The 3rd Manufacturing Indaba Western Cape will be hosted in Cape Town on the 22nd November 2017. Manufacturing is the second biggest sector in the Western Cape and contributes about 15% to the South African manufacturing sector output. The province’s agro-processing sector has shown resilience during these tough economic times, and its renewables and green tech industries have received significant investments in the past five years.
Two thirds of South Africa’s manufacturing investment in renewables is located in the province – that is, 8 out of the country’s 12 manufacturers. In 2011, the vision was launched for Atlantis to become a centre of this green hub and it is a now a designated Special Economic Zone (SEZ) for “Greentech”. Working the City of Cape Town, the Western Cape Government and the Department of Trade & Industry (the dti), a portion of Atlantis is being established as a “green manufacturing hub”, with incentives being offered. A further R1 billion is expected to be ploughed into this SEZ over the next five years, particularly in the renewable energy sector.
With a notable delegation from the Department of Trade & Industry (the dti), the third Manufacturing Indaba Western Cape conference will introduce and update delegates on the latest incentive schemes, programmes and opportunities, and introduce them to national and provincial manufacturing executives and leading policymakers. In addition, a key focus will be on exploring trade opportunities with Africa and cross-border trade. The various countries in Africa have demand for South African products and this will be discussed in detail in the conference. For the first time, the event will combine a showcase exhibition profiling manufacturers and service providers to the industry.
The event, to be hosted on the 22nd November at the Century City Convention Centre – aims to bolster the province’s manufacturing operations, unlock untapped potential and introduce delegates to new potential partners and suppliers.
Manufacturing Indaba Western Cape’s strategic partners are the Department of Trade & Industry (the dti), the Manufacturing Circle, the Western Cape Government, Wesgro, the Western Cape Tooling Initiative, Cape Chamber of Business & Industry, Greencape and the NCPC-SA.