Market and Showcase your Products at the South African National Pavilion at the Fruit Logistica, 2019 Trade Fair in Berlin, Germany from 6 to 9 February 2019

the dti invites firms and other exporters to submit applications to participate and showcase their fresh produce at the world's largest trade fair for the fresh produce sector, Fruit Logistica Berlin 2019. The Fruit Logistica Berlin 2019, scheduled to take place from 6 to 9 February 2019 in Berlin, Germany. The deadline for submission of the National Pavilion application form accompanied by all supporting documentation is 10 September 2018.

Investing in South Africa's Future: A Conversation with Minister Rob Davies

Minister Rob Davies was hosted by the US think tank Atlantic Council on Friday, 13 July 2018 for a conversation on his vision for a US - South Africa commercial relationship moving forward.


Attention: Job scam alert

the dti is aware of an advertisement currently circulating on social media claiming that the Department and Transnet is recruiting for general work posts in all nine provinces. Please note that this is not the case and the message is a hoax. All posts that are available and open for application are advertised on the dti's official website in the careers section.

The 2019/20 Call for industry to submit applications for financial assistance under the Technology and Human Resource for Industry Programme (THRIP)

This serves to inform you that the call for industry to submit applications for the Technology and Human Resources for Industry Programme (THRIP) will be open from 15 July 2018 to 31 August 2018 until 00:00 am. Applications that are received or submitted after the closing date and time will not be considered.

Minister Rob Davies hosts 3rd BRICS Ministers’ Industry Meeting

the dti hosted the 3rd BRICS Industry Ministers’ meeting in Magaliesburg on Wednesday, 4 July 2018. The objectives of the meeting were to discuss the continuation of work on the implementation of existing cooperation projects and how to leverage the Digital Industrial Revolution (DIR) opportunities in order to speed up industrial development. The Ministers of the Federative Republic of Brazil, the Russian Federation, the Republic of India, the People's Republic of China and the Republic of South Africa resolved to establish the BRICS partnership on the New Industrial Revolution (PartNIR) that aims to translate the vision of the second Golden Decade of BRICS cooperation into reality through deepened BRICS cooperation on Industrialisation, Innovation, Inclusiveness and Investment.


Minister Rob Davies hosts 8th BRICS Trade Ministers’ Meeting

Trade Ministers from the Federative Republic of Brazil, the Russian Federation, the Republic of India, the People's Republic of China and the Republic of South Africa met for the 8th BRICS Trade Ministers’ Meeting in Magaliesburg on Thursday, 5 July 2018. South Africa’s Minister of Trade and Industry, Dr Rob Davies, chaired the meeting, which was held in preparation for the 10th BRICS Summit scheduled to be held in South Africa from 25-27 July 2018.


The African Export-Import Bank and the Export Credit Insurance Corporation of South Africa have joined together to launch the South Africa - Africa Trade and Investment Promotion Programme (SATIPP)

SATIPP aims to promote and expand trade and investment between South Africa and other African countries.The programme will provide finance and/or payment assurances/guarantees in support of South Africa’s trade and investments with other African countries, as well as funding for projects being promoted by South African businesses. Read More

Manufacturing Indaba keynote address by the Director-General

The Director-General of the dti, Mr Lionel October addressed the Manufacturing Indaba in Sandton on Wednesday, 20 June 2018. The annual gathering brings together business owners, industry leaders, government officials, capital providers and professional experts to explore opportunities and grow their manufacturing operations.


Apply for agro-processing support

Applications for the Agro-Processing Support Scheme’s (APSS) are open until 30 September 2018. For more information about the scheme and how to apply, read more

Call for public comment on amended draft schedule

Minister of Trade and Industry Rob Davies (MP) hereby publishes for public comment the Amended Draft Schedule 1 of 2018 in terms of section 9 (5) of the Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment Amendment Act 2003 (Act No. 53 of 2003), as amended by the Act 46 of 2013. Closing date for comments is 15 August 2018. Gazette No. 41709

Outward Selling Mission for Natural and Organic Products to Malmö, Sweden, From 12 to 16 November 2018

The Department of Trade and Industry (the dti) invites you to apply to be part of an Outward Selling Mission (OSM) to Malmö, Sweden to promote exports of natural and organic products. The trade mission forms part of the dti's objective to create market access for South African products in markets with high export potential. The deadline date for the submission of complete EMIA OSM application forms is 31 July 2018. Read More

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.

View Intellectual Property Policy Phase I


Decentralisation of Industrial Development can lead to a Viable Rural and Township Economies – Minister Davies

The Minister of Trade and Industry, Dr Rob Davies says his Department has over time worked on decentralising the Industrial Development in order to create viable rural and township economies. Minister Davies was speaking at the Industrial Breakfast Session on the Rural and Township Industrial Economy hosted in Atlantis, Western Cape. Read more

Furniture Design Competition - Call for Entries

  The Department of Trade and Industry (the dti), South African Furniture Initiative (SAFI), Proudly South African, and their partners , invites South African Designers to participate in the Furniture Design Competition. The aim of the competition is to: raise and nurture design capabilities in the country, raise the image of the South African Furniture Manufacturing Industry, and to advance local industry through the introduction of new products industry. Entries close on 31 August 2018. 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.


Black Industrialist Programme Notice

In terms of section 3.4.1 of the Black Industrialist Scheme Guidelines,the dti will discontinue offering grant funding support to projects where the amount of manufacturing/ processing involved to obtain the final product is minimal. 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

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

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

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.
Read more

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


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

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

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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

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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.