Invitation to the NCTF-Private Sector meeting

Please see below and invitation by the Department of Trade & Industry and SARS to a Trade Facilitation meeting on 17 July 2019. Please RSVP directly to the organisers:

As a valued economic stakeholder you are kindly invited to the Trade Facilitation meeting jointly hosted by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and the South African Revenue Service (SARS). The purpose of the meeting is to further unpack the Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA) and provide a brief update on single window and advance ruling.
The National Committee on Trade Facilitation (NCTF) which serves as the national focal point and platform to co-ordinate and address trade facilitation issues, is convening a second private sector-NCTF meeting this year, 2019, after the first meeting on the 8th February 2019. You are also encouraged to invite any private sector stakeholder relevant to the trade facilitation agenda.
Kindly see enclosed invitation for more details. Also attached is the draft program map, and the report of the previous meeting.
To RSVP please contact Mr Sibusiso Jama via email: SJama@thedti.gov.za or by telephone on (012) 394 1284

PRIVATE SECTOR ENGAGEMENT MEETING REPORT 8 FEBRUARY 3

MAP to Linton House

17 July 2019 Private Sector-NCTF meeting draft programme

MAP to Linton HousNCTF Invitation 17 July 2019 final

OUTDOOR ADVERTISING SPACE AVAILABLE – PRIME LOCATION

Location: Paardekraal Drive, Krugersdorp (diagonally opposite McDonald's/Luipaard Street intersection, next to Medicross) - SEE IMAGES BELOW

Nr of spaces available: 10

Sizing of each space: 4000mm (4m) x 1500mm (1.5m)

Pricing:

  1. a) Digital PVC board(with UV) within 32mm square tubing frame (dimensions as above); Artwork, Design & Layout included; Full installation incl travelling costs included. (Warranty on Frame, PVC Print & Colour Fastness - TWO YEARS); Preferred Supplier - Bovhu Printing & Designing:

 

PRICE (once-off cost) incl VAT: R5,983.45

  1. b) Rental Cost for Advertising Space (payable monthly, one month in advance):

12 MONTH CONTRACT: R1,750 per month

6 MONTH CONTRACT: R2,000 per month

Beneficiaries: The Tower of Life Shelters for Homeless & Vulnerable Men & Women (& their children), Krugersdorp (NPO: 155-632; NPC: 2015/069255/08)

CONTACT:  

ELMARIE - 074 476 6396

toweroflifeshelter@gmail.com

 

Invitation Participate at the 2nd China International Import Expo (CIIE) 2019

The Department of Trade and Industry (the dti) invites South African manufacturers of value-added export products to apply for participation at the 2nd China International Import Expo (CIIE), in Shanghai, China. The expo marks the latest of a series of efforts to promote China as an open and free market. In the next five years, China is expecting to import products and services valued at more than 10 trillion U.S. dollars. CIIE 2018 attracted more than one million attendees hailing from 172 countries, regions and international organization and as well as more than 3,600 enterprises to showcase their products and services. More than 400,000 domestic and International buyers were present at the expo for business negotiations and purchase. For more information about CIIE 2019 visit the exhibition website at: https://www.ciie.org/zbh/en/

Dates: 05 – 10 November 2019

City: Shanghai, China

Companies will be screened and selected in line with the EMIA guidelines and market requirements.

 

For the approved companies, the dti will provide:

  • Accommodation (bed and breakfast only)
  • An economy-class return airfare up to a maximum of R17 000

 

Companies applying for EMIA funding for this mission need to complete and submit the EMIA application form and supporting documentation.

Application forms and guidelines can be accessed on

http://www.thedti.gov.za/trade_investment/emia_outward_investment.jsp

NB! The deadline for submission of applications forms is 15 July 2019.

Companies that are not eligible for EMIA funding are welcome to participate in these missions at their own expense.

 

All documents must be hand-delivered or couriered to:

Utangamiri – the dti Group House

EMIA Division Building A: G Ground Floor

77 Meintjies Street

Sunnyside

Pretoria, 0002

 

For enquiries, contact:

Mr Mayanda Gawula

Tel: 012 394 1616

E-mail: MGawula@thedti.gov.za

OR

Ms Boitumelo Mokoana

el: 012 394 5186

E-mail: BMokoana@thedti.gov.za

NO E-MAILED APPLICATIONS WILL BE CONSIDERED.

SARS will commence with nationwide roadshows

SARS will commence with nationwide roadshows to discuss the New Customs Acts with SARS clients, beginning on 22 July and ending on 1 August 2019. The purpose of the roadshows is to focus on the new Registration, Licensing and Accreditation (RLA) system, expected to be implemented in September 2019.

 

Should you wish to secure your attendance, please access the following link to complete your registration:https://tools.sars.gov.za/SurveyPublic/SurveyWizard/CustomStartupPage.aspx?quesnn=300&demo=False&numQuest=5&sType=2&sDaysLeft=0&auto=True

INFORMATION SESSIONS ON REGISTRATION, LICENSING AND
ACCREDITATION (RLA)

Proposed Workshop with SARS on Advanced Import Payments

The South African Reserve Bank requires importers requesting advance payments from authorised dealers of foreign currency, prior to the physical inspection of goods, to provide said Authorised Dealers with a SARS Customs Declaration. The purpose of the SARS Customs Declaration is to prove that the foreign currency provided had been utilised for the stated purpose and that the goods have been imported into South Africa

According to SARS, there is significant non-compliance by importers. SARS is therefore proposing the introduction of a pre-filing advice that will address the current problem of unacquitted advanced import payments.

In this regard, SARS will be hosting various awareness raising sessions ahead of implementation and has approached BUSA to determine interest in convening a session specifically for BUSA members. Should your organisation / company be interested in attending such a session, please contact me by 2 July 2019, in order for BUSA to ascertain interest in the proposed workshop.

Tender Bulletin 21 June 2019

Please see below latest Tender Bulletin for your information and reference.

SACCI Press Statement – SACCI response to President Ramaphosa’ s SONA

The South African Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SACCI), welcomes President Ramaphosa’ s SONA address.

The intent to revitalize the economy through small business Centres where youth entrepreneurs will be given both technical and financial support is an added significant positive move. We also welcome the decisiveness around resolving the capital and operational issues surrounding the power utility Eskom and we look forward to the presentation of the Budget to see how this will be funded. Whilst the President has indicated good objectives especially on how to ignite the economy, we are looking forward to getting an understanding of the actual execution plans.

At this time, we wish to encourage the President to communicate his clear plans in the area of how these objectives are to be delivered.

In our considered view, the restructuring of the civil service will be a central critical success factor. In this regard the President needs to consider that the restructuring of the civil service needs to look at the areas of selection, recruitment and retention; training and development; performance management and a change in culture and a values based performing civil service. We also believe that the issue of the compensation structure for the civil service executives now needs an urgent review. The top civil service jobs should be able to attract the best talent available in society whether in the public or private sectors. Without restructuring this area, it is not likely that the objectives laid out in the SONA speech will be achieved. The critical success factors for any organization are the right people, the right values and the right culture. By people we mean highly qualified, highly experienced with a strong performance track record. Given the major challenges facing SA and the big plans announced by the President, the time has come to make the civil service an attractive employer.

Similarly, on the intractable issue of SOE governance, we believe the time has now come to give consideration to how SOE boards are appointed. Billions of Rands have been lost by SOEs and the area of governance and performance have been identified as key culprits. To enable the state to move forward in this area we propose that a structure similar to that of the Judicial Service Commission must now be established to handle the appointments of board members to SOEs. As with the appointment of judges, this should be done via public hearings. It therefore should be the prerogative of the boards so appointed to handle the employment and performance management of SOE executives.

The capital calls that have been made to support SOEs that are in trouble should be accompanied by clear plans on the filling up of senior level vacancies plus the viable turnaround plans. In this regard the requests for capital injections should be accompanied by the commissioning of robust restructuring capabilities, including the appointment of such personnel who have commensurate and relevant experience in handling complex turnarounds.

As the biggest representative business organization, SACCI accepts the President’s invitation for business to get involved with these plans and we look forward to engaging the President and his ministers to seek ways of making all this work.

Ref queries : Alan Mukoki ( SACCI CEO)

Mobile: 082 551 1159

China (Fujian)-South Africa Economic and Trade Cooperation Matchmaking Meeting

Please find below a delegation list and an invitation to attend the China (Fujian)-South Africa Economic and Trade Cooperation Matchmaking Meeting.

Date: 23 June 2019

Venue: Radisson Blu Sandton Conference Room

Time:10:00 – 12:30

RSVP: Tshidim@sacci.org.za

SACCI President Advocate Mtho Xulu has accepted

We heard good news today that, SACCI President Advocate Mtho Xulu  has accepted his nomination as member of the South African Chapter of the BRICS Business Council deregulation working group (DWG) as per the letter below.

The BRICS Business Council was established during the 5th BRICS Summit held on the 26th-27th March 2013 in Durban, South Africa. The object of creating the council was to constitute a platform which will promote and strengthen business, trade and investment ties amongst the business communities of the five BRICS countries, ensure that there is regular dialogue between the business communities of the BRICS nations and the Governments of the BRICS countries; and identify problems and bottlenecks to ensure greater economic, trade and investment ties amongst the BRICS countries and recommend solutions accordingly.

We are sure that members will join us in congratulating Advocate Mtho Xulu for this nomination.

BUSA’s final comment to SARS

For information purposes only, please see below BUSA’s final comment to SARS on the Documents published for comment on the implementation of the carbon tax.