Minister Davies Releases Special Economic Zones Governance and Management Regulations for Public Comment

The Minister of Trade and Industry, Dr Rob Davies has released the Special Economic Zones Governance and Management Regulations for public comments in terms of the Special Economic Zones Act of 2014. Members of the public have until 14 August 2017 to submit their comments to the Regulations. Read more

Invitation to participate at the Trade and Investment Mission to Algiers, Algeria and Tunis, Tunisia 1 to 5 October 2017

the dti invites you to apply to participate in a Trade and Investment Mission to Algeria and Tunisia. The objective of this mission is to increase trade and investment between South Africa, Algeria and Tunisia. It is an ideal platform for South African companies who would like to export value added products and services and for companies who are looking for investment opportunities in the North Africa region. The closing date for receipt of complete application forms is 28 July 2017. Read more

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.


Invitation to Participate in an Outward Selling Mission to the USA 15-22 October 2017

The Department of Trade and Industry (the dti) invites exporters to apply to participate in the Outward Selling Mission to the USA scheduled to take place from 15 to 22 October 2017. the dti will facilitate an Outward Selling Mission (OSM) to meet with potential importers, distributors and retailers in the USA. The closing date for receipt of application forms is 26 July 2017. Read more

Invitation to participate in the Investment and Trade Initiative to Zimbabwe 09-13 October 2017

The Department of Trade and Industry ( the dti) invites you to apply to participate in the Investment and Trade Initiative to Zimbabwe. The objective of this mission is to increase bilateral trade and investment between South Africa and Zimbabwe. This initiative will present an ideal platform for South African companies who would like to export value added products and services and for companies who are looking for investment opportunities and joint venture partnerships in the Zimbabwean market. The closing date for receipt of application forms are 21 July 2017. Read more

Invitation to take part in the ninth Investment and Trade Initiative in the DRC

the dti invites you to apply to take part in the ninth Investment and Trade Mission to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) scheduled to take place from 18-22 September 2017. The objective of this mission is to increase trade and investment between South Africa and the DRC. It is an ideal platform for South African companies who would like to export value added products and services and for companies who are looking for investment opportunities in the DRC. The closing date for receipt of application forms is 14 July 2017. Read more

Threshold for Major B-BBEE Transactions

The Minister of Trade and Industry, Dr Rob Davies (MP) has gazetted the Threshold for Major B-BBEE Transactions which must be submitted to the Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment (B-BBEE) Commission in terms of Section 13F (1) (f) of the Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment Act 53 of 2003 as Amended by Act 46 of 2013 as well as Section 18 of the B-BBEE Regulations. - Gazette No. 40898

Invitation to Participate in an Outward Selling Mission to United Arab Emirates and Iran From 17-24 November 2017

the dti invites you to apply and participate in an Outward Selling Mission (OSM) to the United Arab Emirates and Iran scheduled to take place from 17-24 November 2017. The objective of this mission is to facilitate access for South African value-added products and services into UAE and Iran. Planned activities include business-to-business meetings and site visits to companies in UAE and Iran. The deadline for submission of complete applications forms accompanied by all supporting documentation is 31 July 2017. Read more

Agro-Processing Support Scheme

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.


Global Exporter Passport Programme

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

Industrial Policy Action Plan (IPAP 2017/18-2019/20)

IPAP 2017/18-19/20 is in its ninth annual iteration based on the National Industry Policy Framework and its objectives. IPAP 2017/18 places emphasis on job creation with a continuously strengthening focus on labour intensity, especially in labour intensive sectors that link the productive sectors of the economy, across integrated value chains. IPAP 2017/18 seeks to achieve a higher impact in difficult economic circumstances. It recognises that key domestic constraints constitute a considerable break on industrialisation. IPAP 2017/18 therefore recommends continued support for a constructive and solutions-based approach to key challenges which has been adopted by the economic cluster.

Furniture Design Competition - Call for Entries

  The Department of Trade & Industry and its partners, is calling on South African designers - Design Students and Professionals Furniture Designer and/or manufacturers - to submit design entries for household furniture under the theme “Storage”. Furniture must respond to peoples changing space needs and respond to the way people live and use their space. This make furniture pieces important, and their need to reflect individual lifestyles should be captured in design. Read More

Increase Your Export Opportunities by Showcasing Your Products

The Department of Trade and Industry (the dti) will be participating in various exhibitions and trade shows to promote locally-manufactured products in international markets. We invite manufacturers and registered exporters to participate in the international trade shows. Read more

Electronic registration for the South African Council for the Non-Proliferation of Weapons of Mass Destruction

From 1 May 2017, all applications for registration and import and export permits for the South African Council for the Non-Proliferation of Weapons of Mass Destruction will be processed through a new electronic system. Read more

Final Credit Life Insurance Regulations, 2017

The Minister of Trade and Industry (the dti) published a Government Notice relating to the Final Credit Life Insurance Regulations on 9 February 2017. These regulations will come into effect on 10 August 2017. - Gazette No. 40606

Government Initiates a Process to Develop and Implement a Shared Response to the Crisis in the Poultry Industry

A Poultry Sector Task Team established by the South African government to deal with the crisis in the domestic poultry industry has secured significant progress across a number of work-streams, to develop a common response to the complex challenges facing the domestic industry. Read more

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.


Rebate offerings to the steel industry

the dti would like to make the downstream steel industry aware and encourage applications of the following ITAC rebate offerings:
  1. Rebate item 470.03 provides for a full waiver of customs duty on imported goods for use in the manufacture of goods exclusively for export; and
  2. Rebate item 521.00 provides a full refund of customs duty on imported goods used in the manufacture of goods exclusively for export.
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IDZ Guidelines on Transitional Arrangements

The Special Economic Zones Act, No. 16 of 2014 (the Act) commenced by Presidential Proclamation on 9 February 2016. The Act introduces a new regulatory framework for the planning, design, development, management and operations of Special Economic Zones. This new regulatory framework replaces the old regulatory framework for Industrial Development Zones, which was based on the Industrial Development Zones Regulations.

Guidelines on Transitional Measures for Industrial Development Zones in terms of Section 39 of the SEZ Act No. 16 of 2014 (the Act) and regulations made in terms of the Act. 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.


Final prohibition on the use of certain EU names of products: SADC-EU Economic Partnership Agreement

South Africa (SA) and the European Union (EU) has concluded a Protocol on Geographical Indications (GIs) and Trade in Wines and Spirits as part of the Economic Partnership Agreement signed on 10 June 2016 in Kasane, Botswana. In terms of this Protocol, South Africa agreed to protect EU GIs listed in Annex I to the Protocol. Read more

the dti Export Help Desk

The Department of Trade and Industry (the dti) has established an Export Help Desk at the dti Campus in Pretoria to provide South African firms - small, medium and large enterprises - with export information and advice. The objective of the help desk is to respond to client enquiries within 24 hours. Read more


the dti Warns About Scam Targeting Liquor Licence Holders

It has come to the attention of the Department of Trade and Industry (the dti), the South African Police Service (SAPS) and provincial liquor authorities that there is a scam that is currently operating within the liquor industry. This comes after a series of investigations that were conducted after complaints were received from people who have been defrauded. Read more

Fraudulent Requests for Quotations

The Department of Trade and Industry (the dti) would like members of the public to be aware of fraudulent RFQs being solicited by individuals identifying themselves as Ms Nomsa Bengu, Ms Khanyie Nkosi, Ms Zinhle Khumalo or Ms Buhle and claiming to be officials of the dti, employed in Supply Chain Management. These individuals are not employed by the department. Read more

Special Economic Zones Advisory Board

In terms of section 7(7) (a) of the Special Economic Zones Act, 2014 (Act No.16 of 2014), Special Economic Zones (SEZ) Advisory Board members were appointed by the Minister of Trade and Industry, Dr Rob Davies (MP), for the period effective from 01 April 2015. Read more
   

the dti 2015/16 Annual Report

the dti's 2015/16 Annual Report has been presented to its portfolio committee in parliament. Among the highlights is Director-General Mr Lionel October's announcement that the government has created more than 2.3 million net jobs through different incentives over the past five years. View the Annual Report here.

Notice of B-BBEE compliance requirements for all incentive programmes.

This notice serves to address the introduction of a minimum standard of compliance to the requirements of the Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment (B-BBEE) Act, 2013 across all of the Incentive Development and Administration Division (IDAD) programmes. Read more

Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment Regulations

The Minister of Trade and Industry published the Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment Regulations relating to the administration and implementation of the Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment Act and the functions of the Commission. Gazette No. 40053

Determination of Application, Registration and Renewal Fees Regulations

The Minister of Trade and Industry has published a Government Notice relating to the Determination of Application, Registration and Renewal Fees Regulations, on 11 May 2016 - Gazette No. 39981

Determination of a Threshold for Credit Provider Registration

The Minister of Trade and Industry has published a Government Notice relating to the Determination of a Threshold for Credit Provider Registration, on the 11 May 2016 - Gazette No. 39981

Publication of National Gambling Policy,2016

In terms of the National Gambling Act, 2004 (Act No. 07 of 2004), the Minister of Trade and Industry, Dr Rob Davies after obtaining cabinet approval signed and published the National Gambling Policy 2016, for implementation. Government Notice 39887

Important Notice for Black Industrialist Programme

This notice serves to inform applicants of the Black Industrialist Scheme (BIS) that, in terms of paragraph 2.2 and 2.3 of the BIS Guidelines, they must first contact the Department of Trade and Industry (the dti) to be allocated an enquiry number before submitting an application. Read more

Statement of Clarification - Repeal of Sector Codes

The Minister of the Department of Trade and Industry issued a Government Notice No. 184 in the Government Gazette No.39703 on the 17th February 2016, to repeal the Construction and Chartered Accountancy (CA) Sector Codes. The repeal in the context of this clarification, implies that the two sector codes stated above; cease to exist from 17 February 2016. Read More.

Protection of Investment Act

The Protection of Investment Act, No. 22 of 2015, assented to by President Jacob Zuma on 13 December 2015, provides protection to foreign investors in a manner that is consistent with the Constitution and is in accordance with international best practice and international customary law. The Government of South Africa is confident that the Act achieves the appropriate balance of rights and obligations between investors and the state and will provide adequate protection to investors. Gazette No. 39514

Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment Regulations, 2016

(Published in Government Notice 39704 in Government Gazette 17 February of 2016) In terms of section 14 (1) of the Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment Act, 2003 (Act No. 53 of 2003), as amended by the B-BBEE Amendment Act, 2013 (Act No. 46 of 2013), the Minister of Trade and Industry, Dr Rob Davies (MP), has made the following regulations relating to the administration and implementation of the B-BBEE Act, 2003 as amended and the functions of the B-BBEE Commission.

Repeal of sector codes

In terms of section 9 (7) of the Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment Act, 2003 (Act No. 53 of 2003), as amended by Act No. 46 of 2013, the Minister of Trade and Industry, Dr Rob Davies (MP), hereby gives notice to repeal the following sector codes, which were not submitted for approval and are not aligned to the amended codes: Government Gazette number 39703

1.1.1. Construction Sector Code - Government Gazette number 32305
1.1.2. Chartered Accountancy - Government Gazette number 34267


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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 Monitoring and Evaluation 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


FAQs: Removal of Adverse Consumer Credit Information


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.