Proudly South African announces its partners for the 2017 Buy Local Summit & Expo

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Proudly South African announces its partners for the 2017 Buy Local Summit & Expo

Proudly South African last night announced its sponsors and partners for their 2017 annual Buy Local Summit & Expo. At an event that was held at the Forum Turbine Hall, Proudly South African CEO Eustace Mashimbye introduced the companies whose partnerships will ensure the 6th edition of the Summit will be the biggest to date.

Partnering Proudly South African on the venue is Tsogo Sun. Mashimbye commented, “The Sandton Convention Centre remains the premier meeting and conference venue in Gauteng. It offers a central location and superb facilities, so we see no reason to move this event anywhere else.”

Mango, Absa, Sasol and Nestlé reaffirmed their support and commitment to the event by returning as sponsors, confident that it offers them a significant return on investment with the extensive coverage, commercial exposure and networking opportunities that the Buy Local Summit & Expo offers.

Joining with Proudly South African for the first time are insurance giant Hollard and retail holding company Edcon.

Bernie Brookes, Edcon CEO & MD said, “There are many different summits happening throughout the year, but Proudly South African’s focus on pushing the buy local agenda is important for us. In turn we recognize the difference we as a company can make, by increasing our local content. The message of this Summit resonates with us so we want to invest into its success. Proudly South African’s success is a success for us all.”

Taking place over two days for the first time, The Proudly South African Buy Local Summit & Expo will be held on 3rd & 4th April at the Sandton Convention Centre. Day One will focus on SMMEs, providing practical advice, tips, and information on establishing and sustaining a successful business and has the support of the Ministry of Small Business Development.

Day Two is the main conference and exhibition, and will be addressed by the Minister of the dti, Dr Rob Davies.

Said the Minister, “Procurement of locally manufactured products is one of the key levers identified by government to support industrial development in South Africa.

It is an important component of the Industrial Policy Action Plan (IPAP), contributing to the minimising of import leakages which represent an outflow of funds. At the same time it can assist in increasing both aggregate demand and supply in the South African economy.”

Minister Davies continued, “The PPPFA regulations empower the dti to designate industries, sectors and sub-sectors for local production at a specified level of local content in the public sector’s procurement system and so far 21 products including rail rolling stock, bus bodies, electrical transformers and transmission lines, fire trucks, working vessels (boats), solar photovoltaic (PV) components, and electricity meters, amongst others have been specified. Local production, procurement and investments are critical in efforts to strengthen and grow domestic manufacturing whilst creating decent jobs.”

Running alongside the Summit is the exhibition, where many of Proudly South African’s member companies will showcase their products and services.

From multinationals to small township enterprises, the exhibition offers the opportunity for these companies to find new suppliers and clients amongst fellow Proudly South African businesses.

Attendance at the Summit & Expo is free of charge and registration is now open.

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