The Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (Seifsa) has welcomed the government’s infrastructure investment drive, which it expects will provide a boost for SA’s down-trodden metals and engineering (M&E) sector. It has warned, however, that sustainable policy interventions are needed.

In its State of the Metals and Engineering Sector Report 2020-2022, released on Friday, Seifsa said the M&E sector was not immune to the effects of the pandemic in 2020 and also suffered the devastating economic impact of lockdowns. The sector is a crucial supplier of inputs into major sectors such as construction and other manufacturing sub-industries. Seifsa represents 1,223 companies employing about 167,000 employees...

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