Ramaphosa Urges Consumers to Buy Local

Written by on 9 March, 2021

By: Lindelani Mbatha

President Cyril Ramaphosa says government and South Africans must increase efforts to buy locally produced goods and facilitate the greater exportation of products and services into other markets.

He has been virtually addressing the 9th annual Proudly South African Buy Local Summit and Expo.

In the sugar sector, government has secured the commitment of local manufacturers of soft drinks to procure 80% of their sugar needs from local growers, including small-scale farmers.

Ramaphosa says there is an express undertaking to increase local procurement over the next five years apart from its own procurement commitments.

“Apart from its own procurement commitments, government is working to lower the barriers to entry to make it easier to establish and grow a business in South Africa. To support existing manufacturers, we are enforcing measures to stop the illegal importation of goods, which weaken our local market,” adds Ramaphosa.

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Ramaphosa also welcomed the various master plans that have been concluded in different industries, including the automotive industry, clothing, textiles, footwear and leather industry, poultry industry and the sugar industry.

 


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