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Invest SA scoops another international prize!

Invest SA has been recognised for its work in attracting investments to South Africa with the Best Investment Promotion Agency Africa 2016 award., 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

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

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

Special Economic Zones Advisory Board

In terms of section 7(7) (a) of the Special Economic Zones Act, 2014 (Act No.16 of 2014), Special Economic Zones (SEZ) Advisory Board members were appointed by the Minister of Trade and Industry, Dr Rob Davies (MP), for the period effective from 01 April 2015. Read more

the dti 2015/16 Annual Report

the dti's 2015/16 Annual Report has been presented to its portfolio committee in parliament. Among the highlights is Director-General Mr Lionel October's announcement that the government has created more than 2.3 million net jobs through different incentives over the past five years. View the Annual Report here.

Notice of B-BBEE compliance requirements for all incentive programmes.

This notice serves to address the introduction of a minimum standard of compliance to the requirements of the Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment (B-BBEE) Act, 2013 across all of the Incentive Development and Administration Division (IDAD) programmes. 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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

For enquiries, contact +27 (12) 394 5792 or

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

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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Africa’s Position on Post Africa Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) Forum Report
The African Ministers of Trade tabled an Africa position in the 15th Africa Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) Forum, held on 26 September 2016 in Washington DC, United States. The position is on the report titled “Beyond Agoa: Looking to the future of the U.S. - Africa Trade and Investment” issued by the US on 22 September 2016, as required by Congress in line with the AGOA Extension and Enhancement Act of 2015. The Forum is an annual event that alternates between Sub-Saharan Africa and the United States; the 16th Forum will be hosted by Togo.
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Free State Illegal Liquor Traders Hit Hard by Inspection Blitz and Raids
A joint-operation comprising of the National Liquor Authority (NLA) of the Department of Trade and Industry (the dti), Free State Liquor Board, the South African Police Service and the Department of Basic Education cracked down on liquor outlets that were found to be non-compliant as per their licensing conditions. This happened during a blitz inspection operation that took place in Bloemfontein at the weekend.
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US Automotive and Energy Storage Company Expresses Interest to Invest in SA
The Minister of Trade and Industry, Dr Rob Davies has encouraged Tesla Company to work with his department and the South African government to explore the possibility of setting up the manufacturing of Tesla products in South Africa. The company has expressed the interest of investing in South Africa during a Business Breakfast session in Washington, DC in the United States where Minister Davies was addressing investors. Davies focussed on priorities and interventions for putting South Africa economy on a new growth path and on investment and infrastructure opportunities.
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Minister Davies Arrives in Washington, DC for the 15th AGOA Forum
The Minister of Trade and Industry, Dr Rob Davies has arrived in Washington, DC in the United States of Africa for the 15th Africa Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) Forum. The AGOA Forum is an annual forum taking place on an alternating basis between Sub-Saharan Africa and the United States.  The 14th Forum was hosted by Gabon last year.
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the dti Leads Business Mission to Nigeria
The Department of Trade and Industry, (the dti) will undertake a business mission to Nigeria from 25-30 September 2016. The mission will be led by the Chief Executive Officer of the recently launched initiative of the dti, Trade Invest Africa (TIA), Ms Lerato Mataboge. Officials from the dti's Black Industrialists Programme and representatives of Plastics South Africa will be part of the mission.
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