Industrialisation in Africa

CIPS and Wits Business School, in partnership with Professor Douglas Boateng, held a public lecture series on 29 June 2016 focused on industrialisation and how it will help Africa to achieve high growth rates, boost employment, diversify economies and reduce exposure to external disparities. “However, industrialisation can only occur in an enabling environment that includes attitudinal change in consumer behaviour, investment into infrastructure and regional cooperation.” says Prof Boateng.

A panel discussion featured:

  • Dr Patricia Makhesha, MD, Platreef Project, Ivanhoe Mines
  • Lynette Chen, CEO, NEPAD Business Foundation
  • André Coetzee, MD, Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply
  • Philippa Rodseth, Executive Director, Manufacturing Circle, BUSA
  • Dr Renee Horne, Wits Business School


The discussion points included:

  • Industrialisation, procurement and socio-economic development: the inextricable link
  • Key drivers and reasons for slow progress in industrialisation
  • The link between the NDP, 2030 Vision, procurement and industrialisation in South Africa
  • Africa’s impact on South Africa’s and regional industrialisation and the need for the redefinition of local procurement
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