DTI: first stop for exporters

The main government body tasked with assisting exporters and marketing South African exports internationally is the Department of Trade and industry.

South Africa’s largest maize crop in history

The country's largest maize crop is expected later this year, says the Department of Agriculture. We look at the positive effects of this on...

Growing hazelnuts spells a sweet deal for South Africa’s export market

The Ferrero Group’s hazelnut operations in South Africa’s KwaZulu-Natal province are promising to create jobs and boost local exports, making the country a strong contender in the hazelnut market.

Canada to open Africa trade office in Joburg

Canadian trade finance agency Export Development Canada will open its first African office in Johannesburg in 2015, Canada's minister of international trade, Ed Fast, announced during his visit to South Africa on Monday.

Getting the export balance right

The way forward for South Africa is to boost competition and promote regional trade integration. These are critical for restarting the nation's idling export engine to bolster growth, which in turn will help to create jobs and cut poverty.

Strong showing in global competitiveness

South Africa ranks at a respectable 53rd in the World Economic Forum's Global Competitiveness Report. It is second among the Brics countries, and many aspects of its financial sector are the best in the world.

Slow but steady: South Africa’s economy on the upward path

International economists predict steady growth in the South African economy over the next year, one sign that the country is increasingly competitive globally – and is attracting substantial interest from Chinese investors.

Cape to Cairo trade agreement to open African borders

African trade efficiency is set for a major boost when three regional economic communities sign an agreement in June to establish an enlarged free trade area encompassing 26 countries – roughly half of the member states of the African Union, stretching from Cape to Cairo.

South African showroom opens in Atlanta

The Department of Trade and Industry has launched a permanent showroom for South African lifestyle products, crafts, clothing and textiles in Atlanta in the United States.

Record year for South African wine exports

The South African wine industry topped its previous export record by 26% in 2013, with a bumper local harvest helping local wine makers both to fill the gap created by a poor European harvest and to make inroads in new markets.