About Us

The South African Electrotechnical Export Council (SAEEC)

The South African Electrotechnical Export Council (SAEEC) is a non-profit company established as a Public Private Partnership between South African business and the Department of Trade, Industry and Competition (the dtic) to facilitate the export growth and internationalisation of its members.

The SAEEC acts as the official voice between government and the industry and is a neural gateway into the Continent for international organisations in the Electrotechnical sector wishing to locate their operations in Africa.

Activities of the SAEEC include:

  • Identifying and creating export opportunities for our members
  • Providing market research and logistical support
  • Engaging Government support for marketing, promotion, trade and investment initiatives, for which we assist in obtaining subsidies
  • Leveraging DTI export incentive and financial schemes, some of which are exclusive to SAEEC members.
  • Initiating and managing targeted inward and outward buying trade missions
  • Organising regular export workshops and seminars
  • Advocating for the removal of barriers to trade
  • Building a brand for the South African Electrotechnical sector
  • Marketing and promoting our sector and members
  • Assisting with government export incentives
  • Accessing and providing professional export training

The Engineering and Technology Grouping of Export Councils

The SAEEC is a member of the cluster referred to as the Engineering and Technology Grouping of Export Councils (ETGES) which comprises South African Capital Equipment Export Council (SACEEC), International Steel Fabricators of Southern Africa (ISF), Steel Tube Export Association of South Africa (STEASA), Built Environment Professionals Export Council (BEPEC) and the African Rail Industry Association (ARIA).

This grouping of export councils has a reach of over one thousand South African national and multinational companies, through its membership base and that of its associated industry bodies. The grouping advocates on behalf of their members to government, multilateral institutions and other relevant bodies both in South Africa and internationally.

Benefits of Becoming a Member

Promotion and Branding in InternationAL Markets

Trade Leads and Trade Facilitation

Assistance with Participation at Events and Exhibitions

Representation at Various Forums (Government and Private Sector)

Our Members

Our members are South African registered companies that manufacture and provide products and related services in the Electrotechnical sector namely: Electrical Engineering, Electronics, Information Technology and Telecommunications.

Our member companies conform to global standards and are partners of choice in enabling Africa to meet the needs of Africa.

Important Statistics

The South African Electrotechnical sector has a local value of US$58 billion and employs around 280,000 people (2017 study by Analytix for the dti-Electrotechnical Sector Desk). The sector comprises electrical engineering, electronics, information technology and telecommunications. The sector covers a diverse range of products and services that each contributes directly to the sector itself as well as the broader manufacturing and value-added technology sector in South Africa. The dtic estimates that the industry contributes in the region of 12,5% to South African gross domestic product (GDP).