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  • Why Training & Development makes perfect Business Sense

    Sassda has several stainless steel focused courses that are targeted at various levels of a company’s employee complement. Here Sassda Training Manager Mankabe More unpacks the realities of modern day training and how Sassda is meeting these needs in an expert and innovative manner by embracing the concept of continuous training and the use of […]

  • The State of the Stainless Nation #2020 Vision

    Predicting anything positive for the stainless steel industry in terms of market growth in 2020 would be risky and remains in the ‘Daily Lotto’ realm when looking at current economic forecasts. Against this backdrop, Sassda Acting Executive Director Michel Basson takes a look at past and present performance and where there are slivers of potential […]

  • Sassda Launches New Look Advanced Course

    In keeping with our mission to take our education and training courses to the next level, in line with our new look 2020 membership structure, Sassda has launched a revamped 3-day Stainless Steel Advanced Course. Sassda Acting Executive Director Michel Basson comments; “We have completely rewritten the course material to make it as up to […]

  • Let’s Talk about Tariffs…

    When it comes to the minefield of trade tariffs, Sassda is not a policy creator or implementer but rather acts as an invaluable conduit and facilitator based on its strong relationships with the relevant government bodies, to ensure all our members’ interests are equitably represented in an independent and objective manner. Tariffs expert and Sassda […]

  • Economic Policy Dialogue African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA)

    23rd October 2019 Program Director:      Eustace Mashimbye – CEO Proudly SA Speaker:  Ambassador Xavier Carim, DDG International Trade and Economic Development, the Dti The purpose of the AfCFTA is to enhance intra-Africa trade and investment. It was formalised by the OAU in 1980 at the Lagos plan of action. Tariffs are not the only constraint […]

  • Sassda’s Input for Steel Master Plan to Ebrahim Patel

    Sassda’s purpose statement “To provide a platform for Sassda members to collectively promote the sustainable growth and development of the industry with the main emphasis on stainless steel converted within the South African economy.” Background to Sassda’s interactions with the dti In an effort to fulfil our purpose statement, and with the current lack of […]

  • The Global and Local Stainless Steel Primary Product Market

    INTRODUCTION For the last few years the South African stainless steel industry has been going through an enormously challenging time. The stainless steel industry is highly cyclical in nature with downturns often being self-perpetuating. We have compiled this report to understand the evolution the South African stainless steel industry over the last 50 years and […]

  • Sassda in transition, creates new membership structure

    Owing to the varied benefits which companies obtain as members of the Southern Africa Stainless Steel Development Association (Sassda), the association has created a tiered membership structure. “Sassda is in a transitionary phase of its history, stemming from the realisation that members obtain different benefits and value from membership. “This has led to the new […]

  • Africa opens up for SA’s stainless steel sector

    2019 seems to be the year of an ‘opening up’ of Africa, whether it be opening trade borders or opening key infrastructure projects, all of these key developments have positive implications for the South African stainless steel sector. Free at last The objective of the Africa Free Trade Agreement is “a single African market for […]