Department of Trade and Industry

Minister Ebrahim Patel: NCOP debate on Government’s response to Coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic

Remarks by Minister Ebrahim Patel during NCOP debate on Government’s response to the Covid Pandemic. 23 June 2020.

Honourable Members

Thank you for the invitation to participate in the debate on Government’s response to the Covid Pandemic.

My colleague, Minister Dlamini-Zuma has set out the overall context of the pandemic globally and the response that was put in place by Cabinet in South Africa, when the first local infections became clear. I will build on her remarks, and look at a few of the economic interventions.

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, Industry and Competition on goods to be available to consumers through e-Commerce platforms during Alert level 4 Coronavirus COVID-19 lockdown

The Minister of Trade, Industry and Competition, Ebrahim Patel, has gazetted the directions providing for a wide range of goods to be available to consumers through e-Commerce platforms from today. This follows the announcement by President Ramaphosa last night that e-Commerce would be expanded beyond what has been announced previously.
 
The Regulations setting out economic activities that can reopen, provided for directions to be published on increasing the scope of goods which could be sold through e-Commerce platforms.
 

Minister Ebrahim Patel publishes directions on winter clothing, footwear and bedding during Coronavirus Covid-19 Alert Level 4

Minister Patel publishes directions on winter clothing, footwear and  bedding

The Minister of Trade, Industry and Competition, Minister Ebrahim Patel has gazetted directions on the sale of winter clothing, footwear and bedding during Alert Level.

These directions clarify the related winter clothing, footwear and home textiles which may be sold during Alert Level 4 in terms of the regulations published by the Minister for COGTA on 29th April.

Trade, Industry and Competition on impact of Coronavirus COVID-19 on economy

The Department of Trade, Industry and Competition (the dtic) has noted with concern a series of recent comments and news articles that give the impression that the Minister of Trade, Industry and Competition, Mr Ebrahim Patel, has underplayed the extent of the costs that Covid-19 and the lockdown will impose on the economy. This is exactly the opposite of the truth. The impression seems to be based on an interview that Minister Patel conducted with the Sunday Times shortly after he had addressed Members of Parliament regarding Covid-19 in a session that was broadcasted live.
 

Trade and Industry on CIPC certification process during COID-19 Coronavirus extended lockdown

CIPC certification process for essential service businesses during extended lockdown

Companies, which are registered through the Companies and Intellectual Property Commission's (CIPC) BizPortal to perform essential services during the lockdown period, will be required to have a new certificate from the BizPortal website for the extended period, which begins tomorrow 17 April 2020.

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).

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