The Toolmaking Association of South Africa (TASA) was established in 2004 as a representative body for the South African Tool, Die and Mould (TDM) making industry. TASA is constituted as a national body with representation from all provinces that have significant tool, die and mould making activities. Representation is through the TASA provincial structures.
TASA was a driving force in the mobilisation of the National Tooling Initiative (NTI) and will remain an important and strong stakeholder in the process of the full establishment of the NTI which has as a national objective namely, the revitalization of the South African Tool, Die and Mould Making industry.
The National Tooling Initiative (NTI) is an initiative that has, as a national objective, the rehabilitation of the South African Tool, Die and Mould Making (TDM) industry and thereby contributing to a strategic growth stimulator for Manufacturing and Technical skills development.
The NTI has been developed as a national, multi-stakeholder initiative and structured as a Public Private Partnership (PPP). This has been done in order for government and industry to co-operate in the large scale intervention that is required to rehabilitate the TDM industry.
5 major driving programs have been identified and defined in order to focus all efforts towards achieving the rehabilitation objective: They are:
- Skills and expertise development.
- Capacity expansion,SMME and BBBEE Structuring.
- Technology recapitilization.
- Competitiveness improvement and export development.
- PPP Governance structure development.
Stakeholders take part and contribute to these programs on both regional and national level through capacitated legal structures, and forums.