ABOUT MANUFACTURING INDABA KWAZULU-NATAL

KwaZulu-Natal is South Africa’s second largest provincial economy, contributing on average 16.0% to the country’s GDP. The province is home to two of Africa’s busiest and largest ports, Durban and Richards Bay. It also boasts the third highest export propensity and the second highest level of industrialisation in the country.

Situated on the eastern seaboard of South Africa, the province of KwaZulu-Natal has direct access to both the Indian and Pacific Ocean rims. The region’s strategic geographical position on world trade routes provides effortless access to major global markets, such as South America, Europe and the Far East.

KwaZulu-Natal’s manufacturing sector is the second largest in the country, after Gauteng Province. The manufacturing sector is geared for export, with nearly a third of South Africa’s manufactured exports being produced in KwaZulu-Natal. Its diversified nature is significant in the KwaZulu-Natal’s economic growth rate, and generates 20 percent of provincial employment.

The annual Manufacturing Indaba Kwazulu-Natal brings together provincial manufacturers and businesses to explore growth opportunities, find out about the latest manufacturing incentives and trends, and provide a platform for networking and collaboration.

  • The conference programme will include plenary sessions as well as debate sessions to unpack and encourage active participation at the event.
  • The exhibition provides an opportunity for manufacturers to showcase their expertise, network with industry peers and meet business suppliers

TOPICS TO BE DISCUSSED INCLUDE:

  • What are the challenges and opportunities facing the South African manufacturing sector in the next 5 years?

  • What incentives are available from the Province and government to help Kwazulu-Natal manufacturers to grow their manufacturing businesses?

  • Opportunities for growth in the small business manufacturing environment and how can big manufacturers benefit from small business?

  • Access to finance

  • Strategies for growth and competitive advantage including the productivity debate

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TARGET AUDIENCE - WHO SHOULD ATTEND?

  • Policy Makers
  • Private Equity Investors
  • Industry Sector Specialists
  • Small, Medium and Large Manufacturing Companies
  • Exporters of Manufactured goods
  • IT Solutions Providers
  • Trade Publication / Media
  • Government representatives
  • Financial Institutions and Banks
  • Consultancy Organizations
  • Industrial suppliers
  • Manufacturing Development Agencies
  • Logistics / Supply Chain Companies
  • Private investors: global and domestic
  • Academic & Research Bodies
  • Allied Industries (Cement, Iron, Steel Producers, etc)

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THE VOICES OF MANUFACTURING INDABA KWAZULU-NATAL

Some of our past key speakers are included below. The speakers for the next event will be announced closer to the event.

PROGRAMME DIRECTOR
JD MDU

Former Radio Presenter
Entrepreneur and an emerging property developer

KEYNOTE SPEAKER
DR TEBOGO MAKUBE
Chief Director: Industrial Procurement, Industrial Development Division
the dti

KEYNOTE SPEAKER
SIHLE ZIKALALA
MEC
Economic Development, Tourism & Environmental Affairs

 

MODERATOR
ASHLEY BHUGWANDIN
Manager
Technology Localisation Implementation Unit (TLIU)
Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR)

 

MODERATOR
DUMILE CELE
CEO
Durban Chamber of Commerce and Industry

 

MODERATOR
IAN DELPORT
Head of Industrial Relations
DEFY Appliances

 

PANELLIST
TUMELO CHIPFUPA
Director
Cova Advisory & Associates

 

PANELLIST
TSIDISO DISENYANA
Senior Economist
Export Credit Insurance Corporation (ECIC)

 

PANELLIST
TREVOR GRAHAM
Director
Whirlpool South Africa

PANELLIST
ADVOCATE PRIA HASSAN
CEO & Founder
Women of Africa Investment Group

 

PANELLIST
DAMIAN JUDGE CA (SA)
Financial Director
Kaymac Pty Ltd t/a Kaytech

 

PANELLIST
DR NUTHAN MAHARAJ
Senior Professional Planner: Economic Development and Investment Promotion (ED&IP)
Policy, Strategy, Information and Research Department (PSIR)