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.


President Cyril Ramaphosa launches Atlantis SEZ

The 124.5-hectare area is designated for the establishment of a green technologies hub in the Western Cape and is expected to attract R1.8 billion in investment by 2022. This follows the confirmed designation of the Atlantis SEZ status by Cabinet on 8 June 2018.


Minister Davies hails potential of Atlantis SEZ

Minister Rob Davies has highlighted the benefits of the newly launched Atlantis Special Economic Zone (SEZ).

Minister Davies joined President Cyril Ramaphosa as he officially launched the new SEZ on Thursday, 6 December 2018.

A combined R1.8billion is expected to be invested in the SEZ by 2022, with the creation of 1 200 direct jobs. A total of 24 000 full time equivalent jobs are also expected to be created in the SEZ’s 20-year lifespan. This is in line with our Industrial Policy and will contribute towards the objectives of National Development Plan (NDP).


Invitation to Participate in the Outward Selling Mission to India

The Department of Trade and Industry (the dti) invites interested companies to apply to participate in the Outward Selling Mission (OSM) to India. The Mission forms part of the dti's objective of growing exports of South African value-added products and services in high growth markets in Asia. The closing date for receipt of application forms is 8th January 2019.

Deputy Minister Magwanishe welcomes R502-million investment into ELIDZ

Deputy Minister of Trade and Industry Bulelani Magwanishe and Eastern Cape MEC for Economic Development, Environmental Affairs and Tourism Oscar Mabuyane recently welcomed a R502-million investment into the East London Industrial Development Zone (ELIDZ) by Meek Mines South Africa and Nulatex Condoms South Africa. The chief executive officer of the ELIDZ, Simphiwe Kondlo, said the investment would create 450 jobs.


Minister Davies launches TWIMS in Durban

Minister Rob Davies addressed the launch of the Toyota Wessels Institute for Manufacturing Studies (TWIMS) in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal on Monday, 26 November 2018.

TWIMS is dedicated to the development of manufacturing and manufacturing-related executives, managers and government officials in Africa. Through its partnership with Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS), the institute will offer an MBA specialising in manufacturing.

Minister Davies said that the TWIMS will accelerate the building of a deep manufacturing culture that South Africa is in need of to drive our own domestic demands and produce value added products in different sectors of the economy.


Invitation to participate in an Outward Selling Mission to Canada From 11 to 14 March 2019

The Department of Trade and Industry (the dti) invites exporters to apply to participate in an Outward Selling Mission (OSM) to Canada scheduled to take place from 11 to 14 March 2019. The mission provides participants with the opportunity to meet and source information from Canadian and international mining companies as well as equipment suppliers and mining service providers. The closing date for receipt of application forms is 14 December 2018.

Invitation to Participate in an Outward Selling and Investment Mission (OSIM) to Toronto, Canada from 3 to 6 March 2019

The Department of Trade and Industry (the dti) invites you to apply to participate in the Outward Selling and Investment Mission (OSIM) to Canada scheduled to take place from 3 to 6 March 2019. The closing date for submission of application forms is 20 December 2018.

The 3rd Industrial Parks Symposium

The Department of Trade and Industry (the dti) hosted the 3rd National Industrial Parks Symposium, under the theme, Industrial Parks as Catalysts for the Rural and Township Industrial Economy. The two-day event provided a platform for engagement with key stakeholders and experts on the acceleration of the industrial parks as catalysts for developing the rural and township industrial economy. The Symposium offered expert knowledge and experience from speakers and thought leaders on key topics affecting the industrial parks. Delegates had an opportunity to participate in plenary sessions.

Click here to access the presentations presented at the symposium.


DM Magwanishe delivers keynote address at the Vhembe SMME Summit

The Deputy Ministers of Trade and Industry and Small Business Development Mr Bulelani Magwanishe and Mr Cassel Mathale have announced their commitment to take forward small businesses based in the Vhembe municipality, through the implementation of resolutions taken at the two-day summit on 15 and 16 November 2018, which was held in Thohoyandou.


Defence B-BBEE Sector Code of Good Practice

Minister of Trade and Industry Dr Rob Davies (MP), has gazetted the Defence Sector Code in terms of section 9 (1) of the Broad -Based Black Economic Empowerment Act, (Act No. 53 of 2003) as amended by B -BBEE Act 46 of 2013; and Determine that these Codes come into effect on the date of this publication. Gazette No 42021

DG Lionel October delivers keynote address at 3rd Industrial Park Symposium

The Director-General of the Department of Trade and Industry, Mr Lionel October, addressed the Industrial Parks Symposium in Midrand, Gauteng, on 12 November 2018. He said that with the proper support and management, the 26 industrial parks across South Africa could be transformed into special economic zones that would make an immense contribution to the economy and create jobs.


Launch of R50-Million First Phase Revitalised Phuthaditjhaba Industrial Park.

The Deputy Minister of Trade and Industry, Mr Bulelani Magwanishe, officially launched the revitalised Phuthaditjhaba Industrial Park in Maluti-a-Phofung Local Municipality, Free State, on 30 October 2018. The industrial park has been revitalised for an amount of R50 million approved by the dti under its Industrial Parks Revitalisation Programme. The revitalisation comprised security upgrades, including fencing, street lighting, the installation of boom and pedestrian gates, CCTV cameras and control room, and the refurbishment of high mast lights.

the dti 2018 National Natural Ingredients Conference

the dti, in partnership with the Centre for the Promotion of Imports (an agency of the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs), hosted the National Natural Ingredients Conference at the Industrial Development Corporation from 15 to 16 October 2018. The conference reviewed the Natural Ingredients and Cosmetics Products Export Strategy, which was implemented in 2015. Click here to access the presentations from the conference.

Listen: Minister Rob Davies talks to Kaya FM about upcoming Investment Summit

In the run-up to the Investment Summit taking place in South Africa next week, Minister of Trade and Industry Dr Rob Davies (MP) speaks to Khaya Sithole about what ideas officials will be looking for to boost investment in the country. The conference provides an opportunity for government to engage with investors with regards to the progress it is making in its journey towards political and economic renewal, strengthening the credibility of public institutions, and unlocking the latent potential and innovative spirit of South Africa’s economy. https://iono.fm/e/615440

SEZ Advisory Board Annual Report

Minister Rob Davies approved the Special Economic Zones (SEZ) Advisory Board Annual Report which aims to highlight the implementation progress of the SEZ programme, as well as all operations related to the mandate of the SEZ Advisory Board.

Notice in Government Gazette to Publish Amended Changes to the South African Sugar Association's Constitution and Sugar Industry Agreement

The Department of Trade and Industry (the dti) is reviewing the regulation of the sugar industry to address the recognition of alternative associations such as the South African Farmers Development Association (SAFDA). The aim is to ensure broad-based representation in the industry, improved competitiveness, and to promote transformation and inclusive growth. The Act being amended is that of the Sugar Act, 1978 (Act No. 9 of 1978) and the Sugar Industry Agreement, 2000. Gazette No 41967

Amendment to Regulation 2 and 8(4) of the National Gambling Regulations of 2004

The Minister of Trade and Industry (the dti) has published amendments to Regulations 2 and 8(4) of the National Gambling Regulations of 2004 under Government Gazette No 41913, Notice No. 972 dated 21 September 2018. ÿ

Regulations 2, 8(4) and Form NGB 1/1 and Form NGB 1/2 amends the said sections and Forms to provide for, Inter alia acceptance of digital photos; Capturing of the exclusions forms by the National Gambling Board; The need to provide for internal control measures by Provincial Licensing Authorities to enforce exclusions measures; The time period within which gambling machines must be re-certified; To provide for the correct address of the NGB on the NGB 1/1 and NGB 1/2 forms; Provide for the correct address of the NGB on the NGB 1/1 and NGB 1/2 forms; Regulation 2 deals with excluded persons and Regulation 8(4) deals with re-certification of gambling machines and devices. Gazette No 41913


Minister Rob Davies hosts the Black Industrialist inaugural dialogue

Minister Rob Davies hosted the Black Industrialist inaugural dialogue, under the theme Black Industrialists: Expanding Economic Investments and Strengthening Competitiveness, at the South African Bureau of Standards (SABS) in Pretoria on 3 October 2018. The purpose of the dialogue was to facilitate discussions between the government, private sector and the beneficiaries of the Black Industrialist Scheme (BIS).


Invitation for the Public to Comment on the Draft Companies Amendment Bill

I, Dr Rob Davies, Minister of Trade and Industry, hereby publish the Companies Amendment Bill for public comment. Interested persons may submit written comments on the proposed Bill within sixty (60) calendar days from the date of publication. Closing date for comments is 14 December 2018. Gazette No 41913

UNGA73 kicks off in New York

President Cyril Ramaphosa attends the 73rd Session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA73), taking place in New York, United States, from 25 to 27 September 2018. The theme for this year's session is "Making the United Nations relevant to all people: global leadership and shared responsibilities for peaceful equitable and sustainable societies". The president is accompanied by various ministers, including Minister of Trade and Industry Dr Rob Davies.


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Youth Employment Service (Y.E.S) Initiative

Minister of Trade and Industry Dr Rob Davies (MP), has published the Youth Employment Service Initiative for implementation with immediate effect. Gazette No. 41866

National B-BBEE Rural and Township Economy Summit

the dti hosted the innaugural National B-BBEE Rural and Township Economy Summit in East London from 19-20 July 2018. The summit was a partnership between the dti, Black Economic Empowerment Advisory Council (BEEAC) and the Eastern Cape Department of Economic Development, Environmental Affairs and Tourism. The summit brought together 1400 delegates from across the country to seek solutions to the revival of the often neglected rural and township economic sectors.


Minister of Trade and Industry Dr Rob Davies (MP) has published a notice of intention to introduce the National Gambling Amendment Bill 2018 into Parliament under Government Gazette number 41787, notice number 742, dated 20 July 2018.

The National Gambling Amendment Bill 2018 amends the National Gambling Act 7 of 2004 to, inter alia, reposition the National Gambling Board as a national gambling regulator; transfer the regulation of bets on national lottery, foreign lottery, lottery results and sports pools to the National Lotteries Commission; prohibit dog racing and bets on dog racing; provide for the procedure for the forfeiture of unlawful winnings to the National Gambling Regulator; recognise self-regulation in the horseracing industry; regulate the electronic form of bingo; and enhance the powers and duties of the gambling inspector.

Gazetting of Regulations on Mediation Rules and Commencement of Investment Act

The Protection of Investment Act, 2015 (Act No. 22 of 2015) has commenced as from 13 July 2018. The Act accords to investors the necessary standards of protection that is consistent with the Constitution. The accompanying Regulations on Mediation Rules also commenced on the aforementioned date. In terms of the Act, the Regulations set out the administrative and procedural components for mediation as the alternative dispute resolution mechanism.

Apply for agro-processing support

Applications for the Agro-Processing Support Scheme’s (APSS) are open until 31 March 2019. For more information about the scheme and how to apply, read more

Intellectual Property Policy of the Republic of South Africa Phase I

Following the publication of the Intellectual Property (IP) Consultative Framework in 2016, the Draft IP Policy – Phase I was developed by the dti in partnership with the inter-Ministerial Committee on Intellectual Property (IMCIP) and published for comment in August 2017. The IMCIP considered stakeholder submissions and amended the policy document accordingly. The approved Intellectual Property Policy of the Republic of South Africa Phase I will be published in the Government Gazette.

The IMCIP will now initiate Phase II by developing a Consultative Framework addressing issues identified in the in-built agenda and deliberate upon the most efficient means of implementing the policy proposals discussed.

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Decentralisation of Industrial Development can lead to a Viable Rural and Township Economies – Minister Davies

The Minister of Trade and Industry, Dr Rob Davies says his Department has over time worked on decentralising the Industrial Development in order to create viable rural and township economies. Minister Davies was speaking at the Industrial Breakfast Session on the Rural and Township Industrial Economy hosted in Atlantis, Western Cape. Read more

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

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.


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