Invitation to participate in the Outward Selling Mission to Vietnam and Indonesia
The Department of Trade and Industry (the dti) invites interested companies to apply to participate in the Outward Selling Mission (OSM) to Vietnam and Indonesia. The Mission forms
part of the dti's objective of growing exports of South African value-added products and services in high growth markets in Asia. The closing date for receipt of application forms is 10 May 2019.
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 Georges 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
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
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.
The Agro-Processing Support Scheme (APSS) Application Window Period:
Invitation to participate in the Outward Selling Mission to India
The Department of Trade and Industry (the dti) invites interested companies to apply to participate in the Outward Selling Mission (OSM) to India. The Mission forms part of the dti's objective of
growing exports of South African value-added products and services in high growth markets in Asia. the dti has planned a programme of activities which includes trade seminars, mini exhibitions,
business-to-business meetings and business site visits. The closing date for receipt of application forms is 10 May 2019.
Cabinet approves South African Automotive Masterplan (2035) and its post-2020 Automotive Production and Development Programme (APDP)
The masterplan presents the aspirational vision, objectives and strategic framework agreed upon by industry stakeholders to optimally develop the South African automotive industry through
to 2035. South African Automotive Masterplan (2035)
Market Your Products at the Anuga 2019 in Cologne, Germany From 5 to 9 October 2019
the dti extends an invitation to exporters of agro-processing products to apply to participate in Anuga 2019, scheduled to take place from 5 to 9 October 2019 in Cologne,
Germany. The deadline date for the submission of complete National Pavilion application forms is 6 May 2019.
Minister Davies Launches the Global Business Process Services Incentive to Prospective Investors in London, United Kingdom
The Minister of Trade and Industry, Dr Rob Davies has launched the Global Business Services (GBS) Incentive at SA House in London, United Kingdom. Davies said that the Business Process
Services (BPS) industry offers South Africa the largest job creation potential across all service sectors. The Global Business Services incentive is effective from 1 January 2019.
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.
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 SEZs 20-year lifespan. This is in line with our Industrial Policy and will contribute towards the objectives of National Development Plan (NDP).
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.
The 3rd Industrial Parks Symposium
The Department of Trade and Industry (the dti) hosted the 3rd National Industrial Parks Symposium, under the theme, Industrial Parks as Catalysts for the Rural and Township Industrial Economy.
The two-day event provided a platform for engagement with key stakeholders and experts on the acceleration of the industrial parks as catalysts for developing the rural and township industrial economy.
The Symposium offered expert knowledge and experience from speakers and thought leaders on key topics affecting the industrial parks. Delegates had an opportunity to participate in plenary sessions.
Click here to access the presentations presented at the symposium.
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.
Defence B-BBEE Sector Code of Good Practice
Minister of Trade and Industry Dr Rob Davies (MP), has gazetted the Defence Sector Code in terms of section 9 (1) of the Broad -Based Black Economic Empowerment Act, (Act No. 53 of 2003) as
amended by B -BBEE Act 46 of 2013; and Determine that these Codes come into effect on the date of this publication. Gazette No 42021
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
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.
the dti 2018 National Natural Ingredients Conference
the dti, in partnership with the Centre for the Promotion of Imports (an agency of the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs), hosted the National Natural Ingredients Conference at the
Industrial Development Corporation from 15 to 16 October 2018. The conference reviewed the Natural Ingredients and Cosmetics Products Export Strategy, which was implemented in 2015.
Click here to access the presentations from the conference.
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 Africas economy.
Notice in Government Gazette to Publish Amended Changes to the South African Sugar Association's Constitution and Sugar Industry Agreement
The Department of Trade and Industry (the dti) is reviewing the regulation of the sugar industry to address the recognition of alternative associations such as the South African Farmers
Development Association (SAFDA). The aim is to ensure broad-based representation in the industry, improved competitiveness, and to promote transformation and inclusive growth. The Act being
amended is that of the Sugar Act, 1978 (Act No. 9 of 1978) and the Sugar Industry Agreement, 2000. Gazette No 41967
Amendment to Regulation 2 and 8(4) of the National Gambling Regulations of 2004
The Minister of Trade and Industry (the dti) has published amendments to Regulations 2 and 8(4) of the National Gambling Regulations of 2004 under Government Gazette No 41913,
Notice No. 972 dated 21 September 2018.
Regulations 2, 8(4) and Form NGB 1/1 and Form NGB 1/2 amends the said sections and Forms to provide for, Inter alia acceptance of digital photos; Capturing of the exclusions forms by the
National Gambling Board; The need to provide for internal control measures by Provincial Licensing Authorities to enforce exclusions measures; The time period within which gambling machines
must be re-certified; To provide for the correct address of the NGB on the NGB 1/1 and NGB 1/2 forms; Provide for the correct address of the NGB on the NGB 1/1 and NGB 1/2 forms; Regulation 2
deals with excluded persons and Regulation 8(4) deals with re-certification of gambling machines and devices. Gazette No 41913
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).
Minister of Trade and Industry Dr Rob Davies (MP), has published the Youth Employment Service Initiative for implementation with immediate effect.
Gazette No. 41866
Apply for agro-processing support
Applications for the Agro-Processing Support Schemes (APSS) are open until 31 March 2019. For more information about the scheme and how to apply,
Intellectual Property Policy of the Republic of South Africa Phase I
Following the publication of the Intellectual Property (IP) Consultative Framework in 2016, the Draft IP Policy Phase I was developed by the dti in partnership with the inter-Ministerial
Committee on Intellectual Property (IMCIP) and published for comment in August 2017. The IMCIP considered stakeholder submissions and amended the policy document accordingly. The approved
Intellectual Property Policy of the Republic of South Africa Phase I will be published in the Government Gazette.
The IMCIP will now initiate Phase II by developing a Consultative Framework addressing issues identified in the in-built agenda and deliberate upon the most efficient means of
implementing the policy proposals discussed.
The Agro Processing Support Scheme (APSS) seeks to stimulate investment in the agro-processing sector. The objective is to increase capacity, create employment,
competitiveness and enhance transformation. It is a cost sharing grant to a maximum of R20 million.
The Department of Trade and Industry (the dti) invites both existing and potential exporters to apply for an Exporter Development Training Programme. The purpose of the training is
to prepare small and medium enterprises for the successful expansion of their businesses into international markets. Read more
Strategic Partnership Programme (SPP)
The Incubation Support Programme (ISP) has been replaced by the Strategic Partnership Programme (SPP) which aims to support partnership between big business
and emerging suppliers to develop capacity to supply manufactured goods.
Please note: The Incubation Support Programme will no longer accept new applications.
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FAQs: Removal of Adverse Consumer Credit Information
22nd Annual Wall Street Project Economic Summit
I wish to extend very warm greetings, on behalf of the people and the Government of South African, on whose behalf, I stand before you.The Rainbow, remains one of the most natural wonders of the world.
Economic growth and transformation, relies on industrialists who can produce, own and distribute goods, anchored in value addition. One’s who harness the development of local content; and are able to integrate into global value chains.
the Department of Trade and Industry, is priviledged to collaborate with sister departments and local agencies; for greater SMME support. The Summit, is part of government’s response to pressing matters affecting our SMME sector.
Closing Remarks for the Minister of Trade and Industry for the 8th BRICS Ministers Meeting
We came to the end of the 8th BRICS Minister of Trade Meeting, a fruitful one. The meeting provided an opportunity for sharing of views on key issues facing global trade. The discussions culminated in the conclusion of the BRICS statement of support for an inclusive multilateral trading system which outlines the key elements of inclusive multilateralism which is critical to address the lack of inclusive growth. The Statement re-affirms the BRICS commitment to a rules based, transparent, non-discriminatory, open and inclusive multilateral trading system that promotes a predictable trade environment, the centrality of the WTO. It emphasises among others that global trade rules should facilitate effective participation of all countries in the multilateral trading system and that development and the provisions for special and differential treatment remain integral in the WTO’s work.
Media Statement by the Minister of Trade and Industry, Dr Rob Davies on the Removal of the South African Bureau of Standards (SABS) board.
Following written and oral representations made by the Board to myself, I have decided to remove the board (“the Board”) of the South African Bureau of Standards (“SABS”). I have made this decision because it has come to my attention and that of the Department of Trade and Industry (“the Department”) that SABS has failed effectively to exercise the fiduciary duties imposed upon them inter alia in terms of the Standards Act 8 of 2008 (“the Act”) and the Public Finance Management 1 of 1999 (“PFMA”).
Ministers Davies and Mboweni Attend the SACU Council of Ministers Meeting in Lesotho
Minister of Trade and Industry Dr Rob Davies and the Minister of Finance Mr Tito Mboweni are in Maseru, Lesotho where they will attend the Southern African Customs Union (SACU) Council of Minister meeting today, 25 April 2019. Lesotho is the current chair of SACU for the period 16 July 2018 to 15 July 2019.
World Intellectual Property day to be Celebrated in the Free State
The Department of Trade and Industry (the dti), in partnership with the Department of Science and Technology, Companies and Intellectual Property Commission (CIPC), National Intellectual Property Management Office (NIPMO), Free State Development Corporation (FDC), Small Enterprise Development Agency (SEDA), Technology Innovation Agency (TIA) and the Innovation Hub will host the celebration of the World Intellectual Property Day in Bloemfontein, Free State under the theme Sport: Reach for Gold from 25 – 26 April 2019.
Minister Rob Davies Launches a Multi-Million Rand Defy’s Top Loader Washing Machine Investment at its Durban Factory
The Minister of Trade and Industry, Dr Rob Davies, says that he is thrilled that Defy’s multi-million-rand investment in South Africa will lead to the creation of additional needed job opportunities and further boost the country’s position as an investment ready destination of choice for multinational corporations. Davies said this during the launch of Defy’s R130 million investment at its Jacobs factory that took place in Durban, today.
Deputy Minister Magwanishe to Launch the R40m First Phase of Revitalised Nkowankowa Industrial Park
The Deputy Minister of Trade and Industry, Mr Bulelani Magwanishe will officially launch the completion of the first phase of the revitalised Nkowankowa Industrial Park in Tzaneen, on Monday, 29 April 2019 from 12:30. Magwanishe is expected to be joined by the MEC for Economic Development, Environment and Tourism (LEDET), Mr Seaparo Sekoati, the Mayor of the Mopani District Municipality, Councillor Nkakareng Rakgoale, the Mayor of the Greater Tzaneen Local Municipality, Councillor Maripe Mangena and the Acting Chief Executive Officer of the Limpopo Economic Development Agency (LEDA), Dr Matata Mokoele.
Joint Copyright Based Industries Stakeholder Engagement on the Copyright Amendment Bill Hosted by the Department of Arts and Culture and Trade and Industry
Minister Rob Davies and Minister Nathi Mthethwa jointly met with the various industry stakeholders on the Copyright Amendment Bill and Performers’ Protection Amendment Bill to address the divergent views on the Bills from the industry at large. Both Bills are currently before the President of the Republic of South Africa for signature after being passed by the National Council of Provinces on 28 March 2019.
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 (CIPCs) 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 dtis 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 Aspens 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
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
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 governments 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
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
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.
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.
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.
Video credit: SABC
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 Africas growth trajectory.
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.
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.
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.
'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.
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.