ONLINE DISCUSSION: Economic Outlook 2021 and Budget Expectations

ONLINE DISCUSSION: Economic Outlook 2021 and Budget Expectations

You are invited to an interactive online discussion with Exporters Eastern Cape and Peregrine Treasury Solutions on Thursday, 18 February 2021 at 10:00 during which we’ll get to grips with how best to hedge your risk in what look set to be another unpredictable year.

As part of Exporters Eastern Cape’s mission to encourage and assist South African companies to become more globally competitive on the challenging export stage, it is essential to have a deep and up-to-date knowledge of events around the world. It is also essential that exporters know how to mitigate currency risk in the face of ever-changing social and geo-political developments.

This discussion will address all of these points and more as Citadel’s Chief Economist, Maarten Ackerman, provides a detailed overview of what to expect from 2021. He will outline global headwinds and tailwinds, and also hone in on the expectations at home as we approach February’s much-anticipated Budget Speech.

Ackerman will be joined on the virtual podium by Peregrine Treasury Solutions Executive Director, Paul Muller, who will focus on how exporters can best guard against taking undue risks during these challenging times.

DATE:       Thursday, 18 February 2021
TIME:        10:00
VENUE:    Online Platform (link to be shared upon RSVP)


Click on the button below to register!

Year-end Message from Quintin Levey, Chairman of Exporters Eastern Cape

Year-end Message from Quintin Levey, Chairman of Exporters Eastern Cape

Dear Members

We find ourselves at the end of 2020, a year which has challenged us all in ways we could never have imagined.

The Covid 19 pandemic is something we never thought we would experience in our lifetime and the effects are far reaching. At a time when the economy was already struggling this could not have come at a worse time. This raised the moral dilemma of protecting human health versus saving the economy. We found ourselves in numerous levels of lockdown, putting strain on the ability for businesses to continue to operate.

In our 40 years of existence as our organisation a large part of our activities is hosting events and providing platforms for networking. Unfortunately we were not able to host any physical events since March 2020, but we were able to make use of technology to host several on-line events, including our AGM and Exporter of the Year Awards Evening. Our members found these events informative, practical and entertaining.

We have strived as an organisation to continue to provide a platform for collaboration for our members and other role players in the export industry. A big thank you to all our active members, sponsors and alliance partners over the last year.

Wish everyone a safe and relaxing December break and looking forward to another successful 2021 for Exporters EC.


Quintin Levey (CA) SA


Vehicle exports are still 32,9% below the level of the same period last year

Vehicle exports are still 32,9% below the level of the same period last year

Reflecting on the new vehicle sales statistics for the month of November 2020 naamsa said that, although the gradual monthly gains in sales growth by volume in the new vehicle market continued during the month, the year-to-date situation remained depressed. Aggregate domestic sales at 39 315 units reflected a decline of 5 355 units, or 12,0%, from the 44 670 vehicles sold in November last year.

The trend was mirrored by export sales at 31 966 units which also declined by 2 622 units, or 7,6%, compared to the 34 588 vehicles exported in November 2019. The performance for the year to date now reflected a fall of 122 987 vehicles, or 32,9% compared to the level of the same period last year.

Notwithstanding a solid monthly performance, exports of South African manufactured vehicles remained in arrears as a second-wave lockdown in major markets impact on consumer behaviour and demand. Vehicle exports are important to the viability of the domestic automotive industry.

In 2019, the record 387 125 left and right-hand drive vehicles exported supported record vehicle production of 631 983 vehicles as well as employment gains in the vehicle manufacturing side of the industry. For the year to date, vehicle exports, however, are still 32,9% below the level of the same period last year.

Download the full NAAMSA media release below as well as the November 2020 Industry New Vehicle Sales. 



The implementation date of the Automotive Production Development Programme (APDP2) Phase 2 will officially start on 1 July 2021 and the draft documents that give effect to this change will be published before the end of this year.



“New vehicle sales in South Africa are slowly picking up but not at 2019 levels yet. We are not out of the woods yet. While vehicle exports are making a steady comeback, we remain cautiously anxious about the reports of a COVID-19 second wave across Europe which could further depress our overall outlook for the balance of this year”, said Mikel Mabasa, naamsa CEO.

Reflecting on the new vehicle sales statistics for the month of October 2020, naamsa confirmed that the downward trajectory in new vehicle market continued during the month, albeit at a slower pace with aggregate domestic sales at 38 752 units reflecting a decline of 13 216 units, or 25,4% from the 51 968 vehicles sold in October last year. Export sales at 33 474 units also declined by 7 792 units or 18,9% compared to the 41 266 vehicles exported in October 2019.

Vehicle export numbers are gradually regaining momentum but in terms of a recovery much will depend on an improvement in the economic climate of the South African automotive industry’s main trading partners.

Download the full NAAMSA media release below as well as the October 2020 Industry New Vehicle Sales. 

COVID support offered by AIDC Eastern Cape

COVID support offered by AIDC Eastern Cape

Moody’s in October said it expects global auto sales to fall 20 percent in 2020, with a healthy 11.5% percent rebound in 2021.

Regardless of the forecasts, recovery in the automotive supply chain is likely to be slow and businesses may remain under strain as buyers adjust to the economical fall-out, for an extended period.

As an agency of the Eastern Cape Provincial government, the AIDC EC is mandated to assist manufacturers grow but also retain jobs and productivity though periods of distress.  As a result, they are now offering manufacturing companies subsidized support to minimize the effect of the disruptions and constraints and overall resource drain.

AIDC EC are offering regional manufacturing firms their resources to identify opportunities for quick sustainable wins, combating the economic pressures into the next period of the pandemic by streamlining your operations and business processes through any of the following:

  • Fast tracked introduction and implementation/piloting of TPS/TPM
  • Strengthened QMS in Product quality and waste management
  • World class and LEAN manufacturing support
  • Energy improvement plan with detailed assessment analysis
  • Improved individual productivity and organisational performance
  • Specialised technical training and development
  • Shop floor skills Training and education
  • Business Diagnostic

Speak to them if you could benefit from this support, which is measured against agreed tangible improvement targets.

Email or call Hoosain Mahomed at 082 578 5263.



WATCH NOW: Online Panel Discussion – October 2020

WATCH NOW: Online Panel Discussion – October 2020

Exporters Eastern Cape hosted an online Panel Discussion on Thursday, 15 October 2020 on the Challenges, Successes, and way forward during the Covid-19 Pandemic and lockdown focusing on the automotive, citrus, port and logistics industries. 


  • Captain Faisal Sultan, Senior Manager of TNPA Port Operations at Port of Port Elizabeth – Ports Industry
  • Tony Pienaar, Departmental Executive for Supply Chain Management & Quality at Isuzu South Africa – Automotive Industry
  • Jason Meyer, Production Manager of Packing & Planning at San Miguel – Citrus Industry
  • Lauren Goddard, ZA Regional Country Sales Manager of Expeditors International – Logistics Industry

Thank you to our Vice-Chair, Jane Stevenson for facilitating the panel discussion and the panelists for sharing their knowledge and insights.