Investment & Immigration

Investment & Immigration

South Africa is one of the most sophisticated, diverse and promising emerging markets in the world.Strategically located at the tip of the African continent, South Africa is a key investment location, both for the commercial opportunities within its borders and the potential it offers as a gateway to the rest of the continent - a market of some 1-billion people.

 

Hanis Reloaded: an ID in 48 hours

The department of home affairs is to to revamp its IT systems - including a relaunch of the National Identification System (Hanis) which enables cross-referencing of fingerprints and identification info - to create a fully computerised operation capable, among other things, of delivering a new ID in the space of 48 hours.
Kudos for African craft merchant

Kudos for African craft merchant

Online catalogue business Hannafrica has tapped into the West's insatiable appetite for African crafts to become a South African export success story.
Boosting small businesses

Support for small black firms

The department of trade and industry, with funding from the World Bank, has established the Black Business Supplier Development Programme, aimed at fast-tracking small and medium black-owned enterprises with potential for growth into the mainstream of the economy.

SA, Flanders sign R30m arts deal

The government of Flanders has signed an agreement with South Africa involving an investment of R25-million in five new arts and culture projects over the period 2003 to 2005, with South Africa's department of arts and culture bringing an additional R5-million to the projects.

Liquorice plant starts exporting

The Western Cape government has provided a R265 000 grant to expand the seven-year old Dysselsdorp liqourice plant, which has developed into a high-quality liquorice liquid and powder exporter.

Oil production in South Africa

South Africa - an oil producing country? The opening of the Sable oil field, 150km southwest of Mossel Bay, has effectively tripled SA's oil production. Added to Sasol's coal-to-petroleum contribution, 45 000 barrels a day from Mossgas and 15 000 from PetroSA's two existing oilfields, it means that South Africa now produces roughly half of its petroleum needs.
SA firm named Africa's top SMME

SA firm named Africa’s top SMME

Cape Town-based Roth Medical Components was named Africa's top small business at the first Africa SMME Awards function in Johannesburg.
DV8: putting SA films on the map

DV8: putting SA films on the map

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.
SA's top global firms 2003

SA’s top global firms 2003

Oil exploration group Energy Africa and furniture manufacturer Steinhoff International have been named joint winners of the 2003 SA Top Companies Global Awards. There were 41 entrants for this year's awards, reflecting the "transnationality" of South Africa's listed companies.
Turning upstarts into start-ups

Turning upstarts into start-ups

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.

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