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Finweek English Edition - - FEEDBACK - KAIZER NYATSUMBA, CEO OF THE STEEL AND EN­GI­NEER­ING IN­DUS­TRIES FED­ER­A­TION OF SOUTH­ERN AFRICA,

WRITES VIA EMAIL: Thank you for your ar­ti­cle on the South­ern African Met­als and En­gi­neer­ing Ind­aba and my­self (ar­ti­cle ti­tled SA man­u­fac­tur­ing in se­ri­ous trou­ble) in the 8-14 May is­sue of your mag­a­zine.

Re­gret­tably, in the fifth para­graph of the story, your re­port states that “Nyatsumba’s en­cour­age­ment of mem­ber or­gan­i­sa­tions to make their own de­mands dur­ing wage ne­go­ti­a­tions un­leashed a bar­rage of crit­i­cism, with unions chastis­ing him in the main­stream me­dia.”

This is fac­tu­ally in­cor­rect. I said in the in­ter­view that SEIFSA mem­ber as­so­ci­a­tions had de­cided to go into the 2014 ne­go­ti­a­tions with their own list of de­mands, for the very first time in the fed­er­a­tion’s his­tory. I said that, since this new ap­proach by SEIFSA-af­fil­i­ated as­so­ci­a­tions co­in­cided with the be­gin­ning of my ten­ure as CEO, some unions wrongly at­trib­uted this change in ap­proach to me.

I said that the one thing that I did, and for which I take full re­spon­si­bil­ity, was en­sur­ing that SEIFSA pub­licly ar­tic­u­lated its po­si­tion on and de­vel­op­ments in the ne­go­ti­a­tions.

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