Isuzu Motors South Africa launch in Port Elizabeth

The Minister of Trade and Industry Dr Rob Davies was present as Isuzu Motors announced the official launch of its business operations in South Africa in Port Elizabeth on Friday, 16 February 2018. This follows the announcement of last year where Isuzu had said that it would purchase the light commercial manufacturing plant in Port Elizabeth and also the balance of shareholding in its Isuzu Trucks South Africa operations. Read more


the dti to Recognise Design Excellence at the 5th Annual Furniture Design Competition

The Department of Trade and Industry (the dti) will recognise local design excellence at the 5th annual Furniture Design Competition that will be held at the Johannesburg Homemakers Expo, set to take place at the Ticketpro Dome from 22-25 February 2018. Read more

The fifth edition of the South African Premier Business Awards took place at the Sandton Convention Centre on 30 January 2018

The fifth edition of the South African Premier Business Awards took place at the Sandton Convention Centre on 30 January 2018. Winners were recognised for their business excellence in 10 categories in a ceremony hosted by the Department of Trade and Industry (the dti) in partnership with Brand South Africa and Proudly South African.


Boksburg Company Scores a Double at National Premier Business Awards

A Boksburg-based Gauteng company scored a double when it scooped two awards at the fifth edition of the South African Premier Business Awards. Winners were announced at the awards ceremony that was hosted by the Department of Trade and Industry (the dti) in partnership with Brand South Africa and Proudly South African at the Sandton Convention Centre tonight under the theme Rewarding Business Excellence. Read more


Improving State Procurement for Real Empowerment

The Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment (B-BBEE) Commission invites you to its annual conference on 15 March 2018, which will focus on state procurement, grants, incentives, licensing and concessions as means to achieve real economic transformation and provide black people with access to opportunities. RSVP by 28 February 2018. 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.


Kwazulu-Natal Invest SA One Stop Shop Launched in Durban

The President of the Republic of South Africa, Mr Jacob Zuma officially launched the InvestSA One Stop Shop - KwaZulu-Natal (Invest SA OSS) on 18 November 2017 at the Inkosi Albert Luthuli International Convention Centre. The aim of the provincial Invest SA OSS is to provide strategic guidance, reduce regulatory inefficiencies, and reduce red tape for all investors looking to invest in KwaZulu-Natal. Read more


Black Industrialist Programme Notice

In terms of section 3.4.1 of the Black Industrialist Scheme Guidelines,the dti will discontinue offering grant funding support to projects where the amount of manufacturing/ processing involved to obtain the final product is minimal. Read more

the dti 2016/17 Annual Report

The Department of Trade and Industry (the dti) has once again obtained clean audit reports from the Auditor General for the 2016/2017 financial year for both the department and most of its agencies. During the period under review, the dti has provided financial support of approximately R7 billion, supporting more than 1400 companies which will leverage total private sector investment of approximately R30 billion into the South African economy.


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Threshold for Major B-BBEE Transactions

The Minister of Trade and Industry, Dr Rob Davies (MP) has gazetted the Threshold for Major B-BBEE Transactions which must be submitted to the Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment (B-BBEE) Commission in terms of Section 13F (1) (f) of the Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment Act 53 of 2003 as Amended by Act 46 of 2013 as well as Section 18 of the B-BBEE Regulations. - Gazette No. 40898

Agro-Processing Support Scheme

The Agro Processing Support Scheme (APSS) seeks to stimulate investment in the agro-processing sector. The objective is to increase capacity, create employment, competitiveness and enhance transformation. It is a cost sharing grant to a maximum of R20 million.


Global Exporter Passport Programme

The Department of Trade and Industry (the dti) invites both existing and potential exporters to apply for an Exporter Development Training Programme. The purpose of the training is to prepare small and medium enterprises for the successful expansion of their businesses into international markets. Read more

Industrial Policy Action Plan (IPAP 2017/18-2019/20)

IPAP 2017/18-19/20 is in its ninth annual iteration based on the National Industry Policy Framework and its objectives. IPAP 2017/18 places emphasis on job creation with a continuously strengthening focus on labour intensity, especially in labour intensive sectors that link the productive sectors of the economy, across integrated value chains. IPAP 2017/18 seeks to achieve a higher impact in difficult economic circumstances. It recognises that key domestic constraints constitute a considerable break on industrialisation. IPAP 2017/18 therefore recommends continued support for a constructive and solutions-based approach to key challenges which has been adopted by the economic cluster.

Electronic registration for the South African Council for the Non-Proliferation of Weapons of Mass Destruction

From 1 May 2017, all applications for registration and import and export permits for the South African Council for the Non-Proliferation of Weapons of Mass Destruction will be processed through a new electronic system. Read more

Final Credit Life Insurance Regulations, 2017

The Minister of Trade and Industry (the dti) published a Government Notice relating to the Final Credit Life Insurance Regulations on 9 February 2017. These regulations will come into effect on 10 August 2017. - Gazette No. 40606

Rebate offerings to the steel industry

the dti would like to make the downstream steel industry aware and encourage applications of the following ITAC rebate offerings:
  1. Rebate item 470.03 provides for a full waiver of customs duty on imported goods for use in the manufacture of goods exclusively for export; and
  2. Rebate item 521.00 provides a full refund of customs duty on imported goods used in the manufacture of goods exclusively for export.
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IDZ Guidelines on Transitional Arrangements

The Special Economic Zones Act, No. 16 of 2014 (the Act) commenced by Presidential Proclamation on 9 February 2016. The Act introduces a new regulatory framework for the planning, design, development, management and operations of Special Economic Zones. This new regulatory framework replaces the old regulatory framework for Industrial Development Zones, which was based on the Industrial Development Zones Regulations.

Guidelines on Transitional Measures for Industrial Development Zones in terms of Section 39 of the SEZ Act No. 16 of 2014 (the Act) and regulations made in terms of the Act. Read more


Strategic Partnership Programme (SPP)

The Incubation Support Programme (ISP) has been replaced by the Strategic Partnership Programme (SPP) which aims to support partnership between big business and emerging suppliers to develop capacity to supply manufactured goods.

Please note: The Incubation Support Programme will no longer accept new applications.


Final prohibition on the use of certain EU names of products: SADC-EU Economic Partnership Agreement

South Africa (SA) and the European Union (EU) has concluded a Protocol on Geographical Indications (GIs) and Trade in Wines and Spirits as part of the Economic Partnership Agreement signed on 10 June 2016 in Kasane, Botswana. In terms of this Protocol, South Africa agreed to protect EU GIs listed in Annex I to the Protocol. Read more

the dti Export Help Desk

The Department of Trade and Industry (the dti) has established an Export Help Desk at the dti Campus in Pretoria to provide South African firms - small, medium and large enterprises - with export information and advice. The objective of the help desk is to respond to client enquiries within 24 hours. Read more


the dti Warns About Scam Targeting Liquor Licence Holders

It has come to the attention of the Department of Trade and Industry (the dti), the South African Police Service (SAPS) and provincial liquor authorities that there is a scam that is currently operating within the liquor industry. This comes after a series of investigations that were conducted after complaints were received from people who have been defrauded. 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

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

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

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

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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 localcontent@thedti.gov.za. For more information on Industrial Procurement click here.