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Small Business Connect

The January 2015 edition of Small Business Connect is now available and includes articles such as:
  • Centres to train owners;
  • Local firm takes on global giant; and
  • Labour changes come into effect.
To read these and more, click here.

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.

Planning for Exports Training

The Department of Trade and Industry (the dti) invites both emerging and potential exporters to Planning for Exports training, the purpose of which is to prepare SMEs for the successful expansion of their businesses into international markets.

South Africa Wins Another Outstanding Investment Performance Award

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.

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.

GRI wind-tower manufacturing plant launch

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.

Highlights of some of the dti's achievements towards full-scale industrialisation and inclusive growth

Special Economic Zones: Monitoring and Evaluation

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 favourable terms.

Minister Davies at the launch:

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 creation.

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 Rob Davies at IPAP launch 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.

Industrial Policy Action Plan (IPAP) 2014/15 - 2016/17

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.

National Credit Amendment Bill Address by the Minister of the dti, Dr Rob Davies

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.

Media statement by Minister Rob Davies - Removal of Credit

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.

Youth Enterprise Development Strategy 2013-2023

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.

Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment (B-BBEE) Codes of Good Practice

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. Read more

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).

View the research report

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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Public Tenders: Non-compliance with Local Content Requirements

Section 9(1) of the Preferential Procurement Regulation, 2011 enables the dti to designate sectors for local production.

For any complaints regarding non-compliance, please forward an e-mail to For more information on Industrial Procurement click here.

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.


Remarks by the Minister of Trade and Industry, Dr Rob Davies at the Destruction of Non-Compliant Products Function in Durban, 11 December 2014
Ladies and Gentlemen it is not the   first and I hope certainly not last time I attend an NRCS destruction event. I say this because what we can see today is proof of the steady improvement in stepping up our response to destroying non-compliant products.The product destroyed today would have been sold to unsuspecting consumers, causingharmto our citizens and to the environment. The more we improve, the lesser this danger.
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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.
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Speech Delivered by the Deputy Minister of Trade and Industry, Mzwandile Masina at the South Africa Local Content Summit Held at the Westin Hotel, Cape Town 16 September 2014.
The Manufacturing Sector is critical to SA's growth trajectory because manufacturing has the highest economic and employment multipliers.
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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. 

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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.

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Minister Davies Launches CCI Call Centres Contact Centre in Umhlanga, Kwazulu-Natal

The Minister of Trade and Industry, Dr Rob Davies, today launched CCI CALL CENTRES new Call Centre in Umhlanga, Kwa-Zulu Natal. The building will house 2500 employees over in their new state of the art facility in Umhlanga. The new facility demonstrates a commitment by CCI CALL CENTRES to the South African Business Process Services (BPS) sector through an investment of R200m.

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the dti Dismisses Allegations that the Local Content Rule “Destroyed Solar Water Heater Industry” 
The Department of Trade and Industry (the dti) has noted the recent media reports regarding the designation of Solar Water Heater Components. These reports allege that the formulation of the procurement rules have contributed to “killing the industry” and contributed to job losses.
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Stern Warning To Online Gambling Operators
The Department of Trade and Industry (the dti) has noted with concern media reports suggesting that there may be operators that are offering online gambling in South Africa, which is illegal. Online gambling, or what others refer to as remote gambling, is not allowed in South Africa, and the National Gambling Board together with other law enforcement agencies will act on this illegal activity with immediate effect.
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Investments in the Green Economy Contributed Significantly to the Investment Pipeline of R60bn
The Investment in the Green Economy contributed significantly to the Department of Trade and Industry's (the dti) 2013/14 investment pipeline of R60 billion.  The current pipeline for the 2014/15 financial year is at R27bn with a significant contribution from the Green Economy to the value of R10bn. This was said by the Deputy Minister of Trade and Industry, Mr Mzwandile Masina during the launch of a multi-million rand manufacturing facility at SMA Solar Technology in Cape Town today.
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the dti Furniture Design Competition Now Open for Design Students
Design students from institutions offering design courses all over South Africa are invited to participate in the National Furniture Design Competition which is presented by the Department of Trade and Industry (the dti), in partnership with the South African Bureau of Standards (SABS) Design Institute, Industrial Development Co-operation(IDC) and Furntech. The competition opened on 15 October 2014 and closes on 19 January 2015.
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