If the South African minister of trade and industry’s diary for this Friday is anything to go by, Durban is looking like one very industrious town.
Rob Davies will be giving keynote addresses at the opening session of the inaugural National Association of Automotive Component and Allied Manufacturers (NAACAM) show and at the Clothing Manufacturing Industry Sector Summit, the dti said in a statement on Wednesday.
The dti said the NAACAM show – which is anchored in two key developmental themes of localisation and black supplier development – will combine a conference programme with an exhibition of South Africa-based automotive manufacturers and suppliers. There will also be a series of customised buyer and supplier meetings.
After the motor summit, Davies will likely be changing into some finer threads for the inaugural clothing manufacturing industry sector summit, which is being hosted by the National Bargaining Council for the Clothing Manufacturing Industry.
After these two events, Davies will visit Labora Shoes, a Chatsworth-based footwear manufacturer. Davies is scheduled to do a walkabout of the business which has got more than a foot in the door thanks to DTI incentives. The company, which was started in a small room in the Small Business Development Building in 1998, has grown from producing 2 500 pairs of shoes a month to an output of more than 200 000 pairs.