For Investors

The overall investment environment remains encouraging. A G20 country, South Africa is considered a low-risk investment destination for investors looking for a foothold into Africa. As the continent’s largest African investor, South Africa sends more than 25% of its manufactured products into the continent.

Through investment incentives and industrial financing interventions, the government actively seeks to encourage commercial activity and attract foreign capital. South Africa earned around R42-billion in foreign direct investment in 2011, which was more than four times the amount in 2010.

Principal international trading partners of South Africa (besides other African countries) include: China, the United States, Germany, Japan, and the United Kingdom.

Chief exports are metals, minerals, chemicals, foodstuff products, agriculture products & citrus fruits and automotive components.

Machinery and transportation equipment make up more than one-third of the value of the country’s imports. Other imports include automobiles, chemicals, manufactured goods, medical instruments, fertilizers, transformers, rice, wheat, tractors as well petroleum and bitumen..

Investment sectors

  • Agro-processing
  • Automotive
  • Banking & financial services
  • Chemicals
  • Fishing
  • Food & beverages
  • ICT & electronics
  • Mining & minerals
  • Property
  • Tourism
  • Telecommunication
  • Textile

Investor’s Handbook 2013/14 – Download PDF