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Expanding Industry and Promoting Competitiveness

DAY ONE: Wednesday, 12 September 2019

08:00 – 08:50

Arrival, registration and welcome tea and coffee

08:50 – 08:55

Programme Director: Mr Kaizer Nyatsumba, CEO: SEIFSA

08:55 – 09:00

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

09:00 – 09:20

Mr Cyril Ramaphosa President: South Africa

09:25 – 10:55

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: Mr Fikile Mbalula, Minister Transport

Mr Mangaliso Ndlovu, Minister of Industry and Commerce: Zimbabwe
Mr Pravin Gordhan, Minister of Public Enterprises
*Dr Sifiso Ntombela, Chief Economist: National Agricultural Marketing Council
Professor Dan Ross, Senior Lecture: School of Economics, University of Cape Town

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: Dr Blade Nzimande, Minister: Higher Education, Science and Technology

*Dr Thulani Dlamini, CEO: Council for Scientific and Industrial Research
Professor Tshilidzi Marwala, Vice-Chancellor: University of Johannesburg Manufacturing Company at the cutting edge of
*Mr Stuart Michie, Digital Lead: ABB
Ms Ilse Karg, Chief Director: Future Industrial Production & Technologies, The Dti

12:30 – 13:30


13:30 – 15:00

The Industrial Policy Action Plan 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 Jackson Mthembu, Minister in the Presidency: Republic of South Africa

*Mr Siya Biniza, Executive Director: Political Economy South Africa
Ms Thandi Phele, Deputy Director-General: Department of Trade
and Industry
*Professor Patrick Bond, Professor: Wits School of Business
Mr Tshediso Matona, Secretary of National Planning: National Planning Commission

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: Dr Martyn Davies, Managing Director: Emerging Markets and Africa, Deloitte

*Mr Duncan Bonnett, Director: Africa House
*Mr Wamkele Mene, Chief Director: Africa Multilateral Economic Relations, Department of Trade and Industries
Ms Philippa Rodseth, CEO: Manufacturing Circle
*Mr Alph Ngapo, General Manager – Africa Overland: ArcelorMittal South Africa
*Mr Tshediso Matona, Secretary of Natitional Planning

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 Ebrahim Patel, Minister of Trade and Industry: South Africa

*Mr Mike Mabasa, Director: National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of 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:Thursday, 13 September 2019

08:00 – 08:30

Arrival and welcome tea and coffee

08:30 – 10:00

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: *Ms Busi Mabuza, Chairperson: BRICS Business Council

Mr Lionel October, Director-General: Department of Trade and Industry
Mr Enoch Godongwana, Head: Economic Transformation Committee, ANC
Business Unity South Africa (BUSA)

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 Pravin Gordhan, Minister of Public Enterprises

Mr Sam Vukela, Director-General: Department of Public Works and Infrastructure
*Dr Michael Ade, Chief Economist: SEIFSA
Mr Mazwi Tunyiswa, Head – Basic Metals & Mining: Industrial Development Corporation

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 Andrew Shaw, Director: PWC 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 Tito Mboweni, Minister of Finance: South Africa

*Mr Geordin Hill-Lewis, Shadow Minister for Finance: Democratic Alliance
Mr Bheki Ntshalintshali, General Secretary: COSATU
Mr Lumkile Mondi, Senior Lecturer: University of the Witwatersrand
Business Unity South Africa (BUSA)

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 Thulas Nxesi, Minister of Employment and Labour

Mr Lucio Trentini, Operations Director: SEIFSA
Mr Mr Irvin Jim, General Secretary: NUMSA
*Mr Gideon du Plessis, General Secretary: Solidarity
Mr Thembinkosi Mkalipi, Chief Director: Labour Policy and Industrial Relations, Department of Labour

16:45 – 17:00

Mr Bonang Mohale, Non-Executive Director, Bidvest

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