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FAQ's - General Information about TIKZN


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TIKZN is an official trade and investment agency of the province whose  vision is to  position the province of KwaZulu-Natal as the premier investment destination and the leader in international trade.
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• To identify, develop and package investment opportunities in KZN
• To brand and market KZN as an investment destination
• To maintain and expand trade activities
• To retain domestic investments and facilitate expansions
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TIKZN is a provincial public entity listed under Schedule 3C of the Public Finance Management Act.
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It’s funded by the provincial government of KwaZulu-Natal - Department of Economic Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs
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TIKZN board consists of 70% of people from private sector and 30% from  government in particular municipalities (to insert a link to the website to view board  members)
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TIKZN promotes all key sectors that are identified in the Provincial Growth and  Development Strategy (PGDS) in order to grow the economy of the province whereas  Tourism KZN promotes the province as the tourist destination and DIPA promotes  investments into EThekwini Municipality (Durban) only.
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Domestic and foreign investors, exporters and foreign buyers.
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TIKZN assists the municipalities in promoting inward investments and trade. It also  collaborates in their efforts to retain existing investments and improve business  environment.

FAQ's - Product and Service Information


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• Assists investors to locate suitable premises and to secure project and operational financing
• The facilitation of joint ventures and business linkages between small and big business. 
• The timeous provision of relevant, reliable information to both potential and existing investors and traders.
• The provision of assistance to both existing and new investors with regards to applications for investment and export marketing incentives. 
• Provide assistance to foreign investors in terms of applications for business permits.
• Negotiation of local government incentives on behalf of investors. 
• Provision of project support and aftercare services to investors.
• Provision of assistance to emerging international traders and with international trade enquiries.
• Provision of quality market intelligence on various industries and countries.
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• TIKZN offers advisory services on export promotion, provides export development (training) programmes, and offers trade leads and market development.
• Business to business matching ensuring that international businesses are matched with local businesses.
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TIKZN is not a member based organization however, the organization has an exporters’ database which requires all KZN ready  exporters and  potential exporters to register as exporters. TIKZN also has a suppliers database,  should you be interested to become our supplier click here  for  registration forms. For further information please contact Export Development and  Promotion Business Unit and Finance Business Unit respectively on +27 (0) 31 368  9600 or info@tikzn.co.za 
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TIKZN does not provide finance, it offers relevant advice on financial institutions that  can possibly fund the type/nature of your business.
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TIKZN offer financial assistance to companies that participate in our outward  missions however, terms and conditions apply.  The Department of Trade and Industry  (DTI) offers financial assistance for market development and missions through Export  Marketing and Investment Assistance (EMIA) Scheme. TIKZN will assist clients to take  advantage of this scheme.  With regards to joint venture partnerships TIKZN can  assist in forming relationships with possible funders.
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TIKZN assists entrepreneurs who already have business plans to target relevant  financial institutions and encourages entrepreneurs to draft their  own business plans. In  addition, TIKZN also assists entrepreneurs who are in the process of developing business  plans by linking then with strategic partners who specialize in drawing up business plans.  
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Visit our KZN Investment Map or click investment opportunities on the homepage.  
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TIKZN will assist with translation if the specific investor is hosted by TIKZN but in the event where an individual or company requires services of a translator TIKZN will assist by providing a list of translators, however you will be liable for the costs thereof.

FAQ's - Export Development and Promotion


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The Export Development and Promotion Unit provide capacity building training programmes on the following subject matter:
• The Export Processes which includes information on Incoterms, Sales Contracts, Letters of Credit, Shipping Agents and Clearing and Forwarding agents. 
• Product knowledge relevant to export.
• Conducting Market Research into barriers of entry.
• Understanding Export Registration and International Trade Regulations.
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Clients can contact the Export Development and Promotion Unit, the necessary forms  (DA 185) will be supplied, and thereafter a client submits the forms to SARS and the  application can take +/- 3-4 weeks to be processed.  Alternatively clients can register  directly with customs and excise, click here www.sars.gov.za for more information.
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Yes, the Export Development and Promotion Unit offer various training workshops every
3 months in the following areas of KZN viz. Newcastle, Ladysmith, Pietermaritzburg, Richards Bay, Durban and Port Shepstone.
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TIKZN Export Development and Promotion Unit has various market development
programmes that can assist you viz. Export Trade Platform (online product marketing tool), participation in outward and inward missions, and participation at local and international exhibitions.
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Should a client be registered on our Exporters database, s/he will receive   notification of any inward or outward trade missions taking place.  All our inwards and  outwards missions are also listed on our website.
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Clients can request this from the Export Development and Promotion Unit and the Department of Trade and Industry website www.dfa.gov.za
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The DTI Trade leads are listed on TIKZN website monthly, and also available upon  request at our offices or through e-mail.
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Harmonized System (HS) codes can be obtained from Customs & Excise on
(031) 367-6100 or www.sars.gov.za or enquiries can be made with our Export Development  and Promotion Unit. 

FAQ's - Human Resources


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TIKZN jobs are advertised in various local and national newspapers.
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You can contact the recruitment agency that details would have appeared in the  newspaper or you can contact the TIKZN Human Resources department, if you have applied directly.  
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TIKZN offer in-service training to a maximum of six (6) weeks but it is always dependent on the availability of the position and the need of the organization

FAQ's - Investment Promotion


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It is a process of identifying and engaging investors to set up their business in a  specified business location or destination. 
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We currently use the COMFAR business evaluation model as a due diligence tool in  some of the projects that we put on our pipeline.

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You need a business plan, proof of availability of funds (about R2, 5m), feasibility studies  as well as the marketing studies for the proposed business venture. All business permits  are approved by the Department of Trade and Industry, however TIKZN assists with  application and please see the attached document of requirements for approval. Each  application takes a maximum of 2 weeks. 

Requirements for Approval.doc

FAQ's - Marketing and Communications


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info@tikzn.co.za or 031 368 9600
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Submit a full proposal to the Head of Marketing & Communications for review. TIKZN will  partner activities that contribute directly to investment promotion and export trade  development such as inward missions, outward missions, and initiatives that promote the  TIKZN brand such as conferences, business awards, networking events and publications.

FAQ's - Procurement


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Debtors’ invoices are paid within one month of receipt.
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Tenders are advertised in the newspapers and the terms of reference are  available on the website under publications and downloads link.
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TIKZN is not registered for VAT and therefore there is no VAT registration  number.