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Zimbabwean Special Permits – additional clarity and guidance

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On 18 August 2022, we published an opinion piece regarding the decision of the Department of Home Affairs (DHA) to no longer extend the Zimbabwean Exemption Permits (ZEPs), which are set to expire on 31 December 2022.

Meaningful industry-wide enterprise and supplier development

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Unemployment rates in and around mining communities increase annually, with limited new job opportunities emerging. Enterprise and Supplier Development (ESD) is of national importance and can unlock significant organisational value.

Special Economic Zones need to all be more special

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You don’t need to be a Nobel economics laureate to know that with the world’s highest rate of unemployment, South Africa needs to attract a lot more job-creating investments. One of the Department of Trade, Industry and Competition’s (DTIC’s) flagship programmes is the Special Economic Zones (SEZs), a new iteration of what we used to call Industrial Development Zones (IDZs).

Forced localisation will only add to unemployment crisis

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While we acknowledge the positive structural reforms currently underway by government – most notably the lifting of the self-generation threshold to 100MW – command control plans of enforced localisation stand to undo any potential positive upsides of other reforms.

AfCFTA: how local importers and exporters can maximise the potential

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With these words, a webinar on the new African Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) was launched to discuss the importance of assessing the current trade relations with Africa, and how the new agreement will enable them to build on this. The AfCFTA, which came into force this year, is the largest trade agreement in the world, and aims to double intra-Africa by 2022.

We need more time Minister Patel!

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The DTI has failed business in exchange for being BBBEE politically correct! The Department of Trade and Industry have shown an astonishing naivete at best and total disregard at worst for business sustainability, in not extending current BBBEE certificates for at least a year, because of COVID-19.

Lockdown regulations – e-commerce opens

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The Department of Trade, Industry and Competition has published regulations relating to the selling and distribution of products via e-commerce platforms.

Is the future of Small Retail Shopping in South Africa DOOMED?

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There is an insidious scourge in society, a criminality, albeit perhaps only due to a disregard for people. An ignorance of cause-and-effect. There has been Grand-Scale COLLUSION between Landlords and Managing Agents on the one hand enabled, even if unknowingly by the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Competition on the other.

Electric vehicles in transport month

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It is Transport Month in South Africa, when public and private stakeholders reflect on ways to improve South Africa’s transport, which serves a large population by road and rail. We reflect on the rise of electric vehicles (EV). We strive to implement ‘cleaner mobility solutions’, focussed mainly on cities and other niche markets.

Amendments to the B-BBEE scorecard?

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The Department of Trade and Industry’s amendments to the B-BBEE Codes of Good Practice on Friday, 31 May, were published in the government gazette with very little fanfare considering the significant impact they may have on generic entities in the country. These changes to the codes and will affect businesses in terms of procurement, enterprise and supplier development as well as skills development.

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