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Background

After the British seized the Cape of Good Hope area in 1806, many of the Dutch settlers (the Boers) trekked north to found their own republics. The discovery of diamonds (1867) and gold (1886) spurred wealth and immigration and intensified the subjugation of the native inhabitants. The Boers resisted British encroachments, but were defeated in the Boer War (1899-1902). The resulting Union of South Africa operated under a policy of apartheid - the separate development of the races. The 1990s brought an end to apartheid politically and ushered in black majority rule.

South Africa is a middle-income, developing country with an abundant supply of resources, well-developed financial, legal, communications, energy, and transport sectors, a stock exchange that ranks among the 10 largest in the world, and a modern infrastructure supporting an efficient distribution of goods to major urban centers throughout the region. However, growth has not been strong enough to cut into high unemployment, and daunting economic problems remain from the apartheid era, especially the problems of poverty and lack of economic empowerment among the disadvantaged groups. Other problems are crime, corruption, and HIV/AIDS. At the start of 2000, President MBEKI vowed to promote economic growth and foreign investment, and to reduce poverty by relaxing restrictive labor laws, stepping up the pace of privatization, and cutting unneeded governmental spending. The economy slowed in 2001, largely the result of the slowing of the international economy.

Holidays

Jan 1 - New Year's Day
Mar 21 - Human Rights Day
Mar 25* - Good Friday
Mar 28* - Family Day
Apr 27 - Freedom Day(1994)
May 1 - Worker's Day
Jun 16 - Youth Day
Aug 9 - National Women's Day
Sep 24 - Heritage Day
Dec 16 - Day of Reconciliation
Dec 25 - Christmas Day
Dec 26 - Day of Goodwill

Ps: Holidays falling on a Sunday are observed the following Monday. Besides, the Festivals' dates(*) given above are also subject to change in every new year.

Phone Codes

Country Code: 27
Outgoing International Code: 09

Resources

Market Research

CIA - The World Factbook - Republic of South Africa
This website indicates a wide range of detail information about South Africa by introducing under 8 different fields as its geography, people, government, economy, communications, transportation, military, transnational issues.

About South Africa
There is available to find out South Africa's general outlook on the issues of its social and business profile, passport/visa, money, accommodation, government, duty free, health and so forth.

South African Industry, Trade & Commerce Directory
This directory not only displays South African products but also offers services for imports/exports and business opportunities in South Africa.

South Africa Business
Mbendi serves as business oriented directory providing an ultimate African Business Source for the potential investors seeking new business opportunities in South Africa including the list of industries for South Africa.

Lex Africa: Business Guide: South Africa
The African Law Firm Network examines South Africa in order to get comprehensive business outlook for the potential investors seeking business opportunities in South Africa.

South African Web
South African Web supplies ever-growing South African & international business categories for assisting investors seeking business opportunities in South Africa.

Business in South Africa
This website provides an extensive information gateway for South Africa in terms of doing business with South Africa, legal guides to establishing business in South Africa and so forth.

South Africa Info
This is the South African webpage that covers all fields related to South Africa as business climate, recent political and economic developments, public services, news and so forth.

South African Business
This website indicates many topics such as loans, business services in South Africa under the descriptive listings of extensive database.

South Africa Post
It is the online news of South Africa that supplies both national and international news primarily on the issues of politics, economy & business.

U.S. Department of State - Bureau of Consular Affairs - For South Africa
U.S. Bureau of Consular Affairs creates a wide range of research named as Consular Information Sheet about South Africa in terms of analyzing its social, political, cultural & economic environments.

Trade Information

Cape Town Regional Chamber of Commerce
The mission of this chamber is to serve the interests of business through representing investors' views and providing services of value in South Africa.

Southern African - German Chamber of Commerce & Industry(SAGC)
The Southern African - German Chamber of Commerce and Industry Ltd. (SAGC) has promoted bilateral business relations between Southern Africa and Germany.

Foreign Chambers of Commerce in South Africa
There is a list which indicates the foreign chambers of commerce and industry, and other foreign trade and business organizations in South Africa.

Embassy Listings For South Africa
There are listed the embassies of South Africa including the embassies' contact information.

Tourism Business Council of South Africa (TBCSA)
The main mission of TBCSA is to represent the South African national tourism marketing Authority (SA TOURISM) Board and its Marketing Committee.

US Commercial Service - South Africa
The US Commercial Service South Africa offers valuable assistance and services to US companies doing business in South Africa.

 
 
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