DTI Shines Light on Local Content Procurement

Department of Trade and Industry

Local content procurement is under the spotlight.

The trade and industry minister, Rob Davies, revealed this during his department’s budget vote speech in parliament.

The minister acknowledged that the “implementation of local content has been uneven across all spheres of government.”

Reference was made to recent hearings conducted by the trade and industry committee during which “willful non-compliance with government policy” was made known.

“We are currently working with other departments including the SOC’s to determine where government departments, SOC’s and agencies purchase goods and services and also to determine the level of local content procurement versus imports.”

During 2018, a new R500m incentive focused on the metal and engineering value-chain will be announced.

As regards the Black Industrialists policy, the department has approved 102 Black Industrialists for financial support and 48 companies have received market access support.

A dialogue with all approved Black industrialists who have completed the first phase of their respective projects is in the pipeline to discuss further areas of collaboration.

Meanwhile, the deputy minister of trade and industry, Bulelani Magwanishe, announced that work on the Draft National Gambling Amendment Bill and two Gambling Regulations was close to completion.

The draft bill was published for comment at the end of 2016.

It is designed to, inter alia, delete any reference to the National Gambling Board in the National Gambling Act; provide for the repositioning of the board as a regulator; provide for the recognition of self-regulating body of the horseracing industry; provide for the electronic form of bingo; strengthen the regulation of casinos, limited pay-out machines and bingo; provide for the automatic forfeiture of unlawful winnings to the National Gambling Regulator; and provide for the restriction of gambling advertisements, unsolicited advertisements and promotions.

The draft bill will be tabled in parliament in 2018.

In a separate matter, the department recently briefed the committee on proposals to include in the Copyright Amendment Bill.

The bill was tabled in parliament in May 2017.

It seeks to amend the Copyright Act of 1978.

Some of the proposals include strengthening the copyright tribunal, include issues of the blind and visually impaired, ratification of treaties, retention of royalties and two phases to the bill.

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