South Africa held a virtual Buy Local Summit 2022 meeting on Wednesday where the President of South Africa, Cyril Ramaphosa urged citizens to support local businesses.
The Buy Local Summit 2022’s aim is to assist government departments and agencies to use procurement legislation and procedures to drive demand for local goods. It also aims to educate consumers to labels of origin and on their role in contributing to job creation.
The President also took pride in South Africa in being a trend setter especially in music, literature, art and fashion. “Local production is important because it encourages national pride and goods/services that are made in our own home soil”, he said.
South Africa also manufactures products that it exports globally, this includes South African minerals, machinery and transportation. The vehicles that are manufactured in SA and exported to the rest of the world include BMW X 3, Ford Rangers and Mercedes C class.
Ramaphosa said that by buying local we are supporting livelihoods, small business developments, job creation, supporting investments and tech innovation. He also pointed out that in his State Of The Nation Address he was wearing a suit and shoes that were made by South African producers.
“We need to work together to create an environment that supports local business”, Ramaphosa said.
By Lineo Khabele for African View News