Localisation: When does it make sense?

  • Date: Tuesday, 29 August 2023
  • Venue: Hybrid
  • Organisation: TIPS



Opening and welcome by Moderator: Saul levin


Nokwanda Maseko (TIPS) Findings from the Imports Localisation and Supply Chain Disruption Study

Dr Neva Makgetla (TIPS) Localisation and industrial policy 

Dr Tebogo Makube (the dtic)Presentation to the TIPS localisation Development Dialogue


South Africa 'missed the boat' on some localisation opportunities, but higher value industries can be pursued
Article by Natasha Odendaal, Engineering News 29 August 2023


Localisation and industrial policy: Scopes, debates and instruments - Neva Makgetla (TIPS)

TIPS Imports localisation and supply chain disruption study Fourth Quarter 2022 - Nokwanda Maseko (TIPS)

The Imports localisation and supply chain disruption study is published quarterly: copies available here.


Localisation has increasingly come to the fore in South Africa’s industrial policy initiatives, including all of the published Master Plans except agriculture. It effectively uses trends in imports to signal when demand could support competitive local production. This Development Dialogue provides a chance to engage on the latest evidence on the effectiveness of localisation strategies in easing constraints faced by local producers when competing with foreign suppliers. To that end, it draws on recent TIPS papers that review the conceptual framework for localisation and identify goods that South Africa now imports but could possibly manufacture competitively.

TIPS Dialogues bring together academics, policymakers, civil society organisations, workers, and practitioners to discuss important issues and share ideas on industrial policy. TIPS is partnering with the Department of Trade Industry and Competition (the dtic).

The Development Dialogue will be held in a hybrid format allowing for both in-person and virtual participation. 
The in-person event will be held at the TIPS Offices (234 Lange Street, Nieuw Muckleneuk, Pretoria) - space is limited. 
For more information please contact TIPS via email at: daphney@tips.org.za  

About the Speakers

Nokwanda Maseko is a senior economist at TIPS and has previously worked as a Budget Analyst at National Treasury and an Assistant Director at the Economic Development Department (EDD) focused on industrial policy.

Dr Neva Makgetla is a senior economist at TIPS. Makgetla has published widely on the South African economy and worked for many years in government.

Dr Tebogo Makube is Chief Director: Industrial Procurement at the dtic. Before joining the dtic, Dr Makube was the Programme Manager: Fiscal Policy at the Financial and Fiscal Commission. Prior to that he was Director: Provincial Infrastructure at the National Treasury. He has also held research and management positions at the Gauteng Provincial Legislature, National Energy Regulator of South Africa (NERSA) and Nokusa Consulting. He is also a Board Member of Proudly South African.