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NATIONAL DATABASE UPDATE PROJECT
SAFI in partnership with the Furniture
Bargaining Council has embarked on
a project to update the National
Furniture Industry Database
 - with
the Western Cape Furniture
Bargaining Council piloting the project
which is soon to follow in the relevant
regions.

SAFI has received numerous
international and local enquiries
regarding access to markets in the
country, however due to the
incomplete and out-of-date
database, meeting these requests
and enquiries have proven to be
quite challenging often resulting in
a loss of business opportunity for
the industry - thus we urge
members of the industry and the
council to prioritise this project.

 
Apart from expanding the industry
market field, the National Furniture
Industry Database Update also aids
the Councils with the update their own
records, which further serves as
statistical data towards industry
research for the Department of Trade
and other industry entities.

The Western Cape Furniture
Bargaining Council piloting the project
through a sample form which was sent
out to the companies in its database
are still awaiting replies from numerous
company's in the region - The
National Furniture Industry Database
is a high priority project, and thus
again we urge all members to follow
up and participate.

For more information please contact
your regional Bargaining Council or
contact SAFI directly at
bernadette@furniture.org.za or
safi.info@furniture.org.za
 
REBATE APPLICATION

SAFI understands that the key to
sustainable income partially lies in the
manufacturer's ability to produce
market relevant goods, and though
the situation of the country will not
always allow for its realisation due to
various factors such as lack of
resources or environmental factors
which results in the industry looking
to imports, which in-turn works out to
be a costly activity.

SAFI supports rebate applications to
remedy high tariffs imposed on the
industry for the importation of scarce
resources and materials in the
country.

In partnership with The Bravo group
SAFI has supported the industry
rebate application with concerns to
the above listed items.
3926.90.90 Fittings of plastics, for use in the manufacture of furniture classifiable
in tariff heading 94.03
4409.29.90 Wooden dowels (excluding those of bamboo), non-coniferous, for
use in the manufacture of furniture classifiable in tariff heading 94.03
7317.00.02 Wire nails of iron or steel, with shanks pointed at one end, presented
in strips, for use in the manufacture of furniture classifiable in tariff
heading 94.03
7317.00.40 Staples of iron or steel, for use in the manufacture of furniture
classifiable in tariff heading 94.03
8301.30.00 Locks and keys of base metal, for use in the manufacture of furniture
classifiable in tariff heading 94.03
8302.10.00 Hinges of base metal, for use in the manufacture of furniture
classifiable in tariff heading 94.03
8302.42.90 Base metal mountings, fittings and similar articles suitable for
furniture, other, for use in the manufacture of furniture classifiable in
tariff heading 94.03
8305.20.00 Staples in strips of base metal, for use in the manufacture of
furniture classifiable in tariff heading 94.03
ITAC (International Trade
Administration Commission
) on
request has indicated that the rebate
investigation is in an advanced stage,
however with regards to collated
nails and staples there has been
objections as there are domestic
suppliers to these materials and
therefore ITAC may possibly not
support these rebate items.
  Please note that Abracon supplies
collated nails locally, as well as
Fournel who supplies staples - their
contacts are as follows:

Abracon: Mr Willie Steenberg
Cell: 082 469 8716
Email: willie@abracon.co.za

Fournel: Mr Jurgens Nell or Fourie Nel
Cell: 083 327 4914/083 381 0498
Email: 
wire1@telkomsa.net

 

Government
  FURNITURE DESIGNATION WORKSHOPS
In collaboration, the DTI and SAFI
has up-to-date held two out of three
Furniture Designation Workshops -
the workshops seek to revise the
thresholds and identify gaps within
the capabilities of the local industry.
 
Category of
Furniture
Stipulated
Minimum
Threshold
Office Furniture 85%
School Furniture 100%
Base and Mattress 90%
With the need to further improve
participation from manufacturers in
the industry specifically with regards
to tender processing and provision of
locally manufactured furniture to its
relevant entities, these workshops are
held to allow members of the industry
to contribute to the discussions and
way forward ideas to facilitate these
matters.

The first workshop was held in
Johannesburg on Thursday the 26th
January 2017 at the IDC Auditorium
in Sandton, with the second which took place in Durban on the 28th February 2017 at the Furniture Bargaining Council KwaZulu Natal. The final workshop was held in Cape Town on the 5th of April at the Furniture Bargaining Council Western Cape.

With all hands on deck, the workshops proved to be a collaborative and interactive platform by which the difficulties raised and concerns identified in the industry are now investigating possible solutions and alternatives by which a Synopsis will then follow to announce the way forward.

You can download the Local Content Poilicy and the new PPPFA Regulations here: Presentation for the Western Cape Bidders 7 September 2017.

Please contact Bernadette Isaacs at Bernadette@furniture.org.za or call 021 286 0821/2 for more information.

 

Academia
THRIP
Creating knowledge-based, internationally competitive,
South African Industries

The Technology and Human Resources for Industry
Programme (THRIP) is a flagship research and
development programme of the dti, which aims to support
research on technologies to develop the
competitiveness of South African industries.

This Technology Programme is designed to enable South
African industries to access innovative responses to
technological needs, while producing a flow of highly skilled
researchers and technology managers, through applied
research performed at Higher Education Institutions (HEIs)
and Science, Engineering and Technology Institutions
(SETIs).

Therefore if you would like to embark on research that
would assist your business and the industry, find the call for
application below and/or get more information at
http://www.thedti.gov.za/financial_assistance/financial_ince
ntive.jsp?id=52&subthemeid=1 or
http://thrip.nrf.ac.za/SitePages/Home.aspx