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Market Your Products and Services at the 2nd Intra-African Trade Fair (IATF) 2020, Kigali, Rwanda

the dti invites South African manufacturers and service providers to introduce their products and services to the rest of the African continent and beyond. The IATF provides a strategic platform to access an integrated African market of over one billion people with a GDP of US$2.5 trillion, joined together by the African Continental Free Trade Area. The deadline for submission of complete National Pavilion application form accompanied by all supporting documentation is 2 April 2020.

Invitation to Participate at the Automechanika Germany 2020 National Pavilion in Frankfurt, Germany from 8-12 September 2020

The Department of Trade and Industry (the dti) invites South African exporters in the Automotive Industry to showcase their automotive equipment and products at Automechanika Germany. The deadline for submission of complete National Pavilion application forms accompanied by all supporting documentation is 8 April 2020.

Market Your Fresh Produce at the Fruit Logistica Asia 2020 Exhibition 16 to 18 September 2020 in Singapore

the dti extends an invitation to your firm and other exporters of fresh fruit products to apply to participate in the Fruit Logistica Asia 2020 exhibition, scheduled to take place from 16 to 18 September 2020 in Singapore. The deadline date for the submission of complete National Pavilion application forms is 16 April 2020.

Invitation to Participate at the South African Pavilion at World Food Moscow in Moscow, Russia from 22-25 September 2020

The Department of Trade and Industry (the dti) invites companies in the Food sector to showcase their products at World Food Moscow. The deadline for submission of complete National Pavilion application forms accompanied by all supporting documentation is 24 April 2020.

Invitation to Participate at SIAL 2020 in Paris, France from 18-22 October 2020

The Department of Trade and Industry (the dti) invites companies in the Food sector to showcase their products at the South African National Pavilion at the SIAL Paris International Food Products Exhibition. The deadline for submission of complete National Pavilion application forms accompanied by all supporting documentation is 18 May 2020.

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 links 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.



Digital Transformation Programme to Unlock Black Industrialists Potential

The Deputy Minister of Trade and Industry, Ms Namalungelo Gina says Digital Transformation Programme for Black Industrialists will help a great deal in supporting Industrialists under the Department of Trade and Industry (the dti) programme to unlock their potential through digital transformation within their business in South Africa. Gina was speaking at the launch of the programme hosted in Mandeni, KwaZulu-Natal.

Gina said Microsoft South Africa has entered into partnership with the dti to help Black Industrialists into bridging this gap in running their businesses.


Minister Patel Launches Half a Billion Rand Toyota Hiace Ses’filikile Plant Expansion

The Minister of Trade and Industry (the dti) Ebrahim Patel, has launched a taxi manufacturing expansion plant worth almost half a billion rands in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal. The expansion is part of the Toyota South Africa Motors (TSAM) Hiace Ses’filikile Plant. Minister Patel said the investment is another vote of confidence in the capability of the South African automotive industry and the KwaZulu-Natal economy. Manufacturing is the largest contributor to economic output in the province, supporting more than 350 000 direct jobs



The National Liquor Authority (NLA) calls upon all registered liquor distributors and macromanufacturers to comply with annual returns to avoid cancellation of their registration.


Deputy Minister Fikile Majola officially opens Ola Fresh Market in Bophelong

Ola Fresh Market has joined the Pick n Pay family and has evolved into Pick n Pay-Ola’s Market which boasts a new look and has created a greater shopping experience.


Standard required by the National Liquor Authority for submission of supporting documents when lodging a new application

This practice note, is issued to provide clarity on the standard required by the NLA, when applicants file supporting documents when lodging a new application as a requirement in terms of the Liquor Amendment Regulations, 2013. View practice note


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If you would like to subscribe to the dti's Trade Lead Bulletin mailing list, please complete the subscription form and e-mail to tradeleadbulletin@thedti.gov.za

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Comments by Minister of Trade, Industry and Competition, Mr Ebrahim Patel, to the Press on the Issuance of Covid-19 National Disaster Regulations and Directions
2020-03-20
The effects of COVID-19 on the economy is being closely watched. It will have an effect on GDP but our key concern now is to save lives and ensure we minimise the economic costs. After we have defeated the virus, we will all need to work together to rebuild the economy.
The effects of COVID-19 on the economy is being closely watched. It will have an effect on GDP but our key concern now is to save lives and ensure we minimise the economic costs. After we have defeated the virus, we will all need to work together to rebuild the economy.
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Remarks by Minister of Trade & Industry: MR Ebrahim Patel, during SONA debate, 19 February 2020, National Assembly.
2020-02-19
The central idea in SONA last week is of going together, building broad consensus and developing social compacts - it is how we made our constitution and how we are now rebuilding our economy. 
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Speech Delivered by Deputy Minister Nomalungelo Gina at the Meeting of the Industrial Parks Revitalisation Programme Working Group
2020-02-05
Speech Delivered by Deputy Minister Nomalungelo Gina at the Meeting of the Industrial Parks Revitalisation Programme Working GroupIt is with great pleasure to join you in this ordinary Executive meeting as the dti’s industrial Park Chief Directorate and all the heads of our Industrial Parks. This coordination, at this level, by the Department is very important for some of us, because it demonstrates a closer oversight and strategic leadership on the side of the Department to our industrial parks.
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Speech by Deputy Minister of Trade and Industry, Ms Nomalungelo Gina Delivered in Chesterville, Durban, on the Occasion of the Learners School Performance Awards by Ubhaqa Network
2020-01-24
It is my single most honour to receive this important invitation to join schools and parents of Cator Manor and Chesterville township to recognize the good work that our children have achieved in 2019 schooling calendar. I want to firstly express my gratitude to Ubhaqa Network for positioning itself as an NPO in doing such a wonderful work in contributing to building our children, as future  leaders and citizens of this country. Since the launch of Ubhaqa Network in December 2011, you have spent most of your work in promoting the culture of Learning and Teaching in our schools within the Cator Manor, uMkhumbane, Chesterville and various other areas in the province.
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Statement by the Deputy Minister of Trade and Industry, Ms Nomalungelo Gina at the Media Briefing of the National Liquor Authority Festive Season Campaign Against the Abuse of Alcohol in South Africa  - Durban
2019-12-18
Alcohol binge drinking in South Africa during this season has gone to unacceptable levels with the results that each year government collects statistics of road accidents and deaths caused mainly by drink and driving.

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Update on Online Bizportal to Register Businesses that Provide Essential Goods and Service During the Lockdown Period
2020-03-26
As of 16h00 this afternoon, nearly 15 000 companies have already registered as providers of essential goods and services. Most of these have been in food supply, medical and pharmaceutical services and transport services.
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Online Bizportal to Register Businesses that Provide Essential Goods and Service During the Lockdown Period
2020-03-26
As of 14h00 this afternoon, more than 10 000 companies have already registered as providers of essential goods and services. Most of these have been in food supply, medical and pharmaceutical services and transport services. We will provide further update on communication platforms as to the number of registered businesses during the lockdown period.
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Minister Patel Announces Essential Service Application Portal
2020-03-25
The Minister of Trade and Industry, Mr Ebrahim Patel has announced that all businesses that will be allowed to provide essential services are required to seek approval from the Department of Trade, Industry and Competition (the dtic)  in order for them to trade during the period of the lockdown in terms of the regulations published today by the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs, Ms Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma in Regulation Gazette No. 11062
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Media Briefing – Remarks by Minister of Trade, Industry and Competition Ebrahim Patel on Tuesday 24 March 2020
2020-03-24
The address by the President last night recognised that saving lives must be the priority and we need to draw on all our resources in the economy and within each of the major economic players to come through this with as little damage.
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B-BBEE Commission Finds First Garment Rental (Pty) Ltd not to have Violated the B-BBEE Act
2020-03-17
The investigation by the B-BBEE Commission (Commission) which commenced in 2019 against First Garment Rental (Pty) Ltd t/a Montana Laundries (Garment Rental (Pty) Ltd,) a Bidvest subsidiary, has found that the company did not violate the B-BBEE Act.
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Deputy Minister Magwanishe launches Nkowankowa Industrial Park in Tzaneen

The event marked the end of the first phase of the upgrading of the park by the dti at a cost of R40 million. The renovation was part of the department’s Industrial Parks Revitalisation Programme which started in 2016 and is aimed at upgrading the infrastructure of all state-owned industrial parks.


Intellectual Property and Technology Commercialisation Colloquium keynote address

The Minister of Trade and Industry, Dr Rob Davies delivered the keynote address at the Intellectual Property and Technology Commercialisation Colloquium at the Saint George’s Hotel and Conference Centre in Pretoria on Tuesday, 9 April 2019.

The colloquium is hosted by the dti, in collaboration with the Companies and Intellectual Property Commission (CIPC) under the theme: Propelling innovation towards full-scale industrialisation and inclusive growth. The colloquium explored how innovators could create value from their IP and what mechanisms should be put in place to ensure successful commercialisation. It also covered key areas of intellectual property (IP) development and protection, acquisition and exploitation and how the Fourth Industrial Revolution is challenging the value of conventional IP rights protection and its enforcement.


What are the implications for trade between SA and the UK if Brexit goes ahead?

Minister Trade & Industry Rob Davies says if the UK leaves the European Union with no agreement in place, this could impact South Africa's trade and exports - especially duties on products like sugar and automotive vehicles. Read more


Special Economic Zones Programme Attracted Investments of over R16.8 Billion-Minister Davies

The Special Economic Zones Programme has reached its full implementation stage, and the total number of operational investors in designated Special Economic Zones has now reached 115 with a private investment value of over R16.8 billion. This was said by the Minister of Trade and Industry, Dr Rob Davies. Davies was speaking at the first National Special Economic Zones (SEZs) Investment Conference that is hosted by the Department of Trade and Industry (the dti), in partnership with the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Economic Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs (EDTEA) on 3 April 2019.


President Cyril Ramaphosa launches Atlantis SEZ

The 124.5-hectare area is designated for the establishment of a green technologies hub in the Western Cape and is expected to attract R1.8 billion in investment by 2022. This follows the confirmed designation of the Atlantis SEZ status by Cabinet on 8 June 2018.


Minister Davies hails potential of Atlantis SEZ

Minister Rob Davies has highlighted the benefits of the newly launched Atlantis Special Economic Zone (SEZ).

Minister Davies joined President Cyril Ramaphosa as he officially launched the new SEZ on Thursday, 6 December 2018.

A combined R1.8billion is expected to be invested in the SEZ by 2022, with the creation of 1 200 direct jobs. A total of 24 000 full time equivalent jobs are also expected to be created in the SEZ’s 20-year lifespan. This is in line with our Industrial Policy and will contribute towards the objectives of National Development Plan (NDP).

Minister Davies' BRICS Business Council Mid-Term meeting address

South Africa's Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies addressing the BRICS Business Council Mid-Term meeting in Johannesburg, South Africa



Deputy Minister Magwanishe welcomes R502-million investment into ELIDZ

Deputy Minister of Trade and Industry Bulelani Magwanishe and Eastern Cape MEC for Economic Development, Environmental Affairs and Tourism Oscar Mabuyane recently welcomed a R502-million investment into the East London Industrial Development Zone (ELIDZ) by Meek Mines South Africa and Nulatex Condoms South Africa. The chief executive officer of the ELIDZ, Simphiwe Kondlo, said the investment would create 450 jobs.


Minister Davies launches TWIMS in Durban

Minister Rob Davies addressed the launch of the Toyota Wessels Institute for Manufacturing Studies (TWIMS) in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal on Monday, 26 November 2018.

TWIMS is dedicated to the development of manufacturing and manufacturing-related executives, managers and government officials in Africa. Through its partnership with Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS), the institute will offer an MBA specialising in manufacturing.

Minister Davies said that the TWIMS will accelerate the building of a deep manufacturing culture that South Africa is in need of to drive our own domestic demands and produce value added products in different sectors of the economy.


DM Magwanishe delivers keynote address at the Vhembe SMME Summit

The Deputy Ministers of Trade and Industry and Small Business Development Mr Bulelani Magwanishe and Mr Cassel Mathale have announced their commitment to take forward small businesses based in the Vhembe municipality, through the implementation of resolutions taken at the two-day summit on 15 and 16 November 2018, which was held in Thohoyandou.


DG Lionel October delivers keynote address at 3rd Industrial Park Symposium

The Director-General of the Department of Trade and Industry, Mr Lionel October, addressed the Industrial Parks Symposium in Midrand, Gauteng, on 12 November 2018. He said that with the proper support and management, the 26 industrial parks across South Africa could be transformed into special economic zones that would make an immense contribution to the economy and create jobs.


Launch of R50-Million First Phase Revitalised Phuthaditjhaba Industrial Park.

The Deputy Minister of Trade and Industry, Mr Bulelani Magwanishe, officially launched the revitalised Phuthaditjhaba Industrial Park in Maluti-a-Phofung Local Municipality, Free State, on 30 October 2018. The industrial park has been revitalised for an amount of R50 million approved by the dti under its Industrial Parks Revitalisation Programme. The revitalisation comprised security upgrades, including fencing, street lighting, the installation of boom and pedestrian gates, CCTV cameras and control room, and the refurbishment of high mast lights.

Listen: Minister Rob Davies talks to Kaya FM about upcoming Investment Summit

In the run-up to the Investment Summit taking place in South Africa next week, Minister of Trade and Industry Dr Rob Davies (MP) speaks to Khaya Sithole about what ideas officials will be looking for to boost investment in the country. The conference provides an opportunity for government to engage with investors with regards to the progress it is making in its journey towards political and economic renewal, strengthening the credibility of public institutions, and unlocking the latent potential and innovative spirit of South Africa’s economy. https://iono.fm/e/615440

Minister Rob Davies hosts the Black Industrialist inaugural dialogue

Minister Rob Davies hosted the Black Industrialist inaugural dialogue, under the theme Black Industrialists: Expanding Economic Investments and Strengthening Competitiveness, at the South African Bureau of Standards (SABS) in Pretoria on 3 October 2018. The purpose of the dialogue was to facilitate discussions between the government, private sector and the beneficiaries of the Black Industrialist Scheme (BIS).


Minster Rob Davies’ Keynote Address at the CIPC XBRL Launch

The ease of doing business and particularly reducing the regulatory burden for businesses received a boost with the launch of Companies and Intellectual Property Commission (CIPC’s) Extensible Business Reporting Language (XBRL), a Digital Financial Reporting Solution at the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE) in Sandton.

The system will allow companies to file Annual Financial Statements using this mechanism and the data could be shared across the regulatory spectrum for multiple purposes. The Minister of Trade and Industry, Dr Rob Davies, delivered the keynote address at the launch.


Minister Rob Davies opens Yekani R1bn Smart factory in East London

Minister of Trade and Industry Dr Rob Davies launched a R1bn Yekani ICT electronics manufacturing factory in the East London Special Economic Zone (ELIDZ) on 5 June 2018. Yekani is a beneficiary of the dti’s Black Industrialists programme and the Special Economic Zone Fund. “What we are witnessing today is a company that is getting into this space, which is very important as we prepare ourselves for the Fourth Industrial Revolution,” said the Minister.


Business breakfast dialogue on the Rural and Township Industrial Economy Keynote Address

The Deputy Minister of Trade and Industry, Mr Bulelani Magwanishe hosted a business breakfast dialogue on the Rural and Township Industrial Economy in Kabokweni, Mbombela Local Municipality, Mpumalanga on Monday, 21 May 2018. The breakfast was an opportunity for constructive engagement between government and key stakeholders on interventions that are required to grow and sustain township and rural economies.


Minister Rob Davies opens Aspen R1bn high-containment facility in Port Elizabeth

The Minister of Trade and Industry, Dr Rob Davies launched the R1 billion Aspen’s high containment facility which will see the creation and additional 240 jobs to the site. The launch took place in Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape on Monday, 7 May 2018.


Joint statement by the United Kingdom (UK) Secretary of State for the Department for International Trade, Dr Liam Fox, and the South Africa Minister for Trade and Industry, Dr Rob Davies

  The Minister of Trade and Industry (the dti), Dr Rob Davies had a bilateral meeting with his United-Kingdom counterpart Dr Liam Fox on margins of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in London on Tuesday 17th April 2018 to discuss the trading relationship between the UK and South Africa. The Ministers were pleased with the strength of the UK-South Africa trade and investment relationship. Read more

InvestSA Gauteng, One Stop Shop Launch

Minister of Trade and Industry Dr Rob Davies (MP) launched the InvestSA Gauteng One Stop Shop (OSS) on 10 April 2018. He said the OSS is part of a Presidential priority to improve South Africa's service delivery to all investors, and is an excellent model of intergovernmental collaboration between the three spheres of government.


Proudly South African Buy Local Summit Keynote Address

The Minister of Trade and Industry, Dr Rob Davies, delivered the keynote address at the Proudly South African Buy Local Summit and Expo in Johannesburg on Thursday, 15 March 2018. The Proudly South African Buy Local Summit & Expo is intended to encourage citizens to buy locally-manufactured products and support Small, Medium and Micro Enterprises. Buying locally-manufactured products contributes to job creation at the companies which manufacture these products and throughout the associated value chain.


Isuzu Motors South Africa launch in Port Elizabeth

The Minister of Trade and Industry Dr Rob Davies was present as Isuzu Motors announced the official launch of its business operations in South Africa in Port Elizabeth on Friday, 16 February 2018. This follows the announcement of last year where Isuzu had said that it would purchase the light commercial manufacturing plant in Port Elizabeth and also the balance of shareholding in its Isuzu Trucks South Africa operations. Read more


The fifth edition of the South African Premier Business Awards took place at the Sandton Convention Centre on 30 January 2018

The fifth edition of the South African Premier Business Awards took place at the Sandton Convention Centre on 30 January 2018. Winners were recognised for their business excellence in 10 categories in a ceremony hosted by the Department of Trade and Industry (the dti) in partnership with Brand South Africa and Proudly South African.


Boksburg Company Scores a Double at National Premier Business Awards

A Boksburg-based Gauteng company scored a double when it scooped two awards at the fifth edition of the South African Premier Business Awards. Winners were announced at the awards ceremony that was hosted by the Department of Trade and Industry (the dti) in partnership with Brand South Africa and Proudly South African at the Sandton Convention Centre tonight under the theme Rewarding Business Excellence. Read more


Kwazulu-Natal Invest SA One Stop Shop Launched in Durban

The President of the Republic of South Africa, Mr Jacob Zuma officially launched the InvestSA One Stop Shop - KwaZulu-Natal (Invest SA OSS) on 18 November 2017 at the Inkosi Albert Luthuli International Convention Centre. The aim of the provincial Invest SA OSS is to provide strategic guidance, reduce regulatory inefficiencies, and reduce red tape for all investors looking to invest in KwaZulu-Natal. Read more


Minister Davies Announces Finalists for the 5th Annual South African Premier Business Awards

The Minister of Trade and Industry, Dr Rob Davies has announced the finalists for the 5th Annual South African Premier Business Awards. Minister Davies made the announcement during the Awards' media launch at the Johannesburg Stock Exchange in Johannesburg today. Read more or visit
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Minister Davies Calls for Outcomes on the Outstanding Issues of the DOHA Development Agenda

The Minister of Trade and Industry, Dr Rob Davies and Deputy Minister Mr. Bulelani Magwanishe took part in the first day of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) Informal Ministerial Gathering in Morocco. Read More


Caterpillar Southern Africa's B-BBEE Equity Equivalent Investment Programme

Minister Rob Davies gave the keynote address at the launch of the Caterpillar Southern Africa's Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment (B-BBEE) Equity Equivalent Investment Programme on 4 October 2017.


Russia Wine Inward Buying Mission

Deputy Minister Bulelani Magwanishe gave the keynote address at the Russia Wine Inward Buying Mission hosted by the dti at the InvestSA Western Cape One Stop Shop on 2 October 2017. The mission is part of Government's efforts to accelerate transformation in the wine industry.


Minister Rob Davies opens National Infrastructure Africa Business Forum

The sixth edition of the annual two-day National Infrastructure Africa Business Forum took place at the Sandton Convention Centre on 21-22 August 2017.

During his address the Minister highlighted the development of infrastructure as an essential catalyst for regional integration for increased inter-regional trade and for industrialisation in Africa.


the dti and FNB Sign Pledge to Improve Access to Finance for Black Industrialists

The Minister of Trade and Industry, Dr. Rob Davies together with First National Bank (FNB) Chief Executive Officer (CEO) for Public Sector Banking, Mr Kgosi Ledimo have signed a pledge that will improve access to finance for Black Industrialists (BI) to fast-track accelerated economic transformation at a ceremony that was held in Johannesburg on Tuesday, 25 July 2017.


Microfinish factory launch

Deputy Minister of Trade and Industry Mr Bulelani Magwanishe launched the Microfinish Automotive factory in Pinetown, KwaZulu-Natal. Microfinish, a multimillion-rand automotive valve guide and valve seat manufacturer, received co-funding from the dti's Black Industrialists Scheme (BIS) and KwaZulu-Natal Growth Fund.


United Industrial Cables Factory Launch

The Minister of Trade and Industry, Dr Rob Davies (MP) has reiterated government’s commitment to supporting more black industrialists in order to achieve deeper levels of industrialisation and economic transformation. Minister Davies was speaking during the opening ceremony of the state-of-the-art R100 million manufacturing facility belonging to the United Industrial Cables (UIC) in Alberton on Monday, 5 June 2017.


Launch of KZN Black Industrialists Programme

Minister of Trade and Industry Dr Rob Davies (MP) and KwaZulu-Natal MEC for Economic Development and Environmental Affairs Sihle Zikalala officially launched the KwaZulu-Natal Black Industrialists Programme on 2 June 2017 in Mayville, Durban. The incentive is geared towards growing black-owned business to become globally competitive. Minister Davies and MEC Zikalala visited the premises of Mthembu Tissues Converting, a beneficiary of the programme.

Minister Davies launches phase one of Babelegi Industrial Park revitalisation

The Minister of Trade and Industry, Dr Rob Davies (MP), launched the first phase in Hammanskraal, Gauteng, on 30 May 2017. The R42-million project is part of the Revitalisation of Industrial Parks Programme, which aims to accelerate economic development in lagging regions by attracting business investments to locate in these areas.


K9 Petfood Factory Launch

Minister Rob Davies and Deputy Minister Gratitude Magwanishe at the opening of the K9 Petfood Factory (a BIS recipient) in Cape Town on 19 May 2017.


Revitalisation of the Vulindlela Heights Industrial Park in Mthatha

The first phase of the revitalisation of the Vulindlela Heights Industrial Park in Mthatha was launched on 15 May 2017. The R20-million upgrade is part of the dti's Revitalisation of Industrial Parks Programme to grow the country's economy and create jobs.


President Jacob Zuma and Minister Rob Davies officially opened the Invest SA One Stop Shop facility at the dti campus

It Is a project of Invest SA, a division of the dti which provides investment promotion, facilitation and aftercare, which is geared at fast-tracking projects and reducing government red-tape. President Zuma has indicated that the One Stop Shop will drastically reduce red tape and contribute towards the National Development Plan economic growth objectives of growing the economy and create jobs.



the dti Hosted Liquor Amendment Bill Indaba in Kempton Park

The Department of Trade and Industry (the dti) hosted the Liquor Amendment Bill Indaba in Kempton Park, east of Johannesburg. The Indaba is part of the process of consultations around the amendments proposed to the National Liquor Act.Read more


the dti does SA proud again

South Africa won the Offshoring Destination of the Year Award from the Global Sourcing Association in London on 10 November 2016


Safe Paraffin Appliance Campaign

Minister of Trade and Industry, Dr Rob Davies delivering a keynote address. Introduced by Asogan Moodley, CEO - NRCF, held in Theunissen, Free State, 27 July 2016.


Minister launches initiative to boost African trade

The Minister of Trade and Industry, Dr Rob Davies launched Trade Invest Africa on Friday 15 July 2016. The unit will promote South Africa's trade relations with the African continent and was launched together with the Guidelines for Good Business Practice by South African Companies operating in the rest of Africa, at a Roundtable Discussion on Intra-Africa Trade.

Minister Rob Davies' (MP) keynote address at the launch of the Botshabelo Industrial Park

Minister of Trade and Industry (the dti) Dr Rob Davies officially launched the completed first phase of the revitilised Botshabelo Industrial Park which cost R 24 million in Bosthabelo, Free State on 14 June 2016.

The revitilisation of the industrial park includes the security infrastructure upgrade, fencing, street lighting and critical electricity requirement. The Botshabelo Industrial Park is the first of the 10 State-Owned Industrial Parks to reach completion with 141 other factories operating in the Industrial Park.

Revitalisation of Industrial Parks Programme is targeted at providing a platform for industrialisation in targeted regions thereby promoting growth and sustainability as well as job-creation.


Director-General Lionel October on the winning track!

Director-General Lionel October picked up his prize during a glittering ceremony held by the Department of Public Service and Administration to honour public servants. DG October thanked the hardworking officials of the dti for their commitment in delivering on the mandate of full-scale industrialisation and inclusive growth.


MCEP Industrial Financing Loan Facility Announcement

The Manufacturing Competitiveness Enhancement Programme (MCEP) was designed as an instrument to support enterprises in the production sectors of the economy soon after the onset of the global economic recession to weather very adverse market conditions, secure higher levels of investment, raise competitiveness and retain employment. It consisted of the Production Incentive which is administered by IDAD and the Industrial Financing loan facility administered by the IDC. The Production Incentive was temporarily suspended in October 2015. Read more


Revitalisation to provide business-friendly environment

The revitalisation of Seshego Industrial Park is part of the R189 million invested in covering six prioritised parks under the dti Industrial Parks Revitalisation Programme, to promote industrialisation and increase the contribution of the parks to job creation and the country's economic growth.


InvestSA wins the Global Investment Promotion Award for Excellence in Partnering for Investment Promotion at the UNCTAD Investment Promotion Awards 2016 in Nairobi, Kenya.

The Minister of Trade and Industry, Dr Rob Davies says investors recognise South Africa as a regional hub and gateway into the African Continent and government is strengthening its Investment strategy to provide a one stop service to all investors. The Minister said this when he was receiving the Global Investment Promotion Agency (IPA) Award at the World Investment Forum and the UNCTAD 14 Conference on behalf of InvestSA. The award seeks to recognise best practice in IPAs or association of IPAs in forging partnerships to promote FDI that contributes to sustainable development. Read more


Economic Partnership Agreement between the SADC EPA states, of the one part, and the European Union and its Member states, of the other part

The SADC EPA Member states and the European Union signed the Economic Partnership Agreement on 10 June 2016 in Kasane, Botswana. South Africa participated in the SADC-EU EPA configuration negotiations since 2007. SA's core interest has been to harmonise the trading regime between SACU and the EU; to secure further market access in agriculture (beyond the SA-EU Trade Development and Cooperation Agreement (TDCA) provisions) and claw back on some policy space lost under the TDCA. South Africa's objectives have been achieved. After entry into force, the agreement will replace the Trade chapter of the (TDCA). Read more

Revitalisation of Industrial Parks Programme Creating More Jobs

Minister Rob Davies says the Revitalisation of Industrial Parks Programme is creating jobs in and around townships and rural communities. He was speaking during the launch of the Komani Industrial Park Revitalisation Project that was held by the Department of Trade and Industry in collaboration with the provincial and local government of the Chris Hani District Municipality as well as the Chris Hani Development Agency in Komani, Eastern Cape, on 7 November 2016.

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Minister Davies launches the Industrial Policy Action Plan 2016/17-2018/19

The Minister of Trade and Industry, Dr Rob Davies says there is now an even more pressing need for structural change in the economy, to break out of commodity dependence and move to a more diversified base in which increasing manufacturing-based value addition, employment creation and export-intensity come to define South Africa’s growth trajectory.

Minister Davies was speaking at the launch of the 8th iteration of Industrial Policy Action Plan - IPAP 2016/17-2018/19 (IPAP) on Monday 9 May 2016, in Benoni. Read more


Minister Davies launches R49m revitalised Isithebe Park in KZN

Minister of Trade and Industry Dr Rob Davies and KwaZulu-Natal MEC for Economic Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs Mr Sihle Zikalala have launched the first phase of the revitalised Isithebe Industrial Park in Mandeni, KwaZulu-Natal. The R49-million project is part of the Revitalisation of Industrial Parks Programme of the dti and is one of the 10 industrial parks that the department has prioritised for revitalisation. Read more


Invest SA scoops another international prize!

Invest SA has been recognised for its work in attracting investments to South Africa with the CFI.co Best Investment Promotion Agency Africa 2016 award. CFI.co, a renowned journal and online resource reporting on business, economics and finance, annually seeks out individuals and organisations that contribute significantly to the convergence of economies. Read more


the dti family supports Nelson Mandela International Day

Deputy Minister of Trade and Industry Mzwandile Masina led the dti family in celebrating Nelson Mandela International Day at the Katha Day Care Centre in Katlehong on Gauteng's East Rand on Monday, 18 July 2016.

The centre is a drop-in facility for orphans and vulnerable children, children affected by HIV/Aids, youth-headed households and supports elderly community members. The centre provides hot meals, psycho-social support, and early childhood development.

To mark Nelson Mandela International Day the dti family visited the centre to spend time with the children and donated much-needed mattresses and food items.


Minister Rob Davies (MP) at the launch of the Toyota Hilux and Fortuner

At the launch of the new Toyota Hilux and Fortuner in Durban on 24 May 2016, the Minister of Trade and Industry said the automotive sector is of considerable importance to South Africa and is exporting significantly more vehicles than in the past.


Minister Rob Davies' (MP) keynote address at the launch of the R100-million Dursots-All Joy tomato-processing plant in Tzaneen

Minister Rob Davies (MP) launched the R100-million Dursots-All Joy tomato-processing plant in Tzaneen on 23 May 2016. He reiterated the importance of the agro-processing sector in the South African economy, particularly for job creation. The Minister said the plant is a good example of the industrialisation objectives of building manufacturing capacity, job creation, local procurement and support to SMMEs.


'South Africa is open for business'

Deputy Minister of Trade and Industry Mzwandile Masina delivered the keynote address at the launch of the Black Industrialists roadshow at the BMW plant in Rosslyn, Pretoria. The deputy minister said the BMW investment of R6 billion is a one-of-a-kind from the automotive sector and will expand the industrial base of South Africa. He said he had no doubt that the new generation of BMW X3 will bring a lot of innovation, which will in turn lead to skills development.


South Africa Trade Minister IP and Development Keynote

South African Minister of Trade and Industry Dr Rob Davies (MP) addresses the International Conference on Intellectual Property and Development, which took place on 7 and 8 April 2016 at the WIPO Headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland. Stakeholders from a wide range of sectors discussed the role of intellectual property in economic, social and cultural development. Conference website


Launch of Bokpoort Concentrated Solar Plant

The Minister of Trade and Industry, Dr Rob Davies (MP), officially launched the R5-billion Bokpoort concentrated solar plant in Groblershoop, Northern Cape, on 14 March 2016.

Minister Davies was joined by Saudi Arabia Trade and Commerce Minister Dr Tawfiq Al Rabiah and the Premier of the Northern Cape, Ms Sylvia Lucas.

Speaking at the launch, Minister Davies said the Bokpoort project is the largest investment by a Saudi company, ACWA Power, and needs to be celebrated as it instils confidence in South Africa's long-term infrastructure rollout and strengthens relations between the two countries.


Deputy Minister addresses first annual ERAN conference

Deputy Minister of Trade and Industry Mzwandile Masina presented the keynote address at the first annual Economic Research Advisory Network (ERAN) conference at the East London International Convention Centre in the Eastern Cape. Masina urged researchers and academics to partner with Government in the development of South Africa.


Feasibility Study Launch for the Development of Components for Fuel Cell Units

The Minister of Trade and Industry, Dr Rob Davies launched the R15-million Isondo Precious Minerals (IPM) feasibility study project in Cape Town on 9 February 2016. The project will identify particular components that can be manufactured and assembled locally for fuel cell units. The feasibility study is intended to accelerate mineral beneficiation and localisation of fuel cell manufacturing in South Africa.


South African Investment Seminar at Mining Indaba 2016

The Minster of Mineral Resources, Joseph Zwane, joins the Minister of Trade and Industry, Dr Rob Davies, and the Minister of Corporate Governance and Traditional Affairs, Des Van Rooyen, in a panel discussion to encourage investment in the South African mining sector at the Investment Seminar held at the 2016 Mining Indaba in Cape Town on 8 February 2016. The panel also comprised heads of mining unions and the head of the Chamber of Mines.


Invest SA One Stop shop

On Tuesday 9 February, President Jacob Zuma, accompanied by Cabinet ministers, had talks with more than 150 CEOs of major companies and captains of industry in South Africa at the Cape Sun Hotel in Cape Town.

The meeting aimed to find ways to improve investor confidence and stimulate economic growth in the country.

During the luncheon, President Zuma announced the launch of the Department of Trade and Industry's Investment Division, which will offer investors a one-stop shop service and actively promote and facilitate investment in key high-yield growth sectors.


Black Industrialists Scheme

The Minister of Trade and Industry, Dr Rob Davies, has launched the Black Industrialists Scheme. Trade and Industry panel opening comments

'We are looking for dedicated manufacturers': Rob Davies

Launch of the Black Industrialists Policy discussion


Minister Davies opens Johnson & Johnson pharmaceutical plant

The Minister of Trade and Industry, Dr Rob Davies officially opened the newly refurbished R300 million Johnson & Johnson pharmaceutical manufacturing plant in Cape Town on 12 January 2016.

Minister Davies said Johnson & Johnson has showed significant confidence in the country by increasing their investment for the next three years and therefore made South Africa and the rest of the continent an attractive base for other multinationals to follow suit.


Vusumuzi Safer stoves campaign

The Minister of Trade and Industry, Dr Rob Davies distributed three-thousand (3000) safe and approved paraffin stoves at the Vusimuzi informal settlement in Tembisa on 8 December 2015. This initiative is part of a multi-departmental 'Safer Stoves Campaign' comprising of the Department of Trade and Industry (the dti), Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs, the National Regulator for Compulsory Specifications (NRCS), the National Consumer Commission (NCC) and Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality.

Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies briefs media on AGOA


Shipbuilding tender to create oceans economy jobs

The Minister of Trade and Industry, Dr Rob Davies says the R1.4 billion tender awarded to a local shipbuilding company will assist to create sustainable jobs in the Ocean Economy. Minister Davies, speaking at the naming ceremony of the offshore supply vessels ‘Aukwatowa’ in Cape Town said the tender will lead to an investment of R 1.2 billion creating more than 500 jobs in order to boost the local shipbuilding industry.

Davies said government is committed to growing and supporting local manufacturers in the marine industry in order to stay competitive and sustain jobs. He said more focus will be given to the industry standard and accreditation, skills programme and strategic marketing campaign as the private sector has followed through with the decision to support localisation.


Notice on the Suspension of the Manufacturing Competitiveness Enhancement Programme (MCEP)

The Department of Trade and Industry (the dti) is temporarily suspending new applications for the Manufacturing Competitiveness Enhancement Programme (MCEP) with immediate effect. Read more


Owners of Stores Where Counterfeits Goods are Sold Must Face Full Might of the Law – Deputy Minster Masina

The Deputy Minister of Trade and Industry, Mr Mzwandile Masina, says landlords and owners of flea markets and business centres where counterfeits goods are sold must face the full might of the law as they contribute to the proliferation of illegal goods in the country. Masina was speaking after he led a raid on shops selling counterfeit CDs and DVDs at the Bright Water Commons Flea Market in Randburg, on 15 October 2015.


Multinational shows confidence in SA economy

Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies opened a R600 million Unilever ice cream factory in Midrand, Gauteng on 13 October 2015. The factory was supported by the dti's 12i Tax Allowance Incentive Scheme. Davies commended Unilever for investments in Africa, saying it's an indication of recognising the significance of contributing in growing the African economy.


the dti Showcased on CNBC Africa

Yunus Hoosen, the Head of Investment Promotion and Inter-Departmental Clearing House at the dti, joined CNBC Africa to discuss how South Africa is fairing against emerging economies. He explained the global economy is constrained due to volatile market conditions.


 

 

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