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Topic - Rob Davies
Nov 23, 2015
Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies expects the growth potential of the local business process outsourcing (BPO) industry to continue increasing over the next five years, particularly in contact centre, shared services centre and legal process outsourcing. He...
Nov 23, 2015
Members of the public and interested parties have until January 20 next year to comment on the draft AgriBEE Sector Code, the trade and industry department (dti) said on Sunday. Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies gazetted the draft code in terms of section 9(5)...
Nov 20, 2015
KOBUS DE BEER Local content designation indicates government’s commitment to protect the jobs and capabilities in the steel industry
As localisation has become a critical issue in the South African steel industry, government’s recent designation of steel power pylons, monopole pylons, steel substation structures, powerline hardware, street lighting steel poles and steel lattice towers and masts is...
Nov 20, 2015
A shift in government policy has opened the door to vehicle manufacturers selling smaller volumes in the local market to set up assembly plants in South Africa. The current incentive scheme favours volume manufacturers, such as Ford, BMW, Toyota and Volkswagen,...
Nov 17, 2015
Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies
Amid criticism from opposition parties, the Promotion and Protection of Investments Bill was tabled in the National Assembly in Cape Town on Tuesday. The Bill that clarifies the protection an investor may expect in South Africa will not chase away foreign investors,...
Nov 16, 2015
The Rosslyn plant
The BMW Group on Monday announced that it would invest R6-billion at BMW Group South Africa’s (BMW SA’s) Rosslyn plant to produce the next-generation X3 sports-activity vehicle (SAV) for the local and export markets. Rosslyn would continue production of the current 3...
Nov 10, 2015
President Barack Obama has placed South Africa on Agoa notice
A senior US Embassy official said on Tuesday that “significant” progress had been made in narrowing the differences between South Africa and the US on the so-called “three meats” issue and that he was optimistic the outstanding differences would be resolved before...
Nov 10, 2015
The Department of Trade and Industry has invited the public to submit comments on the draft Amended Broad Based Black Economic Empowerment (BBBEE) Property Sector Code, aimed at reversing the legacy of the Native Land Act, 27 of 1913, and subsequent discriminatory...
Nov 10, 2015
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Nov 06, 2015
Nov 06, 2015
The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) is confident the US will reverse its decision to suspend some of South Africa’s African Growth and Opportunity Act (Agoa) benefits before the restrictions are implemented by the end of the year. Trade and Industry Minister...
Nov 06, 2015
Stationary fuel cell technology could be the key that unlocks primary platinum demand and reinvigorates South Africa’s ailing platinum mining industry. Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies concurs with this view, and has stated that the country needs to commit...
Nov 05, 2015
Minister in the Presidency Jeff Radebe
Cabinet approved the long awaited Black Industrialists Policy, Minister in the Presidency Jeff Radebe announced on Thursday. Briefing journalists at Parliament on the fortnightly post cabinet meeting, Radebe said the policy would form part of government’s plans to...
Nov 04, 2015
The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) is on standby to deal with any final technical adjustments the US requires for South Africa to remain a beneficiary of the African Growth and Opportunity Act (Agoa) for the next ten years. However, Trade and Industry...
Nov 02, 2015
Minister Rob Davies
Sector Charter Councils have been given until November 15 to submit aligned sector codes to Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies for approval, the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) warned on Monday. It added that all existing codes submitted for approval...
Oct 30, 2015
The new Damen Shoalbuster 3009S offshore supply vessel Aukwatowa after being named, with, in the foreground (left to right) Damen Chairman Sam Montsi, Minister Rob Davies, ship’s sponsor (Mrs) Jenny Coltman and De Beers Group Services Chairman Craig Coltman
Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies has highlighted the job creation and investment benefits to the country from a R1.4-billion contract to build two offshore supply vessels in Cape Town. He was speaking on Thursday at the naming of the first of the two craft....
Oct 29, 2015
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Oct 13, 2015
Bruno Witvoet, Dr Rob Davies, Judith Macgregor, Himesh Singh and Sandeep Desai
The launch of Unilever’s Lords View ice-cream factory, in Midrand, complemented South Africa’s goal of moving up the value chain and was a vote of confidence in the country’s economy on a continent that was going to be industrialised, Trade and Industry Minister Dr...
Oct 12, 2015
The dti Minister, Dr Rob Davies, will address the upcoming Western Cape Manufacturing Indaba on Friday 6th November in Cape Town. In what will be a not-to-be-missed opportunity, manufacturing role players and interest groups can also look forward to hearing from the...
Oct 07, 2015
Mininster Dr Rob Davies
The global slowdown in trade has a disproportional impact on developing countries, given the relative size of their economies and consequent heavy reliance on international trade, Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies said on Wednesday. This was in light of the...
Oct 02, 2015
The South African Revenue Service (Sars) informed on September 18 of the accession of the Seychelles to the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Protocol on Trade. This necessitated the inclusion of the Seychelles on General Note K.6 of Schedule No 1 of the...
Oct 01, 2015
South Africa’s manufacturing industry can either sit and hope that things get better in the face of current tough economic conditions or it can work to find ways of revitalising the sector, Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies said on Thursday. Speaking at the...
Sep 29, 2015
Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies
The Johannesburg Chamber of Commerce and Industry (JCCI) on Tuesday launched a R6-million small- to medium-sized enterprise (SME) Export Incubator, aimed at facilitating the growth of black-owned South African companies by building an export culture. As part of the...
Sep 28, 2015
Cape Town - Following the success of the recent national Manufacturing Indaba at Emperors Palace, Ekurhuleni, and the success of the KwaZulu-Natal road show of the Manufacturing Indaba, the momentum has reached the Western Cape, where manufacturers can look forward...
Sep 28, 2015
Platinum producer Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) on Monday unveiled a new R150-million “revolutionary” 5 MW cogeneration plant at its Waterval Smelting Complex, in Rustenburg. The Eternity Power Thermal Harvesting plant, which had a nominal 4.3 MW of generation...
Sep 23, 2015
Minister of Trade and Industry Rob Davies said on Tuesday that South Africa’s solar energy programme (SEP) would deliver a quarter of the country’s renewable energy by 2030 and should be recognised as a game changer that would create opportunities for communities....
Sep 18, 2015
The Centurion Aerospace Village
The trade and industry department has dismissed as baseless allegations by the Democratic Alliance that more than R90-million was spent on the Centurion Aerospace Village (CAV) and that there was no commercial activity or any of the promised 1 000 jobs. “The...
Sep 17, 2015
More than R90-million had been spent on the Centurion Aerospace Village (CAV), launched in 2008, but there is neither any commercial activity nor any of the around 1 000 jobs promised, Democratic Alliance MP Patrick Atkinson said on Thursday. “I first became aware of...
Sep 17, 2015
Following the success of the recent national Manufacturing Indaba at Emperors Palace, Ekurhuleni, and the success of the KwaZulu-Natal road show of the Manufacturing Indaba, the momentum has reached the Western Cape, where manufacturers can look forward to hearing...
Sep 11, 2015
US trade representative Michael Froman
The Obama administration is actively considering the re-imposition of tariffs on a range of South African exports worth billions of rand including cars‚ ferromanganese‚ citrus and wine‚ unless South Africa moves rapidly to open its market to US chicken‚ beef and...
Sep 08, 2015
DTI Minister Dr Rob Davies
While South Africa is not seeing a “big rush” of foreign direct investment (FDI) into its mining industry, neither is there a “general fall-off” in investments in other value-added sectors, Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies said on Tuesday. On the contrary,...
Sep 07, 2015
Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies
The rising level of over-indebtedness is a serious concern, Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies said on Monday. He is especially worried about the increasing number of consumers with impaired credit records.
Aug 28, 2015
The first applications for protection on several steel products were approved on Friday, with Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies confirming that duties across eight tariff subheadings would be increased to the World Trade Organisation bound rate of 10%....
Aug 28, 2015
Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies
Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies this week relaunched the Support Programme for Industrial Innovation (SPII), which assists enterprises through the promotion of technology development and the provision of financial assistance for the development of...
Aug 27, 2015
Volkswagen South Africa (VWSA) has announced plans to invest over R4.5-billion in its South African operations over the next two years, setting the stage for the country’s largest passenger vehicle provider to expand its local offering and introduce new models to its...
Aug 27, 2015
Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies
South Africa and the US are a bit closer to reaching consensus on chicken and pork imports from the US, the trade and industry ministry said on Thursday. Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies and the US Trade Representative Ambassador Michael Froman met in...
Aug 26, 2015
Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies
Trade and Industry Minister, Dr Rob Davies, has arrived in Libreville, Gabon, where he will attend the 14th African Growth and Opportunity Act (Agoa) Forum. Minister Davies will attend the forum themed “Agoa at 15: Charting for a sustainable US-Africa Trade and...
Aug 25, 2015
President Jacob Zuma on Tuesday called on government, business, and trade unions to work together to prevent job losses in the struggling iron and domestic steel industry sector. “This is a time for unity in the sector so that this critical industry can be supported...
Aug 20, 2015
Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa
Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa will visit Japan this month, with the aim of reassuring Japanese investors that South Africa is open for business and is a stable, vibrant and conducive environment for investment. The Presidency explained this in a statement, when...
Aug 17, 2015
Ministers of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) have described the regional body’s dependence on foreign funding as a “profound weakness” and have called for alternatives. Zimbabwean foreign minister Simbarashe Mumbengegwi told a meeting of the SADC...
Aug 14, 2015
Why provide a tax amnesty for noncompliance, but no similar or equitable dispensation for compliance? In addition to the tax amnesty, why then also grant a discount and preferential payment terms for the tax liability? A ‘tax amnesty’ implies a limited-time...
Aug 14, 2015
Aug 13, 2015
Western Cape High Court judge Owen Rogers has pointed to the potentially limited application of provisions contained within the Companies Act of 2008 relating to the conflict of interests by directors, suggesting to delegates at the Department of Trade and Industry’s...
Aug 12, 2015
DTI director-general Lionel October
Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) director-general Lionel October has confirmed that various processes are at an advanced stage to offer greater protection to the domestic primary steel industry, as well as to specify the use of locally produced steel in public...
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