Delegates attending the 2018 Southern African Metals and Engineering Indaba at the IDC Conference Centre in Sandton on 20 and 21 September will have an opportunity to influence economic policies that have a direct impact on the businesses they operate.
The Indaba, now in its fourth year of existence, is organized and hosted annually by the Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (SEIFSA), and its core objective is to provide a platform for policy makers, labour representatives and businesses operating in the metals, engineering and related sectors t not only to discuss the challenges facing the sector, but also to collaborate in a search for sustainable solutions for manufacturing in general and the metals and engineering sector in particular.
SEIFSA Chief Executive Officer Kaizer Nyatsumba said the Indaba will afford its participants an invaluable opportunity to influence policy by adopting conference resolutions that SEIFSA – in collaboration with other business bodies and stakeholders like labour partners – will lobby policy makers on.
During the 2015 inaugural Indaba, delegates adopted resolutions which included expressing serious concerns about the awarding of tenders by State-owned enterprises to foreign companies when local businesses can manufacture the same product, calling on the Government to impose necessary tariffs to protect local manufacturers from cheap, subsidized Asian imports as well as calling on the Government to reconsider its position on the introduction of the carbon taxes in South Africa. Conference delegates argued that the introduction of such a tax would impose additional costs to business, harm the economy and impact negatively on jobs at a time when South Africa badly needed more jobs to be created.
Although the proposed legislation on carbon taxes has not been rescinded, it has not yet been implemented.
“While one cannot argue that the battle against the awarding of tenders to foreign-owned companies has been won, we can say proudly that SEIFSA, in collaboration with other stakeholders, came out victorious in its plea to Government to introduce the 10% tariff against imported steel. We can also say that we, again in partnership with other stakeholders, have managed to delay the introduction of the carbon tax.
“It follows, therefore, that the adoption of the resolutions during the conference gave a strong indication of the sector’s sentiment on those issues. That is why we will again provide an opportunity for the conference to make resolutions on important issues this year,” Mr Nyatsumba said.
Some of the topics that will take centre stage during the 2018 Indaba include:
To register visit: https://meindaba.seifsa.co.za