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2016 South African Expos in China

China and South Africa have signed a comprehensive strategic partnership agreement (CSPA) to promote trade in value-added manufactured products as well as investment in the manufacturing sector in an effort to advance industrialisation. As part of the implementation of the CSPA, the Department of Trade and Industry (the dti) will be hosting Expos and Investment Seminars in China from 4 to 11 November 2016 in the cities of Beijing, Chengdu and Shanghai. The closing date for applications is 30 August 2016. Read more

B-BBEE Commission Information Sessions

You are cordially invited to attend the B-BBEE Commission Information Sessions aimed at raising awareness as part of our advocacy, education and awareness strategy. The information sessions will cover various elements of B-BBEE, including the Codes of Good Practice and the Regulations. Read more

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.

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.

Copyright Amendment Bill and the Performers Protection Amendment Bill

Introduction of the Copyright Amendment Bill Government Gazette Notice and the Performers Protection Amendment Bill Government Gazette Notice into Parliament for processing. Bills will be available on the dti website before the end of July 2016.

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

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 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.

Intellectual Property Consultative Framework

Following publication of the Draft National Policy on Intellectual Property in 2013 and taking into consideration the various comments submitted in respect thereof, Cabinet approved the Intellectual Property (IP) Consultative Framework on 6 July 2016.

The IP Consultative Framework aims to facilitate what will be continuous engagement with governmental partners and society at large towards the formulation of South Africa's IP policy. It will be published in the Government Gazette in due course.

Please address any comments on the IP Consultative Framework to Kindly note that due to stakeholder requests, the deadline for the submission of comments has been extended to 30 September 2016.

Introduction to Exporting Training

the dti in collaboration with Provincial Stakeholders invite potential Exporters to attend a three day Introduction to Exporting Training. 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

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 2016/17 National Pavilion List.

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.

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

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.

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

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 Africa’s growth trajectory.

Minister Davies was speaking at the launch of the 8th iteration of Industrial Policy Action Plan - IPAP 2016/17-2018/19 (IPAP) on Monday 9 May 2016, in Benoni. Read more

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

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

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.

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

Invitation to Submit Applications for DAFF Quota Import Permit

Invitation to submit applications for DAFF Quota import permit for import of US chicken into the South African market, in terms of the rebate provision as prescribed in the Government Gazette notice no. 39518 for US chicken. South Africa granted a quota of 65 000 tons for import of US chicken for the period 1 April 2016 to 31 March 2017. Read More

Black Industrialists Scheme

The Minister of Trade and Industry, Dr Rob Davies, has launched the Black Industrialists Scheme. Trade and Industry panel opening comments

'We are looking for dedicated manufacturers': Rob Davies

Launch of the Black Industrialists Policy discussion

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. Read more

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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.

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

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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

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

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.


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.
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Minister Davies' speaking notes at the launch of the Industrial Policy Action Plan 2016/17-2018/19
Thanks to the CEO, Pieter Du Plessis and the Executive Chairman Mr Sibusiso Maphathiane, management and workers of Guestro for hosting this launch of the 8th annual iteration of the Industrial Policy Action Plan – IPAP 2016/17 – 18/19.
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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.
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The Budget Vote Address Delivered to the National assembly by Mr. Mzwandile Masina, Deputy Minister Trade and Industry, 20 April 2016
Honourable Chairperson and the entire Presidium of the National Assembly, I stand here today to discharge my obligation of accountability as a member of the National Executive. I also stand here as a child of the people of Ekurhuleni struck by grief at the tragic loss of the lives of our brothers, sisters and comrades over the weekend.
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Speech By Deputy Minister of Trade And Industry, Honorable Mzwandile Masina, on the Occasion of the Awarding of Certificates to Fashion Designers that Received Technical Training at the Fashion Design Innovation Centre, Hosted by Eastern Cape Provincial Arts & Culture Council.
During the 2016 Budget Speech, Minister Pravin Gordhan made the summation about socio-economic challenges faced by our country – i.e. South Africa is faced by “low growth, high unemployment, extreme inequality and hurtful fractures in our society”.
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Opportunities in Mozambique Beckon for SA Companies – Economic Envoy
Mozambique’s Economic Attaché to South Africa, Mr Sergio Macamo says there are unlimited investment and trade opportunities that South African companies can successfully explore in Mozambique. Macamo was speaking ahead of the departure of 27 SA companies which will be participating in the 52nd edition of the Maputo International Trade Fair that will be taking place from 29 August – 4 September 2016.
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More Measures Being Put in Place to Make the B-BBEE Commission Accessible
The Director of Compliance at the Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment Commission (B-BBEE Commission), Ms Busisiwe Ngwenya says the B-BBEE Commission is putting measures in place to deal with complaints and engage stakeholders on a regular basis. Ngwenya was speaking at the B-BBEE information session held in Bellville, Cape Town today.
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SA Companies to Participate in Mozambican International Trade
A business delegation consisting of 27 South African companies will participate in the 52nd edition of the Maputo International Trade Fair, commonly known as FACIM which is taking place in the Mozambican capital from 29 August-4 September 2016. FACIM is an international multi-sectoral trade fair held annually to showcase Mozambique as an attractive destination for trade and investment.
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The Coega Development Corporation signs a Historic R11 billion Investment with the Beijing Automobile International Corporation (BAIC), the biggest automotive investment in Africa in the last 40 years
The Coega Development Corporation (CDC), operator of the 11 500 hectares of the Coega Industrial Development Zone (IDZ), has successfully concluded a deal with BAIC of R11 billion for a completely knocked down (CKD) automotive manufacturing plant in the Coega Industrial Development Zone.
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Special Economic Zones Are a Key Driver to Attaining Industrialisation and Economic Growth – Zikode
Special Economic Zones (SEZs) are a key-driver to attaining industrialisation and South Africa’s economic growth objectives. This was said by Deputy Director-General responsible for Special Economic Zones and Economic Transformation at the Department of Trade and Industry (the dti), Mr Sipho Zikode. He was speaking during the Western Cape leg of the Special Economic Zone Roadshow that was held in Cape Town, on Wednesday 17 August 2016.
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