Trade and Industry Committee Inquiry on Localisation on Track

Portfolio Committee on Trade and Industry

The trade and industry committee plans to hold an initial meeting with stakeholders on the proposed inquiry into localisation before 11 November 2017.

In a statement, the committee specified that the meeting would focus on the purpose and objectives of the envisaged inquiry into compliance with the localisation and local public procurement policy.

According to the committee chairperson, Joanmariae Fubbs, the timeframes for the inquiry will be set down at the beginning of 2018 when parliament resumes after the recess.

The inquiry will involve hearings with, amongst others, Transnet, the Passenger Rail Agency and original equipment manufacturers.

“The overarching purpose of the inquiry is to ensure that the localisation and local public procurement policies, underpinning the success of the Industrial Policy Action Plan, are effectively implemented to achieve job creation and other economic development objectives,” she said.

The committee also plans to meet with stakeholders in the sugar industry within two weeks.

A meeting was recently held with the South African Farmers Development Association (SAFDA) on challenges facing small sugarcane growers.

A progress report on the allocation of grower levies to SAFDA by the South African Sugar Association is expected from the trade and industry department within two weeks.

Sabinet Cape Town Office