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Minister highlights key focus areas for the new department

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Minister of Trade and Industry, Mr Ebrahim Patel delivering the Budget Vote Speech 2019/2020 in the National Council of Provinces.  He announced that the process of merging the Economic Development and the dti has begun, and will be completed in March next year, to form the Department of Trade Industry and Competition. The new department will come into effect officially on 1 April 2020.

Supporting the Good Green Deeds Programme

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Employees of the Economic Development Department rolled up their sleeves and heeded a call by the President to clean-up the streets of Sunnyside, Pretoria, as part of the launch of the Good Green Deeds Programme on 8 March 2019.


As the President, Mr Cyril Ramaphosa, was officially launching the Good Green Deeds Programme in Mdantsane, Eastern Cape, at the Sisa Dukashe Stadium, on 8 March 2019, EDD employees were doing their part in contributing to the campaign by cleaning up the streets of Sunnyside, Pretoria.                        

The Good Green Deeds Programme is aimed at changing behaviour towards littering, illegal dumping, and waste management in general. The Programme is part of government's commitment to clean South Africa, to make our cities, towns and rural areas places where it is safe and healthy for all to live.


Collected waste material was transported by a municipal truck and offloaded at an appropriate landfill site, from where it will later be recycled and re-used and ultimately contribute to the development of the Circular Economy. A Circular Economy aims to ensure that consumption of resources is optimised in a way that redefines growth, focusing on positive society-wide benefits.


A closer look at the Drone Industry

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Deputy Minister Madala Masuku with Mashupjwe Ntjane (far left) from the Department of Transport, Sean Reitz (left) from the Commercial Unmanned Aviation Association of Southern Africa(CUAASA),  and Victor Hadebe (right), also from CUAASA.  This was at the Drone Industry Policy Dialogue held at the Innovation Hub.  The dialogue was aimed at outlining developments in the South African drone technology industry, identifying solutions needed to advance this technology, and building a regulation framework.

Minister Patel urges partners to assist government to develop the Social Economy policy

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Economic Development Minister Ebrahim Patel looks on, as Minister of Small Business Development, Ms Lindiwe Zulu, meets the ILO DG, Mr Guy Ryder at the Consultative Conference on the draft Green Paper on the Social Economy.


Economic Development Minister, Ebrahim Patel has called on key stakeholders and partners to continue to make inputs into the draft Green Paper on the Social Economy.He was speaking at the Consultative Conference on the draft Green Paper, which was held at the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) offices in Sandton.The Economic Development Department is currently working with various partners, principally the International Labour Organisation (ILO) and the Government of Flanders based on a Memorandum of Understanding, as well as the IDC, and various government departments, on developing a Social Economy White Paper.


Minister Patel explained at the conference, that the approach with this policy is to afford key partners, such as social activists and organisations, entrepreneurs and trade unions among others, the first opportunity to make inputs into the draft policy, before it goes to Cabinet.He added: “We need you to help us to rip the draft Green Paper apart and then to put it back together again. It is bare bones, it needs a lot of fleshing out, you must muscle-it up with a stronger conceptual framework, on what value the social economy adds and how we can build economies and societies”


Minister of Small Business Development, Lindiwe Zulu, who was also present at the conference; said the development of the Social Economy policy is critical and will go a long way in helping to structure the economy of South Africa in its wholeness.Deputy Minister of Economic Development, Madala Masuku, told delegates, that the consultation process as a whole, would assist government to understand how the sector can be supported. “The Social Economy sector is known to be robust, involved and dynamic and its growth needs to be encouraged, as it will be a key driver to overall economic growth,” he said.


Please note: Those with interest in the policy still have an opportunity to make inputs into the draft policy available on the link below. Written inputs can be forwarded to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Draft Green Social Economy.pdf

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Scam Alert
All Service Providers and Businesses

The Economic Development Department wishes to advise members of the public, particularly those in business, to be alert to a scam utilizing the logo of the Economic Development Department. The fraudsters involved send unsuspecting business operators a Request for Quotations for the provision of Solar Panels.

As the Economic Development Department, we wish to state that we do not have such a project, and therefore beware that the Request for Quotation is not from the Economic Development Department.

Please confirm any request you receive with our Supply Chain Management division on these details 012 394 3579. Report these fraudulent activities to the SAPS or call the Anti Corruption hotline 0800 701 701 or SMS to 39772 or send an email to fraud@economic.gov.za.

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