United Industrial Cables Factory Launch

The Minister of Trade and Industry, Dr Rob Davies (MP) has reiterated government’s 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 these areas.

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 create jobs.

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.

MCEP Industrial Financing Loan Facility Announcement

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. 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.

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.

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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

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. Read more

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. 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 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. Trade and Industry panel opening comments

'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. Read more

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.