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.


Draft Regulations on Mediation Rules in terms of the Protection of Investment Act

The Minister of Trade and Industry, Dr Rob Davies, invites comments from interested parties in respect of the draft Regulations on Mediation Rules in terms of the Protection of Investment Act, 2015 (Act No. 22 of 2015). Interested parties can submit comments on the draft Regulations to investment@thedti.gov.za by no later than 29 January 2017. Notice 958 of 2016

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


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


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.


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.


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


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.

Video credit: SABC


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


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


Publication of the Draft National Gambling Amendment Bill, 2016

The Department of Trade and Industry will soon commence with public consultations on the draft National Gambling Amendment Bill. This follows a review of the National Gambling Policy which commenced during 2015 with the intention of reviewing the gambling landscape of South Africa, and thereby effecting amendments to the National Gambling Act, 2004 (Act 7 of 2004). Read more

Publication of the Draft Liquor Amendment Bill, 2016

The Department of Trade and Industry will soon commence with public consultations on the draft Liquor Amendment Bill, 2016. This follows a review of the national liquor policy as government needed to, amongst others, adopt a comprehensive and coordinated approach to deal with the social harm resulting from alcohol abuse. The Liquor Amendment Bill seeks to effect amendments to the Liquor Act, 2003 (Act 59 of 2003). Read more

The Final National Liquor Policy is Hereby Published for Public Information

The Minister of Trade and Industry, Dr Rod Davies, having obtained approval from Cabinet, has published the final National Liquor Policy, 2016 for public information on the 30th September 2016. The policy document outlines the policy recommendations intended to amend the Liquor Act, 59 of 2003. Read more

Call for papers

Individuals are invited to submit abstract(s) for the second ERAN annual conference to be held on 8-10 March 2017 in Bloemfontein.

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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

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


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.

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

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

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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


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.