Rob Davies

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Rob Davies said ( about British ) : “We’re making very good progress to achieve our ambition to become a highly competitive region when the British and Irish League commences” External link

gloucestercitizen Monday, December 2, 2019 6:15:00 PM EAT

Rob Davies said ( about British ) : "With the help of the PRB and others we are making very good progress into achieving our ambition to be a highly competitive region when the British & Irish League commences," "All the TV deals are due to expire in two years time: 2022 season. "What will happen is that the CVC who already have an interest in the English league are attempting to secure the rights to the Six Nations. That discussion is well advanced. "As you might imagine when you are dealing with the English, French, Irish and Scots, and then add in the Italians and the French, it's not going to be easy to get consensus. "But those negotiations are proceeding quite well. The timescale for that is probably the middle to the end of the autumn internationals next year" External link

bbc Saturday, November 30, 2019 2:01:00 PM EAT

Rob Davies said ( about Allen Clarke ) : "It became a matter of personal conduct. When it’s a matter of personal conduct, it’s very difficult to comment because of the legal ramifications. “You cannot go off piste and that’s what happened at the start of this week. “I’ve been around a long time, it’s pretty unusual but it’s impossible to say anything other than it being a matter of personal conduct. “Today, he is still legally an employee but he’s not in charge of rugby matters”. Reports of Clarke's departure surfaced on Tuesday and it's been a turbulent few days since then, with the region remaining silent on the matter for more than 24 hours as fans demanded answers. A brief statement finally came on Wednesday, in which they said they were in discussions with the Irishman and hoped to have matters resolved " External link

southwales-eveningpost Friday, November 29, 2019 6:43:00 PM EAT

Rob Davies said : "This property, which is owned by the council, is very dated and needs extensive modernisation and refurbishment. Rubbish has been strewn in the overgrown garden behind the abandoned property. " External link

kentonline Friday, November 29, 2019 12:41:00 PM EAT

Rob Davies said : "This property, which is owned by the council, is very dated and needs extensive modernisation and refurbishment. Rubbish has been strewn in the overgrown garden behind the abandoned property. " External link

kentonline Friday, November 29, 2019 10:06:00 AM EAT

Rob Davies added : "Just leave it alone. It's meant to be a national surfing reserve, and you'd like to think the landscape and surrounding area will remain unchanged" External link

illawarramercury Tuesday, October 22, 2019 10:11:00 AM EAT

Rob Davies said : "The scenes in the Guildhall last night as the planning committee met to discuss the extension to the Wincheap park and ride were totally unacceptable. " External link

kentonline Wednesday, October 16, 2019 4:34:00 PM EAT

Rob Davies said : "Amongst others, the rationale for the R100m was that it will ensure that all transactions by mainly large entities (those with annual revenue greater than R50m) in terms of the codes (of good practice) are covered," External link

businessday Wednesday, August 21, 2019 7:22:00 AM EAT

Rob Davies said : "The Musina-Makhado SEZ is strategically located close to the main land-based trade route between SA and the … African continent. This new development will certainly improve rail and road transport links between SA and the rest of the continent," External link

businessday Monday, July 29, 2019 9:35:00 AM EAT

Rob Davies said : "There are 31 projects in progress and [they] will be completed once funds have been received from the National Treasury," External link

businessday Wednesday, July 17, 2019 5:33:00 AM EAT

Rob Davies said : “For many of us in the developing world we believe that there has been an insufficient delivery on development,” External link

businessday Monday, June 3, 2019 12:04:00 PM EAT

Rob Davies said : “The protagonists on the other side of the debate would narrow the space for development which would have very serious consequences for our constituencies,” “We are not about to surrender our right to special and differential treatment” External link

businessday Monday, June 3, 2019 12:04:00 PM EAT

Rob Davies said : “Our view is that the reform of the WTO should fundamentally be about reform for development and inclusivity,” External link

africanbrains Tuesday, May 28, 2019 4:35:00 PM EAT

Rob Davies said : “A total of 32 Foreign Direct Investment projects were recorded during this period, with an average investment of R495.03 billion per project, which created a total of 4 209 jobs,” External link

africanbrains Tuesday, May 28, 2019 4:35:00 PM EAT

Rob Davies said : "We don’t discriminate on these issues. Everybody who is invested in the South African economy is granted national treatment," "Decisions that we will take about the use of technologies of one company or another will be based on assessment of the technology and the inherent value of the proposition" External link

iol Friday, May 24, 2019 5:08:00 PM EAT

Rob Davies said : “We don’t discriminate on these issues. Everybody who is invested in the South African economy is granted national treatment,” External link

citizen Friday, May 24, 2019 1:50:00 PM EAT

Rob Davies affirme : “Suite à la profonde expérience de réindustrialisation des Etats-Unis d’Amérique consécutive à la découverte d’importantes réserves de gaz, et à la trajectoire de mise en valeur du gaz naturel liquéfié (GNL) par le Qatar, le potentiel de réalisation d’une valeur côtière à long terme significative en Afrique du Sud et dans sa région est considérable. Que l’Afrique du Sud découvre, ou non, ses propres ressources en gaz naturel commercialement viables, le pays jouera un rôle prépondérant dans l’accélération de la demande terrestre et le développement des ressources régionales,” External link

guineemining Friday, May 24, 2019 12:35:00 AM EAT

Rob Davies affirme : “Suite à la profonde expérience de réindustrialisation des Etats-Unis d’Amérique consécutive à la découverte d’importantes réserves de gaz, et à la trajectoire de mise en valeur du gaz naturel liquéfié (GNL) par le Qatar, le potentiel de réalisation d’une valeur côtière à long terme significative en Afrique du Sud et dans sa région est considérable. Que l’Afrique du Sud découvre, ou non, ses propres ressources en gaz naturel commercialement viables, le pays jouera un rôle prépondérant dans l’accélération de la demande terrestre et le développement des ressources régionales,” External link

al-wihda Thursday, May 23, 2019 1:47:00 PM EAT

Rob Davies affirme : “Suite à la profonde expérience de réindustrialisation des Etats-Unis d’Amérique consécutive à la découverte d’importantes réserves de gaz, et à la trajectoire de mise en valeur du gaz naturel liquéfié (GNL) par le Qatar, le potentiel de réalisation d’une valeur côtière à long terme significative en Afrique du Sud et dans sa région est considérable. Que l’Afrique du Sud découvre, ou non, ses propres ressources en gaz naturel commercialement viables, le pays jouera un rôle prépondérant dans l’accélération de la demande terrestre et le développement des ressources régionales,” External link

AfricaNews-French Thursday, May 23, 2019 1:06:00 PM EAT

Rob Davies says : “Following the profound experience of reindustrialisation of the United States of America on the back of major gas finds, and the Qatari LNG development trajectory, the potential for the realisation of significant long-term onshore value in South Africa and the region is substantial. Whether or not South Africa discovers its own commercially viable natural gas resources, it will play a major role in driving onshore demand and the development of the regional resources,” External link

AfricaNews-English Thursday, May 23, 2019 12:40:00 PM EAT

Rob Davies said : “Our view is that the reform of the WTO should fundamentally be about reform for development and inclusivity,” External link

sanews Thursday, May 23, 2019 11:31:00 AM EAT

Rob Davies said : “A total of 32 Foreign Direct Investment projects were recorded during this period, with an average investment of R495.03 billion per project, which created a total of 4 209 jobs,” External link

sanews Thursday, May 23, 2019 11:31:00 AM EAT

Rob Davies said : “More significantly, Uganda enjoys a unique location at the heart of Sub-Saharan Africa, which makes it accessible to the Central and East African markets, including the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA). This makes the country a viable market for business because it has the potential to be a transportation, logistics and transit hub for regional trade and investment,” External link

sanews Friday, May 17, 2019 10:45:00 AM EAT

Rob Davies said : “The mission is aligned to our mandate of increasing intra-African trade and investment in line with the objectives of the Continental Free Trade Agreement,” External link

sanews Friday, May 17, 2019 10:45:00 AM EAT

Rob Davies said : “Even if Europe manages to solve the big issues, we are clear that relations are going to increase among ourselves,” External link

thenewage Thursday, May 16, 2019 10:38:00 PM EAT

Rob Davies said : “We must therefore approach the entirety of all discussions and proposals around the reform of the WTO from a perspective of reform for development and inclusivity,” External link

sanews Thursday, May 16, 2019 1:41:00 PM EAT

Rob Davies said : “The 20% will facilitate an increase in the ownership patterns by black chartered accountants and thereby accelerate transformation in entities that dominate the sector. The target for learnerships, apprenticeships and internships under the skills development element as a percentage of total employees is 18% of total employees compared to 2.5% of total employees in the generic scorecard,” External link

sanews Wednesday, May 15, 2019 10:32:00 AM EAT

Rob Davies said : “We need to shape a multilateral trade environment that is conducive and supportive of industrialisation, and supports structural transformation and economic diversification. This includes recognising the necessity of policy space for developing countries, especially African countries to pursue our development objectives and promote regional integration,” External link

sanews Monday, May 13, 2019 2:14:00 PM EAT

Rob Davies said : “We have spent about R111 million on the rehabilitation of industrial parks and I think there’s definitely been an improvement in the investment environment in the ones where we have already rolled out phase one,” External link

sanews Friday, April 26, 2019 5:43:00 PM EAT

Rob Davies said : “Properly functioning industrial parks should create job opportunities as well as more opportunities for small and large companies. [This is] part of the overall approach by government to support more productive activity in our country,” External link

sanews Friday, April 26, 2019 5:43:00 PM EAT

Rob Davies said : “We are on the cusp of a very big change for Africa and the ratification of the Africa Continental Free Trade Agreement, which was adopted by 22 members in Gambia on 22 April 2019, will open up the market for products manufactured from these countries. I hope also that this ratification will enable an expansion of South Africa’s exports into Africa as well and commit to work with initiatives of this nature,” External link

sanews Wednesday, April 24, 2019 1:32:00 PM EAT

Rob Davies said : "As we have shown with our clothing and textiles programme, judicious use of incentives and other industrial policy tools can stabilise sectors in distress and position these for growth," External link

businessday Tuesday, April 16, 2019 8:01:00 AM EAT

Rob Davies said : "In consultation with shareholder departments, we will set targets for state-owned companies for procurement of locally manufactured goods from black industrialists. In addition, we will expand designations in value chains where black industrialists participate," "We will use the equity equivalent programmes more strategically to support industrialists with technical assistance and market access" External link

businessday Tuesday, April 16, 2019 8:01:00 AM EAT

Rob Davies said : “Ekandustria Industrial Park is strategically located in Eastern Gauteng in close geographic proximity to the Maputo Corridor. The Maputo Corridor links the park with the markets in Mpumalanga via Witbank and Middleburg in the Eastern side and North West till Botswana via the City of Tshwane in the Western side,” External link

citizen Friday, April 12, 2019 7:05:00 PM EAT

Rob Davies said : “Ekandustria Industrial Park is strategically located in Eastern Gauteng, in close geographic proximity to the Maputo Corridor. The Maputo Corridor links the park with the markets in Mpumalanga via Witbank and Middleburg in the Eastern side and North West until Botswana via the City of Tshwane in the Western side,” External link

sanews Friday, April 12, 2019 1:51:00 PM EAT

Rob Davies said : “This tells us that the journey of innovation, which is the most difficult part, is turning of inventions into commercial products and in this regard, in South Africa, we have had many more failures than successes. This is the issue we need to confront,” External link

citizen Wednesday, April 10, 2019 5:34:00 PM EAT

Rob Davies said : “One of the policy instruments that government is introducing to address the above is a substantive search and examination system of patents. The substantive search and examination system will be implemented on a needs basis because there are too many cases of evergreening of patents,” External link

sanews Wednesday, April 10, 2019 12:55:00 PM EAT

Rob Davies said : “This tells us that in the journey of innovation… the most difficult part is turning inventions into commercial products. In this regard, in SA we have had many more failures than successes. This is the issue we need to confront,” External link

sanews Wednesday, April 10, 2019 12:55:00 PM EAT

Rob Davies said : “South Africa has inventions coming from research institutions, universities and individuals, and the issue is then how do these inventions find their way into products," he said. "The computerised ticketing system, automatic hosepipe swimming pool cleaning device and many more are South African innovation and not many of them ended up as products that are manufactured in South Africa, and South Africa does not benefit appropriately from its innovation". "This tells us that the journey of innovation which is the most difficult part is turning of inventions into commercial products and in this regard, in South Africa, we have had many more failures than successes. This is the issue we need to confront,” External link

iol Wednesday, April 10, 2019 12:10:00 PM EAT

Rob Davies says : “Our fundamental focus in on the regional integration processes on the African continent,” External link

newstatesman Tuesday, April 9, 2019 6:29:00 PM EAT

Rob Davies says ( about Industrial Revolution ) : “Policy certainty on SA ICT landscape and noticeable improvements on FDI ranking indices have underpinned the strides South Africa has made in securing investment in digital, ICT and 4th Industrial Revolution (4IR) industries,” External link

gov-za Tuesday, April 9, 2019 2:24:00 PM EAT

Rob Davies says : “South Africa’s investment mobilisation drive is gaining traction and the latest data from South African Reserve Bank and the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) indicates a major increase in Foreign Direct Investments from previous years. We have turned the corner, improving our investment climate and investor facilitation service,” External link

gov-za Tuesday, April 9, 2019 2:24:00 PM EAT

Rob Davies said : “In 2012, the Coega Special Economic Zone had 19 investors with a total private sector investment value of R1.13 billion, creating 3 778 jobs. As at April 2019, the Coega SEZ has grown to 43 operational investors worth over R9.93 billion worth of private investments. As a result, it has doubled its direct employment creation to 8210 jobs and 19402 including construction jobs since inception,” External link

sanews Thursday, April 4, 2019 1:02:00 PM EAT

Rob Davies said : “In addition, the designation of Bojanala SEZ in North West is at the advanced stage, very soon I will be publishing the application for the designation of the proposed zone in the government gazette to afford the public an opportunity to submit written comments on the proposed development,” External link

sanews Thursday, April 4, 2019 1:02:00 PM EAT

Rob Davies said : “One of the strategic initiatives that the government, through the DTI, has embarked upon for accelerating the country’s industrial development agenda is the SEZ Programme. This is based on our belief that SEZs can provide the country with the necessary impetus for promoting industrial development, building the required industrial infrastructure, and promoting co-ordinated planning among key government agencies and the private sector,” External link

iol Saturday, March 30, 2019 10:10:00 AM EAT

Rob Davies said : “There have been a number of engagements with the rating agencies, including Moody’s, around what we are trying to achieve. What we’ve been trying to persuade the rating agencies on is that [we have a] programme of addressing the evident problems we have and solutions are being worked on,” External link

sanews Thursday, March 28, 2019 9:49:00 PM EAT

Rob Davies said : “We have our fingers crossed. We will see what their decision is tomorrow,” External link

sanews Thursday, March 28, 2019 9:49:00 PM EAT

Rob Davies said : “I think that point is pretty well established, that if our neighbour has a meltdown – or even short of a meltdown, if it has a worse performance in its economy than now – we can expect that large numbers of people from Zimbabwe will find their way into South Africa. […] Another implication is a loss of markets – all kinds of things that we do not want to see. We have to find ways that we can work to assist Zimbabweans as they are now trying to take decisions which are going to turn their economy around. And we need to find ways to help them” External link

insiderzim Wednesday, March 27, 2019 9:32:00 AM EAT

Rob Davies said : “I don’t think this is a question of somebody bailing out somebody with large sums of money. We don’t have large sums of money, but I think we can try to assist them in their engagements with the Paris Club [including countries like Russia, Britain and France], which is a creditor, and also with international financial institutions” External link

insiderzim Wednesday, March 27, 2019 9:32:00 AM EAT

Rob Davies says : “If you are tied to the currency of the strongest economy in the world, you’re not going to be competitive on anything. So it’s obviously important that they do introduce a currency, but it’s having issues,” “There are many issues about certainty. Something I shared with them is that investors respond when you can introduce certainty – if you keep chopping and changing, you are going to get less of a positive reaction” External link

insiderzim Wednesday, March 27, 2019 9:32:00 AM EAT

Rob Davies said ( about Cyril Ramaphosa ) : “In many ways, this election is a referendum of our President Ramaphosa. Do we want him to lead a process of reform and change in this country or do we think we can risk something else?” External link

dailymaverick Wednesday, March 27, 2019 2:56:00 AM EAT

Rob Davies said : “Our industrial policy has worked but it has not done what we wanted it to do,” External link

businessday Tuesday, March 26, 2019 4:41:00 PM EAT

Rob Davies said : “Industrial parks are recognised as catalysts for broader economic and industrial development in their host regions. Work on first phase of the revitalisation programme has been completed for the Ga-Rankuwa Industrial park,” External link

sanews Tuesday, March 26, 2019 1:20:00 PM EAT

Rob Davies said : “The planning process can, on some occasions, be a quite lengthy process, and in this case it was necessary to secure the best possible scheme and benefits for the town. We look forward to seeing the developer making a swift start on site” External link

kentonline Monday, March 25, 2019 12:41:00 PM EAT

Rob Davies said : "This latest update from PRB is excellent news for all concerned with Ospreys Rugby. This certainty allows us to step up preparations for next season, in particular our retention and recruitment, in earnest. " External link

southwales-eveningpost Wednesday, March 20, 2019 8:15:00 PM EAT

Rob Davies said : "This latest update from PRB is excellent news for all concerned with Ospreys Rugby. This certainty allows us to step up preparations for next season, in particular our retention and recruitment, in earnest. " External link

icWales Wednesday, March 20, 2019 3:26:00 PM EAT

Rob Davies said : “Everyone who is involved with this kind of a project needs to be extremely proud of what has been achieved here because this is an important investment, which has injected R72 million into the economy and created 150 quality manufacturing job opportunities. Moreover, this investment brings Hisense’s total investment in this Atlantis plant to R440 million, which is a significant investment,” External link

sanews Tuesday, March 19, 2019 5:18:00 PM EAT

Rob Davies said : “As a department, we are very happy that the first investment was supported by the dti through is Manufacturing and Competitive Enhance Programme, as well as through the tariff rate dispensation that has supported the investment in the fridges,” External link

sanews Tuesday, March 19, 2019 5:18:00 PM EAT

Rob Davies said : “We agreed that we will continue to discuss these issues while we await clarification on the interpretation of the reasonable grounds on which the UK would not recognise the establishment listings,” External link

sanews Tuesday, March 19, 2019 5:18:00 PM EAT

Rob Davies said : “The two issues were on the sanitary and phytosanitary SPS [legislation]. The proposal of the British was that all the certificates, except for established listings… would be rolled over for one year, after which the British would decide on their own system,” External link

sanews Tuesday, March 19, 2019 5:18:00 PM EAT

Rob Davies said ( about British ) : “If we were to agree to the British proposal in this regard, we would be bound to extend it to the rest of EU and I think we need time to consider our position on that. This is the position of the group as a whole - not just that of South Africa, so we left the discussion there,” External link

sanews Tuesday, March 19, 2019 5:18:00 PM EAT

Rob Davies said ( about British ) : “That extension is not just dependent what the British want but also on what the EU is prepared to agree to,” External link

sanews Tuesday, March 19, 2019 5:18:00 PM EAT

Rob Davies said ( about The UK ) : “The meeting noted that the UK’s EU Withdrawal Act of 2018 provides for incorporation of EU legislation that was operative before the UK exits the EU and will form part of domestic law of the UK on the day the UK exits the EU. Therefore, sanitary and phytosanitary (SPS) legislation of the EU will be domesticated into UK legislation and continue to apply in the UK. Differences between the Parties were significantly narrowed in relation to timeframes for continued recognition of SPS import requirements and the meeting acknowledged that market access for agriculture products is critical to SACU and Mozambique” External link

gov-za Monday, March 18, 2019 5:47:00 PM EAT

Rob Davies said : “in order to benefit from the preferential ra tes offered by a trade agreement, a UK exporter must prove that the product it is selling is meeting the Rules of Origin in the agreement and as such that the product is actually from or has had sufficient work done in the UK . This also applies to SACU and Mozambique when exporting products into the UK. These rules of origin exist to ensure that the benefit of preferential access in terms of a free trade agreement goes to the countries party to the agreement, and not to non-Parties” External link

gov-za Monday, March 18, 2019 5:47:00 PM EAT

Rob Davies said : “Kimberley will be the last stop of our year-long campaign where we have been consistently calling upon to manufacturing companies to enrol in the two-year Workplace Challenge Programme (WPC) to ensure a sustained improvement in their productivity and competitiveness,” External link

sanews Monday, March 18, 2019 2:55:00 PM EAT

Rob Davies said : “In South Africa, too much [black] ownership is not real economic ownership; too often it is only legal ownership,” External link

citizen Saturday, March 16, 2019 8:07:00 PM EAT

Rob Davies said : “In South Africa, too much [black] ownership is not real economic ownership; too often it is only legal ownership,” External link

iol Friday, March 15, 2019 12:10:00 AM EAT

Rob Davies said : “then we would have an agreement in place that would ensure that there’s no interruption of our existing trade,” External link

sanews Wednesday, March 13, 2019 7:01:00 PM EAT

Rob Davies said : “These are valid for exporters into the EU. We [South Africa], including SACU and Mozambique, wanted a recognition of those existing certificates for a period of time. We have secured this and at least an assurance that there will be an easier, cheaper process of changing them,” External link

sanews Wednesday, March 13, 2019 7:01:00 PM EAT

Rob Davies said : “We had to set those. That work has already been done. We have reached an agreement. It shouldn’t be a bad deal as far as that’s concerned,” External link

sanews Wednesday, March 13, 2019 7:01:00 PM EAT

Rob Davies said : “Under the EPA, we don’t get cumulation in reverse,” External link

sanews Wednesday, March 13, 2019 7:01:00 PM EAT

Rob Davies said : “If they leave without an agreement, then they would revert to the schedule that is put in by the EU into the WTO [World Trade Organisation] in the 1990s,” External link

sanews Wednesday, March 13, 2019 7:01:00 PM EAT

Rob Davies said : “What would not go in duty free are automotives. We have to deal with that issue bilaterally,” External link

sanews Wednesday, March 13, 2019 7:01:00 PM EAT

Rob Davies said : “It would not include automotives, which will be a big problem for us [as South Africa]. It would not include beef for Botswana. It would not include sugar for Eswatini -- that would be some of the difficulty,” External link

sanews Wednesday, March 13, 2019 7:01:00 PM EAT

Rob Davies said : “If they didn’t make this announcement, our fall-back would be better than the WTO terms for the EU, which would apply but it would be for 12 months and not include some of the things that are of importance for us,” External link

sanews Wednesday, March 13, 2019 7:01:00 PM EAT

Rob Davies said : “The awards are an opportunity for government, and South Africa as a whole, to recognise exceptional businesses and the businesspeople who drive them, ranging from emerging start-ups to established business institutions from the dawn of democracy,” External link

sanews Monday, March 11, 2019 1:55:00 PM EAT

Rob Davies said : “One of the dti’s strategic goals is to grow the South African manufacturing sector in order to promote industrial development, job creation, investment and exports. To achieve this objective, the department embarks on international missions in order to promote exports of South African value-added goods, and services to increase market share in markets located in various regions of the world,” External link

africanbrains Thursday, March 7, 2019 2:58:00 PM EAT

Rob Davies said : “One of the dti’s strategic goals is to grow the South African manufacturing sector in order to promote industrial development, job creation, investment and exports. To achieve this objective, the department embarks on international missions in order to promote exports of South African value-added goods, and services to increase market share in markets located in various regions of the world,” External link

sanews Monday, March 4, 2019 1:03:00 PM EAT

Rob Davies said ( about Saida Harrigan ) : “They are a voluntary set of principles and standards that seek to ensure that the operations of various South African businesses abroad are in compliance with the laws of the countries in which they operate; as well as aligned with and in support of government policies and the developmental approach to regional economic integration in the African continent,” External link

iol Thursday, February 28, 2019 5:25:00 PM EAT

Rob Davies said : “It is therefore imperative not only to get the money back in some cases but to cancel and re-issue contracts according to the localisation regulation. We are pleased with the process of rectifying these import leakages as a result of non-implementation and corruption of the programme,” External link

sanews Wednesday, February 27, 2019 1:22:00 PM EAT

Rob Davies said : "Although South Africa has managed to increase exports of value-added products to the EU, thus contributing to South Africa's industrial development objectives, there is still a need for further improvement in changing the structure of trade," External link

allafrica Monday, February 25, 2019 7:01:00 AM EAT

Rob Davies says : "The core objective of the SADC EPA Group and EU's joint efforts in implementing the agreement must be to ensure that the EPA enables sustainable development in the SADC EPA states through changing the structure of trade, including the fundamental structural imbalance in the trade between the parties, and promote enhance value-added trade," External link

allafrica Monday, February 25, 2019 7:01:00 AM EAT

Rob Davies said : "We need to rapidly and urgently develop a compulsory standard for processed meat. That is a no-brainer," External link

businessday Sunday, February 24, 2019 4:20:00 PM EAT

Rob Davies said : “The signing of this MoU is a key milestone in our bilateral relations and cooperation for a number of reasons: it is a new generation type of an agreement that is based on a couple of new departures. The first one is that it is very much detailed about the level of cooperation and specifically identifies a number of infrastructure projects that we will be collaborating on. Secondly, it is time-bound as it will last for only five years after which it can be renewed,” External link

clubofmozambique Wednesday, February 20, 2019 4:56:00 PM EAT

Rob Davies added : “Mozambique is a very significant trading partner for South Africa and we have a sizeable surplus with the country. We do not think that we are serving our relationship well just by practising the traditional way of doing trade, but by building investment relations we are creating the basis for a more equitable and more balanced pattern of trade in line with our approach of positioning South Africa as a development partner on the continent. That is the basis on which we cement the whole of our sustainable and long-term trade and economic relations throughout the continent,” External link

clubofmozambique Wednesday, February 20, 2019 4:56:00 PM EAT

Rob Davies said : “By building investment relations, we are creating the basis for a more equitable and more balanced pattern of trade, in line with our approach of positioning South Africa as a development partner on the continent. That is the basis on which we cement the whole of our sustainable and long-term trade and economic relations throughout the continent,” External link

clubofmozambique Wednesday, February 20, 2019 4:56:00 PM EAT

Rob Davies said : “By building investment relations, we are creating the basis for a more equitable and more balanced pattern of trade, in line with our approach of positioning South Africa as a development partner on the continent. That is the basis on which we cement the whole of our sustainable and long-term trade and economic relations throughout the continent,” External link

sanews Wednesday, February 20, 2019 12:06:00 PM EAT

Rob Davies said : “By building investment relations, we are creating the basis for a more equitable and more balanced pattern of trade, in line with our approach of positioning South Africa as a development partner on the continent. That is the basis on which we cement the whole of our sustainable and long-term trade and economic relations throughout the continent,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Wednesday, February 20, 2019 10:53:00 AM EAT

Rob Davies said ( about India Trade ) : “The appetite of India businesspeople willing to do business with South Africa was whetted by the visit. Therefore, our businesspeople who will be participating in the mission will find the Indian companies ready and willing to engage concretely with the South Africans on matters related to trade and investment opportunities that can be explored through forging of new partnerships and joint ventures,” External link

iol Tuesday, February 19, 2019 5:07:00 PM EAT

Rob Davies said ( about Saldanha Bay ) : "The investments signal a significant start of establishing new industrial value-chains in and around the Port of Saldanha. The Saldanha Bay Industrial Development Zone is part of the Department of Trade and Industry’s (the dti) Special Economic Zones Programme and is developing into a world-class offshore and maritime hub," External link

iol Tuesday, February 19, 2019 12:28:00 PM EAT

Rob Davies said ( about Saldanha Bay ) : "The Saldanha Bay IDZ’s investment pipeline includes at least five more investments that are close to conclusion. If these are realised they will add another R2.4 billion of investment to the short and medium term outlook of the zone. The total investor pipeline includes around 40 additional interested companies in various stages of engagement," External link

iol Tuesday, February 19, 2019 12:28:00 PM EAT

Rob Davies said : “Although SA has managed to increase exports of value-added products to the EU, thus contributing to SA’s industrial development objectives, there is still a need for further improvement in changing the structure of trade,” External link

businessday Monday, February 18, 2019 5:21:00 PM EAT

Rob Davies noted : “I am not sure whether we are going to resolve these issues specifically,” External link

businessday Monday, February 18, 2019 5:21:00 PM EAT

Rob Davies said : “Although South Africa has managed to increase exports of value-added products to the EU, thus contributing to South Africa’s industrial development objectives, there is still a need for further improvement in changing the structure of trade,” External link

sanews Monday, February 18, 2019 1:29:00 PM EAT

Rob Davies says : “The core objective of the SADC EPA Group and EU’s joint efforts in implementing the agreement must be to ensure that the EPA enables sustainable development in the SADC EPA states through changing the structure of trade, including the fundamental structural imbalance in the trade between the parties, and promote enhance value-added trade,” External link

sanews Monday, February 18, 2019 1:29:00 PM EAT

Rob Davies said : “The promotion of the organic sector and products is one of the projects identified in the early iterations of the country’s Industrial Policy Action Plan (IPAP) because the sector represents a high-value niche sub-sector with the potential to create thousands of jobs in both the primary agriculture and agro-processing stages of the value chain,” External link

sanews Wednesday, February 13, 2019 11:52:00 AM EAT

Rob Davies said : “The market for organic products is showing strong growth, particularly in the European Union. South Africa needs to maximise its potential and take advantage of the export opportunities that are presented by this growth,” External link

sanews Wednesday, February 13, 2019 11:52:00 AM EAT

Rob Davies said : “About a third of our total exports go to the African continent and two thirds of that are evaluated products. I think this is the direction we need to be moving in as we have a big boost in confidence that we must use to our advantage,” External link

sanews Friday, February 8, 2019 2:10:00 AM EAT

Rob Davies said : “It’s no secret that Eskom is in deep trouble operationally and financially. But what I can say is that in addressing this we have to grapple with the real problem and not put it aside,” External link

businessday Tuesday, February 5, 2019 6:56:00 PM EAT

Rob Davies said : "It's moved beyond the phoney war. We are now seeing the actual shots being fired" External link

businessday Tuesday, February 5, 2019 9:58:00 AM EAT

Rob Davies said : "This means that we need to find our solutions in the African continent and in our strengthening of regional integration," External link

businessday Tuesday, February 5, 2019 9:58:00 AM EAT

Rob Davies said : “The court robustly and unequivocally rejected all of the arguments they put forward,” “Given this, we would therefore be very surprised if they continued to thwart the delivery of these much needed new homes for local people through an appeal to the Supreme Court” External link

kentonline Monday, February 4, 2019 3:08:00 PM EAT

Rob Davies said : "The success of 2018 was instrumental in ensuring that we put together a business team that is not only diverse but one that will ensure that we sustain the momentum generated and that is speaks directly to the demands that exist within the European market. Our current team comprises of 11 small, medium and micro-sized enterprises, 11 other sized firms and three industry associations or export councils," External link

allafrica Saturday, February 2, 2019 3:36:00 PM EAT

Rob Davies said ( about Table ) : “It is fruit such as these that will set us apart from our competitors, yield new clients and generate solid deals for South Africa from across the globe. It is also commendable that the ARC is able to consistently follow-up on the highly successful Joybells Table Grape Variety which it launched at our pavilion during Fruit Logistica Berlin 2018,” External link

sanews Thursday, January 31, 2019 5:35:00 PM EAT

Rob Davies said : “The success of 2018 was instrumental in ensuring that we put together a business team that is not only diverse but one that will ensure that we sustain the momentum generated and that is speaks directly to the demands that exist within the European market. Our current team comprises of 11 small, medium and micro-sized enterprises, 11 other sized firms and three industry associations or export councils,” External link

sanews Thursday, January 31, 2019 1:27:00 PM EAT

Rob Davies said ( about Saida Harrigan ) : “The South African government has identified the Mining Indaba as a strategic forum to attract and promote foreign direct investments in different industries of our mining sector. The Indaba is billed as the largest mining investment event covering the entire value-chain,” External link

sanews Wednesday, January 30, 2019 4:06:00 PM EAT

Rob Davies concluded : “The country’s minerals beneficiation strategy seeks to optimise synergies and linkages between mineral value-chains to promote economic diversification, focusing on industrial capacity development in energy commodities, as well as the iron, steel and titanium value-chains,” External link

miningweekly Tuesday, January 29, 2019 6:19:00 PM EAT

Rob Davies said : "We adopted a declaration. The gist of it is that we have been talking about partnerships within BRICS to prepare us all for the fourth industrial revolution and to ensure that the benefits of this are widely defused and they outweigh the risks and downsides," External link

businessday Friday, January 11, 2019 11:35:00 AM EAT

Rob Davies says : “Areas of special interest by potential global investors are Legal Services, Finance and Accounting and IT Services. South Africa’s Value Proposition remains a compelling business case for most global companies that are looking to optimise their customer solutions at a globally competitive rate,” External link

africanbrains Thursday, January 10, 2019 11:06:00 AM EAT

Rob Davies concluded : “SEZ programme continues to be government’s priority industrial infrastructure programme aimed at developing new industrial hubs, attracting new foreign direct and domestic investments, contributing to the development of industrial capabilities and skills development, as well as the creation of decent jobs” External link

africanreview Wednesday, January 9, 2019 1:13:00 PM EAT

Rob Davies said : “Taking advantage of the tax-incentive package and the SEZ investment pipeline, the department’s target is to increase the number of investments into the zones and double the rand value of operational investments from R11.6bn to R23bn by the end of 2019,” External link

businessday Tuesday, January 8, 2019 5:28:00 PM EAT

Rob Davies says : “SEZ Programme continues to be government’s priority industrial infrastructure programme aimed at developing new industrial hubs, attracting new foreign direct and domestic investments, contributing to the development of industrial capabilities and skills development, as well as creation of decent jobs” External link

AfricaNews-English Tuesday, January 8, 2019 12:42:00 PM EAT

Rob Davies said : “Areas of special interest by potential global investors are Legal Services, Finance and Accounting and IT Services,” “South Africa’s value proposition remains a compelling business case for most global companies that are looking to optimise their customer solutions at a globally competitive rate” External link

citizen Monday, January 7, 2019 1:39:00 PM EAT

Rob Davies says : “Areas of special interest by potential global investors are Legal Services, Finance and Accounting and IT Services. South Africa’s Value Proposition remains a compelling business case for most global companies that are looking to optimise their customer solutions at a globally competitive rate,” External link

AfricaNews-English Monday, January 7, 2019 10:59:00 AM EAT

Rob Davies said : “The 2014 BPS incentive programme that we launched here in London had the objective of attracting investment and creating employment opportunities amongst the youth in South Africa. I am pleased to announce that the programme achieved its objectives and resulted in the creation of an additional 20 000 direct jobs in the sector with an average growth rate of 22% per annum during the period 2014-2018,” External link

sanews Tuesday, December 18, 2018 1:48:00 PM EAT

Rob Davies said : “In terms of Brexit itself we are having a conversation [with UK authorities] and we are pretty close to finalising the agreement as Sacu which will be a rollover of the economic partnership agreement we have with the EU. That should ensure that there is no interruption of our trade with Britain once it leaves the EU, however it leaves. Whatever happens we will have an agreement in place,” External link

businessday Monday, December 17, 2018 7:46:00 PM EAT

Rob Davies said ( about The UK ) : “The continental agreement is advancing so rapidly. How will we hold it together? It will need to be carefully monitored as we move ahead. It will be important that it remains attractive for others to participate as well,” External link

businessday Monday, December 17, 2018 7:46:00 PM EAT

Rob Davies said ( about Africa Forum ) : “Firstly, as a country we have ratified the Agreement establishing the African Continental Free Trade Area and we will deposit the instrument of ratification during the 32nd Ordinary Session of the Assembly of the African Union in February 2019. Secondly, we have made a commitment towards infra-African investments by creating a dedicated programme in South Africa called Trade-Invest-Africa; as a support measure for South African companies investing in and trading with the rest of Africa,” External link

AfricaNews-English Monday, December 17, 2018 7:00:00 PM EAT

Rob Davies said ( about Africa Forum ) : “The key components of the GBS incentive include a 3 tier incentive program which includes a non-complex job, medium complexity job and high complexity job, with an increase in value across all 3 tiers. A further change includes a reduction in the minimum criteria of 50 jobs across all levels of work to a minimum of 30 jobs for medium to high complexity jobs. To ensure that South Africa delivers the best quality services at the right price, the eligibility criteria was amended to include a minimum salary threshold of R60,000 per annum for entry level agent roles,” External link

AfricaNews-English Monday, December 17, 2018 7:00:00 PM EAT

Rob Davies said : “The 2014 BPS incentive programme that we launched here in London had the objective of attracting investment and creating employment opportunities among the youth in South Africa. I am pleased to announce that the programme achieved its objectives and resulted in the creation of an additional 20,000 direct jobs in the sector with an average growth rate of 22 percent per annum during the period 2014-2018,” External link

citizen Saturday, December 15, 2018 8:00:00 PM EAT

Rob Davies said : “The key components of the GBS incentive include a three-tier incentive program which includes a non-complex job, medium complexity job, and high complexity job, with an increase in value across all three tiers. A further change includes a reduction in the minimum criteria of 50 jobs across all levels of work to a minimum of 30 jobs for medium to high complexity jobs. To ensure that South Africa delivers the best quality services at the right price, the eligibility criteria was amended to include a minimum salary threshold of R60,000 per annum for entry level agent roles,” External link

citizen Saturday, December 15, 2018 8:00:00 PM EAT

Rob Davies said ( about Association ) : “Therefore, a decision was taken to review the existing incentives, as a key enabler in support of South Africa’s value proposition. The success of the BPS sector is the strong public-private partnership between government, industry, stakeholders, and investors. The recent job summit highlighted the importance of this sector and the hosting of the Global Sourcing Association (GSA) summit and awards in South Africa provides confidence in our ability to deliver a quality product,” External link

citizen Saturday, December 15, 2018 8:00:00 PM EAT

Rob Davies said ( about Association ) : "South Africa received further acknowledgement in the sector by receiving the coveted 'Offshoring Destination of 2018' award by the Global Sourcing Association (GSA)," External link

allafrica Wednesday, December 12, 2018 12:56:00 PM EAT

Rob Davies said : "The sustained growth in the sector is testament to South Africa's resilience, world class service and niche service offerings. South Africa's adaptability to meet international service standards on a cost competitive basis will be greatly enhanced by the revised Global Business Process Services (BPS) Incentive," External link

allafrica Wednesday, December 12, 2018 12:56:00 PM EAT

Rob Davies said : “When we look at trade with the continent from the South African point of view, there is an easy way of telling the big story. The story is that two-thirds of South Africa’s trade are with the world, whilst a third of the trade is with the African continent. Of the latter, two-thirds comprise trade in value added products,” External link

AfricaNews-English Wednesday, December 12, 2018 11:45:00 AM EAT

Rob Davies said : “The IATF will provide a platform to promote trade, investment, exchange of market information and opportunities among countries in the continent. Furthermore, this platform has been set up as one that will facilitate the speedy conclusion of business deals between buyers and sellers, as well as investors,” External link

sanews Monday, December 10, 2018 11:38:00 AM EAT

Rob Davies said : “The interest rate was reduced in order to reduce the cost of credit for consumers, prevent consumers from falling into a debt spiral or trap, prevent the roll-over of short-term loans, and curb the over-indebtedness of consumers,” External link

sanews Monday, December 10, 2018 11:38:00 AM EAT

Rob Davies said : “The reduction of the interest rate on short-term loans is benefiting millions of consumers, many of whom are in the low-income group of the population. This group of consumers have been exposed to over-indebtedness and the high costs of credit,” External link

sanews Monday, December 10, 2018 11:38:00 AM EAT

Rob Davies said : “The interest rate was reduced in order to (a) reduce the cost of credit for consumers, (b) prevent consumers from falling into a debt spiral or trap, (c) prevent the roll-over of short-term loans, and (d) curb the over-indebtedness of consumers,” External link

citizen Sunday, December 9, 2018 10:11:00 AM EAT

Rob Davies said : “The reduction of the interest rate on short-term loans is benefiting millions of consumers, many of whom are in the low-income group of the population. This group of consumers have been exposed to over-indebtedness and the high costs of credit,” External link

citizen Sunday, December 9, 2018 10:11:00 AM EAT

Rob Davies says : “The Copyright Amendment Bill will reform the copyright regime in South Africa for rights holders in the literary, musical, audiovisual, and the visual artistic works. The Performer’s Protection Amendment Bill addresses the economic rights and protection of performers” External link

africa-newsroom Thursday, December 6, 2018 3:51:00 PM EAT

Rob Davies states ( about Amendment Bill ) : “The Bill seeks to amongst others, provide for the share in royalties regarding literary or musical works, visual artistic works, audiovisual works and resale royalty right for visual artistic works . The Bill also provides for the accreditation of Collecting Societies. Furthermore, it allows fair use of copyright works. The Bill provides exceptions such as in copyright works, educational and academic activities, protection of computer programs, libraries, archives, museums and galleries,” External link

africa-newsroom Thursday, December 6, 2018 3:51:00 PM EAT

Rob Davies says ( about Amendment Bill ) : “The National Gambling Policy Council (NGPC) has on many occasions struggled to achieve a quorum, which caused delays to approve policy positions. The Amendment Bill recommends that if there is no quorum at a meeting, in the next meeting, the motion may be passed by the majority of the members present in that meeting,” External link

africa-newsroom Thursday, December 6, 2018 3:51:00 PM EAT

Rob Davies says : “The Copyright Amendment Bill will reform the copyright regime in South Africa for rights holders in the literary, musical, audiovisual, and the visual artistic works. The Performer’s Protection Amendment Bill addresses the economic rights and protection of performers” External link

AfricaNews-English Thursday, December 6, 2018 3:29:00 PM EAT

Rob Davies states ( about Amendment Bill ) : “The Bill seeks to amongst others, provide for the share in royalties regarding literary or musical works, visual artistic works, audiovisual works and resale royalty right for visual artistic works . The Bill also provides for the accreditation of Collecting Societies. Furthermore, it allows fair use of copyright works. The Bill provides exceptions such as in copyright works, educational and academic activities, protection of computer programs, libraries, archives, museums and galleries,” External link

AfricaNews-English Thursday, December 6, 2018 3:29:00 PM EAT

Rob Davies says ( about Amendment Bill ) : “The National Gambling Policy Council (NGPC) has on many occasions struggled to achieve a quorum, which caused delays to approve policy positions. The Amendment Bill recommends that if there is no quorum at a meeting, in the next meeting, the motion may be passed by the majority of the members present in that meeting,” External link

AfricaNews-English Thursday, December 6, 2018 3:29:00 PM EAT

Rob Davies said : “AfCFTA, comprises of 55 African countries and, once entered into force, will constitute the largest free trade area globally. As a flagship project of the African Union’s Agenda 2063, the AfCFTA aims to build an integrated market in Africa that will see a market of over one billion people with a combined GDP of approximately $3.3 trillion,” External link

nan Thursday, December 6, 2018 9:31:00 AM EAT

Rob Davies said : “In support of these objectives, the AfCFTA covers both goods and services under Phase I and will include investment, intellectual property and competition under Phase II of the negotiations,” “It also facilitates intra-Africa investment and increases the continent’s prospects of stimulating industrialisation, employment, income generation and poverty reduction” External link

nan Thursday, December 6, 2018 9:31:00 AM EAT

Rob Davies says : “the conclusion of the CFTA will be a significant milestone in Africa’s integration process and the CFTA should promote industrial development and the development of regional value-chains” External link

africanbrains Wednesday, December 6, 2017 4:54:00 PM EAT

Rob Davies said : “Though the sector has many challenges and the economy is not performing as well as it ought to be performing, the performance in manufacturing sector is clearly doing a lot better than it would have been if we hadn’t been doing the things we have been doing over the last few years especially the intervention in the automotive sector, clothing and textile, agro-processing, film and Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) and others,” External link

africanbrains Saturday, December 2, 2017 1:14:00 PM EAT

Rob Davies said : “South Africa is committed to a coordinated strategy that will boost intra-Africa trade and build an integrated market in Africa that will see a market of over 1 billion people and approximately US$2.6 trillion,” External link

africanbrains Friday, December 1, 2017 10:37:00 AM EAT

Rob Davies said : “There is a need to define a new form of ‘inclusive multilateralism’. The United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), in its 2017 Trade and Development Report, calls for a global new deal to enhance growth and development,” External link

sanews Wednesday, November 15, 2017 12:59:00 PM EAT

Rob Davies said : "South Africa has excellent investment opportunities in all sectors of the economy and a host of investment incentives and industrial financing interventions that are aimed at encouraging commercial activity and, trade rules that favour a further expansion in South Africa's burgeoning levels of international trade," External link

sanews Tuesday, November 14, 2017 12:36:00 PM EAT

Rob Davies added : "We have a proven track record of delivering robust fire and life safety designs on some of the most iconic projects in the region for more than 15 years," External link

constructionweekonline Thursday, October 26, 2017 5:17:00 PM EAT

Rob Davies said : "The Middle East features as a pivotal trade and investment partner for South Africa and Iran in particular offers vast trade and investment opportunities for the South African businesses," External link

iran-daily Thursday, October 26, 2017 3:32:00 AM EAT

Rob Davies said : “Since its inception over two decades ago, THRIP has supported research from all industry sectors. Most of the investment, in terms of value, went into the manufacturing sector followed by agriculture and agro-processing. Many good outputs, including patents, products and prototypes produced have not been exploited through this research,” External link

sanews Monday, October 23, 2017 8:21:00 PM EAT

Rob Davies said : “Both parties should work together to ensure that the EPA contributes to the structural transformation agenda of the region, enhances trade and promotes mutually beneficial outcomes,” External link

sanews Tuesday, October 17, 2017 3:22:00 PM EAT

Rob Davies said : “Additionally, the initiative also seeks to follow up and capitalise on the potential collaboration on the proposed BRICS projects. This opportunity will also be a step further in creating market penetration for South African value-added products and services in Russia, and to promote South Africa as a trade and investment destination. The immediate opportunities for South African supplies will be in the increase of exports of fresh produce to Russia,” External link

sanews Friday, October 13, 2017 1:21:00 PM EAT

Rob Davies said : “This ITI will also provide an opportunity for South African companies to identify new areas of collaboration in various sectors, particularly in the area of investment,” External link

sanews Friday, October 13, 2017 1:21:00 PM EAT

Rob Davies said : “To follow up on the achievements made in 2016 we have ensured that for the 2017 symposium we mobilise stakeholders comprising of provincial departments, municipalities, industrial park agencies, academia and the private sector to engage meaningfully about the manner in which the development of industrial parks should proceed,” External link

sanews Wednesday, October 11, 2017 1:11:00 PM EAT

Rob Davies said : “These will remain high priorities for many developing countries and for Africa, and these priorities were re-emphasised at a recent Trade Ministers’ meeting at the African Union (AU) in Addis Ababa,” External link

sanews Tuesday, October 10, 2017 2:55:00 PM EAT

Rob Davies said : “We need to be realistic and make a call soon on which issues sufficient convergence has been achieved to be taken forward as possible outcomes at MC11,” External link

sanews Tuesday, October 10, 2017 2:55:00 PM EAT

Rob Davies said : “We have noticed and welcomed the fact that in recent years, Turkey has been reaching out into the African continent. As a country, we are in a situation where we are growing far too slowly. What we need to do as the South Africa economy and also as part of the African continent is to diversify, move up the value-chain and industrialise,” External link

sanews Friday, October 6, 2017 12:33:00 PM EAT

Rob Davies said : “We need to strengthen the size of the market in our continent and support diversification and the emergence of value-chains within our continent,” External link

sanews Friday, October 6, 2017 12:33:00 PM EAT

Rob Davies said : “These agreements are also positive for the companies that participate in the Equity Equivalent Investment Programme (EEIP). I want to commend Caterpillar for embarking on this journey with us as partners to stimulate and grow the South African economy. I look forward to see these commitments being executed,” External link

sanews Thursday, October 5, 2017 8:54:00 PM EAT

Rob Davies said : “This mission will serve as a stepping stone in cementing trade relations and encouraging investment with the two nations. Also, it is an ideal platform for South African companies who would like to export value added products and services and those looking for investment opportunities in the region,” External link

africanbrains Tuesday, October 3, 2017 5:05:00 PM EAT

Rob Davies said : “This mission will serve as a stepping stone in cementing trade relations and encouraging investment with the two nations. Also, it is an ideal platform for South African companies who would like to export value added products and services and those looking for investment opportunities in the region,” External link

sanews Tuesday, October 3, 2017 12:48:00 AM EAT

Rob Davies says : “The programme is expected to contribute towards the achievement of enterprise creation and supplier development, foreign direct investment, accelerated growth and development of black rural women and youth, sustainable growth and development, human development with a focus on education and skills development, and infrastructure investment with an emphasis on developing the country’s research and development infrastructure,” External link

miningnews Monday, October 2, 2017 5:38:00 PM EAT

Rob Davies added : “On 21 January 2016, Caterpillar Southern Africa was granted exemption from selling equity and instead to participate in the EEIP. The proposed programme is aimed at contributing towards product localisation to increase South African industrial base. The investment amount is R1.3 billion based on the 25% of the business value from the South African operation,” External link

miningnews Monday, October 2, 2017 5:38:00 PM EAT

Rob Davies said : “We’ve picked out 40 projects for which we think we can secure investments before the end of this term of government, ending in May 2019. Those projects are in various forms of infrastructure development including ICT and broadband rollout,” External link

africanbrains Saturday, September 30, 2017 11:57:00 AM EAT

Rob Davies said : “It is also expected to contribute towards sustainable growth and development, human development with a focus on education and skills development, and infrastructure investment with an emphasis on developing the country’s research and development infrastructure,” External link

sanews Saturday, September 30, 2017 6:49:00 AM EAT

Rob Davies said ( about Investment Programme ) : “On 21 January 2016, Caterpillar Southern Africa was granted exemption from selling equity and instead to participate in the Equity Equivalent Investment Programme. The proposed programme is aimed at contributing towards product localisation to increase South African industrial base. The investment amount is R1.3 billion based on the 25% of the business value from the South African operation,” External link

sanews Saturday, September 30, 2017 6:49:00 AM EAT

Rob Davies said : “We’ve picked out 40 projects for which we think we can secure investments before the end of this term of government, ending in May 2019. Those projects are in various forms of infrastructure development including ICT and broadband rollout,” External link

sanews Tuesday, September 26, 2017 7:11:00 PM EAT

Rob Davies said : “The UK has been a significant trading partner of SA over the past years and ranks as South Africa’s seventh largest export partner in the world and second largest export partner in the European Union region. There is a need to discuss an arrangement on technical issues in order to ensure smooth trade post Brexit,” External link

sanews Thursday, September 21, 2017 11:57:00 AM EAT

Rob Davies said : “Studies we commissioned reveal that we have on our hands an industry that is characterised by a few large and dominant companies that are characterised by high levels of both horizontal and vertical integration, but our smaller players struggle to make an impact or even survive in this landscape,” External link

sanews Wednesday, September 20, 2017 11:50:00 PM EAT

Rob Davies said : “We also have new issues being proposed such as e-commerce, investment facilitation and transparency, which entail new rules. We need MC11 to reaffirm multilateralism in our rule-making, but one that considers a common set of challenges and looks at higher levels of inclusive growth and not one where some members are more equal than others,” External link

africanbrains Wednesday, September 20, 2017 6:37:00 PM EAT

Rob Davies said : “The convention will further expose South African companies to available trade and investment opportunities and will be a good platform to promote South African exhibitors to potential customers in order to obtain new business and penetrate new markets,” External link

sanews Monday, September 18, 2017 2:22:00 PM EAT

Rob Davies said : “We now have passed the halfway mark of the first 100. In fact, it is now 62 in terms of approvals. The target is for us to reach 100 by the end of this financial year,” External link

sanews Wednesday, September 13, 2017 9:50:00 PM EAT

Rob Davies says : “South Africa has excellent investment opportunities in all sectors of the economy and a host of investment incentives and industrial financing interventions that are aimed at encouraging commercial activity and, trade rules that favour a further expansion in South Africa’s burgeoning levels of international trade,” External link

africanbrains Wednesday, September 6, 2017 2:27:00 AM EAT

Rob Davies said : “The popularity and reputation of the World Food Moscow trade fair have grown significantly over the last 20 years. The fair has grown to become a major meeting place for the food and drinks industry and a vibrant source of products for the Russian market. This provides an opportunity for increasing export sales from the South African agri-food industry, food retail, institutional and commercial catering,” External link

sanews Tuesday, September 5, 2017 2:50:00 PM EAT

Rob Davies said : “South Africa has excellent investment opportunities in all sectors of the economy and a host of investment incentives and industrial financing interventions that are aimed at encouraging commercial activity and trade rules that favour a further expansion in South Africa’s burgeoning levels of international trade,” External link

africanbrains Monday, September 4, 2017 3:16:00 PM EAT

Rob Davies said : “South Africa has excellent investment opportunities in all sectors of the economy and a host of investment incentives and industrial financing interventions that are aimed at encouraging commercial activity and trade rules that favour a further expansion in South Africa's burgeoning levels of international trade,” External link

sanews Thursday, August 31, 2017 10:35:00 PM EAT

Rob Davies said : “The Black Industrialists Programme is specifically dedicated to supporting the growth and building the global competitiveness of majority black-owned and managed businesses in the manufacturing sector. The intention is to contribute towards shifting the demographic composition of South Africa’s industrial sector by engaging with and nurturing emerging Black Industrialists to tap into a reservoir of potential jobs, revenue, taxes and innovation,” External link

sanews Thursday, August 31, 2017 1:20:00 PM EAT

Rob Davies said : “As the government of South Africa, we categorically stated that the development of infrastructure is an essential and absolutely fundamental catalyst for regional integration for increased inter-regional trade and for industrialisation in Africa. Therefore, infrastructure development lies at the very heart of our efforts to promote high levels of inclusive growth and development throughout the continent,” External link

iafrica Friday, August 25, 2017 3:05:00 PM EAT

Rob Davies said : “As the government of South Africa, we categorically stated that the development of infrastructure is an essential and absolutely fundamental catalyst for regional integration for increased inter-regional trade and for industrialisation in Africa. Therefore, infrastructure development lies at the very heart of our efforts to promote high levels of inclusive growth and development throughout the continent,” External link

sanews Wednesday, August 23, 2017 9:18:00 PM EAT

Rob Davies said : “As the government of South Africa we categorically stated that the development of infrastructure is an essential and absolutely fundamental catalyst for regional integration for increased inter-regional trade and for industrialisation in Africa. Therefore, infrastructure develop lies in the very heart of our efforts to promote high levels inclusive growth and development throughout the continent,” External link

africanreview Wednesday, August 23, 2017 3:42:00 PM EAT

Rob Davies said : “As a continent Africa has an infrastructure deficit estimated at US$93bn per annum for the next 20 years. Colonialism has created infrastructure that was only geared towards the continent fulfilling its role as mere producer and exporter of primary commodities that were taken to other people’s economies. There is a huge amount of catch-up that we need to undergo as a continent in order to achieve regional integration,” External link

africanreview Wednesday, August 23, 2017 3:42:00 PM EAT

Rob Davies added : “The critical role of infrastructure development in achieving integration, growth and development in Africa can never be overemphasised. Through Infrastructure development we can provide roads, rail, ports, energy transmission lines and ICT connectivity that are all necessary to facilitate economic development. Also, infrastructure can be an important counter-cyclical tool because by infrastructure development we can to generate economic activity even if some of the other forms of economic activities are suffering from the negative waves. Thirdly, we can use infrastructure development to support the industrialisation that we aspire to as individual countries and as regions in the continent,” External link

africanreview Wednesday, August 23, 2017 3:42:00 PM EAT

Rob Davies said ( about Saida Harrigan ) : “As the government of South Africa we categorically stated that the development of infrastructure is an essential and absolutely fundamental catalyst for regional integration for increased inter-regional trade and for industrialization in Africa. Therefore, infrastructure develop lies in the very heart of our efforts to promote high levels inclusive growth and development throughout the continent,” External link

coastweek Wednesday, August 23, 2017 5:48:00 AM EAT

Rob Davies said : “As the government of South Africa we categorically stated that the development of infrastructure is an essential and absolutely fundamental catalyst for regional integration for increased inter-regional trade and for industrialisation in Africa. Therefore, infrastructure development lies in the very heart of our efforts to promote high levels of inclusive growth and development throughout the continent,” External link

africanbrains Tuesday, August 22, 2017 5:27:00 PM EAT

Rob Davies said : “We as South Africa are committed to doing everything possible to unlock the opportunities as we address the infrastructure deficit in the continent because we recognise the important role that infrastructure can play in the industrialisation of the African continent,” External link

africanbrains Tuesday, August 22, 2017 5:27:00 PM EAT

Rob Davies said : “As the government of South Africa we categorically stated that the development of infrastructure is an essential and absolutely fundamental catalyst for regional integration for increased inter-regional trade and for industrialisation in Africa. Therefore, infrastructure development lies in the very heart of our efforts to promote high levels of inclusive growth and development throughout the continent,” External link

sanews Tuesday, August 22, 2017 12:02:00 AM EAT

Rob Davies said : “We as South Africa are committed to doing everything possible to unlock the opportunities as we address the infrastructure deficit in the continent because we recognise the important role that infrastructure can play in the industrialisation of the African continent,” External link

sanews Tuesday, August 22, 2017 12:02:00 AM EAT

Rob Davies said : “Colonialism has created infrastructure that was only geared towards the continent fulfilling its role as mere producer and exporter of primary commodities that were taken to other people’s economies. There is a huge amount of catch-up that we need to undergo as a continent in order to achieve regional integration,” External link

capitalfm Monday, August 21, 2017 6:53:00 PM EAT

Rob Davies said : “This is a defence industry specific element designed to stimulate local manufacturing and increase global competitiveness. The other key highlight is that for private sector entities in the defence industry must sub-contract no less than 30% of any contract exceeding R30 million to companies owned by the black designated groups. This will enable such companies to be sustainable,” External link

sanews Monday, August 7, 2017 3:01:00 PM EAT

Rob Davies said : “Cooperation among BRICS countries must be underpinned by development and the need to promote inclusive growth,” External link

sanews Thursday, August 3, 2017 1:12:00 PM EAT

Rob Davies said : “presents an opportunity to aggressively acquire, transfer and diffuse new technologies through securing key investments from global players in key strategic value chains in order to build global competitive capabilities,” External link

coastweek Tuesday, August 1, 2017 3:13:00 PM EAT

Rob Davies said : "presents an opportunity to aggressively acquire, transfer and diffuse new technologies through securing key investments from global players in key strategic value chains in order to build global competitive capabilities," External link

xinhuanet_en Monday, July 31, 2017 6:43:00 PM EAT

Rob Davies said : “The incentive objective is still to create an environment that take advantage of the country’s diverse and unique locations as well as low production costs and favorable exchange rates, which makes it significantly more cost-effective to produce a movie in South Africa than in Europe, the United States or Australia,” External link

coastweek Friday, July 28, 2017 8:48:00 PM EAT

Rob Davies said : “The BRICS platform provides an opportunity to promote the implementation of a practical trade and investment agenda among BRICS countries. In addition, the issues to be discussed in the BRICS trade ministers are critical in driving an inclusive trade and investment agenda. South Africa will chair BRICS in 2018,” External link

sanews Friday, July 28, 2017 8:11:00 PM EAT

Rob Davies says : "South Africa is one of the most sophisticated, diverse and promising emerging markets globally. Government is committed to ensuring ease of investment in the country by cutting red tape and by making South Africa a more business-friendly destination for investors," External link

bulawayo24 Thursday, March 2, 2017 6:43:00 PM EAT

Rob Davies says : "The Department of Trade and Industry (the dti) aims to increase South Africa's export capacity as well as support direct investment flows. As a department, we have recognised that the OSS has the potential to boost investment in South Africa, and will work to encourage beneficial environments for investors and exporters via investor-friendly policies and incentives," External link

bulawayo24 Thursday, March 2, 2017 6:43:00 PM EAT

Rob Davies said : “Advanced manufacturing is viewed as a sector for future economic growth. There are several investment opportunities for French businesses in the South African composite sector and advanced manufacturing,” External link

hellenicshippingnews Wednesday, February 15, 2017 12:39:00 AM EAT

Rob Davies added : “The revitalisation process will ensure that the upgraded parks appeal to private investors, provide a conducive environment and attract investments that will create jobs and assist in promoting economic transformation,” External link

enca Wednesday, January 25, 2017 12:36:00 PM EAT

Rob Davies says : “The visit is intended to engage the UK government on Brexit transaction, showcase opportunities for investment in some of South Africa’s priority sectors, including Business Process Services and renewable energy, as well as to engage those importing agricultural produce from South Africa,” External link

iafrica Tuesday, January 24, 2017 3:18:00 PM EAT

Rob Davies said : "We see some already in South Africa but others are in the horizon. My question is: 'But what about the workers?'" External link

iol Wednesday, January 18, 2017 5:39:00 PM EAT

Rob Davies says ( about Commission ) : “Following the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) that took place in December 2015, and the recent Bi-National Commission (BNC) with China held last month, this investment is a boost in terms of our bilateral relations with China and the commitment made by the Chinese government towards building industrial capacity on the African continent. During the BNC, the Chinese Vice President, Dr Li Yuanchou, commended South Africa for building world-class infrastructure in the Special Economic Zones to attract investment,” External link

africanbrains Thursday, December 15, 2016 7:48:00 PM EAT

Rob Davies adds : “The construction on the optical fibre cable plant started in May this year after a successful soil-turning event attended by Chinese and South Africa government officials. The build and installation phase of the project was completed by end of November 2016, a mere six months from the start of the plant construction. We are able to roll out green field plants in record, which bodes well for the Dube Trade Port as an attractive investment value proposition,” External link

africanbrains Thursday, December 15, 2016 7:48:00 PM EAT

Rob Davies adds ( about King Shaka ) : “To date, YOAC has recruited 42 employees of which a significant majority of them was sourced from local communities adjacent to the King Shaka International Airport. YOAC intends to create a further 80 employment opportunities in 2017. Nearly two-thirds of the employment opportunities created are technical positions, requiring additional technical skills transfer training from YOFC’” External link

africanbrains Thursday, December 15, 2016 7:48:00 PM EAT

Rob Davies says : “The YOAC investment further signifies that South Africa remains an attractive investment destination for hi-tech advanced manufacturing sectors and reinforces our collaboration on a bilateral level with China. The Department of Trade and Industry (the dti) through InvestSA remains committed to supporting foreign and domestic investors through the reduction of investment related challenges in line with the mandate of the One-Stop Shop model in South Africa,” External link

africanbrains Thursday, December 15, 2016 7:48:00 PM EAT

Rob Davies said : “The value of trade between the two countries reached over R13.4 billion, from 2011 to 2015. South African exports [are] estimated at R13 billion while imports from Algeria were R463 million,” External link

africanbrains Wednesday, December 14, 2016 8:50:00 PM EAT

Rob Davies said : “Algeria is seeking more trade and foreign investment to diversify its economy especially in light of the current low oil prices, which have adversely affected Algeria’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) growth rate in the past years,” External link

africanbrains Wednesday, December 14, 2016 8:50:00 PM EAT

Rob Davies noted : “South Africa is gradually losing its import market share in Algeria,” External link

africanbrains Wednesday, December 14, 2016 8:50:00 PM EAT

Rob Davies said : “Through that award, we try to single out individuals, who over a long period of time, have made a significant contribution and we can single them out as role models for businesspeople to emulate and follow,” External link

iafrica Wednesday, December 7, 2016 11:55:00 PM EAT

Rob Davies said : “We are happy the extension will afford all stakeholders and members of the public more time to share their ideas and proposals with us on the bill,” External link

iol Monday, December 5, 2016 10:57:00 AM EAT

Rob Davies says : “Algeria has been South Africa’s largest export trading partner in the North Africa region, having accounted for 43% of SA’s total trade with North Africa in the period from 2011 to 2015. The value of trade between the two countries reached over R13.4 billion, from 2011 to 2015. South African exports estimated at R13 billion while imports from Algeria were R463 million,” External link

africanbrains Friday, December 2, 2016 10:08:00 PM EAT

Rob Davies says : “In 2011 roughly 72% of all South Africa’s exports to North Africa were destined for the Algerian market and in 2015 the figure dropped to only 24% which is the lowest record in the past five years. Algeria is seeking more trade and foreign investment to diversify its economy especially in light of the current low oil prices, which have adversely affected Algeria’s GDP growth rate in the past years,” External link

africanbrains Friday, December 2, 2016 10:08:00 PM EAT

Rob Davies said : "African countries should also ensure that there is alignment between AGOA and their development integration agendas, focus on their industrialisation and preserve policy space aimed at enhancing efforts to diversify their exports base and integrate supply chains so as to take advantage of market access opportunities under AGOA," External link

allafrica Wednesday, November 30, 2016 2:57:00 PM EAT

Rob Davies said : "Looking at the world average liquor consumption per capita, South Africa stands at about twice the average. We consume about twice as much as the world average of liquor in this country. That liquor consumption goes along with serious alcohol abuse," External link

allafrica Tuesday, November 22, 2016 2:44:00 PM EAT

Rob Davies said : “A socio-economic impact assessment was conducted on the final Liquor Policy and approved by Cabinet on September 14, 2016,” “The socio-economic impact assessment report was submitted to the cabinet secretariat” External link

iol Thursday, November 17, 2016 9:33:00 AM EAT

Rob Davies said : "This award cements South Africa's Investment position and further presents a value proposition which is underpinned by high quality standards, relevant skills, the potential to deliver complex and non- complex processes and cost savings which enhances our proposition for Business Process Services globally," External link

allafrica Monday, November 14, 2016 2:30:00 PM EAT

Rob Davies said ( about Read More ) : "The rating relates to conditions found at the time of the most recent inspection. Read More " External link

themirror Saturday, November 12, 2016 2:18:00 PM EAT

Rob Davies said : "This sector is critical because of its labour intensity across the value chain and its high economic multipliers, especially with respect to exports. The incentive will contain strong conditionalities, including with respect to labour practices and empowerment," External link

allafrica Wednesday, November 9, 2016 7:21:00 PM EAT

Rob Davies said : "We all know that the performance of our economy has been flat, but we were saved by the second-quarter Gross Domestic Product manufacturing statistics. That was mainly through the implementation of a transparent localisation policy that we have developed and this result also demonstrates that manufacturing and diversification of our economy is highly critical if we are to achieve our economic strategic objectives," External link

allafrica Tuesday, November 8, 2016 8:39:00 PM EAT

Rob Davies said : "By the early 2000's, domestic boatbuilding capabilities had hollowed out -with the exception of the luxury yachting sector. Government introduced a stronger industrial financing instrument and boats were designated for local procurement. The sector is now witnessing the crowding-in of private sector funding and capabilities to meet demand both locally and internationally. The success of Nautic Africa, now part of the Paramount group and Damen are testament to what can be achieved. A lot of effort has also gone into the clothing and textile clusters in the last decade in the Cape. The national government has deployed significant incentives to support, amongst others, companies in this sector in the province. We have injected R2billion incentives over the last 5 years to support the industry and successfully raising productivity and competitiveness," "This sector is critical because of its labour intensity across the value chain and its high economic multipliers especially with respect to exports. The incentive will contain strong conditionality's; including with respect to labour practices and empowerment. In this latter case it is imperative that the Western Cape embraces the effort to ensure that economic activity and economic growth is inclusive," External link

allafrica Tuesday, November 8, 2016 8:39:00 PM EAT

Rob Davies said ( about Medium Enterprises ) : “During the first phase of the revitalisation programme of Komani, seven Small Micro Medium Enterprises were appointed as sub-contractors at the value of R5.3 million [and] 71 local labourers were employed and 63% of these were youth,” External link

sanews Tuesday, November 8, 2016 6:26:00 PM EAT

Rob Davies added : “To date, the four launched parks combined, employ almost 40 000 people,” External link

iol Tuesday, November 8, 2016 2:11:00 PM EAT

Rob Davies added : “Seventy-one local labourers were employed and 63 percent of these were youth,” External link

iol Tuesday, November 8, 2016 2:11:00 PM EAT

Rob Davies said : “The manufacturing sector is capable of creating more jobs and thus it must be supported. We also need to search for job-creation opportunities that will boost the economy,” External link

iol Tuesday, November 8, 2016 2:11:00 PM EAT

Rob Davies says : "Construction Sector Code remains one of the key sector codes that affect domestic infrastructural development and as such is one of the catalysts for the implementation of B-BBEE in the country. One of the key unique features of the draft sector code is that the target for Black Ownership is set at 35% (32.5% for the first four years of implementation thereafter 35%). This is higher than the ownership target for the Generic Codes and it is the second highest black ownership target, behind the Black Ownership target of 40% of the Media and Advertising Sector Code (MAC)," External link

allafrica Thursday, November 3, 2016 9:36:00 PM EAT

Rob Davies said : “The Construction Sector Code remains one of the key sector codes that affect domestic infrastructural development and as such, is one of the catalysts for the implementation of B-BBEE in the country,” External link

sanews Thursday, November 3, 2016 2:50:00 PM EAT

Rob Davies said : “We need to unearth more of these opportunities and we need to move this work further forward. We look forward to strengthening this partnership and to helping Abagold become the gold standard in the global abalone farming industry,” External link

africanbrains Wednesday, October 26, 2016 9:16:00 PM EAT

Rob Davies added : “The Programme we’re celebrating here today is something called the workplace challenge. It’s a programme supported by the national economic labour council. The national productivity institute is part of that. Over the years they have supported 250 enterprises with about 500 000 people. What happens is that there is a small contribution from the enterprise itself and a larger portion comes from the dti through the skills for the economy programme. That is how we come into the picture as the dti. Abalone farming is a high value industry which we have identified as part of our oceans economy strategy,” External link

africanbrains Wednesday, October 26, 2016 9:16:00 PM EAT

Rob Davies said : “This relates to issues such as developing common goals, implementing improvements that lead to world-class competitiveness and best operating services, encouraging the sharing of productivity gains, as well as engendering collaboration between companies involved in similar processes,” External link

sanews Monday, October 24, 2016 2:00:00 PM EAT

Rob Davies said : “Such investment is important and demonstrates the confidence that 3M has in the long-term future of South Africa as a regional manufacturing hub,” External link

sanews Friday, October 21, 2016 6:21:00 PM EAT

Rob Davies said : "Such investment is important and demonstrates the confidence that 3M has in the long-term future of South Africa as a regional manufacturing hub," External link

allafrica Friday, October 21, 2016 3:50:00 PM EAT

Rob Davies said : “Such investment is important and demonstrates the confidence that 3M has in the long-term future of South Africa as a regional manufacturing hub,” External link

africanbrains Friday, October 21, 2016 12:29:00 PM EAT

Rob Davies said ( about Jacob Zuma ) : "The CIPLA Biologic investment is a Top 10 priority project of the Inter-Ministerial Committee (IMC) on Investment chaired by President Jacob Zuma and is strategic for a number of reasons. It resonates well with our industrial policy and puts South Africa at the cutting edge of innovation, moving up the value chain to advanced manufacturing and a knowledge - based economy. It has socio - economic benefits and strengthens our partnership with India and BRICS of developing countries providing affordable healthcare. CIPLA has a plant in GOA, India and South Africa will be the second location that will serve the African Continent and global markets," External link

allafrica Monday, October 17, 2016 6:13:00 PM EAT

Rob Davies said : “This R600bn that you talk about, we want to build stronger confidence in relations with the private sector because we want to unlock that, but simultaneously, we want to encourage also foreign direct investment. That’s going to come in and build productive capacity in our country,” External link

enca Friday, October 7, 2016 2:45:00 PM EAT

Rob Davies said : “But they also want to see that there is more of a growth story and that we are working together around that,” External link

enca Friday, October 7, 2016 2:45:00 PM EAT

Rob Davies said : "This R600bn that you talk about, we want to build stronger confidence in relations with the private sector because we want to unlock that, but simultaneously we want to encourage also foreign direct investment. That’s going to come in and build productive capacity in our country," External link

businessday Friday, October 7, 2016 7:07:00 AM EAT

Rob Davies told : "I think the most important [factor] is [rating agencies] want to see that there is likely to be a better growth story than we’ve had up to now," External link

bdlive Thursday, October 6, 2016 2:35:00 PM EAT

Rob Davies adds : "We are also the highest with regards to the Foetal Alcohol Syndrome in the world, and 41% of the injuries are from incidences related to alcohol consumption," External link

allafrica Tuesday, October 4, 2016 2:03:00 PM EAT

Rob Davies said : "We are also proposing additional restrictions on gambling advertising. This will ensure the prohibition of advertising through unsolicited messages as that may entice vulnerable groups like minors and excluded persons," External link

allafrica Tuesday, October 4, 2016 2:03:00 PM EAT

Rob Davies said : “South Africa has a significant problem of alcohol abuse. The figures are telling us that it’s not getting better. More drastic measures are needed for this very serious national problem,” External link

iol Tuesday, October 4, 2016 9:11:00 AM EAT

Rob Davies said : “The situation is getting worse. It can’t just be business as usual,” External link

iol Tuesday, October 4, 2016 9:11:00 AM EAT

Rob Davies said : “Manufacturers and suppliers who supply to illegal or unlicenced outlets, if from the consumption in those unlicenced outlets there is damage caused, the manufacturers and suppliers, the wholesalers if you like, the onus will shift [to them] and they will have to show…they took reasonable steps to ensure that their product was not supplied to the unlicenced outlets that were responsible for them,” External link

enca Monday, October 3, 2016 8:36:00 PM EAT

Rob Davies said : “Business as usual is not going to crack it. Business as usual is not making it better, it’s actually making it worse,” “What we are presenting here is a set of ideas, a set of proposals which we would like to see a full-on national debate around this very important question” External link

enca Monday, October 3, 2016 8:36:00 PM EAT

Rob Davies said : “Any adverts will have to indicate the harmful effects of alcohol,” External link

enca Monday, October 3, 2016 8:36:00 PM EAT

Rob Davies said : “I think this is leading us to conclude that we have to take much more drastic measures to combat alcohol abuse and that this is a serious national problem,” External link

sanews Monday, October 3, 2016 8:20:00 PM EAT

Rob Davies said : “Manufacturers and suppliers who supply to illegal or unlicensed outlets, if from the consumption in those unlicensed outlets there is damage caused, the manufacturers and suppliers, the wholesalers if you like, the onus will shift [to them] and they will have to show…they took reasonable steps to ensure that their product was not supplied to the unlicensed outlets that were responsible for them,” External link

iol Monday, October 3, 2016 5:51:00 PM EAT

Rob Davies said : “Business as usual is not going to crack it. Business as usual is not making it better, it’s actually making it worse,” “What we are presenting here is a set of ideas, a set of proposals which we would like to see a full-on national debate around this very important question” External link

iol Monday, October 3, 2016 5:51:00 PM EAT

Rob Davies said : “Any adverts will have to indicate the harmful effects of alcohol,” External link

iol Monday, October 3, 2016 5:51:00 PM EAT

Rob Davies said : "The awards represent and acknowledge all South African business sectors and enterprises, as well as members of the media, who meet the various criteria per category and have achieved success in their various fields," External link

allafrica Friday, September 30, 2016 4:53:00 PM EAT

Rob Davies says : "The first phase of the revitalisation includes the security infrastructure upgrade, fencing, street lighting and critical electricity requirements, but in the case of Isithebe we have upgraded the roofs of some of the factories within the industrial park," External link

allafrica Friday, September 30, 2016 4:53:00 PM EAT

Rob Davies said : “Para-athletes can have longer careers for sure” External link

icWales Saturday, September 24, 2016 2:55:00 PM EAT

Rob Davies said : "Through the support of black-owned entities in the manufacturing sector, the business mission to Nigeria aims to enhance the efforts of the Black Industrialists Programme and ensure that the support for black industrialists increases in order to improve their participation in the manufacturing industry," External link

businessday Thursday, September 22, 2016 7:25:00 PM EAT

Rob Davies said : “The awards represent and acknowledge all South African business sectors and enterprises, as well as members of the media, who meet the various criteria per category and have achieved success in their various fields,” External link

africanbrains Thursday, September 22, 2016 2:18:00 PM EAT

Rob Davies said : “The awards represent and acknowledge all South African business sectors and enterprises, as well as members of the media, who meet the various criteria per category and have achieved success in their various fields,” External link

sanews Wednesday, September 21, 2016 8:57:00 PM EAT

Rob Davies said ( about Saida Harrigan ) : "South Africa is ideally positioned to serve the East-West cargo traffic and the booming African offshore oil and gas industry, through marine manufacturing, which includes ship and rig repair, refurbishment and boatbuilding. Despite this competitive advantage, we currently capture only 1% of the global market of ship repair and refurbishment," External link

allafrica Monday, September 5, 2016 7:08:00 PM EAT

Rob Davies said : “These parks have the capacity to serve as catalysts for broader economic and industrial development in their host regions, mainly townships and rural areas,” External link

iol Thursday, September 1, 2016 8:02:00 PM EAT

Rob Davies said : "The size of this investment demonstrates confidence by China and confidence in South Africa as an investment destination. The investment is strategic and is a major project in terms of our bilateral relationship and a key project supported by the Inter Ministerial Committee on Investment," External link

allafrica Wednesday, August 31, 2016 5:58:00 PM EAT



Key Titles and Phrases Count Lang Last Seen
trade and industry minister38.53%EN12/06/201706/12/2017
minister22.77%EN12/06/201706/12/2017
industry minister16.88%EN12/06/201706/12/2017
head0.11%EN10/26/201726/10/2017
minister of trade and industry8.66%EN10/11/201711/10/2017
labour minister0.33%EN10/03/201703/10/2017
gold medalist0.06%EN09/16/201716/09/2017
south african minister of trade and industry0.39%EN08/29/201729/08/2017
african minister of trade and industry0.17%EN08/23/201723/08/2017
trade minister1.94%EN08/21/201721/08/2017
south african trade minister0.28%EN08/21/201721/08/2017
african trade minister0.11%EN08/21/201721/08/2017
south african trade and industry minister1.39%EN06/30/201730/06/2017
african trade and industry minister1.00%EN06/30/201730/06/2017
ministre sud-africain0.06%FR05/06/201706/05/2017
spokesman0.11%EN04/24/201724/04/2017
industries minister0.11%EN01/04/201704/01/2017
trade and industries minister0.11%EN01/04/201704/01/2017
south african minister of trade0.06%EN12/09/201609/12/2016
minister of trade0.06%EN12/09/201609/12/2016
african minister of trade0.06%EN12/09/201609/12/2016
minister of energy0.06%EN11/11/201611/11/2016
minister for trade and industry1.00%EN11/06/201606/11/2016
industry and trade minister0.11%EN10/17/201617/10/2016
public enterprises minister0.06%EN10/06/201606/10/2016
youth trade and industry minister0.06%EN10/03/201603/10/2016
manager0.22%EN09/26/201626/09/2016
general manager0.11%EN09/26/201626/09/2016
minister of labour0.11%EN09/17/201617/09/2016
player0.22%EN09/14/201614/09/2016
Names Lang Count
Rob DaviesEN67.84%
Rob DaviesFR8.32%
Rob DaviesPT7.99%
Rob DaviesAF7.73%
Rob DaviesES7.60%
Rob DaviesSA0.52%
Rob DaviesSW0.00%


 
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Rob Davies said ( about British ) : “We’re making very good progress to achieve our ambition to become a highly competitive region when the British and Irish League commences” External link

gloucestercitizen Monday, December 2, 2019 6:15:00 PM EAT

Rob Davies said ( about British ) : "With the help of the PRB and others we are making very good progress into achieving our ambition to be a highly competitive region when the British & Irish League commences," "All the TV deals are due to expire in two years time: 2022 season. "What will happen is that the CVC who already have an interest in the English league are attempting to secure the rights to the Six Nations. That discussion is well advanced. "As you might imagine when you are dealing with the English, French, Irish and Scots, and then add in the Italians and the French, it's not going to be easy to get consensus. "But those negotiations are proceeding quite well. The timescale for that is probably the middle to the end of the autumn internationals next year" External link

bbc Saturday, November 30, 2019 2:01:00 PM EAT

Rob Davies said ( about Allen Clarke ) : "It became a matter of personal conduct. When it’s a matter of personal conduct, it’s very difficult to comment because of the legal ramifications. “You cannot go off piste and that’s what happened at the start of this week. “I’ve been around a long time, it’s pretty unusual but it’s impossible to say anything other than it being a matter of personal conduct. “Today, he is still legally an employee but he’s not in charge of rugby matters”. Reports of Clarke's departure surfaced on Tuesday and it's been a turbulent few days since then, with the region remaining silent on the matter for more than 24 hours as fans demanded answers. A brief statement finally came on Wednesday, in which they said they were in discussions with the Irishman and hoped to have matters resolved " External link

southwales-eveningpost Friday, November 29, 2019 6:43:00 PM EAT

Rob Davies said : "This property, which is owned by the council, is very dated and needs extensive modernisation and refurbishment. Rubbish has been strewn in the overgrown garden behind the abandoned property. " External link

kentonline Friday, November 29, 2019 12:41:00 PM EAT

Rob Davies said : "This property, which is owned by the council, is very dated and needs extensive modernisation and refurbishment. Rubbish has been strewn in the overgrown garden behind the abandoned property. " External link

kentonline Friday, November 29, 2019 10:06:00 AM EAT

Rob Davies added : "Just leave it alone. It's meant to be a national surfing reserve, and you'd like to think the landscape and surrounding area will remain unchanged" External link

illawarramercury Tuesday, October 22, 2019 10:11:00 AM EAT

Rob Davies said : "The scenes in the Guildhall last night as the planning committee met to discuss the extension to the Wincheap park and ride were totally unacceptable. " External link

kentonline Wednesday, October 16, 2019 4:34:00 PM EAT

Rob Davies said : "Amongst others, the rationale for the R100m was that it will ensure that all transactions by mainly large entities (those with annual revenue greater than R50m) in terms of the codes (of good practice) are covered," External link

businessday Wednesday, August 21, 2019 7:22:00 AM EAT

Rob Davies said : "The Musina-Makhado SEZ is strategically located close to the main land-based trade route between SA and the … African continent. This new development will certainly improve rail and road transport links between SA and the rest of the continent," External link

businessday Monday, July 29, 2019 9:35:00 AM EAT

Rob Davies said : "There are 31 projects in progress and [they] will be completed once funds have been received from the National Treasury," External link

businessday Wednesday, July 17, 2019 5:33:00 AM EAT

Rob Davies said : “For many of us in the developing world we believe that there has been an insufficient delivery on development,” External link

businessday Monday, June 3, 2019 12:04:00 PM EAT

Rob Davies said : “The protagonists on the other side of the debate would narrow the space for development which would have very serious consequences for our constituencies,” “We are not about to surrender our right to special and differential treatment” External link

businessday Monday, June 3, 2019 12:04:00 PM EAT

Rob Davies said : “Our view is that the reform of the WTO should fundamentally be about reform for development and inclusivity,” External link

africanbrains Tuesday, May 28, 2019 4:35:00 PM EAT

Rob Davies said : “A total of 32 Foreign Direct Investment projects were recorded during this period, with an average investment of R495.03 billion per project, which created a total of 4 209 jobs,” External link

africanbrains Tuesday, May 28, 2019 4:35:00 PM EAT

Rob Davies said : "We don’t discriminate on these issues. Everybody who is invested in the South African economy is granted national treatment," "Decisions that we will take about the use of technologies of one company or another will be based on assessment of the technology and the inherent value of the proposition" External link

iol Friday, May 24, 2019 5:08:00 PM EAT

Rob Davies said : “We don’t discriminate on these issues. Everybody who is invested in the South African economy is granted national treatment,” External link

citizen Friday, May 24, 2019 1:50:00 PM EAT

Rob Davies affirme : “Suite à la profonde expérience de réindustrialisation des Etats-Unis d’Amérique consécutive à la découverte d’importantes réserves de gaz, et à la trajectoire de mise en valeur du gaz naturel liquéfié (GNL) par le Qatar, le potentiel de réalisation d’une valeur côtière à long terme significative en Afrique du Sud et dans sa région est considérable. Que l’Afrique du Sud découvre, ou non, ses propres ressources en gaz naturel commercialement viables, le pays jouera un rôle prépondérant dans l’accélération de la demande terrestre et le développement des ressources régionales,” External link

guineemining Friday, May 24, 2019 12:35:00 AM EAT

Rob Davies affirme : “Suite à la profonde expérience de réindustrialisation des Etats-Unis d’Amérique consécutive à la découverte d’importantes réserves de gaz, et à la trajectoire de mise en valeur du gaz naturel liquéfié (GNL) par le Qatar, le potentiel de réalisation d’une valeur côtière à long terme significative en Afrique du Sud et dans sa région est considérable. Que l’Afrique du Sud découvre, ou non, ses propres ressources en gaz naturel commercialement viables, le pays jouera un rôle prépondérant dans l’accélération de la demande terrestre et le développement des ressources régionales,” External link

al-wihda Thursday, May 23, 2019 1:47:00 PM EAT

Rob Davies affirme : “Suite à la profonde expérience de réindustrialisation des Etats-Unis d’Amérique consécutive à la découverte d’importantes réserves de gaz, et à la trajectoire de mise en valeur du gaz naturel liquéfié (GNL) par le Qatar, le potentiel de réalisation d’une valeur côtière à long terme significative en Afrique du Sud et dans sa région est considérable. Que l’Afrique du Sud découvre, ou non, ses propres ressources en gaz naturel commercialement viables, le pays jouera un rôle prépondérant dans l’accélération de la demande terrestre et le développement des ressources régionales,” External link

AfricaNews-French Thursday, May 23, 2019 1:06:00 PM EAT

Rob Davies says : “Following the profound experience of reindustrialisation of the United States of America on the back of major gas finds, and the Qatari LNG development trajectory, the potential for the realisation of significant long-term onshore value in South Africa and the region is substantial. Whether or not South Africa discovers its own commercially viable natural gas resources, it will play a major role in driving onshore demand and the development of the regional resources,” External link

AfricaNews-English Thursday, May 23, 2019 12:40:00 PM EAT

Rob Davies said : “Our view is that the reform of the WTO should fundamentally be about reform for development and inclusivity,” External link

sanews Thursday, May 23, 2019 11:31:00 AM EAT

Rob Davies said : “A total of 32 Foreign Direct Investment projects were recorded during this period, with an average investment of R495.03 billion per project, which created a total of 4 209 jobs,” External link

sanews Thursday, May 23, 2019 11:31:00 AM EAT

Rob Davies said : “More significantly, Uganda enjoys a unique location at the heart of Sub-Saharan Africa, which makes it accessible to the Central and East African markets, including the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA). This makes the country a viable market for business because it has the potential to be a transportation, logistics and transit hub for regional trade and investment,” External link

sanews Friday, May 17, 2019 10:45:00 AM EAT

Rob Davies said : “The mission is aligned to our mandate of increasing intra-African trade and investment in line with the objectives of the Continental Free Trade Agreement,” External link

sanews Friday, May 17, 2019 10:45:00 AM EAT

Rob Davies said : “Even if Europe manages to solve the big issues, we are clear that relations are going to increase among ourselves,” External link

thenewage Thursday, May 16, 2019 10:38:00 PM EAT

Rob Davies said : “We must therefore approach the entirety of all discussions and proposals around the reform of the WTO from a perspective of reform for development and inclusivity,” External link

sanews Thursday, May 16, 2019 1:41:00 PM EAT

Rob Davies said : “The 20% will facilitate an increase in the ownership patterns by black chartered accountants and thereby accelerate transformation in entities that dominate the sector. The target for learnerships, apprenticeships and internships under the skills development element as a percentage of total employees is 18% of total employees compared to 2.5% of total employees in the generic scorecard,” External link

sanews Wednesday, May 15, 2019 10:32:00 AM EAT

Rob Davies said : “We need to shape a multilateral trade environment that is conducive and supportive of industrialisation, and supports structural transformation and economic diversification. This includes recognising the necessity of policy space for developing countries, especially African countries to pursue our development objectives and promote regional integration,” External link

sanews Monday, May 13, 2019 2:14:00 PM EAT

Rob Davies said : “We have spent about R111 million on the rehabilitation of industrial parks and I think there’s definitely been an improvement in the investment environment in the ones where we have already rolled out phase one,” External link

sanews Friday, April 26, 2019 5:43:00 PM EAT

Rob Davies said : “Properly functioning industrial parks should create job opportunities as well as more opportunities for small and large companies. [This is] part of the overall approach by government to support more productive activity in our country,” External link

sanews Friday, April 26, 2019 5:43:00 PM EAT

Rob Davies said : “We are on the cusp of a very big change for Africa and the ratification of the Africa Continental Free Trade Agreement, which was adopted by 22 members in Gambia on 22 April 2019, will open up the market for products manufactured from these countries. I hope also that this ratification will enable an expansion of South Africa’s exports into Africa as well and commit to work with initiatives of this nature,” External link

sanews Wednesday, April 24, 2019 1:32:00 PM EAT

Rob Davies said : "As we have shown with our clothing and textiles programme, judicious use of incentives and other industrial policy tools can stabilise sectors in distress and position these for growth," External link

businessday Tuesday, April 16, 2019 8:01:00 AM EAT

Rob Davies said : "In consultation with shareholder departments, we will set targets for state-owned companies for procurement of locally manufactured goods from black industrialists. In addition, we will expand designations in value chains where black industrialists participate," "We will use the equity equivalent programmes more strategically to support industrialists with technical assistance and market access" External link

businessday Tuesday, April 16, 2019 8:01:00 AM EAT

Rob Davies said : “Ekandustria Industrial Park is strategically located in Eastern Gauteng in close geographic proximity to the Maputo Corridor. The Maputo Corridor links the park with the markets in Mpumalanga via Witbank and Middleburg in the Eastern side and North West till Botswana via the City of Tshwane in the Western side,” External link

citizen Friday, April 12, 2019 7:05:00 PM EAT

Rob Davies said : “Ekandustria Industrial Park is strategically located in Eastern Gauteng, in close geographic proximity to the Maputo Corridor. The Maputo Corridor links the park with the markets in Mpumalanga via Witbank and Middleburg in the Eastern side and North West until Botswana via the City of Tshwane in the Western side,” External link

sanews Friday, April 12, 2019 1:51:00 PM EAT

Rob Davies said : “This tells us that the journey of innovation, which is the most difficult part, is turning of inventions into commercial products and in this regard, in South Africa, we have had many more failures than successes. This is the issue we need to confront,” External link

citizen Wednesday, April 10, 2019 5:34:00 PM EAT

Rob Davies said : “One of the policy instruments that government is introducing to address the above is a substantive search and examination system of patents. The substantive search and examination system will be implemented on a needs basis because there are too many cases of evergreening of patents,” External link

sanews Wednesday, April 10, 2019 12:55:00 PM EAT

Rob Davies said : “This tells us that in the journey of innovation… the most difficult part is turning inventions into commercial products. In this regard, in SA we have had many more failures than successes. This is the issue we need to confront,” External link

sanews Wednesday, April 10, 2019 12:55:00 PM EAT

Rob Davies said : “South Africa has inventions coming from research institutions, universities and individuals, and the issue is then how do these inventions find their way into products," he said. "The computerised ticketing system, automatic hosepipe swimming pool cleaning device and many more are South African innovation and not many of them ended up as products that are manufactured in South Africa, and South Africa does not benefit appropriately from its innovation". "This tells us that the journey of innovation which is the most difficult part is turning of inventions into commercial products and in this regard, in South Africa, we have had many more failures than successes. This is the issue we need to confront,” External link

iol Wednesday, April 10, 2019 12:10:00 PM EAT

Rob Davies says : “Our fundamental focus in on the regional integration processes on the African continent,” External link

newstatesman Tuesday, April 9, 2019 6:29:00 PM EAT

Rob Davies says ( about Industrial Revolution ) : “Policy certainty on SA ICT landscape and noticeable improvements on FDI ranking indices have underpinned the strides South Africa has made in securing investment in digital, ICT and 4th Industrial Revolution (4IR) industries,” External link

gov-za Tuesday, April 9, 2019 2:24:00 PM EAT

Rob Davies says : “South Africa’s investment mobilisation drive is gaining traction and the latest data from South African Reserve Bank and the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) indicates a major increase in Foreign Direct Investments from previous years. We have turned the corner, improving our investment climate and investor facilitation service,” External link

gov-za Tuesday, April 9, 2019 2:24:00 PM EAT

Rob Davies said : “In 2012, the Coega Special Economic Zone had 19 investors with a total private sector investment value of R1.13 billion, creating 3 778 jobs. As at April 2019, the Coega SEZ has grown to 43 operational investors worth over R9.93 billion worth of private investments. As a result, it has doubled its direct employment creation to 8210 jobs and 19402 including construction jobs since inception,” External link

sanews Thursday, April 4, 2019 1:02:00 PM EAT

Rob Davies said : “In addition, the designation of Bojanala SEZ in North West is at the advanced stage, very soon I will be publishing the application for the designation of the proposed zone in the government gazette to afford the public an opportunity to submit written comments on the proposed development,” External link

sanews Thursday, April 4, 2019 1:02:00 PM EAT

Rob Davies said : “One of the strategic initiatives that the government, through the DTI, has embarked upon for accelerating the country’s industrial development agenda is the SEZ Programme. This is based on our belief that SEZs can provide the country with the necessary impetus for promoting industrial development, building the required industrial infrastructure, and promoting co-ordinated planning among key government agencies and the private sector,” External link

iol Saturday, March 30, 2019 10:10:00 AM EAT

Rob Davies said : “There have been a number of engagements with the rating agencies, including Moody’s, around what we are trying to achieve. What we’ve been trying to persuade the rating agencies on is that [we have a] programme of addressing the evident problems we have and solutions are being worked on,” External link

sanews Thursday, March 28, 2019 9:49:00 PM EAT

Rob Davies said : “We have our fingers crossed. We will see what their decision is tomorrow,” External link

sanews Thursday, March 28, 2019 9:49:00 PM EAT

Rob Davies said : “I think that point is pretty well established, that if our neighbour has a meltdown – or even short of a meltdown, if it has a worse performance in its economy than now – we can expect that large numbers of people from Zimbabwe will find their way into South Africa. […] Another implication is a loss of markets – all kinds of things that we do not want to see. We have to find ways that we can work to assist Zimbabweans as they are now trying to take decisions which are going to turn their economy around. And we need to find ways to help them” External link

insiderzim Wednesday, March 27, 2019 9:32:00 AM EAT

Rob Davies said : “I don’t think this is a question of somebody bailing out somebody with large sums of money. We don’t have large sums of money, but I think we can try to assist them in their engagements with the Paris Club [including countries like Russia, Britain and France], which is a creditor, and also with international financial institutions” External link

insiderzim Wednesday, March 27, 2019 9:32:00 AM EAT

Rob Davies says : “If you are tied to the currency of the strongest economy in the world, you’re not going to be competitive on anything. So it’s obviously important that they do introduce a currency, but it’s having issues,” “There are many issues about certainty. Something I shared with them is that investors respond when you can introduce certainty – if you keep chopping and changing, you are going to get less of a positive reaction” External link

insiderzim Wednesday, March 27, 2019 9:32:00 AM EAT

Rob Davies said ( about Cyril Ramaphosa ) : “In many ways, this election is a referendum of our President Ramaphosa. Do we want him to lead a process of reform and change in this country or do we think we can risk something else?” External link

dailymaverick Wednesday, March 27, 2019 2:56:00 AM EAT

Rob Davies said : “Our industrial policy has worked but it has not done what we wanted it to do,” External link

businessday Tuesday, March 26, 2019 4:41:00 PM EAT

Rob Davies said : “Industrial parks are recognised as catalysts for broader economic and industrial development in their host regions. Work on first phase of the revitalisation programme has been completed for the Ga-Rankuwa Industrial park,” External link

sanews Tuesday, March 26, 2019 1:20:00 PM EAT

Rob Davies said : “The planning process can, on some occasions, be a quite lengthy process, and in this case it was necessary to secure the best possible scheme and benefits for the town. We look forward to seeing the developer making a swift start on site” External link

kentonline Monday, March 25, 2019 12:41:00 PM EAT

Rob Davies said : "This latest update from PRB is excellent news for all concerned with Ospreys Rugby. This certainty allows us to step up preparations for next season, in particular our retention and recruitment, in earnest. " External link

southwales-eveningpost Wednesday, March 20, 2019 8:15:00 PM EAT

Rob Davies said : "This latest update from PRB is excellent news for all concerned with Ospreys Rugby. This certainty allows us to step up preparations for next season, in particular our retention and recruitment, in earnest. " External link

icWales Wednesday, March 20, 2019 3:26:00 PM EAT

Rob Davies said : “Everyone who is involved with this kind of a project needs to be extremely proud of what has been achieved here because this is an important investment, which has injected R72 million into the economy and created 150 quality manufacturing job opportunities. Moreover, this investment brings Hisense’s total investment in this Atlantis plant to R440 million, which is a significant investment,” External link

sanews Tuesday, March 19, 2019 5:18:00 PM EAT

Rob Davies said : “As a department, we are very happy that the first investment was supported by the dti through is Manufacturing and Competitive Enhance Programme, as well as through the tariff rate dispensation that has supported the investment in the fridges,” External link

sanews Tuesday, March 19, 2019 5:18:00 PM EAT

Rob Davies said : “We agreed that we will continue to discuss these issues while we await clarification on the interpretation of the reasonable grounds on which the UK would not recognise the establishment listings,” External link

sanews Tuesday, March 19, 2019 5:18:00 PM EAT

Rob Davies said : “The two issues were on the sanitary and phytosanitary SPS [legislation]. The proposal of the British was that all the certificates, except for established listings… would be rolled over for one year, after which the British would decide on their own system,” External link

sanews Tuesday, March 19, 2019 5:18:00 PM EAT

Rob Davies said ( about British ) : “If we were to agree to the British proposal in this regard, we would be bound to extend it to the rest of EU and I think we need time to consider our position on that. This is the position of the group as a whole - not just that of South Africa, so we left the discussion there,” External link

sanews Tuesday, March 19, 2019 5:18:00 PM EAT

Rob Davies said ( about British ) : “That extension is not just dependent what the British want but also on what the EU is prepared to agree to,” External link

sanews Tuesday, March 19, 2019 5:18:00 PM EAT

Rob Davies said ( about The UK ) : “The meeting noted that the UK’s EU Withdrawal Act of 2018 provides for incorporation of EU legislation that was operative before the UK exits the EU and will form part of domestic law of the UK on the day the UK exits the EU. Therefore, sanitary and phytosanitary (SPS) legislation of the EU will be domesticated into UK legislation and continue to apply in the UK. Differences between the Parties were significantly narrowed in relation to timeframes for continued recognition of SPS import requirements and the meeting acknowledged that market access for agriculture products is critical to SACU and Mozambique” External link

gov-za Monday, March 18, 2019 5:47:00 PM EAT

Rob Davies said : “in order to benefit from the preferential ra tes offered by a trade agreement, a UK exporter must prove that the product it is selling is meeting the Rules of Origin in the agreement and as such that the product is actually from or has had sufficient work done in the UK . This also applies to SACU and Mozambique when exporting products into the UK. These rules of origin exist to ensure that the benefit of preferential access in terms of a free trade agreement goes to the countries party to the agreement, and not to non-Parties” External link

gov-za Monday, March 18, 2019 5:47:00 PM EAT

Rob Davies said : “Kimberley will be the last stop of our year-long campaign where we have been consistently calling upon to manufacturing companies to enrol in the two-year Workplace Challenge Programme (WPC) to ensure a sustained improvement in their productivity and competitiveness,” External link

sanews Monday, March 18, 2019 2:55:00 PM EAT

Rob Davies said : “In South Africa, too much [black] ownership is not real economic ownership; too often it is only legal ownership,” External link

citizen Saturday, March 16, 2019 8:07:00 PM EAT

Rob Davies said : “In South Africa, too much [black] ownership is not real economic ownership; too often it is only legal ownership,” External link

iol Friday, March 15, 2019 12:10:00 AM EAT

Rob Davies said : “then we would have an agreement in place that would ensure that there’s no interruption of our existing trade,” External link

sanews Wednesday, March 13, 2019 7:01:00 PM EAT

Rob Davies said : “These are valid for exporters into the EU. We [South Africa], including SACU and Mozambique, wanted a recognition of those existing certificates for a period of time. We have secured this and at least an assurance that there will be an easier, cheaper process of changing them,” External link

sanews Wednesday, March 13, 2019 7:01:00 PM EAT

Rob Davies said : “We had to set those. That work has already been done. We have reached an agreement. It shouldn’t be a bad deal as far as that’s concerned,” External link

sanews Wednesday, March 13, 2019 7:01:00 PM EAT

Rob Davies said : “Under the EPA, we don’t get cumulation in reverse,” External link

sanews Wednesday, March 13, 2019 7:01:00 PM EAT

Rob Davies said : “If they leave without an agreement, then they would revert to the schedule that is put in by the EU into the WTO [World Trade Organisation] in the 1990s,” External link

sanews Wednesday, March 13, 2019 7:01:00 PM EAT

Rob Davies said : “What would not go in duty free are automotives. We have to deal with that issue bilaterally,” External link

sanews Wednesday, March 13, 2019 7:01:00 PM EAT

Rob Davies said : “It would not include automotives, which will be a big problem for us [as South Africa]. It would not include beef for Botswana. It would not include sugar for Eswatini -- that would be some of the difficulty,” External link

sanews Wednesday, March 13, 2019 7:01:00 PM EAT

Rob Davies said : “If they didn’t make this announcement, our fall-back would be better than the WTO terms for the EU, which would apply but it would be for 12 months and not include some of the things that are of importance for us,” External link

sanews Wednesday, March 13, 2019 7:01:00 PM EAT

Rob Davies said : “The awards are an opportunity for government, and South Africa as a whole, to recognise exceptional businesses and the businesspeople who drive them, ranging from emerging start-ups to established business institutions from the dawn of democracy,” External link

sanews Monday, March 11, 2019 1:55:00 PM EAT

Rob Davies said : “One of the dti’s strategic goals is to grow the South African manufacturing sector in order to promote industrial development, job creation, investment and exports. To achieve this objective, the department embarks on international missions in order to promote exports of South African value-added goods, and services to increase market share in markets located in various regions of the world,” External link

africanbrains Thursday, March 7, 2019 2:58:00 PM EAT

Rob Davies said : “One of the dti’s strategic goals is to grow the South African manufacturing sector in order to promote industrial development, job creation, investment and exports. To achieve this objective, the department embarks on international missions in order to promote exports of South African value-added goods, and services to increase market share in markets located in various regions of the world,” External link

sanews Monday, March 4, 2019 1:03:00 PM EAT

Rob Davies said ( about Saida Harrigan ) : “They are a voluntary set of principles and standards that seek to ensure that the operations of various South African businesses abroad are in compliance with the laws of the countries in which they operate; as well as aligned with and in support of government policies and the developmental approach to regional economic integration in the African continent,” External link

iol Thursday, February 28, 2019 5:25:00 PM EAT

Rob Davies said : “It is therefore imperative not only to get the money back in some cases but to cancel and re-issue contracts according to the localisation regulation. We are pleased with the process of rectifying these import leakages as a result of non-implementation and corruption of the programme,” External link

sanews Wednesday, February 27, 2019 1:22:00 PM EAT

Rob Davies said : "Although South Africa has managed to increase exports of value-added products to the EU, thus contributing to South Africa's industrial development objectives, there is still a need for further improvement in changing the structure of trade," External link

allafrica Monday, February 25, 2019 7:01:00 AM EAT

Rob Davies says : "The core objective of the SADC EPA Group and EU's joint efforts in implementing the agreement must be to ensure that the EPA enables sustainable development in the SADC EPA states through changing the structure of trade, including the fundamental structural imbalance in the trade between the parties, and promote enhance value-added trade," External link

allafrica Monday, February 25, 2019 7:01:00 AM EAT

Rob Davies said : "We need to rapidly and urgently develop a compulsory standard for processed meat. That is a no-brainer," External link

businessday Sunday, February 24, 2019 4:20:00 PM EAT

Rob Davies said : “The signing of this MoU is a key milestone in our bilateral relations and cooperation for a number of reasons: it is a new generation type of an agreement that is based on a couple of new departures. The first one is that it is very much detailed about the level of cooperation and specifically identifies a number of infrastructure projects that we will be collaborating on. Secondly, it is time-bound as it will last for only five years after which it can be renewed,” External link

clubofmozambique Wednesday, February 20, 2019 4:56:00 PM EAT

Rob Davies added : “Mozambique is a very significant trading partner for South Africa and we have a sizeable surplus with the country. We do not think that we are serving our relationship well just by practising the traditional way of doing trade, but by building investment relations we are creating the basis for a more equitable and more balanced pattern of trade in line with our approach of positioning South Africa as a development partner on the continent. That is the basis on which we cement the whole of our sustainable and long-term trade and economic relations throughout the continent,” External link

clubofmozambique Wednesday, February 20, 2019 4:56:00 PM EAT

Rob Davies said : “By building investment relations, we are creating the basis for a more equitable and more balanced pattern of trade, in line with our approach of positioning South Africa as a development partner on the continent. That is the basis on which we cement the whole of our sustainable and long-term trade and economic relations throughout the continent,” External link

clubofmozambique Wednesday, February 20, 2019 4:56:00 PM EAT

Rob Davies said : “By building investment relations, we are creating the basis for a more equitable and more balanced pattern of trade, in line with our approach of positioning South Africa as a development partner on the continent. That is the basis on which we cement the whole of our sustainable and long-term trade and economic relations throughout the continent,” External link

sanews Wednesday, February 20, 2019 12:06:00 PM EAT

Rob Davies said : “By building investment relations, we are creating the basis for a more equitable and more balanced pattern of trade, in line with our approach of positioning South Africa as a development partner on the continent. That is the basis on which we cement the whole of our sustainable and long-term trade and economic relations throughout the continent,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Wednesday, February 20, 2019 10:53:00 AM EAT

Rob Davies said ( about India Trade ) : “The appetite of India businesspeople willing to do business with South Africa was whetted by the visit. Therefore, our businesspeople who will be participating in the mission will find the Indian companies ready and willing to engage concretely with the South Africans on matters related to trade and investment opportunities that can be explored through forging of new partnerships and joint ventures,” External link

iol Tuesday, February 19, 2019 5:07:00 PM EAT

Rob Davies said ( about Saldanha Bay ) : "The investments signal a significant start of establishing new industrial value-chains in and around the Port of Saldanha. The Saldanha Bay Industrial Development Zone is part of the Department of Trade and Industry’s (the dti) Special Economic Zones Programme and is developing into a world-class offshore and maritime hub," External link

iol Tuesday, February 19, 2019 12:28:00 PM EAT

Rob Davies said ( about Saldanha Bay ) : "The Saldanha Bay IDZ’s investment pipeline includes at least five more investments that are close to conclusion. If these are realised they will add another R2.4 billion of investment to the short and medium term outlook of the zone. The total investor pipeline includes around 40 additional interested companies in various stages of engagement," External link

iol Tuesday, February 19, 2019 12:28:00 PM EAT

Rob Davies said : “Although SA has managed to increase exports of value-added products to the EU, thus contributing to SA’s industrial development objectives, there is still a need for further improvement in changing the structure of trade,” External link

businessday Monday, February 18, 2019 5:21:00 PM EAT

Rob Davies noted : “I am not sure whether we are going to resolve these issues specifically,” External link

businessday Monday, February 18, 2019 5:21:00 PM EAT

Rob Davies said : “Although South Africa has managed to increase exports of value-added products to the EU, thus contributing to South Africa’s industrial development objectives, there is still a need for further improvement in changing the structure of trade,” External link

sanews Monday, February 18, 2019 1:29:00 PM EAT

Rob Davies says : “The core objective of the SADC EPA Group and EU’s joint efforts in implementing the agreement must be to ensure that the EPA enables sustainable development in the SADC EPA states through changing the structure of trade, including the fundamental structural imbalance in the trade between the parties, and promote enhance value-added trade,” External link

sanews Monday, February 18, 2019 1:29:00 PM EAT

Rob Davies said : “The promotion of the organic sector and products is one of the projects identified in the early iterations of the country’s Industrial Policy Action Plan (IPAP) because the sector represents a high-value niche sub-sector with the potential to create thousands of jobs in both the primary agriculture and agro-processing stages of the value chain,” External link

sanews Wednesday, February 13, 2019 11:52:00 AM EAT

Rob Davies said : “The market for organic products is showing strong growth, particularly in the European Union. South Africa needs to maximise its potential and take advantage of the export opportunities that are presented by this growth,” External link

sanews Wednesday, February 13, 2019 11:52:00 AM EAT

Rob Davies said : “About a third of our total exports go to the African continent and two thirds of that are evaluated products. I think this is the direction we need to be moving in as we have a big boost in confidence that we must use to our advantage,” External link

sanews Friday, February 8, 2019 2:10:00 AM EAT

Rob Davies said : “It’s no secret that Eskom is in deep trouble operationally and financially. But what I can say is that in addressing this we have to grapple with the real problem and not put it aside,” External link

businessday Tuesday, February 5, 2019 6:56:00 PM EAT

Rob Davies said : "It's moved beyond the phoney war. We are now seeing the actual shots being fired" External link

businessday Tuesday, February 5, 2019 9:58:00 AM EAT

Rob Davies said : "This means that we need to find our solutions in the African continent and in our strengthening of regional integration," External link

businessday Tuesday, February 5, 2019 9:58:00 AM EAT

Rob Davies said : “The court robustly and unequivocally rejected all of the arguments they put forward,” “Given this, we would therefore be very surprised if they continued to thwart the delivery of these much needed new homes for local people through an appeal to the Supreme Court” External link

kentonline Monday, February 4, 2019 3:08:00 PM EAT

Rob Davies said : "The success of 2018 was instrumental in ensuring that we put together a business team that is not only diverse but one that will ensure that we sustain the momentum generated and that is speaks directly to the demands that exist within the European market. Our current team comprises of 11 small, medium and micro-sized enterprises, 11 other sized firms and three industry associations or export councils," External link

allafrica Saturday, February 2, 2019 3:36:00 PM EAT

Rob Davies said ( about Table ) : “It is fruit such as these that will set us apart from our competitors, yield new clients and generate solid deals for South Africa from across the globe. It is also commendable that the ARC is able to consistently follow-up on the highly successful Joybells Table Grape Variety which it launched at our pavilion during Fruit Logistica Berlin 2018,” External link

sanews Thursday, January 31, 2019 5:35:00 PM EAT

Rob Davies said : “The success of 2018 was instrumental in ensuring that we put together a business team that is not only diverse but one that will ensure that we sustain the momentum generated and that is speaks directly to the demands that exist within the European market. Our current team comprises of 11 small, medium and micro-sized enterprises, 11 other sized firms and three industry associations or export councils,” External link

sanews Thursday, January 31, 2019 1:27:00 PM EAT

Rob Davies said ( about Saida Harrigan ) : “The South African government has identified the Mining Indaba as a strategic forum to attract and promote foreign direct investments in different industries of our mining sector. The Indaba is billed as the largest mining investment event covering the entire value-chain,” External link

sanews Wednesday, January 30, 2019 4:06:00 PM EAT

Rob Davies concluded : “The country’s minerals beneficiation strategy seeks to optimise synergies and linkages between mineral value-chains to promote economic diversification, focusing on industrial capacity development in energy commodities, as well as the iron, steel and titanium value-chains,” External link

miningweekly Tuesday, January 29, 2019 6:19:00 PM EAT

Rob Davies said : "We adopted a declaration. The gist of it is that we have been talking about partnerships within BRICS to prepare us all for the fourth industrial revolution and to ensure that the benefits of this are widely defused and they outweigh the risks and downsides," External link

businessday Friday, January 11, 2019 11:35:00 AM EAT

Rob Davies says : “Areas of special interest by potential global investors are Legal Services, Finance and Accounting and IT Services. South Africa’s Value Proposition remains a compelling business case for most global companies that are looking to optimise their customer solutions at a globally competitive rate,” External link

africanbrains Thursday, January 10, 2019 11:06:00 AM EAT

Rob Davies concluded : “SEZ programme continues to be government’s priority industrial infrastructure programme aimed at developing new industrial hubs, attracting new foreign direct and domestic investments, contributing to the development of industrial capabilities and skills development, as well as the creation of decent jobs” External link

africanreview Wednesday, January 9, 2019 1:13:00 PM EAT

Rob Davies said : “Taking advantage of the tax-incentive package and the SEZ investment pipeline, the department’s target is to increase the number of investments into the zones and double the rand value of operational investments from R11.6bn to R23bn by the end of 2019,” External link

businessday Tuesday, January 8, 2019 5:28:00 PM EAT

Rob Davies says : “SEZ Programme continues to be government’s priority industrial infrastructure programme aimed at developing new industrial hubs, attracting new foreign direct and domestic investments, contributing to the development of industrial capabilities and skills development, as well as creation of decent jobs” External link

AfricaNews-English Tuesday, January 8, 2019 12:42:00 PM EAT

Rob Davies said : “Areas of special interest by potential global investors are Legal Services, Finance and Accounting and IT Services,” “South Africa’s value proposition remains a compelling business case for most global companies that are looking to optimise their customer solutions at a globally competitive rate” External link

citizen Monday, January 7, 2019 1:39:00 PM EAT

Rob Davies says : “Areas of special interest by potential global investors are Legal Services, Finance and Accounting and IT Services. South Africa’s Value Proposition remains a compelling business case for most global companies that are looking to optimise their customer solutions at a globally competitive rate,” External link

AfricaNews-English Monday, January 7, 2019 10:59:00 AM EAT

Rob Davies said : “The 2014 BPS incentive programme that we launched here in London had the objective of attracting investment and creating employment opportunities amongst the youth in South Africa. I am pleased to announce that the programme achieved its objectives and resulted in the creation of an additional 20 000 direct jobs in the sector with an average growth rate of 22% per annum during the period 2014-2018,” External link

sanews Tuesday, December 18, 2018 1:48:00 PM EAT

Rob Davies said : “In terms of Brexit itself we are having a conversation [with UK authorities] and we are pretty close to finalising the agreement as Sacu which will be a rollover of the economic partnership agreement we have with the EU. That should ensure that there is no interruption of our trade with Britain once it leaves the EU, however it leaves. Whatever happens we will have an agreement in place,” External link

businessday Monday, December 17, 2018 7:46:00 PM EAT

Rob Davies said ( about The UK ) : “The continental agreement is advancing so rapidly. How will we hold it together? It will need to be carefully monitored as we move ahead. It will be important that it remains attractive for others to participate as well,” External link

businessday Monday, December 17, 2018 7:46:00 PM EAT

Rob Davies said ( about Africa Forum ) : “Firstly, as a country we have ratified the Agreement establishing the African Continental Free Trade Area and we will deposit the instrument of ratification during the 32nd Ordinary Session of the Assembly of the African Union in February 2019. Secondly, we have made a commitment towards infra-African investments by creating a dedicated programme in South Africa called Trade-Invest-Africa; as a support measure for South African companies investing in and trading with the rest of Africa,” External link

AfricaNews-English Monday, December 17, 2018 7:00:00 PM EAT

Rob Davies said ( about Africa Forum ) : “The key components of the GBS incentive include a 3 tier incentive program which includes a non-complex job, medium complexity job and high complexity job, with an increase in value across all 3 tiers. A further change includes a reduction in the minimum criteria of 50 jobs across all levels of work to a minimum of 30 jobs for medium to high complexity jobs. To ensure that South Africa delivers the best quality services at the right price, the eligibility criteria was amended to include a minimum salary threshold of R60,000 per annum for entry level agent roles,” External link

AfricaNews-English Monday, December 17, 2018 7:00:00 PM EAT

Rob Davies said : “The 2014 BPS incentive programme that we launched here in London had the objective of attracting investment and creating employment opportunities among the youth in South Africa. I am pleased to announce that the programme achieved its objectives and resulted in the creation of an additional 20,000 direct jobs in the sector with an average growth rate of 22 percent per annum during the period 2014-2018,” External link

citizen Saturday, December 15, 2018 8:00:00 PM EAT

Rob Davies said : “The key components of the GBS incentive include a three-tier incentive program which includes a non-complex job, medium complexity job, and high complexity job, with an increase in value across all three tiers. A further change includes a reduction in the minimum criteria of 50 jobs across all levels of work to a minimum of 30 jobs for medium to high complexity jobs. To ensure that South Africa delivers the best quality services at the right price, the eligibility criteria was amended to include a minimum salary threshold of R60,000 per annum for entry level agent roles,” External link

citizen Saturday, December 15, 2018 8:00:00 PM EAT

Rob Davies said ( about Association ) : “Therefore, a decision was taken to review the existing incentives, as a key enabler in support of South Africa’s value proposition. The success of the BPS sector is the strong public-private partnership between government, industry, stakeholders, and investors. The recent job summit highlighted the importance of this sector and the hosting of the Global Sourcing Association (GSA) summit and awards in South Africa provides confidence in our ability to deliver a quality product,” External link

citizen Saturday, December 15, 2018 8:00:00 PM EAT

Rob Davies said ( about Association ) : "South Africa received further acknowledgement in the sector by receiving the coveted 'Offshoring Destination of 2018' award by the Global Sourcing Association (GSA)," External link

allafrica Wednesday, December 12, 2018 12:56:00 PM EAT

Rob Davies said : "The sustained growth in the sector is testament to South Africa's resilience, world class service and niche service offerings. South Africa's adaptability to meet international service standards on a cost competitive basis will be greatly enhanced by the revised Global Business Process Services (BPS) Incentive," External link

allafrica Wednesday, December 12, 2018 12:56:00 PM EAT

Rob Davies said : “When we look at trade with the continent from the South African point of view, there is an easy way of telling the big story. The story is that two-thirds of South Africa’s trade are with the world, whilst a third of the trade is with the African continent. Of the latter, two-thirds comprise trade in value added products,” External link

AfricaNews-English Wednesday, December 12, 2018 11:45:00 AM EAT

Rob Davies said : “The IATF will provide a platform to promote trade, investment, exchange of market information and opportunities among countries in the continent. Furthermore, this platform has been set up as one that will facilitate the speedy conclusion of business deals between buyers and sellers, as well as investors,” External link

sanews Monday, December 10, 2018 11:38:00 AM EAT

Rob Davies said : “The interest rate was reduced in order to reduce the cost of credit for consumers, prevent consumers from falling into a debt spiral or trap, prevent the roll-over of short-term loans, and curb the over-indebtedness of consumers,” External link

sanews Monday, December 10, 2018 11:38:00 AM EAT

Rob Davies said : “The reduction of the interest rate on short-term loans is benefiting millions of consumers, many of whom are in the low-income group of the population. This group of consumers have been exposed to over-indebtedness and the high costs of credit,” External link

sanews Monday, December 10, 2018 11:38:00 AM EAT

Rob Davies said : “The interest rate was reduced in order to (a) reduce the cost of credit for consumers, (b) prevent consumers from falling into a debt spiral or trap, (c) prevent the roll-over of short-term loans, and (d) curb the over-indebtedness of consumers,” External link

citizen Sunday, December 9, 2018 10:11:00 AM EAT

Rob Davies said : “The reduction of the interest rate on short-term loans is benefiting millions of consumers, many of whom are in the low-income group of the population. This group of consumers have been exposed to over-indebtedness and the high costs of credit,” External link

citizen Sunday, December 9, 2018 10:11:00 AM EAT

Rob Davies says : “The Copyright Amendment Bill will reform the copyright regime in South Africa for rights holders in the literary, musical, audiovisual, and the visual artistic works. The Performer’s Protection Amendment Bill addresses the economic rights and protection of performers” External link

africa-newsroom Thursday, December 6, 2018 3:51:00 PM EAT

Rob Davies states ( about Amendment Bill ) : “The Bill seeks to amongst others, provide for the share in royalties regarding literary or musical works, visual artistic works, audiovisual works and resale royalty right for visual artistic works . The Bill also provides for the accreditation of Collecting Societies. Furthermore, it allows fair use of copyright works. The Bill provides exceptions such as in copyright works, educational and academic activities, protection of computer programs, libraries, archives, museums and galleries,” External link

africa-newsroom Thursday, December 6, 2018 3:51:00 PM EAT

Rob Davies says ( about Amendment Bill ) : “The National Gambling Policy Council (NGPC) has on many occasions struggled to achieve a quorum, which caused delays to approve policy positions. The Amendment Bill recommends that if there is no quorum at a meeting, in the next meeting, the motion may be passed by the majority of the members present in that meeting,” External link

africa-newsroom Thursday, December 6, 2018 3:51:00 PM EAT

Rob Davies says : “The Copyright Amendment Bill will reform the copyright regime in South Africa for rights holders in the literary, musical, audiovisual, and the visual artistic works. The Performer’s Protection Amendment Bill addresses the economic rights and protection of performers” External link

AfricaNews-English Thursday, December 6, 2018 3:29:00 PM EAT

Rob Davies states ( about Amendment Bill ) : “The Bill seeks to amongst others, provide for the share in royalties regarding literary or musical works, visual artistic works, audiovisual works and resale royalty right for visual artistic works . The Bill also provides for the accreditation of Collecting Societies. Furthermore, it allows fair use of copyright works. The Bill provides exceptions such as in copyright works, educational and academic activities, protection of computer programs, libraries, archives, museums and galleries,” External link

AfricaNews-English Thursday, December 6, 2018 3:29:00 PM EAT

Rob Davies says ( about Amendment Bill ) : “The National Gambling Policy Council (NGPC) has on many occasions struggled to achieve a quorum, which caused delays to approve policy positions. The Amendment Bill recommends that if there is no quorum at a meeting, in the next meeting, the motion may be passed by the majority of the members present in that meeting,” External link

AfricaNews-English Thursday, December 6, 2018 3:29:00 PM EAT

Rob Davies said : “AfCFTA, comprises of 55 African countries and, once entered into force, will constitute the largest free trade area globally. As a flagship project of the African Union’s Agenda 2063, the AfCFTA aims to build an integrated market in Africa that will see a market of over one billion people with a combined GDP of approximately $3.3 trillion,” External link

nan Thursday, December 6, 2018 9:31:00 AM EAT

Rob Davies said : “In support of these objectives, the AfCFTA covers both goods and services under Phase I and will include investment, intellectual property and competition under Phase II of the negotiations,” “It also facilitates intra-Africa investment and increases the continent’s prospects of stimulating industrialisation, employment, income generation and poverty reduction” External link

nan Thursday, December 6, 2018 9:31:00 AM EAT

Rob Davies says : “the conclusion of the CFTA will be a significant milestone in Africa’s integration process and the CFTA should promote industrial development and the development of regional value-chains” External link

africanbrains Wednesday, December 6, 2017 4:54:00 PM EAT

Rob Davies said : “Though the sector has many challenges and the economy is not performing as well as it ought to be performing, the performance in manufacturing sector is clearly doing a lot better than it would have been if we hadn’t been doing the things we have been doing over the last few years especially the intervention in the automotive sector, clothing and textile, agro-processing, film and Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) and others,” External link

africanbrains Saturday, December 2, 2017 1:14:00 PM EAT

Rob Davies said : “South Africa is committed to a coordinated strategy that will boost intra-Africa trade and build an integrated market in Africa that will see a market of over 1 billion people and approximately US$2.6 trillion,” External link

africanbrains Friday, December 1, 2017 10:37:00 AM EAT

Rob Davies said : “There is a need to define a new form of ‘inclusive multilateralism’. The United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), in its 2017 Trade and Development Report, calls for a global new deal to enhance growth and development,” External link

sanews Wednesday, November 15, 2017 12:59:00 PM EAT

Rob Davies said : "South Africa has excellent investment opportunities in all sectors of the economy and a host of investment incentives and industrial financing interventions that are aimed at encouraging commercial activity and, trade rules that favour a further expansion in South Africa's burgeoning levels of international trade," External link

sanews Tuesday, November 14, 2017 12:36:00 PM EAT

Rob Davies added : "We have a proven track record of delivering robust fire and life safety designs on some of the most iconic projects in the region for more than 15 years," External link

constructionweekonline Thursday, October 26, 2017 5:17:00 PM EAT

Rob Davies said : "The Middle East features as a pivotal trade and investment partner for South Africa and Iran in particular offers vast trade and investment opportunities for the South African businesses," External link

iran-daily Thursday, October 26, 2017 3:32:00 AM EAT

Rob Davies said : “Since its inception over two decades ago, THRIP has supported research from all industry sectors. Most of the investment, in terms of value, went into the manufacturing sector followed by agriculture and agro-processing. Many good outputs, including patents, products and prototypes produced have not been exploited through this research,” External link

sanews Monday, October 23, 2017 8:21:00 PM EAT

Rob Davies said : “Both parties should work together to ensure that the EPA contributes to the structural transformation agenda of the region, enhances trade and promotes mutually beneficial outcomes,” External link

sanews Tuesday, October 17, 2017 3:22:00 PM EAT

Rob Davies said : “Additionally, the initiative also seeks to follow up and capitalise on the potential collaboration on the proposed BRICS projects. This opportunity will also be a step further in creating market penetration for South African value-added products and services in Russia, and to promote South Africa as a trade and investment destination. The immediate opportunities for South African supplies will be in the increase of exports of fresh produce to Russia,” External link

sanews Friday, October 13, 2017 1:21:00 PM EAT

Rob Davies said : “This ITI will also provide an opportunity for South African companies to identify new areas of collaboration in various sectors, particularly in the area of investment,” External link

sanews Friday, October 13, 2017 1:21:00 PM EAT

Rob Davies said : “To follow up on the achievements made in 2016 we have ensured that for the 2017 symposium we mobilise stakeholders comprising of provincial departments, municipalities, industrial park agencies, academia and the private sector to engage meaningfully about the manner in which the development of industrial parks should proceed,” External link

sanews Wednesday, October 11, 2017 1:11:00 PM EAT

Rob Davies said : “These will remain high priorities for many developing countries and for Africa, and these priorities were re-emphasised at a recent Trade Ministers’ meeting at the African Union (AU) in Addis Ababa,” External link

sanews Tuesday, October 10, 2017 2:55:00 PM EAT

Rob Davies said : “We need to be realistic and make a call soon on which issues sufficient convergence has been achieved to be taken forward as possible outcomes at MC11,” External link

sanews Tuesday, October 10, 2017 2:55:00 PM EAT

Rob Davies said : “We have noticed and welcomed the fact that in recent years, Turkey has been reaching out into the African continent. As a country, we are in a situation where we are growing far too slowly. What we need to do as the South Africa economy and also as part of the African continent is to diversify, move up the value-chain and industrialise,” External link

sanews Friday, October 6, 2017 12:33:00 PM EAT

Rob Davies said : “We need to strengthen the size of the market in our continent and support diversification and the emergence of value-chains within our continent,” External link

sanews Friday, October 6, 2017 12:33:00 PM EAT

Rob Davies said : “These agreements are also positive for the companies that participate in the Equity Equivalent Investment Programme (EEIP). I want to commend Caterpillar for embarking on this journey with us as partners to stimulate and grow the South African economy. I look forward to see these commitments being executed,” External link

sanews Thursday, October 5, 2017 8:54:00 PM EAT

Rob Davies said : “This mission will serve as a stepping stone in cementing trade relations and encouraging investment with the two nations. Also, it is an ideal platform for South African companies who would like to export value added products and services and those looking for investment opportunities in the region,” External link

africanbrains Tuesday, October 3, 2017 5:05:00 PM EAT

Rob Davies said : “This mission will serve as a stepping stone in cementing trade relations and encouraging investment with the two nations. Also, it is an ideal platform for South African companies who would like to export value added products and services and those looking for investment opportunities in the region,” External link

sanews Tuesday, October 3, 2017 12:48:00 AM EAT

Rob Davies says : “The programme is expected to contribute towards the achievement of enterprise creation and supplier development, foreign direct investment, accelerated growth and development of black rural women and youth, sustainable growth and development, human development with a focus on education and skills development, and infrastructure investment with an emphasis on developing the country’s research and development infrastructure,” External link

miningnews Monday, October 2, 2017 5:38:00 PM EAT

Rob Davies added : “On 21 January 2016, Caterpillar Southern Africa was granted exemption from selling equity and instead to participate in the EEIP. The proposed programme is aimed at contributing towards product localisation to increase South African industrial base. The investment amount is R1.3 billion based on the 25% of the business value from the South African operation,” External link

miningnews Monday, October 2, 2017 5:38:00 PM EAT

Rob Davies said : “We’ve picked out 40 projects for which we think we can secure investments before the end of this term of government, ending in May 2019. Those projects are in various forms of infrastructure development including ICT and broadband rollout,” External link

africanbrains Saturday, September 30, 2017 11:57:00 AM EAT

Rob Davies said : “It is also expected to contribute towards sustainable growth and development, human development with a focus on education and skills development, and infrastructure investment with an emphasis on developing the country’s research and development infrastructure,” External link

sanews Saturday, September 30, 2017 6:49:00 AM EAT

Rob Davies said ( about Investment Programme ) : “On 21 January 2016, Caterpillar Southern Africa was granted exemption from selling equity and instead to participate in the Equity Equivalent Investment Programme. The proposed programme is aimed at contributing towards product localisation to increase South African industrial base. The investment amount is R1.3 billion based on the 25% of the business value from the South African operation,” External link

sanews Saturday, September 30, 2017 6:49:00 AM EAT

Rob Davies said : “We’ve picked out 40 projects for which we think we can secure investments before the end of this term of government, ending in May 2019. Those projects are in various forms of infrastructure development including ICT and broadband rollout,” External link

sanews Tuesday, September 26, 2017 7:11:00 PM EAT

Rob Davies said : “The UK has been a significant trading partner of SA over the past years and ranks as South Africa’s seventh largest export partner in the world and second largest export partner in the European Union region. There is a need to discuss an arrangement on technical issues in order to ensure smooth trade post Brexit,” External link

sanews Thursday, September 21, 2017 11:57:00 AM EAT

Rob Davies said : “Studies we commissioned reveal that we have on our hands an industry that is characterised by a few large and dominant companies that are characterised by high levels of both horizontal and vertical integration, but our smaller players struggle to make an impact or even survive in this landscape,” External link

sanews Wednesday, September 20, 2017 11:50:00 PM EAT

Rob Davies said : “We also have new issues being proposed such as e-commerce, investment facilitation and transparency, which entail new rules. We need MC11 to reaffirm multilateralism in our rule-making, but one that considers a common set of challenges and looks at higher levels of inclusive growth and not one where some members are more equal than others,” External link

africanbrains Wednesday, September 20, 2017 6:37:00 PM EAT

Rob Davies said : “The convention will further expose South African companies to available trade and investment opportunities and will be a good platform to promote South African exhibitors to potential customers in order to obtain new business and penetrate new markets,” External link

sanews Monday, September 18, 2017 2:22:00 PM EAT

Rob Davies said : “We now have passed the halfway mark of the first 100. In fact, it is now 62 in terms of approvals. The target is for us to reach 100 by the end of this financial year,” External link

sanews Wednesday, September 13, 2017 9:50:00 PM EAT

Rob Davies says : “South Africa has excellent investment opportunities in all sectors of the economy and a host of investment incentives and industrial financing interventions that are aimed at encouraging commercial activity and, trade rules that favour a further expansion in South Africa’s burgeoning levels of international trade,” External link

africanbrains Wednesday, September 6, 2017 2:27:00 AM EAT

Rob Davies said : “The popularity and reputation of the World Food Moscow trade fair have grown significantly over the last 20 years. The fair has grown to become a major meeting place for the food and drinks industry and a vibrant source of products for the Russian market. This provides an opportunity for increasing export sales from the South African agri-food industry, food retail, institutional and commercial catering,” External link

sanews Tuesday, September 5, 2017 2:50:00 PM EAT

Rob Davies said : “South Africa has excellent investment opportunities in all sectors of the economy and a host of investment incentives and industrial financing interventions that are aimed at encouraging commercial activity and trade rules that favour a further expansion in South Africa’s burgeoning levels of international trade,” External link

africanbrains Monday, September 4, 2017 3:16:00 PM EAT

Rob Davies said : “South Africa has excellent investment opportunities in all sectors of the economy and a host of investment incentives and industrial financing interventions that are aimed at encouraging commercial activity and trade rules that favour a further expansion in South Africa's burgeoning levels of international trade,” External link

sanews Thursday, August 31, 2017 10:35:00 PM EAT

Rob Davies said : “The Black Industrialists Programme is specifically dedicated to supporting the growth and building the global competitiveness of majority black-owned and managed businesses in the manufacturing sector. The intention is to contribute towards shifting the demographic composition of South Africa’s industrial sector by engaging with and nurturing emerging Black Industrialists to tap into a reservoir of potential jobs, revenue, taxes and innovation,” External link

sanews Thursday, August 31, 2017 1:20:00 PM EAT

Rob Davies said : “As the government of South Africa, we categorically stated that the development of infrastructure is an essential and absolutely fundamental catalyst for regional integration for increased inter-regional trade and for industrialisation in Africa. Therefore, infrastructure development lies at the very heart of our efforts to promote high levels of inclusive growth and development throughout the continent,” External link

iafrica Friday, August 25, 2017 3:05:00 PM EAT

Rob Davies said : “As the government of South Africa, we categorically stated that the development of infrastructure is an essential and absolutely fundamental catalyst for regional integration for increased inter-regional trade and for industrialisation in Africa. Therefore, infrastructure development lies at the very heart of our efforts to promote high levels of inclusive growth and development throughout the continent,” External link

sanews Wednesday, August 23, 2017 9:18:00 PM EAT

Rob Davies said : “As the government of South Africa we categorically stated that the development of infrastructure is an essential and absolutely fundamental catalyst for regional integration for increased inter-regional trade and for industrialisation in Africa. Therefore, infrastructure develop lies in the very heart of our efforts to promote high levels inclusive growth and development throughout the continent,” External link

africanreview Wednesday, August 23, 2017 3:42:00 PM EAT

Rob Davies said : “As a continent Africa has an infrastructure deficit estimated at US$93bn per annum for the next 20 years. Colonialism has created infrastructure that was only geared towards the continent fulfilling its role as mere producer and exporter of primary commodities that were taken to other people’s economies. There is a huge amount of catch-up that we need to undergo as a continent in order to achieve regional integration,” External link

africanreview Wednesday, August 23, 2017 3:42:00 PM EAT

Rob Davies added : “The critical role of infrastructure development in achieving integration, growth and development in Africa can never be overemphasised. Through Infrastructure development we can provide roads, rail, ports, energy transmission lines and ICT connectivity that are all necessary to facilitate economic development. Also, infrastructure can be an important counter-cyclical tool because by infrastructure development we can to generate economic activity even if some of the other forms of economic activities are suffering from the negative waves. Thirdly, we can use infrastructure development to support the industrialisation that we aspire to as individual countries and as regions in the continent,” External link

africanreview Wednesday, August 23, 2017 3:42:00 PM EAT

Rob Davies said ( about Saida Harrigan ) : “As the government of South Africa we categorically stated that the development of infrastructure is an essential and absolutely fundamental catalyst for regional integration for increased inter-regional trade and for industrialization in Africa. Therefore, infrastructure develop lies in the very heart of our efforts to promote high levels inclusive growth and development throughout the continent,” External link

coastweek Wednesday, August 23, 2017 5:48:00 AM EAT

Rob Davies said : “As the government of South Africa we categorically stated that the development of infrastructure is an essential and absolutely fundamental catalyst for regional integration for increased inter-regional trade and for industrialisation in Africa. Therefore, infrastructure development lies in the very heart of our efforts to promote high levels of inclusive growth and development throughout the continent,” External link

africanbrains Tuesday, August 22, 2017 5:27:00 PM EAT

Rob Davies said : “We as South Africa are committed to doing everything possible to unlock the opportunities as we address the infrastructure deficit in the continent because we recognise the important role that infrastructure can play in the industrialisation of the African continent,” External link

africanbrains Tuesday, August 22, 2017 5:27:00 PM EAT

Rob Davies said : “As the government of South Africa we categorically stated that the development of infrastructure is an essential and absolutely fundamental catalyst for regional integration for increased inter-regional trade and for industrialisation in Africa. Therefore, infrastructure development lies in the very heart of our efforts to promote high levels of inclusive growth and development throughout the continent,” External link

sanews Tuesday, August 22, 2017 12:02:00 AM EAT

Rob Davies said : “We as South Africa are committed to doing everything possible to unlock the opportunities as we address the infrastructure deficit in the continent because we recognise the important role that infrastructure can play in the industrialisation of the African continent,” External link

sanews Tuesday, August 22, 2017 12:02:00 AM EAT

Rob Davies said : “Colonialism has created infrastructure that was only geared towards the continent fulfilling its role as mere producer and exporter of primary commodities that were taken to other people’s economies. There is a huge amount of catch-up that we need to undergo as a continent in order to achieve regional integration,” External link

capitalfm Monday, August 21, 2017 6:53:00 PM EAT

Rob Davies said : “This is a defence industry specific element designed to stimulate local manufacturing and increase global competitiveness. The other key highlight is that for private sector entities in the defence industry must sub-contract no less than 30% of any contract exceeding R30 million to companies owned by the black designated groups. This will enable such companies to be sustainable,” External link

sanews Monday, August 7, 2017 3:01:00 PM EAT

Rob Davies said : “Cooperation among BRICS countries must be underpinned by development and the need to promote inclusive growth,” External link

sanews Thursday, August 3, 2017 1:12:00 PM EAT

Rob Davies said : “presents an opportunity to aggressively acquire, transfer and diffuse new technologies through securing key investments from global players in key strategic value chains in order to build global competitive capabilities,” External link

coastweek Tuesday, August 1, 2017 3:13:00 PM EAT

Rob Davies said : "presents an opportunity to aggressively acquire, transfer and diffuse new technologies through securing key investments from global players in key strategic value chains in order to build global competitive capabilities," External link

xinhuanet_en Monday, July 31, 2017 6:43:00 PM EAT

Rob Davies said : “The incentive objective is still to create an environment that take advantage of the country’s diverse and unique locations as well as low production costs and favorable exchange rates, which makes it significantly more cost-effective to produce a movie in South Africa than in Europe, the United States or Australia,” External link

coastweek Friday, July 28, 2017 8:48:00 PM EAT

Rob Davies said : “The BRICS platform provides an opportunity to promote the implementation of a practical trade and investment agenda among BRICS countries. In addition, the issues to be discussed in the BRICS trade ministers are critical in driving an inclusive trade and investment agenda. South Africa will chair BRICS in 2018,” External link

sanews Friday, July 28, 2017 8:11:00 PM EAT

Rob Davies says : "South Africa is one of the most sophisticated, diverse and promising emerging markets globally. Government is committed to ensuring ease of investment in the country by cutting red tape and by making South Africa a more business-friendly destination for investors," External link

bulawayo24 Thursday, March 2, 2017 6:43:00 PM EAT

Rob Davies says : "The Department of Trade and Industry (the dti) aims to increase South Africa's export capacity as well as support direct investment flows. As a department, we have recognised that the OSS has the potential to boost investment in South Africa, and will work to encourage beneficial environments for investors and exporters via investor-friendly policies and incentives," External link

bulawayo24 Thursday, March 2, 2017 6:43:00 PM EAT

Rob Davies said : “Advanced manufacturing is viewed as a sector for future economic growth. There are several investment opportunities for French businesses in the South African composite sector and advanced manufacturing,” External link

hellenicshippingnews Wednesday, February 15, 2017 12:39:00 AM EAT

Rob Davies added : “The revitalisation process will ensure that the upgraded parks appeal to private investors, provide a conducive environment and attract investments that will create jobs and assist in promoting economic transformation,” External link

enca Wednesday, January 25, 2017 12:36:00 PM EAT

Rob Davies says : “The visit is intended to engage the UK government on Brexit transaction, showcase opportunities for investment in some of South Africa’s priority sectors, including Business Process Services and renewable energy, as well as to engage those importing agricultural produce from South Africa,” External link

iafrica Tuesday, January 24, 2017 3:18:00 PM EAT

Rob Davies said : "We see some already in South Africa but others are in the horizon. My question is: 'But what about the workers?'" External link

iol Wednesday, January 18, 2017 5:39:00 PM EAT

Rob Davies says ( about Commission ) : “Following the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) that took place in December 2015, and the recent Bi-National Commission (BNC) with China held last month, this investment is a boost in terms of our bilateral relations with China and the commitment made by the Chinese government towards building industrial capacity on the African continent. During the BNC, the Chinese Vice President, Dr Li Yuanchou, commended South Africa for building world-class infrastructure in the Special Economic Zones to attract investment,” External link

africanbrains Thursday, December 15, 2016 7:48:00 PM EAT

Rob Davies adds : “The construction on the optical fibre cable plant started in May this year after a successful soil-turning event attended by Chinese and South Africa government officials. The build and installation phase of the project was completed by end of November 2016, a mere six months from the start of the plant construction. We are able to roll out green field plants in record, which bodes well for the Dube Trade Port as an attractive investment value proposition,” External link

africanbrains Thursday, December 15, 2016 7:48:00 PM EAT

Rob Davies adds ( about King Shaka ) : “To date, YOAC has recruited 42 employees of which a significant majority of them was sourced from local communities adjacent to the King Shaka International Airport. YOAC intends to create a further 80 employment opportunities in 2017. Nearly two-thirds of the employment opportunities created are technical positions, requiring additional technical skills transfer training from YOFC’” External link

africanbrains Thursday, December 15, 2016 7:48:00 PM EAT

Rob Davies says : “The YOAC investment further signifies that South Africa remains an attractive investment destination for hi-tech advanced manufacturing sectors and reinforces our collaboration on a bilateral level with China. The Department of Trade and Industry (the dti) through InvestSA remains committed to supporting foreign and domestic investors through the reduction of investment related challenges in line with the mandate of the One-Stop Shop model in South Africa,” External link

africanbrains Thursday, December 15, 2016 7:48:00 PM EAT

Rob Davies said : “The value of trade between the two countries reached over R13.4 billion, from 2011 to 2015. South African exports [are] estimated at R13 billion while imports from Algeria were R463 million,” External link

africanbrains Wednesday, December 14, 2016 8:50:00 PM EAT

Rob Davies said : “Algeria is seeking more trade and foreign investment to diversify its economy especially in light of the current low oil prices, which have adversely affected Algeria’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) growth rate in the past years,” External link

africanbrains Wednesday, December 14, 2016 8:50:00 PM EAT

Rob Davies noted : “South Africa is gradually losing its import market share in Algeria,” External link

africanbrains Wednesday, December 14, 2016 8:50:00 PM EAT

Rob Davies said : “Through that award, we try to single out individuals, who over a long period of time, have made a significant contribution and we can single them out as role models for businesspeople to emulate and follow,” External link

iafrica Wednesday, December 7, 2016 11:55:00 PM EAT

Rob Davies said : “We are happy the extension will afford all stakeholders and members of the public more time to share their ideas and proposals with us on the bill,” External link

iol Monday, December 5, 2016 10:57:00 AM EAT

Rob Davies says : “Algeria has been South Africa’s largest export trading partner in the North Africa region, having accounted for 43% of SA’s total trade with North Africa in the period from 2011 to 2015. The value of trade between the two countries reached over R13.4 billion, from 2011 to 2015. South African exports estimated at R13 billion while imports from Algeria were R463 million,” External link

africanbrains Friday, December 2, 2016 10:08:00 PM EAT

Rob Davies says : “In 2011 roughly 72% of all South Africa’s exports to North Africa were destined for the Algerian market and in 2015 the figure dropped to only 24% which is the lowest record in the past five years. Algeria is seeking more trade and foreign investment to diversify its economy especially in light of the current low oil prices, which have adversely affected Algeria’s GDP growth rate in the past years,” External link

africanbrains Friday, December 2, 2016 10:08:00 PM EAT

Rob Davies said : "African countries should also ensure that there is alignment between AGOA and their development integration agendas, focus on their industrialisation and preserve policy space aimed at enhancing efforts to diversify their exports base and integrate supply chains so as to take advantage of market access opportunities under AGOA," External link

allafrica Wednesday, November 30, 2016 2:57:00 PM EAT

Rob Davies said : "Looking at the world average liquor consumption per capita, South Africa stands at about twice the average. We consume about twice as much as the world average of liquor in this country. That liquor consumption goes along with serious alcohol abuse," External link

allafrica Tuesday, November 22, 2016 2:44:00 PM EAT

Rob Davies said : “A socio-economic impact assessment was conducted on the final Liquor Policy and approved by Cabinet on September 14, 2016,” “The socio-economic impact assessment report was submitted to the cabinet secretariat” External link

iol Thursday, November 17, 2016 9:33:00 AM EAT

Rob Davies said : "This award cements South Africa's Investment position and further presents a value proposition which is underpinned by high quality standards, relevant skills, the potential to deliver complex and non- complex processes and cost savings which enhances our proposition for Business Process Services globally," External link

allafrica Monday, November 14, 2016 2:30:00 PM EAT

Rob Davies said ( about Read More ) : "The rating relates to conditions found at the time of the most recent inspection. Read More " External link

themirror Saturday, November 12, 2016 2:18:00 PM EAT

Rob Davies said : "This sector is critical because of its labour intensity across the value chain and its high economic multipliers, especially with respect to exports. The incentive will contain strong conditionalities, including with respect to labour practices and empowerment," External link

allafrica Wednesday, November 9, 2016 7:21:00 PM EAT

Rob Davies said : "We all know that the performance of our economy has been flat, but we were saved by the second-quarter Gross Domestic Product manufacturing statistics. That was mainly through the implementation of a transparent localisation policy that we have developed and this result also demonstrates that manufacturing and diversification of our economy is highly critical if we are to achieve our economic strategic objectives," External link

allafrica Tuesday, November 8, 2016 8:39:00 PM EAT

Rob Davies said : "By the early 2000's, domestic boatbuilding capabilities had hollowed out -with the exception of the luxury yachting sector. Government introduced a stronger industrial financing instrument and boats were designated for local procurement. The sector is now witnessing the crowding-in of private sector funding and capabilities to meet demand both locally and internationally. The success of Nautic Africa, now part of the Paramount group and Damen are testament to what can be achieved. A lot of effort has also gone into the clothing and textile clusters in the last decade in the Cape. The national government has deployed significant incentives to support, amongst others, companies in this sector in the province. We have injected R2billion incentives over the last 5 years to support the industry and successfully raising productivity and competitiveness," "This sector is critical because of its labour intensity across the value chain and its high economic multipliers especially with respect to exports. The incentive will contain strong conditionality's; including with respect to labour practices and empowerment. In this latter case it is imperative that the Western Cape embraces the effort to ensure that economic activity and economic growth is inclusive," External link

allafrica Tuesday, November 8, 2016 8:39:00 PM EAT

Rob Davies said ( about Medium Enterprises ) : “During the first phase of the revitalisation programme of Komani, seven Small Micro Medium Enterprises were appointed as sub-contractors at the value of R5.3 million [and] 71 local labourers were employed and 63% of these were youth,” External link

sanews Tuesday, November 8, 2016 6:26:00 PM EAT

Rob Davies added : “To date, the four launched parks combined, employ almost 40 000 people,” External link

iol Tuesday, November 8, 2016 2:11:00 PM EAT

Rob Davies added : “Seventy-one local labourers were employed and 63 percent of these were youth,” External link

iol Tuesday, November 8, 2016 2:11:00 PM EAT

Rob Davies said : “The manufacturing sector is capable of creating more jobs and thus it must be supported. We also need to search for job-creation opportunities that will boost the economy,” External link

iol Tuesday, November 8, 2016 2:11:00 PM EAT

Rob Davies says : "Construction Sector Code remains one of the key sector codes that affect domestic infrastructural development and as such is one of the catalysts for the implementation of B-BBEE in the country. One of the key unique features of the draft sector code is that the target for Black Ownership is set at 35% (32.5% for the first four years of implementation thereafter 35%). This is higher than the ownership target for the Generic Codes and it is the second highest black ownership target, behind the Black Ownership target of 40% of the Media and Advertising Sector Code (MAC)," External link

allafrica Thursday, November 3, 2016 9:36:00 PM EAT

Rob Davies said : “The Construction Sector Code remains one of the key sector codes that affect domestic infrastructural development and as such, is one of the catalysts for the implementation of B-BBEE in the country,” External link

sanews Thursday, November 3, 2016 2:50:00 PM EAT

Rob Davies said : “We need to unearth more of these opportunities and we need to move this work further forward. We look forward to strengthening this partnership and to helping Abagold become the gold standard in the global abalone farming industry,” External link

africanbrains Wednesday, October 26, 2016 9:16:00 PM EAT

Rob Davies added : “The Programme we’re celebrating here today is something called the workplace challenge. It’s a programme supported by the national economic labour council. The national productivity institute is part of that. Over the years they have supported 250 enterprises with about 500 000 people. What happens is that there is a small contribution from the enterprise itself and a larger portion comes from the dti through the skills for the economy programme. That is how we come into the picture as the dti. Abalone farming is a high value industry which we have identified as part of our oceans economy strategy,” External link

africanbrains Wednesday, October 26, 2016 9:16:00 PM EAT

Rob Davies said : “This relates to issues such as developing common goals, implementing improvements that lead to world-class competitiveness and best operating services, encouraging the sharing of productivity gains, as well as engendering collaboration between companies involved in similar processes,” External link

sanews Monday, October 24, 2016 2:00:00 PM EAT

Rob Davies said : “Such investment is important and demonstrates the confidence that 3M has in the long-term future of South Africa as a regional manufacturing hub,” External link

sanews Friday, October 21, 2016 6:21:00 PM EAT

Rob Davies said : "Such investment is important and demonstrates the confidence that 3M has in the long-term future of South Africa as a regional manufacturing hub," External link

allafrica Friday, October 21, 2016 3:50:00 PM EAT

Rob Davies said : “Such investment is important and demonstrates the confidence that 3M has in the long-term future of South Africa as a regional manufacturing hub,” External link

africanbrains Friday, October 21, 2016 12:29:00 PM EAT

Rob Davies said ( about Jacob Zuma ) : "The CIPLA Biologic investment is a Top 10 priority project of the Inter-Ministerial Committee (IMC) on Investment chaired by President Jacob Zuma and is strategic for a number of reasons. It resonates well with our industrial policy and puts South Africa at the cutting edge of innovation, moving up the value chain to advanced manufacturing and a knowledge - based economy. It has socio - economic benefits and strengthens our partnership with India and BRICS of developing countries providing affordable healthcare. CIPLA has a plant in GOA, India and South Africa will be the second location that will serve the African Continent and global markets," External link

allafrica Monday, October 17, 2016 6:13:00 PM EAT

Rob Davies said : “This R600bn that you talk about, we want to build stronger confidence in relations with the private sector because we want to unlock that, but simultaneously, we want to encourage also foreign direct investment. That’s going to come in and build productive capacity in our country,” External link

enca Friday, October 7, 2016 2:45:00 PM EAT

Rob Davies said : “But they also want to see that there is more of a growth story and that we are working together around that,” External link

enca Friday, October 7, 2016 2:45:00 PM EAT

Rob Davies said : "This R600bn that you talk about, we want to build stronger confidence in relations with the private sector because we want to unlock that, but simultaneously we want to encourage also foreign direct investment. That’s going to come in and build productive capacity in our country," External link

businessday Friday, October 7, 2016 7:07:00 AM EAT

Rob Davies told : "I think the most important [factor] is [rating agencies] want to see that there is likely to be a better growth story than we’ve had up to now," External link

bdlive Thursday, October 6, 2016 2:35:00 PM EAT

Rob Davies adds : "We are also the highest with regards to the Foetal Alcohol Syndrome in the world, and 41% of the injuries are from incidences related to alcohol consumption," External link

allafrica Tuesday, October 4, 2016 2:03:00 PM EAT

Rob Davies said : "We are also proposing additional restrictions on gambling advertising. This will ensure the prohibition of advertising through unsolicited messages as that may entice vulnerable groups like minors and excluded persons," External link

allafrica Tuesday, October 4, 2016 2:03:00 PM EAT

Rob Davies said : “South Africa has a significant problem of alcohol abuse. The figures are telling us that it’s not getting better. More drastic measures are needed for this very serious national problem,” External link

iol Tuesday, October 4, 2016 9:11:00 AM EAT

Rob Davies said : “The situation is getting worse. It can’t just be business as usual,” External link

iol Tuesday, October 4, 2016 9:11:00 AM EAT

Rob Davies said : “Manufacturers and suppliers who supply to illegal or unlicenced outlets, if from the consumption in those unlicenced outlets there is damage caused, the manufacturers and suppliers, the wholesalers if you like, the onus will shift [to them] and they will have to show…they took reasonable steps to ensure that their product was not supplied to the unlicenced outlets that were responsible for them,” External link

enca Monday, October 3, 2016 8:36:00 PM EAT

Rob Davies said : “Business as usual is not going to crack it. Business as usual is not making it better, it’s actually making it worse,” “What we are presenting here is a set of ideas, a set of proposals which we would like to see a full-on national debate around this very important question” External link

enca Monday, October 3, 2016 8:36:00 PM EAT

Rob Davies said : “Any adverts will have to indicate the harmful effects of alcohol,” External link

enca Monday, October 3, 2016 8:36:00 PM EAT

Rob Davies said : “I think this is leading us to conclude that we have to take much more drastic measures to combat alcohol abuse and that this is a serious national problem,” External link

sanews Monday, October 3, 2016 8:20:00 PM EAT

Rob Davies said : “Manufacturers and suppliers who supply to illegal or unlicensed outlets, if from the consumption in those unlicensed outlets there is damage caused, the manufacturers and suppliers, the wholesalers if you like, the onus will shift [to them] and they will have to show…they took reasonable steps to ensure that their product was not supplied to the unlicensed outlets that were responsible for them,” External link

iol Monday, October 3, 2016 5:51:00 PM EAT

Rob Davies said : “Business as usual is not going to crack it. Business as usual is not making it better, it’s actually making it worse,” “What we are presenting here is a set of ideas, a set of proposals which we would like to see a full-on national debate around this very important question” External link

iol Monday, October 3, 2016 5:51:00 PM EAT

Rob Davies said : “Any adverts will have to indicate the harmful effects of alcohol,” External link

iol Monday, October 3, 2016 5:51:00 PM EAT

Rob Davies said : "The awards represent and acknowledge all South African business sectors and enterprises, as well as members of the media, who meet the various criteria per category and have achieved success in their various fields," External link

allafrica Friday, September 30, 2016 4:53:00 PM EAT

Rob Davies says : "The first phase of the revitalisation includes the security infrastructure upgrade, fencing, street lighting and critical electricity requirements, but in the case of Isithebe we have upgraded the roofs of some of the factories within the industrial park," External link

allafrica Friday, September 30, 2016 4:53:00 PM EAT

Rob Davies said : “Para-athletes can have longer careers for sure” External link

icWales Saturday, September 24, 2016 2:55:00 PM EAT

Rob Davies said : "Through the support of black-owned entities in the manufacturing sector, the business mission to Nigeria aims to enhance the efforts of the Black Industrialists Programme and ensure that the support for black industrialists increases in order to improve their participation in the manufacturing industry," External link

businessday Thursday, September 22, 2016 7:25:00 PM EAT

Rob Davies said : “The awards represent and acknowledge all South African business sectors and enterprises, as well as members of the media, who meet the various criteria per category and have achieved success in their various fields,” External link

africanbrains Thursday, September 22, 2016 2:18:00 PM EAT

Rob Davies said : “The awards represent and acknowledge all South African business sectors and enterprises, as well as members of the media, who meet the various criteria per category and have achieved success in their various fields,” External link

sanews Wednesday, September 21, 2016 8:57:00 PM EAT

Rob Davies said ( about Saida Harrigan ) : "South Africa is ideally positioned to serve the East-West cargo traffic and the booming African offshore oil and gas industry, through marine manufacturing, which includes ship and rig repair, refurbishment and boatbuilding. Despite this competitive advantage, we currently capture only 1% of the global market of ship repair and refurbishment," External link

allafrica Monday, September 5, 2016 7:08:00 PM EAT

Rob Davies said : “These parks have the capacity to serve as catalysts for broader economic and industrial development in their host regions, mainly townships and rural areas,” External link

iol Thursday, September 1, 2016 8:02:00 PM EAT

Rob Davies said : "The size of this investment demonstrates confidence by China and confidence in South Africa as an investment destination. The investment is strategic and is a major project in terms of our bilateral relationship and a key project supported by the Inter Ministerial Committee on Investment," External link

allafrica Wednesday, August 31, 2016 5:58:00 PM EAT



Key Titles and Phrases Count Lang Last Seen
trade and industry minister38.53%EN12/06/201706/12/2017
minister22.77%EN12/06/201706/12/2017
industry minister16.88%EN12/06/201706/12/2017
head0.11%EN10/26/201726/10/2017
minister of trade and industry8.66%EN10/11/201711/10/2017
labour minister0.33%EN10/03/201703/10/2017
gold medalist0.06%EN09/16/201716/09/2017
south african minister of trade and industry0.39%EN08/29/201729/08/2017
african minister of trade and industry0.17%EN08/23/201723/08/2017
trade minister1.94%EN08/21/201721/08/2017
south african trade minister0.28%EN08/21/201721/08/2017
african trade minister0.11%EN08/21/201721/08/2017
south african trade and industry minister1.39%EN06/30/201730/06/2017
african trade and industry minister1.00%EN06/30/201730/06/2017
ministre sud-africain0.06%FR05/06/201706/05/2017
spokesman0.11%EN04/24/201724/04/2017
industries minister0.11%EN01/04/201704/01/2017
trade and industries minister0.11%EN01/04/201704/01/2017
south african minister of trade0.06%EN12/09/201609/12/2016
minister of trade0.06%EN12/09/201609/12/2016
african minister of trade0.06%EN12/09/201609/12/2016
minister of energy0.06%EN11/11/201611/11/2016
minister for trade and industry1.00%EN11/06/201606/11/2016
industry and trade minister0.11%EN10/17/201617/10/2016
public enterprises minister0.06%EN10/06/201606/10/2016
youth trade and industry minister0.06%EN10/03/201603/10/2016
manager0.22%EN09/26/201626/09/2016
general manager0.11%EN09/26/201626/09/2016
minister of labour0.11%EN09/17/201617/09/2016
player0.22%EN09/14/201614/09/2016
Names Lang Count
Rob DaviesEN67.84%
Rob DaviesFR8.32%
Rob DaviesPT7.99%
Rob DaviesAF7.73%
Rob DaviesES7.60%
Rob DaviesSA0.52%
Rob DaviesSW0.00%


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