SUNConferences, RAPDASA 2014

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FUTURE SCENARIOS TO 2025 PLUS FOR THE WESTERN CAPE TOOL, DIE AND MOULD INDUSTRY
Nosizo Pindela, Nicholas Goniwe, Lazola Ncetani

Last modified: 2014-10-26

Abstract


The Tool, Die and Mould industry plays a major role in the growth and existence of the manufacturing sector. In South Africa, the manufacturing sector is essential for economic growth of the country as it is the second biggest Gross Domestic Product contributor. Unfortunately, the enabler of the manufacturing sector, the Tool, Die and Mould industry was seen to be gradually dying with close to retirement toolmakers, outdated technologies and unskilled young toolmakers.

As the declining Tool, Die and Mould industry largely negatively affected the economic growth of South Africa, the government saw an urgent need to intervene. For the past ten years, government played a huge role in skills development, technology transfer through national and international collaborations and SMME development especially aimed at the Tool, Die and Mould making industry. These interventions aimed at developing the TDM industry and making it globally competitive.

The purpose of this paper is to assess the growth of the Tool, Die and Mould industry in the past ten years, mainly in the Western Cape and shape its future by using strategic dialogues which will lead to different possible scenarios of the industry to 2025. The scenario development gives the Western Cape Tool, Die and Mould industry an opportunity to see different possible growth paths. This will also identify contingency plans to respond purposefully to global changes in the Tool, Die and Mould industry; reveal its opportunities in the Western Cape aiming at global competitiveness.




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