The Department of Trade, Industry & Competition (DTIC) will prioritise sector-specific masterplan implementation, re-industrialisation and economic transformation during the seventh administration. This is according to a media statement quoting newly appointed Minister Parks Tau as having ‘committed to engaging with the private sector’ in identifying triggers for ‘accelerating’ industrial policy implementation and economic transformation.

There are now nine sector masterplans, the most recent (medical technology) having been launched in May 2024, as SA Legal Academy reported at the time. The development of a cultural and creative industries masterplan appears to have been led by the Department of Sport, Arts & Culture – apparently without much involvement from the DTIC. It is therefore unclear how implementation will proceed.

During the sixth administration, the Minister served as Deputy Minister of Co-operative Governance & Traditional Affairs. At the time, he was the only non-MP to be appointed to a deputy ministerial position. Before that, Tau was leader of the opposition in the Gauteng provincial legislature – having served as mayor of Johannesburg between 2011 and 2016 before being replaced by Herman Mashaba, who was then a member of the DA.

The department has two Deputy Ministers: the DA’s Andrew Whitfield and the ANC’s Zuko Godlimpi.

  • media statement
  • list of masterplans (excluding the recently launched medical technology sector plan)
  • SA Legal Academy report on medical technology sector plan

Published by SA Legal Academy Policy Watch

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