A man loads steel at a port. Picture: REUTERS
A man loads steel at a port. Picture: REUTERS

ArcelorMittal SA announced on Tuesday that it would restart the second blast furnace at its Vanderbijlpark operations in January due to higher steel demand. But there is a broader question about whether we need to protect our primary steel industry to the detriment of downstream manufacturers?

Michael Avery is joined by ArcelorMittal SA CEO Kobus Verster; Gerhard Papenfus, CEO of the National Employers Association of SA; and Nicolette Skjoldhammer, MD of Betterect, a downstream steel fabricator, to talk about the reindustrialisation and steel-pricing debate in SA.

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