG, 8 DECEMBER 2020 – The Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (SEIFSA) is encouraged by the uptick in economic activity, as reflected in the positive GDP growth…

Manufacturers cannot afford further increase in electricity tariffs if the economy is to be revived, says SEIFSA

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JOHANNESBURG, 7 DECEMBER 2020 – Manufacturing businesses in South Africa cannot afford a further electricity tariff hike, given the strain the economy is under, Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of…

Low Inflation Rate Continues To Support Business Recovery From A Cost Perspective

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JOHANNESBURG, 25 NOVEMBER 2020 – The Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (SEIFSA) is pleased to see that the inflation rate continues to remain within the monetary policy…
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Centurion Systems named Innovative Company of the year at 2020 SEIFSA Awards for Excellence

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JOHANNESBURG, 25 NOVEMBER 2020 – In a year that has highlighted the importance of innovative thinking to drive the agility and resilience needed to dodge economic curveballs such as the…

Unchanged Repo Rate Is Good News, Given the Need to Encourage Spending, Says SEIFSA

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JOHANNESBURG, 19 NOVEMBER 2020 – The Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (SEIFSA) welcomes the decision by the South African Reserve Bank (SARB) to keep the repo rate…

Unemployment numbers reflect deepening negative impact of COVID-19 lockdown, says SEIFSA

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JOHANNESBURG, 12 NOVEMBER 2020 – The Quarterly Labour Force Survey (QLFS) released today by Statistics South Africa (Stats SA) reflects the deepening negative impact of the national lockdown put in…

SEIFSA Welcomes Finance Minister Tito Mboweni’s Commitment to Rebooting Economic Activity through Rational Spending

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Johannesburg, 28 October 2020 – The Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (SEIFSA) welcomes Finance Minister Tito Mboweni’s Medium-Term Budget Policy Statement (MTBPS), with SEIFSA Chief Economist Michael…

Growing Unemployment Numbers Runs Counter to the Government’s Economic Recovery Plan, Says SEIFSA

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JOHANNESBURG, 15 OCTOBER 2020 – The quarterly employment statistics (QES) data released today by Statistics South Africa (Stats SA) runs counter to the Government’s economic recovery plan, which needs all…
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SEIFSA Announces 2020 SEIFSA Awards for Excellence Entrants

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JOHANNESBURG, 15 OCTOBER 2020 – The Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (SEIFSA) is pleased to announce the entrants for the sixth edition of the SEIFSA Awards for…

Volatility in Manufacturing Production to Continue As Recession Deepens Amid Covid-19 Pandemic, Says SEIFSA

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JOHANNESBURG, 12 OCTOBER 2020 – The latest production data for the manufacturing sector released by Statistics South Africa today reflects the resilience of the Metals and Engineering (M&E) cluster of…

Government leadership holding South Africa back, says top academic

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JOHANNESBURG, 9 OCTOBER 2020 – Weaknesses in government leadership is holding South Africa back, to the detriment of current and future generations, academic Khaya Sithole said at a Steel and…

CONTINUOUS IMPROVEMENT IN MANUFACTURING BUSINESS ACTIVITY AS LOCKDOWN RESTRICTIONS EASE IS REASSURING

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JOHANNESBURG, 1 OCTOBER 2020 – The Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (SEIFSA) today welcomes the continuous rise in overall business activity for September, as proxied by the…

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,…