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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.


Invitation to Participate in the 6th Investment and Trade Initiative (ITI) to India

The Department of Trade and Industry (the dti) invites you to apply to participate in the 6th Investment and Trade Initiative (ITI) to India. This ITI is part of the dti's objective to create market penetration for South African value-added products and services in India and to promote South Africa as a trade and investment destination. Closing date for applications: 31 October 2014. Read more

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.


Invitation to Comment on the Draft Phase 2 B-BBEE Codes of Good Practice

Minister Rob Davies published the draft Phase 2 B-BBEE Codes of Good Practice for public comment. Phase 2 Amendments covers the following Statements,

a) Qualifying Small Enterprise statements Code 600;
b) Development and gazette of Sector Charter Code 000 Statement 003;
c) Scorecard for Specialised Enterprises Code 000 Statement 004;
d) Recognition in the Sale of Assets Code 100 Statement 102;
e) Recognition of Equity Equivalents for Multinationals Code 100 Statement 103.

Interested persons may submit written comments on the proposed Phase 2 B-BBEE Codes of Good Practice by 14 November 2014. Read more.


Invitation to take part in a Trade and Investment Mission to Kenya and Tanzania 16 - 20 February 2015

the dti invites you to apply to take part in a Trade and Investment Mission to Kenya and Tanzania. The objective of this mission is to increase trade and investment between South Africa, Kenya and Tanzania. Closing date for applications: 24 October 2014.

Invitation to Comment on the Draft National Lotteries Amendment Regulations 2014

Minister Rob Davies published the draft National Lotteries Amendment Regulations for public comment. Amendments will amongst other things provide for, the establishment of the National Lotteries Commission, the professionalisation of the Distribution Agencies by making them full time and for the licensing of an Organ of State to conduct the National Lottery.

Interested persons may submit written comments on the proposed Regulations by 30 October 2014. Read More


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:


Small Business Connect

The October 2014 edition of Small Business Connect is now available and includes articles such as:
  • New R1m threshold incentive for small black filmmakers
  • CIPC 'revolutionises' registration process; and
  • Top-ranked biz school offers free training.
To read these and more, click here.


Invitation to take part in an Outward Investment Mission to Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada (PDAC) Convention Toronto, Canada 1 - 4 March 2015

the dti invites you to apply to take part in an Outward Investment Mission to PDAC International Convention, Trade Show and Investors Exchange to be held in Toronto, Canada from 1 to 4 March 2015. Closing date for applications: 12 December 2014. Read More.


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

the dti is Intensifying Efforts to Move South Africa's Industrial Sector Forward!

To achieve this goal, the dti is offering a range of incentive schemes to promote and attract investment to stimulate the industrial sector and support job creation. 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


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.


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 Warns Public about Facebook Impersonators

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.

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

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.

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

For enquiries, contact +27 (12) 394 5792 or tradeleadbulletin@thedti.gov.za


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 localcontent@thedti.gov.za. For more information on Industrial Procurement click here.


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

Copyright Review Commission

The Copyright Review Commission is now accessible on facebook and twitter. To post questions or comments join us on Facebook and search for "Copyright Review Commission" and "CopyrightCR" on twitter. Interested parties can still contact us on our toll free number: 08000 7702.

 

Speech Delivered by the Deputy Minister of Trade and Industry, Mzwandile Masina at the South Africa Local Content Summit Held at the Westin Hotel, Cape Town 16 September 2014.
2014-09-17
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
2014-07-23

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
2014-07-23

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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the dti Budget Vote Address delivered by Deputy Minister of Trade and Industry, Mr Mzwandile Masina, MP, Old Assembly Chamber on the 22 July 2014
2014-07-22

the dti will continue to improve implementation of the Industrial Policy Action Plan (IPAP) and the Mineral Beneficiation Action Plan. the dti will also move decisively to develop bolder and sharper instruments to support black industrialists and youth entrepreneurs, but more importantly ensure they are viable and sustainable.
 

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the dti Budget Vote Address delivered by Dr Rob Davies, Minister of Trade and Industry, 22 July 2014
2014-07-22
the dti will work closely with the IDC and the EDD to scale-up IDC support for industrialisation to achieve a greater cohesion with the deployment of the dti incentives. The aim is to seek stronger developmental conditionality and reciprocal obligations from beneficiaries of state support in areas such as competitiveness upgrading; employment retention and creation, investment, etc. the dti is looking at a much more focussed, strengthened and integrated industrial financing and incentive system.
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South Africa Woos Chinese to Invest in Special Economic Zones
2014-10-22
South Africais fast becoming a centre of manufacturing excellence that offers unparalled opportunities for both foreign and domestic investors. This was said by the Chief Director of Export Promotion and Marketing at the Department of Trade and Industry (the dti), Ms Zanele Sanni during the second leg of the South African Expos in China currently underway in Shenzhen.
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The Presidential Black Economic Empowerment Advisory Council held its last meeting at the Union Buildings in Pretoria today
2014-10-21
The Council was established in December 2009 in terms of the Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment Act and is chaired by President Jacob Zuma. In his remarks, President Jacob Zuma said over the 5 past years the Council played a vital role to upscale transformation.
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South African Expos in China Kick-Off in Hong Kong
2014-10-21
The fifth annual South African Expos in China kicked-off in Hong Kong yesterday. The expos, which are a flagship project for the Department of Trade and Industry (the dti), are undertaken in order to execute South Africa's strategic objectives focussing on the Top 10 value-added products and investment projects to China.
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R1.2 Billion Already Spent in Agro-Processing. More to Come – Minister Davies
2014-10-20
The Minister of Trade and Industry, Dr Rob Davies says his 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.
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Hong Kong is Open for Business – South Africans Should Grab Opportunities
2014-10-20
Hong Kong is open for business and South African companies should take advantage of the opportunities that this presents to them. This was said by KPMG Principal Business Development Manager, Mr Anson Bailey. He was speaking at a welcoming briefing session for the South African business delegation, ahead of the South African Expos in China which begin in Hong Kong today.
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