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Easing Consumer Inflation

Easing Consumer Inflation Bodes Well For Business and Consumers

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Johannesburg, 22 May 2019 - The official inflation number released by Statistics South Africa (Stats SA) today bodes well for businesses and consumers overwhelmed by persistent, recent increases in fuel…

Rebound In Unemployment Rate Calls For Urgent Interventions, Says SEIFSA

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Johannesburg, 14 May 2019 – The quarterly labour force survey (QLFS) employment data released by Statistics South Africa (Stats SA) today – reflecting a rebound in the unemployment rate for…
Five Reasons to Train

FIVE REASONS TO TRAIN YOUR STAFF AT SEIFSA

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1. SEIFSA Represents the Metals and Engineering Industries When looking for a training provider, researching a training provider’s track record is smart business practice. Primarily, there are two things to…
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SEIFSA Welcomes Improvement In Manufacturing Output For March 2019

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Johannesburg, 9 May 2019 - The Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (SEIFSA) welcomes the increase in output in the broader manufacturing sector in March 2019, despite a…
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POLITICAL STABILITY, ECONOMIC GROWTH, RELIABLE POWER SUPPLY MUST BE AT THE TOP OF THE WINNING PARTY’S AGENDA

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Johannesburg, 7 May 2019 - Political stability, policy certainty, economic growth as well as reliable and uninterrupted power supply are some of the most important items that should feature prominently…
SEIFSA to Celebrate Companies

Fifth Annual SEIFSA Awards For Excellence See Record Increase In Entries

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Johannesburg, 5 May 2019 – THE 2019 SEIFSA Awards for Excellence have seen a record increase in the number of entries received, indicating their growing popularity and prestige, Steel and…

Resilient Purchasing Managers’ Index For April 2019 Is Encouraging For Manufacturing Production Lines, Says SEIFSA

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Johannesburg, 2 May 2019 - The Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (SEIFSA) notes with optimism the increase in the seasonally-adjusted Absa Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) released today…
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SEIFSA AWARDS FOR EXCELLENCE – FINAL CALL FOR ENTRIES

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Johannesburg, 26 April 2019 – The Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (SEIFSA) has urged companies that are yet to submit entries for the 2019 SEIFSA Awards for…

Continuous Improvement in Selling Price Inflation Encouraging For Producers in The Metals And Engineering Cluster

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Johannesburg, 25 April 2019 - The latest Producer Price Index (PPI) data for intermediate manufactured goods indicating a further improvement in selling price inflation in the Metals and Engineering (M&E)…
SEIFSA to Celebrate Companies

SEIFSA Awards For Excellence – Deadline Looming For Entries

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Johannesburg, 25 April 2019 – The Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (SEIFSA) has urged companies operating in the metals and engineering sector to make use of the…
SEIFSA Innovative Excellence

Innovative Excellence To Be Celebrated At SEIFSA Awards

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Johannesburg, 14 April 2019 – Amongst other imperatives, South Africa’s manufacturing sector – including its metals and engineering (M&E) cluster – needs innovation to spur industrial growth, the Steel and…
Political Parties

POLITICAL PARTIES COMMIT TO COLLABORATE WITH BUSINESS LEADERS TO GROW ECONOMY AND CREATE JOBS

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Johannesburg, 12 April 2019 – The African National Congress (ANC), the Democratic Alliance (DA) and the Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) today committed to continue working with business leaders to pull…
SEIFSA Welcomes February Rebound

SEIFSA Disappointed By Decrease In Manufacturing Output

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Johannesburg, 11 April 2019 - Preliminary data released by Statistics South Africa (Stats SA) today – which shows a reduction in manufacturing production – is disappointing, the Steel and Engineering…
SEIFSA to Celebrate Companies

SEIFSA to Celebrate Companies with Best Health and Safety Compliance Record at Awards for Excellence

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Johannesburg, 7 April 2019 – Employees are one of the most crucial investments businesses make. Without employees, businesses – particularly in the labour-intense metals and engineering sector –  would cease…
Purchasing Power

Decline In Purchasing Managers’ Index Concerning, Says SEIFSA

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Johannesburg, 1 April 2019 – The Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (SEIFSA) is extremely concerned about the consistent decline in the Absa Purchasing Managers Index (PMI), Economist…
SEIFSA to Honour Companies

SEIFSA to Honour Companies Advancing Transformation In The Metals and Engineering Sector

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JOHANNESBURG, 31 March 2019 – Almost two decades   have passed since South Africa’s Black Economic Empowerment policy was first introduced, yet transformation  in the metals and engineering sector is still…
RESERVE BANK’S DECISION

RESERVE BANK’S DECISION TO LEAVE REPO RATE UNCHANGED IS WELCOME, BUT A 25 BASIS POINT CUT WOULD HAVE BEEN PREFERABLE, SAYS SEIFSA

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Johannesburg, 28 MARCH 2019 – The decision by the South African Reserve Bank (SARB)  to leave the repo rate unchanged at 6,75% is to be welcome, although a 25 basis…
SEIFSA Welcomes February Rebound

SEIFSA Welcomes February Rebound In PPI For Intermediate Manufactured Goods

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Johannesburg, 28 March 2018 - The Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (SEIFSA) welcomes the latest Producer Price Index (PPI) data – released by Statistics South Africa (Stats…
Employment Numbers

SEIFSA Welcomes Gain In Employment Numbers, but Remains Concerned About High Duress and Stress Levels Facing Local Business

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JOHANNESBURG, 26 MARCH 2019 – The Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern African (SEIFSA) welcomes the quarterly employment statistics (QES) data released by Statistics South Africa (StatsSA) today, which…

SEIFSA CELEBRATES CUSTOMER-CENTRICITY IN THE METALS AND ENGINEERING SECTOR

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Johannesburg, 24 March 2018 – Doing business in a manner that focuses on creating a positive experience and satisfaction for the customer is one of the key ingredients for successful…
Artisan Training Initiatives

SEIFSA Awards to Recognise Companies for Artisan Training Initiatives

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Johannesburg, 17 March 2019 – Unemployment –  in particular youth unemployment –  is without doubt one of the most pressing challenges currently facing South Africa’s young democracy, and is reported…

POSITIVE GROWTH IN MANUFACTURING PRODUCTION ENCOURAGING BUT VOLATILE, SAYS SEIFSA

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Johannesburg, 14 March 2019 - The sustained positive trajectory in production of the broader manufacturing sector is encouraging but still volatile, so says Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern…
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SEIFSA Chief Economist, Dr. Michael Ade featured in Business Day

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As we accept the reality that Eskom’s load-shedding is once more upon us, we should also shed a tear for President Cyril Ramaphosa’s noble plans to fix the SA economy,…
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SEIFSA Disappointed By NERSA’S Decision To Approve Above- Inflation Tariff Increase For ESKOM

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JOHANNESBURG, 07 MARCH 2019 – The Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (SEIFSA) is bitterly disappointed by the decision by the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (NERSA)…

SEIFSA Honours Companies With Best Corporates Social Investment Programmes

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Johannesburg, 7 March 2019 – Businesses form an integral part of the communities in which they operate. Therefore, it stands to reason that, similar to other responsible citizens, businesses should…

Further Decline In The Purchasing Managers’ Index A Cause For Concern, Says SEIFSA

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Johannesburg, 1 March 2019 - The Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (SEIFSA) is disappointed by a further decline in overall business activity in the broader manufacturing sector,…

SEIFSA Awards For Excellence 2019 – Call For Entries

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Johannesburg, 26 February 2018 – The Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (SEIFSA) invites companies operating in the metals and engineering sector to submit their entries for the…
GORDHAN, NAIDOO AND DUVENAGE PRESS RELEASE

Further Decrease In Broader Manufacturing Output in December 2018 Worries SEIFSA

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Johannesburg, 12 February 2019 - The decrease in output in the broader manufacturing sector in December 2018, as released by Statistics South Africa (StatsSA) today, is worrying, Steel and Engineering…

SEIFSA Welcomes Improvement in Employment Numbers, But Remains Concerned About Apparent Trade-Off between Manufacturing Production and Employment

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Johannesburg, 12 February 2019 - The Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (SEIFSA) welcomes the improvement – announced by Statistics South Africa (StatsSA) today – in the unemployment…

COSATU’S INTENDED PROTEST ACTION ON 13 FEBRUARY 2019

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INTRODUCTION  Management will be aware, from recent media reports, that the Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) is preparing for a protest action in the form of a national…

Encouraging Performance for Metals and Engineering Sector Projected To Continue

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JOHANNESBURG, 8 FEBRUARY 2019 – Despite 2018 being a generally challenging year for both the global and domestic economy, the Metals and Engineering (M&E) sector is poised for a third…

Decrease In The Purchasing Managers’ Index For January 2019 Disappointing, Says SEIFSA

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The Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (SEIFSA) is disappointed by the decline in overall business activity in the broader manufacturing sector as reflected in the Absa Purchasing…

Decrease In PPI For December 2018 Is Disappointing, Says SEIFSA

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Johannesburg, 31 January 2019 –  The latest data for the Producer Price Index (PPI) for intermediate manufactured goods is disappointing, indicating a further deterioration in selling price inflation in the…
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SEIFSA Welcomes Latest Inflation Easing

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Johannesburg, 23 January 2019 - The Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (SEIFSA) welcomes the easing of the Consumer Price Index (CPI) , with the numbers moving further…
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SEIFSA Welcomes Reserve Bank’s Decision To Leave Interest Rates Unchanged

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Johannesburg, 17 January 2019 - The Steel and Engineering industries Federation of Southern Africa (SEIFSA) welcomes the South African Reserve Bank’s (SARB’s) decision to keep the repo rate unchanged at…
A Third Consecutive Decrease

Persistent Rise in Inflation Is Worrying, Says SEIFSA

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Johannesburg, 12 December 2018 - The Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (SEIFSA) is disappointed by the latest Consumer Price Index (CPI) figures, which indicate that inflation increased…

Improving M & E Production Is Encouraging, says SEIFSA

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Johannesburg, 11 December 2018 - The Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (SEIFSA) welcomes the preliminary production data for the Metals and Engineering (M&E) cluster of industries released…
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SEIFSA Welcomes SA’s Exit From Recession And Urges Businesses To Capitalise On Improving Demand In Order To Expand

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Johannesburg, 4 December 2018 – The Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (SEIFSA) welcomes South Africa’s official exit from a technical recession in the third quarter of 2018,…
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SEIFSA Encouraged By Improvement In Broader Manufacturing Purchasing Managers’ Index

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Johannesburg, 3 December 2018 - The Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (SEIFSA) welcomes the improvement in overall business activity in the broader manufacturing sector, as reflected in…

Companies Unlikely To Benefit From Rising PPI For Intermediate Manufactured Goods Unless Inflation Eases Further, Says SEIFSA

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Johannesburg, 29 November 2018 – Businesses in the metals and engineering (M&E) cluster are unlikely to benefit from a continuous increase in the selling price inflation in October 2018, given…

Reserve Bank’s Decision To Hike Interest Rates Is Disappointing, Says SEIFSA

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Johannesburg, 22 November 2018 –  The Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (SEIFSA) is extremely disappointed over the South African Reserve Bank’s (SARB) decision to hike interest rates…
A Third Consecutive Decrease

SEIFSA Concerned About Increase in Inflation Rate

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Johannesburg, 21 November 2018 – The increase in the official inflation number released by Statistics South Africa (StatsSA) today does not bode well for hard-pressed businesses in the Metals and…
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…
Improvement

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…