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.

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


The Valve and Actuator Manufacturers Cluster of South Africa (VAMCOSA) was formed in July 2011 and works within the dti’s designated cluster parameters. VAMCOSA’s focus is to bring local valve and actuator manufacturers together in order to create a common focus and goal for the respective industries. VAMCOSA provides an effective platform for its members to engage with government and state owned companies through designated channels of the dti and the SACEEC with regard to industry specific concerns.


The ECA (SA) is an employers’ organization registered in terms of the Labour Relations Act, and has been representing electrical contractors in South Africa for 65 years. It has in excess of 3500 members who employ between 70% and 80% of the total labour force in the Industry. Approximately 80% of all electrical installations in South Africa are carried out by our members.

The Association represents electrical contractors at all levels, and is recognized by the Government, supply authorities, consulting engineers, CSIR, ESKOM and the Association of Municipality Electrical Undertakings as the spokesman for the Industry. The ECA also serves on the SABS Committee responsible for the Code of Practice for the Wiring of Premises.

The Association also has a large number of Associate members, who are manufacturers and/or wholesalers who supply plant, machinery, equipment and materials essential to the carrying on of the Industry.


PACKAGING SA is a non-profit organisation that represents the interests of the paper and packaging industry including converters, brand-owners and raw material suppliers. Its role as industry advocate includes lobbying government on issues that impact on the sector and it actively supports policies relating to the protection and improvement of the environment through the conservation of resources, including recycling and the recovery of packaging waste. It also promotes the benefits of packaging and as the voice of the packaging industry serves to keep members updated with developments in the South African market. Packaging SA has close ties with the Institute of Packaging SA (IPSA) and is committed to driving education and training in the field of packaging in South Africa.


The iLembe Chamber of Commerce, Industry & Tourism is a non-profit business association that represents credible, ethical and progressive businesses, as a social partner within the iLembe District of KZN.

The Chamber’s purpose is not only to lobby and advocate on matters that will allow the iLembe District to become a thriving business and investor friendly environment, but also to energise local economic and entrepreneurial activity.  It acts as a resource to its members and provides a platform for business linkages from which members can grow their businesses.


The National Cleaner Production Centre South Africa (NCPC-SA) is a national programme of government that promotes the implementation of resource efficient and cleaner production (RECP) methodologies to assist industry to lower costs through reduced energy, water and materials usage, and waste management. It is hosted by the CSIR on behalf of the Department of Trade and Industry (the dti).

The NCPC-SA is a member of United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and United Nations Environment Programme’s (UNEP) global resource efficient and cleaner production network (RECPnet) and plays a leading role in the Africa Roundtable on Sustainable Production and Consumption (ARSCP)