Manufacturing Sector

Sector teams shaping a better future

Plastics SA


To shape a better future for the Plastics Industry.

Portfolio of Improvement Initiatives:

  • Develop technical skills needed in the industry through the provision of accredited training programmes
  • Conduct and influence research projects on economic indicators and industry statistics that are critical to the plastics industry
  • Create and adopt best communication practices that help manage the reputation and the brand of the plastics industry
  • Promote the development of a sustainable and inclusive growth of the plastics industry by enabling access to information about the local and international trade environment
  • Create and participate in initiatives that seek to address plastics in the environment and facilitate a plastics circular economy
  • Conduct education programmes aimed at local communities, and spear head clean-up campaigns, in order to save the marine environment
Southern Africa Stainless Steel Development Association (SASSDA)


To increase the volume of stainless steel converted locally, contributing to sustainable growth and job creation.

Portfolio of Improvement Initiatives:

  • Ensuring the formalized capture of institutional memory.
  • Improving member communication with new structure.
  • Stimulating member benefits and value through innovation.
  • Growing membership numbers.
  • Continued prudent financial management.
  • Stainless Steel Awards and the Association’s 60th anniversary.

The South African manufacturing sector has shown a downward decline in production according to recent statistics from Stats SA. Factors contributing to this decline were the flooding in KwaZulu-Natal, load shedding, and the rising fuel and manufacturing costs that affected the entire economy. Businesses will therefore have to adapt to challenging market conditions.

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The Chamber supports local area and sector development by providing the following:

1. Enterprise development - increasing awareness of opportunities for learning, development and links to expertise.

2. Networking events - enabling members to connect with new customers, suppliers, experts and decision-makers.

3. Support sector associations to strengthen their cluster facilitation capabilities.

4. Strengthening of dialogue with the public sector - towards more effective public investment, smarter service delivery, procurement efficacy and to stop doing what the private sector can do with greater efficacy.

Related Links:

Western Cape Government: Economic Development & Tourism
The Department of Trade, Industry and Competition (the dtic)


According to Brand South Africa, the Department of Trade, Industry and Competition (the dtic), has stated that South Africa’s manufacturing sector presents numerous opportunities to potential investors looking to diversify their portfolio.

The sector’s diverse industry means investors can pick the industries they wish to explore. Niche industries such as food processing, beverages, motor manufacturing and wood products have reached maturity and are ripe for foreign direct investment.

Despite the Coronavirus disrupting the economy, South Africa’s manufacturing sector contributed 13% to the GDP and almost 50% to total export earnings in 2020.

In the same year, basic iron and steel products accounted for R65.9-billion (9.5%) and food production, R60.7-billion (7%). However, motor vehicle production proved to be the mainstay, valued at nearly R165-billion (23.7%).

The newly established Manufacturing Sector portfolio committee will debate, action, collaborate and establish partnerships to facilitate the necessary change for the sector.

We welcome you to engage with us to improve the Manufacturing Sector.






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CEO: Melanie Mulholland 

Chairperson: Pieter Du Plessis 


Chairperson: Johann Claassen


Acting Executive Director: Michel Basson 

Chairperson: Bertus Griesell 


Executive Director: Michael Lawrence


CEO: Tapiwa Samanga 

Plastics SA

Executive Director: Anton Hanekom 

Chairperson: Jeremy Mackintosh 

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