Support Scheme (APSS) Incentive
Application Window Period
Agro-Processing Support Scheme's next designated application window for the
receipt of applications will be from
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
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
Increased capacity, employment creation, modernised machinery and equipment,
competitiveness and productivity improvement and broadening participation.
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.
may consider an additional 10% grant for projects that meet all economic
benefit criteria such as employment, transformation, geographic spread
and local procurement.
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.
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.
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.
existing entities, submit latest financial statements, reviewed by an
independent external auditor or accredited person, not older than 18
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.
SAFI in partnership
with the Furniture
Bargaining Council has embarked on
a project to update the National
Furniture Industry Database -
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
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
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
Furniture Designation Workshops