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SEIFSA Mmusi Maimane

President Ramaphosa’s Fiscal Stimulus Package Does Not Hold Key To South Africa’s Long-Term Economic Growth

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Johannesburg, 21 September 2018 – Government’s fiscal stimulus package will not provide long-term solutions to South Africa’s ailing economy, instead Government needs to create a conducive environment for entrepreneurs in the private sector to grow their businesses and, subsequently, grow the economy, so said Democratic Alliance leader Mmusi Maimane.

Delivering the closing address at the fourth Southern African Metals and Engineering Indaba, in Sandton this afternoon, Maimane said President Ramaphosa’s stimulus package, launched today, could not address all the challenges, including decrease in investment, decrease in ease of doing business, decreasing value of the rand and constantly rising fuel and food prices, currently facing the country.

“I genuinely do not believe that a fiscal stimulus package will have a sustained positive effect in the absence of sensible economic reform. South Africa needs to take a fundamentally different approach to our economy,” said Maimane.

METALS AND ENGINEERING INDABA CONFERENCE DELEGATES

Metals And Engineering Indaba Conference Delegates Pass A Resolution For Government

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Metals And Engineering Indaba Conference Delegates Pass A Resolution For Government To Be Effective In Implementing And  Monitoring Designation Of Local Content

Johannesburg, 21 September 2018 – Delegates attending the 4th Southern African Metals and Engineering Indaba organised by the Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (SEIFSA) at the IDC Conference Centre in Sandton passed a resolution for Government to be effective in implementing and monitoring designation of local content.

During discussions in the 5th and 10th sessions, delegates expressed a strong need for the Government to be much more effective in monitoring the implementation of designation of local content in production processes across all value chains, and also expressed disappointment about the awarding of tenders by State-owned enterprises to foreign companies, when there is capacity for local businesses to manufacture the same products.

Delegates stressed the fact that designation of locally-sourced products (towards improving local content) should be complied with and that infrastructure investment without designation of products that can be sourced locally will be futile.  However, delegates acknowledge that there may be instances where domestic capacity may be less than stated demand, owing to the contraction or closure of some sectors or in the event of new product ranges. In these instances, delegates felt that a temporary allowance for imports may be granted, after full utilisation of domestic capacity, with the knowledge that the supply deficit would undoubtedly induce expansion investment.

SEIFSA Metals and Engineering

A Million Jobs By 2027 Possible If Chinese Investment Effect Is Well Managed

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Johannesburg, 21 September 2018 – Business and Government need to work together to increase demand for locally-manufactured products if the creation of one million jobs, in the manufacturing sector, by 2027 is to be realised, Manufacturing Circle CEO Philippa Rodseth said at the Metals and Engineering Indaba, in Sandton this afternoon.

“We need demand side interventions. Without demand, we cannot produce at full capacity, we cannot attract investment and we cannot create jobs. We, therefore, need to increase aggregate demand by buying locally-manufactured gods, replacing imports where possible and increasing local producers’ exports to markets outside South Africa.

Last year, the Manufacturing Circle launched its “Map to A Million New Jobs in a Decade” plan, with the organisation’s chairman André de Ruyter saying at the time: “If manufacturing can expand to 30% of GDP, between 800 000 and 1.1 million direct jobs can be created, with 5 to 8 times that number in indirect jobs,” he added. “Our ‘Map to a Million’ puts forward detailed proposals to deliver a million jobs in manufacturing in the next decade.”

SEIFSA Steel and Engineering

Lack Of Skills, Low Economic Growth And Saturated Markets Constraints

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Lack Of Skills, Low Economic Growth And Saturated Markets Constraints To Investing In Metals And Engineering Sector

Johannesburg, 21 September 2018 – Lack of demand in the form of large infrastructure projects, expensive input costs, lack of skills required by the metals and engineering (M&E) sector as well as policy uncertainty, low economic growth, low returns on existing investment and a saturated domestic market are some of the factors identified as constraining investment in South Africa’s M&E sector.

Speaking at the Metals and Engineering Indaba taking place at the IDC Conference Centre, Southern African Institute of Steel Construction CEO Paolo Trinchero said other factors identified as barriers to investing in the sector include lack of trust between government, business and labour, lack of collaboration in pursing sustainable industry solutions and lack of innovation.

Echoing Mr Trinchero’s sentiments, Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa Chief Economist Michael Ade said there has, over the last decade, been a lack of both green and brown fields investment into the sector owing to low demand, among other factors.

He said, as a result, domestic producers were under pressure to shed jobs, which in turn lead to low productivity in the sector – this created a negative vicious cycle, which is bad for the economy.

Anc And Da Outline Their Plans For Economy At The Metals And Engineering Indaba

ANC And DA Outline Their Plans For Economy At The Metals And Engineering Indaba

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Johannesburg, 21 September 2018 – The ruling party is cognisant of and appreciates challenges facing South Africa’s metals and engineering (M&E) sector including lack of demand, proliferation of illegal imports, high input costs, unemployment and lack of investment, its head of Economic Transformation Committee Enoch Godongwana said this morning.

Speaking at the Southern African Metals and Engineering Indaba currently taking place at the IDC Conference Centre, Mr Godongwana said in response to the challenges currently facing the M&E sector, Government’s industrial policy needed to reverse the deindustrialization trend, focus on labour intensive sectors to create jobs and, in collaboration with the private sector, invest in vocational training to address the shortage of skills in the sector.

Mr Godongwana said he also believed that Government needed to incentivize business owners who reinvested their profits into labour intensive production.

“Massive investment also needs to be made in capital infrastructure projects to reverse the challenges facing the M&E sector, particularly lack of demand. We also need to tighten the framework for localization but all these efforts must be done in a manner that enables Black people to participate in the economy to ensure social cohesion,” said Mr Godongwana.

SEIFSA Steel and engineering

Metals And Engineering Indaba Conference Delegates Pass A Resolution

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Metals And Engineering Indaba Conference Delegates Pass A Resolution Condemning Ministers’ Failure To Attend The Conference

Johannesburg, 20 September 2018 – Delegates attending the 4th Southern African Metals and Engineering Indaba organised by the Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (SEIFSA) at the IDC Conference Centre in Sandton firmly resolved to express their bitter disappointment at the inability of some high-ranking government officials to attend important and relevant sessions.

The delegates said these sessions presented a unique opportunity for the various individuals to interact with members of the community, labour and academia and preeminent researchers to get direct insights into challenges facing the economy.

An invitation was extended to both Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene and Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan to attend the sessions on working together to improve South Africa’s Sovereign Credit Rating and a reflection on what needs to be done to end or contain public corruption and corporate malfeasance in South Africa. Both Ministers declined the invitation.

Domestic Manufactures Must Work Together To Survive

Domestic Manufactures Must Work Together To Survive

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Johannesburg, 20 September 2018 – The global trade war between two of the world’s largest economies has the potential to render global growth less synchronised, less certain and less supportive of emerging economies. Moreover, weaknesses in the global economy would make it even more difficult for South Africa to accelerate its fortunes and for the metals and engineering (M&E) cluster, the mining and construction sectors and the auto manufacturing industries to maximise their potential, Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa Chief Economist Michael Ade said this afternoon.

Speaking at the Southern African Metals and Engineering Indaba, Dr Ade said the four sectors needed higher growth levels underpinned by better productive efficiency. He also said that instead of continuously depending on government to boost demand via various interventions, stakeholders in these sectors needed to rally to support each other.

“Proactivity rather than reactivity is needed to take advantage of promising regional prospects, where healthy GDP growths have been projected. Targeted growth in lucrative markets of Asia and Europe should also be taken advantage of, in order to increase market share,” Dr Ade said.

He said that the four groups can leverage on existing linkages. “The M&E cluster should support the mining sector more by increasing its current procurement spend in the mining sector to over 63%.”

SEIFSA Dr Nkosazana Zuma

NATIONAL DEVELOPMENT PLAN STILL RELEVANT DESPITE SLOW PACE OF IMPLEMENTATION – DR NKOSAZANA DLAMINI ZUMA

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Johannesburg, 20 September 2018 – South Africa’s National Development Plan (NDP) was still relevant despite the slow pace of its implementation, Minister in the Presidency Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma said at the Southern African Metals and Engineering Indaba this afternoon.

“We have not made sufficient progress as far as eradicating the triple challenges of unemployment, poverty and inequality, but we still feel strongly that the NDP is still relevant but needs to be approached differently, with us having learned from the last six years. We also think that there was an oversight to think we could implement without breaking it down into five-year implementation plans. This is what we will begin to do with the remaining years of the NDP. We will also use the last two years of the plan to monitor and evaluate,” Dr Dlamini-Zuma said.

Going forward, the Minister said Government needed to improve planning generally, not only across all departments, but also across different spheres of Government.

South Africa Needs New Anti-Corruption Agency To Deal With Public Corruption And Corporate Malfeasance

SOUTH AFRICA NEEDS NEW ANTI-CORRUPTION AGENCY TO DEAL WITH PUBLIC CORRUPTION AND CORPORATE MALFEASANCE

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Johannesburg, 20 September 2018 – State capture needs to be dealt with urgently to restore public confidence in the State, the constitutional framework and the rule of law. This is the view of Council for Advancement of the South African Constitution Executive Secretary Lawson Naidoo.

Speaking on the first day of the two-day Southern African Metals and Engineering Indaba taking place at the IDC Conference Centre, Mr Naidoo said to end or contain the cancer of public corruption and corporate malfeasance in South Africa, the country needs a fit for purpose anti-corruption agency focused on enforcement, prevention and education. The agency would be buttressed by a strong political will.

Speaking on the same panel, Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse Executive Director Wayne Duvenage said state capture was a serious matter which had allowed creative accounting to take place, unchallenged, at State-owned entities.

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GLOBAL COMPETITIVENESS AND POLICY CERTAINTY KEY TO IMPROVING SOUTH AFRICA’S SOVEREIGN CREDIT RATING

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Johannesburg, 20 September 2018 – The prioritization of economic growth, global competitiveness and policy certainty and predictability are key to improving South Africa’s Sovereign credit rating, so said Massmart Holdings Chairman Kuseni Dlamini.

Speaking at the fourth Southern African Metals and Engineering Indaba currently taking place at the IDC Conference Centre, Mr Dlamini said South Africa needed to be fully aligned on the growth imperative if other socio-economic goals such as employment creation, investment attraction and retention are to be achieved.

He said the country also needed to embrace global competitiveness as part of a national culture.

“The success of the country’s automotive manufacturing industry, the renewable energy independent power producer programme and the country’s world class financial services sectors are concrete examples of global competitiveness at work which must be replicated in other sectors,” he said.

In addition, Mr Dlamini said South Africa should attract and retain foreign direct investment. This, in turn, required a concerted and sustained collective effort by SA Inc. through the alignment of messaging on the country’s attractiveness as an investment location of choice.