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South Africa-Chile Double Taxation Agreement Enters Into Force

02 June 2017

On 9 September 2016, the South African Revenue Service (SARS) announced
that the South Africa-Chile double taxation agreement (DTA) was approved by
Parliament in terms of section 231(2) of the Constitution.

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Unlocking South American Business Opportunities

07 March 2017

Please see attached the presentation from February 10, including the South Africa Chile Convention o Double Taxacion and the SACU MERCOSUR agreement.

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Will Your Business Grow in 2017?

15 February 2017

Are you looking to grow your business in Botswana? The news is out! Botswana's economy is on the rise and the outlook for 2017 is positive. Earlier this month in his budget speech, Botswana's Finance Minister Kenneth Matambo said the economy would grow by an estimated 4.2% in 2017 compared with 2.9% growth in 2016.

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Technical Delegations from the Country’s Most Important Mining Companies will be Present at Exponor 2017

13 February 2017

From May 15th to 19th, the fair will be a showcase for technological advances and innovation providing concrete solutions to the industry. Yamana Gold and Minera Sierra Gorda SCM have confirmed that they will send committees to the show in search of reliable products and solutions for their operations.

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Exponor is an Opportunity to Move Forwards in Difficult Times

13 February 2017

The SQM executive also confirmed the participation of the company at the international mining event to take place in Antofagasta from May 15th to 19th, with a corporate stand at the show, business to business meetings, technical delegations and site visits. Similarly, Minera Spence has also confirmed its participation.

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Two Gigants of the Mining Industry Confirm Their Presence at Exponor 2017

08 February 2017

With a few months to go until the next version of the event kicks off, Rockwood Lithium and Altonorte have confirmed their participation in this important mining industry showcase, which will take place from the 15th to the 19th of May 2017 in the mining capital of Chile.

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89 days until Machine Tools Africa 2017

08 February 2017 May is going to be the month for all things lean, mean and machine. It’s going to be all about Tools, Trends and Technologies. FOUR DAYS of everything that rotates, turns, cuts, forms, bends, shapes and more.

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FABRICATED STRUCTURAL STEEL HAS BEEN DESIGNATED!

26 January 2017

Fabricated Structural Steel has been designated thanks to the hard work of the Steel Industry, the SAISC, Kobus De Beer, close collaboration between many associations and the dti metals desk in particular. Well done and thank you to everyone.

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Meeting with Ministers Davies and Patel on Steel Pricing Principles

12 December 2016

Rebate offerings to the steel industry

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Gross domestic product, 3rd quarter 2016

07 December 2016

Embargoed until: 6 December 2016, 9:30am

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INCREASE YOUR TURNOVER AND SOUTH AFRICAN EXPORTS TO SOUTH AMERICA BY SHOWCASING YOUR PRODUCTS AT THE EXPONOR CHILE 2017

07 December 2016

Assistance is provided to qualifying South African exporters to promote South African products into foreign markets.

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Business Climate Survey

21 November 2016

Dear Sir/Madam

Gauteng Growth and Development Agency is conducting a survey to find out what are the major issues that may be hindrances to companies to invest or operate in Gauteng. Your assistance as part of government/private partnership is valuable in ensuring that as government we are able to understand the type of environment businesses are operating under and be able to  position our agency in such a way that its able to influence economic decisions government is making.

Your Participation is highly appreciated.

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Invitation to Water engagement session with Business

18 November 2016

We have received requests from a number of businesses in the City to meet about the current Water Restrictions.

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​INTERNATIONAL TRADE ADMINISTRATION COMMISSION (ITAC)

14 November 2016

COMMITTEE OF THE COMMISSION TO MONITOR THE IMPACT OF CHANGES IN IMPORT TARIFFS APPLICABLE TO THE PRIMARY STEEL INDUSTRY

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Manufacturing Circle Investment Tracker Q3 2016 - Survey Open

03 November 2016

We are pleased to be announce that the new Manufacturing Circle Survey for Q3 2016, the “Manufacturing Circle Investment Tracker”, or MCIT is now open.

The survey is a critical information gathering component in our quest to strengthen the voice of the manufacturing sector in South Africa and has been designed as an index to measure investment in the manufacturing sector according to:

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Feedback: SAISC / XA Trade downstream industry meeting 6th October 2016

07 October 2016

Thank you very much for attending yesterday’s presentations. Thank you to XA Trade for the valuable information on tariffs and Macsteel for the use of their venue. There is never enough time to share all the initiatives and programmes out there to assist the industry but I hope we managed to stimulate some thoughts and ideas. Please go to the ITAC website should you need additional information. 

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PPPFA To Be Repealed

29 September 2016

The Preferential Procurement Policy Framework Act (PPPFA) will be repealed in favour of a Public Procurement Act owing to various shortcomings in the existing Act, President Jacob Zuma has said.

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Minister Rob Davies Statement

21 September 2016

The Manufacturing Competitiveness Enhancement Programme (MCEP) was designed as an instrument to support enterprises in the production sectors of the economy soon after the onset of the global economic recession to weather very adverse market conditions, secure higher levels of investment, raise competitiveness and retain employment. It consisted of the Production Incentive which is administered by IDAD and the Industrial Financing loan facility administered by the IDC.  The Production Incentive was temporarily suspended in October 2015.  

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Tariff submissions and safeguard - Action required by all SAISC - ISF - SAMCRA - POLASA - SASFA

12 August 2016

A number of meetings have been held on downstream tariffs and safeguards. We would like to ensure that you are aware of these gazettes and that you give input to ITAC. In order to balance the upstream tarrifs we need to ensure that the downstream industry is adequately protected.

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Mining Charter: It’s unconstitutional to use rigid quotas for transformation

25 July 2016

The Constitutional Court delivered a landmark judgment in Solidarity's challenge against the Dpt. of Correctional Services which could impact the draft Mining Charter.

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DTI sets up Africa-focused trade unit in bid to grow exports beyond R300bn

15 July 2016

The South African government believes the launch of a new one-stop shop to facilitate higher levels of trade and investment in the rest of Africa will help consolidate the continent as the country’s most important market for value-added goods and create the platform for an expansion in exports beyond the R300-billion achieved in 2015.

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DMS Special Report - Seizing Opportunities: Investing in Kazakhstan

01 July 2016

Kazakhstan is one of the fastest growing and expanding economies, with various investment opportunities and growth potential in various sectors.

Seizing Opportunities: Investing in Kazakhstan - This report will help you to find out more on Kazakhstan’s market throughout different sectors to learn about potential business opportunities!

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Vietnam - South West Asia and Africa Economic Cooperation

01 July 2016

The South West Asia & Africa Market Department, Ministry of Industry and Trade of Viet Nam would like to attach herewith the "Viet Nam - South West Asia and Africa Economic Cooperation News-Letter", No.12 - June, 2016.

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Mining Charter should be Policy not Law

22 June 2016

JOHANNESBURG (miningweekly.com) – The Mining Charter should be a policy type document rather that a legislative instrument. “We need to go back to what it was intended to be,” Herbert Smith Freehills partner and Africa practice co-chair Peter Leon said on Tuesday.

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'Steel Committee' established to monitor 'Fair Pricing' Pledge

20 June 2016

The newly formed Steel Commission comprising key representatives of industry, established by Minister Ebrahim Patel, has been tasked over the course of the next 5 years with monitoring and providing of recommendations on the impact of the changes in import tariffs to the primary steel industry on;

downstream steel users; pricing of products in the primary steel industry to downstream users and the steel industry in general. Further more they will assess the implications on jobs in the steel industry value chain, as well as the import/export trends within the steel value chain.

As part of this, government are working on various supply-side measures to support the downstream steel industries, such as the attached on rebates (see attached) and the invitation to take part in the exercise to ensure primary steel products not made in SA are not taxed under the newly introduced steel import tariffs.

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Big boost for South African mining as old Comro reopens

14 June 2016

JOHANNESBURG (miningweekly.com) – The revitalisation of the South African mining industry through the resuscitation of research and development (R&D) is under way as an outcome of the Mining Phakisa, a strategy forged by 120 government, company, union and nongovernmental participants, who last year spent five weeks working together to position South African mining as a collaborative engine for holistic economic growth.

The old Chamber of Mines Research Organisation (Comro) facility in Carlow road is being reopened under CSIR manager mining and mineral resources Navin Singh,

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Mining’s rebirth under way – Ritchken

10 June 2016

JOHANNESBURG (miningweekly.com) – New joint action is being brought to bear to arrest the devastating decline of the South African mining industry, which will involve the Mining Phakisa policy intervention seeking to boost the sector by positioning it as the centrepiece within a new, cohesive mining cluster that requires across-the-board competitiveness.


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ANC in apparent Mining Charter reversal

06 June 2016

JOHANNESBURG (miningweekly.com) – The African National Congress (ANC) appears to have reversed its stance on the Mining Charter being enforceable under the Mineral and Petroleum Resources Development Act (MPRDA) of 2002, which is a major point of contention between the mining industry and government, as it confers legislative powers on the executive and thus violates the rule of lawIt is our preference that if you wish to share this article with others you should please use the following link:http://www.miningweekly.com/article/anc-in-apparent-mining-charter-reversal-2016-06-03

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Serious questions being asked about composition of ‘fair’ steel price basket

06 June 2016

South African steel consumers are raising serious concerns about the composition of the steel-price basket being proposed by ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA) as a mechanism for regulating domestic flat-steel prices and are seeking urgent talks with government to air their anxieties ahead of any deal on the so-called “fair pricing” methodology.

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RAPDASA call for abstracts and submission date extension

31 May 2016

Dear Ladies and Gentlemen,

The 17th Annual International RAPDASA Conference is taking place from 2  to 4 November 2016 at the VUT Southern Gauteng Science and Technology Park, Vanderbijlpark, South Africa

The theme for this year's conference is:  "Building on the Foundations - Consolidating Impact Into Products to Enhance Quality of Life for All South Africans". 

This is a reminder to upload your RAPDASA 2016 abstracts to the RAPDASA website. 

The abstract submission date has been extended to the end of June (30 June 2016). 

We are looking forward to your Abstract submission!

Kind regards The RAPDASA 2016 organising committee  


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The SA Institute of Steel Construction - Breakfast

27 May 2016

The SAISC recently hosted a breakfast at JCC and guided discussions on:


  • Update on tariffs and the fair pricing model
  • Export and project promotion
  • Update on the construction sector codes and transformation in the steel sector

Guest Speakers: 

Ulrich Joubert - Bureau for Economic Research 

Dean Subramanian - ArcelorMittal South Africa  

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‘Steel committee’ to be set up to monitor AMSA’s ‘fair pricing’ pledge

27 May 2016

Government would, within weeks, finalise a “fair pricing” agreement with steel producer ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA) and establish a “steel committee” to monitor implementation of the formula, which would be based on a basket of selling prices in Europe, Asia and North America.

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Credit Facility to Boost Exporters in Progressing Mining Projects

03 May 2016

ECIC has been featured in Mining Weekly under the topic ‘Credit facility to boost exporters in progressing mining project.’ In addition to facilitating export trade and enabling exporters to access mining project opportunities across Africa, the Export Credit Insurance Corporation (ECIC) of South Africa will this year focus on increasing awareness of its latest offering – a multicurrency guarantee facility to assist exporters in securing credit solutions.

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CONFERENCE TO ALERT THE PUBLIC ON FRONTING PRACTICES THAT DERAIL ECONOMIC TRANSFORMATION

22 March 2016

The Broad–Based Black Economic Empowerment Commission (B-BBEE Commission), an entity within the administration of the Department of Trade and Industry (“the dti”), will kick-start the awareness campaign on the B-BBEE Act with a Conference on Fronting to take place on 29 March 2016 at the Midrand Conference Centre, Midrand in Gauteng, from 08:30 – 16:00. 

The theme of the conference is Do it right and lead from the Front on Empowerment.

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Difficulties in getting departments to procure from designated sectors

17 March 2016

THE South African Bureau of Standards (SABS) had received 165 tenders valued at R108bn over 11 months, which it had to verify for their local content.

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Report: Damaging SABS directive is seen as a commercially-driven racket

17 March 2016

An internal directive by South African Bureau of Standards CEO Dr Boni Mehlomakulu in 2015 requires that SABS Test House only perform “full testing” in future, and puts an end to “partial testing” by the SABS. This has elicited outrage from a wide range of industry associations in the electrical engineering sector.

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The Minister of Finance Announces the Central Supplier Database (CSD)

31 August 2015

The Minister of Finance announced in the 2015 budget speech, the development and future use of the Central Supplier Database (CSD) as a way of simplifying the process of doing business with government.

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MADE IN W - online marketplace for manufacturers and exporters

25 August 2015

The dti representative office based in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, under the umbrella of the South African Embassy, introduces an exciting opportunity for South African manufacturers and exporters to promote their products in Saudi Arabia, GCC and worldwide free of charge.

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7th Industrial Policy and Action Plan (IPAP)

08 July 2015

The Department of Trade and Industries - Industrial Policy Action Plan (IPAP) in its seventh iteration, is seen as one of the key pillars for radical economic transformation, predicated on rapid and inclusive growth in the productive sectors of the economy and the creation of a skilled workforce to support an inclusive growth path for the country.

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EXPONOR 2015

12 June 2015

The South African Capital Equipment Export Council would like to thank the organisers of EXPONOR 2015 for a wonderful event.

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The South Africa National Pavilion at Exponor 2015, in Antofagasta

01 June 2015

The South Africa National Pavilion at Exponor 2015, in Antofagasta

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New qualifying and selection criteria from The Department of Home Affairs

19 May 2015

Government Gazette No. 38787 of 2015, vol. 599 refers

The Department of Home Affairs (DHA) published the qualifying and selection criteria relating to the new Corporate Accounts Unit. The Corporate Accounts Unit will aim to foster better relations between the DHA and employers deemed to be of high value to South Africa. Entities which qualify for registration as a “Corporate Entity” will enjoy the following benefits (amongst others):

  • The ability to fast-track employees’ visa applications;
  • Dedicated follow-up and support mechanisms which will only be available to Corporate Account Holders;
  • A shorter, more efficient process for visa applications and the option of being excused from compliance with specific visa requirements

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MCEP Adjudication Committee Meeting - presentation

15 May 2015

Trade & Industry Portfolio Committee
25 February 2015
Mr Lionel October

MCEP is a key programme of IPAP which is aimed at growing the manufacturing sector and sustain jobs.

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Peru Business and Investment Guide

13 May 2015

Peru is one of the most important countries in Latin America. Its diverse characteristics include a variety of climates, a vast territorial expanse, significant natural resources and a solid economic and industrial background.

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The third annual South African Business Awards - Call for Entries

17 February 2015

The Department of Trade and Industry (the dti) in partnership with Proudly South African and Brand South Africa invite companies to enter the Third Annual South African Premier Business Awards. 

At these awards, business excellence and entrepreneurship that promotes innovation and good business ethics will be recognised and honoured.

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Tete Mozambique Shared Trade Hub

10 February 2015

In response to the recent mining developments in Tete – Mozambique, and the lack of facilities available for member companies to use during their market penetration efforts in this region, the SACEEC has been cooperating with the other engineering based export councils to develop a facility that could well assist several member companies to fortify their marketing efforts into the region.

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COSM assistance specifically for members exporting steel products

05 February 2015

The COSM trust created a privately owned fund whose beneficiaries are the exporters of value-added steel products. 

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Export Opportunities for South Africa’s capital goods industry

01 December 2014

Export Opportunities for South Africa’s capital goods industry, issued by the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC), contains statistic’s and information that you will find useful for your strategic planning.

“This report aims to identify South African capital equipment products exhibiting potential for increased export penetration in global markets, both in terms of new markets that could be possibly developed or by expanding exports to current destination markets.”

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Bureau Veritas

08 July 2014

Bureau Veritas carries out verification of conformity for the Kenya Bureau of Standards (KEBS) Tanzania, Uganda and Botswana for pre-export verification of several groups of products exported into these countries.

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Export strategy given greater weight in SA’s new industrial plan as trade deficit persists

07 April 2014

The South African government’s latest Industrial Policy Action Plan (Ipap) places greater emphasis than was the case in the previous five versions on raising the country’s export competitiveness as part of what the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) is now calling a ‘Smart Reindustrialisation’ strategy.

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Experts to deliberate on ways to improve mining-manufacturing interface

28 March 2014

A high-level meeting will be convened towards the end of August at which experts will deliberate on how the interface between mining and manufacturing could be strengthened to support further industrialisation and job creation.

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OKORDER - Construction Steel Suppliers

04 March 2014

OKORDER is a global direct selling platform for building materials. With the mission of ‘making every order easy’, OKORDER commits itself to offer a brand-new selling channel for Chinese domestic manufacturers through diverse cooperation forms, and create convenient, rapid, low-cost purchasing platform for overseas customers.

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WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement

16 December 2013

A Business Guide for Developing CountriesThis guide helps businesses take advantage of the WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement.

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EMPLOYMENT TAX INCENTIVE BILL

31 October 2013

President Jacob Zuma yesterday signed the Employment Tax Incentive Act No 26 of 2013, making into law an initiative that will complement government’s measures to create jobs for young workers and those in special economic zones.

Published yesterday as Gazette No. 37185, the Act will take effect on 1 January 2014

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Industry Clusters: Is History Repeating Itself?

03 July 2013

The concept of clustering is a popular one the world over. It was introduced by Michael Porter, an economic expert and Harvard professor, who defined a cluster as the geographic concentration of inter-connected companies and institutions working in a common industry. 

Clusters encompass an array of collaborating and competing services and providers that create a specialised infrastructure, which supports the cluster’s industry. Clusters draw upon a shared talent pool of specialised, skilled labour.

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