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Development Finance

Export Credit Insurance Corporation of South Africa (ECIC)          5-6
Industrial Development Corporation (IDC)                            7-8
Khula Enterprise Finance                                            9-10
National Empowerment Fund (NEF)                                     11-12
South African Micro Apex Fund (SAMAF)                               13


National Credit Regulator (NCR)                                     16-17
National Gambling Board of South Africa (NGB)                       18-19
National Lotteries Board (NLB)                                      20-21
Competition Tribunal                                                22
Competition Commission                                              23-24

Specialist Services

South African National Accreditation System (SANAS)                  25-26
South African Bureau of Standards (SABS)                             27-28
The National Metrology Institute of South Africa (NMISA)             29-31
International Trade Administration Commission of South Africa (ITAC) 35
Small Enterprise Development Agency (SEDA)                           36-37


Technology of Women in Business (TWIB)                              38-39
South African Women Entrepreneurs Network (SAWEN)                   40-41

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                                                      Development Finance

The Export Credit Insurance
Corporation Ltd (ECIC)

Mission Statement

The Export Credit Insurance Corporation of South Africa

The Export Credit Insurance Corporation of South Africa (Pty) Ltd (ECIC) facilitates and en-
courages South African export trade by underwriting bank loans and investment outside the
country in order to enable foreign buyers to purchase capital goods and services from the
Republic. To achieve this, the ECIC evaluates export credit and foreign investment risks and
provides export credit and foreign investment insurance cover on behalf of government.


The Export Credit Insurance Corporation Ltd (ECIC) is an independent, limited liability
company with the Government of South Africa, through the dti, as the sole shareholder.

Strategic Goals

    Focusing on customers: providing high quality service to all clients including export-

    Enhancing performance: building a high-performance organisation, operating on
    an effective and self-sustaining basis through prudent underwriting and sound risk
    management practices.
    Engaging in strategic alliances: forging partnerships and alliances with other insur-
    ers, government agencies and international organisations to complement services
    and leverage resources.
    Fostering risk orientation: Create enterprise wide risk awareness and the applica-
    tion of effective risk management.
    The ECIC focuses on the underwriting of medium and long-term loans and equity
    investments for the export of capital goods and services from South Africa as well
    as shareholders and no loan. Short-term cover will be provided only on the National
    Interest Account. The ECIC also endeavours to strengthen the global competitive-

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Chairperson:              Mr T P Ditshego
CEO:                      Dr Patrick C Kohlo
Staff complement:         35
Enabling Act:             Export Credit and Foreign Investment Re
                          insurance 2001
Amendment Act:            (Act 9 of 2001)
Tel:                      + 27 (12) 394 3510
Fax:                      + 27 (12) 394 0319
E-mail:                   Ematthee@thedti.gov.za
Postal Adress:            P O Box 288177, Sunnyside, 0132
Website:                  www.icic.co.za

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Industrial Development
Corporation of South Africa
Limited (IDC)

Mission Statement

objectives are to contribute to the generation of balanced sustainable economic growth
in Southern Africa and to further the economic empowerment of the South African popu-
lation, thereby promoting the economic prosperity of all citizens.


Established in 1940, the Industrial Development Corporation of South Africa Limited

the IDC is state owned; it functions as a private enterprise, following normal company
policy and procedures in its operations, paying income tax at corporate rates and divi-
dends to its shareholder, while reporting on a fully consolidated basis.

Core Strategies

    Providing risk capital to the widest range of industrial projects.
    Identifying and supporting opportunities not yet addressed by the market.
    Establishing local and global involvement and partnerships in projects that are root-

    and the rest of Africa.

    diversity of South Africa’s society.


The IDC has three operational and client oriented divisions namely; Services sec-
tors, Industrial Sectors and the Project Division. The Services Sectors Division
looks at various ways of increasing its development impact on economic growth
and job creation, which is increasingly more evident in the service sectors. This di-
vision fulfils the IDC’s mandate of SME and BEE development as well as the IDC’s
obligation that are in line with the Government’s Integrated Manufacturing Strat-
egy (IMS), which identified new sectors of strategic importance that need support.

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the traditional business areas, to concentrate on the development of medium size enter-
prises, focus on labour intensive sectors such as agro-industries, entrepreneurial mining
surable impact on the regional economy by utilising its expertise in evaluating projects
ideas, participating in and co-funding of project prefeasibility and/or feasibility studies,

three divisions are organised into Strategic Business Units (SBUs) to ensure an industry-

customer bases.

Strategic Business Units deals with the following: dti transfers to the IDC

The contribution that the dti makes to the IDC goes to the Fund for Research into In-
dustrial Development, Growth and Equity, which is an initiative of the National Economic
Development and Labour Council (Nedlac), managed by the IDC. It also goes to the
Support programme for Industrial Innovation (SPII), a partnership between government
and the private sector, which promotes technology development in manufacturing In-
dustries in South Africa through support for innovation of competitive products and/or

CEO:                                           Geoff Qhena
Staff complement:                              498
Enabling Act:                                  Industrial Development Act, 1940 (Act 22
                                               of 1940)

    Public, Private Partnerships                      Health and Education
    Agency Development                                Risk Capital facility
    Media and Motion pictures                         Entrepreneurial Mining and Jewellery
    Service Related                                   Chemtex
    Tourism                                           Metal, transport and machinery
    Techno-Industries                                 Wood, paper and others

Tel:                                           086 069 3888
Fax:                                           +27 (11) 269-3116
E-mail:                                        callcentre@idc.co.za
Postal Adress:                                 P O Box 784055, Sandton, 2146
Website:                                       www.idc.co.za

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Khula Enterprise
Finance Limited

Mission Statement

Khula Enterprise Finance Limited’s (Khula) mission is to ensure improved availability of
loan and equity capital to Small, Medium and Micro Enterprises (SMMEs) by offering in a
sustainable manner Loans, Guarantees and Seed Funds to Retail Financial Intermediar-
ies (RFIs) in need of capital and capacity.


Khula is a limited liability company with the dti as a major shareholder.
Khula’s mandate is to facilitate loan and equity capital to small, medium and micro
enterprise through the medium of Retail Financial Intermediaries by offering a range of

divisions: Loans and Credit Guarantees. Khula Enterprise Finance Limited


meet Khula’s minimum qualifying criteria; which accord with generally accepted busi-
ness selection protocols. Products and services comprise Business Loans, Capitalisa-
tion Loans, Seed Loans, Institutional Capacity Building, and RFI Mentorship.

Other Services

    Private equity funds
    Khula Start programme for the micro-enterprise sector
    Thuso mentorship programme
    Land Reform Credit facility.

Credit Guarantee

Khula Credit Guarantee provides a range of guarantee products to registered commer-

SMME sector. The guarantee scheme is based on a risk-sharing arrangement, whereby
Khula assumes a portion of risk associated with lending in the SMME sector.

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Types of Credit Guarantee

     Technology Transfer Guarantee Fund
     Danida Business to Business Programme
     Rehabilitation Fund.

CEO:                                     Mr XG Sithole
Staff complement:                        70
Enabling Act:                            National Small Business Act, 1996.
                                         (Act 102 of 1996)
Tel:                                     +27 (12) 394-5900
E-mail:                                  helpline@khula.org.za
Postal Adress:                           P O Box 28423, SunnySide, 0132
Website:                                 www.khula.org.za

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The National
Fund Trust (NEF)

Mission Statement

The National Empowerment Fund Trust (NEF) will be a catalyst of Broad-Based Black
Economic Empowerment in South Africa. The NEF enables, develops, promotes and
implements innovative investment and transformation solutions to advance sustainable
black economic participation.


The NEF was established by the National Empowerment Fund Act No.105 of 1998, for
the purposes of promoting and facilitating economic equality and transformation. The
NEF operates under the umbrella of the Department of Trade and Industry (the dti).
The NEF’s objectives are:
    To redress the economic inequalities bequeathed by apartheid by providing his-
    torically disadvantaged persons (HDPs) with opportunities to acquire shares in both
    restructured state-owned assets and private business enterprises, and by encour-
    aging a culture of savings and investment among HDPs and to foster entrepreneur-
    To achieve its goals of sustainable empowerment and transformation by promoting
    and supporting business ventures pioneered and run by HDPs.
    To promote a better universal understanding of equity ownership. Each of its activi-
    ties is calculated to redress the inequalities of the past, and promote a competitive


The NEF’s business is based on Four Pillars of operation:
    Group and Entrepreneurial Schemes (Launched)
    Market Making (Launched)
    Corporate Transformation (Being developed)
    Advisory Services (Being developed)
    Marketing and Communications

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CEO:                      Philisiwe Buthelezi
Chairperson:              Ronie Ntuli
Staff Complement:         86
Enabling Act:             National Empowerment Fund Act No. 105
                          of 1998
Tel:                      +27 (11) 305 - 8000
Fax:                      +27 (11) 305 - 8001
E-mail:                   info@nefcorp.co.za
Postal Adress:            P O Box 31, Melrose Arch, Melrose North,
Website:                  www.nefcorp.co.za

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South African Micro Finance
Apex Fund (samaf)

Mission Statement



The South Africa Micro Finance Apex fund (samaf) is a wholesale funding institution
formally established in April 2006. Prior to its establishment the wholesale funding
concept was incubated at Khula Enterprise Finance Limited.

samaf as a trading entity is governed by the Public Finance Management Act (PFMA)
of 1999 and accounts to the executive authority of the dti.

and survivalists business for purpose of growing their income and asset base.

South Africa. The primary purpose is the reduction of poverty and unemployment; the

areas, informal settlement and peri-urban settlement of South Africa. The second goal

CEO:                                         Mr. S Mase
Staff Compliment:                            54
Enabling Act:                                PFMA and National Credit Act
Tel:                                         012 394 1722
Fax:                                         012 392 2722
Postal Adress:                               Private Bag x 26, Sunnyside 0132
Website:                                     www.samaf.org.za

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                                       Companies and Intellectual





To deliver the ultimate registration experience.

Cipro was established as a trading entity on 4 March 2002 in terms of the provisions of
the Public Finance Management Act (PFMA). Its formation brought together the South
                                                   the dti. The Cooperatives unit was
incorporated from the Department of Agriculture into CIPRO during 2005. The purpose

the registration of companies, close corporations and intellectual property rights.

CIPRO’s mandate is the registration of cooperatives, companies, close corporations
and intellectual property rights. i.e. patents, trademarks, copyrights and designs. Further
change will come from corporate law reform, which is currently underway.


To register businesses and intellectual property rights, maintain related registries and
develop information for disclosure to stakeholders.

Trust                                              Fairness
Honesty/Integrity                                  Loyalty
Empowerment                                        Transparency
Accuracy                                           Batho Pepe principles

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CEO:                Keith W Sendwe
Staff complement:   500
Contact Centre:     0861 843 384
Postal Adress:      P O Box 429, Pretoria, 0001, Docex 256
Website:            www.cipro.co.za
Wap:                www.cipro.co.za/mobile

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                                      The National Credit Regulator

The National Credit Regulator (NCR) was established as the regulator under the Na-
tional Credit Act 34 of 2005 (the Act) and is responsible for the regulation of the South
African credit industry. It is tasked with carrying out education, research, policy devel-
opment, registration of industry participants, investigation of complaints, and ensuring
enforcement of the Act.
The Act requires the Regulator to promote the development of an accessible credit mar-
ket, particularly to address the needs of historically disadvantaged persons, low income
persons, and remote, isolated or low density communities.
The NCR is also tasked with the registration of credit providers, credit bureaux and Debt
Counselors; and enforcement of compliance with the Act.

Mandate of NCR

The NCR has to:
    Register credit providers, credit bureaux and debt counselors, and monitor the con-
    duct of these parties;
    Educate and create awareness of the protection which the Act offers;
    Research the credit market and monitor access to credit and the cost of credit to
    identify factors that may undermine access to credit, competitiveness and consumer
    Advise government on policy and legislation;
    Receive and investigate complaints and ensure that consumer rights are protected, and
    Enforce the Act and take action against contravening institutions.

Core Division

Education and Communication:
This division is charged with the responsibility to educate both credit providers and con-
sumers about the Act, its role, the NCR and what it does. Further, the division empowers

Complaints and Enforcement:
Deals with complaints from consumers and the general public, advises consumers on
their rights and obligations with respect to credit agreements entered into and enforces
the rules of the National Credit Act.

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Investigations and Prosecutions:
This division is responsible for conducting inspections and investigations to assess com-
pliance with the Act and Regulations.

Registration and Compliance:
Deals with the registration of credit providers, credit bureaux and Debt Counselors and
that all stakeholders comply with the Act.

Credit Information:
This division is responsible for Credit Bureaux information and regulation as stipulated
in the Act. They are also tasked with the upkeep and maintenance of the National Credit
Register, as well as other databases that relate to credit bureaux.

Research and Statistics:
The main objective of the Research and Statistics division is to gather data and conduct

Chairperson:                                  Pansy Tlakula
                                              Gabriel Davel
Staff complement:                             70
Enabling Act:                                 National Credit Act No. 34 of 2005
Physical Address:                             127, 15th Road
Postal Address:                               P O Box 209
                                              Halfway House

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                                                National Gambling Board

Mission Statement

It is the mission of the National Gambling Board to ensure that the viability, sustainability
and integrity if the gambling industry in South Africa is attained and maintained.


     Advising the Council on the maximum number of any kind of licenses relating to
     casinos, racing, gambling and wagering that should be awarded in the Republic or
     in any particular province;
     Advice the council on matters of national policy relating to casinos, racing, gambling
     and wagering and on the determination of national norms and standards regarding
     any matter in terms of Act that should apply generally throughout the republic;
     Advice the council through the Minister, in respect of any matter referred to it by the
     Monitor market share and market conduct in the gambling industry and refer any
     concerns regarding market share or possible prohibited practices to the Competition
     Commission in terms of the Competition act, 1998(act No.89 of 19980; and Provide
     a broad-based public education programme about the risks and socio-economic
     impact on gambling;
     Liaising with any foreign international body having any objectives similar to the
     Facilitating the resolution of any disputes which may arise between the respective
     provinces regarding the regulation and control of gambling activities

In order to promote the culture of responsible gambling, a body comprising of regulators,
civil society as well as the Industry called South African Advisory Council of responsible
Gambling (SAACREG) has been created. One of the body’s objectives is to ensure that
there is a culture of responsible gambling in South Africa.

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Chairperson:        Mr Chris Fismer
CEO (Acting):       Mr Themba Marasha
Staff Complement:   28
Enabling Act:       National Gambling Act, 1996(Act 33 of
                    1996) repealed by National Gambling Act,
                    2004(Act No7 of 2004)
Tel:                012 394 3800
Fax:                012 394 4800
E-mail:             info@ngb.org.za
Website:            www.ngb.org.za

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                                                National Lotteries Board

Mission Statement

The role of the National Lotteries Board is to regulate the National Lottery and all other
lotteries in the country.


The Minister of Trade and Industry appointed the Board in October 1998. The Functions

     Advice the Minister on the issuing of the license to conduct the National Lottery
     Ensure that the interests of every participant in the National Lottery are adequately
     Ensure that the National Lottery and Sports Pools are conducted with due propriety.
     Ensure that the net proceeds of the National Lottery are as large as possible.
     Administer the National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund and hold it in trust.

The board initially had to evaluate the bids for the National Lottery and negotiate the
License to operate the lottery with the successful bidder. It then had to satisfy itself
that all the conditions prescribed in the License were met before the Lottery could be

Other activities of the board include:

     Monitoring the performance of the License holder, including monitoring the terminal
     rollout, fraud and copyright issues and the bidder’s responsibility and economic em-
     powerment programme.
     Monitoring the scratch card protection.
     Managing the National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund, which includes setting up,
     and providing administrative and management support to Distribution Agencies.
     Regulating society and other lotteries.
     Making recommendations on promotional competitions.

Distribution Agencies


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   Sport and Recreation;
   Arts Culture and National Heritage.
Funding Criteria (charities sector)

    The focus of the organization should be on assisting socially vulnerable groups, for
    example, elderly, children, youth, people living with HIV/AIDS.
    The organisation must be a registered charity organization and must be able to
    show a clear and urgent need of the lottery funding.
    The organization must be able to show that without such funding it will face the
    prospect of scaling down its operations or be forced to shut down.
    The organization or project for which the funds will be received must be sustain-

The amounts are determined by the Distributing Agency on the basis of the purpose for
which funds are requested. It takes into account the number of requests for funding and
the need to ensure an equitable distribution of funds amongst the total number of suc-
cessful applicants.

Chairperson:                                 Mr. Joe Foster
CEO:                                         Professor Vevek Ram
Staff complement:                            54
Enabling act:                                1997(Act 57 of 1997)
Tel:                                         +27(12) 394-3440 or 08600635383
Fax:                                         +27(12) 394-0452
E-mail:                                      info@nlb.org.za or seshan@nlb.org.za
Postal Address:                              P O Box 1556, Brooklyn Square, 0074
Website:                                     www.nlb.org.za

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                                                     Competition Tribunal


The Competition Tribunal adjudicates competition matters, in accordance with the Com-
petition Act and has jurisdiction throughout South Africa. The Tribunal is Independent
both of government and the other competition agency, the Competition Commission. Its
decisions are enforceable, but are subject to appeal or review to the Competition appeal


The tribunal main functions are to regulate mergers and to adjudicate prohibitive practice
cases. There are ten members of the Tribunal, appointed by the President. Members are
appointed on a full and part time basis depending on the demands of the Tribunal. Panel
compromising three of its members makes decisions of the tribunal.

When a matter is referred to it in terms of the Act, the Tribunal must impose a remedy.
In a merger case its remedies are to approve the merger with or without conditions or
to prohibit the merger. In a prohibited practice case the Tribunal may, if it that the Act
has been contravened, impose a wide range of remedies, including the imposition of an
administrative penalty and an order of divestiture.

The Competition Commission typically brings cases before the Tribunal, but in certain
circumstances private parties may engage the Tribunal directly.

Chairperson:                                  Mr. David Lewis
Staff Complement:                             13
Tel:                                          +27(12) 394 3300
Fax:                                          +27(12) 394 4300
E-mail:                                       ctsa@comptrib.co.za
Postal Address:                               Private Bag x24 Sunnyside 0132

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Competition Commission

Mission Statement

“Towards a free and fair economy for all”


The Commission is responsible for the investigation, control and evaluation of prohibited
practices, exemption applications, mergers and acquisitions.
The Competition Commission’s main aim is to investigate anticompetitive conduct. It
also assesses the impact of mergers and acquisitions on competition and takes ap-
propriate action; monitors competition levels and market transparency in the economy;

impediments. In taking these actions, the Commission must balance issues related to
competition with the broader social and economic goals outlined in the Act, such as

torically disadvantaged persons.
In order to ensure the consistent application of the Act across sectors, the Commission
may negotiate agreements with other regulatory authorities, participate in their proceed-
ings and advise, or receive advice from any regulatory authority.


    Provide consumers with competitive prices and product choices.
    Promote employment and advance social and economic welfare of South Africans.
    Expand opportunities for South African participation in world markets and recognize
    the role of foreign competition in the Republic.
    Ensure that small- and medium-sized enterprises have an equitable opportunity to
    participate in the economy.
    Promote the greater spread of ownership, in particular to increase the ownership
    stakes of historically disadvantaged persons.
The Competition Commission is independent but its decisions may be appealed to the
Competition Tribunal and the Competition Appeal Court.

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     Mergers and Acquisitions
     Enforcement and Exemption
     Policy and Research
     Legal Services
     Corporate Services

Commissioner:                    Mr. Shan Ramburuth
Staff complement:                100
Enabling Act:                    Competition Act, 1998 (Act 89 of 1998)
Tel:                             +27 (12) 394 3200
Fax:                             +27 (12) 394 4200
E-mail:                          ccsa@compcom.co.za
Postal Adress:                   Private Bag X23, Lynnwood Ridge, 0040
Website:                         www.compcom.co.za

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                                                        SPECIAL SERVICES

South African National
Accreditation System

Services/ products

SANAS is the only national body responsible for carrying out accreditations in respect of
conformity assessment which includes accreditation of:
    d) Any other type of body that may be added to sanas’s scope of activity.

SANAS is also recognised as the national body to monitor GLP compliance with the
principles adopted by the OECD for GLP facilities.


The objects of SANAS are to:
    a) accredit or monitor for GLP compliance purposes, organisations falling within
        its scope of activity;
    b) promote accreditation as a means of facilitating international trade and enhance
        South Africa’s economic performance and transition;
    c) promote the competence and equivalence of accredited bodies nationally, re-
        gionally and internationally; and
    d) promote the competence and equivalence of GLP compliant facilities, nation-
        ally ,regionally and internationally.

Activities of SANAS:

    To facilitate the acceptance internationally of the South African technical infrastruc-
    ture by providing an internationally recognised and effective accreditation and moni-

    To adopt, adapt and develop new programmes of accreditation for the needs of
    South Africa.
    To be accepted as the Government endorsed accreditation system for South African
    Regulatory authorities, and to assist them in evaluating Technical Competence re-
    quired in the Regulatory domain.

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     dards to ensure that the needs of South and Southern Africa are addressed in a
     manner that allows competition in an equitable manner.
     To vigorously participate in the activities of international bodies representing the in-
     terests of accreditation, particularly the International Accreditation Forum (IAF) and
     International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation (ILAC). To maintain observer
     status with other regional bodies including the European Accreditation Cooperation

Chairperson:                                    Dr Laurraine Lotter
CEO:                                            Mr Michael Peet
Staff complement:                               41
Enabling Act:                                   Accreditation for Conformity Assessment,
                                                Calibration and Good Laboratory Practice
                                                Act, (Act 19 of 2006)
Tel:                                            +27 (12) 394 3760
Fax:                                            +27 (12) 394 0526
Postal Address:                                 Private Bag X23
                                                Sunnyside, Pretoria
Physical Address:                               the dti Campus
                                                77 Meintjies Str
                                                Building G, Ground Floor
                                                Sunnyside, Pretoria
Website:                                        www.sanas.co.za

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South African Bureau of


To offer value-added standardization services on an ethical and principled basis that
uplift the African standard and empower South African industry to compete vigorously
towards increased market access. In so doing SABS contributes to the economic
growth of South Africa and Africa as a whole within a framework that protects consum-
ers and the environment by promoting uncompromised quality of products and ser-
The SABS objectives retain a focus on achieving a balance between commercial,
social and shareholder (i.e. government) imperatives:
      Promotion of sustainable growth;
      Improvement in market access and exports, as facilitators and enablers of trade and
      Support for national and regional imperatives (BEE, SADC, NEPAD);
      Effective public sector interfacing;
      Improved market relevance and recognition.
SABS is a statutory body that was established in terms of the Standards Act, 1945 (Act
No. 24 of 1945) and continues to operate in terms of the latest edition of the Standards
Act, 1993 (Act No. 29 of 1993) as the national institution for the promotion and mainte-
nance of standardization and quality in connection with commodities and the rendering
of services.
      SABS publishes national standards which it prepares through a consensus process
      in technical committees, provides information on national standards of all countries
      as well as international standards.

     standards, monitors and enforces compliance with such technical regulations.
     SABS monitors and enforces legal metrology legislation.
     SABS promotes design excellence.
     SABS provides training on aspects of standardization.
With a view to maximising its service delivery to the industries it serves, SABS recently
aligned its activities with seven different industry sectors, each housing the whole
range of SABS services pertinent to a particular industry. This change ensures easy
access to products, faster reaction and turn-around times, and the creation of centres
of knowledge excellence that will be easily available to clients.

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The seven industry sectors are:
    Electro technical
    Food and Health
    Mechanical and Materials
    Mining and Minerals

Chairperson:                      Mr Bahle Sibisi
CEO:                              Mr M Kuscus
Staff complement:                 1440
Enabling Act:                     Standards Act, 1993 (Act 29 of 1993)
Tel:                              +27 (12) 428-7911
Fax:                              +27 (12) 344-1568
E-mail:                           Info@sabs.co.za
Postal Adress:                    Private Bag X191, Pretoria, 0001
Website:                          www.sabs.co.za

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The National Metrology
Institute of South Africa

The National Metrology Institute of South Africa (NMISA) supports South Africa’s global
surement standards and measurements. The NMISA was established on 1 May 2007 from

Research (CSIR NML), according to the Measurement Units and Measurement Standards
Act, Act No. 18 of 2006. The Act assigns the responsibility to apply and maintain the inter-
national system of units (SI) in South Africa and to keep, maintain, develop and dissemi-
nate the national measurement standards. The NMISA delivers on its mandate through 22
technical laboratories and an international and regional metrology area.

The NMISA is the cornerstone of the measurement system in South Africa and is of great
importance to the success of industry and the health of its citizens. This importance is
highlighted in the words ‘While industry and exports are a major benefactor, the worth of
the NMISA affects the life of every person in South Africa, in every aspect of their exis-
tence, from the simple setting of their watches to the signals of the SABC, the purchase
of goods by weight in the supermarket and the maintenance of their health through the
measurement of vital signs including blood pressure, pulse rate and body temperature.
Without metrology and the work of the NMISA and its international peers, civilisation as
we know it could not exist.’ Alec Erwin, Minister of Trade and Industry, Foreword to the

    The NMISA provides services through the following metrology Areas:
    Metrology in Chemistry
    Electromagnetic Metrology
    Mechanical Metrology
    International and Metre Convention Affairs;
    Regional Metrology (SADC and Africa).

Offerings include:

    The implementation and maintenance of the SI and units approved for use in South
    Africa through Act No. 18 of 2006;
    Maintenance and development of national measurement standards;
    The Dissemination of Measurement traceability through calibration, measurement
    and analytical services;

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     Measurement related consultancy;
     Technical assistance to national metrology institutes in Africa;
     Metrology education and training.

Strategic Context:

South Africa’s vibrant developing economy increasingly demands comparable, reliable
and equivalent measurement standards and methods to safeguard global trade. To this
effect, NMISA has to be innovative not only in meeting national requirements and ex-
pectations, but also in staying abreast of developments in measurement technology to
effectively ensure traceability for all measurements in SA to the SI or internationally
agreed references and standards. In short, global trade needs global traceability. The
NMISA plays a pivotal role in underpinning South Africa’s industrial competitiveness by
providing this vital element of the technical infrastructure thereby contributing to the dti’s
objectives, i.e. the promotion of joint goals of vigorous development of local industry and
full participation in international trade.

The NMISA’s role in proving traceable measurement standards is equally important
within the context of the integrated Southern Africa regional economy, which has re-
sulted from the activities of the Southern African Development Community Co-operation
in Measurement Traceability (SADCMET), and more recently, in the establishment of the
intra-Africa Metrology System (AFRIMETS).

The Stakeholders of the NMISA includes most government departments, other national
metrology laboratories, SANAS and SABS, science councils, accredited laboratories in
all economic sectors, large industry, mining companies, manufacturers and universities.
Other stakeholders:

International and Regional:

BIPM - International Bureau of Weights and Measures
SADCMET - SADC Co-operation in Measurement Traceability
AFRIMETS - intra-Africa Metrology System
SRCME - SADC Resource Centre for Metrology Education

EURAMET - European Association of National Metrology Institutes
SIM - Inter-American Metrology System
COOMET - Euro-Asian Cooperation of National Metrology Institutes


the dti - Department of Trade and Industry
SABS - South African Bureau of Standards

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SANAS - South African National Accreditation System
TUT - Tshwane University of Technology
University of Pretoria
University of Stellenbosch
University of Cape Town
University of Johannesburg
Witwatersrand University
University of Zululand
University of Limpopo
Nelson Mandela University
CMeTSA - Centre for Skills Coordination, Calibration, Measurement and Testing SA
MIG - Metrology Instrumentation Group
NLA - National Laboratory Association
SAIMC - South African Institute of Measurement and Control
SANCI - South African National Committee of Illumination

Contact Person:                            Dr Wynand Louw
Tel:                                       012 841 4227
Fax:                                       012 841 3382
Mobile:                                    082 807 7443
E-mail:                                    wlouw@nmisa.org
Postal Adress:                             NMISA
                                           Private Bag X 34
                                           Lynnwood Ridge
                                           Pretoria, South Africa
Website:                                   www.nmisa.org

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                                             Industrial Research (CSIR)


1988, as amended by Act 71 of 1990), section 3: Objects of the CSIR:
“The objects of the CSIR are, through directed and particularly multi-disciplinary re-

itself or in co-operation with principals from the private or public sectors, and thereby to
contribute to the improvement of the quality of life of the people of the Republic, and to
perform any other functions that may be assigned to the CSIR by or under this Act.”


and technology research, development and implementation organisations in Africa. The

The CSIR undertakes directed and multidisciplinary research, technological innovation
try’s people. The CSIR is committed to supporting innovation in South Africa to improve
national competitiveness in the global economy. Science and Technology (S&T) services
and solutions are provided in support of various stakeholders, and opportunities are

The CSIR receives an annual grant from Parliament, through the Department of Sci-
ence and Technology (DST), which accounts for close to 40% of its total income. The
remainder is generated from research contracts with government departments at na-
tional, provincial and municipal levels, the private sector and research funding agencies
in South Africa and abroad. Additional income is derived from royalties, licenses and
dividends from an intellectual property (IP) portfolio and commercial companies created
by the CSIR.
The parliamentary grant is focused on the knowledge base and facilities in the CSIR
to ensure these stay at the leading edge of technological development. It is invested in

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developing new areas of expertise, undertaking “pre-competitive” research too risky for
the private sector to fund and for training young researchers.

The CSIR’s shareholder is the South African Parliament, held in proxy by the Minister of
Science and Technology.

Core focus on science

The CSIR transfers the knowledge generated through research activities by means of
technology and skilled people. The generation and application of knowledge reside at
the core of the CSIR. This takes place in domains such as biosciences; the built environ-
ment; defence, peace, safety and security; materials science and manufacturing; and
natural resources and the environment.

Emerging research areas (ERAs)

These are new areas of science, which the CSIR explores, that could be unique to local
circumstances or be successful internationally and need to be established for local com-
petitiveness. Examples of ERAs include non-technology, synthetic biology, and mobile
autonomous intelligent systems.

National research centers

The CSIR houses specialist facilities of strategic importance for African science. These
include information and communications technologies; laser technology; and space-
related technology.

R&D outcomes

The R&D Outcomes portfolio includes IP management, technology transfer (for commer-
cial gain as well as for social good), knowledge dissemination and impact assessment.

Knowledge services

The CSIR Knowledge Services group manages specialised and differentiated services.
This is done on a routine basis to address the needs of clients.

Chairperson:                                  Ms Nobusi Shikwane
President and CEO:                            Dr Sibusiso Sibisi
Staff complement:                             Approximately 2 300
Enabling Act:
                                              1988, as amended by
                                              Act 71 of 1990)

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Tel:                       + 27 12 841 2911
Technical enquiries tel:   + 27 12 841 2000
Fax:                       +27 12 349 1153
Email:                     callcentre@csir.co.za
Physical address:          Meiring Naudé Road, Brummeria,
                           Pretoria, South Africa
Postal address:            P O Box 395, Pretoria 0001 South Africa
E-mail:                    www.csir.co.za

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International Trade Admin-
istration Commission of
South Africa (ITAC)

ITAC’s strategic thrust marks a new era of creating an enabling environment for fair trade
in the Southern African Customs Union (SACU) and is aligned with the overall objectives
of South Africa’s Department of Trade and Industry (the dti) to construct a platform that
contributes to economic growth, employment and equity.

Three specialist units support the Commission with invaluable contribution to the overall
objectives of the dti:
    Customs Tariff Investigations
    Trade Remedies; and
    Import and Export Control.

Chairperson:                                  M.P McDonald
Chief Commissioner:                           I Masege
Staff complement:                             130
Enabling Act:                                 International Trade Administration
                                              (ITA), Act 71 of 2002
Tel:                                          0861 843 384
Fax:                                          0861 843 888
Postal Adress:                                Private Bag X753, Pretoria, 0001
Website:                                      www.itac.org.za

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The Small Enterprise
Development Agency


To be a centre of excellence for small enterprise promotion.


The Small Enterprise Development Agency (seda) was established in December 2004,
through the enactment of the National Small Business Act of 1996, as amended. It in-
corporates the Ntsika Enterprise Promotion Agency (Ntsika), the National Manufacturing
Advice Centre Trust (NAMAC), the Community Public Private Partnership Programme
(CPPP) and the Small Enterprise Human Development Programme.

The seda mandate

seda’s mandate is to design and implement a standard and common national delivery
network that must uniformly apply throughout South Africa in respect of small enterprise
development, integrating all government funded small enterprise agencies across all
tiers of government.
“The mandate includes the support and promotion of Cooperative enterprises to reach a
greater variety of enterprises, particularly those located in rural areas. This support of al-
ternative forms of enterprises will be an important way to facilitate the integration of sec-
                                        Minister Mandisi Mpahlwa December 15, 2004.

The target market

seda’s efforts are aimed at its primary stakeholder, small enterprises in South Africa and
improving the viability and socio economic contribution of this sector. The main focus is
on developing products and services to assist small, micro and co-operative enterprises,
while continuing to provide the existing services products and services to medium en-

Establishing a national footprint

One of seda’s key initiatives is to establish a national footprint, covering every province,
district and local municipality in the country.

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The roll-out process involves:
    A common brand across the country;
    Common service delivery standards across service points;
    A minimum set of products and services;
    A common database for clients;
    Adherence to corporate governance in line with the Public Finance Management
    Act, the National Small Business Act and any required governance principles;
    Linkages with business associations;
    Appointing local people at its branches;
    Intensive consultations with the relevant provincial and local authorities.

Products and services

seda’s envisaged delivery network consists of the national seda                            -
es, seda branches at district level and enterprise information centres at local municipality
level. The main service delivery point will be the seda branches, where entrepreneurs
will receive assistance with:
      Information, advice and referrals
      Tender information and advice
      Import and export training
      Trade information
      Company audits and assessments
      Technical support
      Business coaching and mentoring
      Market access and business linkages
      Co-operative enterprise development

A limited range of products and services will be available at the enterprise information
centers, including:
     Advice and counseling
     Tender advice and information
     Basic business planning

Call Centre:                                   0860 10703
Tel:                                           012 441 100
Fax:                                           012 4412018
Postal Adress:                                 P O Box 56714
                                               Arcadia, 0007
Website:                                       www.seda.org.za

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Technology for Women in
Business (TWIB)


Technology for Women in Business (TWIB) is an initiative aimed at enhancing the ac-
cessibility of science and technology to women in business and in particular in small,
medium and macro enterprises (SMMEs). It is a national programme under the auspices
of the Department of Trade and Industry.

The objectives of TWIB are:

     Facilitating focused action by women entrepreneurs at all levels;
     Creating successful role models;
     Unlocking solutions to progressive approaches to doing business in a global economy;
     Exploiting partnerships with government, corporate and woman focused organisations;
     Technology for Women in Business;
     The CSIR acts as an agent for the dti in implementing the TWIB programme.

Activities of TWIB include amongst others:

     sectors, these being:
         Information and Communications Technology;
         Textile, Clothing and Crafts;
         Agriculture, Food and Agro-Processing;
         Construction and Infrastructure;
         Mining and energy.
2.                                                                                          -

3.   Facilitation of linkages between women in business and technology service providers.
     of the TWIB programme.
5.   Recognition and celebration of the success of women in the various business sectors.
7.   Establishment and maintenance of a database, which contains relevant information
     on TWIB activities.

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8.    Establishment and maintenance of a TWIB website.
9.    Exposing South African women to international trends in science and technology.
10.   Demonstration and diffusion of technology.
11.   Incubation of start up businesses.

Acting CEO:                                  Ms Mmabatho Matiwane
Staff complement:                            2
Tel:                                         011 339 5214
Fax:                                         011 339 3182
Physical Adress:                             UCS Building
                                             25th Floor
                                             209 Smith Street

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South African Women
Entrepreneurs’ Network

The establishment of South African Women Entrepreneurs Network (SAWEN) is a reac-
tion to the fact that women entrepreneurs in South Africa continuously face a wide array
of obstacles in starting, growing and sustaining their own enterprises. This dti initiative is
a networking forum for individuals and organisations that are committed to the promotion
and advancement of women entrepreneurs.


SAWEN will represent and articulate the aspirations of all women entrepreneurs (exist-
ing and potential) that operate within the South African SMME sector.


SAWEN is a South African national network that facilitates and monitors the socioeco-
nomic advancement of women entrepreneurs and their positive impact on the country’s

Business Values

SAWEN subscribes to the following values:
   Gender equity
   Social conscience


     To provide a national vehicle that brings women together and addresses the chal-
     lenges faced by them;
     To lobby government, public and private institutions on such issues. However, this is
     not limited to policy, legislation and/or proposed legislation affecting either directly or
     indirectly the trade and commerce activities of women entrepreneurs;
     To align SAWEN with other bodies or organisations with similar business at both a
     national and international level, and to leverage the relationships arising out of these

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    To facilitate access to business resources, information and opportunities for South
    African women entrepreneurs in a way that promotes their effective participation in
    the global economy;

    private sectors.

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    Gathering and updating the database of women’s enterprises and services ren-
    dered by these.
    Organising networking forums with regional and international business organisa-
    tions and partners.
    Facilitating access to pertinent business information.
    Facilitating capacity building and training.
    Lobbying and advocating enabling and supportive policies and legislation.


The primary clients of SAWEN are any female South African citizens owning or manag-
ing an enterprise, thus contributing towards growing the South African economy. And
secondary, anyone who aspires to start her own business.

How to become a member of SAWEN

Interested parties can become a primary member of SAWEN by completing a member-
ship registration form accompanied by an annual fee of R250. A membership card will be

Acting CEO:                                 Ms Mmabatho Matiwane
Tel:                                        012 394-1606
Fax:                                        012 394-2606
E-mail:                                     sawen@thedti.gov.za
Website:                                    www.thedti.gov.za

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The Department of Trade and Industry,
77 Meintjies Street, Pretoria, Sunnyside, 2001

the dti Customer Contact Centre, 0861 843 384

International Callers
+27 12 394 9500


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