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Master Plan to Boost Local Market


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.

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


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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Expedited change in Stainless Steel industry expected


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.”
 

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The Steel Master Plan


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


As part of the latest phase of the Steel Master Plan development, the Department of Trade Industry & Competition is investigating proposals from industry including ourselves regarding initiatives to kick start industry. Sassda has therefore supplied proposals around the gas field developments in Mozambique and increased domestic LPG/LNG gas use in South Africa as well as import replacements and the rejuvenation of the local hollowware sector. 

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Relief Packages to help you fight the Financial Impact of COVID 19


In light of the devastating economic impacts of the COVID-19 epidemic and as part of our efforts to keep you fully informed of the aid available to assist you during these difficult times, we’ve put together a list of the various financial and tax relief packages as well as business growth facilities

National and Regional Support


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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SASSDA TAKES A STAND AGAINST COVID-19 - Strength in Stainless


With the recent and sudden arrival of the COVID-19 disease which has spread rapidly around the globe, Sassda remains committed to supporting our members, staff, clients and suppliers during these uncertain times.

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Economic Policy Dialogue African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA)


Sassda recently attended the dti’s Economic Policy Dialogue on the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) which aims at providing a single continental market for goods and services, with free movement of people and investments. Its goal is to boost Intra-Africa trade from an existing level of about 13% to 25% or more over the next decade, thus contributing to economic growth and attracting investments from both within Africa and the world. 

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


In an effort to fulfil our purpose statement, and with the current lack of projects within South Africa, we have been actively working with Trade Export South Africa and subsequently the Trade Invest Africa units of the dti to facilitate trade between South Africa and other countries on the African Continent.   Our particular focus is Africa as the nature of our members’ products tend to be large and therefore logistical costs hamper a lot of exports to the rest of the world.

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NOVEMBER 2020

HOT OFF THE PRESS! THE NEW STAINLESS STEEL MAGAZINE IS HERE

The second edition of Sassda’s new look digital Stainless Steel magazine is hot off the press and offers readers up to the minute information and insights in an easy to access digital format.

This issue focuses on the question of whether despite the devastating effects of the  COVID-19 pandemic; it may well well create a strong uptake of locally manufactured goods and services and result in a new dawn for the South African stainless steel sector. We also feature roundups of the latest local and global market intelligence and key sector-focused articles on Mozambique’s Oil & Gas project and the potential rebirth of South Africa’s holloware sector.

In addition, there are key business strategy articles on the concept of Kaizen (Continuous Improvement) and maximising the cost-effectiveness of stainless steel; both of which are which, are sure to add significant value to your company operations going forward.

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OCTOBER 2020

SA SUPPLY CHAIN GAINS MAKE IT HOLLOWARE’S TIME TO SHINE

COVID-related market shifts have disrupted supply chains, imports and exports and manufacturing models. With the potential to transform localisation of the sector, we consider how disruption can lead to growth in the local Holloware Industry.

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ONLINE LEARNING WILL ENSURE SUCCESSFUL GROWTH OF LOCAL INDUSTRY

Sassda has announced the lauch of its digital curriculum with the first fully online Fundamentals of Stainless training course set to start this month. The course is aimed at bridging the industry skills gap through a paperless and powerful online platform to fast track students towards an accredited and transformed future.

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SASSDA BOOSTS BENEFITS TO MEMBERS WITH ADDED-VALUE MEMBERSHIP TIER

In its aim of being an agile association that remains in touch and in tune with market needs Sassda is tackling the industry disruption brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic by adding value to its new and existing members.

EXCLUSIVE TO SASSDA MEMBERS!

Click here and login in to our members only section. This will allow you to download the Stainless Steel Information Series that’s packed with stainless information and insight including key advice on corrosion, welding and the fabrication of this simply brilliant material.

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AUGUST 2020

Welcome to the first virtual version of Sassda’s Stainless Steel magazine which is designed to offer readers easy to access, up to the minute information and insights.

Our shift to a digital version of the magazine was aimed at increasing the accessibility of the publication and taking our content to the next level. In line with a renewed focus on quality content,  this ‘maiden issue’ delves into the following topics:

  • The latest on Sassda’s 33.3% member discount for 2020
  • A useful GPS roundup of the latest market intelligence aimed at giving you some light at the end of a very dark economic tunnel.
  • In-depth features on critical sectors that hold great potential for the use of stainless steel, namely water and oil and gas.
  • The role of stainless steel in a post COVID-19 economy
  • An update on our shift to online learning channels that still offer the world-class information and expertise we pride ourselves on

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APRIL 2020

THE STEEL MASTER PLAN

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.

STAINLESS HOTSPOTS FOR GROWTH

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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RELIEF PACKAGES TO HELP YOU FIGHT THE FINANCIAL IMPACT OF COVID-19

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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MARCH 2020

TIMES ARE TOUGH BUT SO ARE WE..

Following President Ramaphosa’s announcement of a total lockdown to be implemented on Thursday, 26 March we would like to reassure our members that despite these uncertain times, Sassda will continue to operate as normal – albeit from home based-locations to ensure we comply with the regulations stipulated by government.

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LOCAL VALUE CHAIN

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

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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JANUARY 2020

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 for growth and development in the local stainless steel sector…

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WHY EDUCATION & TRAINING 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 digital technologies that have made the association’s world-class courses far more accessible and cost effective…

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MOZAMBIQUE IS ‘COOKING WITH GAS’ WHEN IT COMES TO THE ACCELRATED PACE OF ITS $128-BILLION GAS PROJECTS 

Sassda Market Intelligence specialist Lesley Squires recently undertook an intensive 5-day trip to the country to get to grips with the opportunities its $128-Billion gas project affords our members. Here’s what she learnt…

 

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