Empowered Engineering & Manufacturing Initiative



Smart Procurement World has partnered with Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (SEIFSA) to launch Empowered Engineering & Manufacturing Initiative (EEMI). The conference iscollocated at Smart Procurement World and is aimed at driving economic transformation and industrial progress in engineering and manufacturing.

Agenda | 20 September 2017 | 08:00 - 16:30

08:00 Opening remarks from MC: Thabo Makama, Supplier & Enterprise Development Strategy,BBBEE & Transformation Strategist Expert, Talent Centric

08:05 SEIFSA welcome keynote address: Kaizer Nyatsumba, CEO, SEIFSA

08:15 Radical Mental Transformation: Moving from talk and sloganeering to integrated transformation models

09:00 PRESENTATION: Challenges and opportunities of localisation and driving growth in the Manufacturing sector.
Dione Kerr, Chief Executive Officer, Siyakha Consulting

10:00 Mega Panel discussion: Understanding the integrated transformation industry resolutions for engineering and manufacturing, aim and initial areas focus

A panel of experts (incubators, practitioners, funders, policy makers and government) will discuss how a resolution to collaborate will drive transformation from sloganeering to economic development

  • Real transformation requires consolidation and collaboration of resources. How do we move from professional jealousy to industry collaboration in engineering and manufacturing
Moderator: Petra Rees, Managing Director, LEAP


  • Luvuyo Manyi, Executive Head: Youth in Business, Black Business Council
  • Mpho Munyai, Former Country Transformation Manager, Shell Downstream South Africa
  • Anthony Mpati, Managing Director, 115 Electrical Solutions
  • Hugo Du Rand, Head of Group Supply Chain, Scaw South Africa
  • Sibongile Shongwe, Chief Procurement Officer, ACSA
  • Janeez Hafizulla, Director of Operations, JAZ Strategic Investments, Former Acting Director: Procurement Transformation and Verification, Department of Trade and Industry
  • Dennis Mlambo, Group Supply Chain Executive, Denel SOC Ltd

11:30 Mid-morning refreshments and networking

12:00 Great leaders drive transformation and economy out of recession:

  • The economy is dangerously weak, making it difficult and more risky for shareholders to accept additional risk.
    • How do we use the new integrated transformation pre-industry resolutions for engineering and manufacturing to build a strong local supply capability that is globally competitive and delivers a return on our ESD investment?

13:00 Overall integrated SED/ESD development landscape: How will it work?

13:30 Networking lunch and exhibition viewing

14:30 Testimonials of success - ESD stories: Case studies of real challenges faced when deploying an ESD strategy and real-life solutions.

Lorraine Pillay, ED recipient, Member of Transportation Transformation Charter Council, South Africa

15:00 CREATING VALUE AND ROI: Areas of ESD innovation
Tometsi Mosai, Head: Enterprise and Supplier Development, AVI

15:45 Market access panel discussion: Creating real access to market and creating opportunities for SMMEs in engineering

  • The fact is that the SMMEs are tired of being trained! They want the contract (market). How do we capacitate and equip small businesses while at the same time ensuring that we offer them growth opportunities and access to sustainable markets?
  • How do you structure a contract that really works for the SMME?

Thabo Makama, Supplier & Enterprise Development Strategy,BBBEE & Transformation Strategist Expert, Talent Centric

16:30 End of conference


Due to fewer black owned industrial organisations in Engineering & Manufacturing and limited experience, it is of paramount importance that leading organisations identify, secure and set prioritise a more integrated transformation model that will drive social and economic development and growth of empowered organisation for the continent.


  • Economic Development Directors/ Managers/Heads
  • BEE/Transformation Directors/ Managers/Heads
  • Managing Directors
  • C - Suite
  • Chief Procurement Officers
  • Chief Buyers
  • Business Owners
  • Head: Enterprise Development
  • Lead: Enterprise Development Manager
  • Senior Manager: Enterprise Systems
  • Head of Corporate Social Responsibility
  • BEE Managers
  • Supply Chain Manager
  • Chief Director: Supply Chain Policy
  • Chief Director: Specialist Functions
  • Transformation Manager
  • Supplier Development Manager

From both Public and Private Sector


The event will encourage commitment to transform the sector through signing the industry resolutions to be signed




Host Enterprise Development Partner






Affiliate Partners


Media Partner


In Partnership with   

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Official Endorsing Body             Strategic Partner

“SEIFSA, which is 74 years old this year, recognises the importance of employing tangible strategies for the provision of platforms to develop and nurture ESD partnerships between established businesses and empowered small to medium-sized enterprises. To this end, the Federation launched the Small Business Hub a few years ago to provide tailor-made services to SMMEs and to encourage a partnerships between them and established, large companies. Therefore, SEIFSA supports and endorses Smart Procurement World’s launch of the Empowered Engineering and Manufacturing Initiative.” Kaizer Nyatsumba, CEO, SEIFSA