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Role players and partners at GIFA 2023

The Department of Trade, Industry and Competition (the dtic) was established after the merger of the Department of Trade and Industry and the Economic Development Department. The vision of the dtic is to create a dynamic industrial, globally competitive South African economy, characterised by meaningful economic transformation, inclusive growth and development, decent employment and equity, built on the full potential of all citizens. The National Foundry Technology Network (NFTN) is a programme of the dtic.

The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research, commonly known as the CSIR, is a world-class African research and development organisation established through an Act of Parliament in 1945. The CSIR undertakes directed, multidisciplinary research and technological innovation that contributes to the improved quality of life of South Africans. The CSIR houses the National Foundry Technology Network (NFTN).

The National Foundry Technology Network aims to support and facilitate growth and transformation in the foundry (metal-casting) industry through focused interventions that are designed to support improved foundry competitiveness, the industrialisation of new technologies and products and the development of critical skills for the sector. The NFTN is a programme of the Department of Trade, Industry and Competition (the dtic) hosted by the CSIR.

SAIF is a leading organization promoting and advancing the South African foundry industry through education, training, and skills development. The institute aims to support growth and job opportunities and to remain recognized as the industry voice.

AFSA (The Aluminium Federation of South Africa) is one of the more active aluminium industry associations in the world and has, since 1981, been involved in increasing the awareness and use of aluminium in Southern Africa.

It offers its members a wide variety of services, the most notable of which are technical information and advice, education, training and skills upgrading, a range of publications and market industry and business development support.