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Small Business Connect

The March 2015 edition of Small Business Connect is now available and includes articles such as:
  • R3.5bn to small business dept
  • New liquor law effective; and
  • Tender database to reduce red tape
To read these and more, click here.

The Department of Trade and Industry (the dti), in partnership with the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC), Solid Works and the SABS Design Institute, invites design students and established designers to participate in the Furniture Design Competition. 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

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Notice to Support Programme for Industrial Innovation (SPII) Applicants

The Department of Trade and Industry (the dti) in 2013 started a process for the administration and management of the Support Programme for Industrial Innovation (SPII) to be transferred from the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) to the Incentive Development and Administration Division (IDAD) within the dti. Read More

HE King Zwelithini and Minister Davies Launch new KwaZulu-Natal Call Centre

The Minister of Trade and Industry, Dr Rob Davies says Business Process Services (BPS) is a key sector for attracting investment and creating new jobs for young people. Davies was speaking at the launch of CCI Call Centres new Call Centre building in Umhlanga, Kwa-Zulu Natal. The building that was launched by King Goodwill Zwelithini will create employment for more than 2000 young people. The Minister said that the new facility demonstrates a commitment by CCI Call Centres to the South African Business Process Services (BPS) sector. 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 link 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.

Planning for Exports Training

The Department of Trade and Industry (the dti) invites both emerging and potential exporters to Planning for Exports training, the purpose of which is to prepare SMEs for the successful expansion of their businesses into international markets.

Economic Growth Engines Towards Industrialisation, Regional Development and Employment Creation

Special Economic Zones (SEZs) are progressively becoming a policy tool of choice for governments to attract foreign investment to promote export oriented economy and growth, thus creating employment opportunities. Globally, there is a major shift in economic policies in developing countries which attempt to industrialise their economy by becoming more manufacturing based economies, export driven through setting up of free trade zones that are inclusive of SEZs, designed to encourage foreign direct investments. Read more.

Medium and Heavy Commercial Vehicles Automotive Investment Scheme (MHCV-AIS)

the dti has initiated the Medium and Heavy Commercial Vehicles Automotive Investment Scheme (MHCV-AIS), a sub-component of the Automotive Investment Scheme (AIS), an incentive designed to grow and develop the automotive sector through investment in new and/or replacement models and components that will increase plant production volumes, sustain employment and/or strengthen the automotive value chain. Read more

Market and Showcase your Products at the Feira Internacional De Angola (Filda) 2015, in Luanda, Angola: 21 - 26 July 2015

The Department of Trade and Industry (the dti) invite your firm and other exporters of multi-sectoral products to apply to take part in the Feira International de Angola (FILDA) 2014, scheduled to take place from 21 - 26 July 2015 in Luanda, Angola. Closing date for applications: 20 March 2015.

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 M&E 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

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.

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

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.


Minister Davies Launches Seven Hundred Million IBM Equity Equivalent Investment Programme
The launch of this Equity Equivalent Investment Programme is in line with the 2007 Codes of Good Practice that require that all entities operating in the South African economy to make a contribution towards the objectives of Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment (B-BBEE).
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Remarks by the Minister of Trade and Industry, Dr Rob Davies at the Destruction of Non-Compliant Products Function in Durban, 11 December 2014
Ladies and Gentlemen it is not the   first and I hope certainly not last time I attend an NRCS destruction event. I say this because what we can see today is proof of the steady improvement in stepping up our response to destroying non-compliant products.The product destroyed today would have been sold to unsuspecting consumers, causingharmto our citizens and to the environment. The more we improve, the lesser this danger.
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Speech Delivered by the Deputy Minister of Trade and Industry, Mzwandile Masina at Africa Economic Expansion Summit, held at Durban, 11 November
Please allow me to take this opportunity to express my sincere gratitude for having been afforded an opportunity to address this year’s edition of the important Africa Economic Expansion Summit. On behalf of the government of South Africa and particularly the Department of Trade and Industry, I wish to communicate our profound appreciation for this platform, for it is a critical part of the necessary social engagement that our National Development Plan suggests to be central to the development outcomes we want to achieve. The sentiments of the National Development Plan are similar to the collective efforts that the African Union vision 2063 implores all of as Africans to be part of in order to achieve the collective African development of growth that we so much desire.
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Speech Delivered by the Deputy Minister of Trade and Industry, Mzwandile Masina at the South Africa Local Content Summit Held at the Westin Hotel, Cape Town 16 September 2014.
The Manufacturing Sector is critical to SA's growth trajectory because manufacturing has the highest economic and employment multipliers.
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the dti Budget Vote Address delivered to the National Council of Provinces (NCOP) by Dr Rob Davies, Minister of Trade and Industry, 23 July 2014

Efforts  to promote and develop the Special Economic Zone programme throughout the country is beginning to deliver results, as evidenced  by the R3.4bn in investments and over 67,000 direct and indirect jobs created by the Coega, Richards Bay and East London Industrial Development Zones. The IDZ programme will greatly advance regional diversification of industrial development. 

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More Empowered Women Required In Boards of Companies - MP Business Woman
A Mpumalanga business woman who will be receiving a Certificate in Corporate Governance from the Deputy Minister of Trade and Industry, Mr Mzwandile Masina in Pretoria this month, believes that more women need to be trained to take positions in the boards of companies. Ms Melody Kweba is an eMalahleni-based business woman operating in the mining industry. She completed a Corporate Governance Development Programme offered by the Department of Trade and Industry (the dti) through the Institute of Directors South Africa. the dti initiated the Programme in 2013 with the aim of empowering women and preparing them for positions in the boards of public and private entities.
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the dti Invites Companies to Participate in Angolan International Trade Exhibition
The Department of Trade and Industry (the dti) invites South African companies to apply to participate in the 32nd Feira International de Angola (FILDA) Trade Fair, which will take place in Luanda, Angola from 21-26 July 2015.
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the dti to Participate in International Pavillions to Increase Market Access for SA Companies
The Department of Trade and Industry (the dti) will again participate in national and international exhibitions, trade shows and pavilions in different countries to promote market access and showcase South African products and services. This is part of the department’s strategy to promote value-added goods and services abroad by broadening the export base, increasing market share in targeted high growth markets and sustaining market share in traditional markets.
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Entries for the dti Furniture Design Competition Opens
The Department of Trade and Industry (the dti) invites final year design students and established designers across South Africa to enter for the National Furniture Design Competition. Entries for the competition, which is presented by the department in partnership with the South African Bureau of Standards (SABS) Design Institute, Industrial Development Co-operation (IDC), Furntech and MeCad Solidworks open today and will close on 31 August 2015.
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the dti to Host Corporate Governance and Ethics Seminar
The Department of Trade and Industry (the dti) will host a Corporate Governance and Ethics Seminar in Pretoria on 20 March 2015. Delegates including decision-makers in the public and private entities, business organisations, as well as business women who participated in the department’s Corporate Governance Development Programme will attend the event. The theme of the Seminar is “Corporate Governance: Our Business, Your Business
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