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South Africans urged to support locally made goods

Minister Lindiwe Zulu addressed delegates at the 2016 Proudly South African Buy Local Summit & Expo.

The South African flag. Picture: AFP.

JOHANNESBURG - Small Business Development Minister Lindiwe Zulu says South Africans need to start appreciating and supporting products that are made in their own country.

Zulu has been addressing delegates at this year's Proudly South African Buy Local Summit and Expo in Sandton this morning, where local manufacturers and enterprises have put up stalls to showcase their goods and services to the dozens of buyers and potential investors.

#ProudlySA Buy local summit and expo 2016 at the Sandton Convention Centre today. MR pic.twitter.com/jADP5qLOpA

Zulu says the only way to boost the South African economy is having confidence in what the country produces.

#ProudlySA Zulu says she is wearing a dress made by a local designer. MR pic.twitter.com/fxzOncCYuY

Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies as well as Proudly South African CEO Leslie Sedibe will also get a chance to address delegates.

Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa is expected to deliver the keynote address.

#ProudlySA DP Cyril Ramaphosa and Minister Lindiwe Zulu just arrived. Programme scheduled to start at 09h00. MR pic.twitter.com/gQXHdUF57m