The dti extends an invitation to your firm and other exporters of multi-sectorial products to apply to participate in the Feira
International de Maputo
 exhibition 2017, scheduled to take place from 27 August - 03 September 2017 in Maputo,

If your company is competitive in the South African market, has been in business for at least two years and is export ready, it
stands to benefit from the dti's Export Marketing and Investment Assistance scheme.
The dti will offer the following financial support to qualifying firms:
  • Exhibition space and booth rental costs
  • Freight-forwarding of display materials
  • Air travel assistance up to R17,000.00(SMME's & BOE's)
  • Daily subsistence allowance of R3,000.00 per day(SMME's & BOE's)
This Trade Fair will focus on the following industries:
  • Agriculture Equipment and Machinery
  • Agro-Processing
  • Metals
  • Mining and Capital Equipment and allied services
  • Electro technical equipment
  • Automotive Components
  • Energy
  • Built Environment and
  • Chemicals (fertilizer and paints)

For more information visit OR

National Pavilion application forms and guidelines can be downloaded via the dti website:

For any enquiries pertaining to applications, sector and/or event please contact:

EMIA Application form enquiries:
Ms Batseba Morudi
Tel: 012 394-1195
Export Promotion enquiries:
Mr Frank Motloung
Tel : 012 394-3898



IDE (Ideas. Designed. Executed. ) Global would like to
extend their gratitude to the industry and for their support
with last year's 16th Edition Design Mission Africa which
took place in Sandton Convention Centre - Johannesburg
on the 17th and 18th of November 2016.

The South African Furniture Initiative embarked on a
partnership with Ideas Designed Executed (IDE) Global
to introduce the 16th Edition Design Mission African
Conference to the South African furniture industry, which
was the ultimate sales platform - focused on bringing bestin-
class buyers and sellers together in an exclusive and
captivating environment to do business.

During the two days, the buyers and suppliers had prescheduled
face to face meetings according to their choices.
This helped in closing a number of business deals during
the course of two days.

16th Edition Design Mission Africa was not only about the
face to face meetings. During the course of two days, there
were several panel discussions and key note presentations
consisting of imminent names from the African real estate
industry such as CEO of SACCI: Mr. Alan Mukoki who was
the chief guest speaker, followed by the likes of Nana
Kwame Bediako, President, Founder & CEO of Petronia
City and WondaWorld Estates and Joe Odhiambo, CEO of
Agr�ment South Africa

The event was a success with a record breaking 450
attendees including 150 buyer companies and 85
supplier companies from around 50 countries from all
over the world
 making it literally the biggest summit in the
African continent.
For more information on this event, please see IDE's Post Event Report, you can also view the Image Gallery or visit their
website for more information about IDE and what they do.

You can also view their event programme for 2017 below:
1 10th Edition Hotelier
Summit- South Africa
Johannesburg 20-21st April 2017
2 11th Edition Hotelier
Summit - Middle East
Doha, Qatar May 2017 (Dates to be
3 12th Edition Hotelier
Mumbai, India 31st May - 2 June
4 2nd Edition Mission Italia Milan, Italy June 2017 (dates to be
5 IDE Expo Summit - India Bengaluru, India 13th - 14th October
6 IDE Expo Summit - KSA Jeddah, KSA December 2017
7 13th Edition Hotelier
Summit - North Africa
Morocco October 2017
8 17th Edition Design
Mission Africa
Johannesburg/ Cape Town,
South Africa
November 2017


Design Competition

Congratulations to the winners and runner-ups of the 2016/2017
Furniture Design Competition

Two Interior Design students from Tshwane University of
Technology (TUT) in Pretoria were in the running to win this
year's Furniture Design Competition - Ms. Patience Rachidi
(23) and Ms. Domine Stapelberg (20) who are both third
year students at the TUT.

Rachidi, who was born in Ga-Sekhukhune in Limpopo,
says she was ecstatic and never thought one day she
would get an opportunity to be a finalist while being a
student. She says it has not always been easy being a
designer, but she always knew she had it in her to succeed
in her career path. "I always knew I was good at drawing
since I was still in primary school - at some point I even
tried to convince my mother to allow me to quit high school
and go straight to an art school," says Rachidi - she
believes the competition will grow her creative skills.

Stapelberg from Montana, Pretoria, says participating in a
design competition has always been one of her goals since
she knew her passion lied in creating spaces, designs and
innovation. She says it was awesome to finally reap the
rewards of being committed and hard working towards
being a better designer. Stapelberg adds that the
fascinating aspect of art and design is that every project is
different and requires one to have a different perspective
and an elevated level of creativity each time.

The Department of Trade and Industry hosted their
annual Furniture Design Competition in Durban on
the 20th March 2017.

The annual Furniture Design Competition is one of
the DTI's Industrial Policy Action Plan furniture
programmes aimed at responding to the design skills
shortage in the furniture industry.

The competition took place at the Durban Decorex
Exhibition , where participants had the opportunity to
showcase their designs and participate in the running
to win a one-year internship, design software training
or a graphic design tablets.

From Left: Ms. Patience Rachidi (Finalist); Sphiwe Masango
(Winner); Domine Stapelberg (Finalist)

The programme coordinator responsible for Interior
Designing at TUT's Department of Visual Communications:
Mr. Clifford Moleko says that the two finalists representing
the university possess great work ethic and potential, he
further extends that the university prioritises promoting a
culture of excellence amongst their students. He insists
that student exposure to various competitions such as the
Furniture Design Competition and other industry
programmes with regards to this discipline is important for
the growth of innovation and design standards.

"The DTI competition will bear good fruits for the
department in the future. It is very relevant to what we do
as part of our programme specifically with the focus on
furniture design. It speaks to some of the work that the
students could make in their future career paths," says

The Acting MEC for Economic Development, Tourism and
Environmental Affairs in KwaZulu-Natal, Mr Mxolisi Kaunda
present at the Prize giving ceremony and had a few words
of his own to share - Mr Mxolisi Kaunda says the Furniture
Design Competition should be an extension of
government's vision of creating a thriving furniture hub in
the country.

He continued to praise the design competition and further
went on to mention that the competition intervenes with
positive contributions to the development of the design
skills in the sector and that It will equally go a long way
towards addressing the chronic skill shortage in the
furniture industry.

MEC Mxolisi Kaunda addressing the Furniture Design
Competition held in Durban.

Speaking at the same event, Furntech Chief Executive
Officer, Mr Michael Reddy said he was happy with the
growth and quality of designs that the finalists have
produced and submitted - "As judges, we were looking for
innovation that is more practical and functional. The finalists
and winners produced their best work since the start of the
competition three years ago. We are now in discussions
with winners and some finalists to help them with
manufacturing capabilities of their designs," said Reddy.

He added that he would like to see more young designers
given an opportunity and platforms to display and express
their creative ideas and designs.
Playground Creatives, who designs and manufactures
affordable premium furniture that is mobile friendly and
multi-functional, took first price in the Established Category
- They said that the journey still continues and that this is a
big motivation for all of us to do even better and inspire
others who always wanted to make a breakthrough in the
industry� furthermore they looking forward to participating
in an international exhibition as part of their winning.

Masango from the Tshwane University of Technology
who won the Students Category could not control his
emotions when his name was announced. He won a oneyear
internship with one of the biggest Cape Town design
firms, design software training, as well as graphic design
tablet. Masango said he was proud of his achievement and
grateful to the dti for giving students the opportunity to
expose their creative minds.

The winners in respect to their categories are as

Name: Mpumelelo Mfula
Company: The Playground Creatives
Province: Gauteng

Name: Sphiwe Masango
Institution: Tshwane University of Technology
Province: Gauteng

Name: Maria Seruwe
Institution: Graft Creations
Province: North West

Issued by: The Department of Trade and Industry
Twitter: @the_dti

For more information or for queries please contact the
Departmental Spokesperson - Sidwell Medupe on:

Tel: (012) 394 1650
Mobile: 079 492 1774

Online Retail

Set out below is a brief synopsis of what EnterAfrica does.

We set up BOTH manufacturers and retailers on online platforms in South Africa; the rest of Africa; the UK ; Europe and the USA. We select existing platforms that are the most appropriate for a client's products.

For an agreed % of the selling price we:

Set up the sellers account;
Write proper searchable product descriptions for the products
Upload all the relevant info and images to the platform
Run the sellers account from start to finish
Provide training to staff in respect of delivering products to the fulfilment centre/s of the online shopping platform
Process all orders received by the platform from online shoppers;
Update the sellers inventory where applicable, especially with regard to stock
Provide monthly statements in respect of finances
Provide a monthly report which gives a snapshot of the client's online business and which includes, inter alia, recommendations to improve that business going forward;
Promote the client's products through our relationship which we have established with the various online platforms, including getting your products on various promotions such as "Daily Deals".

We charge a nominal listing fee to cover our expenses in setting the client up. This is negotiable and also works on an economies of scale so the more products the client lists the cheaper this fee gets. We do NOT charge a monthly management fee. So we need the client to sell for us to show a profit!

In SA we presently use Takealot; Loot; Spree; Superbalist;1 day only. Continually looking at other platforms. Rest of Africa....Jumia.