Mozambique’s $128-billion Gas Project could be a Lifeline for SA Stainless


The largest project ever undertaken in Africa, the US$128-Billion Mozambique LNG Gas Project which shifted into higher gear earlier this month, holds excellent potential for local stainless steel supply and may be the lifeline that South Africa’s beleaguered stainless steel sector has been searching for 

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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 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

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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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The Global and Local Stainless Steel Primary Product Market


Sassda is fighting for the survival of the Southern African stainless steel sector as the industry grapples with one of the toughest times in its history. A key part of our work is providing exclusive, in-depth insight and analysis to ensure our members are equipped with the key information they need to go into the market and win!

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Stainless Steel forges Ahead


Sassda looks to grow the local stainless steel market

Despite having been buffeted by a variety of economic headwinds in the past year, the South African stainless steel industry remains hopeful especially in light of the release of the long-awaited Mining Charter  

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The 4th Industrial Revolution is here - are you ready?


With 400 000 manufacturing jobs lost since 2008, elevated labour costs and a 3% drop from 15% to 12% in the manufacturing industry’s contribution to Gross Domestic Product (GDP) over the period, the potential of the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) to revolutionise the output of local manufacturers has never been more significant to the long-term sustainability of this ‘engine room’ of South Africa’s economy

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2019

OCTOBER  2019

MOZAMBIQUE’S $128-BILLION GAS PROJECT COULD BE A LIFELINE FOR SA STAINLESS

The largest project ever undertaken in Africa, the US$128-Billion Mozambique LNG Gas Project which shifted into higher gear earlier this month, holds excellent potential for local stainless steel supply and may be the lifeline that South Africa’s beleaguered stainless steel sector has been searching
for ..

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WHAT AFRICA’S FREE TRADE AGREEMENT MEANS FOR YOU

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. Here’s what we learnt …

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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 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 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…

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JULY  2019

HEY IT’S A BRAND NEW DAY FOR SASSDA!

Sassda isn’t one to blow its own horn, which often does a disservice to the countless hours our team puts in to further the cause of stainless steel in South Africa. Whether it’s keeping in touch and in tune with governments initiatives on your behalf (see our report from parliament in this issue) or revamping our current educational offerings or planning our inaugural 2020 Stainless Steel Conference which is set to highlight key trends, insights and analysis from across the continent; we’re 120% committed to helping you navigate one of the toughest economic climates in the history of our industry

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SASSDA CHAMPIONS STAINLESS STEEL IN PARLIAMENT 

Over the last 20 years, Sassda and the dti have developed an excellent and vital relationship to the extent that the dit’s Metal Desk now has two permanent seats on our Main Comiittee. Sassda’s Western Cape Regional Manager Michel Basson was recently invited to attend a Budget Vote Speech by Trade and Industry and Economic Development Minister Ebrahim Patel as a guest of the dti. Here’s what he learnt…

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EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW FROM THE 2019 MANUFACTURING INDABA 

Our Market Intelligence Specialist Lesley Squires recently attended the renowned manufacturing indaba and compiled a set of easy to digest notes that you can use when you next need some solid market intelligence for a new client meeting or report…

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SASSDA SEEKS A SOLUTION TO THE BAKKIE BRIGADE DILEMMA

Current economic conditions combined with a solid dose of South African entrepreneurship, has seen an escalation in the activities of what is commonly referred to in industry, the ‘Bakkie Brigade’. Sassda Western Cape Regional Manager Michel Basson investigates…

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The Global and Local Stainless Steel Primary Product Market

Sassda is fighting for the survival of the Southern African stainless steel sector as the industry grapples with one of the toughest times in its history. A key part of our work is providing exclusive, in-depth insight and analysis to ensure our members are equipped with the key information they need to go into the market and win!

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MARCH  2019

SA’S Oil & Gas Discovery – Huge Potential or Major Hype?


As South Africans woke up to petrol costing them a whopping 76c/l more yesterday, Sassda Western Cape Regional Manager Michel Basson investigates the significance of the discovery of a ‘multi-million barrel’ oil field off the Western Cape Coast and whether it has any real potential to alleviate our reliance on imported fuel or the potential to boost the local stainless steel sector?

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Sassda Provides Vital Springboard to Zambian Stainless Entrepreneur

The ability of Sassda to boost entrepreneurial development in the African stainless steel market is clearly illustrated by the success of Zambian Inventor Arnold Nyendwa who as a result of his win at the 2018 Sassda Columbus Stainless Awards, is now poised to open his first production facility thanks to a R1.4-million grant from the Zambian Ministry of Youth and Sport.

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JANUARY 2019

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.

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