National Automotive Kaizen Conference and Awards – March 2020

National Automotive Kaizen Conference and Awards – March 2020

The AIDC would like to invite you to attend the National Automotive Kaizen Conference and Awards in Gauteng (Venue to be confirmed) on 19 March 2020 at 8:00AM.

Download below the documents with more details about the conference and competition as well as  the entry form should you be interested to participate in the competition.

What does Kaizen mean?

Kaizen is Japanese word for “improvement” or “change for the better”. It is a philosophy or set of practices that focus on continuous improvement of processes in manufacturing, engineering services, supporting business processes and management. The kaizen concept stimulates productivity improvement as an ongoing process in companies. The kaizen competition is organised to recognise and encourage automotive manufacturing suppliers which give importance to continuous improvements through kaizens.

History of Kaizen Seminar now National Automotive Kaizen Conference and Awards March 2020

The AIDC Eastern Cape hosted the first ever Kaizen Seminar in conjunction with AIDC Gauteng in March 2015. It was agreed that the seminar will alternate between the two provinces and the focus will be on increasing the number of kaizen participants and attendees. The National Automotive Kaizen Conference and Awards is the 1st to be organised by AIDC and will encourage the automotive 1st, 2nd & 3rd tier suppliers as well as SMMEs and Black Industrialists to participate.

What does the AIDC want to achieve from this?

The competition is conducted for operators, supervisors and first level managers of companies that is currently implementing kaizen initiatives or have made improvements in the previous 4 years (2015-2019). The competition will recognise and award the companies who have adopted kaizens not only at the shopfloor but, also other areas of the business such as office area, scrap yard, stores etc. The aim is to improve “SPQCDM&E” (Safety, Productivity, Quality, Cost, Delivery, Morale & Environment).

  1. Create more awareness of kaizen
  2. Recognise companies that pursue kaizen by encouraging participation through competition
  3. Share knowledge and learning and improve continuous improvement culture within the automotive manufacturing suppliers

Kaizen Categories

There will be 2 levels of kaizens to be presented, with a winner in each category

Category 1: Shopfloor kaizen (Supervisor Level and downwards)

Category 2: Engineer/Manager kaizen (Engineer level and upwards)


Kindly send all responses to:

Should you require further assistance please contact: (Beauty Mbatyoti)


Export Awareness Workshop 2019

Export Awareness Workshop 2019

The Department of Trade and Industry (the dti), in collaboration with Nelson Mandela Bay Export Helpdesk, cordially invites you to an Export Awareness Workshop. Current and prospective exporters within Nelson Mandela Bay are encouraged to attend.

The focus of the workshop will be on:

  • How to participate and apply for Global Exporter Passport Programme.
  • How to apply for dti National Pavilions, Missions and ITI’s.
  • The dti’s incentive schemes (EMIA), SEFA, Export preparation and readiness.
  • Offerings and Services by (ECDC, SARS, ABSA, SEDA, The Business Chamber, The Business Place and more).

The details of the workshop are as follows:
Date: 8 November 2019
Time: 09:00 – 16:00
Venue: The Business Place, 1st Floor, Kwantu Towers, Govan Mbeki

RSVP by Monday, 4 November 2019 by completing the form below and email it to Ms Siphokazi Ngombane at  For more information contact her at 041 503 7533.

Please note that seats are limited and reservations will be confirmed on a first-come-first-served basis.

PE Annual Social 2019

PE Annual Social 2019

You are invited to the PE Annual Social with Exporters Eastern Cape on Thursday, 7 November 2019.

Thank you to SJM Flex SA for sponsoring the Annual Social. 


DATE:     Thursday, 7 November 2019

TIME:      17:30 for 18:00

VENUE:  Broughton Country Estate, Honey Bee Road, Colleen Glen – GPS 33°58’34.3″S 25°22’21.3″E

Plant Tour with Talhado Fishing Enterprises

Plant Tour with Talhado Fishing Enterprises

You are invited to a plant tour with Exporters Eastern Cape and Talhado Fishing Enterprises on Tuesday, 29 October 2019.

REQUIREMENTS: Wear flat shoes. It will be a walking tour from their facilities to the vessels in the harbour. 


DATE:     Tuesday, 29 October 2019

TIME:      07:30 for 08:00 to 10:30

VENUE:  Nelson Mandela Bay Yacht Club, Dom Pedro Jetty, Baakens Valley Entrance, Port Elizabeth Harbour

B-BBEE Session with Engeli Enterprise Development

B-BBEE Session with Engeli Enterprise Development

You are invited to a morning session with Exporters Eastern Cape and Engeli Enterprise Development on Thursday, 5 September 2019 at Propella. 

TOPIC: Amendments to the B-BBEE Codes of Good Practice as gazetted 31 May 2019


DATE:     Thursday, 5 September 2019

TIME:      08:00 to 10:00

VENUE:  Propella, 1 Humewood Road, Humerail

Click on the button below to RSVP.

Exporter of the Year Gala Banquet 2019

Exporter of the Year Gala Banquet 2019

Book your table or seat now at the Exporter of the Year Gala Banquet taking place on the 16th of August 2019 at the Boardwalk Convention Centre.

Event Details:

Date:     Friday, 16 August 2019

Time:     18:00 for 19:00

Dress Code:     Formal

Venue:    Boardwalk Convention Centre


Make sure that you don’t miss out on the most prestigious event on the Exporters Eastern Cape events calendar!

Contact the Branch Coordinator, Suzanne Vermeulen at for bookings.


Thank you to our sponsors:


Platinum Sponsor:


Transnet National Ports Authority


Gold Sponsors:


Volkswagen Group South Africa



Magnetic Storm


Oracle Media


Silver Sponsor:




Industrial Development Corporation


Bronze Sponsor:


Sasfin Commercial Solutions (Global Trade)


Media Sponsors:


Kingfisher FM




The Herald


Gift Sponsors:


Motor Industry Custom Brokers and Enterprise Development Consultants