CAIA, affiliated to the International Council of Chemical Associations, was established in 1994. CAIA seeks to promote the sustainability of the chemical industry in South Africa through intense advocacy, the ‘Responsible Care®’ initiative and the promotion of skills development in the sector. Members sign a ‘Responsible Care®’ commitment to continuously improve their safety, health and environmental performance; and thus, the sustainability of the chemical industry. Membership is open to chemical manufacturers and traders as well as to organisations which provide a service to the chemical industry, such as hauliers and consultants.
Sassda (Southern Africa Stainless Steel Development Association) is an association of members who distribute, market, manufacture and fabricate products and services relevant to stainless steel.
With about 400 members in sub-Saharan Africa, Sassda provides a platform for its members to collectively promote the sustainable growth and development of the industry, with the main emphasis on stainless steel converted with the South African economy. Sassda have been in existence for more than 50 years representing the industry.
South Africa has faced numerous challenges since gaining freedom in 1994. To address the challenges of poverty, unemployment and inequality, South Africa’s first democratically elected President, Nelson Mandela, convened the Presidential Jobs Summit in 1998. Subsequently, in 2001, Proudly South African was born.
Its key focus areas include the “Buy Local” (local procurement) Campaign, national pride, patriotism, social cohesion and Ubuntu. The acronym “PRIDE” lies at the heart of Proudly South African and its vision:
P – Patriotism, Partnerships and Productivity
R – Reindustrialisation
I – Innovation and Competitiveness
D – Domestic consumption
E – Enterprise development Proudly South African seeks to strongly influence procurement in public and private sectors, to increase local production, influence consumers to buy local and stimulate job creation. This is in line with government’s plans to revive South Africa’s economy so that millions of jobs can be created and unemployment can be decreased under the New Growth Path Plan.
Proudly South African fits hand-in-glove with the broader national developmental agenda and the Local Procurement Accord signed in October 2011. BE PROUDLY SOUTH AFRICAN – BUY LOCAL TO CREATE JOBS.
The Durban Chamber of Commerce and Industry is a vibrant organisation, which is fortunate enough to function in a rapidly growing region. Durban’s position as an established economic hub due to its port, together with the current infrastructure development occurring in the region, makes the business sector all the more significant.
The Durban Chamber of Commerce and Industry has mushroomed, from its small beginnings in 1856 to a substantial association, with a membership of over 3 500 businesses, respected by its sister chambers throughout the country. We continue to add value to our chamber members through our robust interactions and partnerships with both the private and public sector. These initiatives are over and above the many great services offered by the chamber, as well the business information that we distribute to our members, as well as the entire Durban business community.
Productivity SA is an institution mandated by Government, Labour and Business to enhance productivity in order to contribute to South Africa’s socio-economic development and competitiveness, and to this end, focuses on the following areas as its strategic thrust areas:
- Enterprise productivity and competitiveness
- Small and micro enterprise productivity capabilities
- Public sector efficiency and effectiveness
- Knowledge Management and Research
- Productivity awareness
This is reflected in the range of programmes undertaken, as well as in a unique approach to addressing issues of productivity, by adopting a tripartite approach to productivity enhancement; setting targets regarding equity, efficiency and performance excellence.
Our vision is to lead and inspire a competitive and productive South Africa.
To improve productivity by diagnosing, advising, implementing, monitoring and evaluating solutions aimed at improving South Africa’s competitiveness.
- Service excellence through the implementation of relevant solutions
- Market leadership through creative and innovative solutions
- Working together as a team to achieve common goals
- Partner with stakeholders pursuing solutions to South Africa’s productivity challenges
- Honesty, integrity and professionalism are the cornerstone of all our actions