South Africa continues to intensify measures aimed at accelerating economic growth and resolving the triple challenge of unemployment, poverty and inequality as projected by the National Development Plan (NDP). The Nine-Point Plan sets out the specific interventions for growing and transforming the economy, creating jobs and attracting investment. Improving policy coordination, infrastructure development, making it easier to do business in South Africa and boosting investment spending is creating an enabling environment for economic growth.

The Economic Cluster has noted the strong rebound in economic growth in South Africa with Gross Domestic Product (GDP) growing by 3.3% in the second quarter of 2016. The main contributors to the GDP growth rate were the manufacturing industry and the mining and quarrying industry. Manufacturing increased by 8,1%, largely as a result of higher production in petroleum, chemical products, rubber and plastic products; and motor vehicles, parts and accessories and other transport equipment. Mining and quarrying grew by 11,8%, largely as a result of higher production of platinum group metals. The Agriculture sector remains weak as a result of the effects of the severe drought that South Africa has experienced. The South African economy would have grown even faster were it not for the negative effects of the drought.

Government is buoyed by the demonstrated resilience of the South African economy and is cautiously optimistic that the return to growth in the Manufacturing and Mining sectors can be sustained over the next few quarters. The Economic Cluster will continue to monitor economic growth and intervene where necessary to facilitate investment and create an enabling environment for inclusive growth so as to address our triple challenges of unemployment, poverty, and inequality.

The Economic Cluster has also taken steps to accelerate implementation of the Nine-Point Plan as directed by the recent Cabinet Lekgotla. The Economic Cluster is at an advanced stage in preparing for the implementation of 40 high-impact investment projects in Agriculture and Agro-processing, Agri-parks, Energy, Infrastructure, Beneficiation and Manufacturing subsectors. Of these 40 projects, 10 have been assigned high-priority status and will be fast-tracked and monitored by the Investment Inter-Ministerial Committee (IMC). Across the 40 projects, InvestSA is co-ordinating the completion of feasibility studies, and the provision of regulatory and incentive support. Strong partnerships between government, labour and the private sector are necessary to ensure the successful operationalisation of the priority projects.

Some of the key highlights that occurred during the latter part of August include: the Coega Development Cooperation historical signing of an R11 billion Investment with the Beijing Automobile International Corporation (BAIC), the biggest automotive investment in Africa in the last 40 years. The launch of the 50/50 Farming Pilot project, which is aimed at strengthening the relative rights of farmworkers; the launch of the Bombardier Transportation’s first Propulsion and Control Manufacturing facility for use in Transnet’s locomotives; and the launch the second intake of the War on Leaks project, which will see over 7 000 artisans trained in critical skills required in the economy to minimise water losses.

Through the Export Marketing and Investment Assistance Scheme of the Department of Trade and Industry, a business delegation consisting of 27 South African companies participated in the 52nd edition of the Maputo International Trade Fair from 29 August to 4 September 2016. This exposed the South African companies to trade and investment opportunities available in Mozambique and other countries.

The Economic Cluster reaffirms its commitment to empower women to enable them to participate fully in the country’s economy. The empowerment of women through the Nine-Point Plan and departmental programmes plays an important role towards advancing the country’s economy. Government-led programmes support the advancement and empowerment of women in the economy by providing them with skills development and financial assistance to own and manage their businesses.

Brand South Africa in partnership with Brand Finance will be announcing the country’s top commercial brands on 15 September 2016. We call on commercial brands to continue being key messengers and positioning South Africa as a competitive and attractive investment destination.

Donald Liphoko- 082 901 0766

Issued by GCIS on behalf of the Economic Cluster

06 September 2016

Nelson Mandela International Day 2016 “Follow the Sun”

Thank you to all South African High Commission Staff, families, friends and volunteers who gave 67 minutes of their time to weekend to pack the 220 000 meals for this joint campaign with Stop Hunger Now and the Nelson Mandela Foundation. Your efforts are highly appreciated and will go a long way to ensure that people around the world do not need to go hungry. Be proud of your contribution to Mandela Day 2016 and carry on the legacy of Tata Madiba during the rest of the year.

Registration of South Africans Abroad – ROSA

What is ROSA?

ROSA is the acronym for the ‘Registration of South Africans Abroad’, a software programme developed by the Department of International Relations and Cooperation allowing travellers to register on-line.

The information travellers register on ROSA allows the Department of International Relations and Cooperation to assist South African citizens in event of an emergency.  The registration is a free, voluntary service provided by Government (through the Department of International Relations and Cooperation).  ROSA is only available to South African citizens who are travelling, living or working abroad.

ROSA is an initiative that is endorsed and supported by the Association of South African Travel Agents (ASATA).

Why should I register?

Vast numbers of our people who travel abroad every day do not encounter any difficulties.  However, through our missions abroad, we have assisted a growing number of South Africans who have become victims of crime, accident/s, illness, death, natural/man-made disasters, civil unrest, or whose family and/or next-of-kin needed to contact them in an emergency.

Registration through this website is NOT considered proof of South African citizenship.  If you apply for any service from an Embassy, High Commission or Consulate General (mission) while abroad, you will be asked by staff to provide proof of South African citizenship, such as a passport or bar coded ID book.

By registering your trip on-line with ROSA you assist the Department of International Relations and Cooperation to locate you during an emergency, verifying your status and liaising with your next-of-kin.  Information on ROSA is not continuously monitored and will only be accessed during a declared consular emergency.

Registration is voluntary and free of charge.  We encourage you to consider registration as an integral part of your travel planning and security.

 How do I register?

The ROSA software is an on-line registration process available on the Department of International Relations and Cooperation website.  The address is

Click on the button and follow the easy steps.

The ROSA software is unique as it allows for a traveller to:

  • register as an Individual Traveller
  • register as Group Travellers
  • register multiple destinations
  • update their profiles (Individual or Group)
  • de-register their profile from the system.

How can the Embassy or Consulate assist me while I am abroad?

The Chief Directorate: Consular Services in the Department of International Relations and Cooperation, in close collaboration with the Consular Sections of South African Representatives abroad, provides consular services to South African citizens who work, live and travel abroad.

Consular Services operate 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  On weekends and after hours, assistance is rendered in co-operation with the Department’s Operations Room in Pretoria.  The Operations Room supports our 121 Representatives in 105 countries affording services that cover the entire world.

A detailed list of services is available at

How will my information be used?

ROSA will be utilised by Consular Officers at Head Office or at a South African Mission abroad in the event of a disaster, emergency or other crisis as outlined above.

Only authorised officers of the Department of International Relations and Cooperation have access to the information which will only be used in the event of an emergency.  This will enable the Department of International Relations and Cooperation to e.g. react by contacting the next-of-kin to verify the status of the South Africans travelling abroad that might have been affected by the emergency.

Registration and Privacy

The Department of International Relations and Cooperation is committed to ensuring that any personal information received through the ROSA on-line registration process is safeguarded against unauthorised disclosure.

The Department will not disclose the information you provide through the registration application to any third parties (this includes family members) unless you have first given it written authorisation to do so.  In the event that family members make enquiries about your whereabouts, such requests will be forwarded to you.  You may choose to inform the mission of your decision to respond or not.

This internet site uses secure encryption to safeguard your privacy and therefore any unauthorised interception by third parties of the information you send via the internet is unlikely.  The Department does not accept responsibility for any such interception.

Important Notification

The responsibility remains with the individual traveller to-

  • act responsibly and be aware of the risks
  • consider and purchase full travel insurance or an overseas health plan
  • respect the culture and customs of the countries visited.

The consular assistance provided by the Department of International Relations and Cooperation, in the case of an emergency, is usually of a non-financial nature, and the Department will not be responsible for payment of legal, medical, travelling expenses or any other expenses on behalf of the traveller.

It is reiterated that information on ROSA is only accessed by the Department during a declared consular emergency.