Mike TabernerHi Chris
I think that you make some very good points around the general patriotism of South Africans. I would agree with you about the fact that despite buying foreign goods, for whatever reason, we remain proudly South African as a rule.
My observation though differs from yours in that in this case we are talking about a national sporting team. I am disappointed that no South African firm came forward to sponsor the team as far as there uniforms go. Equally though, I am not convinced that SASCOC did everything it could to lobby business.
When one looks at the costs of the sponsorship, it seems relatively small, compared to other deals that we know are on the go.
In short I believe that this was a bit of a farce and that the level of indignation is somewhat justified and that SASCOC should seriously look at the process.
Cheers and thanks for these types of debates Posted on 12 Apr 2012 10:12
Tina CartwrightThank you for raising this topic Chris, as it will assist in educating people about The Proudly South African campaign. You are quite correct in saying that most SA consumers don't equate Proudly South African with buy South African. However, this is exactly the message that Proudly South African is trying to get across in their "buy local" campaign - that every person, not only big organisations such as SASCOC, can make a difference by consciously trying to buy things from local suppliers.
When you're in the supermarket, look for a tin of tomatoes made in South Africa, in a clothes outlet look for South African made products first. If there aren't any, or they are not of the desired quality or value for money then by all means purchase the imported alternative. When purchasing gifts, whether individually or for a corporate function, try to source within South Africa.
With the new Preferential Procurement Policy Framework Act, which came into effect in December 2011, state institutions, from local municipalities to government departments, are compelled / encouraged to buy locally up to a certain level. SASCOC's situation might not have gone through this process as it was a sponsorship.
As a Proudly South African member company for over 7 years, use of the logo helps our products to be easily identified as a South African manufactured gift.
What started out as a quick comment has become a mini thesis! Posted on 12 Apr 2012 22:51