the dti

The Department of Trade and Industry (the dti) promotes structural transformation creating a dynamic industrial and globally competitive economy. It broadens participation in the economy to strengthen economic development and continually aims to respond effectively to the needs of South Africa’s economic citizens. MORE>>


The Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) is the national development finance institution promoting economic growth and industrial development. The organisation’s primary objectives are to contribute to the creation of balanced, sustainable economic growth in South Africa and the rest of Africa. MORE>>

"The manufacturing sector's continued growth is vital to the future strength of the South African economy."
Minister of Trade and Industry,
Rob Davies

News from MCEP


Major step for local manufacturing in SA's automotive sector

9 December 2015

South Africa's automotive sector has received a major boost with the launch of the combi metre production facility by Hesto Harnesses in KwaZulu-Natal. MORE>>

DST launches nanotech production facility

7 December 2015

A newly launched Nanomaterials Industrial Development Facility will help to increase overall industry competitiveness, particularly in the plastics and cosmetics industries. MORE>>

Africa and Asia identified as growth markets by SA wine businesses

6 December 2015

Despite the challenges faced by wine businesses, the results of PwC’s ‘South African wine industry: Insights survey 2015’ highlight a number of positive findings and opportunities. MORE>>

How SA is strengthening manufacturing industry

27 November 2015

Ahead of a state visit to China, Minister of Trade and Industry Rob Davies talks about strengthening the local manufacturing base.MORE>>

South African manufacturing sector on the rise

11 November 2015

The manufacturing sector in South Africa is at a crossroads and it is time for the country to reassess its strategy and take advantage of the opportunities available. MORE>>

SA factory output gains

10 November 2015

South Africa's September manufacturing output beat expectations of a second successive contraction. MORE>>

Manufacturing meds in South Africa

8 November 2015

A partnership with US-based pharmaceutical giant Pfizer will allow South Africa to stop importing an expensive pneumonia vaccine for infants and start manufacturing it at home. MORE>>

Manufacturing can drive SA’s competitiveness

29 October 2015

South Africa has the potential to become a manufacturing destination of choice, with its surplus labour, skills and world-class companies to make this a reality.MORE>>

Dti temporarily suspends new applications for MCEP

28 October 2015

The Department of Trade and Industry has temporarily suspended new applications for the Manufacturing Competitive Enhancement Programme (MCEP) due to the large number of applications across the manufacturing sectors. MORE>>

Innovation the key to reviving SA's manufacturing sector: steel federation

21 October 2015

Innovation was crucially important for the future survival of South Africa’s manufacturing sector, the Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa said on Tuesday. MORE>>

Manufacturing shows growth despite challenges

1 October 2015

While there are challenges in the manufacturing sector, other parts of it show steady growth, says Trade and Industry Minister, Dr Rob Davies. MORE>>


News archive: 2014