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South Africa: Gauteng to sign Proudly SA 'Buy Local' Pledge
Source: SA - the Good News via SAPA
Source Date: Friday, March 15, 2013
Focus: Electronic and Mobile Government, Knowledge Management in Government
Country: South Africa
Created: Mar 15, 2013

The parties are also keen to work together to respond to the training requirements and needs of Small, Medium and Micro Enterprises (SMMEs) through enterprise development and to roll out sector specific programmes and activities for the benefit of local manufacturers and service providers.
The agreement will see the two running campaigns around shared mandates including promoting national pride and patriotism; encouraging social cohesion and nation building and supporting the local economy.
The Department is also set to sign a “Buy Local” Pledge, whereby it will commit to supporting the Local Procurement Accord. The Department will also pledge to make a conscious effort to buy local products and services, with a view to building the competitiveness of local enterprises and creating jobs in the Gauteng Province.
An official signing ceremony will take place at the Birchwood Hotel and Conference Centre at 15h00. The signing ceremony coincides with the provincial Creative Industries Indaba, which has attracted over 300 delegates from Gauteng within the crafts, music, visual and performing arts sectors.
“We welcome the partnership and believe co-operation between the two parties can contribute significantly towards boosting the sector and assisting in the growth of the industry and the local economy, especially through encouraging an uptake of local products and services,” said Proudly SA's CEO, Adv. Leslie Sedibe.
Gauteng's MEC for Sport, Arts, Culture and Recreation, Lebogang Maile, said: “It makes sense that we launch the partnership with Proudly SA at the indaba to also exploit possible partnerships that can boost the sector. At the moment creative industries are faced with, among others, the issue of local support, piracy and more.”
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