Why Invest in South Africa?

Mzansi (local slang for South Africa) has untold opportunities for investment and expansion. As one of the continent's business hubs, its identity is unique; it not only offers highly developed first-world economic infrastructure, but has enormous potential within its emerging markets. The province of Gauteng, for example, has a GDP the size of Morocco's! 



A Favourable Business Environment

The South African Reserve Bank operates entirely indepently to government and dedicates itself to the stabilisation of exchange and inflation rates. 

The Johannesburg Stock Exchange is rated amongst the top 20 in the world for market capitalism. 

South Africa was rated first in the Global Competitiveness Index (2016) by the World Economic Forum for financing through its local equity market. 

The globally renowned South African constitution protects foreign business in that it opens the courts to foreigners under the same terms as South Africans, and trade and industry takes place in a free market economy. 



The National Development Plan

South Africa's economic vision is laid out in its National Development Plan (NDP). This outlines interventions aimed at eradicating poverty. How?  

By 2030, the NDP aims to:

  • diversify exports
  • strengthen links with faster-growing economies 
  • implement reforms that lower the cost of doing business
  • incorporate efficient and climate-friendly production
  • achieve an annual economic growth rate of 5%
  • lower unemployment from to 6%
  • reduce inequality



A Gateway to the Continent

Being situated on the southern-most tip of the continent means South Africa has immediate access to the 14 countries of the Southern African Development Community (SADC), who represent a combined market of over 250 million people.

Access to sub-Saharan markets is convenient (it shares borders with Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Swaziland and Lesotho), and as the economic powerhouse of the African continent, South Africa offers gateway distribution channels to the rest of the continent - a market of some 1 billion people. 



France and South Africa have close economic, diplomatic and cultural ties. Partnerships have been developed in numerous fields, ranging from economics to innovation and development. For more information, see the Embassy of France in South Africa's website. 

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