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Employers must drive the Steel Master Plan, says SEIFSA

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THIS is the view of the federation’s CEO Lucio Trentini. Speaking at the recent Steel and Engineering Federation of Southern Africa’s conference, Trentini said that everyone who attended the event , from captains of industry, and senior members of government to union leaders, must stand together in order for the Steel Master Plan to succeed.

Trentini said a lot was riding on the Steel Master Plan (SMP) and neither government, business nor labour could do it on their own.

“SEIFSA’s associated members employ the vast majority of workers in the sector and have a long track-record of successfully representing the interests of its membership, which ideally places SEIFSA to champion the aspirations of the Steel Master Plan,” Trentini said.

While the conference heard about many of the SMP’s early wins since its signing in June 2021, stakeholders were impatient about its slow implementation.

Tafadzwa Chibanguza  SEIFSA’s COO said discussions about the SMP had shown the important role industry can play in making public-private partnerships work.

“The SMP represents a collaborative approach with stakeholders working together in pursuit of agreed end objectives,” Chibanguza said.

Minister of Trade, Industry and Competition Ebrahim Patel also emphasised the importance of partnerships.

Patel said that building a sustainable path involved business, labour and government all understanding that for the plan to work, difficult choices and sometimes compromises would need to be made.

“The focus needs to be on partnerships and working together, rather than any party expecting their demands to be met in absolute terms,” said Patel.

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