Showcasing a world class industry

September 29th, 2016, Published in Articles: EE Publishers, Articles: Energize, Articles: EngineerIT, Articles: PositionIT, Articles: Vector

 

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David Makhura

David Makhura, Gauteng’s premier, speaking at the recent Electra Mining Africa show, expressed his support for the engineering and mining industry and called Gauteng the industrial and manufacturing capital of the country.

He said Electra Mining Africa, which was held  at the NASREC Expo Centre in Johannesburg recently and attracted over 29 000 visitors, and more than 850 local and international exhibitors fulfills an important function in showcasing the industry. Makhura says supporting and growing the local manufacturing sector and its exporting capabilities will empower and employ more people. He spent some time visiting a number of the exhibition stands and engaging with, most of which are members of the South African Capital Equipment Export Council (SACEEC) and all of which produce locally designed and manufactured goods.

Eric Bruggman, the SACEEC’s chief executive, says the council’s main focus is to assist local companies to export their products and to further develop South Africa’s manufacturing industries. He says a strong local industry is necessary for the exportation of locally made goods. South African technology in mining is the best in the world, he says.

Gary Corin, the managing director of Specialised Exhibitions Montgomery, organisers of the exhibition, says the show is a key platform for government to engage with the private sector and to stimulate trade and grow Gauteng as the industrial economic hub of the country with the export of South African technology and products into Africa and globally.

To see photos from the event click here

The organisers say they were pleased to welcome Charles Siwawa, the CEO of the Botswana Chamber of Mines, and Isaac Kwesu, the president of the Zimbabwean Chamber of Mines to the event.

Siwawa says that mining is an industry that requires intensive capital which should be provided by both the public and private sectors. The region needs a steady supply of reliable power, he says, to improve overall profitability in the industry.

This year’s show offered free seminars which were immensely popular and well attended, the organisers say. As a result of this, these will continue to be offered in future shows.

Leatitia van Straten, the marketing director for the event, says feedback from exhibitors has been very positive with 40% re-booked for the 2018 show.

To see photos from the event click here

Contact Leigh Miller, Specialised Exhibitions, Tel 011 835-1565, leighm@specialised.com

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