Changes to laws governing black economic empowerment will be highly beneficial for small, black-owned companies but not for underperforming big ones.
Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies says B-BBEE has been a success in SA despite acknowledging several problems with the empowerment plan.
Poultry tariffs to protect the local industry against import dumping have come into effect, meaning consumers will see the price of their meat rise.
Thirty-thousand workers across South Africa have brought several plants to a standstill in pursuit of a 14% annual wage increase.
The public protector has found that Lionel October abused his authority by interfering in the National Consumer Commission's HR management.
The department of trade and industry has responded to reports that a French company is attempting to trademark "rooibos" in France.
A campaign to combat underage drinking has been condemned by activist organisations for depicting rape survivors in a guilty light.
Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies has dismissed suggestions of a change to South Africa's industrial and labour policy to spur economic growth.
The South African government's latest three-year strategy has aimed to boost manufacturing capacity and create jobs but business is sceptical.
Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies says the Broad Based Black Economic Empowerment Amendment Bill will put in place measures to tackle fronting.
The department of trade and industry launched the industrial policy action plan, saying the manufacturing sector needs to grow and create jobs.
The department of trade and industry has begun an investigation into government letters of support for a South African firm doing business with Iran.
Arcelor Mittal South Africa has decided to halt local production of certain lines and this has the motor industry up in arms.
The trade and industry department says there are no definite plans to ban alcohol adverts but all options to curb alcohol abuse are being considered.
Poor departmental planning could explain why the widely touted special economic zones aren't properly funded or up and running.
SEZ offer little detail and don't clarify government's policy, say critics.
The DTI has thrown its weight behind a Google initiative to get small businesses online and called for big companies to partner with the state.
Government has made regulations effective allowing the trade and industry department to designate that only locally produced services are procured.
Volatility in the country's exchange rate due to the eurozone debt crisis is hurting the country's competitiveness and may limit economic growth.