Agro-processing Support Scheme (APSS) Incentive

Dear Stakeholders

APSS Application Window Period

The Agro-Processing Support Scheme's next designated application window for the receipt of applications will be from 03 April 2018 to 30 March 2019. You are requested to kindly submit accurate and completed applications with all relevant supporting documentation by e-mail to

Kindly send to your members

The Agro-Processing Support Scheme (APSS) aims to stimulate investment by the South African agro-processing / beneficiation (agri-business) enterprises. The investment should demonstrate that it will achieve some of the following:
Increased capacity, employment creation, modernised machinery and equipment, competitiveness and productivity improvement and broadening participation.


  • The scheme offers a 20% to a 30% cost-sharing grant to a maximum of R20 million over a two-year investment period, with a last claim to be submitted within six months after the final approved milestone.
  • the dti may consider an additional 10% grant for projects that meet all economic benefit criteria such as employment, transformation, geographic spread and local procurement.
  • The maximum approved grant may be utilised on a combination of investment costs provided the applicant illustrates a sound business case for the proposed investment activities.

Eligibility criteria
  • An applicant must submit a completed application form and business plan with detailed agro-processing/beneficiation activities, budget plans and projected income statement and balance sheet, for a period of at least three years for the project. The project/business must exhibit economic merit in terms of sustainability.
  • The application must be submitted within the designated application window period, prior to start of processing/beneficiation or undertaking activities being applied for. Any assets bought and taken into commercial use or competitiveness improvements costs incurred before applying for the incentive will be considered as non-qualifying.
  • For existing entities, submit latest financial statements, reviewed by an independent external auditor or accredited person, not older than 18 months.
  • The approved entity may not reduce its employment levels from the average employment levels for a 12-month period prior to the date of application, and these employment levels should be maintained for the duration of the incentive period/ agreement.
  • Minimum qualifying investment size, including competitiveness improvement cost, will be at least R1 million.

Ms Suzan Chiloane 012 394 1208
Ms Semakaleng Mangwedi 012 394 1073
Ms Rinny Mmakau 012 394 1618

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Ukuthutha Solutions

SAFI in partnership with the Furniture
Bargaining Council has embarked on
a project to update the National
Furniture Industry Database
 - with
the Western Cape Furniture
Bargaining Council piloting the project
which is soon to follow in the relevant

SAFI has received numerous
international and local enquiries
regarding access to markets in the
country, however due to the
incomplete and out-of-date
database, meeting these requests
and enquiries have proven to be
quite challenging often resulting in
a loss of business opportunity for
the industry - thus we urge
members of the industry and the
council to prioritise this project.

Apart from expanding the industry
market field, the National Furniture
Industry Database Update also aids
the Councils with the update their own
records, which further serves as
statistical data towards industry
research for the Department of Trade
and other industry entities.

The Western Cape Furniture
Bargaining Council piloting the project
through a sample form which was sent
out to the companies in its database
are still awaiting replies from numerous
company's in the region - The
National Furniture Industry Database
is a high priority project, and thus
again we urge all members to follow
up and participate.

For more information please contact
your regional Bargaining Council or
contact SAFI directly at or
The 2019/20 Call for industry to submit applications for financial assistance under the Technology and Human Resource for Industry Programme (THRIP)

This serves to inform you that the call for industry to submit applications for the Technology and Human Resources for Industry Programme (THRIP) will be open from 15 July 2018 to 31 August 2018 until 00:00 am. Applications that are received or submitted after the closing date and time will not be considered.

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