Black Industrialists Scheme (BIS):

Black Industrialist Overview

An overview of the Black Industrialists Programme and its guidelines

Black industrialists success stories

Profiles of selected BI beneficiaries and the success stories of the BI Programme. These profiled companies were launched in 2017 by the Minister or Deputy Minister of Trade and Industry.

On 4 November 2015, Cabinet approved the Black Industrialists Policy which aligns with the Industrial Policy Action Plan, the National Development Plan and the Nine Point Plan that was announced by President Jacob Zuma in the 2015 State of the Nation Address.

The purpose of Black Industrialists (BI) policy is to leverage the State’s capacity to unlock the industrial potential that exists within black-owned and managed businesses that operate within the South African economy through deliberate, targeted and well-defined financial and non-financial interventions as described in the IPAP and other government policies.

The policy seeks to achieve the following objectives:

  • Accelerate the quantitative and qualitative increase and participation of Black Industrialists in the national economy, selected industrial sectors and value chains, as reflected by their contribution to growth, investment, exports and employment; and
  • Create multiple and diverse pathways and instruments for Black Industrialists to enter strategic and targeted industrial sectors and value chains.
  • In short therefore the broader objective is aimed at promoting industrialisation, sustainable economic growth and transformation through the support of black-owned entities in the manufacturing sector.


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The required documents for claiming:

Submit all claims to


Contact details to be used for Incentive Applications and Claims from 27 March 2020


Launch of the Black Industrialists Scheme

Trade and Industry panel opening comments

‘We are looking for dedicated manufacturers’: Rob Davies

Launch of the Black Industrialists Policy discussion

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