The steel industry is in crisis, with a significant decline in local production, falling prices and global overcapacity. The crisis has seen the dissolution of Evraz Highveld and threats to other major producers. In response, the government is seeking ways to ensure that South Africa retains its core steel capacity – historically a central pillar of the industrial economy. The seminar will explore the global and domestic factors behind the downturn and key options for addressing it.
PRESENTER: DR NEVA MAKGETLA
Neva Makgetla has undertaken extensive research into South African economic issues, published widely, and contributed to a number of national economic policy processes and debates from 1994. Until 2015, she was Deputy Director General for economic policy in the Economic Development Department. Before that, she was Lead Economist for the Development Planning
and Implementation Division at the Development Bank of Southern Africa. She has worked at
a senior level in the Presidency and other government departments, and for seven years was
head of the COSATU Policy Unit. She has a PhD in economics and before 1994 worked for
over 10 years as an economics lecturer.