Monthly message from the SABS CEO

The importance of verifying local content

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.  

Oiling the machinery of economic growth

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.

Design your future

“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 all need a mentor.

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.

Igniting the youth.

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.

Creating a better life for future generations

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: The secret to moving an organisation forward

“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.


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