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Bussines in South Africa


Economy

In 2008, the economy grew by 3.1 per cent, well below the average 5 per cent rate of the previous three years. The slowing of economic activity was the result of several negative factors: unprecedented power shortages; the hike in global oil and food prices in the first six months of the year; the slow-down of private consumption; and the decline in foreign investment and in exports due to the world financial crisis. Growth is expected to drop further to 1.1 per cent in 2009 due to continued contraction of domestic demand. It is anticipated to rebound to 3.5 per cent in 2010, however, thanks to the stimulus expected from the football World Cup.

The construction sector is booming because of infrastructure projects under way in transport and electricity, and projects related to the hosting of the soccer 2010 World Cup, including several new stadiums and hotels. On the other hand, residential building has suffered from higher mortgage interest rates and declining demand. Overall, construction grew by 14 per cent in 2008, after a 17.1 per cent growth in 2007, and is expected to remain dynamic in the coming years.

Reforms to encourage employment

While South Africa's economy had started to show signs of recovery, Patel conceded that regulatory reforms that encouraged employment were needed.
The recession took a heavy toll on South Africa's economy, with some 870 000 people losing their jobs in 2009 and households suffering from falling incomes and high levels of debt. The domestic economy contracted by an estimated 1.8% in 2009 as a result of a decline in consumption spending and weak investment growth.

"What started as a financial crisis rapidly spread to the real economy and impacted on jobs," Patel said. "Real GDP fell by 1.8% in 2009 but is expected to start growing to 2.3% this year, rising to 3.6% in 2011."
Patel said recovering the jobs lost in 2009 would require a major improvement in the employment performance of the economy, with a focus on decent work opportunities and "better social outcomes".

FNB, PayPal bring e-commerce closer

In a boost for local e-commerce, a new partnership between First National Bank and PayPal will enable South Africans to sell to PayPal's global customer base and move the proceeds to their qualifying FNB accounts - without having to share their personal or financial information online.

The service also allows customers to top up and withdraw funds to their qualifying FNB accounts from their PayPal accounts. PayPal has more than 81-million accounts in 190 markets around the world.
"Our agreement with PayPal also enables international businesses and individuals to transact with South African service providers via a secure and convenient payment service", FNB chief executive Michael Jordaan said in a statement this week, adding that it would help South Africans to join the global e-commerce marketplace.
"The exclusive top-up and withdraw service with PayPal allows South Africans to make payments and receive money internationally without sharing their financial or personal information."

One CEO's Formula for Doing Business in South Africa


Batswadi Pharmaceuticals CEO Christoper Whitfield

Starting a business here is not without challenges. Whitfield broke down two issues an African American entrepreneur should be aware of before doing business in South Africa:

Lack of access to capital.

This one sounds familiar to all of us, but remember that in the US there are options, even if they're not necessarily available to you. A biotech company in the US can list on the Nasdaq and generate interest from venture capitalists. That VC environment simply doesn't exist in South Africa. While the government works to seed fund certain projects, they can only seed them to a certain point. Beyond that, you have to find commercial support - a loan or some friends and family love. Bank loans (if you can get one) carry a degree of risk. Case in point, Whitfield's first venture, needed 40 million rand (roughly $5.5 million) loan. When the credit crunch hit, that loan became unaffordable because the interest rates climbed. So Batswadi had to rely on organic growth as opposed to venture capital.

Access to technology.

Whitfield says South Africans have incredible technology, but it's just a matter of finding ways of getting that tech from the lab to implementation.

But there are benefits too. The pharmaceutical market in South Africa is $3.5 billion, says Whitfield. And the landscape isn't nearly as cluttered as in more developed countries. He also feels that the clinical business can capture a significant chunk of that billion dollar industry.

what challenges business men facing in South Africa?


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Being business man in South Africa is not easy. You are always worry about your security. You can not trust local people and local business man. The game over here be alert or you will lose your money or your life.
Sebastioa Matondo, Angola


There're lot of challenge a business man facing in South Africa. Advice be prepared mentaly to trade in over her.
D'asilva , Portugal


It's difficult to be business man specialy when you're black person in this country.
Piennar , South Africa


Be average black joe in South africa do business is difficult. The nepnews and nieces of ANC leaders are controling everything.
John , South


Economic of this Country is controlling buy white people. It's seems sad but if you left in hands of black greedy politiciens. They would bring it down
Malema , South Africa


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Mohamed Abbas , Egypt



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Political in South Africa



The political dispute within the ANC over the succession of Thabo Mbeki ended with the victory of Jacob Zuma in December 2007. President Mbeki was forced to resign in September 2008 over alleged high-level interference in Zuma's indictment on corruption charges (dropped before elections). The subsequent split within the ANC led to the creation of a new party, the Congress of the People (COPE), in December 2008. In 2009 Mr Zuma won election and became the president.

Although this split in the ANC is introducing a certain degree of instability, it is also indicative of South Africa's maturing democratic system.

South Africa ranks quite well in Transparency International's Corruption Perceptions Index, at 54th out of 180 countries. In 2008, anti-corruption actions were reinforced in public tenders, especially in the construction sector. South Africa's Construction Industry Development Board, the construction sector regulator, began suspending fraudulent contractors from its register of eligible companies. In October 2008, the governance index published by the Mo Ibrahim Foundation ranked South Africa the fifth best-governed African country.


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What do you think about Mr.Zuma?


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I think Mr. Zuma still live in past. And used his tribe to benefit himself. Since he has been in power what really has done for south African. Except he is costing the tax payers lot of money to support all his wifes.
Dingada duvei, South Africa


If Africa is not moving forward because people like Zuma can be in power. The guy is a JOKER. At moment we do not need this type of people to be in power in Africa
Didi Dilson, England


I believe he's trying to do his best. Then let give the man chances
D'ete , Senegal, Pretoria


Let give the guy the chances to show what he can do for south African people.
Makionda , South Africa



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Usefull Information South Africa

Top Hotels

  • Jaci's Tree Lodge
  • Cape Grace Hotel (Cape Town)
  • Phinda Private Game Reserve (KwaZulu-Natal)

Top restaurants

  • Restaurant Mosaic
  • La Colombe
  • Rust en Vrede Restaurant

Place to visit

  • Apartheid Museum
  • Rosebank shopping Center
  • Table Mountain Walks in cape town
  • uShaka Marine World in Durban

Internet Access

  • the number of South African accessing
    the internet via broadband connection
    has grown by more than 50% in the past year.
  • The Internet Access in South Africa 2010 study
    most of the growth in fixed line broadband comes from small and medium sized businesses upgrading to ADSL.
  • wireless broadband subscriptions have grown by 88%
    in the past year against 21% for fixed-line ADSL subscriptions

Not to miss to see

  • Cape Point
  • Table Mountain
  • Robben Island
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Someone can let me know where some nice local places to visit and have fun. Not where all the tourist go. Thanks
Tonny Jonson


There're lot of nice bars in Cape town, special now in World cup is busy place.
D'avila


I was there in World Cup and it was nice experience to be in South Africa.
Jose Maria



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