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Driving SA's Industrial Development Agenda - Call for Papers

The Department of Trade and Industry (the dti) will be hosting the first Economic Research Advisory Network (ERAN) annual conference with the theme "Driving South Africa's Industrial Development Agenda".

Individuals are invited to submit their title and abstracts of up to 250 words via e-mail to Deadline for submissions is 13 November 2015.

The conference will be held on 10 -11 March 2016 in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. For more information about the conference, including registration details go to: ERAN Conference.

Official opening of the Eternity Power Plant

The Minister of Trade and Industry, Dr Rob Davies (MP), gave a keynote address on 28 September 2015 at the official opening of the R150-million Eternity Power Thermal Harvesting plant in Rustenburg. Minister Davies said innovative ways to generate energy and investment are critical for South Africa to industrialise and create jobs.

Launch of the JCCI, Standard Bank SMME export incubator

The JCCI launched an SMME export incubator at the Johannesburg Chamber of Commerce and Industry on 29 September 2015. The incubator aims to not only equip small business owners with the know-how of getting into the international export arena, but also provides virtual office space for everyday work needs.

the dti Celebrating Brilliance

Minister Rob Davies hands over an award to Mr Javier Imaz, CEO of Gestamp Renewable Industries (GRI) at the dti, 17 September 2015. The Investment Promotion team won this award at the Annual Investment Meeting in Dubai in March for facilitating the best investment project. It was for the GRI factory that Minister Davies opened last year.

Invitation to Participate in Outward Selling and Investment Missions

The Department of Trade and Industry (the dti) invites you to apply to participate in the Trade and Investment Mission to

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 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

Taking the dti to the Factories

The Minister of Trade and Industry, Dr Rob Davies (MP), says paying workers low wages in the textile sector won’t make it more competitive and desirable in advancing manufacturing in the country. He was speaking in Cape Town at the Prestige Clothing Factory, which is the manufacturing arm of Foschini, on 15 September 2015.

Invitation to the Public to Comment on the Draft Media, Advertisement and Communication (MAC) Sector Code

Members of the public have until 4 November 2015 to submit their comments and inputs on the Draft Media, Advertisement and Communication (MAC) Sector Code that has been gazetted by the Minister of Trade and Industry, Dr Rob Davies. Gazette No. 39175. Read more

Market and Showcase Your Products at the South African National Pavilion at the Defence Services Asia (DSA) 2016, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 18-21 April 2016

The Department of Trade and Industry (the dti) invites South African exporters in the Defence industry to showcase their Defence equipment and products from the following Defence environments: Air, Land and Sea at Defence Services Asia (DSA), from 18-21 April 2016, in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Closing date for applications: 18 November 2015.

Notice on the suspension of the Technology and Human Resource for Industry Programme (THRIP)

This serves as an announcement to the Technology and Human Resource for Industry Programme (THRIP) applicants that the Department of Trade and Industry (the dti) has suspended the programme. A new programme with a different focus is being developed and is to be implemented in the next financial year, 2016/17. Read More

Suspension of the Affordability Assessment Regulations

The Minister has suspended the implementation and enforcement of the Affordability Assessment Regulations for a period of six (6) calendar months effective from 13 March 2015. Government Gazette No. 39127

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 links 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.
  • Click here for the 2016/17 National Pavilion List.

Fluorspar Beneficiation Opportunity to produce Fluorochemicals in South Africa

The Department of Trade and Industry (the dti) together with Department of Science and Technology, Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) and Pelchem are driving a fluorochemical expansion initiative (FEI) programme, that aims to develop the SA fluorochemical industry by leveraging the country's rich fluorspar reserves in line with the government beneficiation strategy and a multipronged approach to mineral beneficiation. the dti invites private industrialists, manufacturers and investors to undertake fluorochemical projects that will support this initiative and in the process apply for the dti incentives and other financial assistance through IDC. Read More

Practice Note - Trading Hours for Distributors and Delivery of Liquor

This practice note is issued to clarify how the National Liquor Authority (NLA) within the Department of Trade and Industry will implement the Norms and Standards and Regulation 21 of Liquor Amendment Regulations of 2013 in relation to the trading hours for distributors. Read more

EIP Claim Procedures

EIP Claims Procedures for the handling of late submission of claims, the non-submission of claims and requests for extension to submit claims for the Enterprise Investment Program (EIP): Manufacturing Investment Program (MIP) and Tourism Support Program (TSP) effective from 6 July 2015 and additional claim procedures effective from 3 August 2015. Read more

Promotion and Protection of Investment Bill

The promotion and protection of Investment Bill has been tabled in Parliament on 28 July 2015 following an extensive public consultation process. The Bill seeks to promote investments and clarify the level of protection that an investor may expect in the Republic of South Africa and ensure that South Africa remains open to foreign investment. The Bill also aims to confirm Government's right to pursue constitutionally-driven national development objectives and recognises the right of governments to regulate in the public interest. In addition, it promotes a balance between the rights and obligations of investors, and provides clarity for the standards of protection applied to investment.

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

Market Your Products at the Gulfood 2016 in Dubai, UAE

the dti invites your firm and other exporters of Agro-Processing products to apply to take part in the Gulfood 2016, to take place from 21-25 February 2016 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE). The deadline to submit complete National Pavilion application forms is 20 October 2015. Read More

The South Africa Business Incubator Establishment Handbook Launched

The Minister of Trade and Industry, Dr Rob Davies launched the South Africa Business Incubator Establishment Handbook that will help introduce the basic concepts and issues involved in business incubation for all stakeholders that wish to establish incubators in their communities. Read More.

Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment Act (53/2013): Revised notice of clarification

The Minister of Trade and Industry Dr Rob Davies (MP), published a Revised Notice of Clarification - Gazette no 38799.

Notice to MCEP Applicants

Please note that with effect from 11 May 2015, all new applications with an investment value of R50 million and above, will no longer be considered under the Manufacturing Competitiveness Enhancement Programme (MCEP) Incentive. Applicants with an investment value of R50 million and above are encouraged to apply for the 12I Tax Allowance Incentive.

Statement on the Recognition of Broad-Based Schemes

The Department of Trade and Industry (the dti) has noted the questions relating to paragraph 1 (d) of the General Notice issued in Gazette Number 38764 on 5 May 2015, dealing with recognition of the Broad-Based Recognition Schemes: Read More.

B-BBEE Amended Codes of Good Practice

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

Affidavit for B-BBEE exempted micro enterprises

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FAQs: Removal of Adverse Consumer Credit Information

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.


The National Day Celeberations of the People’s Republic of China
I am told that a well-known Chinese author once stated that: “Originally, there was no path, but after many people travel a certain way, a path is forged”.
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Address by Deputy Minister of Trade and Industry Hon. Mzwandile Masina to South African Chamber of Commerce, London, United Kingdom on Investment Climate in South Africa and government’s response to weather the storm
 Let me set off by stating my profound gratitude, on behalf of the South African government, for having been offered this opportunity. It is always a pleasure for us to be afforded opportunities through which we can share our policy perspectives with stakeholders, including the investor community, in a manner that also helps us to draw insights from them about how they experience our policy interventions.
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The 6th Investment & Trade Initiative to Kolkata, India
At the outset allow me to express our sincere gratitude to the people of Kolkata, the City of Joy, for their warm hospitality and friendship accorded to us during this the sixth edition of the Investment and Trade Initiative (ITI) to India.  It is indeed heartening for me to visit the historical and beautiful city of Kolkata, the Capital of West Bengal.  This is the city which made a young nun as Mother Teresa!  It is also here where our Father of the Nation, Nelson Mandela, visited in 1991 after his release from prison.
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The 6th Investment & Trade Initiative to Hyderabad, India
I am very pleased to be here in India today a home away from home especially for many South Africans including myself. Thanks to our historical ties and the legacy left behind by Mandela and Gandhi. Since my arrival yesterday I have experienced the dynamism of India and its people and not forgetting the warm hospitality accorded to me.
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The Actuarial Society of South Africa Convention Dinner
The actuarial sciences perform a critical role in the economic and social life of our country. They contribute to greater certainty, stability, investor confidence and financial security.
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Regional Economic Integration is a Key Driver to Overcoming Economic Developmental Challenges - Davies
The Minister of Trade and Industry, Dr Rob Davies says South Africa and the rest of the African continent are focusing on regional integration as a key driver to overcoming economic developmental challenges and to achieving sustainable economic growth. Minister Davies was speaking at the 2015 South Africa-Italy Summit that was held  in Cape Town today.
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Mayor Modjadji Urges Residents to Play Role in Creating Employment
The Mayor of the Greater Letaba Municipality Councillor Godfrey Modjadji urged residents to take it upon themselves to eradicate poverty, create employment and contribute meaningfully in the growth of the economy of Limpopo and that of the country in general. Modjadji was delivering a keynote speech at an entrepreneurship empowerment workshop that was hosted by the Department of Trade and Industry (the dti) in partnership with the Greater Letaba Municipality at Ga-Kgapane, yesterday.
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The National Liquor Authority warns on Illegal Trading and Liquor Abuse
The National Liquor Authority notes with concern the crime statistics released on the 28 September 2015 by the Minister of Police and calls on all liquor traders to trade responsibly, and for consumers to reduce the level of alcohol consumption, to help in curbing this scourge.
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Davies Encourages Manufacturing Industry to Persevere and Mitigate Challenges
The Minister of Trade and Industry Dr Rob Davies says this is not the time to postpone manufacturing, but to persevere and find ways to mitigate the challenges. Minister Davies was addressing the Austrian Business Chamber on the manufacturing situation in South Africa, in Sandton today.
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SA Companies Encouraged to Explore Investment Opportunities in Cuba 
Cuba possesses favourable investment opportunities for South African businesses to explore. This was said by Ambassador of Cuba to South Africa, Mr De Cossio Dominguez at the South Africa-Cuba Economic Seminar that was hosted by the Department of Trade and Industry (the dti) in Pretoria today.
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