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Equipment designation boosts capital equipment suppliers

24 March 2014

The recent designation by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) of valves and actuators for local procurement by State-owned enterprises (SOEs) and municipalities, enables the concerned industries to revise their future recapitalisation plans, industry body South African Capital Equipment Export Council (Saceec) MD Sybil Rhomberg says.

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Enabling the future: The Importance of Clustering in South Africa

08 March 2014

The SACEEC's involvement in Industry Development has given rise to a variety of Clusters aimed at assisting companies in the implementation of government policies. The most recent of which is the Localisation Programme and the Designation of locally manufactured products.

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VAMCOSA And SAIF Strike A Strategic Alliance To Win Back Lost Markets

08 March 2014

Both foundries and Valve manufacturers have seen a rapid decline in business over the years. However, with the designation set to be issued as a practice note and gazetted into law imminently, valve manufacturers are poised to see an immediate upswing in orders. For this reason, closer relationships with foundries are vital to ensure that quality and pricing standards are in line with customers’ expectations.

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OKORDER - Construction Steel Suppliers

04 March 2014

OKORDER is a global direct selling platform for building materials. With the mission of ‘making every order easy’, OKORDER commits itself to offer a brand-new selling channel for Chinese domestic manufacturers through diverse cooperation forms, and create convenient, rapid, low-cost purchasing platform for overseas customers.

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Barnes Consulting

12 February 2014

Very often there is a neglected opportunity that is designed to assist exporters in becoming more competitive.

Bill Barnes has been a Customs consultant of over 30 years and now operates a small, personal consultancy. One of the areas he focuses on is the drawback of duties under TH521.00.

Many local manufacturers are aware of the benefits of registering with SARS under TH470.03, a rebate code that enables them to import dutiable materials and components under full rebate of duty for use in products manufactured for export.

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WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement

16 December 2013

A Business Guide for Developing CountriesThis guide helps businesses take advantage of the WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement.

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EMPLOYMENT TAX INCENTIVE BILL

31 October 2013

President Jacob Zuma yesterday signed the Employment Tax Incentive Act No 26 of 2013, making into law an initiative that will complement government’s measures to create jobs for young workers and those in special economic zones.

Published yesterday as Gazette No. 37185, the Act will take effect on 1 January 2014

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Valves industry under the pump - Vamcosa

23 October 2013

The South African valve manufacturing industry is in dire straits, as imports continue to flood the country, and as a result the rapid implementation of valves designation for all State-owned enterprises (SOEs) is required to save the industry, Valve and Actuator Manufacturers Cluster of South Africa (Vamcosa) champion Gregory Walker tells Engineering News.

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Industry Clusters: Is History Repeating Itself?

03 July 2013

The concept of clustering is a popular one the world over. It was introduced by Michael Porter, an economic expert and Harvard professor, who defined a cluster as the geographic concentration of inter-connected companies and institutions working in a common industry. 

Clusters encompass an array of collaborating and competing services and providers that create a specialised infrastructure, which supports the cluster’s industry. Clusters draw upon a shared talent pool of specialised, skilled labour.

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