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. ˙

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.


the dti 2017/18 Annual Report


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.

The 2018 B-BBEE Township and Rural Economy Summit

The Department of Trade and Industry (the dti), Black Economic Empowerment Advisory Council (BEEAC) and the Eastern Cape Department of Economic Development, Environmental Affairs and Tourism hosted the National B-BBEE Township and Rural Economy Summit 2018 in East London from 19-20 July 2018. The summit took place against the backdrop of renewed government efforts to advocate for economic redistribution and a more inclusive economy. Read more

Investing in South Africa's Future: A Conversation with Minister Rob Davies

Minister Rob Davies was hosted by the US think tank Atlantic Council on Friday, 13 July 2018 for a conversation on his vision for a US - South Africa commercial relationship moving forward.


Minister Rob Davies hosts 3rd BRICS Ministers’ Industry Meeting

the dti hosted the 3rd BRICS Industry Ministers’ meeting in Magaliesburg on Wednesday, 4 July 2018. The objectives of the meeting were to discuss the continuation of work on the implementation of existing cooperation projects and how to leverage the Digital Industrial Revolution (DIR) opportunities in order to speed up industrial development. The Ministers of the Federative Republic of Brazil, the Russian Federation, the Republic of India, the People's Republic of China and the Republic of South Africa resolved to establish the BRICS partnership on the New Industrial Revolution (PartNIR) that aims to translate the vision of the second Golden Decade of BRICS cooperation into reality through deepened BRICS cooperation on Industrialisation, Innovation, Inclusiveness and Investment.


Minister Rob Davies hosts 8th BRICS Trade Ministers’ Meeting

Trade Ministers from the Federative Republic of Brazil, the Russian Federation, the Republic of India, the People's Republic of China and the Republic of South Africa met for the 8th BRICS Trade Ministers’ Meeting in Magaliesburg on Thursday, 5 July 2018. South Africa’s Minister of Trade and Industry, Dr Rob Davies, chaired the meeting, which was held in preparation for the 10th BRICS Summit scheduled to be held in South Africa from 25-27 July 2018.


The African Export-Import Bank and the Export Credit Insurance Corporation of South Africa have joined together to launch the South Africa - Africa Trade and Investment Promotion Programme (SATIPP)

SATIPP aims to promote and expand trade and investment between South Africa and other African countries.The programme will provide finance and/or payment assurances/guarantees in support of South Africa’s trade and investments with other African countries, as well as funding for projects being promoted by South African businesses. Read More

Manufacturing Indaba keynote address by the Director-General

The Director-General of the dti, Mr Lionel October addressed the Manufacturing Indaba in Sandton on Wednesday, 20 June 2018. The annual gathering brings together business owners, industry leaders, government officials, capital providers and professional experts to explore opportunities and grow their manufacturing operations.


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

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.


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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