You are the leader of an important business, with a vested interest in our country’s economy and developments which impact on our country, the SADC region, the metals and engineering sector and, most likely, the rest of manufacturing. Given your position within your company and your status as a senior business leader, you have a major responsibility to influence economic policies and to help to shape a better tomorrow.

While it may not seem so to some, inevitably stakeholder management is an important part of your job.

Until recently, business has buried its collective head in the sand and focused on survival, while much went wrong in the country. It was not until two years or so ago that Business Leadership South Africa, Business Unity South Africa and the general business community, through initiatives such as “Save SA”, made their voices heard in the fight against corruption, State Capture and poor economic choices.

That responsibility to save South Africa and fight for sound economic policies does not belong to organised business only. It belongs equally to all business leaders in the country, including yourselves by virtue of the influential positions that you hold. Stop looking to others for solutions, roll up your sleeves and get involved. Failure to do so and complacency, during such a critical period in our country’s history, amounts to irresponsibility and is tantamount to serious dereliction of duty.

That is why I am issuing this direct invitation to you – as Chief Executive Officers, Managing Directors and General Managers – to register to attend the Fifth Southern African Metals and Engineering Indaba, which takes place on 12-13 September 2019 at the IDC Conference Centre in Sandton. Please bring your Senior Executives and Managers along. They have as much of a duty to co-shape our economic future.

The Fifth Southern African Metals and Engineering Indaba (M&E Indaba) will place the spotlight squarely on our sector in particular and manufacturing in general. It offers all stakeholders –captains of industry and business executives like yourselves, policy makers and Government Ministers, as well labour leaders – a vital opportunity to discuss matters of common interest calmly, robustly and yet constructively in order to improve the performance of our sector and to revive the economy.

Speakers include:

  • Trade and Industry Minister Ebrahim Patel;
  • Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan;
  • Council for Scientific and Industrial Research CEO Dr Thulani Dlamini;
  • BRICS Business Council Chairperson Busi Mabuza;
  • National Development Commission Secretary Tshediso Matona;
  • Africa House Director Duncan Bonnett;
  • Department of Trade and Industry Chief Director for Africa Multilareral Economic Relations Wamkele Men;
  • NUMSA General Secretary Irvin Jim and Solidarity General Secretary Gideon du Plessis;
  • Manufacturing Circle CEO Phillippa Rodseth; and
  • National Association of Automotive Components and Allied Manufacturers Renai Moothilal.

President Cyril Ramaphosa is due to deliver the Opening Address on Thursday, 12 September and Gauteng Premier David Makhura is due to deliver the Closing Address on Friday, 13 September.

Be part of the search for a solution to South Africa’s manufacturing challenges.

As you know, in the past decade the South African economy has been seriously under-performing. If nothing is done to arrest the situation speedily, things can only get worse. None of us can afford such a scenario.

What are you doing to arrest and reverse that terrible trend, which has seen manufacturing in South Africa coming under tremendous pressure from cheap, mostly Asian imports? You are not as powerless or helpless as you may believe.

Unfortunately, challenges do not yet have the ability to resolve themselves. That is why we have to work together to resolve them.

Make your voice heard. Engage. Contribute. Innovate. Sustain.

Register for the Fifth Southern African Metals and Engineering Indaba, where matters of concern to you and all of us will be discussed.

Don’t miss out on this wonderful opportunity to be heard.

Register now on, where you will also find the detailed conference programme.

Key Government, business (including some of your customers) and labour leaders will be there. Don’t be the only one missing out.

I look forward to seeing you at the Fifth Southern African Metals and Engineering Indaba at the IDC Conference Centre on 12-13 September 2019.

Yours Sincerely

Signed electronically
Kaizer M. Nyatsumba
Chief Executive Officer

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