Business in South Africa

EENI- School of International Business

Subject Subject (Course): International Trade and Doing Business in South Africa. South African Businessman.


  1. Introduction to South Africa (Southern Africa).
  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 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. H.E. Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma (Chairperson of the African Union)
  11. Case Study
      - Automotive Industry.
      - State-owned enterprises.
      - Business Process Outsourcing
      - Shoprite (Africa's largest food retailer)
      - Off-shoring.
  12. Access to the South African Market
  13. Business Plan for South Africa

South African Businesspeople.

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

Aims of the subject “Foreign Trade and Doing Business in the Republic of South Africa”:

  1. To analyse the South African economy and foreign trade
  2. To evaluate business opportunities in the Republic of South Africa
  3. To explore South Africa's trade relations with the student's country
  4. To know South Africa's Free Trade Agreements (FTAs)
  5. To examine the profile of South African Businessman
  6. To develop a business plan for the South African Market


Subject “Doing Business in South Africa” is studied...
  1. Masters (e-learning): Africa, BRICS Countries, and International Business
  2. Doctorate in Business in Africa
  3. Course: Southern Africa

Recommendations for South African students

Course learning materials in English or French Afrique du Sud Portuguese Africa do Sul Spanish Sudáfrica

  1. Credits of the subject “Foreign Trade and Doing Business in South Africa”: 3 ECTS Credits / 1.5 AC Credits
  2. Duration: three weeks

Patrice Motsepe South African Businessman

We Trust in Africa

Description Subject Description (Doing Business in South Africa).

The Republic of South Africa: Africa's second-largest economy and a BRICS country.

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

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

  1. South Africa has a population of 54 millions of 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. The official languages of South Africa (11): Afrikaans, English, isiNdebele, isiXhosa, isiZulu, Sesotho sa Leboa, Sesotho, Setswana, siSwati, Tshivenda, and Xitsonga.

The main religions in South Africa: Almost 80% of South Africa's are Christians - Catholicism and Protestants (30 million, 68% of the population, Methodists: 4 million, Anglicans).

South Africa belongs to the Southern African Economic Area of the African Civilisation.

  1. Desmond Tutu

Shoprite Africa largest food retailer

The economy of South Africa.

  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 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. The economy of South Africa has been growing since September 1999.
  7. South Africa is leading the industrial production, mineral production and electricity in the African continent.
  8. Business Process Outsourcing is one of the fastest growing economic sectors in South Africa. Call centre industry employs 54 000 call centre agents.
  9. The South African manufacturing sector is the most developed in Africa.
  10. The motor vehicle industry in South Africa accounts for 10% of manufacturing exports of the country.
  11. State-owned companies have a critical function in the economy.
  12. South Africa stock exchange ranks among the top 20 in the World. The Legal framework of South Africa is well-developed
  13. The Republic of South Africa has a modern and efficient infrastructure; many multinational companies are established in the country to export products and services to the Southern African region.
  14. 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.
  15. The United States is the largest trade partner of South Africa (is a beneficiary of AGOA)

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)
  4. India (Preferential Trade Agreement) - SACU
  5. AGOA (the United States)
  6. Indian-Ocean Rim Association (IORA)
  7. Trade Agreements with Cameroon and Malawi
  8. Europe (Cotonou 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. Port of Durban
  2. Richards Bay
  3. 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. Forum India-Africa
  7. Forum China-Africa
  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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