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Doing business in South Africa

Explore the key issues for doing business abroad, from setting up a business in South Africa to understanding the local business environment. Find guides and other resources to support your organisation's global growth.

Key data

Ease of Doing Business in South Africa
Summary of comprehensive annual data collated by the World Bank giving key indicators for business and economic conditions. Includes information on typical business procedures, showing time to complete and associated costs for each step.

Guides

South Africa company registration
Comprehensive guide produced by Healy Consultants explaining company structures and business entity types, fees and timelines for incorporation, accounting and tax in this jurisdiction and comparisons with other countries in the region.

Overseas Business Risk - South Africa
Report from the Foreign & Commonwealth Office looking at potential risks for UK businesses operating in this country. It includes economic and political risks, human rights issues, bribery and corruption, terrorism, intellectual property and organised crime.

Africa attractiveness
The latest report from EY examining the attractiveness of investment in Africa. Designed to help businesses in their investment decisions, it includes insight into the economy and foreign direct investment in the region. Reports and surveys from previous years are also available.

Doing Business in South Africa
Guide prepared by Moore Stephens member firms on doing business with or in this country. It also provides useful information for those living and working in South Africa either temporarily or permanently. Published in March 2016.

Exporting

On our Exporting to South Africa page you can find export guides, trade forecasts and economic and political updates.

Corporate governance

European Corporate Governance Institute
The European Corporate Governance Institute (ECGI) aims to provide 'a forum for debate and dialogue between academics, legislators and practitioners, focusing on major corporate governance issues and thereby promoting best practice'. The ECGI website also provides a directory of national Corporate Governance Codes, Principles & Recommendations.

Law and regulation

Intellectual property rights in South Africa
Intellectual Property Office, April 2016
Guide produced by the UK IPO on how to protect and enforce your IP when trading with South Africa. It covers IP rights; laws, treaties and reciprocal agreements; protecting your trademark; copyright; protecting inventions; protecting designs; trade secrets and non-disclosure agreements; and IP enforcement and dispute resolution.

Doing Business law library
World Bank
Collection of business laws and regulations from economies around the world, linking to official government sources. Topics include company law, labour, tax and trade.

Doing business in… Country Q&A tool
Useful tool from Practical Law that allows users to compare summaries of key legal issues across several jurisdictions, including this country. Summaries cover:

  • the legal system
  • foreign investment
  • business vehicles
  • employment
  • tax
  • competition
  • intellectual property
  • marketing agreements
  • e-commerce
  • data protection
  • product liability.

Forums and support networks

South African Chamber of Commerce and Industry
Support network for SMEs and body representing business across the country.

National African Federated Chamber of Commerce and Industry
A forum for business people to network and to encourage best practice, trade and investment.

European Business Council for Africa and the Mediterranean
Federation of European organisations supporting trade and investment in Africa.

Other organisations

Invest in Africa
Platform set up by a group of international companies working in partnership to share knowledge and best practice on doing business in Africa.

Embassies and consulates

Publications

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Articles and books in the Library collection

Selected books

The Business Operations in... series from Bloomberg BNA provides expert guidance on the tax aspects of expanding and operating businesses abroad.

Business Operations in South Africa
Analysis of the business environment in South Africa, focusing on: the economy and government, operating a business, forms of doing business, principal taxes and taxation of domestic corporations.

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