2022-w3890 - 21 November 2022

Russel Nsikayezwe Cebekhulu to ask the Minister of Trade, Industry and Competition

With regard to his department’s mandate to promote a dynamic industrial and globally competitive economy, what proactive action has his department taken to ensure that the Republic continues to positively participate in the global economy amidst looming grey list status and the high inflation rates which have had a negative impact on consumers?

Reply from the Minister of Trade, Industry and Competition on 21 Nov 2022

The Department of Trade, Industry and Competition (the dtic) is focused on supporting domestic businesses and foreign and domestic investors.

This support includes the conceptualisation and implementation of sectoral Masterplans by Government, Business and organised Labour. the dtic’s interventions include the provision of globally competitive financial and non-financial incentives; support for localisation through targeted private and public procurement interventions; careful use ...

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2022-w4097 - 21 November 2022

Phiwaba Madokwe to ask the Minister of Trade, Industry and Competition

With reference to the many corruption cases which have been closed for various reasons including the inability to locate key witnesses, what key strategies has his department put in place to have perpetrators brought to book in order to discourage continued widespread corruption in his department?

Reply from the Minister of Trade, Industry and Competition on 21 Nov 2022

1. the dtic does not have any reported corruption cases that have been closed due to the inability to locate key witnesses.

2. the dtic recognises fraud prevention as an integral part of strategic management. the dtic is committed to the elimination of fraud and strives towards maintaining and implementing the highest standard of prevention and detection. the dtic prevents fraud through implementing the ...

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2022-w4114 - 21 November 2022

Vuyani Pambo to ask the Minister of Trade, Industry and Competition

What are the full details of economic data and/or evidence that he can provide to prove that foreign direct investment in the Republic has had a direct proportional relationship with (a) economic growth and (b) job creation (i) in the 2021 22 financial year and (ii) since 1 April 2022?

Reply from the Minister of Trade, Industry and Competition on 21 Nov 2022

Domestic economic growth is the aggregation of multiple, complex streams of for example: production, consumption, expenditure, imports and exports. These are in turn affected by a wide range of domestic and global factors. It is not advisable to reduce these complex interactions to a simple direct and/or proportional relationship. Subject to this caution, the following information has been provided to me by the dtic. ...

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2022-w3952 - 21 November 2022

Mathew John Cuthbert to ask the Minister of Trade, Industry and Competition

(1)Whether, with regard to communications, media and marketing services contracts of the National Lottery Commission in the past three financial years, he will furnish Mr M J Cuthbert with (a) a list of service providers, (b) the nature of services provided, (c) the date when services were provided and (d) the total monetary value of each contract; (2) What supply chain management process was followed for the (a) tender, (b) preferred supplier, (c) treasury database and (d) single-source in respect of each specified contracts?

Reply from the Minister of Trade, Industry and Competition on 21 Nov 2022

The National Lotteries Commission has furnished me the following reply on their communications, media and marketing services in the past three years.

A number of transactions of the NLC have been flagged by the Auditor General. This follows a letter addressed by the Ministry to the Auditor General, drawing attention to findings of the SIU.

The NLC advised that the adverse findings made by ...

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2022-w3950 - 21 November 2022

Mathew John Cuthbert to ask the Minister of Trade, Industry and Competition

Whether, with reference to the comment made by Mr Paul Mashatile in The Sunday Times on 9 October 2022, that to date eight of the masterplans have been approved by social partners and are in the stage of implementation, already delivering impressive results through sectoral growth, employment creation and expanding economic opportunity for previously excluded designated groups, his department, which is responsible for co-ordinating industry master plans, supplied Mr Paul Mashatile with the necessary empirical evidence to support the claim that the specified master plans are delivering impressive results; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, will he furnish Mr M J Cuthbert with the evidence?

Reply from the Minister of Trade, Industry and Competition on 21 Nov 2022

Details of performance of sectors in the economy are publicly available, as are the submissions made by the Department.

The President has provided information in State of the Nation Addresses, including on progress with specific Master Plans.

Details of relevant Master Plans have also been made available by the dtic to the Portfolio Committee, most recently on 1 November 2022 as part of the ...

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2022-w3196 - 09 November 2022

Ntombi Valencia Khumalo to ask the Minister of Trade, Industry and Competition

(1)      On what date did he attend the last meeting of any structure outside the Government in order to receive recommendations on the deployment of personnel in his department and/or entities reporting to him; (2) whether any appointments to his department and/or entities reporting to him were discussed during his attendance at any private forum and/or external structures to the Government; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what (a) are the details of appointments that were discussed and recommendations received and (b) other Government matters were discussed during the last meeting of any such forum? NW3917E

Reply from the Minister of Trade, Industry and Competition on 9 Nov 2022

All the appointments of personnel in public sector positions are made in accordance with relevant legislation. No structure outside of those prescribed in legislation can determine the deployment of personnel in public sector positions. Where the legislation requires me to make an appointment, I apply myself to the requirements of the entity concerned, the legislative prescripts and the merits of candidates for the positions. ...

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2022-w3589 - 09 November 2022

Bhekizizwe Nivard Luthuli to ask the Minister of Trade, Industry and Competition

How does his department intend to ensure that the R300 million debt fund, known as the SMME Crisis Partnership Fund, launched by the Gauteng provincial government, the Industrial Development Corporation and the SA SME Fund is protected against (a) corruption and (b) wasteful expenditure?

Reply from the Minister of Trade, Industry and Competition on 9 Nov 2022

I have been furnished with the information that follows, by the management of the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC):

The SMME Crisis Partnership Fund is managed by an independent Fund Manager, that being the SASME Fund.

As an investor in the fund, the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) participates in a governance framework that has been put in place to protect the fund against corruption and ...

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2022-w3330 - 09 November 2022

Jan Naudé De Villiers to ask the Minister of Trade, Industry and Competition

Given that the contribution of the small, medium and micro enterprises (SMME) sector to the national gross domestic product is 34%, what is the share contributed by each industry to the total value added by the SMME sector?

Reply from the Minister of Trade, Industry and Competition on 9 Nov 2022

South Africa’s official statistical agency is Statistics South Africa (StatsSA) and it is responsible for calculating South Africa’s national gross domestic product (GDP). I am advised that StatsSA does not publish data in the form requested by the Honourable Member.

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2022-w3586 - 09 November 2022

Bhekizizwe Nivard Luthuli to ask the Minister of Trade, Industry and Competition

(1) What are the relevant details of the update on (a) gains and (b) challenges experienced by the One Stop Shop by InvestSA. (2) Whether any successful businesses have come out of the programme and successfully employed more South Africans: if not, why not, if so what are the relevant details? W4393E

Reply from the Minister of Trade, Industry and Competition on 9 Nov 2022

The One-Stop Shop is part of Government’s services to improve the investment climate and make it easier to operate a business in South Africa.

To this end the One-Stop Shop provides an investment facilitation service, at the National One-Stop and the three (3) Provincial in Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal and Western Cape.

This consists of support with respect to:

  • pre investment (information and advisory) services to ...
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2022-w3587 - 09 November 2022

Bhekizizwe Nivard Luthuli to ask the Minister of Trade, Industry and Competition

Whether any trade agreements were signed and/or agreed to at the 9th session of the South Africa-Saudi Arabia Joint Economic Commission; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply from the Minister of Trade, Industry and Competition on 9 Nov 2022

No trade agreements were signed at the recent South Africa-Saudi Arabia Joint Economic Commission (JEC) meeting held in Pretoria on 3-4 October 2022.

The JEC was convened inter alia in order to prepare the work for the planned State Visit to Saudi Arabia subsequently undertaken by President Ramaphosa on 15-16 October 2022, at which several economic cooperation agreements were signed. The JEC was therefore ...

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