By Reon Janse van Rensburg
Trade and Industry Minister Ebrahim Patel last week appointed members of the Steel Committee of the International Trade and Administration Commission (ITAC) of South Africa, who will, inter alia, be responsible for monitoring the steel industry.
Solidarity is pleased to announce that Marius Croucamp, Deputy General Secretary for the Metal and Engineering Industry at Solidarity, will also be serving on the committee.
The committee is made up of 14 members, seven of whom are ITAC commissioners and the other seven members are industry representatives.
The committee is responsible for monitoring the steel industry and will also come up with proposals to solve challenges in the steel industry. This includes issues such as the impact of the change in import costs and trade remedies on the industry, specifically with regard to downstream consumers in the industry, the prices of the products of manufacturers in the primary steel industry for downstream consumers and other general challenges in the industry.
The committee will also tackle other important aspects of the industry, such as import tariffs and the impact thereof on job creation, job retention, industry output, investments in plant, equipment, skills, development, technology and economic investments.
The members have been appointed for the period up to June 2021 and will report to the commission every six months.
“I am looking forward to your contributions and dedication to the work of the Steel Committee and I wish you all the best in this role.” – Monde Tom, acting director-general of the department of trade and industry, to the members of the committee.
Solidarity is looking forward to work with all the stakeholders involved to solve challenges in the industry, and believes that with concerted efforts it will be possible to make a difference in the industry that will be to the benefit of the industry and the South African economy.
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