full agenda

DAY ONE: Thursday, 14 September

07:00 - 08:00

Arrival, registration and welcome tea and coffee

08:00 – 08:05

Programme Director: Kaizer Nyatsumba, CEO: SEIFSA

08:02 – 08:05

Welcome from Ms Zama Luthuli,Divisional Executive – Corporate Affairs: Industrial Development Corporation

08:05 – 08:25

Setting the Scene: Government Interventions in the Steel and Engineering Sector: Mr Ebrahim Patel, Minister: Economic Development

08:25 – 08:45

Dr Zweli Mkhize, Treasure General: African National Congress

08:45 – 10:15

Political Leadership in Southern Africa: Does it Advance or Hamper Economic Growth?
A critical review of the degree to which political leaders (governments) in South Africa and the region advance or retard growth through their actions and policies

Dr Ibbo Mandaza, Academic and Political Commentator, Zimbabwe
Dr Mamphela Ramphele, Independent Director of Companies
Mr Joel Netshitenzhe, CEO of Mapungubwe Institute for Strategic Reflection (MISTRA)
Dr Makhosi Khoza, MP: ANC

10:15 – 10:30

Coffee Break

10:30 – 12:00

Ensuring that Manufacturing in Southern Africa Is Internationally Competitive
A critical assessment of what needs to be done by policy makers, business and labour in the SADC region to ensure that manufacturing is internationally competitive

Programme Director: Ms Melissa Sibindi, Marketing Manager: SEIFSA

Dr Raymond Patel, Chief Executive Officer: merSETA
Dr Martyn Davies, Managing Director: Emerging Markets Africa at Deloitte
Ms Phillipa Rodseth, CEO: Manufacturing Circle
Mr Paul Runge, Director: Projects & Development Finance, Africa House.
Mr Pavlo Phitidis, CEO: Aurik Business Accelerator
Mr Ganief Bardien, Senior Industry Development
Manager, Machinery & Equipment SBU: Industrial
Development Corporation

12:00 - 13:30


13:00 - 14:30

The Continental Free Trade Area: A Reality Before The End of 2017?
An assessment of progress made in the implementation of the Pan-African Continental Free Trade Area and the Implications that it will have for Manufacturing in Southern Africa

Programme Director: Dr Michael Ade, Chief Economist: SEIFSA

Mr Wamkele Mene, Chief Director: Africa Multilateral Economic Relations, Department of Trade and Industries, South Africa
Mr Duncan Bonnett, Director: Africa House
Professor Colin McCarthy, Professor Emeritus: University of the Stellenbosch

14:30 – 14:45

Afternoon Tea/Coffee Break

14:45 - 16:00

Winning Together: Can Government, Business and Labour Conclude a Social Compact in the interest of Labour Stability and Foreign Investment
An assessment of whether the three main stakeholder groups – Government, business and labour – can conclude a Social Compact that may result in Labour Stability in South Africa and make the country more attractive to foreign investors

Programme Director: Mr Lucio Trentini, Operations Director: SEIFSA

Professor Steven Friedman, Director: Centre for the Study of Democracy, Rhodes University
Mr Matthias Borddenberg, Chief Executive Officer: Southern African-German Chamber of Commerce and Industry
Mr Bheki Ntshalintshali, General Secretary: COSATU
Ms Mildred Oliphant, Minister of Labour: South Africa
Dr Joni Musabayana, Director: International Labour Organisation
Ms Tanya Cohen, CEO: Business Unity South Africa (BUSA)


16:00 – 17:30

The Automotive Production and Development Programme and the South African Metals and Engineering Sector
A critical assessment of the Automotive Production and Development Programme (APDP) and its impact on demand for South Africa’s metals and engineering sector products

Programme Director:

Mr Nico Vermeulen, Director: National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa
Mr Renai Moothilal, National Association of Automotive Components and Allied Manufacturers (NAACAM)
Mr Dineshan Moodley, Industry Development: Automotive Industry Development Centre
Dr Michael Ade, Chief Economist: SEIFSA

17:30 – 17:35


17:35 – 18:30

Cocktails and Networking Opportunity

DAY TWO: Friday, 15 September


The Future of Collective Bargaining
Does Collective Bargaining Have A Future in South Africa? If so, what form will collective bargaining take in future?

Programme Director: Adv. Zach Might, Legal Officer:SEIFSA
Mr Graham Damant, Partner: Browmans Gilfillian
Mr Thembinkosi Mkalipi, Chief Director, Labour Relations: Department of Labour
*Mr Irvin Jim, General Secretary: NUMSA
Mr Gideon Du Plessis, General Secretary: Solidarity
Mr Lucio Trentini, Operations Director (Chief Negotiator): SEIFSA

08:00 – 10:00

Do Steel Import Tariffs Benefit or Hurt the South African Economy?
An assessment of the impact on the South African economy of the imposition in 2015 of import tariffs on steel imports to protect the country’s primary steel producers and save jobs

Programme Director: Mr Michael Avery, Business Presenter: Classic FM

Mr Henk Langenhoven, Chief Economist: Chamber of Mines of South Africa
Mr Siyabulela Tsengiwe, Chief Commissioner: International Trade and Administration Commission
Mr Paolo Trinchero, CEO: Southern African Institute of Steel Construction

10:00 – 11:30

Seven Years of BRICS Membership: Has South Africa Benefitted Commercially?
An assessment of the commercial benefits, if any, of South Africa’s memberships of BRICS since 2010

Programme Director:
*Ms Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, Minister of International Relations and Cooperation (tbc)
Mr Ross Harvey, Senior Researcher: South African Institute of International Affairs
Dr Mills Soko, Associate Professor: Graduate School of Business, University of Cape Town
Mr Sello Mashao Rasethaba: Executive Chairman, XpanseInvestments (Pty) Ltd
*His Excellency Mr Tian Xuejun, Ambassador: People’s Republic of China (tbc)
*His Excellency Mr Nedilson Jorge, Ambassador: Republic of Brazil (tbc)

11:30 - 12:30


12:30 - 14:00


Parasitic or Symbiotic? Relations Between Small Business and Big Business in the Manufacturing Sector
A critical review of the state of relations between big and small employers in manufacturing in general and the metals and engineering sector in particular, with an assessment of the degree to which they complement each other

*Programme Director: Ms Siki Mgabadeli, Presenter: SAFM

Ms Lindiwe Zulu, Minister of Small Business
Mr William Mvulane Dhlongolo: CEO: ISiYalu Manufacturing
Ms Mayleen Kyster, CEO: Africa Steel Holdings
Mr Meshack Seapela, CEO: Designer Cables
Mr Charl Folcher, Managing Director and Regional CFO South Africa and Middle East: Voith Turbo


12:30 - 14:00


South Africa’s Junk Credit Rating: What do we need to do to regain our sovereign credit investment rating?

Programme Director: Ms Jana Marais, Editor: Finweek

Mr Xhanti Payi, Director: Nascence Advisory & Research *Mr Henk Langenhoven, Chief Economist: Chamber of Mines
of South Africa
Ms Trudi Makhaya, CEO: Makhaya Advisory
South Africa
Ms Philisiwe Mthethwa, CEO: National Empowerment Fund(tbc)

14:00 - 15:30

The National Development Plan: A Reality or A Mirage?

A critical assessment of the National Development Plan
and the Fantastic Projects it Promised for South Africa

Programme Director: Ms Zama Luthuli, Divisional Executive – Corporate Affairs: Industrial Development Corporation

*Mr Jeff Radebe, Minister in the Presidency: South Africa (tbc)
Mr Bonang Mohale, CEO: Business Leadership South Africa
Dr Thami Mazwai, Commissioner: National Planning Commission
Dr Allyson Lawless, Managing Director: SAICE Professional Development and Projects
Mr Kuseni Dlamini, Chairman: Massmart
*Mr Tshediso Matona, Acting Director-General and Secretary for National Planning: Department of Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation (tbc)

15:30 – 15:45

Programme Director: Mr Kaizer Nyatsumba, CEO: SEIFSA
Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma: National Executive Member
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