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Moves under way to lift SA film industry out of the doldrums

By: Kim Cloete     14th September 2018 The South African film industry has been going through some troubled times, as local films battle to draw audiences and provinces fail to attract as many foreign film and commercial shoots as in previous years.   The hardships have propelled various partners in the film industry to work together... 

Moves under way to lift SA film industry out of the doldrums

By: Kim Cloete     14th September 2018 The South African film industry has been going through some troubled times, as local films battle to draw audiences and provinces fail to attract as many foreign film and commercial shoots as in previous years.   The hardships have propelled various partners in the film industry to work together... 

Davies to attend G20 meeting

By: African News Agency      11th September 2018 South Africa's trade and industry minister Rob Davies will attend a meeting with peers from the G20 global grouping in Argentina set to focus on the agriculture sector, his department said on Tuesday. The G20 or Group of Twenty is an international forum for the governments of Argentina,... 

SABS gears up to restart partial testing in response to industry frustration

By: Terence Creamer     4th September 2018 The South African Bureau of Standards (SABS), which was placed under administration by Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies earlier this year, intends lifting its two-year moratorium on the partial testing of product conformance, also referred to as customer specific requirement testing. The... 

Reflecting on sugar customs duty increase

By: Riaan de Lange     31st August 2018 So, will the increase in the variable formula tariff (VFT) on sugar – or the 'honey without bees', as Alexander the Great called it – mitigate the harshness of international trade or be the saccharine protection that the Southern African Customs Union (Sacu) producers desire it to be? Growing up... 

South African winemakers look to Peru for growth

By: Marleny Arnoldi     30th August 2018 Wine producer La Ric Mal owner and winemaker Malcolm Green and other wine producers from four South African provinces will travel to Lima, Peru, this weekend, with the aim of expanding the market for South African wines. This expedition forms part of the Trade and Investment Mission organised and... 

SABS business stable following Ministerial intervention

By: Simone Liedtke     29th August 2018 After having been placed under administration by Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies in July, the South African Bureau of Standards (SABS) has been stabilised. The co-administrators – SABS COO Jodi Scholtz, SABS technical infrastructure chief director Dr Tshenge Demana and acting CEO Garth... 

South African farmers play chicken with Trump tariffs

By: Reuters     29th August 2018 Herman Pretorius is just the kind of white South African farmer US President Donald Trump expressed concern for when he barged into the country's delicate land reform debate by ordering an investigation into the "large-scale killing of farmers". But for the greying, bespectacled 58-year-old,... 

Poultry group seeks to suspend US import quota

By: Reuters     21st August 2018 The South African Poultry Association (SAPA) has filed a legal action to force the government to suspend a quota that excluded imports of US poultry from South Africa's anti-dumping tariff, a senior official with the association said on Tuesday. The decision by SAPA was a response to the Trump... 

Proudly South African launches online shopping site in boost for Buy Local campaign

By: Marleny Arnoldi     21st August 2018 Proudly South African (Proudly SA) and RSA Made on Tuesday launched an online shopping site, www.rsamade.co.za, which sells only locally made items. The site forms part of Proudly SA’s Buy Local advocacy campaign, and looks to grow Proudly SA’s members’ share of the burgeoning market that is... 

Proudly South African Online Shopping Site Takes The Buy Local Campaign To The Next Level

21st August 2018 With an active online shopping population of over 18 million racking up sales of R37.1 billion in 2017, South Africa’s e-commerce sector is on a massive upward trajectory. Proudly South African is looking to grow its members’ share of this burgeoning market and is set today to launch its own... 

BBBEE Commission to host first Women Empowerment Conference

By: Simone Liedtke     17th August 2018 The Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment (BBBEE) Commission will host its first Women Empowerment Conference, in Pretoria, on August 24. The conference, held under the theme ‘Advancing Women Economic Empowerment through the BBBEE Act’, will be addressed by Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob... 

Davies endorses Itac’s recommendation of increase in sugar import duties

By: Simone Liedtke     15th August 2018 Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies has endorsed the International Trade Administration Commission of South Africa’s (Itac’s) recommendation for an increase in import duties on sugar to $680/t. While the level is not at the maximum bound rate, as initially requested by the industry in the... 

Davies gazettes draft regulations on SEZs

By: Nadine James     7th August 2018 Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies has gazetted draft regulations on the Governance and Composition of the Special Economic Zones (SEZs) The proposed regulations seek to provide for the following options – for the management and operation of the industrial development zone (IDZ) entity not... 

DTI’s Strachan steps in as SABS acting CEO

By: Creamer Media Reporter      2nd August 2018 Garth Strachan, previously the Department of Trade and Industry’s deputy director-general of the Industrial Development division, has been appointed acting CEO of the South African Bureau of Standards (SABS). This follows the resignation, effective August 1, of suspended former SABS CEO Dr Boni... 

SA HIPPO applauds trade minister for dissolving SABS board

By: Creamer Media Reporter      30th July 2018 Dr Rob Davies, the South African minister of Trade and Industries dissolved the South African Bureau of Standards (SABS) Board on 28 June 2018 and placed the SABS under administration owing to SABS failing to exercise its fiduciary duties in terms of the Standards Act and the Public Finance... 

Chinese investors plan $10bn metallurgical complex in South Africa

By: Reuters     27th July 2018 Chinese investors signed agreements to build a $10-billion metallurgical complex in South Africa during President Xi Jinping's state visit this week and hope to start construction next year, an executive involved in the project and a provincial official told Reuters. South Africa's President... 

SA varsities deserve a pat on the back

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     27th July 2018 Two international university rankings published in the last couple of months had me thinking about a perception index released by consultancy firm Ipsos in January, which revealed that South Africans are in a league of their own apropos of their perceptions of key scenarios in the country, with... 

South Africa 'collateral damage' in US-led global trading war – Davies

By: African News Agency      25th July 2018 South Africa has become "collateral damage" in the trading war involving mainly the United States, China, Canada and the European Union, with tariffs imports on its steel exports, Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies said on Wednesday. Global tensions have flared up as other countries hit... 

Steel and aluminum import tariffs a big concern for industry – Busa

By: African News Agency      23rd July 2018 Business Unity South Africa (Busa) said on Sunday that it was very concerned about imminent job losses in the domestic steel and aluminium industry if the import duties imposed by the United States government succeed. Speaking during the session on South African investment opportunities at the... 

SA’s ambitious Youth Employment Service starts taking shape  

By: Marleny Arnoldi     20th July 2018 The Youth Employment Service (YES) aims to create one-million jobs within three years to help alleviate the situation of six-million unemployed youths in South Africa, 60% of whom reside in townships and rural areas. YES was established by the CEO Initiative, which is a partnership created... 

Davies concerned about extension of US tariffs to autos and auto parts

By: African News Agency      16th July 2018 South Africa’s steel and aluminium exports to the United States does not pose any threat to US national security, says Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies. Davies was speaking during bilateral meetings in Washington DC with US Trade Representative Ambassador Robert Lighthizer, US Secretary... 

US to initiate ‘exploratory talks’ on post-Agoa model at Washington forum

By: Terence Creamer     9th July 2018 United States Trade Representative (USTR) Robert Lighthizer will use this week’s African Growth and Opportunities Act (Agoa) Forum in Washington DC to initiate “exploratory talks” with African governments on a possible trade model that could be implemented when the unilateral programme expires in... 

Davies to lead South African delegation at Agoa Forum

By: Marleny Arnoldi     9th July 2018 Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies will lead the South African delegation at the seventeenth African Growth and Opportunity Act (Agoa) Forum, to be held in the US, from July 11 to 12.  

Davies appoints senior DTI officials as SABS co-administrators

By: Terence Creamer     6th July 2018 Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies has appointed three senior Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) officials as co-administrators of the South African Bureau of Standards (SABS), which he placed under administration on June 28 after dissolving the SABS board. The co-administrators had... 

Davies dissolves SABS board after ‘unpersuasive’ representations

By: Creamer Media Reporter      28th June 2018 Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies announced on Thursday that he had dissolved the South African Bureau of Standards (SABS) board with immediate effect, owing to its failure to exercise its fiduciary duties in terms of the Standards Act and the Public Finance Management Act. The... 

Mercedes-Benz to invest R10bn in East London plant expansion

By: Simone Liedtke     26th June 2018 Automotive manufacturer Mercedes-Benz Cars will invest €600-million, or about R10-billion, to expand its South African subsidiary Mercedes-Benz South Africa’s (MBSA’s) manufacturing plant, in East London, and equip it for the future. The investment will be used to build a new paint shop and a new... 

CIPC launches Extensible Business Reporting Language to relieve regulatory burden

By: Marleny Arnoldi     13th June 2018 The ease of doing business and particularly reducing the regulatory burden for businesses received a boost with the launch of the Companies and Intellectual Property Commission’s (CIPC’s) Extensible Business Reporting Language (XBRL) this week.  

Davies bemoans corruption’s undermining of industrial policy capability

By: Marleny Arnoldi     11th June 2018 Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies on Monday said corruption undermines industrial policy capabilities.  

Cabinet approves designation of Atlantis SEZ

By: Creamer Media Reporter      8th June 2018 Cabinet has approved the decision by Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies to designate the Atlantis Special Economic Zone (SEZ), in Atlantis industrial area, outside Cape Town. The designation of the Atlantis SEZ follows that of the Saldanha Bay Industrial Development Zone and is intended to... 

Govt speaking with one voice on township economy

By: Sydney Majoko     1st June 2018 For a long time, successive governments in this country have struggled to characterised the township economy. It is not that they did not acknowledge the existence of the township economy; the reason is that this economy was not recognised as a standalone econopmy towards which funds could be... 

DTI, stakeholders establish sugar value-chain task team to address industry challenges

By: Marleny Arnoldi     29th May 2018 The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) has established a sugar value-chain task team, comprising representatives from the beverage industry, retailers, the South African Sugar Association (Sasa), smallholder farmers, small manufacturers and the Industrial Development Corporation of South... 

Aspen opens R1bn high containment facility in Port Elizabeth 

24th May 2018 Pharmaceutical company Aspen officially opened its new high containment facility, valued at about R1-billion, earlier this month. Simone Liedtke tells us more. 

Proposed Mpumalanga SEZ to boost provincial economy, skills development

By: Simone Liedtke     21st May 2018 Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies has approved a recommendation that the Nkomazi Special Economic Zone (SEZ), in Mpumalanga, be designated and has called on the public and interested parties to comment on the proposed designation by June 28. The application for the designation of the... 

Promise and perils

By: Terence Creamer     18th May 2018 While President Cyril Ramaphosa was having a breakfast meeting with his Economic Cluster Ministers at Genadendal last week, to deliberate on ways to deliver on the $100-billion-investment goal, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) released a report highlighting just how important investment is... 

South Africa views African integration as potential trade-war bulwark

By: Terence Creamer     15th May 2018 Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies reports that South Africa will be prioritising an acceleration of market integration across Africa as part of efforts to mitigate the risks associated with the prospect of trade wars, as well as what he describes as a growing disregard for the... 

Some inroads made after ten years of the Industrial Policy Action Plan - Davies

By: Kim Cloete     15th May 2018 Ramping up production in the automotive sector, resuscitating the ailing tooling industry and boosting the clothing, textiles, leather and footwear industries are among successes the government has listed in its review of ten years of the Industrial Policy Action Plan (Ipap). Despite a... 

Government releases its tenth Industrial Policy Action Plan 

By: Kim Cloete     15th May 2018 The government has released its Industrial Policy Action Plan (Ipap) 2018, with a sharp focus on deepening industrial development, speeding up radical economic transformation and increasing the ability to produce higher value-added products. Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies said it was... 

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