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Expanding Industry and Promoting Competitiveness

DAY ONE: Thursday, 12 September 2019

08:00 – 08:50

Arrival, registration and welcome tea and coffee

08:50 – 08:55

Programme Director: Mr Kaizer M. Nyatsumba, CEO: SEIFSA

08:55 – 09:00

Welcome from Mr TP Nchocho,CEO: Industrial Development Corporation (IDC)

09:00 – 09:20

Mr Jay Singh, CEO: Rand Mutual Assurance (RMA)

09:25 – 10:55

A Growing Chinese Presence in South Africa: How Should Local Business Respond?

An assessment of the implications of a growing Chinese business presence in South Africa and its implications for local business

Programme Director: Mr Lucio Trentini, Operations Director: SEIFSA

Mr Lionel October, Director-General: The Department of Trade, Industry and Competition
Mr Kganki Matabene,CEO: Black Business Council
Mr Elias Monage, Council Member, BRICS Business Council
Mr Marius Croucamp, Deputy General Secretary: Solidarity

11:00 – 12:30

The Fourth Industrial Revolution and Manufacturing: Is South Africa Ready – Or Will It Be Left Behind?

A dispassionate assessment of South Africa’s readiness for the Fourth Industrial Revolution and proposed solutions of what the Government and business should do to ensure that South Africa is not left behind

Programme Director: Mr Michael Avril, Business Anchor: Classic 1027

Dr Thulani Dlamini, CEO: Council for Scientific and Industrial Research
Mr Stuart Michie, Digital Lead: ABB
Ms Ilse Karg, Chief Director: Future Industrial Production & Technologies, The Dti
Mr Patrick Matshidze, COO: Rand Mutual Assurance
Mr Mike Budden, Managing Partner, BWLI South Africa

12:30 – 13:30


13:30 – 15:00

Re-Imagining Industrial Strategy and the National Development Plan: A Progress Report on Their Implementation

A critical assessment of South Africa’s uninspiring implementation of important policies like the Industrial Action Policy Plan and the National Development Plan

Programme Director: Mr Jovial Rantao, Former Editor: Sunday Independent

Dr Anneline Chetty, Acting Deputy Director-General: Department of Trade and Industry
Professor Patrick Bond, Professor: Wits School of Business
Mr Siya Biniza, Executive Director: Political Economy South Africa

13:30 – 15:00

Africa is Open for Business: Is Local Manufacturing Ready to Leverage Opportunities Presented by the African Continental Free Trade Area?

An assessment of local manufacturers’ readiness to leverage opportunities presented by the African Continental Free Trade Area

Programme Director: Ms Neo Bodibe, Managing Director: RB Africa

Mr Duncan Bonnett, Director: Africa House
Mr Wamkele Mene, Chief Director: Africa Multilateral Economic Relations, Department of Trade and Industries
Ms Ayanda Mngadi, Chairperson: Manufacturing Circle

15:00 – 16:45

The new Automotive Production and Development Programme: Will the Metals and Engineering Sector Benefit?

A critical assessment of the likely impact of the new Automotive Production and Development Programme on the Metals and Engineering Sector

Programme Director: Mr Mark Lotter, Marketing Manager: SEIFSA

Mr Mike Mabasa, Director: National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa
Mr Ebrahim Patel, Minister of Trade and Industry: South Africa
Mr Renai Moothilal, Executive Director: National Association of Automotive Component & Allied Manufacturers
Dr Michael Ade, Chief Economist: SEIFSA

16:45 – 16:50


16:50 – 18:00

Cocktails and Networking Opportunity

DAY TWO: Friday, 13 September 2019

08:00 – 08:30

Arrival and welcome tea and coffee

08:30 – 10:00

Infrastructure Investment, Improving Logistics Costs and Enhancing Manufacturing’s Global Competitiveness

An Update on Public Infrastructure Investment and an Assessment of the Likely Impact on Logistics Costs and Manufacturing’s Global Competitiveness

Programme Director: Ms Nuraan Alli, Sales Manager: SEIFSA

Mr Kevin Govender, Services Manager: Transalloys
Dr Sifiso Ntombela, Chief Economist: National Agricultural Marketing Council

RUNNING OUT OF ROAD: SA's public finances and what is to be done:
Ms Ann Bernstein, Executive Director: Centre for Development Enterprise

10:00 – 11:30

State-Owned Companies As Economic Enablers, Infrastructure Development and the Metals and Engineering Sector

An assessment of the impact that State-Owned Companies and infrastructure development would have on the Metals and Engineering Sector

Programme Director: Mr Rajendra Rajcoomar, CFO: SEIFSA

Mr Trevor Arran, Divisional Executive: Mining & Metals Industries, IDC
Dr Michael Ade, Chief Economist: SEIFSA
Professor Nicholas Ngepah, Associate Professor: University Of Johannesburg

11:30 – 11:45

Tea / Coffee Break

11:45 – 13:00

Administered Prices (Logistics Costs, Electricity and Port Charges, etc.) and Their Impact on Manufacturing and Export Competitiveness: How Can We Change the Situation?

A search for solutions on how administered prices can be turned into a source of competitive advantage to make South African manufacturers competitive as international exporters

Programme Director: Mr Siya Biniza, Executive Director: Political Economy South Africa

Mr Ted Blom, Energy Advisor: Energy Expert Coalition
Mr Chris Yelland, Managing Director: EE Publishers
Mr Deon F. Joubert, Corporate Specialis Finance and Economic Regulations: Eskom
Mr Mohammed Mohamedy, Acting Group CEO: Transnet

13:00 – 14:00


14:00 – 15:15

“The New Dawn” and South Africa’s Sovereign Credit Rating

An assessment of how President Cyril Ramaphosa’s “New Dawn” is received by business and how it has impacted on South Africa sovereign credit rating

Programme Director: Mr Lukhona Mnguni, Political Analyst

Mr Khaya Sithole, Lecture: Wits University
Mr Kuseni Dlamini, Chairman: Massmart Holdings
Mr Allan Mukoki, CEO: South African Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SACCI)

15:15 – 16:45

The Economy, Labour Stability and the 2020 MEIBC Negotiations on Wages and Conditions of Employment

Employer and Labour Parties provide a preview of their respective approaches to the 2020 Negotiations on Wages and Conditions of Employment in the Metals and Engineering Sector

Programme Director: Mr: Sibusiso Mthenjana, Industrial Relations and Legal Services Executive: SEIFSA

Mr Lucio Trentini, Operations Director: SEIFSA
Mr Irvin Jim, General Secretary: NUMSA
Mr Gideon du Plessis, General Secretary: Solidarity
Mr Shadrack Motloung,COO Operational Services: FEDUSA

16:45 – 17:00

Mr Martin Kingston, Vice Predident: Business Unity South Africa(BUSA)