Economic Growth Engines Towards Industrialisation, Regional Development and Employment Creation
Special Economic Zones (SEZs) are progressively becoming a policy tool of choice for governments to attract foreign investment to promote
export oriented economy and growth, thus creating employment opportunities. Globally, there is a major shift in economic policies in developing
countries which attempt to industrialise their economy by becoming more manufacturing based economies, export driven through setting up of free
trade zones that are inclusive of SEZs, designed to encourage foreign direct investments. Read more.
Invitation to Comment on the Draft Phase 2 B-BBEE Codes of Good Practice
Minister Rob Davies published the draft Phase 2 B-BBEE Codes of Good Practice for public comment. Phase 2 Amendments covers the following Statements,
a) Qualifying Small Enterprise statements Code 600;
b) Development and gazette of Sector Charter Code 000 Statement 003;
c) Scorecard for Specialised Enterprises Code 000 Statement 004;
d) Recognition in the Sale of Assets Code 100 Statement 102;
e) Recognition of Equity Equivalents for Multinationals Code 100 Statement 103.
Interested persons may submit written comments on the proposed Phase 2 B-BBEE Codes of Good Practice by 9 December 2014. Read more.
Medium and Heavy Commercial Vehicles Automotive Investment Scheme (MHCV-AIS)
the dti has initiated the Medium and Heavy Commercial Vehicles Automotive Investment Scheme (MHCV-AIS), a sub-component of the Automotive Investment Scheme (AIS),
an incentive designed to grow and develop the automotive sector through investment in new and/or replacement models and components that will increase plant production volumes,
sustain employment and/or strengthen the automotive value chain. Read more
Minister launches NECSA Tooling Centre of Excellence
The Minister of Trade and Industry, Dr Rob Davies (MP), launched the South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (NECSA) Tooling Centre of Excellence
in Phelindaba, Pretoria, on 10 November 2014. The launch was held in partnership with the National Tooling Initiative (NTI) and NECSA. The minister
said the tooling sector has been identified by the Department of Trade and Industry (the dti) as a "key programme to develop market and showcase the
niche competitive advantages and capabilities of the South African manufacturing companies that operate within the Tool, Die and Mouldmaking sector both
locally and globally".
Market and Showcase your Products at the Feira Internacional De Angola (Filda) 2015, in Luanda, Angola: 21 - 26 July 2015
The Department of Trade and Industry (the dti) invite your firm and other exporters of multi-sectoral products to apply to take part in the Feira
International de Angola (FILDA) 2014, scheduled to take place from 21 - 26 July 2015 in Luanda, Angola. Closing date for applications: 20 March 2015.
Minister of Trade and Industry Dr Rob Davies (MP) officially opened the Gestamp Renewable Industries wind tower manufacturing plant in Atlantis,
Western Cape on 5 November 2014. The minister said The Department of Trade and Industry (the dti) welcomed the opening of the facility as part of
its drive to expand the capabilities of the South African manufacturing industry and increase the country's industrial base. The plant will produce
150 wind tower masts anually for both the local and export markets.
Small Business Connect
The November 2014 edition of Small Business Connect is now available and includes articles such as:
An Opportunity to Increase your Company's Exports and Turnover!
The Department of Trade and Industry (the dti) will be participating in various exhibitions, trade shows and National
Pavilions to promote locally manufactured products in international markets. The department invites manufacturers and
registered exporters to participate in the international trade shows listed in the link below. If your company is competitive in the
South African market, has been in business for at least two years and is export ready, it stands to benefit from the dti's
Export Marketing and Investment Assistance scheme.
Click here for the 2015/16 National Pavilion List.
Highlights of some of the dti's achievements towards full-scale industrialisation and inclusive growth
the dti Furniture Design Call for Entries
The Department of Trade and Industry (the dti), in partnership with the SABS Design Institute, invites design students to participate
in a Furniture Design Competition. Closing date for applications: 19 January 2015.
Since the SEZ Act was signed into law, there has been considerable interest in SEZ implementation progress as well as performance by the currently operational IDZs.
The SEZ M&E has initiated SEZ Quarterly Performance Analysis Bulletin. The purpose of the bulletin is to provide information to the general public and other stakeholders as well as policy makers regarding
the performance progress that has been made with the implementation of the SEZ Act. Read more
Proclamation by the President of the Republic of South Africa
Commencement of the Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment Amendment Act, 2013 (Act No. 46 of 2013). In terms of section 10 (2) of the Broad-Based
Black Economic Empowerment Amendment Act, 2013 (Act No. 46 of 2013), I hereby determine that the Act
shall come into operation on the date of publication of this proclamation, 24 October 2014
Taking the dti to Factories: R1.2 Billion Already Spent in Agro-Processing
The Minister of Trade and Industry, Dr Rob Davies says the department will continue to support agro-processing, in which it has already spent R1.2 billion since 2009, because it is one
of the manufacturing sub-sectors identified in the Industrial Action Policy Plan as a vehicle for value-addition to the country's agricultural products.
Minister Davies was speaking to business people and workers at the Callie De Wet Hall in Robertson, Western Cape. He was on a one-day visit to the Langeberg Municipality which
also included a whirl wind tour of two companies as part of the Department of Trade and Industry's (the dti) Taking the dti to Factories Campaign.
SA Automotive Week Industry Conference in Top Gear
Mr Mzwandile Masina (MP), Deputy Minister of Trade and Industry, spoke at the SA Automotive Week Industry Conference in Midrand on 14 October 2014. The conference theme was
"Africa's Automotive Awakening: The Race is On!"
Jacob Zuma ribbon-cutting at the Dube TradePort
President Jacob Zuma cuts a ribbon to officially open the Dube TradePort Industrial Development Zone (IDZ) on the KwaZulu-Natal North Coast.
His keynote address on 7 October 2014 came during the handing over ceremony of the operator permit to officially establish the IDZ.
Jacob Zuma, Rob Davies and Mzwandile Masina at the Dube TradePort
Minister of Trade and Industry Rob Davies says the Dube TradePort on the KwaZulu-Natal North Coast has already attracted over R900 million in
private sector investment. President Jacob Zuma has added that the new Industrial Development Zone is expected to unlock more than 150 225
new jobs by 2060. Deputy Minister of Trade and Industry Mzwandile Masina has also lauded the President for initiating the development.
They were speaking at the IDZ on 7 October 2014.
Launch of a R100 million Gold Loan Scheme to Support Jewellery Manufacturers
The Minister of Trade and Industry, Dr Rob Davies, launched a R100 million Gold Loan Scheme on the 30 September 2014 in Sandton to assist emerging and established gold jewellery
manufacturers with working capital.
The scheme is a working capital facility supported through the Industrial Policy Niche Projects Fund of the Manufacturing Competitiveness
Enhancement Programme (MCEP). The loans under the scheme will be provided at a fixed interest rate of 3% per annum. Addressing stakeholders at the launch, Minister Davies said that the
scheme was originally identified in the previous iterations of the Industrial Policy Action Plan (IPAP) and it is meant to support gold jewellery manufacturers to access loans at
Invitation to take part in an Outward Investment Mission to Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada (PDAC)
Convention Toronto, Canada 1 - 4 March 2015
the dti invites you to apply to take part in an Outward Investment Mission to PDAC International Convention, Trade Show and Investors Exchange
to be held in Toronto, Canada from 1 to 4 March 2015. Closing date for applications: 12 December 2014.
Department of Small Business Development
Stakeholders in the SMME and co-operatives sectors are encouraged to continue to deal with officials
of the dti's Broadening Participation Division (BPD) until the Department of Small Business Development is
fully functional. Read more
Minister Davies Approves Amended Guidelines for Automotive Investment Schemes
The Minister of Trade and Industry, Dr Rob Davies (MP), has approved the newly revised guidelines for the Automotive Investment Scheme (AIS) and the People-carrier
Automotive Investment Scheme (P-AIS). Read more.
the dti Film Rebate
South Africa has made significant progress in the last 10 years in
growing the film industry and improving its ability to contribute to job
The Department of Trade and Industry's (the dti) Film and TV
incentive has assisted more than 400 films since its inception in
2004, with over R2.4 billion disbursed to support about 95 000
projected job opportunities in the production sector.
Our success in supporting and growing the industry is
evident in the dramatic increase in the number of local
feature films produced annually and their steady
performances at the box office. Read more
SA/EU Creative Industries Trade Dialogue Project: A Summary of Findings and Proposed Action
The Departments of Trade and Industry and Arts and Culture participated in the SA-EU Trade Dialogue research project which had the objective of contributing to the generation of meaningful and
accessible data and information on the trade in cultural goods and services between SA and the EU. Read more
FAQs: Removal of Adverse Consumer Credit Information
Suspension of Liquor Regulation 21 Notice
The Minister of Trade and Industry has suspended the implementation of Regulation 21 of the Liquor Amendment Regulations 2013. The implementation of this regulation, which is
about trading hours, will take place nine months after the date of the attached notice, which is 11 April 2014.
The Liquor Amendment Regulations were promulgated on 3 December 2013 and Regulation 21 requires distribution activities to take place between 09:00 and 18:00 Monday to Saturday and
not at all on Sundays. Read More.
Industrial Policy Action Plan (IPAP)
Minister of Trade and Industry, Dr Rob Davies (MP) launched the sixth iteration of the Industrial Policy Action Plan (IPAP) in Sandton, Gauteng on 7 April 2014.
Transition period for compliance with new BEE codes extended to April 2015
The Minister of Trade and Industry, Dr Rob Davies (MP), has extended the transitional period for the recently revised Broad-Based Black Economic
Empowerment (B-BBEE) Codes of Good Practice to end April 2015.
Government Gazette No.37453
National Credit Amendment Bill
The Minister of Trade and Industry, Dr Rob Davies (MP), has announced the introduction of the National Credit Amendment Bill to the National Assembly.
The purpose of the Bill is to amend the National Credit Act 34 of 2005.
the dti also published the Removal of Adverse Consumer Credit Information regulations which are designed to remove adverse consumer credit information as
well as information relating to paid-up judgements. There is more information in Government Gazette No.37386, published on 26 February 2014.
the dti launches Youth Enterprise Development Strategy
The Department of Trade and Industry (the dti) launched the Youth Enterprise Development Strategy at a function in the Maboneng Precinct in
the Johannesburg CBD on Monday 11 November 2013. The strategy aims to promote youth self-employment and youth-owned and managed enterprises.
The launch coincides with the opening of the Micro Enterprise Development Organisation (MEDO) youth-focused ICT Incubation Centre,
which will facilitate Information and Communication Technology skills transfer and trading opportunities to enhance the mainstreaming of youth participation in the South African economy.
Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment (B-BBEE) Codes of Good Practice
The Minister of Trade and Industry, Dr Rob Davies (MP), has announced the release of the revised Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment (B-BBEE) Codes of Good Practice.
Minister Davies says the refined Codes symbolise a new beginning in the re-orientation of the transformation policy to focus more on productive B-BBEE and the growth of black entrepreneurs through Enterprise and Supplier Development elements.
Call for Entities Registered with the National Liquor Authority to Renew Licences
The Department of Trade and Industry (the dti) would like to urge all National Liquor Authority (NLA) Macro Manufacturers and Distributors of Liquor
due for renewal to submit their annual information returns and pay the prescribed fees. Every entity registered with the NLA is required in terms of the National Liquor Act,
No. 59 of 2003 to renew its registration on an annual basis by filing the NLA 28 Form and paying the prescribed fee at least one month before the expiry date of their registration
certificate. Renewals should be accompanied by the requisite supporting documents and proof of payment.
Reducing Municipal Red Tape for SMMEs
The Department of Trade and Industry (the dti) in conjunction with the Department of Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs (CoGTA)
conducted the Local Red Tape Reduction pilot to address regulatory, administrative and other compliance processes that hamper the effective development of SMMEs at local government level.
The findings are published in the Guidelines for Reducing Municipal Red Tape: How Municipalities can Improve Service Delivery that Supports Small Business. The guidelines serve as a practical
implementation framework to reduce municipal red tape for the growth of small businesses.
The Economic Contribution of Copyright-Based Industries in South Africa
The creative industry contributes significantly to the economic, social and cultural development of a country. In light of this, in 2011, the Government of South Africa
commissioned a study to determine the benefits stemming from the local industry. The study was done through the Department of Trade and Industry (the dti),
with financial and technical support from the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO).
The National Export Development Programme (NEDP): Your Passport to Export
The Department of Trade and Industry has taken it upon itself to revisit its tools in a number of areas to advance industrialisation,
market access and broad economic development priorities of the country. Key among them is the NEDP,
designed to enhance our efficiencies and effectiveness in engaging with the ever-changing global economic space. Read more
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representatives and other reliable sources for distribution and matching to South African small and medium-sized export-ready firms.
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Copyright Review Commission
The Copyright Review Commission is now accessible on facebook and twitter. To post questions or comments join us on Facebook and search for "Copyright Review Commission"
and "CopyrightCR" on twitter. Interested parties can still contact us on our toll free number: 08000 7702.
Speech Delivered by the Deputy Minister of Trade and Industry, Mzwandile Masina at Africa Economic Expansion Summit, held at Durban, 11 November
Please allow me to take this opportunity to express my sincere gratitude for having been afforded an opportunity to address this year’s edition of the important Africa Economic Expansion Summit. On behalf of the government of South Africa and particularly the Department of Trade and Industry, I wish to communicate our profound appreciation for this platform, for it is a critical part of the necessary social engagement that our National Development Plan suggests to be central to the development outcomes we want to achieve. The sentiments of the National Development Plan are similar to the collective efforts that the African Union vision 2063 implores all of as Africans to be part of in order to achieve the collective African development of growth that we so much desire.
the dti Budget Vote Address delivered to the National Council of Provinces (NCOP) by Dr Rob Davies, Minister of Trade and Industry, 23 July 2014
Efforts to promote and develop the Special Economic Zone programme throughout the country is beginning to deliver results, as evidenced by the R3.4bn in investments and over 67,000 direct and indirect jobs created by the Coega, Richards Bay and East London Industrial Development Zones. The IDZ programme will greatly advance regional diversification of industrial development.
the dti Budget Vote Address delivered to the National Council of Provinces (NCOP) by Mr Mzwandile Masina, Deputy Minister of Trade and Industry, 23 July 2014
In the coming financial year, the dti will continue to improve implementation of the Industrial Policy Action Plan (IPAP) and the Mineral Beneficiation Action Plan. The Department will also move decisively to develop bolder and sharper instruments to support black industrialists and youth entrepreneurs, but more importantly ensure they are viable and sustainable.
the dti Budget Vote Address delivered by Deputy Minister of Trade and Industry, Mr Mzwandile Masina, MP, Old Assembly Chamber on the 22 July 2014
the dti will continue to improve implementation of the Industrial Policy Action Plan (IPAP) and the Mineral Beneficiation Action Plan. the dti will also move decisively to develop bolder and sharper instruments to support black industrialists and youth entrepreneurs, but more importantly ensure they are viable and sustainable.
Minister Davies Re-Launches a Defy Production Facility Worth More that R120m
The Minister of Trade and Industry, Dr Rob Davies has re-launched the new Defy 'Side-by-Side' refrigerator production facility worth more than R120 million in East London today. Minister Davies congratulated Defy with the launch and said this was in line with Industrial Policy Action Plan (IPAP).
Minister Davies Approves Guidelines to Stimulate Production of Medium and Heavy Commercial Vehicles
The Minister of Trade and Industry, Dr Rob Davies has approved the new Medium and Heavy Commercial Vehicles - Automotive Investment Scheme (MHCV-AIS) guidelines in order to stimulate investment in the production of medium and heavy commercial vehicles in South Africa. The MHCV-AIS is a sub-component of the Automotive Investment Scheme (AIS), an incentive designed to grow and develop the automotive sector in South Africa.
Industrialisation is a Major Part of Achieving the 100 Black Industrialist Development Programme - DG Lionel October
Industrialisation is a major part of the African developmental agenda and an important vehicle to achieving the creationof one-hundred black industrialists programme in the next coming five-years. That was said by the Director-General (DG) of the department of Trade and Industry, Mr Lionel October.
South Africa to Host International Steel Conference
The Steel Committee Conference for the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) that South Africa will host next month will contribute significantly to the current debates in the sustainability of the South African steel industry, specifically on beneficiation. South Africa will become the first African country to host the OECD when the Committee's 77th session takes place in Cape Town from 11-12 December 2014
Germany Remains Committed to Support South Africa in Growing its Economy
The Federal Minister for Foreign Affairs in the Federal Republic of Germany Dr Frank-Walter Steinmeier affirmed Germany's commitment to support South Africa in growing its economy. He was speaking at the South Africa-German Business Conference held as part of the 8th session of the South Africa-Germany Bi-National Commission in Sandton today.