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Master plan set to boost local market

Posted: 05 July 2021

Speaking on the steel master plan, which is a blueprint for the industry to re-energise itself and expand production, the Southern Africa Stainless Steel Development Association (Sassda) states that the broad structure demanded is in place and export councils are now working to boost the local stainless steel sector.

Source Engineering News 

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Government and Stakeholders Sign Master Plan for the Steel and Metal Fabrication Sector

Posted : 21 June 2021

The Minister of Trade, Industry and Competition, Ebrahim Patel, along with industry stakeholders from the steel and metal fabrication sector signed a Master Plan for the sector on Friday 11 June 2021.

The Master Plan, which has been developed in consultation with all stakeholders from the industry – including primary steel producers, downstream steel players, met fabricators, and organised labour – provides a blueprint for the industry to re-energise itself and expand production.

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Stainless steel industry shows brighter future

Posted: 28 May 2021

The stainless steel market is still under pressure following years of economic decline in South Africa’s economy. This was exacerbated by Covid-19 and the measures that government imposed to reduce infections, says Africa-based stainless steel mill Columbus Stainless.

Source Engineering News 

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State of the Stainless Steel Nation 

Posted: 22 February 2021

Against the backdrop of the recent State of the Nation Address and the forthcoming budget speech later this month Sassda Acting Executive Director Michel Basson takes an in-depth look at the ‘state of the stainless steel nation’ and how it is expected to fare in 2021

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Expedited change in stainless steel industry expected

Posted: May 29, 2020

The Covid-19 pandemic will have long-term ramifications, including permanent change in the South African stainless steel industry.

“The stainless steel industry could be on the brink of taking an S-curve upwards, owing to the crisis, which may result in the local industry’s adopting Fourth Industrial Revolution technologies sooner than expected.”

Source Engineering News 

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The Steel Master Plan

Posted: April 17, 2020

At this difficult and unprecedented stage in the history of the world, our country and industry; Sassda is working with the Department of Trade Industry and Competition (dtic) as major partner to alleviate pressure in, and create positive outcomes for, the stainless steel sector. We are therefore committed to keep you up to date with the latest news regarding new developments.

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Stainless Hotspots for Growth

Posted: April 17, 2020

At this difficult and unprecedented stage in the history of the world, our country and industry; Sassda is working with the Department of Trade Industry and Competition (dtic) as major partner to alleviate pressure in, and create positive outcomes for, the stainless steel sector. We are therefore committed to keep you up to date with the latest news regarding new developments.

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Local Value Chain

Posted: March 25, 2020

Despite the challenges we face, this is also South Africa’s time to shine as we focus on beefing up local supply chains or as we like to describe them, value chains and championing the country’s output and expertise, especially in the stainless steel sector.

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National and Regional Support

Posted: March 25, 2020

The dti is also continuing to drive the Steel Master Plan forward, and Sassda attended a very positive meeting hosted and chaired by the Minister of Trade & Industry Ebrahim Patel last Friday regarding this plan.

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Why Training & Development makes Perfect Business Sense

Posted: February 29, 2020

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 digital technologies that have made the association’s world-class courses far more accessible and cost effective.

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Sassda Launches New Look Advanced Course

Posted: November 1, 2019

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.

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Let’s Talk about Tariffs…

Posted: November 1, 2019

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 Market Intelligence Specialist Lesley Squires explains how this complex relationship works.

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Economic Policy Dialogue African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA)

Posted: November 1, 2019

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

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New membership structure set for stainless steel sector

Posted: October 28, 2019

Sassda’s Acting Executive Director Michel Basson recently spoke to Engineering News about our exciting new membership packages to be launched in March 2020! E-mail francis@sassda.co.za if you’d like more information.

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