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The manufacturing sector is experiencing a (r)evolution. Are you positioned to respond to these changes? Is your business future proof?

The final course within the series has a different orientation to the first two courses, but is of equal importance. It focuses on critical African trade and industrial development issues. The course is intended to sensitise participants to the potential role of the private sector in African market and production development, and the associated relationship dynamics with government policy (at multilateral and country-specific levels).

The first day of the course concentrates on African market developments, government policies relating to trade and industrial development, and the consequences for developing advanced production capabilities on the continent. 

The second day comprises two parts. First, it considers specific global, regional, and bilateral trade policies impacting on African trade development and the consequences for South African manufacturers. Second, it interrogates the national government’s Industrial Policy Action Plan, and its associated objectives and implementation challenges. 

As per the other two courses, these two days lead to a short project-week where participants are expected to work in syndicate groups to explore specific industrial and trade policy opportunities within the African automotive, clothing and textiles, and food processing sectors. These syndicate presentations are then presented and discussed during the third day of the course. 

The final day features expert industry input on the practical challenges associated with African market, production, and trade development in the form of a morning panel discussion, followed by a detailed interrogation of lessons shared and their link to the course material covered.

As this course forms part of a three-course series, we encourage you to attend all three courses. Delegates who participate in all three courses qualify for a R 10 000 discount off the total amount. Fee to attend all three programmes: R 50 000.

Click here to read more on the first course in this series – Future Manufacturing: An Age of Disruption.

Click here to read more on the second course in this series – The Green Manufacturing Revolution.
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Who should attend?

Senior business and public-sector executives with manufacturing portfolios. The course will be taught at a masters’ level and executives should preferably also have a four-year technical or academic qualification. 

Qualifying for admission: 

The admissions committee reserves the right to accept only those applicants who are likely to benefit from the programme and who are able to make a full contribution to group activities.



How you will benefit
  • Why regional markets matter; 
  • African opportunities; 
  • Role of government policy; 
  • Policy challenges; 
  • Global, regional, and bilateral trade policies; 
  • South Africa’s Industrial Policy Action Plan Syndicate assignment: 
  • Explore an African industrial/ trade policy opportunity in: 
    • Automotive, Clothing and Textiles, Food Processing; 
  • Case presentations and discussion: Three sectors; 
  • Expert panel: Leadership insights on African industrial development; 
  • and From theory to practice: Defining appropriate strategic responses.
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How you will benefit: 

After attending all three programmes, you should fully understand: 

  • The key role of African trade and industrial development in the future of South African manufacturing; 
  • Industrial and trade policy challenges that will need to be managed by manufacturers; 
  • The multiple dimensions of the green manufacturing challenge, and how individual manufacturing businesses can respond to, and benefit from, the green (r)evolution – within their business and their supply chain; and 
  • How technological and social forces will impact on manufacturing in the future. 

Most importantly, participants should exit the three programmes only with an understanding of the critical issues covered, but also deep insights into how to respond to, and prepare for changes that are likely to occur. This will be covered through comparative case studies, input from industry leaders, and an interrogation of a range of strategic tools which will be considered and applied over the duration of the course. 

Expert inputs: 

In addition to Dr Barnes, each of the three programmes will include guest presentations from international experts on the subjects being explored. Prominent guest presenters will include Dr Johan Van Zyl, the CEO of Toyota Europe (Future of Manufacturing); Mr Theo Loock, the CEO of Metair (Green Manufacturing), and Prof. Faizal Ismael (African Trade and Industrial Development). Additional expert participation will be secured for the final days of the African Trade and Industrial Development and Future Manufacturing courses. 

Certification: 

Programme participants will have the choice to participate in any one of the three programmes, earning certificates of completion for individual programmes. Alternatively, participants can earn individual certificates of completion for each programme and an additional certificate for the full suite of programmes. Participation is however limited to 25 delegates per course.

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