One of the key functions of an industry cluster organisation is building partnerships with state and private sector bodies to increase communication and leverage collaboration towards cluster objectives.
Dept of Trade & Industry
The Department of Trade and Industry is MEMSA’s key funding partner through it’s Cluster Development Programme, which provides 80% co-funding for approved programme and operational costs. 20% of these expenses are covered by Member Fees. In addition, the dti’s Industrial Development collaborates with MEMSA by providing guidance, and through a two-way flow of information. Mining capital equipment manufacture is understood by the dti to be a strategic industry and is one of the focus areas of the Department’s support and engagement.
The Mandela Mining Precinct
The Mandela Mining Precinct is a physical hub for mining-related organisations, research and interactions, and generously provides MEMSA with office space and meeting venues. In the heart of Johannesburg and central to the mining and mining equipment industries, the Precinct not only provides an ideal location, but more importantly a context of interaction and collaboration among role players in SA mining.
Minerals Council South Africa
The Minerals Council South Africa represents many of MEMSA Members’ customers, and provides a voice for the SA mining industry. The Council and MEMSA share many goals including ensuring that mining in South Africa is sustainable, safe, transformed and prosperous. The Council has expressed its support for MEMSA as an organisation which will add value to its members’ supply chains. From MEMSA’s viewpoint, understanding its customers’ needs is key to market expansion, and the relationship between the two bodies is opening new channels of communication. Collaboration is underway on initiatives around modernization, localisation, and health and safety.
The Mining Phakisa, an initiative of the National Department of Planning and Development, brought together stakeholders from government, mining, labour, civil society and the capital equipment industry into a “lab” with the aim of identifying constraints and developing a shared vision and growth strategy for the long-term development and transformation of the sector.
A key outcome of the Mining Phakisa is an understanding that mechanization is essential to the sustainability and expansion (to greater depths, and following narrow reefs) of many South African mines. Whereas mechanization can potentially lead to job losses, localizing the production of mining equipment will ensure that employment and economic benefits of modernization accrue to South Africa.
DST and CSIR
Implementation of the CSIR’s South African Mining, Extraction, Research, Development and Innovation (SAMERDI) strategy is driven from the Precinct, and through representation on the SAMERDI Board, MEMSA members have a voice in guiding research priorities while being kept abreast of how members can participate in research challenges and collaborations.
The Department of International Relations and Cooperation is responsible for South Africa’s international agreements, and works closely with the dti. For the first time, through MEMSA, DIRCO is able to receive input on new agreements and those under review, directly from the mining equipment manufacturing industry.
The South African Capital Equipment Export Council is a dti-funded body which provides South African capital equipment manufacturers with export support. SACEEC is MEMSA’s partner in this area, where it has significant experience and expertise. Many MEMSA members are also members of SACEEC.
The South African Mineral Processing Equipment Cluster is effectively a sister organisation to MEMSA, and as such the two Cluster Organise collaborate on matters of mutual interest.
The Gauteng branch of the Tooling Association of South Africa has generously provided MEMSA
with guidance and support in its establishment as a Cluster Organisation.