Services and industrial policy

  • Date: Tuesday, 03 October 2023
  • Venue: Hybrid


Dr Neva Makgetla (TIPS) Services in industrial policy 

Dr Justin Visagie and Prof Ivan Turok (HSRC/UFS) – The Role of Services in the Economy Reflections on TIPS Working Paper


Services and inclusive industrialisation – Neva Makgetla with Nokwanda Maseko and Itumeleng Mokoena (TIPS)


Industrialisation cannot take off without adequate services such as logistics, engineering, finance and security, as well as human and social capital development. Moreover, the service sector generates around two thirds of the GDP and employment, and six out of seven jobs for women. An effective industrial policy, then, should incorporate measures to maximise the contribution of the service industries to inclusive industrialisation. To assist in understanding the role of the service industries in inclusive industrialisation in South Africa, this Development Dialogue provides a chance to engage on a recent TIPS paper that summarises the main debates around the role of services in industrial policy.

About the Speakers


Thandi Phele is Chief Director in dtic, sectors branch at the Department of Trade, Industry and Competition (the dtic) and a TIPS board member. Since her appointment, she has been providing thought leadership to South African industrial policy and driving key programmes aimed at industrialisation and localisation. Key among these, she continues to lead the development and implementation of various masterplans led by the dtic: Automotives; Retail-Clothing, Textiles, Footwear and Leather; Poultry; Sugar; Steel and Metal Fabrication; and Furniture.

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 Justin Visagie is a Senior Research Specialist in the Inclusive Economic Development (IED) research programme at the Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) and University of the Free State (UFS). Dr Visagie has expertise in microeconomic data analysis and has worked on a wide array of cross-sectional and longitudinal household datasets. His recent research projects cover issues of regional economic development, city-region economies, tradable services, spatial inequality and inclusion, social mobility, urbanisation, housing and migration.

Prof Ivan Turok holds the SARChI in City-Region Economies at the University of the Free State and is Distinguished Research Fellow at the HSRC. Prof Turok has extensive international experience of research on city and regional economic development, tradable services, urbanisation, housing, and labour markets.


14:30 Opening and welcome by Moderator: Thandi Phele (the dtic)

14:40 – 15:40 Presentations

  • Dr Neva Makgetla (TIPS) Key findings on Services paper
  • Dr Justin Visagie (HSRC/UFS and Prof Ivan Turok (HSRC/UFS) – Presentation on Recognising the role of tradable service exports in the South African economy

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).
For more information please contact TIPS via email at:

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