Where to Start

A good guide for investors about the dynamics and principlas involved in the South African business environment is the Investor’s Handbook publication. (South Africa: Investor’s Handbook 2014/2015 )

The following issues are inter aliacovered in this publication:

  • General information about South Africa
  • Broad economic overview
  • Government policies and regulatory framework
  • Directory of Incentive Programmes
  • Starting a business in South Africa
  • Sources of finance for the foreign investor
  • Policies affecting doing business in South Africa
  • Residing and Working in South Africa
  • South Africa’s Bilateral and Multilateral Trade Agreements
  • Useful Contact Details
  • Indicative Costs and practical aspects of doing business and living in South Africa

Facilitating your company’s investment

The Department of Trade and Industry (the dtic) offers a service by liaising with regulatory institutions and other government departments to resolve bottlenecks, such as residency permits, zoning of land as well as other regulatory matters. The offering is targeted at local and foreign companies, which includes new and existing businesses. the dtic‘s Trade and Investment South Africa (TISA) can helpbusinesses with resolving bureaucratic bottlenecks, and will act on behalf of clients to reduce lead-time for investment processes. All current and potential investors qualify for this offering.

To benefit from this offering, investors should contact TISA (Investment Promotion and Facilitation), which is best positioned to provide this service.To enquire about this offering or for more information, contact the dti Customer Contact Centre (RSA) 0861 843 384 or (International) +27 (12) 394 9500, and ask for Investment Promotion and Facilitation.


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