One of the strategies that the South African government has adopted to reduce the very high unemployment rate and to grow the economy is to increase exports. The Department of Trade and Industry (the dti) has appointed Trade and Industrial Policy Strategies (TIPS) to review and revise the current National Export Strategy. Part of this review includes getting the views of both current and past exporters as well as potential exporters. It is important to understand both the drivers and the obstacles that exporters face.
The National Export Strategy will cover the next 20 years (although only the next five years will be spelt out in detail). The scope is national and therefore deals with all factors that will have an impact on South Africa’s exports. It is not limited to the dti’s functions but also includes, but not limited to, finance and logistics. The goal is to advise government on ways to change policies that hinder private establishments like yours and to develop new policies and programmes that support productivity growth and competitiveness. The results of the survey and other research could lead to substantial changes that may affect your company and industry. Your opinion and participation in this survey is vitally important.
It will be appreciated if you would complete one of the three surveys. Whether you are currently exporting, have exported, or do not export - your opinions are important. Besides the questions you will also have an opportunity to give your views on any aspects that you feel are important to help grow South Africa’s exports. The appropriate questionnaires are online and can be access as follows:
• Have never exported - https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/nonexporter
• Have exported but not on the past year - https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/Pastexporter
• Currently exporting - https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/NES_Current
The completed questionnaires will be treated as confidential and only the TIPS researchers will have access to your answers. Any comments that you do give will not be attributable to you. You are therefore encouraged to be absolutely honest and highlight any aspects that hamper your role in exporting.
If you have any questions please send them to Dr André Gouws from TIPS at or Luke Govender from the dti at