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AU Ministers of Trade report progress in African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) negotiations

The 12th Meeting of the African Union Ministers of Trade (AMOT) took place virtually on 27 October 2020 with the participation of 38 African Union Member States

Just short of one month after assuming Chairship of the African Union Ministers of Trade, South Africa’s Minister of Trade, Industry and Competition, Ebrahim Patel has chaired his second meeting of the Ministerial negotiating body with the aim of finalising the key aspects of the outstanding AfCFTA negotiations to enable…

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South Africa heads the Bureau of the African Ministers of Trade, as work towards the start of Preferential Trade under the African Continent Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) gains momentum

Minister Patel chaired the first virtual meeting of African Ministers of Trade (AMOT) on 30 September 2020, attended by Trade Ministers and senior officials from more than 40 countries

South Africa’s Minister of Trade, Industry and Competition, Ebrahim Patel has been elected as the chair of the Ministerial body tasked with finalising negotiations on the terms for the commencement of the preferential trade under the African Continent Free Trade Area (AfCFTA). He takes the leadership of the African Ministers…

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Partnerships on Mega Projects Critical to the Success of the African Free Trade Agreement – High Commissioner Mpahlwa

Mpahlwa was speaking on day two of the South Africa and Mozambique virtual Trade and Investment seminar

The South African High Commissioner to Mozambique, Mr Mandisi Mpahlwa says partnerships in mega projects are critical to the success of the Africa Continental Free Trade Agreement (AFCFTA). Mpahlwa was speaking on day two of the South Africa and Mozambique virtual Trade and Investment seminar which took place under the…

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The Department of Trade, Industry and Competition’s (dtic) Furniture Competition opens doors for MP Businesswoman

She designed and manufactured a steel hand sanitiser dispensing stand that was well-received in the market

The sky is the limit for a Mpumalanga businesswoman, Ms Tholakele Manyaka (32)  after participating in a National Furniture Design competition organised by the Department of Trade, Industry and Competition (the dtic) in partnership with the South African Furniture Initiative (SAFI), and Proudly South African. The competition is aimed at…

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Coronavirus - South Africa: UK Government donates R50m to Solidarity Fund for Projects Supporting and Promoting Women

This contribution forms part of the UK’s international COVID19 response and recovery efforts

The Solidarity Fund announced the receipt of a R50m grant from the government of the United Kingdom (UK). The grant is aimed at extending the Solidarity Fund’s ongoing efforts to counter the repercussions of the COVID-19 pandemic in South Africa – focusing specifically on projects supporting and promoting women. This…

Source: The Department of Trade, Industry and Competition, South Africa |

Coronavirus - South Africa: Local poultry production shows moderate growth despite Covid-19 challenges

This was reported by the South African Poultry Association during the 2nd Poultry Executive Oversight Committee (EOC) meeting

The production of South African poultry increased by 5% during the first 8 months of the year, when compared to the same period last year. This despite the challenges to the operating environment brought on by covid-19. This was reported by the South African Poultry Association during the 2nd Poultry…

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Coronavirus – South Africa: 50000 jobs sustained by Black Industrialists and Black-Owned Enterprises supported by Three Government Programmes – Yet challenges remain, Parliament told

This was said by the Minister of Trade, Industry and Competition, Minister Ebrahim Patel, during a presentation to the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee

While progress has been made with expanding the number of black industrialists in the economy, they face challenges that require coordinated responses from within the state and the private sector. This was said by the Minister of Trade, Industry and Competition, Minister Ebrahim Patel, during a presentation to the Parliamentary…

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Coronavirus - South Africa: COVID-19 Pandemic has deepened need for strategic partnership between State and Business – Ambassador Xingwana

She was addressing a South Africa-Ghana Trade and Investment Webinar

The South African High Commissioner to Ghana, Ambassador Lulu Xingwana, says the scale of the Covid-19 pandemic has deepened the need for strategic partnership between state and private sector.  She was addressing a South Africa-Ghana Trade and Investment Webinar today. The webinar was hosted by the Department of Trade, Industry…

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Coronavirus – South Africa: Localisation will be new focus of SA Government – Deputy Minister Majola

Despite weak economic outlook brought upon by COVID-19 pandemic, government’s reconstruction and recovery plan will prioritise broader pacts with workers and businesses

Localisation will be the new focus of the South African government and to kick-start a massive programme of localisation, certain local industries where localisation is driven aggressively will be supported with special measures. This was said by the Deputy Minister of Trade, Industry and Competition, Mr Fikile Majola, during a…

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Botshabelo Digital Hub ready to enhance Job Creation in the Free State - Deputy Minister Gina

Project seeks to bridge digital divide amongst township residents and equip young people with skills and knowledge to prepare them for Fourth Industrial Revolution

The Botshabelo Digital Hub site has been revitalised and is ready to enhance job creation in the Free State.  This is according to the Deputy Minister of Trade, Industry and Competition, Ms Nomalungelo Gina. Gina says the Botshabelo Digital Hub is part of the ten digital hubs that will be…