15th July 2016, the South African Capital Equipment Export Council (SACEEC) hosted Gauteng Premier Makhura with his delegation comprising Deputy Minister for Trade and Industry Mzwandile Masina, Deputy Minister for Public Enterprise Bulelani Magwanishe, Ekurhuleni Mayor Mondli Gungubele, and MEC for Infrastructure Development Jacob Mamabolo, and MEC for Finance Barbara Creecy.
Ekurhuleni is a manufacturing hub within the Gauteng region and the sector is considered the backbone of any modern economy and of pivotal importance for the future economy.
The Gauteng Provincial Government has identified areas in which South Africa is already highly competitive including mining equipment manufacturing, food and beverages, chemicals, plastics and pharmaceuticals as well as automobile manufacturing.
This follows as a result of a strategy developed for the Gauteng City Region’s machinery and equipment sector - developed by the Centre for Competition, Regulation and Economic Development (CCRED) for Gauteng and the Gauteng Department of Economic Development (GDED) for the Gauteng City Region’s machinery and equipment sector. The province is concerned about the threat of de-industrialisation and has responded by seeking ways in which to support local manufacturing as a basis for exports, employment, and services growth.
The SACEEC was approached by CCRED under the campaign banner #Ntirhisano - a Tsonga word for working together - to facilitate the second round of site visits by the Premier and his Executive Council.
The SACEEC members visited by the Premier and his delegation include:
In addition to the site visits, the Premier and his Delegation conducted high-level discussions with the leadership of the SACEEC as well as the South African Mineral Processing Equipment Cluster (SAMPEC), which is hosted by the SACEEC, on topics relating to the challenges and constraints of the sector in these tough economic times and how best to improve and strengthen partnership between government and the manufacturing sector in order to address socio-economic need of the province.