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Western Cape Treasury welcomes decision to open e-commerce during Coronavirus Covid-19 Alert Level 4

A good decision to open e-commerce during Alert Level 4

We welcome the directions issued today (14 May 2020) by Minister of Trade and Industry, Ebrahim Patel, which, allows all goods, except good prohibited for sale, to be sold through e-commerce platforms across South Africa.

Not only is this decision good for business, but it is also good for consumers, who can now safely buy what they want, when they want it.

Trade and Industry clarifies sale of products for the care of babies and toddlers during the Coronavirus COVID-19 lockdown period

The regulations published by the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs under Government Notice 318 of 18 March 2020 were amended by regulations as published in Government Notice R398 of 25 March 2020 as well as by regulations in Government Notice R 419 of 26 March 2020.

The regulations published on 25 March 2020 included, under paragraph 6(a), the following inclusion as an essential good:“(iv) Products for the care of babies and toddlers.”

Trade and Industry cancels certificates of companies not providing essential services during Coronavirus Covid-19 lockdown

Tarde and Industry cancels certificates not designated as essential services during Coronavirus Covid-19 lockdown

Cancellation of certificates not designated as essential services 

During the course of its review of the Essential Service list of applications, the Companies and Intellectual Property Commission (CIPC) has established that certain companies not designated as Essential Services have either fraudulently or negligently applied on the Bizportal website (www.bizportal.gov.za).

Trade and Industry update on online Bizportal to register businesses that provide essential goods and service during the Coronavirus COVID-19lockdown

Update on online Bizportal to register businesses that provide essential goods and service during the lockdown period

As of 16h00 this afternoon, nearly 15 000 companies have already registered as providers of essential goods and services. Most of these have been in food supply, medical and pharmaceutical services and transport services.

We will provide further update on communication platforms as to the number of registered businesses during the lockdown period.  

Minister Ebrahim Patel announces essential service application portal for Coronavirus COVID-19 lockdown

Minister Patel announces essential service application portal

The Minister of Trade and Industry, Mr Ebrahim Patel has announced that all businesses that will be allowed to provide essential services are required to seek approval from the Department of Trade, Industry and Competition (the dtic)  in order for them to trade during the period of the lockdown in terms of the regulations published today by the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs, Ms Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma in Regulation Gazette No. 11062

Minister Ebrahim Patel: Government’s intervention measures on Coronavirus

Media briefing – Remarks by Minister of Trade, Industry and Competition Ebrahim Patel. Tues 24 March 2020

The address by the President last night recognised that saving lives must be the priority and we need to draw on all our resources in the economy and within each of the major economic players to come through this with as little damage.

Across the world, more countries are now doing lockdowns and we want to ensure that it is managed in strong partnership with our people, with large and small businesses, with workers and with consumers.

Minister Ebrahim Patel on Covid-19 National Disaster Regulations

Comments by Minister of Trade, Industry and Competition, Mr Ebrahim Patel, to the Press on the Issuance of Covid-19 National Disaster Regulations and Directions

The effects of COVID-19 on the economy is being closely watched. It will have an effect on GDP but our key concern now is to save lives and ensure we minimise the economic costs. After we have defeated the virus, we will all need to work together to rebuild the economy.

Deputy Minister Fikile Majola addresses dialogue session on African Continental Free Trade Area, 13 Mar

AfCFTA Economic Policy Dialogue Session

Tomorrow, 13 March, the Deputy Minister for Trade and Industry, Fikile Majola, and the Provincial Minister of Finance and Economic Opportunities, David Maynier, will be addressing businesses at an economic policy dialogue session on the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA).

Trade and Industry hosts education and outreach programme on Non-Proliferation of Weapons of Mass Destruction legislation, 13 Mar

SA Non-Proliferation Council to Host Outreach Programme in Kwazulu-Natal

The South African Council for Non-Proliferation of Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) will host an education and outreach programme with the chemical-related industry at the KwaZulu-Natal Film Commission in Durban on Friday, 13 March 2020 from 8h30. 

The outreach programme intends to provide an understanding of South Africa’s obligations in terms of Non-Proliferation of Weapons of Mass Destruction legislation.

Trade and Industry on registration of organisations to access funding from Lotteries Commission 

Register organisations to receive financial support offered by the National Lotteries Commission (NLC). This was emphasised by the Client Liaison Officer of the NLC in Mpumalanga, Mr Thomas Masithe. He was addressing local residents at Sitintile Secondary School in KaNyamazane, during the education and awareness campaign held by the Department of Trade and Industry (the dti).

Trade and Industry offers Transfix Transformers South Africa an opportunity to market in Tanzania

The dti gives FS company chance to seek market in Tanzania

The ambitions of a Free State company to enter the international export market will become closer to reality when it participates in a trade and investment mission to Tanzania from 15-21 March 2020. Transfix Transformers South Africa will be one of the companies that will participate in the mission that is organised and funded by the Department of Trade and Industry (the dti).  

Trade and Industry on Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment

 B-BBEE Commission Annual Conference to focus on enterprise development to Promote Market Access

The Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment (B-BBEE) Commission will seek to put Enterprise and Supplier Development on the agenda of Corporate South Africa at its annual conference to promote the support for black entrepreneurs. The Annual Conference will take place on Friday, 13 March 2020 at the Olive Convention Centre in North Beach, Durban, KwaZulu-Natal. The conference is open to all citizens, corporate South Africa and entrepreneurs.

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