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Sep 30, 2014
Sep 30, 2014
Dr Rob Davies
Updated 2 hours 30 minutes ago 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
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Sep 05, 2014
Sep 04, 2014
Sep 03, 2014
Dr Rob Davies
South Africa will put pressure on steel producer ArcelorMittal SA and petrochemicals firm Sasol to reduce prices and help cut input costs in the steel, platinum and polymer industries by up to 15%, a government minister said. The government in Africa's second largest...
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...
Jul 23, 2014
After indicating for several years its intention to develop a local minerals beneficiation industry, government has announced that it will, this year, develop a Minerals Beneficiation Action Plan as a component of the Industrial Policy Action Plan. Addressing...
Jul 23, 2014
Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies has assured that the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) would be “playing its part” in ensuring that government procured 75% of its goods and services from local companies, announcing on Tuesday the next designation of...
Jul 22, 2014
Rooibos tea samples
Rooibos tea has secured geographic indicator status in the long-awaited economic partnership agreement between southern African nations and the European Union, Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies said on Monday. "It will be the rooibos tea manufacturers of South...
Jul 18, 2014
The Companies and Intellectual Property Commission (CIPC) will, by the end of September, launch a new website that will include a query resolution function aimed at reducing the commission’s average response time when dealing with queries or requests. Responding in...
Jul 18, 2014
The long-running and highly contested Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) negotiations between seven Southern African countries and the European Union (EU) have been concluded, with South Africa insisting that the new deal preserves coherence within the Southern...
Jul 14, 2014
As President Jacob Zuma on Monday arrived in Fortaleza, Brazil, to attend the sixth Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa (Brics) Summit, South Africa aimed to forge further intrabloc cooperation initiatives. Boosting intra-Bric trade remained a key focus for...
Jul 11, 2014
The domicile of the soon-to-launched Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa (Brics) development bank would be decided at the sixth Brics Summit to be held in Brazil from July 15 to 16. South Africa, which would hand over the chairmanship of the economic bloc...
Jul 11, 2014
IMPROVED PROSPECTS Hall Longmore has a growing order book
Privately owned manufacturer of industrial components Barnes Group has acquired local steel-pipe maker Hall Longmore from construction and engineering group Murray & Roberts (M&R) in February. Hall Longmore MD Kenny van Rooyen tells Engineering News that, prior to...
Jul 10, 2014
Today marks a momentous event in SA’s Automotive Industry history, as the first FAW commercial vehicle, built in South Africa, rolled off the assembly line at the FAW Vehicle Manufacturers SA (PTY) LTD production plant at Coega, in the Eastern Cape.  With President...
Jul 09, 2014
International Relations Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane
South Africa joined the Brics forum to seek closer co-operation with member states, not to compete, International Relations Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane said on Tuesday. "This division of the developing and the developed, where we talk of competition of the...
Jul 04, 2014
Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies is expecting an upswing in South Africa’s economy now that the five-month strike by members of the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union in the platinum mining sector is nearing an end. He told journalists in Cape...
Jul 04, 2014
HIGH COST FOR GOOD HEALTH Linezolid, one of the only effective treatments for drug resistant tuberculosis, is priced at R676 a pill in South Africa
It has been over six years since the government began developing the draft policy on intellectual property (IP) that has been the focus of major public controversy following the PharmaGate scandal, which involved a leaked pharmaceutical industry email by Knowledge...
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