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Export Awareness Workshops

the dti, together with various stakeholders, will host Export Awareness Workshops

RSVP by: 30 November 2015

Invitation to Participate in Outward Selling and Investment Missions

The Department of Trade and Industry (the dti) invites you to apply to participate in the Trade and Investment Mission to

Internship Programme 2016/17

The Department of Trade and Industry invites graduates to apply for internship opportunities for a period of 12 months commencing 1 April 2016 to 31 March 2017 in various fields of study. Closing date: 30 November 2015 Read more

Draft Credit Life Insurance Regulations 2015

The Minister of Trade and Industry has published a Government Notice relating to the draft credit life insurance regulations, 2015 on 13 November 2015. The public is invited to comment until 6 January 2016 - Gazette No. 39407

Regulations on Review of Limitations on Fees and Interest Rates Regulations

The Minister of Trade and Industry has published a Government Notice on the Review of Limitations on Fees and Interest Rates Regulations, 2015 on 6 November 2015. The Regulations will come into effect on 6 May 2016 - Gazette No. 39379

Gazetted Verification Manual

The Codes of Good Practice for B-BBEE came into effect on 1 May 2015. Verification professionals are required to utilise the Verification Manual when verifying entities on the Revised Codes. It was important to amend the manual to include application methodology based on the 2013 revised Codes. In this regard, the Minister released the Amended Verification Manual for public comment, which will close on 30 November 2015. Read More

Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies briefs media on AGOA

Foreign direct investment: All present and direct

Foreign direct investment (FDI) flows into SA are expected to gain momentum in the coming year after declining over the past 12 months. Read more

Notice regarding the maximum number of casino licenses that may be granted in the Republic of South Africa.

In terms of section 45(1) read with section 87(1)(b) of, and item 6 of the schedule to the National Gambling Act, 2004, (Act No 7 of 2004), the Minister of Trade and Industry, Dr Rob Davies after consultation with the National Gambling Policy Council, hereby give notice regarding the maximum number of casino licenses that may be granted throughout the Republic. Interested persons may submit written comments on the proposed determination before 10 December 2015. Read More

Shipbuilding tender to create oceans economy jobs

The Minister of Trade and Industry, Dr Rob Davies says the R1.4 billion tender awarded to a local shipbuilding company will assist to create sustainable jobs in the Ocean Economy. Minister Davies, speaking at the naming ceremony of the offshore supply vessels ‘Aukwatowa’ in Cape Town said the tender will lead to an investment of R 1.2 billion creating more than 500 jobs in order to boost the local shipbuilding industry.

Davies said government is committed to growing and supporting local manufacturers in the marine industry in order to stay competitive and sustain jobs. He said more focus will be given to the industry standard and accreditation, skills programme and strategic marketing campaign as the private sector has followed through with the decision to support localisation.

Notice on the Suspension of the Manufacturing Competitiveness Enhancement Programme (MCEP)

The Department of Trade and Industry (the dti) is temporarily suspending new applications for the Manufacturing Competitiveness Enhancement Programme (MCEP) with immediate effect. Read more

Public Statement on the Commencement of Section 3(b) of the B-BBEE Act

The Minister of Trade and Industry, Dr Rob Davies (MP), published a Public Statement on the Commencement of Section 3(b) of the Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment Amendment Act, 2013 (Act No. 46 of 2013). Read more

Owners of Stores Where Counterfeits Goods are Sold Must Face Full Might of the Law – Deputy Minster Masina

The Deputy Minister of Trade and Industry, Mr Mzwandile Masina, says landlords and owners of flea markets and business centres where counterfeits goods are sold must face the full might of the law as they contribute to the proliferation of illegal goods in the country. Masina was speaking after he led a raid on shops selling counterfeit CDs and DVDs at the Bright Water Commons Flea Market in Randburg, on 15 October 2015.

Multinational shows confidence in SA economy

Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies opened a R600 million Unilever ice cream factory in Midrand, Gauteng on 13 October 2015. The factory was supported by the dti's 12i Tax Allowance Incentive Scheme. Davies commended Unilever for investments in Africa, saying it's an indication of recognising the significance of contributing in growing the African economy.

Market Your Products at Malaysia International Halal Showcase 2016 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

the dti extends an invitation to South African exporters of Halal-approved consumable items and services to apply to participate at the Malaysia International Halal Showcase (MIHAS) 2016 exhibition, scheduled to take place from 30 March - 2 April 2016 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Closing date for applications: 30 November. Read more

the dti Showcased on CNBC Africa

Yunus Hoosen, the Head of Investment Promotion and Inter-Departmental Clearing House at the dti, joined CNBC Africa to discuss how South Africa is fairing against emerging economies. He explained the global economy is constrained due to volatile market conditions.

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

Notice on the suspension of the Technology and Human Resource for Industry Programme (THRIP)

This serves as an announcement to the Technology and Human Resource for Industry Programme (THRIP) applicants that the Department of Trade and Industry (the dti) has suspended the programme. A new programme with a different focus is being developed and is to be implemented in the next financial year, 2016/17. 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.

  • Click here for the 2015/16 National Pavilion List.
  • Click here for the 2016/17 National Pavilion List.

Fluorspar Beneficiation Opportunity to produce Fluorochemicals in South Africa

The Department of Trade and Industry (the dti) together with Department of Science and Technology, Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) and Pelchem are driving a fluorochemical expansion initiative (FEI) programme, that aims to develop the SA fluorochemical industry by leveraging the country's rich fluorspar reserves in line with the government beneficiation strategy and a multipronged approach to mineral beneficiation. the dti invites private industrialists, manufacturers and investors to undertake fluorochemical projects that will support this initiative and in the process apply for the dti incentives and other financial assistance through IDC. Read More

Practice Note - Trading Hours for Distributors and Delivery of Liquor

This practice note is issued to clarify how the National Liquor Authority (NLA) within the Department of Trade and Industry will implement the Norms and Standards and Regulation 21 of Liquor Amendment Regulations of 2013 in relation to the trading hours for distributors. Read more

EIP Claim Procedures

EIP Claims Procedures for the handling of late submission of claims, the non-submission of claims and requests for extension to submit claims for the Enterprise Investment Program (EIP): Manufacturing Investment Program (MIP) and Tourism Support Program (TSP) effective from 6 July 2015 and additional claim procedures effective from 3 August 2015. Read more

Promotion and Protection of Investment Bill

The promotion and protection of Investment Bill has been tabled in Parliament on 28 July 2015 following an extensive public consultation process. The Bill seeks to promote investments and clarify the level of protection that an investor may expect in the Republic of South Africa and ensure that South Africa remains open to foreign investment. The Bill also aims to confirm Government's right to pursue constitutionally-driven national development objectives and recognises the right of governments to regulate in the public interest. In addition, it promotes a balance between the rights and obligations of investors, and provides clarity for the standards of protection applied to investment.

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

The South Africa Business Incubator Establishment Handbook Launched

The Minister of Trade and Industry, Dr Rob Davies launched the South Africa Business Incubator Establishment Handbook that will help introduce the basic concepts and issues involved in business incubation for all stakeholders that wish to establish incubators in their communities. Read More.

Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment Act (53/2013): Revised notice of clarification

The Minister of Trade and Industry Dr Rob Davies (MP), published a Revised Notice of Clarification - Gazette no 38799.

Notice to MCEP Applicants

Please note that with effect from 11 May 2015, all new applications with an investment value of R50 million and above, will no longer be considered under the Manufacturing Competitiveness Enhancement Programme (MCEP) Incentive. Applicants with an investment value of R50 million and above are encouraged to apply for the 12I Tax Allowance Incentive.

Statement on the Recognition of Broad-Based Schemes

The Department of Trade and Industry (the dti) has noted the questions relating to paragraph 1 (d) of the General Notice issued in Gazette Number 38764 on 5 May 2015, dealing with recognition of the Broad-Based Recognition Schemes: Read More.

B-BBEE Amended Codes of Good Practice

The Minister of Trade and Industry Dr Rob Davies (MP) hereby:

Affidavit for B-BBEE exempted micro enterprises

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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 For more information on Industrial Procurement click here.


Address By Deputy Minister of Trade and Industry, Hon. Mzwandile Masina On the occasion of the SA-Netherlands Business Forum
The Netherlands has a very long and reputable history as a trading nation and the two countries have continued to grow their trade with each other over the years. Total trade between the two countries amounted to more than R48 billion in 2014, an increase of 26% compared to 2013.
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Debate on the Protection of Investment Bill, 2015
Foreign direct investment (FDI) is currently protected by more than 3 000 International Investment Agreements (IIAs) worldwide. Most of these agreements feature an Investor-State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) mechanism to enforce investor rights. These agreements are mostly structured along the “old architecture that allows investors to sue States in arbitral fora and give investors the right to bypass domestic courts.
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DM Masina Opens the South Africa-Cuba Business Forum
It is indeed a great honour for me to be addressing this high level delegation representing business in South Africa and Cuba during the South Africa Cuba business seminar which we are hosting on the margins of the Havana International Fair.
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The National Day Celeberations of the People’s Republic of China
I am told that a well-known Chinese author once stated that: “Originally, there was no path, but after many people travel a certain way, a path is forged”.
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Address by Deputy Minister of Trade and Industry Hon. Mzwandile Masina to South African Chamber of Commerce, London, United Kingdom on Investment Climate in South Africa and government’s response to weather the storm
 Let me set off by stating my profound gratitude, on behalf of the South African government, for having been offered this opportunity. It is always a pleasure for us to be afforded opportunities through which we can share our policy perspectives with stakeholders, including the investor community, in a manner that also helps us to draw insights from them about how they experience our policy interventions.
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Coordinated Approach Required to Effectively Enforce Food Labelling Regulations
A coordinated approach is required to effectively enforce food labelling regulations in the country. This was said by Deputy Commissioner of the National Consumer Protection (NCC), Ms Thezi Mabuza at the seminar on Food Labelling and Consumer Protection in South Africa. The seminar, a collaboration between the Department of Trade and Industry (the dti) and the NCC took place at the Diep in die Berg in Pretoria yesterday.
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the dti Outward Trade and Investment Mission Arrives in Cameroon
A twenty-three member business delegation led by the Department of Trade and Industry (the dti) has arrived in Cameroon to begin the last stop of their two-leg Outward Trade and Investment Mission aimed at strengthening South Africa’s trade and investment with the Economic Community of Central African States. The mission commenced in Gabon on Monday.
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SA Businesses People Advised to Take Advantage of Gabonese Investment Fund
The Gabonese Director-General for International Cooperation, Mr Guy Christian Mounguengui urged South African businesspeople to take advantage of the Gabonese Strategic Investment Fund when setting up operations to ensure that their businesses are provided with adequate support when venturing into the country. Mounguengui was addressing the business seminar that formed part of the Department of Trade and Industry’s (the dti) Outward Trade and Investment Mission in Gabon yesterday.
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Minister Davies Congratulates EXL on Its Soft Launch and Announcement of Their Delivery Centre in Cape Town
The Minister of Trade and Industry, Dr Rob Davies has congratulated EXL Service Holdings on the establishment and soft launch of their Cape Town Delivery Centre, which currently employs 60 people but is expected to ramp up to 3,000 jobs over the next three years. The establishment of the EXL delivery centre follows an evaluation of global locations in Central Europe, Asia and Latin America.
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SA Business Delegation Arrives in Gabon on Trade and Investment Mission 
A business delegation comprising of twenty-three South African businesspeople arrived in Gabon yesterday to commence an Outward Trade and Investment Mission organised by the Department of Trade and Industry (the dti) to explore trade and investment opportunities and to increase bilateral trade between SA and Gabon.
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