Doing Business in South Africa

EENI Business School & HA University


Syllabus of the Subject: Doing Business in South Africa. South African Businessman.

  1. Introduction to South Africa (Southern Africa)
    1. H.E. Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma (Chairperson of the African Union)
    2. Desmond Tutu
  2. South African Economy
  3. Foreign Trade of South Africa
  4. South African Ports (Durban, Richards Bay, Port Elizabeth, Cape Town)
  5. Economic relationships with Africa, Asia, Europe, and America
  6. Economic Profile of the South African provinces
  7. Doing Business in Johannesburg, Cape Town, Durban, and Pretoria
  8. Business and investing opportunities in South Africa
  9. Foreign Direct Investment (FDI)
  10. Case Study
    1. South African Automotive Industry
    2. State-owned enterprises
    3. Business Process Outsourcing
    4. Shoprite (Africa's largest food retailer)
    5. Off-shoring
  11. Access to the South African Market
  12. Business Plan for South Africa

South African Business People.

  1. Patrice Motsepe
  2. Cheryl Carolus
  3. Bridgette Radebe
  4. Rapelang Rabana
  5. Wendy Appelbaum
  6. Irene Charnley
  7. Cyril Ramaphosa

The aims of the subject “Foreign Trade and Doing Business in the Republic of South Africa” are the following:

  1. To analyse the South African Economy and foreign trade
  2. To evaluate the business opportunities in the Republic of South Africa
  3. To explore South Africa's trade relations with the country of the student
  4. To know South Africa's Free Trade Agreements (FTAs)
  5. To examine the profile of the South African Businessman
  6. To develop a business plan for the South African Market
The Subject (e-learning) “Doing Business in South Africa” is part of the following Higher Education Programs taught by EENI (Business School) and the Hispano-African University of International Business:
  1. Masters (e-learning): Africa, BRICS Countries, International Business
  2. Doctorate in Business in Africa
  3. Course: Southern Africa
  4. Bachelor's Degree in Inter-African Business

African Student, Doctorate in Business, EENI (Business School) and HA University

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  1. Credits of the subject “Foreign Trade and Doing Business in South Africa”: 3 ECTS Credits
  2. Duration: three weeks

Patrice Motsepe South African Businessman

Hispano-African University of International Business

Hispano-African University of International Business

Description of the Subject (Doing Business in South Africa).

The Republic of South Africa is the second-largest African economy and a BRICS country.

  1. South Africa has a population of 54 million people. 79% are classified as African, 9.6% as whites, 8.9% as coloured, and 2.5% are people from India and Asia
  2. Area: 1,221,037 square kilometres
  3. South African Capital: Pretoria (Executive power), Bloemfontein (judicial power), and Cape Town (legislative)
  4. Johannesburg is the largest city in South Africa (957,441 people)
  5. Borders of South Africa: Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Swaziland, and Lesotho
  6. Official languages of South Africa (11): Afrikaans, English, isiNdebele, isiXhosa, isiZulu, Sesotho sa Leboa, Sesotho, Setswana, siSwati, Tshivenda, and Xitsonga

Main religions in South Africa:

  1. Almost 80% of South Africa's are Christians
    1. Catholicism
    2. Protestants (30 million, 68% of the population, Methodists: 4 million)
    3. Anglicans
  2. African Traditional Religions

South Africa belongs to the Southern African Economic Area (African Civilisation).

We Trust in Africa

Shoprite Africa largest food retailer

Economy of South Africa.

The first African car-maker (76% of the total African production).

  1. South Africa is one of the most promising emerging markets (BRICS countries), and the second African Economy after Nigeria
  2. Not only South Africa is a significant emerging economy but is also the gateway to other Southern African Markets
  3. South Africa is a highly developed country with good infrastructures and a good climate for the foreign direct investment (FDI)
  4. There are significant business opportunities in South Africa
  5. South Africa is one of the BRICS Countries (Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa)
  6. The Republic of South Africa is the economic powerhouse of Africa.
  7. The economy of South Africa has been growing since September 1999.
  8. South Africa is the leading the industrial production, mineral production and electricity in the African continent
  9. Business Process Outsourcing is one of the fastest growing economic sectors in South Africa. The Call centre industry employs 54 000 call centre agents
  10. The South African manufacturing sector is the most developed in Africa
  11. The motor vehicle industry in South Africa accounts for 10% of the manufacturing exports of the country
  12. The State-owned companies have a critical function in the economy
  13. The South Africa Stock Exchange ranks among the top 20 in the World.
  14. The Legal Framework of South Africa is well-developed
  15. The Republic of South Africa has a modern and efficient infrastructure
  16. Many multinational companies are established in the country to export products and services to the Southern African region
  17. The Black Economic Empowerment is a policy instrument intended at broadening the economic base of South Africa, further stimulating economic growth and creating jobs while eradicating poverty
  18. The United States is the largest trading partner of South Africa (is a beneficiary of AGOA)

South Africa: The engine of the economic growth in the Southern Africa region.

Cheryl Carolus (South African Businesswoman)

South Africa has preferential access to

  1. Southern African Development Community (SADC)
  2. COMESA-EAC-SADC Tripartite Agreement
  3. Southern African Customs Union (SACU)
    1. FTA with the European Free Trade Association (EFTA)
    2. India (Preferential Trade Agreement) - SACU
  4. AGOA (the United States)
  5. Indian-Ocean Rim Association (IORA)
  6. Trade Agreements with Cameroon and Malawi
  7. EU-South Africa Trade and Cooperation Agreement

European Union-South Africa Trade and Cooperation Agreement

H.E. Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma

Trans-African corridors:

  1. North-South Corridor
  2. Tripoli-Windhoek Corridor
  3. Cairo-Gaborone Corridor

Port of Durban South Africa

The largest South African Ports:

  1. The Port of Durban
  2. Richards Bay
  3. The Port of East London
  4. Ngqura
  5. Port Elizabeth
  6. Mossel Bay
  7. Cape Town
  8. Saldanha

Nearest foreign ports:

Port of Walvis Bay (Namibia).

  1. Via Trans-Orange Corridor: Northern Cape, Upington
  2. Via Trans-Kalahari Corridor: Gauteng, Johannesburg, and Pretoria

The Port of Maputo (Mozambique) is located to 120 kilometres of the frontier. Access to Limpopo, Gauteng, and Mpumalanga (Maputo Development Corridor), Johannesburg, and Pretoria.

Logistics Corridors in Namibia

Port of Maputo (Mozambique)

Business in Durban (South Africa)
Durban Business

South Africa is a member of:

  1. New Partnership for Africa's Development
  2. Economic Commission for Africa (ECA)
  3. African Development Bank
  4. African Union (AU)
  5. Africa-BRICS
  6. India-Africa Forum
  7. China-Africa Forum
  8. OECD anti-corruption measures
  9. World Trade Organisation (WTO)
  10. World Bank (WB)
  11. International Monetary Fund (IMF)
  12. United Nations Conference on Trade and Development

Samples - Business in South Africa

South Africa Enterprises

Cyril Ramaphosa (South African Businessman)

Southern African Customs Union (SACU)

Bridgette Radebe South African Businesswoman

Rapelang Rabana South African Businesswoman

Custom Union of the Southern African Development Community

Africa-BRICS Foreign Trade

Indian-Ocean Rim Association IORA

Irene Charnley South Africa

Desmond Tutu Anglican

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