South African consumers – large companies' procurement managers at in particular – are being urged to help stop the bleeding out of jobs inflicted by cheap, subsidised foreign imports, by buying locally manufactured goods. The Buy Back SA campaign was launched by Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies on Tuesday 19 November.
At Brand South Africa’s inaugural South African Competitiveness Forum at Gallagher Estate on 5 November, leaders in business and government - including Kgalema Motlanthe, Colin Coleman, Chichi Maponya and Collins Chabane – addressed delegates on a range of issues affecting country competitiveness. Watch video excerpts of their speeches.
The global financial crisis revealed developing-country economies’ vulnerability to the vicissitudes of the world economy. To make growth more robust, it is essential that South Africa build economically enabling infrastructure at home and northwards into the rest of Africa, it was concluded at the Brand South Africa’s Competitiveness Forum last week.
Former FNB CEO Michael Jordaan believes that obsessing about a product, and getting out of employees’ way, builds strong businesses that reward achievement.
Brand South Africa’s inaugural South African Competitiveness Forum took place at Gallagher Estate today, with one clear message – it’s time to take action to make the country more competitive. The forum was an invitation to help shape the nation’s future, delegates heard.