Associations and Partner

The Toolmaking Association of South Africa (TASA) is a non-profit organisation representing the collective interests of the Tool, Die and Mouldmaking (TDM) and Precision Machining industries. TASA is a national body and has representation in all provinces.

TASA was a driving force in the mobilisation of the National Tooling Initiative (NTI) and will remain an important and strong stakeholder in the process which was created for the purpose of rehabilitating the South African TDM industry. TASA represents the toolmaking industry through focussed initiatives is revitalising tooling as a primary contributor to the success of South Africa’s growing manufacturing sector.

Objectives Skills Development

  • Through constant interaction with industry, TASA Gauteng has given more than 500 toolmaking apprentices the opportunity to receive on-the-job training at various toolmaking companies. Enterprise Development
  • SMME and BBBEE Development to gives local companies better access to the market
  • Creation of tooling clusters to increase capacity and improve delivery of the industry
  • Competitiveness improvement, including Lean Manufacturing rollout with a standardised GTI Toolkit
  •  Unlocking recapitalisation funding via a dedicated Helpdesk
  • Support to get bigger market share for Gauteng TDM member companies
  • Communication with Government on policy and protection

 “Our company has been a member of TASA Gauteng since inception and this membership has given us access to a forum to discuss real problems that the tooling industry is currently facing as well as ways to remedy these issues in order to uplift a sadly neglected strategic industry in decay.

TASA membership has also introduced us to new training programmes for toolmakers and has given us valuable exposure locally and overseas, which is paramount to our business. To date, the motivation and drive that TASA Gauteng provides has showed measurable results in the sector we work in.” –Bevan Davis, Managing Director, Conver-Tek (Pty) Ltd

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Productivity SA
Productivity SA is a Schedule 3A Public Entity and its governance board comprises of representatives from labour, government and business. Productivity SA’s mandate is primarily to enhance the productive capacity of South Africa by meeting the following objectives;

Key Benefits:

– Promote a culture of productivity in workplaces;

– Develop relevant productivity competencies;

– Facilitate and evaluate productivity improvement and competitiveness in workplaces;

– Maintain a database of productivity and competitiveness systems and publicising these systems;

– Undertake productivity-related research;

– Support initiatives aimed at preventing job losses.

Productivity SA facilitates, plans and implements business strategies that integrate local and global markets making for world class business. They have helped thousands of South African companies and people to be more productive even in declining world economies. For over 40 years, Productivity SA has been at the frontier of South African business and through their programmes: Work Place Challenge, Turnaround Solutions and Productivity Organisational Solutions, they continually improve working and living standards.

Creating a work environment where employees are motivated and productive is essential for increasing profits and enhancing employee morale.

“Motivation is the process of inspiring people to actions that achieve set goals”. – Bongani Coka, CEO, Productivity SA

SAGDA provides enabling opportunities for the progression, sustainability and prosperity of South African graduates.


  •  Motivate, support and prepare students for the world of work.
  • Engage and enlist the membership of universities, (FET) Colleges, Sector Education & Training Authorities (SETA), Municipalities and Companies to empower graduates.
  • Mobilize resources and stakeholders to support a faster absorption of graduates in the economy.
  •  Conduct research and provide vital statistics on graduate empowerment.
  •  Build a reliable graduate database and tailor make graduate empowerment solutions



Programmes Include:

  • Graduate training and development
  •  Research and Knowledge Management Mechanisms
  • Work Integrated Learning and exposure to opportunities
  • Graduate Entrepreneurship and Business Development
  • Creating a work environment where employees are motivated and productive is essential for increasing profits and enhancing employee morale.

“High unemployment rates in SA are untenable and the Human Capital wastage is tragic. Since it’s inception in 1997, the South African Graduates Development Association has been at the forefront of seeking solutions to the challenge of unemployment and the economic empowerment of graduates in South Africa.”

Technology localisation to boost competitiveness of South African companies

Key Benefits:

As a national programme, the Department of Science and Technology’s vision for the TLIU is to deliver technology to 75 South African companies over the next three years to make them competent and competitive service providers.

Immediate beneficiaries of technology localisation are South Africa’s state-owned companies (SOCs) and private companies. By assisting local companies to supply technology, materials and equipment to SOCs and private companies, the TLIU will help to reduce dependence on overseas services and suppliers, while providing sustainable work opportunities and skills enhancement.


Localisation aims at increasing the local industrial activity – manufacturing or services. Successful localisation is viewed as increased local content in capital programmes and operations. Bold intervention is required to raise the capabilities of local manufacturing companies so that they can earn a share of the recapitalisation investments, and ultimately enter export markets as competitive suppliers into the OEM’s global supply chains.

Ashley Bhugwandin, who heads up the unit, explains, “We hope to increase the local content of the technology inputs in imported systems. Through localisation, local technology development and enhanced component manufacturing will bolster industrial growth and job creation. Ultimately, this programme will support economic development.”

As a facilitator, the services we offer are extremely important. A wide range of professional services enable our members, clients and partners to successfully trade, invest and network in and between the Netherlands, South Africa and the southern African region (SADC).

Key Benefits:

These services vary from Market entry assistance, Business support in the Dutch and Southern African market as well as facilitating Trade & Investment promotion focused on particular sectors. Networking is one of our core strengths and we try to bring as many people together, either through matchmakings sessions or events in the business community. Furthermore we are also involved with Programme Cluster Management. Herewith, its aim is to achieve closer economic ties and better mutual understanding between the regions.


Strong support teams 
Our team of professionals operate out of-our offices in The Hague (The Netherlands), Johannesburg (South Africa) and Cape Town (South Africa). Driven market analysts, researchers, project managers and entrepreneurs are ready to assist you. Our personal approach ensures we identify your business needs and we will ‘make a plan’, as the South African saying goes. We facilitate relations among our extensive 400 member base(including business and government spheres), which is of invaluable importance to your new business ventures.