Fuel Cells Technology as an Alternative Energy Source for South Africa
The Department of Trade and Industry (the dti) will be hosting a workshop on fuel cells technology. The purpose of the workshop is to discuss and explore fuel cells technology as an alternative
energy source for the country. This is intended to be a high-level engagement with prominent economic policy makers across Government, the private sector, local academics and industry experts.
Date: Friday, 24 May 2013 Venue: Union Buildings, East Wing room 159 Time: 10h30 - 16h00
Kindly ensure that you or your selected representative confirms attendance with Siboniso Cele via e-mail: SCele@thedti.gov.za or Tel: 012 394 3171.
Invitation for the Public to Comment on the Draft Lotteries Amendment Bill 2013
The Minister of Trade and Industry, Dr Rob Davies, MP, published the draft Lotteries Amendment Bill 2013 through a Notice in the Government Gazette No. 36446 of 8 May 2013
requesting the public to submit comments within 30 days from the date of publication.
The draft Lotteries Amendment Bill amends the Lotteries Act 1997 to provide for, inter alia, the efficient distribution of funds to good cause organisations
and to improve the governance relationships between the Minister and the Board, and the Board and Distribution Agencies.
Interested persons must fax written comments for the attention of Mr Nkoatse Mashamaite to 012 394 2054 or submit via e-mail to NEMashamaite@thedti.gov.za by 7 June 2013.
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:
Technology for Women in Business (TWIB) Awards
Since 1998, the Technology for Women in Business (TWIB), an
initiative of the dti, has given hundreds of women the
opportunity to apply technology to support and grow their
businesses. This has largely contributed towards mainstreaming
women's businesses within the broader SA economy.
TWIB is calling for the 2013/14 Awards nominations.
South Africans are invited to nominate women entrepreneurs
who systematically use technological innovation and creative
know-how for business growth and positive economic impact on
the broader economy.
Nominations close on Friday, 31 May 2013.Read more
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
An Opportunity to Increase your Companys 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.Read More
The Minister of Trade and Industry, Dr Rob Davies, MP, launched the Industrial Policy Action Plan (IPAP) 2013/14 2015/16 on Thursday 4 April.
The IPAP outlines Government's initiatives to accelerate the industrialisation of the economy, and reflects continuous improvements and strengthening of
concrete industrial development interventions. 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.
The Minister of Trade and Industry, Dr Rob Davies, MP, has published a notice in the Government Gazette No. 36285 of 22 March 2013 requesting the public
to submit comments regarding the intention to prescribe certain meat products carry a trade description that includes specific information.
This was prompted by media reports on 27 February 2013 that various meat products available to consumers in retail stores in South Africa indicate the
presence of donkey, water buffalo and goat, which is in contravention of Section 24 of the Consumer Protection Act 68 of 2008.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
Since the Section 12I Tax Allowance was announced in 2010 to date, the programme has supported 13 projects with an investment value of R21.7 billion.
These projects are within the priority sectors identified in the Industrial Policy Action Plan (IPAP).
Eight of the projects are in the chemical sector; one within the agro processing sector, two are in the paper and pulp sector, and two in the bio-fuel sector with a total investment of R21,7 billion.
These projects will create 1 618 direct jobs and 25 448 indirect jobs are estimated to create R3,7 billion worth of opportunities for small medium and micro enterprise procurement.
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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.
Speaking Notes of The Minister of Trade and Industry, Dr Rob Davies at the Launch of the Industrial Policy Action Plan (IPAP) 2013/14-15/16 held at IDC Sandton on 4 April 2013
The Industrial Policy Action Plan (IPAP) 2013/14 – 15/16 is the 5th iteration of the three year rolling action plan and covers the last full financial year in the term of the present administration. It is located in the vision of the National Development Plan and forms one of the principal pillars of the New Growth Path.
The Director-General of Trade and Industry (the dti), Mr Lionel October says South Africa should be looking to have a balanced trade. He was speaking at the pre-Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD V) seminar which was held in Johannesburg.
Competition Tribunal to Hear Sasol Case on Excessive Pricing
The Department of Trade and Industry (the dti) welcomes the commencement on 13 May 2013 of the Competition Tribunal hearings in the case of excessive pricing by Sasol of propylene and polypropylene. The Competition Commission initiated an investigation into the local polymers industry in 2007, following concerns raised by the dti about polymer pricing and its negative effect on diversified growth and job creation in the manufacturing sector. While it has taken some time to get to this stage, the dti believes an important precedent can be established that low costs of production of intermediate industrial products should translate into low priced inputs for downstream and labour absorbing industries.
Tunisia Has Set a Good Precedent for Developing Countries – Deputy Minister Thabethe
The Tunisian government has set a good precedent for developing countries in Africa by meeting its Millennium Development Goal for education well in advance of the deadline. This was said by the Deputy Minister of Trade and Industry, Ms Elizabeth Thabthe at the South Africa-Tunisia Business Forum held in Tunisia today.
Deputy Minister Thabethe Arrives in Tunisia for the Outward Selling Mission
The Deputy Minister of Trade and Industry, Ms Elizabeth Thabethe arrived in Tunisia where she is leading a delegation of South African businesspeople for the Outward Selling Mission taking place from 7- 11 May 2013.