Why Attend?

Find out why you should attend


Why Attend?

Find out why you should attend the MEI Indaba 2017

Why you should attend

Brought to you by the Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (SEIFSA), in partnership with the Industrial Development Corporation, the Third Southern African Steel and Engineering Indaba:

  • Is an opportunity for stakeholders to exchange ideas;
  • Gives industry thought leaders a platform to share and present ideas;
  • Is a platform for networking and exploring new markets;
  • Is an opportunity for business leaders to engage with other decision and policy makers in the SADC region;
  • Provides a critical review of the degree to which political leaders (governments) in South Africa and the region advance or hinder growth;
  • Is 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;
  • Is an assessment of the commercial benefits, if any, of South Africa’s memberships of BRICS since 2010;
  • Is a critical assessment of the National Development Plan; and
  • Presents numerous opportunities for sector-specific discussions and networking opportunities.

Brought to you by SEIFSA in partnership with the Industrial Development Corporation

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Minister Mildred Oliphant

Minister of Labour: South Africa

Mr Siyabulela Tsengiwe

Chief Commissioner: International Trade and Administration Commission

Dr Ibbo Mandaza

Academic and Political Commentator: Zimbabwe

Mr Wamkele Mene

Chief Director: Department of Trade and Industry

Ms Tanya Cohen

Chief Executive Officer: Business Unity South Africa (BUSA)


Now in its third year, the Third Southern African Metals and Engineering Indaba features renowned and high-calibre speakers who include business executives, policy makers, Government ministers and labour leaders.

In the face of persistent poor performance in the metals and engineering sector, the Southern African Metals and Engineering Indaba is an excellent opportunity for the dynamic and thought-provoking speakers to share their experience, insight and knowledge.

The year’s Indaba will focus on the following topics, among others:


  • Political Leadership in Southern Africa: Does it Advance or Hamper Economic Growth?
  • Ensuring that Manufacturing in Southern Africa Is Internationally Competitive
  • The Continental Free Trade Area: A Reality Before The End of 2017?
  • Winning Together: Can Government, Business and Labour Conclude a Social Compact in the interest of Labour Stability and Foreign Investment
  • The Automotive Production and Development Programme and the South African Metals and Engineering Sector
  • Do Steel Import Tariffs Benefit or Hurt the South African Economy?
  • South Africa’s Junk Credit Rating: What do we need to do to regain our sovereign credit investment rating?

These topics have been carefully chosen to tackle the challenges facing manufacturers which have resulted in, among others, the declining contribution of manufacturing to the Gross Domestic Product (GDP), company liquidations/ closures and job losses.