Small black-owned businesses will receive a significant boost in their attractiveness to supply to large companies and government
when the revised Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment (B-BBEE) codes, gazetted by the Department of Trade and Industry (the dti)
last month, comes into effect in October next year.
Small Business Connect - November 2013
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
Publication of the Automotive Investment Scheme (AIS) Guidelines for Public Comment
The Department of Trade and Industry (the dti) releases for public comment amendments to the Automotive Investment Scheme (AIS), one of the key action programmes of
the Industrial Policy Action Plan (IPAP) 2012/13-2014/15. The guidelines are open for comment until 6 December 2013. Read more
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.
Request for Proposals - South African Premier Business Awards
The Department of Trade and Industry, Proudly South African and Brand South Africa require the services of a professional and creative events company to manage the South African Premier Business Awards 2014.
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.
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.
Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies, (MP), issued a final notice on categories of goods that are required to have trade description applied to them in terms of
the Consumer Protection Act 68 of 2008. This was published in the Government Gazette No. 36968 on 25 October 2013.
On 22 March 2013, the Minister published a notice in terms of the Act for members of the public and other stakeholders to submit comments to the proposed regulation on the
labelling of meat products. This was prompted by media reports in February 2013 that various meat products seem to indicate the presence of donkey, water buffalo, goat and other
undisclosed meat products in certain processed foods which are available to consumers at retail stores in South Africa.
This notice will only come into effect after six months in order to comply with the WTO Agreement on Technical Barriers to Trade. Government Gazette No. 36968
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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
Would you like to subscribe to the dti's Trade Lead Bulletin?
the dti's Trade Lead Bulletin is a weekly roundup of international business opportunities received from the dti's network of foreign economic
representatives and other reliable sources for distribution and matching to South African small and medium-sized export-ready firms.
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
For any complaints regarding non-compliance, please forward an e-mail to email@example.com. For more information on Industrial Procurement
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.
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.
Second Reading Debate on the Legal Metrology Bill, by the Minister of Trade and Industry, Dr Rob Davies, in the National Assembly, Cape Town
Speaker, Honourable Members, it gives me great pleasure to introduce the “Legal Metrology Bill, 2013”.
Address by the Minister of Trade and Industry, Dr Rob davies, on the Removal of Credit Information to the National Council of Provinces (NCOP), Cape Town
The National Credit Act was introduced in 2006 with the aim of facilitating access to credit to a broad section of the South African population while addressing the abusive practices that have plagued the credit market for many decades. Many of these abusive practices have been addressed and was established to oversee compliance with the Act.
NCOP Budget Vote Debate for the Department of Trade and Industry by Minister Rob Davies (MP), in NCOP Chamber, Parliament on 16 May 2013
Addressing this Council in the past, we noted that a historical feature of the South African economy most of the national gross value-add (GVA) is concentrated in a few regions of the country. The latest data confirms continuation of historical trends with three regions, Gauteng, eThekwini-Pietermaritzburg and the Cape Peninsula, generating almost 70% of the national GVA. Economic opportunities become concentrated in these regions, perpetuating spatial inequalities.
Budget Vote 36 for the Department of Trade and Industry by Deputy Minister, Ms Elizabeth Thabethe, at the Old Assembly Chamber, Parliament on 15 May 2013
The current administration’s central focus has been on creation of decent jobs, economic transformation and creating an inclusive economic growth. These are some of the key strategic priorities identified in the 2009-2014 medium-term strategic framework that was later translated into government outcomes. the dti further articulated these key priorities in its 2010-2013 Medium Term Strategic Framework. Therefore, it is imperative that we reflect on the achievements that have been recorded in these areas.
Budget Vote 36 for the Department of Trade and Industry by Minister Rob Davies (MP), at the Old Assembly Chamber, Parliament on 15 May 2013
It is common knowledge that the term of this administration has coincided with the most severe global economic crisis since the 1930s. When we took office in 2009, the SA economy moved into recession which cost us close to one million jobs. 200 000 of these or 20% were in manufacturing, a sector which contributes only 14% to the GDP, meaning that the impact of the recession was disproportionately severe in manufacturing.
South Africa Calls for a Political Guidance on the Development of a Post-Bali Work Programme
South Africa’s Minister of Trade and Industry, Dr Rob Davies has called on Trade Ministers and experts at the 9th World Trade Organisation’s Ministerial Conference in Bali, Indonesia, to recommit themselves to the Doha Development Agenda. He reminded the Ministerial Conference that the Doha Round was launched with an explicit commitment to place the needs and interests of developing countries at the heart of its work programme and that its development mandate still remains valid today.
South Africa Aims to be in the Top 20 of World Tourism Destinations by 2020
The South African Ambassador to Russia, Mr Mandisi Mpahlwa says South Africa aims to be in the top 20 of the tourism destinations by 2020 as set out in the government’s National Tourism Sector Strategy and the Domestic Tourism Growth Strategy. Mpahlwa was delivering a key note speech at a tourism workshop hosted by the Department of Trade and Industry (the dti) in Vladivostok, today as part of the Investment and Trade Initiative (ITI) to Russia.
the dti and State Theatre Team up to Spread Anti-Piracy Message in Pretoria
The Department of Trade and Industry (the dti), in conjunction with the State Theatre and Proudly South African, will host an activation at the theatre precinct on Friday, 6 December 2013 from 10H00-14H00.. The activation is part of the second phase of the dti’s national anti-piracy campaign aimed at creating awareness about the negative impact of piracy, and to urge the public to buy original products.
Trade Ministers Urged to Restore the Credibility of the World Trade Organisation
The 9th World Trade Organisation’s Ministerial Conference that is being held in Bali, Indonesia, should revive and strengthen the credibility and confidence of the multilateral trading system. This was said today by the Indonesian President His Excellency, Dr Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono at the opening of the Ministerial Conference.
SA Business People Urged to Look for Opportunities in Other Regions of Russia
The South African Ambassador to Russia, Mr Mandisi Mpahlwa says it is important for the South African business people to look beyond the Russian capital of Moscow for trade and investment opportunities, because the country has a number of growth areas such as Vladivostok. Mpahlwa was delivering a key note speech at a business forum hosted by the Department of Trade and Industry (the dti) in Vladivostok as part of the Investment and Trade Initiative (ITI) to Russia that started today.