Vietnam and Indonesia – Outward Selling Mission

Vietnam and Indonesia – Outward Selling Mission

The Department of Trade and Industry (the dti) invites interested companies to apply to participate in the Outward Selling Mission (OSM) to Vietnam and Indonesia. The Mission forms part of the dti’s objective of growing exports of South African value-added products and services in high growth markets in Asia.

the dti has planned a programme of activities which will include trade seminars, mini exhibitions, business-to-business meetings, business site visits and an opportunity to visit AutoExpo, from 12 to 15 June 2019.

This invitation is open to South African manufacturers and exporters of Automotive Components.

Dates for the events:
1. Vietnam, Ho Chi Minh: 11 to 12 June 2019
2. Indonesia, Jakarta: 14 to 15 June 2019

Companies that apply to participate will be screened and selected in line with EMIA guidelines, market and product/service compatibility. Companies that are not eligible for EMIA funding are welcome to participate in this mission at their own expense. Interested companies are required to complete and submit the EMIA application form to:

the dti, EMIA Unit
Block A, Ground Floor,
77 Meintjies Street

The closing date for receipt of application forms is 10 May 2019.


Application form enquiries (EMIA): Export Promotion Enquiries:
Sharlotte Valoyi
Telephone: 012 394 1008

Boitumelo Mokoana
Telephone: 012 394 5186

Advanced Manufacturing Innovation Awards

Advanced Manufacturing Innovation Awards

Submissions are now being accepted for South Africa’s prestigious annual Advanced Manufacturing Innovation Awards.


We invite you to apply now and enjoy the significant profiling opportunities that accrue to entrants.

  • Made annually at the African Advanced Manufacturing and Composites Show
  • Evening of 1st day (27 November 2019)
  • 500 delegates
  • Call for submissions/entries close 31 July 2019.

 For detailed information about the African Advanced Manufacturing and Composites Show and its opportunities see


  • Identify, promote and reward innovation in the advanced manufacturing and composites industry.
  • Popularise Advanced Manufacturing in industry and academia
  • Showcase South Africa’s capabilities in AM and innovation (media)


  • 3D printing and related production,  robotics, automation and AI, laser cutting and etching, CNC machining, materials of the future, including composites, application of industry 4.0,software, big data, IOT etc.


Gold and Silver Awards will be made for*:

  1. Scholarly impact in advanced manufacturing,
    B. Industry advancement in advanced manufacturing,
    C. Export proficiency.
    D. Contribution to import replacement.
    E. Composites floating trophy for displaying innovation
    F. Most promising “start- up or newcomer” awards.

 * The organisers reserve the right not to make an award.


  • Call for submissions/entries close 31 July 2019.
  • Judges evaluate and announce short list of companies.
  • Short-listed entrants in the “Most Promising Start-up” Category should be prepared to exhibit at the November Show from 27 & 28 November 2019.
  • Advisory Panel members (see below)



Deon Engelke
Phone:   +27 (0) 41 363 0310
Email :


Advisory Panel Members

International Trade Missions 2019/2020

International Trade Missions 2019/2020

The ECDC in partnership with the dti, WESGRO, TIKZN, SAFLEC and SEDA will facilitate the participation of companies to the following trade missions and exhibitions for the 2019/2020 financial year. 

Companies interested in participating in any of the trade missions and exhibitions must contact the responsible official at the following contact details to establish the process for participation.

See below the dates and contact details of ECDC officials to find out more information on the trade mission you are interested in. 

Annual Golf Day 2019

Annual Golf Day 2019


Make sure your company are represented by booking a Tee or sponsoring a prize. 


Join Exporters Eastern Cape for a day on the green at Wedgewood Golf Club for our Annual Golf Day on Thursday, 30 May 2019.

Thank you to SJM Flex SA for supporting Exporters Eastern Cape as the main sponsor of the Annual Golf Day!




Book a Tee for maximum brand exposure and the opportunity to network with golfers and members from leading companies in the metro!


Not a golfer or can’t make it on the day. Sponsor a prize for a 4ball (four people). This can be four hampers, wine sets, bags, promotional gift sets and more.


Contact the Branch Coordinator, Suzanne Vermeulen at to book a Tee or sponsor a prize. 


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Exporter of the Year 2019 – Entries are now Open!

Exporter of the Year 2019 – Entries are now Open!

The Exporters Eastern Cape opened entries for Exporter of the Year at a factory tour of S4 Integration, 2018’s overall winner of Exporter of the Year.

The Exporter of the Year Awards honours and acknowledges exporters and service providers to industry who have excelled in the period under review. Entries are open, and for the first time businesses can enter online.

Exporters Eastern Cape chairman Quintin Levey encouraged everyone to enter. “If you do not enter you cannot win. Tell your friends to enter, and their friends to enter,” Levey said. He went on to add that judging all entries is a thorough and robust task. “Judging criteria include qualitative and quantitative and all judges are independent from the exporters,” Levey said.

Exporters Eastern Cape is a non-profit organisation for companies involved in exporting or for companies interested in exporting. The organisation is a platform for members to exchange ideas, information and experience, and to liaise closely with other export orientated clubs and bodies.

Exporters Eastern Cape hosts monthly meetings conducive to networking with informative speakers on a variety of export related subjects, connecting with government and other officials dealing with industrial development, export promotion, customs administration, port facilities etc., and liaising with business chambers, local and regional structures, and related clubs in other regions.

Members of the Exporters Eastern Cape felt that their membership allowed them the advantageous opportunity to grow their business.  National manager for Sasfin Commercial Solutions (Global Trade), Brenden Adriaanzen said, “The Exporters Eastern Cape is the ideal platform to network with like-minded people in an industry that we specialize in. We find it extremely beneficial to be part of such a dynamic industry body and have formed many lasting business relationships”.

“Membership creates a platform for you to understand your customers’ customer – that is the true benefits of being part of this organization,” Transnet National Ports Authority’s Business Development Manager and committee member of the Exporters Eastern Cape Sujit Bhagattjee said.

Marketing manager for S4 Integration, Gideon Smith said, “Exporters gives you the platform. You need to attend the events, interact with fellow members to grow and benefit from the membership. You will see the benefits. Take the opportunities, take the risk and you will not stagnate.”

Attendees of the event were invited to tour S4 Integration’s factory. S4 Integration is a turnkey automation and machine building solution which was awarded the Exporter of the Year in 2018. Smith said their success is due to the company meeting the needs of the client. Smith said, “Whatever the customer’s requirement is, we can meet their needs from concept to commissioning. We do not want to be only a product supplier. We want to be a complete solution to a problem.”

Smith said to achieve the prestigious award can be attested to the dedication of their 200+ staff members. “To be recognized as a local business with small and humble beginnings was great. The awards we received were thanks to the hard work of our staff,” he said.

S4 is currently the top employer of Bsc Honours Computer Science students from the Nelson Mandela University. Smith added that they continue to invest their efforts and resources at tertiary level to ensure that the top students will join the S4 team. “We have well educated, well trained, and completely dedicated staff. Our customers see it and they want to continue working with us. Selecting the right people can take your company forward,” Smith said.

Hire Power’s Monique Prince, a senior recruiter at the recruitment agency, said she found S4’s investment in their staff commendable. “It was an amazing tour. Seeing how S4 invests and give back to their staff proves that if you keep your staff happy your business will be sustainable,” she said.

After the tour Larissa Primmer, owner of La Mohair, said “It is amazing to see what people are doing right here in the heart of our city.” She went on to say that she values La Mohair’s membership of the Exporters Eastern Cape. “The Exporters Eastern Cape has been a great support. There are plenty of networking opportunities, opportunities to share knowledge and people in industry advising – without this support you cannot grow,” Primmer said.

Paul Brooks from Ford Motor Company South Africa said, “Our colleagues take note that we are respected by our suppliers and that we do work in our community. We brag about our achievements. Winning the (Best Exporter: OEM) award means that people take note of us and we get exposure from that.”


 The various categories awarded at the annual Exporter of the Year event are: 

  • IDC Job Creation Award (Exporters who have created the most number of new sustainable jobs within their business in the last financial year)
  • SJM Flex Environmental Practice Award (Exporters who have not yet achieved environmental accreditation and who pursue activities towards Environmental Sustainability)
  • SJM Flex Environmental Award (Exporters who have environmental accreditation and who pursue excellence in environmental management)
  • Best Provider of Services to Exporters (All service providers to the export industry)
  • Best Exporter: Small Business (Exporters with direct and indirect export turnover below R25-million)
  • Best Exporter: Medium Enterprises (Exporters with direct and indirect export turnover between R25-million and R200-million)
  • Best Exporter: Corporate Category (Exporters with direct and indirect export turnover greater than R200-million)
  • Best Exporter: OEM (Exporters who are manufacturers or original equipment for the automotive industry)
  • Exporter of the year 2019 (The entity which, in the judges’ opinion, achieved the most success in the period under review.)

The annual Exporter of the Year banquet will take place at the Boardwalk ICC on 16 August 2019, where winners in the various categories will be announced.  

For more information contact the Branch Coordinator, Suzanne Vermeulen at or 041 373 1122.


Entries are now open for the prestigious awards and close 3 June 2019.