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South African Economy . South Africa at a glance. Source: World Bank Development Indicators 2010. South African Economy. Source: IMF : World Economic Outlook, April 2011. South Africa positioned as a manufacturing centre of excellence Diversified Industrial sectors Open economy

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South Africa at a glance

Source: World Bank Development Indicators 2010

south african economy
South African Economy

Source: IMF: World Economic Outlook, April 2011

  • South Africa positioned as a manufacturing centre of excellence
  • Diversified Industrial sectors
  • Open economy
  • Sound business case for investment and profit
  • Gateway to Africa and markets of more than 200 Million consumers
  • Africa is the next big story after China and India

Established industrial & financial infrastructure

A tested and reliable legal system

Abundant mineral & natural resources

Increased investment in infrastructure

A relatively large labour force

Achieving sustained and balanced growth

Economic advantages which create a positive environment

Further,‘consistently prudent macroeconomic policies have succeeded in reducing the fiscal deficit, stabilising debt levels, and lowering inflation and interest rates’ and the country ‘stands out among its peers due to its democratic and transparent institutions and entrenched political stability…’

Standard and Poor’s, August 2010


Macro-Economic Policy

Macroeconomic interventions to accelerate growth and ensure social inclusion

  • Higher public sector investment
  • Reduce the cost of doing business
  • Expand public works & micro-credit programmes
  • Improve state capacity to provide economic services
  • Strengthen social and municipal infrastructure


Growth in 2011 expected 3.2% -3,8%

  • Broad framework of further steps needed to raise the rate of investment, employment and economic growth
  • Proceeds from premise that positive developments in Africa and BRICS will lead to economic development.

New Growth Path

south africa global perspective
Cape Town was named the top tourist destination in the world in the 2011 Traveler’s Choice Destinations awards.

South Africa is the only African country that is a member of the G20

South Africa is also a member on the UN Security Council

OR Tambo airport is the best airport in Africa, according to the World Airport Awards 2010/11. It was also in the top 3 most improved airports in the world for the same period

South Africa’s Real GDP growth will accelerate from 2.8% in 2010 to 3.7% in 2011 and 4.8% in 2012, helped by stronger external demand and looser fiscal policy.

South Africa- global perspective

Source:; Economist Intelligence Unit

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Stellenbosch University was the first African university in the world to design and launch a microsatellite

The Western Deep Level mines are the world’s deepest minesat approaching 4km.

South Africa houses one of the three largest telescopesin the world at Sutherland in the Karoo.

SA has 45 million active cell phones (population 49 million) – ranking in thetop 5globally in terms of cell phone coverage.

South Africa sold $1.8 billion worth of cars to the US in 2010, putting us ahead of Sweden and Italy as suppliers to the US market. Car sales are projected to grow 10% in 2011 to 460,000

South Africa - global perspective


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South Africa's total road network is about 754 000 kilometers, of which over 70 000km are paved or surfaced roads.

South Africa has an extensive rail network – the 10th lengthiest in the world – connecting with networks in the sub-Saharan region.

More than 50 airlines, making around 230 000 aircraft landing, and carrying about 33m passengers a year, move through South Africa’s 10 principal airports.

The Port of Ngqura is being developed off the coast of Port Elizabeth in the Eastern Cape and is set to be the deepest container terminal in Africa.

South Africa - global perspective

Source: South Africa Geared for Growth, 2010

south africa emerging market perspective
Of 14 emerging markets; Australia, Canada, Russia, Mexico,

China, Poland, Spain, India, Korea, Brazil, SA, Colombia Chile &


South Africa is:

2ndmost sophisticated financial market

2ndlowest effective business tax rate

4thranked for ease of accessing capital

4thranked i.t.o. the cost of capital

6thranked for infrastructure

7thfor FDI as a % of GDP (2008)

8thranked i.t.o labour productivity

South Africa – emerging market perspective

Source: Brazil National Confederation of Industry. Competition Brazil 2010: A Comparison of selected countries

economic achievements
In 2011, at 5.5%, South African interest rates are at a 30-year low.

The JSE Securities Exchange one of the world’s top 20 exchanges.

1stfor the regulation of securities exchange, strength of auditing & reporting standards by Global Competitiveness Report 2010.

1stout of 60 countries in the Economist’s House Price index for the period 1997 – 2009.

The South African Rand was the 2ndbest performing currency against the US Dollarbetween 2007 and 2011, in Bloomberg’s Currency Scorecard.

Economic Achievements


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The South African stock market rose 16.09% in 2010, ranking 8th out of the G20 nations and ahead of all of the G7 countries

34thout of 183 countries in the World Bank Ease of Doing Business 2011

2ndin the ease of getting credit

2ndforgood practice in protecting both borrowers and lenders

10thininvestor protection

54thout of 139 countries in the World Economic Forum’s Global Competitiveness Index.

9thinfinancial market development

27thin the protection of intellectual property

Economic Achievements
economic achievements2
54thout of 173 countries in the Transparency International Corruption Perception Index 2010

South Africa is aworldleader in coal-based synthesis and gas-to-liquid technologies.

It is among the lowest-cost producers of ethylene and propylene in the world, thanks to abundant access to low-grade coal and leading-edge process technology.

Sasol has flown the world’s firstpassenger aircraft using the company’s own-developed and internationally approved 100% synthetic jet fuel. Sasol took to the skies with the world’s first fully synthetic jet fuel flight on Tuesday, 21st of September 2010.

Economic Achievements

Africa is becoming more attractive...

Source: Ernst & Young’s 2011 Africa attractiveness survey

investing in africa an improving environment
Investing in Africa: an improving environment

The operating environment is improving visibly and rapidly …

54 countries, 35 democracies (compared to only 8 in 1991)

Many countries have improved their business environment:

restored macro-economic stability

greater predictability & increased reliability of policy & regulatory framework

increased transparency and improved decision-making

privatisation initiatives

reduced corruption

investment protection & promotion

intra and inter-regional initiatives

High returns on investment

tripartite free trade area t fta sadc comesa and eac economic benefits

T – FTA will create a sizeable regional market with a GDP of

$ 624 billion and a population of approximately 700 million people

An African common market without internal borders will unleash the economic growth and potential of Africa

Developmental Integration leading to cross border infrastructure development to strengthen regional supply capacity

North – South Corridor – Cape to Cairo to facilitate trade and reduce cost of doing business


Africa’s Main Transport Corridors






south african economy new growth path
South African Economy: New Growth Path


Create jobs

5 million

And to 15%

reduce unemployment

in the next 10years

industrial policy action plan ii
Industrial Policy Action Plan II

Key pillar of the New Growth Path

IPAP: value-added sectors with high employment and growth multipliers

south african trade agreements
South African Trade Agreements
  • South Africa – European Union (EU) Trade, Development and

Co-operation Agreement (TDCA)

  • Southern African Development Community (SADC) FTA
  • Southern African Customs Union (SACU) – India Preferential

Trade Agreement (PTA)

  • Southern African Customs Union (SACU) - European Free

Trade Association (EFTA) FTA

  • Africa Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA)
  • SACU –Southern Common Market (Mercosur)Preferential

Trade Agreement

south africa s leading investment partners
South Africa’s leading investment partners

Source: The Financial Times Ltd , 2011 (

south africa s fdi composition
South Africa’s FDI Composition

Source: The Financial Times Ltd , 2011 (

strategic location on shipping routes
Strategic Location on Shipping Routes
  • South – South Trade
  • Important to the BRICS countries
  • Important to T-FTA - SADC, COMESA and EAC
  • Vulnerability of the Suez Canal
    • Political instability
    • Somali pirates

World Class Capability

South African Construction and Steelwork on ALL continents, including Antartica!

International icons constructed include Burj al Arab Hotel - Dubai, Emirates Towers - Dubai, Khalifa Sports Hall Asean Games 2006 – Qatar and many more!


World Class Capability

Examples of complete stadiums, including all civils and steelwork built for the World Cup.

Our steelwork is to be found in and around all the stadiums!

Moses Mabhida Stadium, Durban

Greenpoint Stadium, Cape Town

Soccer City, Soweto


World Standard Comparison

  • Birds Nest Beijing, China
    • Steel – 110,000 tons
    • Construction period - 5 years
    • Cost $423m in 2008 terms
    • 80,000 seating capacity
  • Soccer City JHB, SA
    • Steel – 110,000 tons
    • Construction period – 3 years
    • Cost $445m in 2010 terms
    • 90,000 seating capacity
infrastructure development
Infrastructure Development

Securing Electricity Supply

Eskom has spent over R75.5 billion on the capital investment programme since 2005, and has delivered some 5 031 Megawatt of new electricity generating capacity into the system as well as thousands of kilometres (3 051 km) of high voltage transmission lines to transport electricity across the country.

Eskom, through its Medium Term Power Purchase Program (MTPPP), has signed agreements with three Independent Power Producers (IPPs) since April 2010, totaling some 277 MW with a number of contracts in the final stages of completion, which will bring the contracted power purchases to around 400MW this year.

Eskom has embarked on returning to service it’s previously “mothballed” coal-fired power stations. . The total RTS (return to service) portfolio will add 3 800 MW nominal capacities to the national electricity supply system.

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Infrastructure Development


The Department of Water Affairs has identified seven (7) new augmentation water resources infrastructure projects to support the domestic, industrial, agriculture and energy sectors

Communication infrastructure

Broadband Infraco continues to invest in its national backbone fibre optic network with R243 million spent in the 2009/10 financial year. Broadband Infraco’s fibre optic cable network now covers approximately 12 250km country-wide. Enables the country to extend connectivity to the SADC Region to countries such as Lesotho, Namibia, Botswana, Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Swaziland.

infrastructure development2
Infrastructure Development

Transport infrastructure

Maintenance of secondary road infrastructure using labour intensive methods of construction and maintenance. We have set aside R6.4 billion in 2011/12, R7.5bn in 2012/13 and R8.2bn for 2013/14, amounting to a total of R22.3bn in the medium term. At least 70 000 jobs will be created in 2011.

Rail modernisation programme

The Gautrain forms an integral part of our rail modernisation programme.

Starting in June 2011, the Gautrain will move at least 40 000 people hourly on the commuter line between Johannesburg and Tshwane stress-free and in less than 40 minutes.

The system includes 125 feeder buses operated by a consortium that includes taxi operators.

The recapitalization of PRASA rolling stock, Extension of the Gautrain from Sandton to Hatfield, and the Modernisation of our long-distance passenger and freight services.








Industry &

Service Area




Industrial Development Zone

IDZ’s are considered part of the Customs Territory of South Africa.






Customs Territory


South Africa



An IDZ is located adjacent to a

port allowing importation of raw

materials, plant machinery &

equipment; and the export of

finished products;

new deepwater port of ngqura
New Deepwater Port Of Ngqura
  • 80,000 DWT Bulk Carriers
  • 9 000 TEU Cellular Containership
  • Inner Basin 16.5 m below CD
  • Entrance Channel 18m
  • 175,000 DWT Bulk Carriers
east london idz
East London IDZ

Multi-Level Car Terminal


Dry Dock & Ship Repair

Grain Elevator


Future Aviation Cluster Development on State Land

Factory Expansion



Supplier Park

Aerospace Aviation Village

investment opportunities
Investment Opportunities

Source: DTI/TISA

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Investment Opportunities

Source: DTI/TISA

south africa s investment environment
South Africa’s investment environment

South Africa today is one of the most sophisticated and promising emerging markets globally, mainly because of …




Political & economic stability with sound macro-economic management


transport &





World class financial system



Favourable cost of doing business

the dti s investment services
Sector Information

Finance to explore investment opportunities in SA

Facilitating direct Government support in the form of:

- information on investing in SA and the Business Environment

- detailed investment Incentives

- investment facilitation

- after care – ongoing contact

the dti’s Investment Services
      • Contact Details
  • the dti Call Centre: 0861 843 384
  • the dti Switchboard: +27 12 394 0000
  • Investment Promotion: +27 12 394 1339/1032
  • Website:
  • E-mail:
  • Postal Address: Private Bag X 84, Pretoria 0001
  • South Africa