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Apr 29, 2016
Some of the investment announcements made in the South African automotive industry in recent months reach beyond 2020, which is why work on a successor programme to the Automotive Production and Development Programme (APDP) will start this year, confirms Trade and...
Apr 22, 2016
Ebrahim Patel
Economic Development Minister Ebrahim Patel has welcomed the R1 billion of investment in South Africa to realise localisation as part of AB Inbev's offer to buy rival brewer SABMiller. “This is the largest financial commitment yet by a company in merger proceedings...
Apr 22, 2016
The Department of Trade and Industry has invited comment on the Draft Amended Transport Sector Code, which has been gazetted in terms of the Broad Based Black Economic Empowerment Act.   The transport sector code, one of the biggest sector codes, consists of eight...
Apr 22, 2016
South African defence company Rheinmetall Denel Munition (RDM) has helped set up a munitions manufacturing plant in Saudi Arabia in a venture with that country’s Military Industries Corporation (MIC), the Saudi Press Agency has reported. According to MIC head...
Apr 21, 2016
Trade and industry Minister Dr Rob Davies
A group of 20 government employees – comprising Department of Trade & Industry (DTI) officials involved in the planning, development, management and operations of special economic zones (SEZs) in South Africa – will depart for Tianjin, China on Friday to participate...
Apr 20, 2016
The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) is leveraging R57.1-billion in private-sector investment, through various incentive schemes, to support local industrialisation efforts, said Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies, who delivered his Budget Vote on...
Apr 20, 2016
Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies
Government will pull out all the stops to ensure the sustainability of the local steel manufacturing sector, Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies stressed on Wednesday. He noted during the Department of Trade and Industry’s Budget Vote that UK Prime Minister...
Apr 20, 2016
South African business personality Bertie Lubner, who died this week
The Manufacturing Circle has paid homage to the man it says played a fundamental role in promoting the interests of the South African manufacturing sector. Bertie Lubner, who died on Monday, had, along with then-PG Group CEO Stewart Jennings, established the...
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Apr 06, 2016
Some of the investment announcements made in the South African automotive industry in recent months reach beyond 2020, which is why work on a successor programme to the Automotive Production and Development Programme (APDP) will start this year, confirms Trade and...
Apr 05, 2016
Ford Everest
US car maker Ford announced on Tuesday that it would invest R2.5-billion to build the new Everest sports-utility vehicle (SUV) at its Silverton assembly plant, in Pretoria. The plant already produced the Ranger pickup for the local market, as well as 148 markets in...
Apr 01, 2016
The project was officially inaugurated on March 14 this year.
Mar 31, 2016
South Africa’s black industrialists funding forum had its inaugural meeting in mid-March to consider 50 applications from aspirant black-owned manufacturing enterprises, Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies revealed this week. Speaking following a meeting with...
Mar 30, 2016
Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies
The Department of Trade and Industry on Wednesday said that over 160 tenders to the value of R54-billion had been awarded to local manufacturers and suppliers over the past year. Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies, addressing the Buy Local Summit, in Sandton,...
Mar 30, 2016
Cyril Ramaphosa
South Africa’s deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa on Wednesday punted localisation of goods and services as a silver bullet to the triple challenges of unemployment, inequality and poverty, saying it was integral to growing and sustaining the country’s economy....
Mar 29, 2016
Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies
With fronting emerging as one of the “biggest abuses” of South Africa’s Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment (BBBEE) Act of 2003, the newly established BBBEE Commission will provide government with the teeth to tackle what it effectively deems as fraudulent....
Mar 29, 2016
No consideration is currently being given to temporarily removing the current duty on imported sugar, Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies said in a parliamentary reply released on Tuesday. The Minister arrived at this decision following a review process...
Mar 28, 2016
President Jacob Zuma on Monday lauded economic and political relations between South Africa and Saudi Arabia following his two day official state visit to the Middle East country over the weekend. In a statement issued by the Presidency on Monday, Zuma said...
Mar 22, 2016
Mcebisi Jonas
A Cabinet shuffle could be embattled President Jacob Zuma's next defensive move, according to emerging markets economist Peter Attard Montalto of Nomura. Reacting on Monday to the ANC's National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting held over the weekend, Montalto...
 
 
 
 
Mar 18, 2016
Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies
Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies has downplayed reports that a cabinet reshuffle, in which he would be removed from his post, was imminent. "Ministers serve at the pleasure of the president and the president is the only person who can hire or fire ministers,"...
Mar 17, 2016
Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies
The South African Communist Party (SACP) claimed on Thursday that another "Gupta-inspired" Cabinet reshuffle was imminent and would see Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies removed from his post. The plan was to allegedly replace Davies with a "recently sworn in...
Mar 17, 2016
WTO director general Roberto Azevedo
World trade has not recovered from the global economic recession in 2008 and countries are hesitant to open their markets, Roberto Azevedo, director general of the World Trade Organisation (WTO), said on Thursday. Azevedo and Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies...
Mar 15, 2016
Pravin Gordhan
Despite Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan attempts to reassure South Africans that the government is doing all it can to avoid a credit downgrade to junk status, the real problem is that government itself is not working together towards this objective, according to...
Mar 14, 2016
The R5-billion Bokpoort concentrated solar power (CSP) project was officially inaugurated by Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies and Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Commerce and Trade Minister Dr Tawfig Fawzan Alrabiah on Monday.   Located in the Northern Cape and...
Mar 14, 2016
Rob Davies
Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies and his Saudi Arabian counterpart Twafeeq Al Rabeeach will co-chair the 7th session of the South Africa-Saudi Arabia Joint Economic Commission (JEC) in Cape Town this week. The JEC starts on Monday with senior government...
Mar 03, 2016
Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies
South Africa’s Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) confirmed on Thursday that its so-called ‘three-meats’ negotiations with the US on poultry, beef and pork had been concluded, securing the country’s position as an African Growth and Opportunity Act (Agoa)...
Mar 03, 2016
The arrival of the first shipment of US chicken in South Africa on Monday marked the resolution of a long-standing stalemate between South Africa and the US over poultry imports.   Dubbed the 'chicken wars', the issue of South Africa's removal of barriers to US...
Feb 26, 2016
Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies
To provide a platform for collaborative thinking and discuss potential and real economic issues that hamper industrial development and economic growth, the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) will host the inaugural Economic Research Advisory Network (Eran)...
Feb 25, 2016
Xavier Carim
South African Ambassador to the World Trade Organisation (WTO) Xavier Carim has been elected to chair the Dispute Settlement Body of the WTO General Council. The General Council was the highest decision-making body of the WTO in between Ministerial Conferences.
 
 
 
 
Feb 19, 2016
A Government Gazette notice  stipulating that construction companies and accounting firms with February year-ends had ten days to comply with government’s amended broad-based black economic-empowerment (BBBEE) codes, has sent stakeholders reeling. Commenting on the...
Feb 15, 2016
Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies
Various state-owned industrial parks around the country, mainly in the former homelands, will be revitalised to help boost industrialisation, manufacturing, job creation and growth, Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies said on Sunday. “This was motivated by the...
Feb 12, 2016
Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies
South Africa President Jacob Zuma’s State of the Nation Address would be welcomed by investors, the country’s Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies said on Thursday night. Additionally, Davies predicted that Sona would impact positively on the department’s...
Feb 10, 2016
With confirmation that government and the steel industry are close to finalising a package of measures designed to preserve the future of the embattled primary steel sector, there are concerns that domestic steel consuming industries could be squeezed between...
Feb 09, 2016
Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies
An extensive feasibility study of fuel cells has been launched in South Africa in a bid to make the most of South Africa’s vast platinum resources. If successful, Isondo Precious Metals (IPM) believes the manufacturing of fuel cell components could be up and running...
Feb 05, 2016
Government is working closely with all stakeholders in the steel sector to secure agreement on a comprehensive package of measures to support South Africa’s primary steel production capabilities, it said on Friday.   The domestic steel sector was struggling amid a...
Feb 04, 2016
Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies
The focus for the newly-launched Black Industrialists Programme is mainly geared towards manufacturing, industrialisation and inclusive economic growth, the Department of Trade (DTI) and Industry said on Wednesday. This was the primary message communicated by the...
Jan 25, 2016
The overwhelming sentiment emanating from the 2016 World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, Switzerland, is that investors continue to see South Africa as a preferred investment destination, the presidency said on Saturday. President Jacob Zuma led the high-level Team...
Jan 21, 2016
South African Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies said on Wednesday that his ministry hoped to declare a platinum beneficiation special economic zone in the course of this year. In an interview with ANA on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum in Davos,...
Jan 21, 2016
Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies
Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies told ANA on Wednesday that developing countries must be given the policy space to develop their own agenda. In an interview on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Davies warned against having the agenda for...
 
 
 
 
Jan 20, 2016
Leading a South African delegation of seven Ministers and several private-sector chairpersons and CEOs, President Jacob Zuma has arrived in Davos, Switzerland to attend the World Economic Forum 2016.   Zuma was confident that the country would be able to present a...
Jan 20, 2016
JSE CE Nicky Newton-King
The Fourth Industrial Revolution is a fast train coming through town. South Africa can choose to jump on board or not, or – in the words of Nicky Newton-King, CE of the JSE – co-create the future, or let it happen around us. Newton-King was part of a panel of leading...
Jan 19, 2016
President Jacob Zuma has expanded the inter-Ministerial Committee (IMC) on Bilateral Investment Treaties to improve support and assistance to investors wishing to take advantage of investment opportunities in the country. Noting that there was a need to simplify the...
Jan 13, 2016
Pharmaceutical giant, Johnson & Johnson has opened its newly refurbished R300-million manufacturing plant in Cape Town. In a statement issued on Tuesday, area MD for Johnson & Johnson in sub-Saharan Africa, Makis Kosmatos, said they have ambitious plans to grow the...
Jan 12, 2016
US President Barack Obama
South Africa has received a March 15 deadline to ensure the entry of US poultry within 60 days or lose some of its duty-free benefits under the African Growth and Opportunity Act (Agoa); however, the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) on Tuesday assured that the...
 
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