South Africas wine industry is booming - its more professional, more transparent, and gaining credibility in leaps and bounds in international markets. According to an article recently published in the US "the best wines are exceptionally good and there is every reason to expect that dozens, no, hundreds of Cape wines will improve exponentially in the years to come."
The local olive market is thriving, with a 10% growth in demand each year for table olives, and 20% annually for oil. The industry is almost 80 years old and experienced substantial growth in the 1990s as consumers became increasingly aware of the health benefits of olive consumption.
The government says it is committed to developing the fledgling aerospace industry in South Africa - in the same way that helped the country's motor industry out of the starting blocks. And new deals in the sector are beginning to pay off.
Online banking in South Africa is growing rapidly - with over a million online accounts registered in 2003. Research indicates that, despite security scares, growth is set to continue.
South Africa's national carrier, SA Airways, is facing increasingly stiff competition from no-frills airlines offering budget deals to local and international fliers - the most recent player being Civair, which will offer low-budget flights direct from the UK to Cape Town and Durban later in 2004.
South Africa's nutriceutical industry - covering a broad range of health supplements and complementary medicines - has grown rapidly over the past decade, and is now estimated to be a worth around R7-billion.
Film producers Jeremy Nathan and Joel Phiri formed the company DV8 to develop, produce and market 12 genuinely South African digital feature films over the next three years. DV8's second film is in production, the third has been selected - and the search is still on for exciting South African writers and filmmakers for the nine remaining movies.
The Upstarts innovation incubation programme - brainchild of billionaire Mark Shuttleworth - aims to help South Africa's budding entrepreneurs turn their innovations into viable business ideas that are ready for the market.
The department of trade and industry has launched a Competitiveness Fund that provides financial support to qualifying entrepreneurs, allocating grants that cover up to 50% of their running costs.
AltX, Africa's first alternative exchange for small to medium and growing companies, is riding the wave of the private sector's bullish sentiment about the South African economy with a number of important new listings.