In order for our country to achieve key industrial policy objectives, it is important that local production should increase within the economy. To this end, the Department of Trade and Industry has put regulations in place to ensure that local content (generated and produced in South Africa) is present in goods, works and services offered via government procurement for all organs of state, as well as public and municipal entities.
Monthly message from the SABS CEO
Throughout its long history, the South African Bureau of Standards (SABS) has established itself as a leader in providing services ranging from management system certification, product testing and certification, and standardisation.
The Design Institute partnered with Transnet in 2014 to create the Transnet Design Innovation and Research Centre that is situated at the Design Institute’s offices on the SABS Campus in Pretoria. The Centre aims to promote a culture of innovation and design and in doing so, support Government’s drive to grow manufacturing in South Africa.
July is the month when global citizens in general and South Africans in particular seek to improve the world around them as a tribute to the late Nelson Mandela. On a micro-scale people feed the hungry or beautify the environment within their communities to celebrate the life of our great leader. But on a larger scale it is also important to look at crucial issues that oil the machinery of economic growth of our wonderful country and improve the world around us.
“The best way to predict the future is to design it.” These were the wise words of the American architect, systems theorist, author, designer and inventor, Buckminster Fuller, who lived in the previous century. Although the words were uttered a long time ago, they remain true to this day.
We have all realised that there exists a very big challenge concerning South Africa’s unemployed and unemployable youth. During worker’s month we should emphasise the importance of mentorship and skills transfer. If every experienced person would take a young person under their wing and teach them and guide them, we could and would change the future of our nation.
It is critical for all role players to address the national priorities of job creation, poverty alleviation and skills development, in particular to craft opportunities for our youth. Industrialisation can go a long way in meeting these challenges and unlocking new channels of economic growth. Steering industrialisation through a trans-disciplinary design approach which couples design, innovation and entrepreneurship, can improve international competitiveness of South African industries, creating many opportunities for our youth.
The Design Institute, as a national change agent, is geared towards unlocking the economic value and direct socio-economic contribution that design can bring to our economy. Unlocking economic value is crucial if we wish to improve the lives of all South Africa’s people, especially our young people who should be in a position to make a difference to their own futures through participation in the South African economy, both formally and informally.
“Momentum is a leader’s best friend. Sometimes it’s the only difference between winning and losing.” These are the wise words of leadership guru John Maxwell who expounds on the concept of momentum in his book The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership. The reason why I have been thinking about momentum recently is because it is the word that springs to mind when I look at the SABS Design Institute.
The American corporate partnership expert Curtis E. Sahakian said: "Partnering has proven itself one of the most powerful business tools for dealing with fast changing markets, technologies and customers. As the global economy speeds up, partnering is becoming the weapon of choice for today's successful competitors."