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News Sites

Business Day, known as BDlive in digital format, is a daily business newspaper from South Africa. It covers news from all over the world, but mostly concentrates on South African economy and business.

BusinessTech is a news site from South Africa covering business information technology in the country and from an international perspective.

The South African Government News Agency is a news service published by its government. In addition to South African business news, the site's content also covers happenings in other African countries and around the world.

The Financial Mail is devoted to South Africa business news. This site includes articles and stories on money and investing as well as media and advertising.

Regulatory Agency Sites

The Competition Commission of South Africa, established by the Competition Act, regulates abusive and restrictive business practices in the country in order to promote efficiency in the economy. The site includes ways to file mergers, lodge complaints, apply for a leniency, and apply for exemptions. It also includes events, publications, and information on banking.

The goal of South Africa's Department of Defence and Military Veterans is to protect the nation and its citizens. The website includes information on the forces, ministry, and secretariat. The website also provides news, publications, and documents.

The Department of Health is responsible for national health policy and the administration of public health. The department regulates the pharmaceutical industry, approves medical goods and services, issues medical licenses, and oversees insurance policy. This site contains information regarding the department and the services it provides, a resource center, and media available for download.

The Financial Services Conduct Authority (FSCA) is in charge of the oversight and regulation of the non-banking sectors of South Africa's financial services industry. The site contains industry links, legislation, and publications.

The Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries aims to support sustainable agricultural development in South Africa. This website contains links to the regional departments that are in charge of the South African agriculture industry. It also provides information regarding services, programs, tenders, media, and publications. Publications are located on the bottom left side of the homepage.

The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) imposes licenses and regulations on broadcasters, signal distributors, providers of telecommunication services, and postal services. ICASA promotes international cooperation, protects the rights of consumers, and resolves complaints within the communications sector. The website includes information on consumer protection, legislation, and online systems.

Other Resources

The business section of Brand South Africa provides information on business development in the country. Sections include investing, trade, economy, as well as trends and growth. The site also contains business news, updates, sector overviews, and a brochure.

The Emerging Market Global Players (EMGP) project, a collaborative effort led by the Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment, ranks multinational enterprises in emerging markets according to the level of foreign assets held. The project also works to strengthen international investment by providing educational services, policy analysis, as well as tools and resources through extensive research. Reports are listed by country and can be downloaded in PDF.

This publication of Enterprise Ireland, Doing Business in South Africa, outlines helpful tips about travel and local logistics, money and banking, and foreign direct investment. Opens in PDF.

Prepared by the International Market Advisor (IMA) in association with UK Trade and Investment, this "Doing Business in South Africa" guide covers topics related to researching the market, preparing to export, and the culture of South Africa. Although the guide is targeted to businesses in the United Kingdom, the information is still useful to firms from other countries.

South Africa's Economic Development Department (EDD) works to strengthen government involvement in the development of the economy. Its official site contains a newsroom that includes documents such as policies, bills, publications, strategic and performance plans, and annual reports. The site also offers other documents such as tenders and Promotion of Access to Information (PAIA) manuals. Information is also provided on the department's programs and their networks.

Establishing a Presence in South Africa provides a wide range of information related to starting or expanding a business in South Africa. The provided publications address topics such as taxation, regulatory requirements, and financing.

The Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) is a financial institution promoting sustainable economic growth in South Africa. This website includes information on development funds, recent tenders, and publications.

The International Trade Administration Commission of South Africa (ITAC) is an institution dedicated to promoting fair trade in South Africa in order to enhance economic growth and development. The site includes trade and tariff services as well as import and export control services. Also available are documents and publications such as reports, notices, brochures, and media releases.

The South African Business Council (SABCO) is a non-profit organization that aids its members in finding business opportunities in South Africa and the United Arab Emirates. SABCO helps to promote the development of business relations between the two countries and provides a networking platform. A new and events page is provided, and newsletters containing information on South African business are available. 

The South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA) is an independent, non-governmental research institute which aims to promote a wider and more informed understanding of international issues from an African perspective. Specific research topics include governance and democracy, investment and finance, trade, peace and security, emerging powers, and foreign policy. The site also contains program information, news, publications, events, and membership information.

Invest North West and the previous North West Development Corporation (NWDC) have combined into one organization. The mission of the current NWDC is to improve trade, facilitate investments, retain business, and provide expansion services to international and local businesses in the North West Province of South Africa. Its site provides basic information about the North West Province, investment opportunities in various industries, a listing of events and expositions, and a business toolkit with relevant information for interested investors.

The South African Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SACCI) is a national body that aims to protect and promote business interests in South Africa. The site provides information regarding trade in South Africa, such as the Trade Conditions Survey and Business Confidence Index.