The Department of Trade and Industry (the DTI) will not accept new applications for support under its Manufacturing Investment Programme (MIP) with effect from tomorrow, 20 September 2013 until further notice.
“The MIP was introduced during 2008 with an objective to support investment in new and expansion projects by Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises in the manufacturing sector. Although it was intended to be implemented until July 2014, the MIP has met with overwhelming interest from industry with the result that the six-year budget that was set aside for the programme has been oversubscribed. This oversubscription has necessitated the suspension of the programme earlier than originally intended,” says the Deputy Director-General of the Industrial Development and Incentive Administration Division (IDIAD), Mr Tumelo Chipfupa.
As a result of the suspension no new applications will be considered for support under the MIP. However, all applications that have been registered on the MIP online system before mid-day tomorrow, 20 September 2013, may still be completed by the respective applicants and will be evaluated and considered for support in line with the programme’s guidelines.
Mr Chipfupa adds that some of the highlights of the MIP are that by the end of June this year, about 2 000 new and expansion projects in the manufacturing sector had been approved and over R2 billion disbursed to enterprises. Over 200 (10%) of the approved projects were Foreign Direct Investments by either new or already established entities in South Africa.
The expected investment by FDI enterprises supported by the programme is more than R13 billion and over 20 000 jobs are expected to be created and/or sustained by these enterprises. More than 1000 (50%) of all approved projects were by small enterprises with investments of less than R5 million per project. The small enterprises supported are expected to create and or sustain more than 30 000 jobs.
“The DTI is in the process of considering amendments to the existing Manufacturing Competitiveness Enhancement Programme (MCEP) that will enable the continuation of support for newly establishing manufacturing projects by small and medium sized enterprises. Announcements in this regard will be made before the end of this fiscal year,” says Mr Chipfupa.
* This report was prepared by The DTI