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). In response to numerous requests for an extension by stakeholders, the dti will continue to accept comments on the
draft IP Policy until Friday, 17 November 2017. All submissions on the said document can be emailed to email@example.com.
An invitation to market and showcase your products at the South African
National Pavilion at the Defence Services Asia (DSA) 2018, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 16 to 19 April 2018
the dti invites South African exporters in the defence industry to come showcase their defence equipment and products at the DSA.
Deadline for submission of completed applications is 18 December 2017. Read more
Minister Davies Calls for Outcomes on the Outstanding Issues of the DOHA Development Agenda
The Minister of Trade and Industry, Dr Rob Davies and Deputy Minister Mr. Bulelani Magwanishe took part in the first day of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) Informal Ministerial Gathering
in Morocco. Read More
Minister Rob Davies gave the keynote address at the launch of the Caterpillar Southern Africa's Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment (B-BBEE) Equity
Equivalent Investment Programme on 4 October 2017.
Russia Wine Inward Buying Mission
Deputy Minister Bulelani Magwanishe gave the keynote address at the Russia Wine Inward Buying Mission hosted by the dti at the InvestSA Western Cape One Stop Shop on 2 October 2017.
The mission is part of Government's efforts to accelerate transformation in the wine industry.
The 2018/19 Call for Industry to Submit Applications for the Technology and Human Resource for Industry Programme (THRIP)
The call for industry to submit application for the 2018/19 Technology and Human Resource for Industry Programme (THRIP) is open from
28 September to 30 November 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Industrial Policy Action Plan (IPAP 2017/18-2019/20) - Part 1
Industrial Policy Action Plan (IPAP 2017/18-2019/20) - Part 2
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
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:
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
Rebate item 521.00 provides a full refund of customs duty on imported goods used in the
manufacture of goods exclusively for export.
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.
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.
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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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.
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
the dti Budget Vote Address delivered by Dr Rob Davies, Minister of Trade and Industry, in the National Assembly
In an input to the Portfolio Committee earlier this year, I argued that the dti’s contribution to the promotion of a higher level of more inclusive economic growth must involve intensifying our efforts to promote Radical Economic Transformation in two inextricably linked dimensions.
Mr President, in the SONA you referred to continued uncertainty in the global economy. Nowhere is that more evident than in the arena of international trade. Not only does global trade growth continue to underperform even the insipid levels of global GDP growth, but a tsunami has struck the dominant paradigm that has shaped international trade negotiations over the past quarter century. In my contribution to this debate, I want to suggest what this might mean in terms of re-aligning our trade policy to the objectives of radical economic transformation.
Deputy Minister of Trade and industry, Mr Mzwandile Masina - Mpact Polymers official opening
The National Development Plan, Green Economy Accord and the Industrial Policy Action Plan are policy documents that build on the successes of past industrial policy interventions and provide clear direction for sustainable, long-term industrialisation and industrial diversification. The key objectives of the IPAP, GEA and the NDP include the promotion of employment, reduction of poverty, investment in the green economy, building of infrastructure and the expansion of the economy.
Sasolburg, Metsimaholo Municiality Sasol Business Incubator Launch - Address by the Deputy Minister of Trade and Industry, Mr Mzwandile Masina
I extend my greetings and on behalf of the Department of Trade and Industry. We are deeply honoured for having been invited to this launch here today. We are honoured because this launch is a step towards affirming the principles of our work as a department and government.
SA Businesspeople Relish Prospects of Exporting to Russia
A group of twenty businesspeople who will be departing for Novosibirsk, Russia on Sunday are relishing the prospects of exporting their goods and services to Russia and contributing in increasing trade between South Africa and the European country. The businesspeople will be participating in the 10th Investment and Trade Initiative (ITI) to Russia from 24-27 October 2017.
South Africa is Concerned that Trade Protectionism is on the Rise
South Africa is concerned that trade protectionism is on the rise. This was said by the Minister of Trade and Industry, Dr Rob Davies at the 20th African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Ministerial Committee in Brussels, Belgium. Minister Davies said increasingly Sanitary and Phytosanitary (SPS) measures and standards are barriers to international trade and this affects especially small and medium enterprises.
Consumer Rights are everyone’s Business - Prieska Community Told
Shoddy service, bad quality products, broken promises, and contract foul-ups are just some of the problems consumers face. But South African consumers’ rights are protected by law, which means redress can be demanded. This was said by Mr Ralph Speek, Manager of Education and Awareness at the Northern Cape Consumer Protection Authority. He was addressing residents of Prieska in the Northern Cape who attended an education and awareness session hosted by the Department of Trade and Industry (the dti) today.
Industrialisation and Transformation Key in Driving Provincial Economies
The Director-General of the Department of Trade and Industry, (the dti), Mr Lionel October says industrialisation and transformation will play a big role in driving the economy especially in less developed provinces where jobs are scarce. October was briefing the select National Council of Provinces Portfolio Committee on Trade and Industry on the dti’s Annual Report of 2016/17 in Parliament today.
Gauteng Businesspeople on a Mission to Explore Russian Market
Gauteng businesspeople who will be travelling to Russia to participate in the Investment and Trade Initiative (ITI) organised by the Department of Trade and Industry (the dti) are looking forward to exploring business opportunities in the European country.
The Minister of Trade and Industry, Dr Rob Davies (MP) has reiterated governments commitment to supporting more black industrialists in order to achieve deeper levels of
industrialisation and economic transformation. Minister Davies was speaking during the opening ceremony of the state-of-the-art R100 million manufacturing
facility belonging to the United Industrial Cables (UIC) in Alberton on Monday, 5 June 2017.
Launch of KZN Black Industrialists Programme
Minister of Trade and Industry Dr Rob Davies (MP) and KwaZulu-Natal MEC for Economic Development and Environmental Affairs Sihle Zikalala officially
launched the KwaZulu-Natal Black Industrialists Programme on 2 June 2017 in Mayville, Durban. The incentive is geared towards growing black-owned business to become
globally competitive. Minister Davies and MEC Zikalala visited the premises of Mthembu Tissues Converting, a beneficiary of the programme.
Minister Davies launches phase one of Babelegi Industrial Park revitalisation
The Minister of Trade and Industry, Dr Rob Davies (MP), launched the first phase in Hammanskraal, Gauteng, on 30 May 2017. The R42-million project is part of the
Revitalisation of Industrial Parks Programme, which aims to accelerate economic development in lagging regions by attracting business investments to locate in
K9 Petfood Factory Launch
Minister Rob Davies and Deputy Minister Gratitude Magwanishe at the opening of the K9 Petfood Factory (a BIS recipient) in Cape Town on 19 May 2017.
Revitalisation of the Vulindlela Heights Industrial Park in Mthatha
The first phase of the revitalisation of the Vulindlela Heights Industrial Park in Mthatha was launched on 15 May 2017.
The R20-million upgrade is part of the dti's Revitalisation of Industrial Parks Programme to grow the country's economy and create jobs.
President Jacob Zuma and Minister Rob Davies officially opened the Invest SA One Stop Shop facility at the dti campus
It Is a project of Invest SA, a division of the dti which provides investment promotion, facilitation and aftercare, which is geared at fast-tracking projects and reducing government red-tape.
President Zuma has indicated that the One Stop Shop will drastically reduce red tape and contribute towards the National Development Plan economic growth objectives of growing the economy and
the dti Hosted Liquor Amendment Bill Indaba in Kempton Park
The Department of Trade and Industry (the dti) hosted the Liquor Amendment Bill Indaba in Kempton Park, east of Johannesburg. The Indaba is part of the process of
consultations around the amendments proposed to the National Liquor Act.Read more
the dti does SA proud again
South Africa won the Offshoring Destination of the Year Award from the Global Sourcing Association in London on 10 November 2016
Safe Paraffin Appliance Campaign
Minister of Trade and Industry, Dr Rob Davies delivering a keynote address. Introduced by Asogan Moodley, CEO - NRCF, held in Theunissen, Free State, 27 July 2016.
Minister launches initiative to boost African trade
The Minister of Trade and Industry, Dr Rob Davies launched Trade Invest Africa on Friday 15 July 2016.
The unit will promote South Africa's trade relations with the African continent and was launched together with
the Guidelines for Good Business Practice by South African Companies
operating in the rest of Africa, at a Roundtable Discussion on Intra-Africa Trade.
Minister Rob Davies' (MP) keynote address at the launch of the Botshabelo Industrial Park
Minister of Trade and Industry (the dti) Dr Rob Davies officially launched the completed first phase of the revitilised Botshabelo Industrial Park which cost R 24 million in Bosthabelo,
Free State on 14 June 2016.
The revitilisation of the industrial park includes the security infrastructure upgrade, fencing, street lighting and critical electricity requirement. The Botshabelo Industrial Park is the first
of the 10 State-Owned Industrial Parks to reach completion with 141 other factories operating in the Industrial Park.
Revitalisation of Industrial Parks Programme is targeted at providing a platform for industrialisation in targeted regions thereby promoting growth and sustainability as well as job-creation.
Director-General Lionel October on the winning track!
Director-General Lionel October picked up his prize during a glittering ceremony held by the Department of Public Service and Administration to honour public servants. DG October
thanked the hardworking officials of the dti for their commitment in delivering on the mandate of full-scale industrialisation and inclusive growth.
The Manufacturing Competitiveness Enhancement Programme (MCEP) was designed as an instrument to support enterprises in the production sectors of the economy soon after the onset of the
global economic recession to weather very adverse market conditions, secure higher levels of investment, raise competitiveness and retain employment. It consisted of the Production Incentive
which is administered by IDAD and the Industrial Financing loan facility administered by the IDC. The Production Incentive was temporarily suspended in October 2015.
Revitalisation to provide business-friendly environment
The revitalisation of Seshego Industrial Park is part of the R189 million invested in covering six prioritised parks under the dti Industrial Parks Revitalisation Programme, to promote
industrialisation and increase the contribution of the parks to job creation and the country's economic growth.
InvestSA wins the Global Investment Promotion Award for Excellence in Partnering for Investment Promotion at the UNCTAD Investment Promotion Awards 2016 in Nairobi, Kenya.
The Minister of Trade and Industry, Dr Rob Davies says investors recognise South Africa as a regional hub and gateway into the African Continent and government is strengthening its
Investment strategy to provide a one stop service to all investors. The Minister said this when he was receiving the Global Investment Promotion Agency (IPA) Award at the World Investment
Forum and the UNCTAD 14 Conference on behalf of InvestSA. The award seeks to recognise best practice in IPAs or association of IPAs in forging partnerships to promote FDI that contributes
to sustainable development. Read more
Economic Partnership Agreement between the SADC EPA states, of the one part, and the European Union and its Member states, of the other part
The SADC EPA Member states and the European Union signed the Economic Partnership Agreement on 10 June 2016 in Kasane, Botswana. South Africa participated in the SADC-EU EPA configuration
negotiations since 2007. SA's core interest has been to harmonise the trading regime between SACU and the EU; to secure further market access in agriculture (beyond the SA-EU Trade Development and
Cooperation Agreement (TDCA) provisions) and claw back on some policy space lost under the TDCA. South Africa's objectives have been achieved. After entry into force, the agreement will replace the
Trade chapter of the (TDCA). Read more
Revitalisation of Industrial Parks Programme Creating More Jobs
Minister Rob Davies says the Revitalisation of Industrial Parks Programme is creating jobs in and around townships and rural communities. He was speaking during the launch of the Komani
Industrial Park Revitalisation Project that was held by the Department of Trade and Industry in collaboration with the provincial and local government of the Chris Hani District Municipality
as well as the Chris Hani Development Agency in Komani, Eastern Cape, on 7 November 2016.
Video credit: SABC
Minister Davies launches the Industrial Policy Action Plan 2016/17-2018/19
The Minister of Trade and Industry, Dr Rob Davies says there is now an even more pressing need for structural change in the economy, to break out of commodity dependence and
move to a more diversified base in which increasing manufacturing-based value addition, employment creation and export-intensity come to define South Africas growth trajectory.
Minister Davies launches R49m revitalised Isithebe Park in KZN
Minister of Trade and Industry Dr Rob Davies and KwaZulu-Natal MEC for Economic Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs Mr Sihle Zikalala have launched the first phase of the revitalised
Isithebe Industrial Park in Mandeni, KwaZulu-Natal. The R49-million project is part of the Revitalisation of Industrial Parks Programme of the dti and is one of the 10 industrial parks that the
department has prioritised for revitalisation.
Invest SA scoops another international prize!
Invest SA has been recognised for its work in attracting investments to South Africa with the CFI.co Best Investment Promotion Agency Africa 2016 award. CFI.co, a renowned journal and
online resource reporting on business, economics and finance, annually seeks out individuals and organisations that contribute significantly to the convergence of economies.
the dti family supports Nelson Mandela International Day
Deputy Minister of Trade and Industry Mzwandile Masina led the dti family in celebrating Nelson Mandela International Day at the Katha Day Care Centre in Katlehong on Gauteng's
East Rand on Monday, 18 July 2016.
The centre is a drop-in facility for orphans and vulnerable children, children affected by HIV/Aids, youth-headed households and supports elderly community members. The centre provides hot
meals, psycho-social support, and early childhood development.
To mark Nelson Mandela International Day the dti family visited the centre to spend time with the children and donated much-needed mattresses and food items.
Minister Rob Davies (MP) at the launch of the Toyota Hilux and Fortuner
At the launch of the new Toyota Hilux and Fortuner in Durban on 24 May 2016, the Minister of Trade and Industry said the automotive sector is of considerable importance to South Africa and is
exporting significantly more vehicles than in the past.
Minister Rob Davies' (MP) keynote address at the launch of the R100-million Dursots-All Joy tomato-processing plant in Tzaneen
Minister Rob Davies (MP) launched the R100-million Dursots-All Joy tomato-processing plant in Tzaneen on 23 May 2016. He reiterated the importance of the agro-processing sector in the South African
economy, particularly for job creation. The Minister said the plant is a good example of the industrialisation objectives of building manufacturing capacity, job creation, local procurement and
support to SMMEs.
'South Africa is open for business'
Deputy Minister of Trade and Industry Mzwandile Masina delivered the keynote address at the launch of the Black Industrialists roadshow at the BMW plant in Rosslyn, Pretoria. The deputy minister
said the BMW investment of R6 billion is a one-of-a-kind from the automotive sector and will expand the industrial base of South Africa. He said he had no doubt that the new generation of BMW X3
will bring a lot of innovation, which will in turn lead to skills development.
South Africa Trade Minister IP and Development Keynote
South African Minister of Trade and Industry Dr Rob Davies (MP) addresses the International Conference on Intellectual Property and Development,
which took place on 7 and 8 April 2016 at the WIPO Headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland. Stakeholders from a wide range of sectors discussed the role of intellectual property in
economic, social and cultural development. Conference website
Launch of Bokpoort Concentrated Solar Plant
The Minister of Trade and Industry, Dr Rob Davies (MP), officially launched the R5-billion Bokpoort concentrated solar plant in Groblershoop, Northern Cape, on 14 March 2016.
Minister Davies was joined by Saudi Arabia Trade and Commerce Minister Dr Tawfiq Al Rabiah and the Premier of the Northern Cape, Ms Sylvia Lucas.
Speaking at the launch, Minister Davies said the Bokpoort project is the largest investment by a Saudi company, ACWA Power, and needs to be celebrated as it instils confidence in South
Africa's long-term infrastructure rollout and strengthens relations between the two countries.
Deputy Minister addresses first annual ERAN conference
Deputy Minister of Trade and Industry Mzwandile Masina presented the keynote address at the first annual Economic Research Advisory Network (ERAN) conference at the East London International
Convention Centre in the Eastern Cape. Masina urged researchers and academics to partner with Government in the development of South Africa.
Feasibility Study Launch for the Development of Components for Fuel Cell Units
The Minister of Trade and Industry, Dr Rob Davies launched the R15-million Isondo Precious Minerals (IPM) feasibility study project in Cape Town on 9 February 2016. The project will identify
particular components that can be manufactured and assembled locally for fuel cell units. The feasibility study is intended to accelerate mineral beneficiation and localisation of fuel cell
manufacturing in South Africa.
South African Investment Seminar at Mining Indaba 2016
The Minster of Mineral Resources, Joseph Zwane, joins the Minister of Trade and Industry, Dr Rob Davies, and the Minister of Corporate Governance and Traditional Affairs, Des Van Rooyen, in a
panel discussion to encourage investment in the South African mining sector at the Investment Seminar held at the 2016 Mining Indaba in Cape Town on 8 February 2016. The panel also comprised heads
of mining unions and the head of the Chamber of Mines.
Invest SA One Stop shop
On Tuesday 9 February, President Jacob Zuma, accompanied by Cabinet ministers, had talks with more than 150 CEOs of major companies and captains of industry in South Africa at the Cape Sun
Hotel in Cape Town.
The meeting aimed to find ways to improve investor confidence and stimulate economic growth in the country.
During the luncheon, President Zuma announced the launch of the Department of Trade and Industry's Investment Division, which will offer investors a one-stop shop service and actively promote and
facilitate investment in key high-yield growth sectors.
Black Industrialists Scheme
The Minister of Trade and Industry, Dr Rob Davies, has launched the Black Industrialists Scheme.
'We are looking for dedicated manufacturers': Rob Davies
Launch of the Black Industrialists Policy discussion
Minister Davies opens Johnson & Johnson pharmaceutical plant
The Minister of Trade and Industry, Dr Rob Davies officially opened the newly refurbished R300 million Johnson & Johnson pharmaceutical manufacturing plant in Cape Town on 12 January 2016.
Minister Davies said Johnson & Johnson has showed significant confidence in the country by increasing their investment for the next three years and therefore made South Africa and the rest of
the continent an attractive base for other multinationals to follow suit.
Vusumuzi Safer stoves campaign
The Minister of Trade and Industry, Dr Rob Davies distributed three-thousand (3000) safe and approved paraffin stoves at the Vusimuzi informal settlement in Tembisa on 8 December 2015.
This initiative is part of a multi-departmental 'Safer Stoves Campaign' comprising of the Department of Trade and Industry (the dti), Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs,
the National Regulator for Compulsory Specifications (NRCS), the National Consumer Commission (NCC) and Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality.
Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies briefs media on AGOA
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.
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.
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.