Invitation to Participate in an Outward Selling and Investment Mission to Pakistan from 23 - 27 September 2019

The Department of Trade and Industry (the dti ) invites South African manufacturers of value-added export products to apply to participate in an Outward Selling Mission (OSM) to Pakistan, which is scheduled to take place from 23 - 27 September 2019. The objective of this mission is to facilitate access for South African value-added products and services into Pakistan. Planned activities include business-to-business meetings and site visits to companies. The deadline for submission of applications forms is 31 July 2019.

Invitation: To All Film and TV Stakeholders

the dti invites Film and TV stakeholders to participate in the creation of a film database, which will assist international and local companies with ease of information. The database will include various profiles and any other relevant information of companies. The information will be shared with other government departments that support the Film and TV industry. The deadline for submission of information is 31 July 2019

Market and showcase your products at the South African National Pavilion at Defense and Security 2019 in Bangkok, Thailand from 18 to 21 November 2019

The Department of Trade and Industry (the dti) invites you to apply to participate in the South African National Pavilion at Defense and Security 2019 in Bangkok, Thailand from 18 to 21 November 2019. The deadline for submission of applications forms is 31 July 2019.

Beware: Fake Programme being advertised

Please note - the dti does NOT have a "Entrepreneurship Funding Program" Please visit our incentive pages to view our offerings

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.


Invitation to Participate in an Outward Selling Mission to Singapore from 9-15 September 2019

The Department of Trade and Industry (the dti) invites you to apply to participate in an Outward Selling Mission (OSM) to Singapore, which is scheduled to take place from 9 to 13 September 2019. The objective of this mission is to facilitate access for South African value-added products and services into Singapore. The deadline for submission of applications forms is 17 July 2019

The Agro-Processing Support Scheme (APSS) Application Window Period:

Agro-Processing Support Scheme designated application window for the receipt of applications will be extended from 1 April 2019 until further notice.

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)

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. Read More.

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.


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

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.

SEZ Advisory Board Annual Report

Minister Rob Davies approved the Special Economic Zones (SEZ) Advisory Board Annual Report which aims to highlight the implementation progress of the SEZ programme, as well as all operations related to the mandate of the SEZ Advisory Board.

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



Youth Employment Service (Y.E.S) Initiative

Minister of Trade and Industry Dr Rob Davies (MP), has published the Youth Employment Service Initiative for implementation with immediate effect. Gazette No. 41866

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


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

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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