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The 2019 business guide to the South African economy

Welcome to the seventh edition of the South African Business journal. First published in 2011, the publication has established itself as the premier business and investment guide to South Africa.

South African Business 2019 Edition

A unique guide to business and investment in South Africa.

The 2019 edition of South African Business covers all the main economic sectors of the South African economy and gives a snapshot of each of the country’s provincial economies.

Feature articles on topical issues such as Special Economic Zones and African trade provide unique insights, together with comprehensive overviews of critical economic sectors. Other special features focus on the exciting new possibilities in renewable energy, airports as engines of regional growth and the maritime sector as an entirely new prospect for South African entrepreneurs and businesses.

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Special features

An economic overview of South Africa

South Africa has many attractive investment opportunities in sectors ranging from agri-processing to renewable energy. [read]

Provinces of South Africa

A snapshot of South Africa’s nine provinces. [read]

Energy and the future

South Africa’s exciting renewable energy programme is back on track. [read]

Special Economic Zones

Promoting industrial development via incentives. [read]


Health counselling at work is a growing trend. [read]

Regional trade

Trading with African neighbours is set to become easier. [read]

A hub of economic activity

Airports can anchor economic growth in multiple sectors. [read]

The Oceans Economy

There are massive opportunities in new maritime sectors. [read]

Economic sectors


Increasing agri-processing volumes is a national priority. [read]


Mine owners are preparing for change. [read]

Oil, gas and petrochemicals

National policies are focussing on gas. [read]


Restructured water boards have greater responsibilities. [read]


Major restructuring is underway. [read]

Construction and property

The shopping mall trend continues to grow. [read]


Incentives are in place to support new investment. [read]

Food and beverages

Acquisitions are supporting backward integration. [read]


Chinese investors are building at the Coega Industrial Development Zone. [read]

Transport and logistics

Plans are in place to shift freight from road to rail. [read]

Information and communications technology (ICT)

Incentives are encouraging investment. [read]

Tourism and events

The events and conferences sector is growing across the country. [read]

Banking and financial services

New sectors and new licences are creating opportunities. [read]

Development finance and SMME support

Prompt payment is vital for small businesses. [read]

National Government

South African National Government [read]


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