The National Tooling Initiative Programme (NTIP) is the Intsimbi National Tooling Initiative’s (Intsimbi NTI’s) project management company. The NTIP acts as implementing agency and is responsible for the facilitation and management of all Intsimbi NTI programmes. The NTIP, a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Toolmaking Association of South Africa (TASA), is also responsible for the engagement of competent project resources.
The Intsimbi NTI is a national (South African), multi-stakeholder initiative that was established under the auspices of the Department of Trade and Industry (the dti) and TASA to implement a turnaround strategy for South Africa’s distressed tooling industry. The aim of the Initiative was to enable government and industry to cooperate on the large-scale interventions required to rehabilitate the South African Tool, Die and Mouldmaking (TDM) sector and to embark on a robust rehabilitation programme to put the local industry on a firm trajectory to international competitiveness. The partnership between the tooling industry (TASA) and government (the dti) on the development and implementation of the Intsimbi NTI Programme is governed by an overarching memorandum of agreement (MOA) and is supported by an annual service level agreement (SLA) between the two parties.
The NTIP is responsible for the execution of the programmes approved by the governance structure of the Intsimbi NTI. Core programmes, focussing on skills and enterprise development in the tooling industry, form the backbone of the Intsimbi NTI. Two major programmes have been identified namely: