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May 22, 2015
Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies
The US Act that creates economic growth opportunities in Africa was diminishing in value for South Africa, according to Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies. Speaking ahead of his Budget speech in Parliament, on Thursday, Davies told media that the costs of Agoa...
May 21, 2015
Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies
Africa’s Tripartite Free Trade Area (TFTA) which embraces 26 countries, a combined population of up to 600-million people and a total gross domestic product (GDP) of $1-trillion will be officially launched in Egypt on June 10, Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob...
May 20, 2015
Weeks after launching the seventh iteration of government’s Industrial Policy Action Plan, Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies told the National Council of Provinces (NCOP) on Wednesday that his department would continue to progressively scale-up interventions...
May 11, 2015
The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) has announced a further set of product designations for local procurement by the public sector and has indicated that efforts will be stepped up during 2015 to improve compliance across all government departments and...
May 08, 2015
Trade and industry Minister Dr Rob Davies on Friday signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Mauritania Commerce, Industry and Tourism Minister Naha Mint Hamdi Ould Mouknass to enhance bilateral economic relations between the two countries. Signed in Pretoria,...
May 08, 2015
Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies
Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies has defended the new codes for Broad-based Black Economic Empowerment (BBBEEE), but has also moved swiftly to deal with the fallout arising from the controversial last-minute decision to downgrade recognition for broad-based...
May 07, 2015
Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies
The development of a specific support framework for black industrialists has been flagged for the first time in the latest version of the South African government’s Industrial Policy Action Plan (Ipap). The 2015 document – the seventh iteration of the yearly plan –...
May 07, 2015
Saudi Arabia continues to enjoy a trade surplus of R72.6-billion against South Africa, says Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies. The Minister was speaking at the sixth session of the South Africa-Saudi Arabia Joint Economic Commission (JEC) held in Riyadh in...
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Apr 17, 2015
Two influential US senators, central to the so-called ‘chicken war’, have announced their intention to pursue amendments to the African Growth and Opportunity Act (Agoa) to secure greater access for US poultry into the SA market. “We believe passionately in Agoa’s...
Apr 17, 2015
President Jacob Zuma says government has received a political commitment from the United States government that the African Growth and Opportunity Act (Agoa) would be signed with the inclusion of South Africa. The President said this when he responded to questions...
Apr 17, 2015
South Africa is fast becoming the new call centre destination of choice for large international firms, instead of countries like India and the Philippines, where the industry is well developed and thriving. Workforce solutions provider Manpower South Africa MD Lyndy...
Apr 17, 2015
South Africa’s electricity problems are offering platinum mining companies a major opportunity to stimulate the offtake of platinum. State power utility Eskom’s loadshedding programme and the global trend towards decentralised power generation are elevating...
Apr 17, 2015
South Africa is fast becoming the preferred new call centre destination of choice for large international firms, instead of countries like India and the Philippines, where the industry is well developed and thriving. Workforce solutions provider Manpower South Africa...
Apr 14, 2015
Safmarine MD Dirk Hoffmann
International shipping business Safmarine, a member of the Maersk group, has come out in support of ceasing citrus exports to Spain, with MD Dirk Hoffmann noting that it was a sign of solidarity and that the decision would, in the long term, benefit the company as it...
Apr 10, 2015
Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies
Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies expressed optimism on Friday that the South African and American poultry industries would find a “sweet spot” settlement at meetings early next week that should address anxieties of those US Senators warning that the impasse...
Apr 10, 2015
Apr 10, 2015
Still doubting that the three cornerstones of customs duty and, for that matter, excise duty are tariff classification, valuation and origin? You will recall that the instalment of this column published on November 14 to 20, 2014, dealt with the core principles of...
Apr 09, 2015
President Jacob Zuma has deepened South Africa’s bilateral trade relationship with “sister republic” Zimbabwe, expounding on the countries’ strong political, cultural and economic similarities and reminiscing on their historical linkages. According to Zuma,...
 
 
 
 
Apr 03, 2015
Several companies have shown interest in relocating their businesses to the Saldanha Bay industrial development zone.
Apr 02, 2015
US Ambassador to South Africa Patrick Gaspard
US Ambassador to South Africa Patrick Gaspard has indicated that an agreement on the long-running dispute over South Africa’s antidumping duties on American chicken needed to be secured ahead of government-to-government discussions on the trade and investment...
Apr 02, 2015
Apr 01, 2015
Terence Goodlace
Impala Platinum (Implats) CEO Terence Goodlace is championing the marketing of platinum by surging ahead with plans to use platinum fuel cells to produce electricity at the Implats platinum refinery in Springs, on Gauteng’s East Rand. JSE-listed Implats, which is...
Apr 01, 2015
Minister of Trade and Industry Dr Rob Davies
The revival of agriculture and the agroprocessing value chain was key for radical economic transformation in South Africa, said Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies this week, stressing that much more value was created in agroprocessing than in agriculture. The...
Mar 30, 2015
Over 26 companies active in the logistics, support services, oil and gas contracting and drilling, marine and rig building, fabrication and repair and wells specialist industries have shown interest in relocating their businesses to the Saldanha Bay Industrial...
Mar 27, 2015
Government continues to stress the importance of the agroprocessing agenda in an attempt to bolster economic growth and job creation, while also securing South Africa’s future food requirements in an economy that fell short of its growth target in 2014, achieving...
Mar 27, 2015
AGROPROCESSING DRIVE The Department of Trade and Industry has invested about R1.2-billion into the agroprocessing industry since 2009
In 2015, government continues to stress the agroprocessing agenda in an attempt to bolster economic growth and job creation, while also securing South Africa’s future food requirements, in an economy that fell short of its growth target in 2014, achieving 1.5%, after...
Mar 24, 2015
Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies has announced the formation of a Ministerial task team – comprising representatives from the community, the business fraternity, labour and government – charged with addressing challenges in the oil and gas industry,...
Mar 03, 2015
President Jacob Zuma
South Africa's economy remains racially structured, President Jacob Zuma said on Tuesday. Welcoming members of the second presidential black economic empowerment council at Tuynhuys, Cape Town, he told them they needed to tackle this historical legacy because it was...
 
 
 
 
Feb 25, 2015
Incentives and other economic interventions have collectively led to the creation of more than a-million jobs in the past year, the National Treasury said on Wednesday. According to the National Treasury, the Medium-Term Strategic Framework (MTSF) supports a range of...
Feb 17, 2015
Does Manufacturing Have a Future In Southern Africa? That is the topic that will be debated robustly at the first plenary session of the inaugural Southern African Metals and Engineering Indaba scheduled to take place on 28 and 29 May. Answering that question and...
Feb 17, 2015
Minister Rob Davies, Arcelormittal Ceo Paul O’Faherty And Business Leadership South Africa Chairman Bobby Godsell Among Speakers At Metals Indaba’s First Plenary Session JOHANNESBURG, 16 FEBRUARY 2015 – Does Manufacturing Have a Future In Southern Africa?
Feb 16, 2015
James Lorimer
Amidst apparent disagreement in his Cabinet about mining policy, President Jacob Zuma needed to step in and provide leadership so that potential mining investors had certainty about South Africa’s mining policy, Shadow Democratic Alliance (DA) Mineral Resources...
Feb 02, 2015
The Indian Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Textiles has seconded a team of six experts to the National Footwear Leather Cluster (NFLC) – a facility established by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) at the Vaal University of Technology (VUT). The team of...
Feb 02, 2015
Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies
A new R200-million custom-built call centre for 2 500 employees has been launched in Umhlanga, KwaZulu-Natal, by Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies. CCI Call Centres, a beneficiary of the Department of Trade and Industry’s (DTI’s) South African Business...
Jan 26, 2015
In an effort to stimulate manufacturing, the Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (SEIFSA) will host a two-day, high-level Metals and Engineering Indaba in Gauteng. The inaugural event to take place at Emperor’s Palace on 28 and 29 May will...
Jan 23, 2015
Eskom CEO Tshediso Matona
Apart, perhaps, from the Stoney ginger beer pick-me-up on his conference table and the queue of awaiting visitors in his reception area, there are few other signs of the pressure Eskom CEO Tshediso Matona is under. His corner office on the third-floor at Megawatt...
Jan 16, 2015
I wanted to start this article with a reference to Eskom, but I simply do not have the energy. Electricity is considered a form of energy resulting from the existence of charged particles, either statically as an accumulation of charge or dynamically as a current....
Dec 12, 2014
Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies
In a bid to curb illegal and harmful substandard products imported into the country, government on Friday destroyed products worth R13.2-million that were found to compromise the safety of consumers with defects that could not be corrected.
 
 
 
 
Dec 05, 2014
CHALLENGING FUTURE The road freight industry will contend with several challenges in 2015, including broad-based black economic-empowerment (BBBEE) codes
The road freight industry is finding it difficult to remain sustainable, with road freight demand to remain flat as a “best case scenario”, despite yearly inflationary growth and social growth trends, says industry body the Road Freight Association (RFA).  “Although...
Nov 24, 2014
Much like South Africa was seen as an automotive hub, white appliance manufacturer Defy aimed to establish the country as a hub for the export of white appliances, Koc chairperson Mustafa Koc said on Monday. As Koc subsidiary Arcelik Group leveraged its $324-million...
Nov 24, 2014
Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies has approved the new Medium and Heavy Commercial Vehicles – Automotive Investment Scheme (MHCV-AIS) guidelines aimed at stimulating investment into the production of these vehicles in South Africa. The MHCV-AIS, which was a...
Nov 21, 2014
South Africa will become the first African country to host the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development’s (OECD’s) Steel Committee Conference when the committee’s seventy-seventh session takes place in Cape Town between December 11 and 12. The...
Nov 19, 2014
Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies
Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies reiterated on Tuesday that the procurement of goods that conform to local content requirements was not just a recommendation for State entities but a legal requirement. During a Portfolio Committee on Trade and Industry...
 
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