Briefing journalists on the outcomes of Wednesday’s fortnightly Cabinet meeting, Mokonyane said government was disappointed at the US decision to not exempt the country from the 10-percent tariffs on import of aluminium and 25 percent on steel imports.
“The South African government will continue to engage with the US authorities to find a mutually acceptable outcome,” she said.
“Cabinet also encourages domestic exporters to continue to lobby US buyers to apply for product exemptions, as South African companies export niche products and semi-processed products for further processing in the US.”
In March, US President Donald Trump announced the tariffs to protect producers in America. South Africa applied for an exemption, but was turned down.