Facilitating South African exports and internationalisation

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 and Industry to facilitate the export growth and internationalisation of its members.

The SAEEC’s members comprise South African registered companies which manufacture and provide products and related services from the electrical engineering, electronics, information technology and telecommunications sectors.

The Council was established in 1991 and reports to a board of directors drawn from its members. It provides an important platform upon which it can co-ordinate the export marketing efforts of the sector as well as being an official conduit for government to enhance strategies and policies with an aim to improve the export support environment.

SAEEC’s Chiboni Evans and Marti Slater with a delegation from South Sudan in August 2017.


The facilitation, support, development and growth of exports in the electrotechnical sector through co-operation and expansion of the base of exporters for the prosperity of its members.


To address opportunities and issues by capitalising on our combined strength, provide a value-added and cost-effective service to its members to increase their international business opportunities, to provide a gateway for companies wishing to identify South African suppliers and partners, and to facilitate effective and sustainable local and international partnerships.

Current activities

The Council, supported by Thedti, will host 20 delegates from Kenya, Mozambique, Nigeria, South Sudan, Tanzania and Zambia to the 2018 Africa Energy Indaba which is to be held in Sandton in February.

Partnering with SA companies

According to the International Monetary Fund (IMF), South Africa’s economy is the 29th largest in the world, ahead of countries such as Thailand, Pakistan, Ireland and Malaysia. The country is ranked 52nd out of 144 countries in the World Economic Forum’s Global Competitiveness Report 2012/13. It is the highest ranked country in sub-Saharan Africa. It was also ranked among the global top 20 emerging economies by Bloomberg in 2013. in terms of company spending on R&D and 34th on the quality of scientific research institutions.

South Africa and Australia have been jointly selected to host the Square Kilometer Array (SKA) project with a majority share of the radio telescope destined to be built and housed in South Africa. The country has recently become the first African country to join the European Synchrotron Radiation Facility (ESRF).

Stellenbosch University’s department of electrical and electronic engineering was the first in the world to design and launch a microsatellite. BMW’s South African plant was awarded the highly prestigious European Gold Plant Quality Award ranking it first among European plants in quality.

South Africa formally joined the BRIC group of nations, converting BRIC to BRICS. Standing alongside Brazil, Russia, India and China, South Africa has joined the world’s most important emerging economies and the ones which will overtake many of the developed economies by 2050.

The Standard Transfer Specification (STS) was developed in South Africa and is recognised as the only globally accepted open standard for prepayment systems.

The Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) Surveillance System is a South African engineering reference worldwide and used by over 50 military forces. The country is at the forefront of the African vLBI (very long baseline interferometry) network which received a R120-million grant in 2012 from the African Renaissance Fund.

Contact Chiboni Evans, South African Electrotechnical Export Council, Tel 011 315-0209, chiboni@saeec.org.za

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