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Calling all registered exporters  – Do you manufacture, grow, produce or export:

  • Mango seedsl;
  • Red Grapefruit;
  • Mealie pap;
  • Pineapples;
  • Home décor;
  • Fashion accessories; or
  • Clothing & Textiles?


The latest trade leads received internationally have been released by the dti. Registered exporters who are able to supply the products listed above are encouraged to reply.

To access the detailed Trade Lead Bulletin documentclick here.


Exporters are kindly requested to respond to trade inquiries if they meet the criteria specified below:

1. South African manufacturer registered as an exporter with Customs (South African Revenue Services).

2. Export ready South African Exporter.

3. Have the capacity, resources and funds to supply the market where the lead originated from.

4. Manufacturing / exporting the exact product requested by the importer.

5. Capacity to supply the quantity requested.

If your company meets the above-mentioned criteria and is interested in supplying the product/service, please complete the Reply Form and return it to the dti and NWDC as per the email addresses supplied on the reply form.

Africa Big 7 Logo

Meet and find buyers for your food, beverage and agri-processing products.

The NWDC invites producers of food and beverage products from the North West Province to potentially exhibit their products at the 2017 Africa’s Big 7  trade expo by applying with the NWDC to exhibit as part of the NWDC pavilion.

* Download the participation brochure – click here

Africa’s Big 7 2017 will be hosted at Gallagher Convention Centre, Midrand, Johannesburg from 25 to 27 June 2017.

Africa’s Big 7 is the continent’s largest food and beverage industry trade expo. The seven specialised sectors cover everything from fresh produce and ingredients to manufacturing technologies, processing and packaging equipment, retail-ready products, hospitality, retail and international catering and much more.

Africa Big 7 pitch

North West based producers who meet the below qualifying criteria are invited to apply to exhibit through the NWDC by contacting Trade Officer Poloko Maphula on  014 594 2570 or email her on

Should sufficient participants be sourced, the NWDC will cover the stand and exhibition costs of qualifying companies from the province.

Other related costs such as transport and accommodation will be for the particpants’ expense.

Applications to exhibit close on Friday, 2 June 2017.

Qualifying criteria to apply to exhibit:

  • A minimum of one year in operation
  • A minimum of R300 000 asset base
  • A minimum of R300 000 annual turnover
  • Must employ a minimum of 5 employees
  • FICA Compliance
  • Other basic statutory requirements per sector (company registration, tax clearance, company profile, export certificate, copies of Identity documents of directors, copy of business physical address, relevant insurance, all sector licencing, accreditation and registrations

Special consideration could be extended youth, cooperatives women and people with disabilities who do not meet all of the above criteria.

Africa Big 7 glass food




Innovation Indaba 2017

Youth are invited to register for the first-ever Youth in Science, Innovation & Technology Indaba.

The indaba is brought to you by the Department of Science and Technology (DST).  The event will take place in Gauteng during Youth Month, on 9 & 10 June 2017. Its primary objective is to ensure that youth are included and listened to when it comes to the future of South Africa’s Science, Technology and Innovation (STI).

The indaba will include a ministerial roundtable to reflect on achievements, gaps and recommendations for better inclusion and support to youth for the knowledge economy.

Expected Outputs of the indaba are:

  • A Youth in Science and Innovation declaration
  • A Youth in Science and Innovation action plan
  • A Youth in Science and Innovation policy brief
  • A database on youth organisations working in STI
  • Social media to advance the STI dialogue with the youth

Register before 22 May 2017 via this the DST websiteclick here

For enquiries contact:

Download the information document here.

The Department of Science and Technology website is

Gulf food 2017

The USAID Southern Africa Trade & Investment Hub (SATIH) is pleased to be supporting companies from Southern Africa to attend the Gulfood Show 2017. The Show will take place from 26 February- 2 March, 2017 in Dubai.


There are two openings that have become available on the Africa Fine Food pavilion. This is short notice, but NWDC is looking to assist interested food exporters from the Bokone Bophirima (North West) Province who are interested even at this short notice.


Should you be interested to exhibit at the 2017 Gulfood Show, kindly urgently contact NWDC’s Trade & Investment office, as there are only two slots that just became available. Contact our offices on 014 594 2570 and ask to speak with Lovemore, Poloko or Rego.  Please contact us before Monday, 20 February 2017.

Please prepare photos of your  products, production facility photos and specs; corporate profile and brochures; product spec sheets; and export capacity as well as FOB price list for bulk orders. We want to profile all participants to enable B2B matchmaking. Also start putting together all the necessary items you will need for the event such as your samples, business cards, brochures, visitor information capturing system, among others.

The top three winners of the North West Innovation Competition, pictured with FEED MEC Wendy Nelson (left) and Dr K L Sebego, Director General in the Office of the Premier (right). The three winners are, from the left, Khupari Mpona, Morebodi Kaotsane and Prince Nkoe

NWDC and its project partners proudly announced the winners of the first-ever North West Innovation Competition that was held across the province during the latter half of 2016.

Khupari Mpona (Debrak), Morebodi Kaotsane (Taung) and Prince Nkoe (Mogwase) were crowned as the top three innovative minds in the province during the awards function held at Cookes Lake in Mahikeng on Wednesday, 8 February 2017.

The NWDC, in collaboration with the North-West University (NWU), the Technology Innovation Agency (TIA) of the Department of Science and Technology, the Office of the Premier and the North West Department of Economy and Enterprise Development (EED) formulated and conducted the province’s first Innovation Competition during 2016.

The main objective of the Innovation Competition was to raise awareness in communities that they can make a difference to their lives, and those of others, by being innovative.

The identified target audience to participate in the competition was any Bokone Bophirima citizen from the age of 16 with an innovative idea that could benefit their community. Aligned to the pronouncement of the Premier of Bokone Bophirima, Mr Supra Mahumapelo, the competition encouraged ideas from the focus areas of agriculture, culture and tourism which had the potential to address the challenges in VTSDs and ensure the optimal use of natural resources.

After being publicised in provincial print media, on-line, through social media and via posters and pamphlets distributed at municipal level thanks to the LED offices, the competition was run in two phases. A total of 1 061 SMS entries from across the province were received, and after a rigorous selection and evaluation process, the project partners shortlisted twenty ideas. Following interviews and further engagements, a panel identified the top three finalists and prize winners.

Apart from the honour of being selected as one of the top three most innovative minds in the province, the three prize winners will receive support from the project partners towards developing their idea into a concrete product or service to the value of R100 000, R50 000 and R25 000 respectively.

First place winner Khupari Mpona from Debrak designed a truly innovative water-wise nursery for growing crops that could benefit a community at large, while second place winner, Morebodi Kaotsane from Taung proposed the brilliant idea of marking cows and donkeys found next to roads with a reflective substance that would make them visible at night, improving road and animal safety. Third place winner, Prince Nkoe from Mogwase, suggested the development of a Digital Risk Assessment tool for the mining industry that shall function as an open source peer to peer safety network.

Said NWDC’s Acting CEO, Mike Mthimunye: “The NWDC is proud and humbled to have been entrusted to lead the province’s first- ever Innovation Competition. Together with our valued project partners, we thank all 1 061 bright minds for participating in the competition by sending us their ideas. NWDC and its project partners look forward to bringing you updates on the development of the top three ideas into commercialised ventures, making a tangible difference in people’s lives.”


Innovation Competition First place Winner receiving his certificate from Mr Tlhoaele, Chairperson of the Finance and Investment Committee

Innovation Competition First place Winner Khupari Mpona receiving his certificate from Mr Tlhoaele, Chairperson of the Finance and Investment Committee


NWDC has three large retail shops available to let in the Mogwase Shopping Complex.

The Mogwase Shopping complex is situated in the centre of Mogwase, in close proximity to municipal offices, magistrate’s court, the police station and public transport, and merely 17 kilometres from the Sun City Complex.

The available retail spaces are:

  • Shop number 7.  Size:  679m² @R52.33/m²   (Ideal for sports betting or a fitness studio/gym )
  • Shop number 6.  Size:  256m²  @ R63.68/m²
  • Shop number 8a. Size:  311m² @ R48.26/m²   (Ideally situated for a bank or financial institution)


Rental prices indicated above exclude VAT.

Rental enquiries:

Queen Kgetsi

082 908 4658

014 555 7890


The Research and Innovation division of the NWDC released its Economic Data Report for the third quarter of 2016/17.

The report highlights the current state of the global economy and also discusses South Africa’s Competitiveness according to the latest report released, and North West Province realities. These include World Economic Outlook projections, South African realities and North West Province policy guidelines on economic growth priorities.

Other focus areas include a section on Trade and Foreign Direct Investment

Download the full Economic Data Report 




The NWDC invites businesses in the North West Province to participate in the China Trader Expo 2016.

The China Trader Expo takes place at China City, Crown Mines, Johannesburg, from 9 to 12 November 2016.

The event is an expo on exporting South African products to China. It shall expose South African products to over 200 entrepreneurs, procurement managers and key decision makers as attending delegates from the Guangdong Province in China. The expo thus provides opportunities for local SMMEs to network and eventually export their products to China.

The focus will be on companies manufacturing products ranging from various industries, such as:

  • Lighting
  • Furniture
  • Bathroom
  • Hardware
  • Electrical Appliances &
  • Related sectors

NWDC’s qualifying criteria:

Companies that meet the following criteria shall be considered for participation:
* A mininum of one year in operation
* A minimum of R300 000 asset base
* A minimum of R300 000 annual turn-over
* Must employ at least five employees
* FICA compliance and all other basic statutory requirements per sector
(e.g. company registration, tax clearance, company profile, copies of ID document of directors, proof of physical business address, etc. etc.)

Special consideration might be extended to youth, cooperatives, women and people with disabilities

Interested business are encouraged to contact Ms Poloko Maphula or Mr Rego Ramong at the NWDC’s Rustenburg office on 014 594 2570 or email

Applications for participation close on Friday, 28 October 2016.


Over half a million rand was pledged towards the Kgetsi ya Tsie Bursary Skills and Development Fund, during the first day of its launch.

The North West Development Corporation supports this noble provincial initiative.

During his state of the Province address on 6 March 2015, the Premier of Bokone Bophirima Province, Supra Obakeng Ramoeletsi Mahumapelo announced the intention of the Provincial Government to establish a provincial bursary fund to be known as Kgetsi-Ya-Tsie Education and Skills Development Fund.

The aim of the fund is to help hundreds of Bokone Bophirima students who struggle to pay their tertiary tuition fees, and assist in facilitating increased access to educational opportunities to the youth of Bokone Bophirima Province.

A massive capital injection and consistent contributions are therefore needed in order for the programme to realise its objectives.

NWDC appeals to all its stakeholders, clients, service providers and tenants to make a contribution as part of their corporate social responsibility programmes.  No donation will be regarded as too small.

Donations can be made at this account number:

Kgetsi Ya Tsie Educational and Skills Development Fund, ABSA Current Account number: 4086084212

Read a full article published by the South African government website

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