Host City and Strategic Partner
The City of Ekurhuleni is found in the heart of the Gauteng Province in South Africa, and will become the country’s first Aerotropolis – an airport city where the layout, infrastructure, and economy is centered around an airport. Known as the ‘place of peace’ in Tsonga, Ekurhuleni is spread over 15.6% of Gauteng’s land, housing 5.4% of the country’s population and 29% of Gauteng’s population. Ekurhuleni is often referred to as ‘Africa’s workshop’ because it has the largest concentration in Africa of industry for the production of goods and commodities. Manufacturing in the City accounts for 32% of its total production output, and 26% of the GDP of Gauteng. Additionally, its well-developed network of roads, airports, rail lines, telephones, electricity grids and telecommunications support an established industrial and commercial complex. The City is home to the busiest international airport in Africa, OR Tambo International Airport which has more than 14 million passengers passing through its doors annually. All of this makes the City a magnet for businesses, trade, information exchanges and leisure activities.
The Manufacturing Indaba is in a strategic partnership with the Manufacturing Circle to deliver an event that aims to improve, grow and develop the South African manufacturing industry sector.
The Manufacturing Circle interacts with government and other stakeholders in order to review, debate and help formulate policies, which will have a positive impact on South Africa’s manufacturing base.
The Manufacturing Circle is made up of a number of South Africa’s leading medium to large manufacturing companies from a wide range of industries. Some of the members are leading South African exporters of manufactured goods to markets around the globe, others are locally based and locally focused companies competing with the best in the world. There is one common denominator among them and that is a passion for manufacturing coupled with a fervent belief that for South Africa to be economically strong, its manufacturing sector must be strong. A strong and developing manufacturing sector will drive the creation of skilled and semi-skilled jobs in the South African economy.