BENTELER Distribution is an international trading partner for high-quality steel tubes and associated services. Balancing the needs of these two segments of society, while pursuing a developmental agenda, is undoubtedly challenging and requires capable and effective governance. However, the ANC government’s policies today are a reflection of (rather than a solution to) the problems that economy and country face. The emphasis of economic policies is job-creation while this has its merits, they do not adequately address the causes of unemployment. South Africa has a structural unemployment issue and the country’s education system is failing to respond to the problem. Numerous policies have been drafted and passed with limited efficacy at best. However, with the national and provincial elections only months away we invited NUMSA to take its place in the leadership of WASPâ€. WASP was launched to unite the struggles of workers, communities and youth and is organised in a democratic and federal way that would have allowed NUMSA to use the WASP umbrella to stand its own candidates, selected by NUMSA’s own procedures. NUMSA could take its opposition to the National Development Plan into the national parliament as an ancillary to the struggles that will be waged in the workplaces and the communities. At NUMSA special congress the leadership laid down criteria that any political party would have to meet in order to warrant political support. These criteria were endorsed by the delegates in the adoption of the secretariat’s report. We believe WASP meets these criteria. WASP was born out of the struggles of the mineworkers and bases itself on the working class; WASP stands for the nationalisation of the mines, the banks, the commercial farms, the factories and other big business on the basis of workers control as part of the struggle for a socialist society; WASP is a thoroughly democratic organisation. As part of the adoption of their new political strategy, the NUMSA leadership was given a mandate to be alertâ€ to a party committed to socialism standing for elections in futureâ€. We therefore repeat our call for NUMSA to take its place in the leadership of WASP and support and stand candidates under the WASP umbrella in the 2014 elections as a crucial part of building the new Movement for Socialism. The mechanical engineer interfaces with plant personnel in troubleshooting power generating units and associated equipment and systems. Automated assembly will arrive, with industries seamlessly integrating multi-part assemblies including combinations of 3D printed metal and plastic parts.Â There’s not currently a super printer that can do all things intrinsically, like printing metal and plastic parts, due to factors such as processing temperatures. However, as automation increases, there’s a vision from the industry for a more automated assembly setup where there is access to part production from both flavors. The auto sector is a great example of where automated assembly could thrive on the factory floor. Benefits of an automated assembly for industrial applications include printing metals into plastic parts, building parts that are wear-resistant and collect electricity, adding surface treatments, and even building conductors or motors into plastic parts. The industry isn’t ready to bring this technology to market just yet, but it’s an example of where 3D printing is headed beyond 2020.