Exporters look back at a year of ‘taking Eastern Cape to the world’

Exporters look back at a year of ‘taking Eastern Cape to the world’

The value of winning an Exporters Eastern Cape Exporter of the Year Award had a wide range of meanings to the diverse group of top exporters in the Eastern Cape in 2019. However, one thing was certain – they would recommend participation in the awards to all exporters.

From building morale through tough times due to the widespread drought, to being recognised by peers and staff, some of the category winners shared the impact of winning the awards had on their companies at the Annual Social, hosted at Broughton Country Estate, on Thursday, 7 November 2019.

Exporters Eastern Cape Chairman Quintin Levey thanked SJM Flex SA as the sponsor of the Annual Social Event. “Thank you to all our members for participating in our events and in our mentorship programme, as well as the Exporter of the Year Awards in 2019. I know the winners will agree with me that the impact of the awards is invaluable,” said Levey.

The winner in the category Best Exporter: Small Business in 2019, was S4 Integration and according to S4 Integration New Business Development Manager Ettienne Gerwel winning the award had an amazing impact on the business.

“Congratulations to all of the other winners and I would encourage exporters to enter again next year. We have one goal and that is to take the Eastern Cape to the world, and therefore we are all winners as members of Exporters Eastern Cape,” said Gerwel.

The winner of the SJM Flex Environmental Practice Award and Merit Award Winner in the category Best Exporter: Small Business was La Mohair. La Mohair Owner Larissa Primmer said the award meant a lot to her company during a challenging year because of the effect of the drought on the production of mohair. The company, which employs 10 permanent workers, exports 95% of its mohair products.

“Thank you to the Exporters Eastern Cape for acknowledging us with the award, the informative sessions as well as the networking opportunities,” said Primmer.

The Winner of the SJM Flex Environmental Award, the IDC Job Creation Award and Merit Award Winner in the Best Exporter: OEM category was Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa.

Ford Struandale Engine Plant Material, Planning and Logistics Manager Paul Brooks said Ford was extremely happy with the award – which gave recognition to a great year of hard work, dedication and commitment.

“Going forward all I can say is watch this space. We plan to build 250 000 vehicles in the next two years. The Eastern Cape is a major hub of the automotive sector and we will continue with our outreach programmes in the region. We want to thank Exporters Eastern Cape for the opportunity given to us with this award,” said Brooks.

Winner of the Best Provider of Services to Exporters was Sasfin Commercial Solutions (Global Trade).

Sasfin Commercial Solutions (Global Trade) National Manager Brenden Adriaanzen said the excitement of winning the award was amazing – especially the Monday morning following the awards ceremony back at the office, when all 52 staff members celebrated the award.

“It was such a proud feeling, since the award belongs to everyone. We received letters of congratulations from all over and the award was also wonderful free advertising and marketing,” said Adriaanzen.

Vehicle exports on track to achieve new record in 2019

Vehicle exports on track to achieve new record in 2019

NAAMSA welcomed the uptick in new vehicle sales during October 2019 and confirmed that aggregate domestic new vehicle sales, at 51 978 units, reflected a marginal increase of 122 units or 0,2% from the 51 856 vehicles sold in October last year. Monthly export sales had registered a further solid performance in line with industry expectations.

The October 2019 export sales number at 41 277 vehicles reflected a strong increase of 7 152 units, or 21,0%, compared to the 34 125 vehicles exported in the same month last year. For the first ten months of the year, vehicle exports, at 338 955 units, are now at their third highest level on record with still two months to go for the year and well on track to achieve another record in 2019.

Download the full NAAMSA press release below as well as the October 2019 Industry New Vehicle Sales.

Ngqura Container Terminal celebrates 10 Years of socio-economic contribution

Ngqura Container Terminal celebrates 10 Years of socio-economic contribution

The Ngqura Container Terminal (NCT) is celebrating a 10-year milestone, having strategically and significantly contributed to increased cargo handling through transshipment’s that have benefited markets across the world.  

During this time, over 2.5 mil TEUs (20’ equivalent unit) carrying transshipment cargo has moved through the terminal, creating over 700 direct jobs and contributing over R1.5 billion to the Eastern Cape economy. The noted economic activity and volumes in this short period landed NCT the position of fastest growing terminal in the world for 2 consecutive years (in 2012 and 2013).  

The 2015/2016 financial year introduced many challenges that saw a dip in volumes of -17% growth, the worst the terminal has ever experience due to the global economy. Recovery was finally confirmed successful when in the 2018/2019 financial year, volumes reached an all-time high of 36% growth, which equates to 829 813 TEUs.

According to the Executive Manager, Container & Auto, Wandisa Vazi “The role NCT has played in South Africa’s trade maturity over the last ten years is overwhelming considering this was a new initiative with zero volumes. The confidence and commitment shared by the terminal’s stakeholders namely employees, customers, government institutions and industry bodies underpin the success of the terminal to date.

In February 2019, NCT proudly handled one of the biggest vessels in the history of terminal. The Gigantic MSC Bettina loaded 2 697 Twenty Equivalent Units (TEU).  Its length was 366.07 metres and its maximum draught is 15.6 Metres. Its impressive capacity was 10 000 TEUs with gross tonnage of 151559 and deadweight of 162867.

The first container offloaded from MSC’s vessel MSC Catania was handled by a female employee, Caroline Ndevulana and gender equity remains as relevant as it was ten years ago with a 19 % female representation making up the workforce.

NCT possess state of the art technology, which include Automated Gate System Auto with Pre-Booking/Pre-Advice Functionality that improves truck processing time & eliminates human error.  Over the years the terminal has collected a number of accolades; including being recognised as the fastest growing terminal in the world, numerous PMR Africa Awards, Exporters Club Merit Award for the contributions to the economy, NOSCAR rating (the highest safety accolade in the industry) for three consecutive years and NOSA award for the best 5 star system in the Eastern Cape.  In addition NCT is ISO 9001, ISO 14001 and OHSAS 18001 certified.

Vehicle export momentum remains upward for September

Vehicle export momentum remains upward for September

Reflecting on the new vehicle sales statistics for the month of September 2019, NAAMSA confirmed that aggregate domestic new vehicle sales, at 49 191 units, reflected a decline of 439 units or 0,9 % from the 49 630 vehicles sold in September last year. Monthly export sales had registered a modest decline compared to the high base level of the corresponding month last year but the upward momentum remains strong.

The September 2019 export sales number at 35 657 vehicles reflected a decline of 1 097 units, or 3,0%, compared to the high base of 36 754 vehicles exported in the same month last year. For the first nine months of the year, vehicle exports, at 297 065 units, are now 47 050 vehicles or 18,8% higher than the corresponding period last year and well on track to achieve another record in 2019.

Although vehicle exports declined during the month compared to the corresponding month of last year, exports remain the main driver of vehicle production activity in the domestic market. The vehicle export momentum remains upward with the industry on track to achieve a new record in 2019.

Download the full NAAMSA press release below as well as the September 2019 Industry New Vehicle Sales.

TWIMS Manufacturing Ambassador Scholarship 2019

TWIMS Manufacturing Ambassador Scholarship 2019

The Toyota Wessels Institute for Manufacturing Studies (TWIMS) was established in 2018 with a single vision: an industrialised Africa built on world-class manufacturing capabilities.

TWIMS is honoured to announce that it is now able to offer individuals the opportunity to apply for the TWIMS Manufacturing Ambassador Scholarship. As a result of a generous endowment from the Toyota South Africa Educational Trust, TWIMS will be able to fund up to ten Manufacturing Ambassador scholarships annually from 2020.

The scholarships will cover up to 90% of student tuition and global module expenses, and all residency costs at TWIMS during block-release and exam periods. Residency benefits are, however, only for those scholarship recipients who live outside of Durban. The total value of the scholarship is substantial: Up to R450,000 over the two-year MBA period. This means that scholarship recipients will need to fund up to R50,000 of their own studies (10% of total costs). The 10% may be paid by the scholarship recipients directly or the companies the individuals work for.

The application process requires the submission of the following documents:

  • A curriculum vitae, including details of outreach and volunteer work (maximum of two pages)
  • A motivational letter, indicating why the scholarship has been applied for (500 words)
  • An industrialisation essay, explaining the importance of industrial development to Sub-Saharan Africa, and the role of management in leading industrialisation (1,000 words)

Please note that TWIMS will not accept emailed or physical scholarship applications. Any applications delivered outside of the online scholarship portal will be discarded immediately. Only South African citizens may apply for the scholarship and the scholarships will be awarded per the demographic profile of the Republic of South Africa.

Applications for the GIBS MBA (manufacturing focus) close on the 26th of November 2019.

Click here to visit the website and download the brochure below for more detail pertaining to the scholarship.

Invite to Participate: Manufacturing Indaba 2019

Invite to Participate: Manufacturing Indaba 2019

The annual Manufacturing Indaba Eastern Cape Exhibition Show brings together provincial manufacturers and businesses to explore growth opportunities, find out about the latest manufacturing incentives and trends, and provide a platform for networking and collaboration.

The details of the Indaba are as follows:

  • Date: 3-4 October 2019
  • Time: 08:00
  • Venue: The Boardwalk Conference Centre (ICC)

 

The Export Helpdesk is looking to fund three (3) companies, from the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality, to exhibit at the Indaba. The targeted sectors are as follows:

  • Energy Sector
  • Automotive manufacturers – including parts and components
  • Chemical manufacturers
  • Pharmaceutical manufacturer
  • Agro processing

The nominated company should meet the following requirements:

  • Must be manufacturing and operating within the above mentioned sectors/industries (company profile and registration needed)
  • Must have actual products to exhibit ( images of product/s needed)
  • Operating for more than 1 (one) year
  • Must be within the Nelson Mandela Bay

 

Send through your applications to Ms. Siphokazi Ngombane to sngombane@mandelametro.gov.za or call 041 503 7533 by no later than 19 September 2019 @ 12h00.

 

Click here to visit the Manufacturing Indaba website for more information.