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Oct 17, 2014
In the context of a chronically weak manufacturing environment, news that Nampak Glass had invested R1.2-billion in a third furnace at its Germiston facility was quite uplifting. Pictured above are Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies and Nampak CEO André de...
Oct 17, 2014
US Ambassador to South Africa Patrick Gaspard expressed concern last week about alleged irregularities in the recent Eskom tender for the replacement of steam generators at the Koeberg nuclear power station in Cape Town. The R4.3-billion contract was awarded to...
Oct 16, 2014
Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies
Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies on Thursday took a hardline stance against the European Union’s (EU’s) threat of a ban on South African citrus fruit by tabling the issue with the World Trade Organisation (WTO). The EU had been threatening to refuse entry to...
Oct 15, 2014
Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies
The revised Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Business Process Services (BPS) incentive launched on Tuesday, has taken into account South Africa’s increased maturity in terms of the services being offered, as the country is increasingly being asked to provide...
Oct 13, 2014
Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies would on Tuesday launch the revised Business Process Services (BPS) incentive, aimed at attracting investment and creating employment in South Africa through offshoring activities, at South Africa House, in London. Davies...
Oct 13, 2014
Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies
Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies has gazetted the second phase of the amended broad-based black economic-empowerment (BBEEE) Codes of Good Practice for public comment. The Department of Trade and Industry had previously committed to reviewing and gazetting...
Oct 10, 2014
The 50 MW Bokpoort concentrated solar power (CSP) plant, in the Northern Cape, which is being built as part of the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme, was over 50% complete and was expected to be completed by December 2015, project...
Oct 10, 2014
If South Africa is going to attain the twin goals of reindustrialising while transforming the racially skewed composition of its economy, it is common cause that black economic-empowerment policy will need to be more closely aligned with industrial policy. This means...
Oct 10, 2014
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Oct 03, 2014
Nampak Glass CEO André de Ruyter
Glass manufacturer Nampak Glass has increased its manufacturing capacity by 56% through the addition of a new R1.2-billion third furnace at its Germiston-based manufacturing facility. Nampak Glass CEO Andre de Ruyter said on Friday that the addition of the new...
Sep 30, 2014
Sep 30, 2014
Dr Rob Davies
Local jewellery manufacturers will, through the newly launched R100-million Gold Loan Scheme, have the opportunity to access loans at an interest rate of 3% to buy the gold needed to make jewellery. Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies launched the scheme on...
Sep 26, 2014
Sep 26, 2014
A R350-million assistance package offered by the South African government to existing or prospective local agricultural exporters to Cuba has, some four years after its original announcement, finally become available to exporters. Intended to stimulate bilateral...
Sep 26, 2014
Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies confirmed on Friday that the Hebei Iron and Steel Group, of China, was set to partner with the State-owned Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) on the development of steelmaking capacity based on the raw material...
Sep 25, 2014
Black economic-empowerment (BEE) advisory firm EconoBEE has called on Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies to provide clarity on the status of BEE sector codes, qualifying small enterprise (QSE) codes and amended BEE codes, which will come into effect on May 1,...
Sep 25, 2014
Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies
Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies believes South Africa should mimic the Japanese model of developing small manufacturing enterprises in close geographical proximity to large industries, thereby enabling small industrialists to supply inputs directly into the...
Sep 24, 2014
Minister Rob Davies
Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies has announced the establishment of a special economic zone (SEZ) in the Rustenburg platinum belt in the North West. "The purpose of this SEZ will be to develop industries that use platinum as an input," Trade and Industry...
Sep 19, 2014
President Jacob Zuma would next month officially launch the Dube Tradeport, in Durban, as an industrial development zone (IDZ), the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) announced on Friday. At the launch event, which was scheduled to take place on October 7, the...
 
 
 
 
Sep 12, 2014
Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies
Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies confirmed on Friday that the Hebei Iron and Steel Group, of China, was set to partner with the State-owned Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) on the development of steelmaking capacity based on the raw material...
Sep 05, 2014
In a drive to create market access for South African products and services in the South-East Asia market, the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) will, later this month, lead a business delegation comprising 17 South African companies on an outward selling mission...
Sep 04, 2014
Economic Development Minister Ebrahim Patel
Economic Development Minister Ebrahim Patel has hinted to further amendments to South Africa’s Competition Act – changes that could increase the powers of the competition authorities to influence the industrial structure of the economy through forced divestiture and...
Sep 03, 2014
The amendments included in the newly-revised Automotive Investment Scheme guidelines primarily provide increased support to component manufacturers, with limited increased support for light motor vehicle manufacturers themselves. This increased support comes in the...
Aug 26, 2014
Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies
Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies has urged the public not to make use of so-called “runners”, who claimed that the only way to get a company registered at the Companies and Intellectual Property Commission (CIPC) was to pay them a fee. Responding to concerns...
Aug 20, 2014
Dr Rob Davies
With the preparations for ten new special economic zones (SEZs) to be completed within the next six months, the Portfolio Committee on Trade and Industry said on Wednesday it was pleased with the progress made by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) in this...
Aug 19, 2014
Dr Rob Davies
Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies has lauded the success of the Companies Act of 2008, which, when it was implemented in 2011, had many stakeholders nervous of South Africa’s readiness to embrace such a major reform. Speaking at the Company Law Symposium, in...
Aug 19, 2014
Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies
National Treasury has issued instruction notes to all government departments and State entities making the local procurement requirements set out in the designation of electricity meters and boats by Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies earlier in the year...
Aug 15, 2014
POWERLINES Saisc founded a powerline association last year to consolidate the sector’s voice
Steel construction industry body the Southern African Institute of Steel Construction’s (Saisc’s) newly launched Powerline Association of South Africa (Polasa) has grown exponentially and registered more than 30 members since formation in August last year, says...
Aug 15, 2014
Newly appointed ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA) CEO Paul O’Flaherty delivered an unambiguous ‘production first’ message in his inaugural interaction with the investment community on Friday, saying his management team was committed to “fill the mills, produce to...
 
 
 
 
Aug 13, 2014
London-listed Evraz would sell a 34% stake in Evraz Highveld Steel and Vanadium to South Africa-based investor Macrovest for R289-million. Evraz planned to shed the stake to the local strategic investor, led by De Beers Consolidated Mines executive chairperson Barend...
Aug 12, 2014
South Africa and Africa in general benefitted immensely from the recent US-Africa Leaders’ Summit held in Washington last week, Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies said on Tuesday. “By and large, there are a lot of positive things we gained from the summit… The...
Aug 08, 2014
President Jacob Zuma
A commitment for the renewal of the African Growth and Opportunity Act (Agoa) was secured at the US-Africa Leaders Summit held in Washington, President Jacob Zuma said on Thursday. "We successfully conveyed the message that South Africa's graduation from Agoa would...
Aug 07, 2014
Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies
Highlights of the US-Africa Leaders Summit focused on the economy, however the US made no commitments at the conclusion, Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies said on Wednesday. "Many [leaders] spoke about how the economic performance of Africa was much improved,"...
Aug 05, 2014
Jinko Solar factory
China-based solar PV giant, Jinko Solar, has officially opened a state of the art factory in Cape Town, creating 250 jobs and producing 1 300 solar PV modules a day. It’s the NYSE-listed company’s first manufacturing plant outside China.
Aug 05, 2014
Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies
Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies was positive about South Africa's future in the African Growth Opportunity Act (Agoa) following a ministerial meeting in Washington on Monday. "What we heard today is positive, it does create a basis for us to move further...
Aug 04, 2014
Maite Nkoana-Mashabana
South Africa needs more American companies to invest in it, International Relations Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane said on Sunday. "South Africa is open for business and we need more than 600 companies from America to come invest," she told reporters in Washington...
Aug 01, 2014
Aug 01, 2014
Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies
South Africa has been at the centre of exploring trade opportunities between the United States and Africa, Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies said on Thursday. "We've been the root of exploring the free trade area with the US... and that is a point which is...
Aug 01, 2014
South Africa’s Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies views the easing of export-tax restrictions on mineral products in the recently agreed Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) as an important improvement over the Trade, Development and Cooperation Agreement...
 
 
 
 
Jul 30, 2014
Thailand Automotive Parts Manufacturers Association (Tapma) president Achana Limpaitoon has expressed interest in partnering and forming joint ventures (JVs) with the organisation’s South African counterparts to grow the automotive manufacturing industries of both...
Jul 30, 2014
Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies has issued, for public comment, the application for the designation of an industrial development zone (IDZ) at Tshiame, in Harrismith, in the Free State, as well as the granting of an operator’s permit for an IDZ. The...
Jul 29, 2014
Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown
Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown told the Joint Parliamentary Committee on Energy and Public Enterprises on Tuesday that the new Eskom CEO would be appointed within weeks. She said she was “treating the appointment of a permanent CEO with urgency”.
Jul 24, 2014
Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies has re-emphasised government’s commitment to the creation of a viable local minerals beneficiation industry, saying the country could establish a competitive advantage in global markets by leveraging that fact that minerals...
Jul 23, 2014
Dr Rob Davies
The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) is preparing to table two new Bills with Parliament this year, Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies said in reply to a Parliamentary question. The contested Licensing of Businesses Bill, which was published for public...
 
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