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Technology assistance for industry competitiveness

Technology assistance for industry competitiveness

Technology assistance for industry competitiveness

24 November 2014 | Posted in SACEEC News.

As part of the national effort to develop national infrastructure, State Owned Companies have embarked on large capital expansion programmes. These large programmes are most often procured from overseas Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs). 

Whilst these infrastructures are essential, it has become global practice to link such procurement programmes with some offset commitments to use local suppliers and / or equipment and ensure some level of technology transfer to the recipient.

The Department of Science and Technology (DST) recognise that technological upgrading or support is most often the key intervention required to improve the competitiveness of a firm, or to enable the firm to achieve the levels of quality, time and cost required by the OEM, or by the State Owned Companies. The DST therefore developed the Technology Localisation Plan (TLP) to support technology localisation and the support mechanism to deliver technological support is the Technology Assistance Packages (TAPs).

Manufacturing businesses may benefit from the Technology Localisation Plan. To be eligible for benefits associated with the plan, your manufacturing business must complete a profile.


Local companies interested in participating in the TLIU programme and in being considered for shortlisting with buyers, are required to have completed and regularly updated profiling information.

The TLIU catalogues South African industrial suppliers with their products and capabilities on a web-accessible management information system; the company information and data are treated with utmost confidentiality. In line with our mandate to link local manufacturers to buyers, we regularly receive requests from local as well as international buyers to identify suitable and capable suppliers and for this activity our database is our primary source.

The TLIU profiling tool is a prerequisite step for local subcontractors to qualify for any services including benchmarking and supplier development assistance offered by the TLIU. The completion of the profiling form enhances the companies' visibility in the market, which consequently leads to an increased probability to participate in the buyers' supply-chains.

The profiling database is promoted to potential buyers including other suppliers, local and international contractors, and SOCs, as well as interested foreign buyers.

Complementary to company searches through the TLIU Profile Database, the TLIU regularly conducts capability surveys for specific components requested by buyers.

We urge all South African manufacturers to complete the profiling form and respond to those capability surveys as we only refer companies to buyers and consider companies for which we have sufficiently detailed information about their products and capabilities available.

For further information related to completing a profile, please contact:

Sanjiv Ranchod
Tel 041 3685700 | Cell 083 629 4050 | Email

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