Team Exports South Africa

Team Exports South Africa (TESA)

The ISF is a founding member of Team Exports South Africa (TESA).

TESA has been developed as the main formal export promotion and development grouping in South Africa.

As the only Public-Private-Partnership (PPP), organised by the industrial sector and focusing exclusively on exports from South Africa, TESA offers both the exporter and the foreign buyer an excellent entry point and advisory service. The members of TESA operate as a close-knit team and a call to one of the members will ensure that the enquirer is immediately referred to the responsible person to assist.

Participating bodies can be broadly categorised in four groupings:

  • Engineering and Technology
  • Argricultural
  • Livestyle
  • Government; (and in particular the Department of Trade, Industry and Competition, officially also known as “the dtic”)
The ISF maintains a close relationship with a wide international client base based on electronic contact as well as in-person visits and shares this information with members.

The dtic promoted the formation of the industry-based export councils. In partnership with the dtic, eighteen export councils are currently in operation.

The dtic‘s major local developmental and promotional export activities are further strengthened by a large number of Foreign Economic Representatives (FERs) and Marketing Officers placed strategically around the world at South Africa’s Embassies and High Commissions. Click here for a complete list of South Africa’s foreign offices. (Websites of SA Missions (

The ISF has been in existence since 1991 as an export promotion agency and well before the development of TESA in 2000. When TESA was formed, the members of the ISF immediately realised the benefits of not operating in isolation. The excellent history created by the partnerships that followed with the dtic and other industry sectors, is living prove of the benefits of horizontal economic collaboration within a region.

The dtic’s website also contain details on their export programs, incentives and activities. Click here to enter the dtic website. (The Department of Trade Industry and Competition (

ISF Value Proposition

As the ISF mainly operate in the bespoke project construction markets, the value proposition of the ISF will vary from member to member and project to project.

Standard Steel Stocks

Southern Africa is served by an excellent network of steel merchants and service centers supplying a wide range of primary and intermediate steel products ex-stock.