It is with deep sadness that the Government has learnt of the passing of the father of South Africas democracy Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela on 5 December 2013.
He passed on peacefully in the company of his family around 20h50 on the 5th of December 2013.
It is through Mandela that the world cast its eyes on South Africa and took notice of the severe and organised repression of black South Africans. Yet it was also through
Mandela that the world would learn the spirit of endurance, the triumph of forgiveness and the beauty of reconciliation. Indeed, the story of Nelson Mandela is so much the
story of South Africa. www.mandela.gov.za
Small Business Connect
Youth-owned businesses are failing to take advantage of the opportunity to secure up to R50 million in funding from the recently
launched Gro-e Youth Scheme, a partnership between the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC),
the Small Enterprise Finance Agency (Sefa) and the National Youth Development Agency (NYDA).
Small Business Connect - December 2013
2012-13 Annual Performance Incentive Report
The Minister of Trade and Industry, Dr Rob Davies, released the Department's Incentive Performance Report for the 2012/13 Financial Year in Pretoria on Friday, 22 November 2013.
View the report
Publication of the Automotive Investment Scheme (AIS) Guidelines for Public Comment
The Department of Trade and Industry (the dti) releases for public comment amendments to the Automotive Investment Scheme (AIS), one of the key action programmes of
the Industrial Policy Action Plan (IPAP) 2012/13-2014/15. The guidelines are open for comment until 6 December 2013. Read more
the dti, in partnership with the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC), hosted the Manufacturing Competitiveness Enhancement Programme (MCEP) stakeholder dialogue.
Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies addressed guests and stakeholders at this session on 14 November 2013.
In addition, a new micro-site on MCEP was unveiled by Minister Davies. To view the site click here.
Request for Proposals - South African Premier Business Awards
The Department of Trade and Industry, Proudly South African and Brand South Africa require the services of a professional and creative events company to manage the South African Premier Business Awards 2014.
In April 2010, Cabinet instructed the Department of Trade and Industry (the dti) to initiate work towards a Foreign Investment Act that would strengthen South Africa's investment regime to ensure that:
South Africa remains open to foreign direct investment (FDI);
South Africa provides adequate protection to FDI; and
Objectives are balanced with the right of Government to regulate in the national and public interest.
The Bill seeks to achieve several balances between the rights and obligations of investors; provide adequate protection to all investors, including foreign investors;
ensure that South Africa's constitutional obligations are upheld, and that Government retains the policy space to regulate in the public interest.
The Department of Trade and Industry (the dti) would like to warn members of the public and Facebook users about unscrupulous people who are impersonating Minister Rob Davies.
These sinister forces are impersonating the Minister on Facebook under this account: "Rob Haydyn Davies". Any Facebook account purporting to belong to Minister Davies is fraudulent.
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.
Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies, (MP), issued a final notice on categories of goods that are required to have trade description applied to them in terms of
the Consumer Protection Act 68 of 2008. This was published in the Government Gazette No. 36968 on 25 October 2013.
On 22 March 2013, the Minister published a notice in terms of the Act for members of the public and other stakeholders to submit comments to the proposed regulation on the
labelling of meat products. This was prompted by media reports in February 2013 that various meat products seem to indicate the presence of donkey, water buffalo, goat and other
undisclosed meat products in certain processed foods which are available to consumers at retail stores in South Africa.
This notice will only come into effect after six months in order to comply with the WTO Agreement on Technical Barriers to Trade. Government Gazette No. 36968
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.
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 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 National Pavilion List for 2014/15.
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.
Expiry of the United States Generalised System of Preference on 31 July 2013
This serves to inform South African exporters to the United States that the Africa Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) extends the benefits under the Generalised
System of Preferences (GSP) programme to 30 September 2015. The AGOA legislation legally integrates benefits under GSP into AGOA for all AGOA-eligible countries.
The expiry of the GSP programme on 31 July 2013 would affect only non-AGOA beneficiary countries.
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 YouTube footage of Minister Davies addressing the audience at the launch:
Foreign Film Incentives put SA on the Map
South Africa's film sector received a boost with the recent approval of Fury Road: Mad Max and Black Sails, the largest international productions to be filmed in the country.
Fury Road: Mad Max was intended to be shot in Australia, where the film industry is renowned for its big-budget productions including The Matrix, Star Wars and Mission Impossible,
while Black Sails had been earmarked for Spain. The two productions are a major coup for South Africa and it is envisaged that the international film community will take notice of
the country as a destination capable of undertaking "mega films". Read more
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
Would you like to subscribe to the dti's Trade Lead Bulletin?
the dti's Trade Lead Bulletin is a weekly roundup of international business opportunities received from the dti's network of foreign economic
representatives and other reliable sources for distribution and matching to South African small and medium-sized export-ready firms.
DAFF and the dti Finalise Incentive Programme to Support Aquaculture Sector
Challenges experienced by the aquaculture industry in relation to access to finance and competitiveness
will soon be a thing of the past as the Department of Trade and Industry (the dti) together with the
Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF) have finalised the Aquaculture Development and
Enhancement Programme(ADEP). Read More
Public Tenders: Non-compliance with Local Content Requirements
For any complaints regarding non-compliance, please forward an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information on Industrial Procurement
the dti Warns the Public of Incentive Scam
the dti is warning the public, investors, and potential and emerging businesses as well as business organisations of a bogus incentive
scheme that is doing the rounds. Read more
Co-operatives Incentive Scheme (CIS) Application System
The CIS application system is now functional and all CIS applications will, with immediate effect, be submitted either
electronically through completing the online application form or through submitting a physical completed application to
the dti registry office.
The CIS online application form can be accessed by the public directly from the dti website. This therefore, means that
clients are in a position to complete and submit applications online and can alternatively physically submit a printed application to the dti registry office.
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.
Statement on the Passing of Mr Nelson Mandela, the First Democratically-Elected President of the Republic Of South Africa, at the 9th WTO Ministerial Conference – Bali, Indonesia, 6 December 2013
We would like to thank you and the Director-General for the opportunity to deliver this statement
Address by the Minister of Trade and Industry, Dr Rob davies, on the Removal of Credit Information to the National Council of Provinces (NCOP), Cape Town
The National Credit Act was introduced in 2006 with the aim of facilitating access to credit to a broad section of the South African population while addressing the abusive practices that have plagued the credit market for many decades. Many of these abusive practices have been addressed and was established to oversee compliance with the Act.
NCOP Budget Vote Debate for the Department of Trade and Industry by Minister Rob Davies (MP), in NCOP Chamber, Parliament on 16 May 2013
Addressing this Council in the past, we noted that a historical feature of the South African economy most of the national gross value-add (GVA) is concentrated in a few regions of the country. The latest data confirms continuation of historical trends with three regions, Gauteng, eThekwini-Pietermaritzburg and the Cape Peninsula, generating almost 70% of the national GVA. Economic opportunities become concentrated in these regions, perpetuating spatial inequalities.
The Outward Selling and Investment Mission which took place for the first time in Nigerian soil over the past week, was hailed a success by the members of the South African business delegation led by the Deputy Minister of Trade and Industry, Ms Elizabeth Thabethe. The mission, which ended on Saturday, resulted in some business people coming home with very good deals.
African Floralush, a Mogale City-based company, which employs 110 permanent staff, is coming home from the Investment and Trade Initiative (ITI) that took place in Vladivostok, Russia with half-a-million rand order of their preserved roses. Mr Stephanus Viljoen, who represented the company inthe ITI, says he managed to secure an order for the 2014 International Women’s Day celebrations in Vladivostok. He adds that the order is going to save jobs.
Nigerian Company to Set Up Manufacturing Business in South Africa
A refractory products manufacturer from Nigeria is set to open shop in South Africa soon. Mr Chudi Obinwa who has been running a family business established by his father in the early seventies, says he is very excited that his business will start operating in South Africa.