History of the DAC
Funding for the DAC is overseen by the Economic Development and Investment Promotion Unit (ED &IPU) of the eThekwini Municipality, which is mandated to promote economic development; job creation, economic transformation and economic intelligence within the municipal region.
The DAC is aligned and works in partnership with the Automotive Supply Chain Competitiveness Initiative (ASCCI) in an attempt to enable suppliers, OEMs, and other stakeholders to increase value add while also increasing localisation and enabling local supply chain capabilities.
- Generating a critical mass of resources
- Shared learning
- Supporting the rapid diffusion of ideas
- Collective action and risk sharing
- Reduced costs
- Enhanced ability to compete on a global platform
The overarching objective of the DAC is to grow the local manufacturing value addition (MVA) by 100% in real terms between 2012 and 2021.
Why our objectives matter
Strategic focus areas
The DAC’s programmes in 2018 reflect the strategic priorities and accordingly comprise the following three programmes:
Our founding principles
The founding constitutional principles of the DAC are incorporated into its memorandum of incorporation under the New Companies Act and this governs the activities of the DAC. This specifies, amongst other things, objectives, membership requirements, decision making processes and the appointment of a facilitation service provider. In terms of governance, the DAC’s operating model entails industry contributing technical and management expertise to focused Technical Steering Committees (TSCs), with these TSCs then in turn reporting into an Executive Committee comprising both industry and local government representatives.
Cluster facilitation services are provided by an independent team from B&M Analysts appointed by the Executive Committee.
Founded in 1997, B&M Analysts’ primary areas of expertise and service provision include cluster facilitation, competitiveness benchmarking and upgrading, project management, training, and policy and strategy research services. These services are provided to government, non-government organisations (NGOs), clusters, industry associations, and manufacturing companies.
The DAC is a verified Level 4 B-BBEE contributor under the Codes of Good Practice for Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment (B-BBEE). 100% of expenditure can therefore be claimed as Preferential Procurement. The DAC complies with requirements outlined in the Municipal Finance Management Act (MFMA) and Public Finance Management Act (PFMA).