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Direct route helping SA improve trade with India

By: David Oliveira     18th November 2016 According to the 2016 H1 ‘Maersk Group India Trade Report’, India continues to shine as one of the largest containerised trade markets, registering significant growth of 11% in the first half of the year, with extensive opportunities existing for South Africa–India trade going forward. Increased... 

Sasol launches R54m business incubator

By: Anine Kilian     9th May 2016 Sasol and the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) on Monday launched a R54-million Sasol Business Incubator (SBI) in Sasolburg, in the Free State. The SBI would be aimed at accelerating the successful development of local start-up small, medium-sized and microenterprises (SMMEs) and promoting... 

Zest extends guarantees across all products

By: Anine Kilian     5th February 2016 South African electrical equipment supplier and manufacturer Zest WEG will extend guarantees on all its WEG products. The guarantees will vary from product to product, but all customers are still assured of the same level of in-field support for which Zest WEG Group Africa is known. 

Zest extends WEG product guarantees

By: Anine Kilian     26th January 2016 South African electrical equipment supplier and manufacturer Zest WEG will extend guarantees on all its WEG products. The guarantees will vary from product to product, but all customers are still assured of the same level of in-field support for which Zest WEG Group Africa is known. 

Barclays PMI bounces back from Nov drop

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     14th January 2016 Although the seasonally adjusted Barclays Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) rose to 45.5 index points in December, up from a more than six-year low of 43.3 points in November, it still indicates that the local manufacturing sector is under pressure. Speaking to Engineering News Online in a... 

Innovation key to sustaining manufacturing sector

By: Natalie Greve     21st October 2015 Noting that the South African manufacturing sector was going through a structural adjustment phase, rather than a cyclical downturn, Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (Seifsa) CEO Kaizer Nyatsumba has called for a rethink of South Africa’s approach to manufacturing,... 

Manufacturing challenges high on the agenda of inaugural MEIndaba

By: David Oliveira     29th May 2015 The Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (Seifsa) is hosting the first annual Metals and Engineering Indaba (MEIndaba), from May 28 to 29 at Emperors Palace, in Johannesburg, to address the challenges that the metals and engineering sector faces. Seifsa CEO Kaizer... 

SA eyes becoming net exporter of ICT services, products through SMMEs

By: Natasha Odendaal     23rd March 2015 The Department of Telecommunications and Postal Services (DTPS) aims to leverage small, medium-sized and microenterprises (SMMEs), cooperatives and township and rural entrepreneurs to reverse South Africa’s status as a net importer of information and communications technology (ICT) products and... 

Q4 manufacturing perceptions mixed, 2015/16 outlook bleak

By: Ilan Solomons     17th February 2015 Subdued demand, sluggish construction and mining activity, a volatile rand exchange rate, regulatory hurdles and the effects of third-quarter 2014 strike action had impacted negatively on the local manufacturing sector during the fourth quarter of 2014. This is according to policy development and... 

Makhura, automotive industry leaders discuss challenges, opportunities

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     17th February 2015 To bolster the automotive industry’s contribution to Gauteng's economic growth, Premier David Makhura has urged local vehicle manufacturers to limit imports of automotive parts, components and accessories from other countries. Speaking at an engagement session with CEOs and other executives in... 

Can South Africa’s manufacturing sector rise again? 

By: Zandile Mavuso     31st October 2014 Over the past 20 years, there has been persistent concern about deindustrialisation in South Africa, as well as locally produced manufactured products having been increasingly displaced by imports. The very future of manufacturing has been called into question, despite a series of government... 

Can South Africa’s manufacturing sector rise again? 

By: Zandile Mavuso     31st October 2014 Over the past 20 years there has been persistent concern about deindustrialisation in South Africa, as well as the fact that locally produced manufactured products have been increasingly displaced by imports. 

DRMSA to map out next steps as trial nears end

By: Natasha Odendaal     16th October 2014 As the spotlight remains on South Africa’s move from analogue to digital television broadcasting, a consortium has quietly gained some traction in shifting radio broadcasting to digital as a trial starts revealing the benefits. The Digital Radio Mondiale Southern Africa (DRMSA) consortium, in... 

Gold loan scheme to boost local jewellery manufacturing

By: Anine Kilian     30th September 2014 Local jewellery manufacturers will, through the newly launched R100-million Gold Loan Scheme, have the opportunity to access loans at an interest rate of 3% to buy the gold needed to make jewellery. Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies launched the scheme on Tuesday. The funds for the scheme... 

SA needs aggressive export drive to grow manufacturing sector – Zalk 

By: Leandi Kolver     20th August 2014 South Africa had to embark on an aggressive export drive, particularly into the rest of Africa, to adequately grow its manufacturing sector, Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) industrial development policy and strategy adviser Nimrod Zalk said on Wednesday, adding that this drive had to be... 

SA has to ‘focus heavily’ on manufacturing, learn from past mistakes – Zalk

By: Leandi Kolver     19th May 2014 Past events have illustrated the importance of manufacturing with regard to the South African economy and, therefore, the country has to “focus heavily” on this sector, Department of Trade and Industry deputy director-general Nimrod Zalk said on Monday. Speaking as part of a panel discussion at... 

Equipment designation boosts capital equipment suppliers 

By: Ilan Solomons     4th April 2014 The recent designation by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) of valves and actuators for local procurement by State-owned enterprises (SOEs) and municipalities, enables the concerned industries to revise their future recapitalisation plans, industry body South African Capital Equipment... 

Weak rand will be insufficient to spark revival of SA manufacturing

By: Anine Kilian     21st February 2014 The South African manufacturing industry has been under pressure for a number of years and the outlook for 2014 remains subdued, despite the tailwind being provided by the weaker rand. Close observers forecast that the sector is set to register growth of close to 2%, which represents only a... 

Weak rand will be insufficient to spark revival of SA manufacturing

By: Anine Kilian     21st February 2014 The South African manufacturing industry has been under pressure for a number of years and the outlook for 2014 remains subdued, despite the tailwind being provided by the weaker rand. Close observers forecast that the sector is set to register growth of close to 2%, which represents only a... 

SA’s 2014 growth prospects bleak – economist

By: Natalie Greve     15th October 2013 Frost & Sullivan senior economist Craig Parker has cautioned that, despite the International Monetary Fund’s current expectation of 2.9% growth in South Africa’s gross domestic product (GDP) in 2014, this will most likely be revised downward to 2.7%, as global post-recessionary pressures continue... 

SSA urged to move away from reliance on resource extraction, exports

By: Leandi Kolver     19th September 2013 It is important for sub-Saharan Africa, as a global growth frontier, to move away from its current economic growth path that relies almost exclusively on resource extraction and exports, towards a more sustainable development path that promotes industrialisation and value addition, Department of... 

Valve manufacturers, foundries should collaborate to ‘take back’ market share

By: Natasha Odendaal     16th August 2013 Valve manufacturers and foundries could see a R4-billion to R5-billion recovery over the next three to five years as localisation in public procurement takes hold. The industry would be able to “take back” the market share lost to foreign companies over the past few years and revive the local... 

Ekurhuleni-based business organisation launches engineering forum

By: Samantha Herbst     16th August 2013 Community business organisation the Ekurhuleni Business Initiative (EBi) has launched a regional engineering forum inviting all civil, mechanical and electrical engineers to come together once a month to boost local industry. "It’s time for engineers in South Africa, starting in Ekurhuleni, to... 

Bridging innovation, commercialisation gap key to reviving manufacturing  

By: Samantha Herbst     2nd August 2013 The local manufacturing sector’s contribution to South Africa’s gross domestic product (GDP) has dropped by 33% in the last decade. This could partly be attributed to the gap between innovation in the sector and the commercialisation of products, says management and consulting firm BMGI senior... 

Manufacturing Circle calls for monetary policy review

By: Idéle Esterhuizen     24th April 2013 The time was ripe to review South Africa’s monetary policy, which was cited as one of the main challenges facing the country’s manufacturing sector, Manufacturing Circle executive director Coenraad Bezuidenhout said on Wednesday. At a manufacturing CEO breakfast hosted by the Black Management... 

Resources Watch  

     31st January 2013 This week: Discounted prices for iron-ore will give local manufacturing the edge. And, labour law and the JSE regulations narrowed consultation with government, says Amplats. 

Discounted prices for iron-ore would give local manufacturing the edge

By: Leandi Kolver     25th January 2013 South Africa will not have a competitive advantage unless it offers a discounted price for key inputs, such as steel, to the local manufacturing sector, Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) acting deputy director-general responsible for industrial development Garth Strachan says. This is... 

Support from larger engineering firms helps stimulate small businesses

By: Natalie Greve     23rd November 2012 Continued support from government and major engineering firms through dedicated enterprise development programmes will significantly spur the growth of requisite skills and increase the survival rate of start-up enterprises in the domestic construction-engineering and manufacturing sector. 

Manufacturing growth loses momentum, PMI falls further

By: Idéle Esterhuizen     1st November 2012 The seasonally adjusted Kagiso Purchasing Managers Index (PMI) deteriorated further into contractionary territory in October, falling to 47.1 points from an upwardly revised 48.3 points during September, suggesting a notable loss in the local manufacturing sector’s growth momentum. The index... 

Kagiso PMI back below key 50-point mark

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     1st October 2012 The seasonally adjusted Kagiso Purchasing Managers Index (PMI) has lost 4 index points in September and declined back below the key 50-point mark to 46.2. Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply MD André Coetzee said the pullback did not bode well for actual factory sector output in the... 

Company Announcement: New Agreement Strengthens Denel Aerostructures' Role in A400M Manufacturing

     17th September 2012 Denel and Airbus Military have finalised a new agreement with revised terms for manufacturing aircraft components on the A400M, in a development that will contribute significantly to the financial turnaround of the South African company and confirms its position as a top-tier supplier on the... 

Manufacturing index slumps amid export gloom, domestic slowdown 

By: Idéle Esterhuizen     2nd July 2012 After a strong start to the year, the seasonally adjusted Kagiso Purchasing Managers Index (PMI) fell to 48.2 in the second quarter, the lowest since August 2011, sponsor Kagiso Tiso Holdings said on Monday. The domestic PMI moderated in June, losing 5.4 index points, which dampened the outlook... 

Skilled youth key to future of manufacturing in SA

By: Idéle Esterhuizen     8th June 2012 The manufacturing sector’s ability to attract young, skilled people would be a determining factor in its success going forward, business software provider Isah International director Peter van Harten said on Friday. He added that despite its current ailing state, the local manufacturing sector... 

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