Invitation to Participate in an Outward Selling and Investment Mission to Toronto, Canada 4 to 7 March 2018

The Department of Trade and Industry (the dti) invites you to apply to participate in the Outward Selling and Investment Mission to Canada, scheduled to take place from 4 to 7 March 2018. The closing date for receipt of complete application forms is 29 September 2017. Read More

the dti 2016/17 Annual Report

The Department of Trade and Industry (the dti) has once again obtained clean audit reports from the Auditor General for the 2016/2017 financial year for both the department and most of its agencies. During the period under review, the dti has provided financial support of approximately R7 billion, supporting more than 1400 companies which will leverage total private sector investment of approximately R30 billion into the South African economy.


Business Innovation Survey

South Africa needs to continuously assess its economic strengths, limitations and policies in order to create a more innovative society that can tackle stronger international trade competition and a tough domestic economic environment. Business innovation surveys, based on a methodology standardised in the Oslo Manual of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), are used to answer innovation policy questions. As such, the Centre for Science, Technology and Innovation Indicators, on behalf of the Department of Science and Technology, is rolling out the Business Innovation Survey 2014-2016 during September 2017 to a randomly selected sample of 5000 firms in the industrial and services sectors. Read More

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

The Agro-Processing Support Scheme's next designated application window for the receipt of applications will be 1 September 2017 until 31 January 2018. Read more

Specific Procurement Notice for the procurement of Specialised Industrial Facilities Equipment for TVET Colleges

The Department of Trade and Industry (the dti) has received a grant from the African Development Bank for the establishment of Specialised Industrial Facilities in identified TVET Colleges in the township or rural areas. The facilities will house the equipment and machinery for automotive, brick making, motor mechanics and welding to be used by learners and community. Read more

Call for papers - 3rd Economic Research Advisory Network (ERAN) Annual Conference 2018

Individuals are invited to submit abstract(s) for the 3rd Economic Research Advisory Network (ERAN) annual conference to be held on 14-16 March 2018 in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal.

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Minister Rob Davies opens National Infrastructure Africa Business Forum

The sixth edition of the annual two-day National Infrastructure Africa Business Forum took place at the Sandton Convention Centre on 21-22 August 2017.

During his address the Minister highlighted the development of infrastructure as an essential catalyst for regional integration for increased inter-regional trade and for industrialisation in Africa.


Minister Davies Gazettes the Draft Statement 005 of 2017 for Public Commentary

The Minister of Trade and Industry Dr Rob Davies invites members of the public to make inputs and comments on the Draft Statement 005 of 2017 within 60 days from the date of publication (21 July 2017). Minister Davies gazetted the Draft Statement 005 of 2017 in terms of section 9 (5) of the Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment Amendment Act 53 of 2003 as amended by Act 46 of 2013. Read more

Draft Intellectual Property Policy of the Republic of South Africa Phase 1 (2017)

Following the publication of the Intellectual Property (IP) Consultative Framework in 2016, the draft IP Policy has since been developed by the dti in partnership with the inter-Ministerial Committee on Intellectual Property (IMCIP). The draft IP Policy will be published in the Government Gazette in due course. All submissions on the said document can be emailed to ippolicy2017@thedti.gov.za by no later than (sixty) 60 days from date of publication in the Government Gazette. Read more

Increase Your Export Opportunities by Showcasing Your Products National Pavilions List for 2017/18

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. Read more

Market Your Products at the Ghana International Trade Fair 2018, Tamale, Ghana

the dti extends an invitation to your firm and other exporters of multi-sectoral products to apply to participate in the Ghana International Trade Fair (GITF) 2018, scheduled to take place from 21 February to 11 March 2018 in Tamale, Ghana. The deadline date for the submission of complete National Pavilion application forms is 21 September 2017. Read more

the dti and FNB Sign Pledge to Improve Access to Finance for Black Industrialists

The Minister of Trade and Industry, Dr. Rob Davies together with First National Bank (FNB) Chief Executive Officer (CEO) for Public Sector Banking, Mr Kgosi Ledimo have signed a pledge that will improve access to finance for Black Industrialists (BI) to fast-track accelerated economic transformation at a ceremony that was held in Johannesburg on Tuesday, 25 July 2017.


Gulfood 2018 Dubai, UAE from 18-22 February 2018

The Middle East region continues to witness an increasing population surge translating into increasing opportunities in the agro sector with a market demand of $3 trillion, hence necessitating participation of South African Exporters and Export competent companies. In this regard, SA will be participating in the forthcoming Gulfood Exhibition. Applications will close on 26 September 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.


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

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.

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

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

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.