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Purchasing Power

SEIFSA CAUTIOUSLY OPTIMISTIC FOLLOWING IMPROVED PURCHASING MANAGERS’ INDEX

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JOHANNESBURG, 1 November 2017 – The Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (SEIFSA) is cautiously optimistic about the sector’s performance in light of data released by the Absa…

Seifsa Gravely Concerned

SEIFSA GRAVELY CONCERNED THAT U.S. INVESTIGATIONS INTO CARBON AND ALLOY STEEL WIRE ROD IMPORTS WILL WORSEN LOCAL INDUSTRY’S WOES

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JOHANNESBURG, 30 OCTOBER 2017 –  The Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa ( SEIFSA)   is extremely  concerned that the challenges of the local steel industry will only  worsen…

Gandhi Quote

WITH NEASA, FEAR IS THE KEY TO SUCCESS

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NEVER UNDER-ESTIMATE THE POWER OF THE NEGATIVE Dear Stakeholder By now you will no doubt have had at least one of NEASA’s ever-wailing newsletters clogging your in-box since SEIFSA member…

SEIFSA

SEIFSA WELCOMES PPI DATA IMPROVEMENT, BUT CAUTIONS AGAINST VOLATILE RAND

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JOHANNESBURG, 27 OCTOBER 2017 - The increase in producer prices in September 2017 provides some much-needed comfort for producers, the Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (SEIFSA) said today....
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SEIFSA STRONGLY OPPOSED TO ESKOM’S PROPOSED ELECTRICITY TARIFF HIKE

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JOHANNESBURG, 26 OCTOBER 2017 – The Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (SEIFSA) has expressed strong opposition to Eskom’s application to the National Energy Regulator of South Africa…

CONSUMER PRICE INFLATION FIGURES PLACE RESERVE BANK UNDER PRESSURE

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JOHANNESBURG, 18 OCTOBER 2017 – The Consumer Price Inflation (CPI) figures released by Statistics South Africa earlier today place the Reserve Bank in a difficult position on whether or not...
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SEIFSA PRESIDENT SERIOUSLY CONCERNED ABOUT SLOW PACE OF TRANSFORMATION IN THE SECTOR AND THE GOVERNMENT’S FAILURE TO ARREST CORRUPTION

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Johannesburg, 16 October 2017 – Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (SEIFSA) President Michael Pimstein has bemoaned the slow pace of transformation in the metals and engineering sector…

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SEIFSA WELCOMES IMPROVEMENT IN AUGUST PRODUCTION DATA FOR THE SECTOR

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JOHANNESBURG, 10 OCTOBER 2017 – The preliminary August 2017 production data for the metals and engineering (M&E) sector released by Statistics South Africa today reflects an increase in output for…

SEIFSA

MEDIA INVITATION – 10 OCTOBER 2017

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PRESIDENTIAL BREAKFAST INVITATION The aim of this breakfast is to provide political and economic insights from our Guest Speaker, Professor JP Landman, into how the political climate is directly impacting…

SEIFSA

INCREASE IN THE MEIBC REGISTRATION AND ADMINISTRATION EXPENSES COLLECTIVE AGREEMENT

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The Management Committee of the Metal and Engineering Industries Bargaining Council (MEIBC) has approved an increase in the Council’s Registration and Administration Expenses Agreement with effect from Friday, 6 October...
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COSATU’S INTENDED PROTEST ACTION ON 27 SEPTEMBER 2017

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Introduction As you may be aware from recent media reports, the Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU) is preparing for a possible protest action in the form of a...
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SEIFSA WELCOMES GOVERNMENT INTERVENTIONS IN MANUFACTURING AND CALLS FOR STRICT ENFORCEMENT OF DESIGNATION

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Johannesburg, 20 September 2017 – The Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (SEIFSA) has thrown its weight behind the Empowered Engineering and Manufacturing Initiative. SEIFSA has partnered with…

EEMI

OPENING ADDRESS OF THE EMPOWERED ENGINEERING & MANUFACTURING INITIATIVE

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By Kaizer M. Nyatsumba, Chief Executive Officer, SEIFSA Date: Wednesday, 20 September 2017 Thank you very much, Programme Director, for that introduction. Greetings, Ladies and Gentlemen – and welcome to…

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AUTOMOTIVE PLAYERS LAUD APDP AT INDABA

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Johannesburg, 14 September 2017 – Major players in the South African automotive industry today lauded the success of the Automotive Production and Development Programme (APDP), saying it had contributed to the...
SEIFSA

SOCIAL PARTNERS MUST UNITE AGAINST CORRUPTION AND STATE CAPTURE

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Johannesburg, 14 September 2017 – Business, labour and other social partners should work together to punish those involved in corruption and state capture, Mapungubwe Institute for Strategy Reflection (MISTRA) CEO Joel Netshitenzhe said...
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INVESTIGATE STATE CAPTURE URGENTLY, SAYS ANC’S MKHIZE

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Johannesburg, 14 September 2017 – The judicial commission of inquiry into allegations of state capture should be set up without delay, African National Congress (ANC) Treasurer-General Dr Zweli Mkhize told delegates at the...
SEIFSA

MEDIA INVITATION – 7 SEPTEMBER 2017

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HIGH-PROFILE SPEAKERS FOR THE 3rd SOUTHERN AFRICAN METALS AND ENGINEERING INDABA   DATE:        14-15 SEPTEMBER 2017 VENUE:     The Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) Conference Centre, 19 Friedman Road, Sandton TIME:…

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SEIFSA LAUDS SUPPORT FOR MOTOR SECTOR

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Johannesburg, 7 September 2017 – The Automotive Production and Development Programme’s (APDP’s) impact on demand for South Africa’s metals and engineering sector will come under the spotlight in next week’s…

SEIFSA

SOUTH AFRICA NEEDS A SOCIAL COMPACT FOR STABILITY AND INVESTMENT

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Johannesburg, 3 September 2017 – In the face of slow economic growth and rising unemployment, South Africa needs a social compact between the government, business and labour to foster labour market…

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PPI BLOW FOR MANUFACTURERS

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Johannesburg, 31 August 2017 – The 1.5% annual decrease in the Producer Price Index (PPI) for intermediate manufactured goods in July 2017 does not augur well for producers in an economy...
SEIFSA

CONTINENTAL FREE TRADE AREA TO BOOST INTRA-AFRICA TRADE

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Johannesburg, 27 August 2017 - The creation of a single market for goods and services through the much-anticipated Continental Free Trade Area will create enormous opportunities for manufacturers in the continent,...
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PPI is likely to aid CPI easing further, says SEIFSA

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  Johannesburg, 23 August 2017 – The declining Producer Price Index (PPI) increases chances of further inflation easing in the near future, Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (SEIFSA)…

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Metals and Engineering sector seals 2017-2020 settlement agreement

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Johannesburg, 23 August 2017 – The metals and engineering sector today signed the 2017-2020 metals and engineering sector settlement agreement at the Metals and Engineering Industries Bargaining Council (MEIBC) offices in Johannesburg....
SEIFSA

SADC NEEDS POLITICAL WILL TO STIMULATE REGIONAL TRADE

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Johannesburg, 20 August 2017 - Southern African countries must align their priorities in order to set the region's manufacturing sector on a sustainable growth path, Steel and Engineering Federated Industries of...
SEIFSA

Regional political leadership’s impact on the economy to come under scrutiny at metals and engineering indaba

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Johannesburg, 17 August 2017 – Political leadership in Southern African can either advance or hinder economic growth in the region, according to Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (SEIFSA) CEO...
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Government must do more to protect manufacturers from cheap imports

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Johannesburg, 13 August 2017 – THE Government should consider additional measures to protect local metals and engineering manufacturers from cheaper and subsidized imports, according to Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of…

Metal Post

Export competitiveness in the metals and engineering sector is pivotal for economic growth and synchronised upswing in the world economy, argues Michael Ade.

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Our review of the State of the Metals and Engineering sector in the first quarter of 2017 reaffirmed the low-growth scenario, which saw a second consecutive contraction in GDP technically…

MEINDABA

The Metals and Engineering sector is worried about job losses

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JOHANNESBURG, 6 August 2017 – The Southern African Metals and Engineering Indaba 2017 is an opportunity for stakeholders to come up with workable solutions to stop the jobs bloodbath in…

SEIFSA

LATEST PMI DATA AND A WEAKER RAND WILL FURTHER REDUCE MARGINS OF METAL AND ENGINEERING COMPANIES

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JOHANNESBURG, 2 August 2017 – Manufacturers continue to face serious headwinds despite last month’s decision by the South African Reserve Bank to cut the repo rate by 25 basis points, which was…

SEIFSA

FALLING PPI POINTS TO WEAK DEMAND PROSPECTS IN THE ECONOMY, SAYS SEIFSA

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FALLING PPI POINTS TO WEAK DEMAND PROSPECTS IN THE ECONOMY, SAYS SEIFSA   Johannesburg, 27 July 2017 – South Africa’s hard-pressed manufacturers are on the receiving end of the weak…

SEIFSA

HIGH-PROFILE SPEAKERS FOR THE 3rd ANNUAL SOUTHERN AFRICAN METALS AND ENGINEERING INDABA

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HIGH-PROFILE SPEAKERS FOR THE 3rd ANNUAL SOUTHERN AFRICAN METALS AND ENGINEERING INDABA JOHANNESBURG, 23 July 2017 – Renowned and prominent speakers will address delegates attending the 3rd Annual Southern African…

SEIFSA

Business and consumer spending is important to boost the economy, says SEIFSA

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BUSINESS AND CONSUMER SPENDING IS IMPORTANT TO BOOST THE ECONOMY, SAYS SEIFSA Johannesburg, 19 July 2017 – South Africa’s ailing economy desperately needs an increase in business and consumer expenditure…

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SEIFSA MAKES TWO TOP APPOINTMENTS IN ITS ECONOMICS DIVISION

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SEIFSA MAKES TWO TOP APPOINTMENTS IN ITS ECONOMICS DIVISION JOHANNEBURG, 17 July 2017 – The Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (SEIFSA) is pleased to announce the appointment…

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Seifsa represents small and big companies, and seeks a win-win dispensation with labour

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SEIFSA REPRESENTS SMALL AND BIG COMPANIES, AND SEEKS A WIN-WIN DISPENSATION WITH LABOUR JOHANNESBURG, 12 JULY 2017 – Contrary to propaganda maliciously spread by another employer organisation, the Steel and…

SEIFSA

The South African economy is struggling to support manufacturing

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The South African economy is struggling to support manufacturing, says SEIFSA JOHANNESBURG, 3 JULY 2017 – The decline in the June 2017 ABSA Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) is a confirmation…

SEIFSA

SEIFSA welcomes automotive sector’s commitment to increase sourcing of locally-produced goods

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SEIFSA welcomes automotive sector’s commitment to increase sourcing of locally-produced goods Johannesburg, 28 June 2017 – The Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (SEIFSA) welcomes the automotive industry’s…

SEIFSA

PPI data point to margin pressure in the metals and engineering sector, says SEIFSA

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PPI data point to margin pressure in the metals and engineering sector, says SEIFSA Johannesburg, 27 June 2017 – The Producer Price Inflation (PPI) data released by Statistics South Africa…

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Rising unemployment shows an economy in trouble, says SEIFSA

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Johannesburg, 27 June 2017 – The employment figures released by Statistics South Africa (StatsSA) today indicate a deeply troubled economy which, in the absence of a solution, will see ordinary…

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SEIFSA blames the recession on political noise and poor political leadership from the government

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 JOHANNESBURG, 6 June 2017 – The Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (SEIFSA) is gravely concerned about the South African economy’s descent into a recession, SEIFSA Senior Economist…

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Hazelton Pumps, Weir Minerals win big at SEIFSA Awards for excellence

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JOHANNESBURG, 26 May 2017 – Almost 100 guests representing small and large companies in the metals and engineering sector attended the 3rd annual SEIFSA Awards for Excellence ceremony in Sandton…

SEIFSA Awards winners to be announced on Thursday

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JOHANNESBURG, 23 May 2017 – Winners of the annual SEIFSA Awards for Excellence will be announced at a gala event in Sandton on Thursday (25 May 2017), evening, the Steel…

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Effects Of Political Instability On The Economy Were Clearly Evident In April

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JOHANNESBURG, 2 May 2017 – The sharp fall in the Absa Purchasing Managers Index (PMI) for April 2017 is strongly indicative of the political noise inherent in the system, which…

SEIFSA SHEQ

Recognising The Impact Of Health And Safety In Manufacturing, Seifsa Seeks To Honour An Exemplary Company

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JOHANNESBURG, 24 APRIL 2017 – Health and safety in business, but especially for companies involved in manufacturing, is paramount – and the Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (SEIFSA)…

SEIFSA

Entries For Prestigious Seifsa Awards For Excellence Deadline Extended Until End April

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ENTRIES FOR PRESTIGIOUS SEIFSA AWARDS FOR EXCELLENCE DEADLINE EXTENDED UNTIL END APRIL JOHANNESBURG, 13 APRIL 2017 – The Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa’s (SEIFSA’s) is delighted to…

SEIFSA

Transformed Companies In The Metals And Engineering Sector To Be Celebrated

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Transformed Companies In The Metals And Engineering Sector To Be Celebrated JOHANNESBURG, 6 APRIL 2017 – The Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (SEIFSA) is calling on companies…

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Latest PMI Data Indicate A Relatively Strong Set Of Fundamentals Underpinning Manufacturing

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Latest Pmi Data Indicate A Relatively Strong Set Of Fundamentals Underpinning Manufacturing JOHANNEBURG, 3 April 2017 – The Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (SEIFSA) welcomes the ABSA…

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Entries For Prestigious SEIFSA Awards For Excellence Close

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ENTRIES FOR PRESTIGIOUS SEIFSA AWARDS FOR EXCELLENCE CLOSE JOHANNESBURG, 12 MARCH 2017 – The Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa’s (SEIFSA’s) search for top-performing companies in the Southern…

SEIFSA

SEIFSA Calls President Jacob Zuma “A Major Economic Liability” And Expresses “Grave Concern” About Stewardship Of South Africa’s Economy

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SEIFSA Calls President Jacob Zuma “A Major Economic Liability” And Expresses “Grave Concern” About Stewardship Of South Africa’s Economy JOHANNESBURG, 4 APRIL 2017 – The Steel and Engineering Industries Federation…

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SEIFSA Welcomes Updward Movement In PPI Which Is Indicating Less Pressure On Profit Margins On The Sector

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SEIFSA Welcomes Updward Movement In Ppi Which Is Indicating Less Pressure On Profit Margins On The Sector JOHANNEBURG, 30 March 2017 – The Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern…

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SEIFSA Welcomes Maintenance Of Interest Rates, Appeals For Political Stability

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SEIFSA Welcomes Maintenance Of Interest Rates, Appeals For Political Stability JOHANNEBURG, 30 March 2017 – The Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (SEIFSA) today welcomed the South African…

SEIFSA

SEIFSA Keen To Honour A Company With Industry-Leading Customer Service In The Metals And Engineering Sector

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SEIFSA Keen To Honour A Company With Industry-Leading Customer Service In The Metals And Engineering Sector   JOHANNESBURG, 29 MARCH 2017 – Customer service is central to the success of…

SEIFSA

In Search Of A Company With The Most Outstanding Corporate Social Responsibility Programme for 2016

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In Search Of A Company With The Most Outstanding Corporate Social Responsibility Programme for 2016   JOHANNESBURG, 23 MARCH 2017 – Great companies make for good corporate citizens, positively impacting…

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SEIFSA Welcomes Easing Inflation And Forecasts Reserve Bank’s Maintenance Of Current Interest Rate

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SEIFSA Welcomes Easing Inflation And Forecasts Reserve Bank’s Maintenance Of Current Interest Rate JOHANNEBURG, 22 March 2017 – The Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (SEIFSA) today welcomed the…

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SEIFSA Remains Confident Of Its Metals And Engineering Sector Growth Forecast For The Year

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SEIFSA Remains Confident Of Its Metals And Engineering Sector Growth Forecast For The Year JOHANNESBURG, 14 MARCH 2017 – The Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (SEIFSA) today…

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SEIFSA Seeks To Honour A Company With The Best Health And Safety Record Amidt Sector Challenges

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SEIFSA Seeks To Honour A Company With The Best Health And Safety Record Amidt Sector Challenges JOHANNESBURG, 14 MARCH 2017 – The company that will have led the metals and…

SEIFSA

Labour Court Judgement: Payment of Administration and Dispute Levies

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Labour Court Judgement: Payment of Administration and Dispute Levies You may recall that in June 2016 the extension to non-parties of the current Administration and Dispute Levy expired. That meant…

SEIFSA

SEIFSA In Search Of The Most Innovative Company Of The Year In The Metals And Engineering Sector

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SEIFSA In Search Of The Most Innovative Company Of The Year In The Metals And Engineering Sector JOHANNESBURG, 09 MARCH 2017 – The company that will have stood head and…

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SEIFSA Concerned About Poor 2016 Economic Growth And Its Impact On The Metals And Engineering Sector

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SEIFSA Concerned About Poor 2016 Economic Growth And Its Impact On The Metals And Engineering Sector JOHANNEBURG, 07 March 2017 – The Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa…

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SEIFSA says good PMI figures point to some positivity in the metals and engineering sectors

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SEIFSA says good PMI figures point to some positivity in the metals and engineering sectors JOHANNEBURG, 1 March 2017 – The Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (SEIFSA)…

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SEIFSA continues search for 2016 top-performing companies

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SEIFSA continues search for 2016 top-performing companies JOHANNESBURG, 27 FEBRUARY 2017 – The Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (SEIFSA) said today its search for top-performing companies in…

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PPI data signal a possible rise in metals and engineering profit margins, says SEIFSA

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PPI data signal a possible rise in metals and engineering profit margins, says SEIFSA JOHANNESBURG, 23 February 2017 – The Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern African (SEIFSA) today…

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SEIFSA welcomes the announcement of much-awaited steel development fund in the 2017 budget speech

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SEIFSA WELCOMES THE ANNOUNCEMENT OF MUCH-AWAITED STEEL DEVELOPMENT FUND IN THE 2017 BUDGET SPEECH JOHANNEBURG, 22 February 2017 – The Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (SEIFSA) today…

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SEIFSA welcomes slight improvement in the CPI

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SEIFSA WELCOMES SLIGHT IMPROVEMENT IN THE CPI JOHANNEBURG, 15 February 2017 The Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (SEIFSA) today welcomed the marginal reprieve in the Consumer Price Index…

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SEIFSA forecasts the metals and engineering sector to grow by 1.4%

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JOHANNEBURG, 27 January 2017 – For the first time in more than three years, the metals and engineering sector in South Africa is forecast to grow – by around 1.4%…

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SEIFSA finds continuing inflation pressures disappointing

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JOHANNEBURG, 14 December 2016 – The Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (SEIFSA) has expressed disappointment at the struggling inflation numbers released by Statistics South Africa today. The…

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Improvement in job figures not lifting the Metals and Engineering Sector out of crisis

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JOHANNEBURG, 12 December 2016 – The Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (SEIFSA) welcomed an increase in employment figures released by Statistics South Africa (StatsSA) today, which showed…

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Negative production and sales figures are disappointing for the Metals and Engineering Sector

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JOHANNEBURG, 8 December 2016 – The Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (SEIFSA) expressed disappointment at the negative manufacturing production and sales figures released by Statistics South Africa…

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SEIFSA commends the launch of a new black-owned steel company in South Africa

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JOHANNEBURG, 8 December 2016 – The Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (SEIFSA) today commended the official launch of RSC AVELO in Roodepoort – South Africa’s only black…

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Maintenance of 7% interests rate will cushion the metals and engineering sector from further pressure

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JOHANNEBURG, 24 November 2016 – The Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (SEIFSA) welcomes the South African Reserve Bank’s (SARB) Monetary Policy Committee’s (MPC) decision today to leave…

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SEIFSA welcomes positive, short-term improvement in production, but warns that the sector has not yet turned the corner

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SEIFSA welcomes positive, short-term improvement in production, but warns that the sector has not yet turned the corner   JOHANNEBURG, 1O November 2016 – The Steel and Engineering Industries Federation…

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Positive sub-sector performance is welcomed, but concern remains over continuing cost pressure in the metals and engineering sector

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Positive sub-sector performance is welcomed, but concern remains over continuing cost pressure in the metals and engineering sector JOHANNEBURG, 24 November 2016 – The Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of…

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SEIFSA concerned about more severe contraction in the metals and engineering sector

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SEIFSA concerned about more severe contraction in the metals and engineering sector JOHANNEBURG, 01 November 2016 – The Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (SEIFSA) today expressed grave…

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Metals and Engineering production disappoints again, ignoring the healthier GDP figures

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JOHANNEBURG, 8 September 2016 – The Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (SEIFSA) today expressed its disappointment at the latest production figures which indicate a continuing slump in…

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Fixed-Investment expenditure is important to stimulate growth in the Metals and Engineering Sector

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JOHANNESBURG, 6 September 2016 – The Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (SEIFSA) today welcomed Statistics South Africa’s announcement that the economy and manufacturing grew by 3,3% and…

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SEIFSA welcomes G-20 Leaders’ decision to address excess steel capacity

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JOHANNESBURG, 6 September 2016 – The Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (SEIFSA) welcomes the decision by the Group of 20 (G-20) leaders to address excess global steel…

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SEIFSA concerned about serious distress for the Metals and Engineering Sector indicated by latest PMI

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JOHANNESBURG, 1 September 2016 – The Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (SEIFSA) today expressed its growing concern about the deepening distress level in the sector following the…