• When: 14 September 2017
  • Where: Durban, South Africa


KwaZulu-Natal is South Africa’s second largest provincial economy, contributing on average 16.0% to the country’s GDP. The province is home to two of Africa’s busiest and largest ports, Durban and Richards Bay. It also boasts the third highest export propensity and the second highest level of industrialisation in the country.

Situated on the eastern seaboard of South Africa, the province of KwaZulu-Natal has direct access to both the Indian and Pacific Ocean rims. The region’s strategic geographical position on world trade routes provides effortless access to major global markets, such as South America, Europe and the Far East.

KwaZulu-Natal’s manufacturing sector is the second largest in the country, after Gauteng Province. The manufacturing sector is geared for export, with nearly a third of South Africa’s manufactured exports being produced in KwaZulu-Natal. Its diversified nature is significant in the KwaZulu-Natal’s economic growth rate, and generates 20 percent of provincial employment.

The annual Manufacturing Indaba KwaZulu-Natal brings together provincial manufacturers and businesses to explore growth opportunities, find out about the latest manufacturing incentives and trends, and provide a platform for networking and collaboration.

The Manufacturing Indaba KwaZulu-Natal will be hosted 14 September 2017 at the Durban ICC, South Africa.

Visit the Manufacturing Indaba website for all the information


The conference programme will include plenary sessions as well as debate sessions to unpack and encourage active participation at the event. Topics to be discussed include:

  • What are the challenges and opportunities facing the South African manufacturing sector in the next 5 years?
  • What incentives are available from the Province and government to help Kwazulu-Natal manufacturers to grow their manufacturing businesses?
  • Opportunities for growth in the small business manufacturing environment and how can big manufacturers benefit from small business?
  • Access to finance
  • Strategies for growth and competitive advantage including the productivity debate

Register for the 2017 Manufacturing Indaba – KwaZulu-Natal

Target audience

  • Policy Makers
  • Private Equity Investors
  • Industry Sector Specialists
  • Small, Medium and Large Manufacturing Companies
  • Exporters of Manufactured goods
  • IT Solutions Providers
  • Trade Publications / Media
  • Government representatives: Government & Public Sector
  • Undertakings / Intergovernmental Agencies / Industrial Development Zones
  • Financial Institutions and Banks
  • Consultancy Organizations
  • Industrial suppliers
  • Manufacturing Development Agencies
  • Logistics / Supply Chain Companies
  • Private investors: global and domestic
  • Academic & Research Bodies
  • Allied Industries (Cement, Iron, Steel Producers, etc)

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