Eastern Cape-China Trade and Investment Webinar Series

Eastern Cape-China Trade and Investment Webinar Series

The Eastern Cape Development Corporation in collaboration with the South African Embassy Beijing, Consular General in Shanghai and the Consular General in Hong Kong cordially invites you to participate in an exclusive 3 part webinar series under the theme “Exploring trade & investment opportunities between Eastern Cape, South Africa and China”.

The strategic goal of the webinar is to provide a platform for Eastern Cape and China companies to create partnerships and accelerate growth through the collaboration of both Eastern Cape, South Africa and China businesses.

For enquiries please contact: Ms. Linda Lubengu llubengu@ecdc.co.za / 043 7045711


Webinar 1: 17 November 2020 @ 09:00 – 10:30
Exploring trade opportunities from Eastern Cape, South Africa to China and China to the Eastern Cape South Africa.

See below the presentations discussed during Webinar 1


Webinar 2: 2 December 2020 @ 09:00 – 10:30
Exploring investment opportunities from Easter Cape, SA to China and China to Eastern Cape, South Africa

See below the presentations from webinar 2 as well as the recording link below. Access passcode is 7prm3=w^



Webinar 3: 14 December 2020 @ 09:00 – 10:30
Business matchmaking session between Eastern Cape, South Africa and China businesses




Mahle Behr attains continental Kaizen recognition

Mahle Behr attains continental Kaizen recognition

Mahle Behr Pty was recognised as one of the continent’s top Kaizen performers at the Africa Kaizen Annual Conference (AKAC) in September which was held virtually.

Mahle Behr, selected to represent South Africa after being crowned National Automotive Kaizen champions,  among 22 other nominees from 13 African countries, were awarded the Prize for Kaizen Achievement by The Japan International Cooperation Agency and the African Union Development Agency.

The Eastern Cape-based, Tier 1 supplier to automotive OEMs, received the  Kaizen Achievement certificate  in the Small Medium Scale Organization category based on a submission which highlighted a  57% reduction in scrap.

The annual Africa Kaizen Awards are given to organizations that present prominent achievements in quality and productivity improvement, or “Kaizen“, and can serve as model cases to be shared in Africa.

This year, the awards were held from 1st-3rd September 2020.

The top achievers were Eleonetech in Tunisia which received the Outstanding Award in the large-scale category and Multi-Service Material Industrial Ltd (MSMI) in Cameroon who claimed the Outstanding award in the small and medium-scale category.  Natec Medical Ltd. of Mauritius and Francis Alminium Ltd. in Ghana received Excellent awards.

Mahle Behr was one of 19 companies that was recognised with an Achievement Award.

“The annual national and then African awards not only recognize spectacular improvements and process created, but expose participants to global Kaizen best practice and encourage the implementation of Kaizen techniques to empower their employees to  work smarter rather than harder,” The AIDC EC said.

One of the key adjudication points was evidence shown of  the teamwork between management and shopfloor employees to achieve better efficiencies and improved productivity, which is a hallmark of Kaizen and Total Productive Management.

“The AIDC has been implementing Kaizen techniques / Continuous Improvement Methodologies at different companies since its establishment in both Gauteng and the Eastern Cape, often in the context of cluster learning.”

“The principles of lean manufacturing  are applicable across all manufacturing sectors and the AIDC EC therefore invites all manufacturing companies to engage us.”

“Where many other manufacturing companies globally have a competitive advantage as a result of access and proximity to traditional markets or to economies of scale created by sheer volumes, South African manufacturers have to develop other areas of competitiveness, a key aspect of which is operational efficiency.’’

WEBINAR: Government Assistance Discussion – 18 November 2020

WEBINAR: Government Assistance Discussion – 18 November 2020

You are invited to a webinar with Exporters Eastern Cape and Sasfin Commercial Solutions (Global Trade) on Wednesday, 18 November 2020 at 10:00 as we discuss various offerings from Government Departments including the DTIC, Customs and ITAC.

Companies that are involved in manufacturing or anybody involved with exports & imports are encouraged to attend.


  • Incentives from the Department of Trade and Industry for Manufacturers
  • Duty Recoveries for Importers / Exporters
  • Automotive Production Development Programme

DATE:       Wednesday, 18 November 2020
TIME:        10:00
VENUE:    MS Teams (link to be shared upon RSVP)


Click on the button below to register!



“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.