Doing Business In South Africa

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Country Overview

South Africa is a sophisticated and promising market, offering a combination of well-developed First World economic infrastructure with a vibrant emerging market economy.

Since the current government came to power in 1994, the country has made tremendous strides towards becoming a major contributor in international markets.

South Africa has abundant natural resources, a well developed banking system, good infrastructure with major capital injections to upgrade this further, a reasonable tax structure, a business culture that is not too dissimilar from that of the UK, with a time difference of only one or two hours, a fairly stable political climate, a stock exchange ranked among the top 20 in the world and it is the gateway to other African markets.


About This Guide

This guide aims to provide a route map of the way ahead, together with signposts to other sources of help.

The main objective of this Doing Business in South Africa Guide is to provide you with basic knowledge about South Africa; an overview of its economy, business culture, potential opportunities and to identify the main issues associated with initial research, market entry, risk management and cultural and language issues.

We do not pretend to provide all the answers, but novice exporters in particular will find it a useful starting point. Further assistance is available from the UK Trade & Investment team in South Africa. Full contact details are available in this guide.



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