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Suspension of Liquor Regulation 21 Notice

The Minister of Trade and Industry has suspended the implementation of Regulation 21 of the Liquor Amendment Regulations 2013. The implementation of this regulation, which is about trading hours, will take place nine months after the date of the attached notice, which is 11 April 2014.

The Liquor Amendment Regulations were promulgated on 3 December 2013 and Regulation 21 requires distribution activities to take place between 09:00 and 18:00 Monday to Saturday and not at all on Sundays. Read More.

Small Business Connect

Effective as of 1 April 2014, all credit bureau will automatically have to remove any negative information on the credit records of consumers. This comes after Minister of Trade and Industry, Rob Davies released the regulations for the Removal of Adverse Consumer Credit Information last months.
Small Business Connect - April 2014

Tenders at the dti

Bid dti 02/14-15: Construction Tender.

Compulsory Site Inspection Meeting will be held:
Date: 29 April 2014
Time: 09h30 for 10h00
Venue: the dti Campus, 77 Meintjies Street, Block D, Ground Floor, Boardroom DG 16, Sunnyside Pretoria.

Bidders to take note that registration will take place from 09h30 to 10h00. Thereafter the register will be removed and only bidders whose names appear on the compulsory site inspection meeting register will be allowed to submit bids for this requirement.

Bids are available at:
the dti Campus
Ground Floor, Block B
77 Meintjies Street

Call for Nominations 2014/15 - Technology for Women in Business (TWIB) Awards

The Technology for Women in Business (TWIB) Awards are meant to reward women achievers for the significant impact they have made in various sectors of the economy through the application of technology to create a competitive edge for their businesses. Read More.

Tenders at the dti

Bid dti 01/14-15: Appointment of a project management company to implement phase 4 of the Monyetla work readiness programme.

Closing date: 11:00 on 2 May 2014

Compulsory briefing session will be held:
Date: 17 April 2014
Time : 09:00
Venue: the dti Campus, 77 Meintjies street, Sunnyside, Pretoria, Block D, Ground Floor, Boardroom DG 20, Sunnyside Pretoria. Bidders to take note that registration will take place from 09:00 to 09:30. Thereafter the register will be removed and only bidders whose names appear on the compulsory briefing session meeting register will be allowed to submit bids for this requirement.

Safety Notice - Product Recall

In the interest of customer safety, the National Consumer Commission and Game stores require any customer who purchased a My Sweet Love Cuddle Care Doll from any Game store to return the item with immediate effect. Read more

Industrial Policy Action Plan (IPAP)

Minister Rob Davies at IPAP launch Minister of Trade and Industry, Dr Rob Davies (MP) launched the sixth iteration of the Industrial Policy Action Plan (IPAP) in Sandton, Gauteng on 7 April 2014.

Industrial Policy Action Plan (IPAP) 2014/15 - 2016/17

Notice to Manufacturing Competitiveness Enhancement Programme (MCEP) clients on the amended guidelines

Minister of Trade and Industry, Dr Rob Davies (MP), approved amendments to the MCEP guidelines in terms of Section 1.4 of the guidelines, which were published on the dti website on 01 April 2014 and are effective from the date of publication. Read more

Transition period for compliance with new BEE codes extended to April 2015

The Minister of Trade and Industry, Dr Rob Davies (MP), has extended the transitional period for the recently revised Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment (B-BBEE) Codes of Good Practice to end April 2015. Government Gazette No.37453

Recipients of SA's Top Business Awards Announced

National Credit Amendment Bill

The Minister of Trade and Industry, Dr Rob Davies (MP), has announced the introduction of the National Credit Amendment Bill to the National Assembly. The purpose of the Bill is to amend the National Credit Act 34 of 2005.

National Credit Amendment Bill Address by the Minister of the dti, Dr Rob Davies

the dti also published the Removal of Adverse Consumer Credit Information regulations which are designed to remove adverse consumer credit information as well as information relating to paid-up judgements. There is more information in Government Gazette No.37386, published on 26 February 2014.

Media statement by Minister Rob Davies - Removal of Credit

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 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 National Pavilion List for 2014/15.

Performance of Verification Procedures by Ernst and Young Incorporated for Incentive Schemes

Ernst and Young Incorporated have been appointed by the dti, to perform verification procedures on the various incentive schemes managed by the Industrial Development; Incentive Administration Division. Read More.

Liquor Amendment Regulations, 2013

Dr Rob Davies, the Minister of Trade and Industry hereby, in terms of section 42 of the Liquor Act, 2003 (Act No 59 of 2003) made the following amendments to the National Liquor Regulations, 2004 as outlined in the schedule.

On the 3rd of December 2013, the Regulations were amended and published to come into operation. These Regulations bring about changes in the submission, processing of applications and the requirements for new registration.

Government Gazette No. 37091

2012-13 Annual Performance Incentive Report

The Minister of Trade and Industry, Dr Rob Davies, released the Department's Incentive Performance Report for the 2012/13 Financial Year in Pretoria on Friday, 22 November 2013. View the report

Manufacturing Competitiveness Enhancement Programme (MCEP)

the dti, in partnership with the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC), hosted the Manufacturing Competitiveness Enhancement Programme (MCEP) stakeholder dialogue. Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies addressed guests and stakeholders at this session on 14 November 2013.

In addition, a new micro-site on MCEP was unveiled by Minister Davies. To view the site click here.

Draft Promotion and Protection of Investment Bill

In April 2010, Cabinet instructed the Department of Trade and Industry (the dti) to initiate work towards a Foreign Investment Act that would strengthen South Africa's investment regime to ensure that:

  • South Africa remains open to foreign direct investment (FDI);
  • South Africa provides adequate protection to FDI; and
  • Objectives are balanced with the right of Government to regulate in the national and public interest.

The Bill seeks to achieve several balances between the rights and obligations of investors; provide adequate protection to all investors, including foreign investors; ensure that South Africa's constitutional obligations are upheld, and that Government retains the policy space to regulate in the public interest.

Protection of Investment Bill

the dti Warns Public about Facebook Impersonators

The Department of Trade and Industry (the dti) would like to warn members of the public and Facebook users about unscrupulous people who are impersonating Minister Rob Davies.

These sinister forces are impersonating the Minister on Facebook under this account: "Rob Haydyn Davies". Any Facebook account purporting to belong to Minister Davies is fraudulent.

the dti launches Youth Enterprise Development Strategy

The Department of Trade and Industry (the dti) launched the Youth Enterprise Development Strategy at a function in the Maboneng Precinct in the Johannesburg CBD on Monday 11 November 2013. The strategy aims to promote youth self-employment and youth-owned and managed enterprises. The launch coincides with the opening of the Micro Enterprise Development Organisation (MEDO) youth-focused ICT Incubation Centre, which will facilitate Information and Communication Technology skills transfer and trading opportunities to enhance the mainstreaming of youth participation in the South African economy.

Youth Enterprise Development Strategy 2013-2023

Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment (B-BBEE) Codes of Good Practice

The Minister of Trade and Industry, Dr Rob Davies (MP), has announced the release of the revised Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment (B-BBEE) Codes of Good Practice. Minister Davies says the refined Codes symbolise a new beginning in the re-orientation of the transformation policy to focus more on productive B-BBEE and the growth of black entrepreneurs through Enterprise and Supplier Development elements.

Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment (B-BBEE) Codes of Good Practice

Call for Entities Registered with the National Liquor Authority to Renew Licences

The Department of Trade and Industry (the dti) would like to urge all National Liquor Authority (NLA) Macro Manufacturers and Distributors of Liquor due for renewal to submit their annual information returns and pay the prescribed fees. Every entity registered with the NLA is required in terms of the National Liquor Act, No. 59 of 2003 to renew its registration on an annual basis by filing the NLA 28 Form and paying the prescribed fee at least one month before the expiry date of their registration certificate. Renewals should be accompanied by the requisite supporting documents and proof of payment. Read more

Expiry of the United States Generalised System of Preference on 31 July 2013

This serves to inform South African exporters to the United States that the Africa Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) extends the benefits under the Generalised System of Preferences (GSP) programme to 30 September 2015. The AGOA legislation legally integrates benefits under GSP into AGOA for all AGOA-eligible countries. The expiry of the GSP programme on 31 July 2013 would affect only non-AGOA beneficiary countries. Read more

Reducing Municipal Red Tape for SMMEs

The Department of Trade and Industry (the dti) in conjunction with the Department of Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs (CoGTA) conducted the Local Red Tape Reduction pilot to address regulatory, administrative and other compliance processes that hamper the effective development of SMMEs at local government level. The findings are published in the Guidelines for Reducing Municipal Red Tape: How Municipalities can Improve Service Delivery that Supports Small Business. The guidelines serve as a practical implementation framework to reduce municipal red tape for the growth of small businesses.

The Economic Contribution of Copyright-Based Industries in South Africa

The creative industry contributes significantly to the economic, social and cultural development of a country. In light of this, in 2011, the Government of South Africa commissioned a study to determine the benefits stemming from the local industry. The study was done through the Department of Trade and Industry (the dti), with financial and technical support from the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO).

View the research report

the dti Launches the Electric Vehicle (EV) Industry Road Map

The purpose of the South African EV Industry Road Map is to promote the establishment of a domestic EV industry leading to increased investments, job opportunities and human capacity building.

View YouTube footage of Minister Davies addressing the audience at the launch:

Foreign Film Incentives put SA on the Map

South Africa's film sector received a boost with the recent approval of Fury Road: Mad Max and Black Sails, the largest international productions to be filmed in the country.

Fury Road: Mad Max was intended to be shot in Australia, where the film industry is renowned for its big-budget productions including The Matrix, Star Wars and Mission Impossible, while Black Sails had been earmarked for Spain. The two productions are a major coup for South Africa and it is envisaged that the international film community will take notice of the country as a destination capable of undertaking "mega films". Read more

The National Export Development Programme (NEDP): Your Passport to Export

The Department of Trade and Industry has taken it upon itself to revisit its tools in a number of areas to advance industrialisation, market access and broad economic development priorities of the country. Key among them is the NEDP, designed to enhance our efficiencies and effectiveness in engaging with the ever-changing global economic space. Read more

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If you would like to subscribe to the dti's Trade Lead Bulletin mailing list, please complete the subscription form and e-mail to

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DAFF and the dti Finalise Incentive Programme to Support Aquaculture Sector

Challenges experienced by the aquaculture industry in relation to access to finance and competitiveness will soon be a thing of the past as the Department of Trade and Industry (the dti) together with the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF) have finalised the Aquaculture Development and Enhancement Programme(ADEP). Read More

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.

the dti Warns the Public of Incentive Scam

the dti is warning the public, investors, and potential and emerging businesses as well as business organisations of a bogus incentive scheme that is doing the rounds. Read more

Co-operatives Incentive Scheme (CIS) Application System

The CIS application system is now functional and all CIS applications will, with immediate effect, be submitted either electronically through completing the online application form or through submitting a physical completed application to the dti registry office.

The CIS online application form can be accessed by the public directly from the dti website. This therefore, means that clients are in a position to complete and submit applications online and can alternatively physically submit a printed application to the dti registry office.

For further enquiries on the CIS online application procedure, please contact the following people:

Copyright Review Commission

The Copyright Review Commission is now accessible on facebook and twitter. To post questions or comments join us on Facebook and search for "Copyright Review Commission" and "CopyrightCR" on twitter. Interested parties can still contact us on our toll free number: 08000 7702.


National Credit Amendment Bill - Address by the Minister of Trade and Industry, Dr Rob Davies, to National Assembly, 27 February 2014

The NCAB follows intensive assessments of the effectiveness of the National Credit Act, 2005 (“the Act”), as well as extensive consultation with various stakeholders, both within and outside Government. As the banking sector accounts for about 90% of the credit market, consultation with National Treasury was critical as these matters relate to this sector.
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Address by the Minister of Trade and Industry, Dr Rob Davies to the National Council of Provinces (NCOP), on the Special Economic Zones Bill 2013
The Special Economic Zone (SEZ) Bill that is being tabled today aims to support a broader- based industrialisation growth path for our country, balanced regional industrial growth, and the development of more competitive and productive regional economies– with strong up and downstream linkages in strategic value chains.  Adoption of this Bill will be a significant milestone in pursuit of the aspirations expressed in the National Development Plan (NDP), New Growth Path (NGP) and Industrial Policy Action Plan (IPAP).
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Statement on the Passing of Mr Nelson Mandela, the First Democratically-Elected President of the Republic Of South Africa, at the 9th WTO Ministerial Conference – Bali, Indonesia, 6 December 2013

We greatly appreciate the expressions of condolences we have received you, Mr Chairman on behalf of the entire WTO Membership, as well as from many individual Members since the news of the tragic passing of Nelson Mandela, our first democratically-elected President of the Republic of South Africa, and aglobal icon.

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South African Statement to the 9th World Trade Organisation (WTO)   Ministerial Conference - Bali, Indonesia

As we gather here in Bali for MC9, it is important to recall that the Doha Round was launched in 2001 with an explicitcommitment to place the needs and interests of developing countries at the heart of its work programme.

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Second Reading Debate on the Legal Metrology Bill, by the Minister of Trade and Industry, Dr Rob Davies, in the National Assembly, Cape Town

"Legal Metrology is the application of legal requirements to measurements and measuring instruments" - International Organisation of Legal Metrology.

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South African Companies to Participate Inzimbabwe International Trade Fair 2014
The Department of Trade and Industry (the dti) will lead a group of South African companies to the 2014 Zimbabwe International Trade Fair (ZITF), taking place in Bulawayo from 22-26 April 2014. The fair will be held under the theme "New Ideas, New Heights".
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a Multi-Million Rand Dumedia Chemical Business Incubation centre Launched by Minister Rob Davies
The Minister of Trade and Industry, Dr Rob Davies has launched an about R8-million Durban branch of the South African Chemical Technology Incubator (Chemin) at the Westville Campus of the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN) in Durban today.
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Minister Davies to Launch Chemical Technology Incubator in Durban
The Minister of Trade and Industry, Dr Rob Davies will officially launch the Durban branch of the South African Chemical Technology Incubator (Chemin) at the Westville Campus of the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN) in Durban tomorrow, 16 April 2014 from 9H00. The media is invited to attend and cover the event.
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South Africans Should Instill Entrepreneurship Spirit in Children -Deputy Minister Thabethe

South Africans need to encourage the spirit of entrepreneurship in children as this will help them to be self-employed and contribute to the country's economy. This was said by the Deputy Minister of Trade and Industry, Ms Elizabeth Thabethe at the Kathorus Chapter of Global Business Round table (GBR) in Katlehong over the weekend, where she delivered a keynote address to entrepreneurs from the Ekurhuleni townships.
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Government Needs Private Sector to Create Jobs
The Deputy Minister of Trade and Industry, Ms Elizabeth Thabethe says government will not achieve its employment creation targets without the contribution of the private sector. Thabethe was speaking to business people at a training workshop hosted by the Franchise Association of South Africa (FASA) as part of the Franchise Expo at the Sandton Convention Centre today.
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