‘Buyers meeting Sellers’ Virtual Event – Eastern Cape, South Africa and Australia

‘Buyers meeting Sellers’ Virtual Event – Eastern Cape, South Africa and Australia


AACC in conjunction with the Eastern Cape Development Corporation invites you to the third of a special business matching event with Eastern Cape, South Africa and Australia.

Date: Wednesday, 4 November 2020

Time: 08:00 – 09:30

This presentation will be introduced by Duncan Harris-President, AACC and Mr Phakamisa George-Eastern Cape Development Corporation (ECDC). 

There will be four parallel trade sessions to meet buyers and sellers in Australia and South Africa:

  1.  Agriculture, Food and Beverage
  2.  Manufacturing 
  3.  Energy & Resources
  4. Tourism and Associated Services


Spaces are limited, Register Now!


This webinar will be of interest to all decision-makers – CEO’s, CFO’s, COO’s and senior managers looking to establish bilateral trade between South Africa and Australia.


The AACC and ECDC are recording this webinar session and may make the recorded version of the webinar [including all audio and visual elements] accessible to internal staff and the general public via their respective websites and other communication means.


Linda Lubengu ECDC – East London BCMM Export Helpdesk
E: llubengu@ecdc.co.za

Ivy Wang Operations Manager, Australia Africa Chamber of Commerce
E: ivy.wang@australiaafrica.com

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 info@aidcec.co.za or call Hoosain Mahomed at 082 578 5263.



Dutch Virtual Agro Trade Mission – 14 & 15 October 2020

Dutch Virtual Agro Trade Mission – 14 & 15 October 2020

On behalf of and in collaboration with the Kingdom of the Embassy of the Netherlands in South Africa, the Netherlands Enterprise Agency, in support of the South African Embassy in The Netherlands, SANEC for EMEA in collaboration with Phaff Export Marketing cordially invites companies to participate in an exclusive Virtual Matchmaking with Dutch Agro-Innovation companies & organizations on 14th of October and/or 15th of October 2020 from 12:00 – 15:00.

South African companies/organizations interested in having a 20 minute introduction meeting with participating Dutch companies (download the list of 11 companies) should register to participate in the mission and forward their profiles and contact details to SANEC and Phaff in order to participate in the virtual mission.


Kindly register by sending an email to: charne.horn@intergest.com


When registering:

  1. Please indicate which Dutch company/companies you would like to meet with.
  2. Choose a preferred date and time (14 – 15 October between 12H00 and 15H00).
  3. Registrations close 09 October 2020. The organisers will assist in setting up the virtual meeting for you and confirm the final details of the Matchmaking Sessions, so the only thing you have to do is log in, via the code they provide you, at the confirmed time.
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.

NAAMSA is concerned about the impact of Grey Imports

NAAMSA is concerned about the impact of Grey Imports

Reflecting on the new vehicle sales statistics for the month of September 2020 naamsa confirmed that aggregate domestic sales at 37 403 units continued to improve in line with lower lockdown levels over recent months but still reflected a decline of 11 737 units, or 23,9% from the 49 140 vehicles sold in September last year. Export sales at 28 704 units also registered a fall of 7 566 units or a decline of 20,9% compared to the 36 270 vehicles exported in September 2019.

The easing of lockdown restrictions to level 1 during the month contributed to the uptick in business activity and new vehicle demand and drove the further improvement in business conditions in the South African manufacturing sector. However, business conditions remain far from normal and the new vehicle market is expected to remain under pressure in the current economic scenario.

For the year to date the new vehicle market has now contracted by 33,4% or 132 878 units compared to the corresponding period last year. An important avenue for government to support this key coronavirus-hit sector of the economy is to reduce taxes on new vehicle purchases to stimulate new vehicle sales. Combined with record low interest rates and low inflation, the automotive industry and the economy in general could hugely benefit should the tax burden on vehicles be reduced during this time.

naamsa is also deeply concerned about the impact of grey imports in South Africa as approximately 300,000 of the 12.7m cars on our roads are illegally imported vehicles. The number of grey imports is growing at 30,000 vehicles per annum. Without doubt, grey imports displaces new car sales. Based on the suite of taxes applicable to new car sales locally, naamsa estimate that this is costing the fiscus R3,8bn per annum.

Vehicle export numbers continue to recover to some extent as the automotive industry’s major export destinations are starting to ease their lockdown restrictions. Going forward, South African vehicle exporters will be required to consider various scenarios for the world economy and global trade patterns in the short to medium term.

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