The Trade and Industry Chamber seeks to reach consensus and make agreements on matters pertaining to the economic and social dimensions of trade, as well as industrial, mining, agricultural and services policies, and the associated institutions of delivery.


Much of the work of the Chamber is done in Task Teams comprising of representatives of stakeholders that have specific knowledge of the relevant subject matter. The work of the Task Teams is governed by Terms of Reference, which are developed by the Chamber. The outcome of work done in the Task Teams- the Nedlac Report – is submitted to the Chamber for consideration and ratification. Once the Nedlac Report is signed off by the Chamber, it is then tabled at the Management Committee for final consideration and sign off.


The Chamber is required to meet at least six (6) times in each financial year. Representation in the Chamber is made up of six (6) mandated representatives from Organised Labour, Organised Business and Government.


The Chamber has several substructures, including:

 The Technical Sectoral Liaison Committee (Teselico) which aims to review existing trade agreements and enhance trade agreements between South Africa and its trading partners. There are two Teselico tasks teams that focus on specific technical aspects affecting international and local trade, namely the:

  • Non Agricultural Market Access (NAMA) task team and the
  • Non-tariff Barriers (NTB) task team


TIC Chamber Convenors

Business Convenor :                        John Purchase
Government Convenor:                 Faried Adams
Labour Convenor :                           Tony Ehrenreich


TIC Secretariat

Senior Coordinator

Judy Blom – Tel: 011 328 4200 |


Chamber Coordinators

Nozipho Ngema – Tel: 011 328 4200 | E-mail:

Matshidiso Lithebe – Tel: 011 328 4200 | E-mail:


Issues currently on the agenda of the Chamber:

  • 4th Industrial Revolution
  • Industrial Policy Action Plan (IPAP)
  • Black Industrialists Programme
  • Designation of Products
  • Agriculture: Agro processing and agricultural trade
  • Beneficiation
  • Efficiency and Effectiveness of Regulations
  • Agricultural Policy Action Plan
  • Incentives
  • Amendments to the Competition Act
  • Social Accords
  • Trade in Services
  • SA – post AGOA
  • Technical Infrastructure Agencies
  • Customs Fraud and Illegal Imports
  • Annual Strategic- Session with the Minister of Trade and Industry


  • Current Trade Negotiations
    • WTO
    • SACU-India PTA
    • CFTA
  • Existing Agreements
    • SACU-EFTA Review
    • SADC Trade Protocol Agreement
    • South Africa’s Trade Relations with EU
    • SACU-Mercosur-PTA Implementation
    • BREXIT

Studies currently on the agenda of the TIC:

  1. An Assessment of Subsidies and Support in Developed and Developing Agricultural Economies, and their Implications for South Africa
  2. A study to recommend the future structure of the trade and investment relationship between South Africa and the United States of America