From being the largest producer of gold in the world, Ekurhuleni has evolved into a global competitor in business and industry. The mining boom in the East Rand facilitated the growth of a substantial manufacturing support base in the area, especially in terms of metal products, machinery, and engineering. Today, Ekurhuleni accounts for more than 40% of the manufacturing that takes place in Gauteng, and in many industries, Ekurhuleni accounts for around one-third of national manufacturing output.
Notwithstanding these figures, there has been a general decline in the manufacturing sector over the past few years, and it has become imperative to develop a consensus on the state of manufacturing, the basis for manufacturing performance and - importantly - how to ensure sustainable manufacturing in the longer term.
Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality and the University of the Witwatersrand (WITS) recently hosted a symposium to highlight the importance of sustainable manufacturing for the South African economy.