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

South African Manufacturing Working Group Leaders


Mr Nizam Kalla,

Managing Director

Amka Products

Deputy Chairperson

Mr Lesetja Mogoba


Creators Emporium PTY Ltd


Current projects/issues tabled at WG meetings:

Nkomazi SEZ – Exponential Manufacturing
CSIR Project:
The Clariter Project

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

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

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

Other Projects

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


Name Designation Company
Ms. Anthea Buckland Consumer Goods Council South Africa
Ms. Ilse Karg Chief Director: Future Industrial Production Technologies (4IR) Department of Trade, Industry & Competition
Ms. Khensane Hlongwane Project Manager The Manufacturing Circle
Ms. Patricia Nkosi Director Siander Holdings
Ms. Sherrie Donaldson Chief Executive Officer African Innovators
Ms. Shiphra Chisha President SADC Women In Business (SADC-WIB)
Ms. Vuyo Sikwebu Chief Executive Officer Clariter
Dr. Abofele Khoele Vice President: Public Affairs and Trade Development Cipla South Africa
Mr. Andrew Bam Senior Manager PAD and Learning Small Enterprise Development Agency (SEDA)
Mr. Beeuwen Gerryts Chief Director: Technology Localisation, Beneficiation & Advanced Manufacturing Department of Science and Technology
Mr. Bob Williamson President ISTMA
Mr. Gwarega Mangozhe Consumer Goods Council South Africa
Mr. Hilton Lazarus SBU Head: Basic & Speciality Chemicals Industrial Development Corporation (IDC)
Mr. Ivan Radebe Managing Director Pelchem
Mr. Johan van Tonder Managing Director Agustin Equity Management (Pty) Ltd
Mr. Lesetja Mogoba Senior Marketer Denel Aeronautics
Mr. Martin Sanne Executive Director Materials Science and Manufacturing Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR)
Mr. Michael Mabasa Chief Executive Officer National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa (NAAMSA)
Mr. Nico Landman HOD Nicabi
Mr. Patrick Dunn Director South African Steel Components Manufacturer Pty Ltd
Mr. Paul Miller Chief Executive Officer Cipla South Africa
Mr. Sisa Njikelana Managing Director Mesereti International
Mr. Thabo Shogole Director SAMDA
Mr. Thabo Tselane Chief Technology Officer South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (NECSA)
Mr. Thembile Qunta Director: Head of Manufacturing Cipla South Africa
Mr. Tony Booysen General Secretary NAMEC
Professor. Yahya Choonara Chair and Head: Pharmacy and Pharmacology University of the Witwatersrand
Mr. Zama Zituta Senior Manager NECSA


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
Regional ·      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
Industry ·      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
Other ·      National Youth Development Agency (NYDA) ·      NEPAD ·      BRICS Commercial Law Legal System alignment

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