Entrepreneurs, government and corporates attended the third annual 2016 Manufacturing Indaba held at the Emperors Palace in Ekurhuleni, Gauteng on 28 and 29 June.This year’s conference theme, “manufacturing the future”, was a challenge to attendees. The goal was to imagine an ideal industrial future that worked to the benefit of the globe. This year’s Indaba also focussed on small to medium and micro enterprises (SMMEs).About the conferenceThe Indaba’s emphasis is on key industrial sectors. For the governmental co- hosts (the Department of Trade and Industry [the DTI], the Department of Science and Technology, the host City of Ekurhuleni, and the Department of Public Enterprises) the Indaba offers an opportunity to boost the country’s industrial sector, especially those that hold the promise of sustainable growth and job creation.Julie Cunningham, marketing manager of the event, says visitors were able to take advantage of the opportunity to engage with powerhouses in the manufacturing sector at the interactive sessions. Panel discussions included the gas industrialisation strategy and what this means for manufacturers and pathways to African development: trade; regional, industrial and integration.Speakers across the various panels included Minister of Trade and Industry Dr Rob Davies, Gauteng Premier David Makhura, City of Ekurhuleni, councillor Mondli Gungubele and the Gautrain management agency CEO Jack van der Merwe.Here are key messages of Premier Makhura’s closing speech:If we are to move into Industry 4.0 it’s important to understand that cities are the drivers of economies – @David_Makhura #MFGIndaba— ManufacturingIndaba (@IndabaManufact) June 29, 2016We are exploring areas of the new economy: Green, Mineral beneficiation to mention some – @David_Makhura #MFGIndaba— ManufacturingIndaba (@IndabaManufact) June 29, 2016It’s not good enough for black people to be the importers of goods – that’s not empowerment – @David_Makhura #MFGIndaba— ManufacturingIndaba (@IndabaManufact) June 29, 2016Our approach to empowerment is that we want black producers – @David_Makhura #MFGIndaba— ManufacturingIndaba (@IndabaManufact) June 29, 2016We want to position Gauteng to lead the new industrial revolution in Africa – @David_Makhura #MFGIndaba— ManufacturingIndaba (@IndabaManufact) June 29, 2016We believe there are interventions we can do at sub national levels to revitalise the manufacturing sector – @David_Makhura #MFGIndaba— ManufacturingIndaba (@IndabaManufact) June 29, 2016Visiting various manufacturing sectors to see what the obstacles are and how we can help improve them – @David_Makhura #MFGIndaba— ManufacturingIndaba (@IndabaManufact) June 29, 2016We are building a proper automotive city around Rosslyn – @David_Makhura #MFGIndaba— ManufacturingIndaba (@IndabaManufact) June 29, 2016Boost for black business ownersEngineering News reported the DTI’s black industrialists’ programme will be boosted by R500-million. The department’s acting chief director Takalani Tambani explained the funds were approved for eight selected companies across key manufacturing sectors including plastics, pharmaceuticals, metal fabrication and electro-equipment.He encouraged black business owners to form partnerships and joint ventures with one another to be able to compete in the mainstream economy.SouthAfrica.info reporter
Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess MANILA, Philippines—There is no truth to rumors that Aldin Ayo will be leaving University of Santo Tomas.ADVERTISEMENT Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles View comments Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew UST, however, is expected to have a stacked lineup for Season 82 with Cansino coming back from his knee injury to join incoming rookie Mark Nonoy, Pangasinense forward Rhenz Abando and athletic big man Soulemane Chabi Yo.Veterans Marvin Lee, Renzo Subido, Zachy Huang, and newcomers Brent Paraiso and Sherwin Concepcion are also in the fold for UST. Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte LATEST STORIES The Varsitarian, UST’s official school publication, also confirmed the news that Ayo’s duties are now limited to Tigers from now on.Ayo is on the second year of his three-year deal with UST, contrary to previous reports that he signed a six-year contract with the school.The source said that Ayo was initially told he would be handling both programs, but a misunderstanding between the coach and the administration led the former De La Salle and Letran mentor to focus solely on the Growling Tigers.“It was agreed beforehand that the juniors and seniors’ teams will have the same program but that didn’t turn out to be the case,” said the source. “Coach Aldin will just now focus on the seniors’ team.”Ayo, who won both titles in the UAAP and the NCAA, had a mediocre first year with UST finishing with a 5-9 record in the UAAP Season 81 with an undermanned roster that lost big man Steve Akomo and promising rookie star CJ Cansino to injuries.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid A tweet surfaced that Ayo was axed as the chief of UST’s basketball programs for both the collegiate and high school teams, but a source confirmed that Ayo is still the head coach of the Growling Tigers.Ayo, however, did leave his post with the Tiger Cubs with Bonnie Garcia now calling the shots for the high school team.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“It’s not true that coach Aldin left UST, he just left the juniors’ program because there was a misunderstanding between the high school and collegiate programs,” the source, who asked for anonymity, told INQUIRER.net.“He just decided to focus on the seniors’ team.” For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:00Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss MOST READ After brutal battle, lightweight rivals Eduard Folayang, Shinya Aoki share dessert
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