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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.