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Small Business Connect

The April 2015 edition of Small Business Connect is now available and includes articles such as:
  • Drop in small biz failure rate
  • Win with furniture design; and
  • SA to host global congress
To read these and more, click here.


Commencement of the Lotteries Amendment Act, 2013

The Minister of Trade and Industry has published a Notice relating to the commencement of the Lotteries Amendment Act, 2013 and Lotteries Amendment Regulations relating to Allocation of Money in National Lotteries Distribution Trust Fund and Amendment of the Direction for Distribution Agencies in determining the distribution of funds from the National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund on 14 April 2015. The Lotteries Amendment Act, 2013 and Lotteries Amendment Regulations are effective on the date of publication - Gazette No. 38687.

Invitation to Take Part in the Investment Mission to Germany

The Department of Trade and Industry (the dti) invites you to apply to take part in the Investment Mission to Germany from 29 June - 3 July 2015. The mission presents business opportunities for South African companies in the rail sector to engage at a strategic level with potential investor partners in Germany and to promote South Africa as an investment destination. Closing date for applications: 30 April 2015.

Invitation to take part in a Trade and Investment Mission to Ghana and Nigeria from 17 - 21 August 2015

The Department of Trade and Industry (the dti) invites you to apply to take part in a Trade and Investment Mission to Ghana and Nigeria scheduled to take place from 17 - 21 August 2015. The objective of this mission is to increase trade and investment between South Africa, Ghana and Nigeria. Closing date for applications: 30 April 2015.

Notice for Public Comments

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

(a) Issues for public comment, the Special Economic Zones Regulations.
(b) Invites interested persons and the public to submit comments until 7 May 2015. Read More


Advanced Composite Global Award for Blackstone Tek

JECeurope awarded Blackstone Tek (BST), a composite manufacturer based in Johannesburg, a global composite award for innovation. BST is constantly pushing the envelope of development in carbon fibre and advanced manufacturing. Read More

National Liquor Norms and Standards

In terms of the National Liquor Act, 2003 (Act No. 59 of 2003), the Minister of Trade and Industry, Dr Rob Davies after consultation with the National Liquor Policy Council signed and published the National Liquor Norms and Standards, which came into effect on the 13th February 2015. Read More

Invitation to Participate in the Outward Selling and Investment Mission to Indonesia

The Department of Trade and Industry (the dti) invites you to apply to participate in the Outward Selling and Investment Mission (OSIM) to Indonesia. The Mission forms part of the dti's objective to create and identify export markets for South African value-added products and services. Closing date for applications: 30 April 2015. Read More

National Credit Amendment Act and Affordability Assessment Regulations

The Minister of Trade and Industry has published a Notice relating to the commencement of the National Credit Amendment Act, Affordability Assessment Regulations and the Notice relating to the Amendment of the National Consumer Tribunal Rules on 13 March 2015. The Amendment Act and Regulations are effective on the date of publication - Gazette No. 38557.

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. Entries close on 31 August 2015. 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

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.

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

For enquiries, contact +27 (12) 394 5792 or tradeleadbulletin@thedti.gov.za


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.


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

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 localcontent@thedti.gov.za. For more information on Industrial Procurement click here.

 

Minister Davies Launches Seven Hundred Million IBM Equity Equivalent Investment Programme
2015-02-20
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
2014-12-11
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
2014-11-11
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.
2014-09-17
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
2014-07-23

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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Government Working Tirelessly to Stop Attacks on Foreign Nationals – Deputy Minister Masina
2015-04-22
The South African government is doing everything in its power to bring an end to the attacks of foreign nationals taking place in various parts of the country, and to ensure that residents stay in peace and harmony with foreign nationals. This was said by the Deputy Minister of Trade and Industry, Mr Mzwandile Masina. He was addressing the dialogue on xenophobic attacks on foreign nationals hosted by the Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality. The dialogue, which was held under the theme “Advancing Social Cohesion-Stop Xenophobia” took place at the Germiston Civic Centre today. 
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South Africa and the United States Strengthens Bilateral Trade Relations
2015-04-19
South Africa and the United States have agreed to strengthen and deepen their bilateral trade and investment relations. This was agreed during the Trade and Investment Framework Agreement (TIFA) Council meeting that was held in Washington, US. The Council was co-chaired by Minister Rob Davies and the United States Trade Representative (USTR), Ambassador Michael Froman. The two countries signed the revised TIFA in 2012 and it is a key platform to address issues of bilateral concerns and boost our bilateral trade and investment relations
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Socio-Economic Transformation must Ensure Inclusive Growth - Deputy Minister Masina
2015-04-17
Radical socio-economic transformation must ensure inclusive growth and sustainable jobs. This was said by the Deputy Minister of Trade and Industry, Mr Mzwandile Masina at the Taking the dti to the people outreach campaign held in Vereeniging, Gauteng today.
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Minister Davies’ Statement on South Africa-USA Bilateral Trade and Investment Relations, Washington
2015-04-16
United States is South Africa’s 3rd largest trading partner and our bilateral trade and investment relations are guided by the Trade and Investment Framework Agreement (TIFA). TIFA was signed in 1999 and in 2012 myself and the then United States Trade Representative, Ambassador Ron Kirk signed the amended version.
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Economic Development is a National Imperative – Deputy Minister Masina
2015-04-16
The Deputy Minister of Trade and Industry, Mr Mzwandile Masina says economic and youth development issues are national imperatives that government is currently prioritising. Deputy Minister Masina was addressing the community of Oudtshoorn in the Western Cape yesterday as part of Taking Parliament to the People.
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