South African Manufacturing
Working Group


The South African Manufacturing Working Group exists to advance the interest of the South African manufacturing sector within the bigger mandate of enhancing trade and investment among the five BRICS countries.


Manufacturing Working Group seeks not only to facilitate trade in manufacturing among the five countries but also to encourage co-operation on projects where there is potential for collaboration or complementarity.

Strategic Focus Areas

Trade and investments


Mr Nizam Kalla, Managing Director, Amka Products

Deputy Chairperson

Mr. Nizam Aboo Kalla, Managing Director, Amka Products (Pty) Ltd


Ms. Palesa Molise, Economist, SEIFSA


Current projects/issues tabled at WG meetings:

South African Manufacturing Working Group: Priority Projects

The Clariter Project:

Problem: Plastic waste is a global challenge as millions of tons of post-consumer used plastics are constantly accumulating on a daily basis. Less than a third is currently being recovered or recycled, while the rest is still going to landfill disposal. The natural degradation of Polywaste takes hundreds of years.

Along with the constant growth in population and the limitation of land, the challenge is to find new and creative means to minimise the abuse of our natural resources. Therefore, municipalities, local authorities and the communities at large, encouraged by legislation, have created regulations for waste management, aiming to reduce the amount of waste disposed in landfills through selective collection, reuse, recycling and recovery of various solid waste.

Solution: The problem of plastic waste can be addressed through providing an innovative clean-tech solution for the disposal of Polywaste and the creation of leading lines of high-purity chemical liquids for relevant industries. The aim, therefore, is to promote and establish the first full-scale Clariter manufacturing base in South Africa and also to encourage the establishment of a Clariter manufacturing base in the other BRICS partner countries.

Benefits: The benefits of this project include – but are not limited to – employment creation and a contribution to the green economy. The project is also an entrepreneurship development creator as the end product is used in other businesses.

For more information, please contact:
Ms. Vuyo Sikwebu

CSIR Project:

Bioplastic Technology

Problem: The world faces a global plastics pollution crisis, especially given that most petroleum-based plastics do not degrade. It is, therefore, harmful to many living organisms. Approximately eight million tonnes of single-use plastics end up in the ocean annually. Worryingly, South Africa is listed among the top 15 countries in the global mismanagement of plastic waste, and continuation of this practice is expected to increase the overall plastic waste in the country by 2% in 2025.

Solution: Government legislation promotes the circular economy and
bio-based incentives as strong drivers towards the production and manufacturing of bio-based products. Retailers are looking for eco-friendly packaging solutions, while customers want to buy products with a minimum impact on the environment. This can be achieved through the conversion of agro-waste residues to value- added, bio-based products.

Benefits: Benefits include a partnership for industrialisation as South Africa and the BRICS countries can sign licensing agreements for use of the technology. Local manufacturing and increasing competitiveness of local businesses.

For more information, please contact:

Mr. Martin Sanne

Nkomazi SEZ – Exponential Manufacturing

A once-in-a-lifetime opportunity

Problem: The global issue of unemployment, poverty and inequality.

Solution: The creation of a Special Economic Zone (SEZ) which will host roughly 100 companies, comprising multi-nationals, large local enterprises as well as small, medium and micro enterprises (SMMEs). The aim is to beneficiate the natural endowments of the region into financial prosperity derived from significant participation in national and global supply chains, supported by inclusive growth. It is designed to be a multi-sector zone focussing on the formulation and production of nutraceuticals, refining of nutritional oils, fertiliser production and agro-processing.

Benefits: The aim of the SEZ is to promote inclusive growth with long-term sustainability linked to both national and international (including BRICS countries) supply chains. Moreover, it is also expected to attract entrepreneurs from large multi-nationals with strong supply chains in the lucrative nutraceutical business sector as well as the stimulation of new entrants to the agro-processing market through incubation of new businesses, supporting SMMEs and Black Industrialists (possibility of a complementarity/collaboration project for Manufacturing and Agri-Business Working groups).

Other benefits will be reduced unemployment, poverty and inequality. The economic and social benefits include – but are not limited to – an estimated SEZ output of R97.6 billion, SEZ exports of US$3.5 billion and the creation of more than 80 000 sustainable jobs within the value chain (excluding the potential multiplier effect).

Exponential manufacturing and its benefits will form part of the mechanism used to promote the project.

For more information, please contact:

Mr. Johan van Tonder

South African Manufacturing Working Group: Other Projects

CRA, Green Finance, Insurance/Reinsurance, IA Alliance, Cooperation with NDB, BRICS Payment service, SME Initiative

Smart Cities
Light Passenger Aircraft Manufacturing
SEZ with focus on Medical Technologies
Project Thuthukisa
Edge Manufacturing – Manufacturing of home appliances & electronics
Resorbable Wound Dressing

WaferMat Technology
Thandela Macadamia Farming (Pty) Ltd
Pelchem Business Development Investment
Organic and off-grid waste water treatment
Agro-processing and nutraceuticals production for export
South African heavy vehicles OEM

Hydrogen mobility infrastructure
Titanium metal production and fabrication industry
New generation automotive drivetrain component manufacturing industry
Elegant Afro Chemicals (EAC)
Grasland Ondernemings Lime Production Facility



Ms. Anthea Buckland Consumer Goods Council South Africa
Ms. Ilse KargChief Director: Future Industrial Production Technologies (4IR)

Department of Trade, Industry & Competition

Ms. Khensane HlongwaneProject ManagerThe Manufacturing Circle
Ms. Patricia NkosiDirectorSiander Holdings
Ms. Sherrie DonaldsonChief Executive OfficerAfrican Innovators
Ms. Shiphra ChishaPresidentSADC Women In Business (SADC-WIB)
Ms. Vuyo SikwebuChief Executive OfficerClariter
Dr. Abofele KhoeleVice President: Public Affairs and Trade DevelopmentCipla South Africa
Mr. Andrew BamSenior Manager PAD and LearningSmall Enterprise Development Agency (SEDA)
Mr. Beeuwen GerrytsChief Director: Technology Localisation, Beneficiation & Advanced ManufacturingDepartment of Science and Technology
Mr. Bob WilliamsonPresidentISTMA
Mr. Gwarega Mangozhe Consumer Goods Council South Africa
Mr. Hilton LazarusSBU Head: Basic & Speciality ChemicalsIndustrial Development Corporation (IDC)
Mr. Ivan RadebeManaging DirectorPelchem
Mr. Johan van TonderManaging DirectorAgustin Equity Management (Pty) Ltd
Mr. Lesetja MogobaSenior MarketerDenel Aeronautics
Mr. Martin SanneExecutive Director Materials Science and ManufacturingCouncil for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR)
Mr. Michael MabasaChief Executive OfficerNational Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa (NAAMSA)
Mr. Nico LandmanHODNicabi
Mr. Patrick DunnDirectorSouth African Steel Components Manufacturer Pty Ltd
Mr. Paul MillerChief Executive OfficerCipla South Africa
Mr. Sisa NjikelanaManaging DirectorMesereti International
Mr. Thabo ShogoleDirectorSAMDA
Mr. Thabo TselaneChief Technology OfficerSouth African Nuclear Energy Corporation (NECSA)
Mr. Thembile QuntaDirector: Head of ManufacturingCipla South Africa
Mr. Tony BooysenGeneral SecretaryNAMEC
Professor. Yahya ChoonaraChair and Head: Pharmacy and PharmacologyUniversity of the Witwatersrand
Mr. Zama ZitutaSenior ManagerNECSA


National Government Level

·      Presidency

·      DTIC

·      Department of Public Enterprises

Provincial Government Level·      Premier of the provinces
National Government Agency

·      New Development Bank

·      PPGI

·      Company Intellectual Property Commission (CIPC)

·      National Intellectual Property Management Office (NIPMO)

·      Equity Equivalent Investment Programme (EEIP)

State-Owned Enterprises

·      Eskom

·      Transnet


·      African Union and SADC

·      African continental and SADC Business Associations

·      African Continental Free Trade Area Agreement (AfCFTA)

·      Pan African Parliament

Labour·      Organised Labour – All trade union federations

·      Further engage through a platform of industry organisations e.g. SA Minerals Council, SEIFSA, Manufacturing Circle, CAIA, SASA, NAAMSA, AFSA, SAISI, Industry-based export councils, etc.

·      Naspers with ICT and media industries platform/industry organisations

·      Aspen with pharmaceutical industry organisation/s

Research·      Research community especially universities and TIPS
Media·      Alternative and directed media e.g. National Community Radio Forum and Engineering News

·      National Youth Development Agency (NYDA)

·      NEPAD

·      BRICS Commercial Law Legal System alignment



BRICS Manufacturing Conference

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There is a great need to ensure that there is heightened awareness among South African manufacturers of both the opportunities that exist within the other four BRIC countries and the work done by the Manufacturing Working Group.

Key speakers:

Speaker NameDesignation and Company
Ms. Phillipa RodsethChief Executive Officer: Manufacturing Circle
Ms. Seipati MngadiCEO: OR Tambo SEZ
Ms. Vuyo SikwebuCEO: Clariter
Mr. Bob WilliamsonPresident: ISTMA
Mr. Harmish ErskineCEO: Dube Trade Port SEZ
Mr. Ivan RadebeManaging Director: Pelchem
Dr. John Purchase

CEO: Agribiz and Chairman: Agribusiness

Working Group

Mr. Lesetja MogobaSenior Marketer: Denel Aeronautics
Mr. Michael MabasaCEO: NAAMSA
Mr. Nizam KallaManaging Director: Amka Products (Pty) Ltd and MWG SA Deputy Chairman
Mr. Pierre VogesActing CEO: Atlantis SEZ
Dr. Stavros Nicolaou

Member of Council, BBC SA and

Senior Executive – Strategic Trade: Aspen Pharmacare Group


SABBC Manufacturing Working Group Project Funding Showcase

11 July 2019, Industrial Development Corporation

Project Showcase

The Manufacturing Working Group hosted a showcase event to give an opportunity to various project owners to showcase their respective projects to potential funders.

None as it was a showcase event.

A maximum of five projects was showcased.

Manufacturing Sector

The showcase provided a good platform to highlight the projects that the South African Manufacturing Working Group is involved in and where possible funding opportunities lie.