Trade & Investment KwaZulu-Natal (TIKZN) is geared to promote the Province’s competitive advantages as a world-class business investment destination and to encourage trade by assisting local companies to identify new markets for the export of their products. One of TIKZN’s strengths in promoting the province of KwaZulu-Natal is in the packaging and marketing of investment opportunities. TIKZN has identified a range of potential investment opportunities in different sectors for investors who can then make an informed decision of the suitability of the project according to their interest level. KwaZulu-Natal is the only South African province to provide project brokering and goes all out to link clients and investors.
The Province has active and successful businesses and a very proactive provincial government that provides visible support to investors.
TIKZN has packaged a number of property developments, which are in various stages of implementation from the conducting of feasibility studies, to development of business plans, environmental impact studies, designs, approval and construction.
The province is strong in manufacturing and works closely with the automotive industry. There is a need to develop the supply chain both in original equipment manufacturers (OEM) and after-sale markets, locally and internationally. The South African aluminium industry is one of the industrial pillars of the South African economy. There is also much need to promote the beneficiation of metals including aluminum and steel. Consequently, the manufacture of a number of aluminum products have been packaged for investors, including the manufacture of alloy wheels, beverage cans and pistons.
Support Programmes for Exporters
The Export Development and Promotion Unit (EDPU) of TIKZN, provides assistance to exporters and facilitation of market access for KwaZulu-Natal exporters. Their operational activities include the facilitation of trade missions, planning for exhibitions, implementation of training programmes and responding to various enquiries.
TIKZN has tailor-made support for emerging, existing and established exporters whom are keen on sharpening their capabilities in exporting. Both group and one-on-one support are available with international best practices being sourced so exporters are encouraged to take advantage of this opportunity as well.
For more seasoned exporters:
• TIKZN has collaborated with the Netherlands through the PUM programme.
• PUM Netherlands is a global mentorship programme that brings well experienced retired business leaders to South Africa to mentor exporters to grow their markets.
• TIKZN assists with the selection, recruitment of exporters as well as the facilitation of the application of this programme.
On the export promotion side, TIKZN assists by facilitating market access in various countries by assisting exporters to participate in exhibitions and trade missions, as well as engaging with inward delegations. Trade events include the Southern African Development Community (SADC) and other African countries like Tanzania, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Seychelles, Madagascar and Mauritius. There are also trade events that investigate our traditional markets like the USA, UK and China to name a few.
Using technology and tools such as the KZN Export Information Portal and the Decision Support Model (DSM), TIKZN can provide a more value-added service to the export community. The purpose of the model is to scientifically identify probable markets for KZN Exporters. Using several intricate databases with appropriate filtering mechanisms, the model can give an indication of the likelihood and opportunities available in markets across the globe for specific products.
Export Week is an annual programme and 2019 will mark the 8th year for this event. This event was developed to recognise, promote and assist with the growing of KwaZulu-Natal's export businesses and industries. Through a comprehensive programme of activities, it provides professional development and information on growth sectors and market opportunities to KwaZulu-Natal's new and existing exporters and internationally focused businesses.
One of the highlights of Export Week is the KZN Exporter of the Year Awards Banquet, which showcases emerging and established exporters of a wide range of goods and services. The awards are facilitated by the Durban Chamber of Commerce and Industry and are supported by other strategic partners.
One Stop Shop
A One Stop Shop has been established to promote the ease of doing business in the province and to help facilitate investment. The facility will assist with common challenges and address serious bottlenecks in projects in an efficient and transparent manner.
Instead of going to several offices you will now be able to go to only one window to access most of the relevant government agencies such as South African Revenue Services, the departments of Labour, Home Affairs, Trade and Industry and CIPC. The One Stop Shop is located at Trade & Investment House at the Kingsmead Office Park in Durban.
Full Name of Company: Trade & Investment KwaZulu-Natal
Nature of Business: Trade and investment promotion agency. In terms of what the organisation does, it is mandated to:
• Promote, brand and market KwaZulu-Natal as an investment destination
• Facilitate trade by assisting local companies to access international markets
• Identify, develop and package investment opportunities in KwaZulu-Natal
• Provide a professional service to all clientele
• Retain and expand trade and export activities
• Link opportunities to the developmental needs of the KwaZulu-Natal community
To be the leader in developing and promoting export trade in KwaZulu-Natal and to position the province as a premier destination for investment.
Chairperson of TIKZN Board: Ina Cronje
Chief Executive Officer: Mr Neville Matjie
Physical Address: Trade & Investment House, Kingsmead Office Park, Kingsmead Boulevard, Stalwart Simelane Street, Durban, 4001, South Africa
Postal Address: P.O. Box 4245, Durban, 4000
Tel: +27 (0)31 368 9600 Fax: +27 (0)31 368 5888
Physical Address: 99 George Storrar Avenue, Groenkloof, Pretoria, South Africa
Postal Address: P.O. Box 10994, Centurion,
Gauteng, 0046, South Afrca
Tel: +27 (0)12 346 4386 Fax: +27 (0)86 501 0848
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Trade & Investment KwaZulu-Natal (TIKZN) is geared to promote the Province’s competitive advantages as a world-class business investment destination and to encourage trade by assisting local companies to identify new markets for the export of their products.