the dti Export Help Desk

The Department of Trade and Industry (the dti) has established an Export Help Desk at the dti Campus in Pretoria to provide South African firms – small, medium and large enterprises – with export information and advice. The objective of the help desk is to respond to client enquiries within 24 hours. Read more: Export_Help_Desk

Strategic Partnership Programme (SPP)

The Incubation Support Programme (ISP) has been replaced by the Strategic Partnership Programme (SPP) which aims to support partnership between big business and emerging suppliers to develop capacity to supply manufactured goods. Please note: The Incubation Support Programme will no longer accept new applications. Strategic Partnership Programme Guidelines: Strategic_Partnership_Programme_Guidelines  

Rebate offerings to the steel industry

the dti would like to make the downstream steel industry aware and encourage applications of the following ITAC rebate offerings: Rebate item 470.03 provides for a full waiver of customs duty on imported goods for use in the manufacture of goods exclusively for export; and Rebate item 521.00 provides a full refund of customs duty…

The End of Big Philanthropy

Old-guard philanthropic institutions are eager to tell rich kids how to spend their money. They should be looking in the mirror instead. A friend of mine was recently given direction on how best to secure grant money from a foundation: “If you ask for funding, they give you advice. If you ask for advice, they…

Impact Investing Isn’t a Hype: It’s an Evolving Toolbox of Opportunities

Women entrepreneurs are often an under-tapped force that can rekindle economic expansion while driving positive social change. Solar Sister, for instance, an organization started by Ashoka Fellow Katherine Lucey, is empowering women to become an active part of the grassroots clean energy economy, both as sellers and users of affordable and high-quality solutions. By training…

Black industrialists Programme Update

The first 50 applications by aspiring black industrialists had been received and tabled at a new funding forum initiated by the government, Minister of Trade and Industry Rob Davies said last week. The forum met for the first time on March 17, he noted. “I am hoping we will find some serious black industrialists in…