All Africa Expo & ISTMA2023 > 6 – 10 NOV 2023 > CTICC – South Africa

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Thandi Phele - Chief Director, South African dtic

Ms Thandi Phele is currently Chief Director: Metal Fabrication, Capital and Rail Transport Equipment sector desk. She has contributed to the core of the industrialisation agenda in South Africa over the past 17 years at the dtic. She has extensive policy knowledge of the steel, engineering and heavy industries as well as strategy development, policy implementation, monitoring and evaluation. She championed the establishment of the INTSIMBI-National Tooling Initiative partnership with industry. She also previously acted as a Deputy Director General of Sectors Branch within the Department. During her tenure, she provided thought leadership to SA industrial Policy and driving key programmes aimed at industrialisation, localisation and job creation. Key amongst the activities performed, she led the development and implementation of various masterplans led by the dtic: Automotives; Retail-Clothing, Textiles, Footwear and Leather; Poultry; Sugar; Steel and Metal Fabrication; and Furniture. She has been instrumental in the development and deployment of a number of industrial policy tools to various sectors, including designations and localisation programmes; design of industrial financing support; beneficiation of South African mineral endowment; trade policy support; design and implementation of skills programmes to support the broader manufacturing sector; standard and quality measurements. She is currently leading the implementation of the Steel and Metal Fabrication Masterplan.

Tapiwa Samanga - CEO, PtSA

Tapiwa Samanga is an industrial development practitioner with over 25 years of experience in commercial/developmental mining initiatives, industrial development, regional economic and market integration programmes. His interests include upgrading Africa’s industrial capacity, the continent’s accelerated industrialisation agenda and the development of industrial regional/continental value chains anchored on the continent’s vast natural resources.

Eng Abraham Judah Bumalirivu Muwanguzi (Ph.D) - Manager (Science & Technology Dept) and Team Lead (Policy & Planning), National Planning Authority, Uganda / Secretariat of Science Technology & Innovation, Office of the President, Uganda

Abraham JB Muwanguzi is a Mechanical Engineer with specialisation in extractive process metallurgy and iron and steel processing. He has experience in industrial development, and spearheaded the development of the country’s industrialisation master plan, and the iron and steel industry development studies and plans for STI integration in development.


Uganda is a country situated in East Africa and boasts over 25 different types of minerals and other natural resources, with good weather averaging 25 degree centigrade throughout the year. The country aspires to become an upper middle-income economy by 2040. It looks at Science Technology and Innovation (STI) as one of the major drivers that can enable the nation to achieve this vision. In this regard, Government supported research at the major University in the country for lecturers and students of engineering to develop an electric car. More than 10 years down the road, this research has produced a corporate company that will start the production of electric buses in 2024. The manufacturing facility was due to be completed in June 2023 and an automotive park is planned to be constructed to support the industry. Opportunities are available in various areas of the value chain.

Alec Erwin - Director, Ubu Investment Holdings

Alec Erwin is a Director of Ubu Investment Holdings (Pty) Ltd, an advisory firm specializing in industrialization and capacity building on the African continent. Alec Erwin served as Deputy Minister of Finance (1994 - 1996), Minister of Trade and Industry (1996 - 2004) and Minister of Public Enterprises (2004 - 2008) in the government of South Africa. He has also been President of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (1996 - 2000). Alec Erwin was previously General Secretary of the Federation of South African Trade Unions (1979 - 1983) and Education Officer for the Congress of South African Trade Unions (1986 - 1988). He was a member of the African National Congress National Executive from 1994 to 2007. Alec Erwin has spearheaded the efforts of the African Association of Automotive Manufacturers along with CEOs of OEMs on the continent since its inception in 2015. He has led the work of the AAAM technical panels which have supported technical advice to the Ghana, Nigeria, Ethiopia, Kenya and Egypt automotive programmes as well as implementation of the AfCFTA in the sector. Alec Erwin is also a member of the Toyota Wessels Institute of Manufacturing Studies Advisory Board.


Alec Erwin’s presentation will focus on the developments in automotive manufacturing in Africa, and the work that the African Association of Automotive Manufacturers (AAAM) is doing with various African governments on the development of automotive manufacturing development programmes. He will also provide an update on the position of the auto industry in the AfCFTA. Finally, he will address how we envisage opportunities developing for manufacturing components in Africa.

Eric Bruggeman - CEO, South African Capital Equipment Export Council

Eric Bruggeman, CEO of the South African Capital Equipment Export Council, is passionate about South Africa; its past and its future, its difficulties and its potential. A mechanical engineer with a wealth of experience, who has worked for the AfDB and the World Bank on the economics of machinery and equipment.


Local Manufacturing Challenges include Load Shedding, Labor Shortages, Supply Chain Disruptions, Inflation, keeping up with and leveraging with New Technology, and Engaging Qualified Leads. Load Shedding is a major Challenge as we always have interrupting power outages during the day which causes the Manufacturing and Production to stop for a few hours as companies can’t afford the Diesel for the Generators. Labor Shortages are increasing due to computers and technology doing the work for us. But if we can train young students who are passionate about a specific career, then we can put them into companies and help them grow in their field careers. Supply Chain Disruptions and the inability to fulfill manufacturing jobs. A lack of workers is woven throughout the supply chain including manufacturing, warehousing, distribution, logistics and more. Inflation is in the double digits now and when goods and raw materials are hard to find, they inevitably become more expensive. Keeping up with and leveraging with New Technology. Technology is rapidly advancing, and most Manufacturing Companies are struggling to keep up with the New Technology and Innovative ways to do things.

Muntanga Mfula Lindunda - CEO, Zambia Association of Manufacturers (ZAM)

Muntanga Mfula Lindunda is the Chief Executive Officer of the Zambia Association of Manufacturers (ZAM). Her educational background includes a Master’s of Science degree in Project Management from the University of Lusaka and a Bachelor’s of Arts degree in Development Studies from the University of Zambia . She is a highly dedicated and resourceful leader with over 15 years’ experience in the private sector and a proven record of fostering organizational growth with high-performance results, fundraising, and resource mobilization. Prior to working for ZAM, she was an Executive Coordinator at the Microinsurance Technical Advisory Group (TAG Association), which is an association committed to expanding inclusive insurance in Zambia. She is a strong believer in the power of strategic partnerships and economic empowerment of vulnerable groups to achieve meaningful and sustainable development.

Nimrod Zalk - Chief Research Officer: Climate and Development, University of Cape Town’s Nelson Mandela School of Public Governance

Dr Nimrod Zalk is Chief Research Officer: Climate and Development at the University of Cape Town’s Nelson Mandela School of Public Governance. He is a development economist focused on green industrialization and development finance in Africa. He has over 20 years’ experience in trade and industrial development research; policy formulation and implementation; and development finance. Until July 2023 he served as Deputy Director-General: Sectors in the South African Department of Trade, Industry and Competition (DTIC) and as non-executive Director of the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) of South Africa. He holds an MSc and a PhD in Economics from the University of London's School of Oriental and African Studies. He has authored a number of policy documents (notably South Africa’s National Industrial Policy Framework); academic publications; and opinion pieces, including on the role of development banks in African green industrialisation. He is co-founder of the annual African Programme on Rethinking Development Economics (APORDE).

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