DURBAN - Business Unity of South Africa (BUSA) said on Sunday that it was very concerned about imminent job losses in the domestic steel and aluminium industry if the import duties imposed by the United States government succeed.
Speaking during the session on South African investment opportunities at the BRICS Business Council meeting being held in Durban, BUSA representative Busiswe Mabuza said that business acknowledged Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies' efforts and wished him success in the negotiations.
"The threat to more than 7,000 jobs posed by the imposition of tariffs on South African steel and aluminium exports to the US remains a big concern, as every single job counts and the country cannot afford any further job loses in an economy that has such high unemployment levels," Mabuza said.
"Minister [Rob] Davies, business acknowledges your brilliant efforts at government-to-government level in trying to negotiate exemptions for South African exporters in this regard."
BUSA is a confederation of business organisations, including chambers of commerce and industry, professional associations, corporate associations and unisectoral organisations, representing South African business on macro-economic and high-level issues.