Issue Date: 
Friday, May 16, 2014

Ease of doing business in South Africa

By Werner van Rooyen

www.how2tender.com

16 May 2014

Sometimes it feels that it is really impossible to start a business in South Africa. It also feels that it is very difficult to do business in South Africa. But how difficult is it really?

There are various indicators that show us how difficult it really is based on certain factors. One place where one can see how difficult it is to do business in South Africa is the survey that is done annually by the International Finance Corporation and the World Bank. In this survey, 189 economies are measured on 10 topics. This is shown in the table underneath. The full survey as well as all the rankings can be found at www.doingbusiness.org/rankings.

In the table underneath South Africa is compared to other Southern Africa (Namibia and Mozambique) countries, Brazil which is a BRICKS partner, as well as Singapore which is ranked number one and New Zealand which is ranked number three.

Doing Business RSA MOZ NAM BRA SING NZ
Ease of doing business 41 139 98 116 1 3
Starting a Business 64 95 132 123 3 1
Dealing with Construction Permits 26 77 31 130 3 12
Getting Electricity 150 171 72 14 6 45
Registering Property 99 152 178 107 28 2
Getting Credit 28 130 55 109 3 3
Protecting Investors 10 52 80 80 2 1
Paying Taxes 24 129 114 159 5 23
Trading Across Borders 106 131 141 124 1 21
Enforcing Contracts 80 145 69 121 12 18

It is clear from this survey that South Africa is not the worst place to do business in. That title belongs to Chad which is number 189 on the list! If you examine the list it is clear that the Africa Continent Countries or Economies are of the lowest ranked on the list where as South Africa are number 41 on the list.

Mauritius is the highest rank African Economy at number 20. Interesting enough is that an economy such as Rwanda is ranked above South Africa at number 32. South Africa is then third in Africa at number 41.

Interesting assumptions from this list can be:

  • It is fairly easy to deal with construction permits in South Africa, although it can take up to seven months to get your CIBD grading;
  • If you need electricity, you are going to struggle in South Africa;
  • Registering property in South Africa can be a challenge;
  • Getting credit is also not too difficult in South Africa;
  • We are good at protecting our investors;
  • And paying taxes are South Africans strength.

In all fairness South Africa is not such a difficult place to do business in. One must just have patience and eventually you will pull through in doing business in South Africa.

One way to do business in South Africa is to tender. Visit our website at www.how2tender.com to find out more about our Tender Workshops or purchase our Tender Manual: A practical guide on how to tender.

Until the next time - happy tendering.

Title Closing Date Tender No.
Vacant land - old scrap metal site 2018-10-12 12:00 ELS/HPM 3/17/09/2018/3C
Supply: Furniture 2018-09-27 12:00 GL11900254
Vacant Land - Gately (Erf no. 20436) 2018-10-12 12:00 ELS/HPM 3/17/09/2018/3C
Supply and install ferric dosing station at Voelvlei Water Treatment Plant. 2018-10-05 12:00 SK11900114
Workshop adjacent to Dry dock 2018-10-12 12:00 ELS/HPM 3/17/09/2018/3C
Land and face-brick building adjacent to Car Terminal 2018-10-12 12:00 ELS/HPM 3/17/09/2018/3C
Land and building - Radio workshop 2018-10-12 12:00 ELS/HPM 3/17/09/2018/3C
Appointment of a Civil Maintenance Contractor for a Period of three years. 2018-10-16 12:00 PLZ 17/2018
Land and building-Old dredging building 2018-10-12 12:00 ELS/HPM 3/17/09/2018/3C
Heritage Houses 2018-10-12 12:00 ELS/HPM 3/17/09/2018/3B
Cape Town Stadium two day catering(25 and 26 September 2018). 2018-09-21 10:00 SD11900231
Supply: Tools and equipment 2018-09-26 12:00 GD11900336
Supply: Clothing 2018-09-26 10:00 GA11900263
Supply: Tools and equipment 2018-09-26 12:00 GD11900339
Land and building - Old Shipyard 2018-10-12 12:00 ELS/HPM 3/17/09/2018/3A
Supply & printing of no access notebooks Water & Sanitation Department. 2018-09-28 12:00 SK1190034A
Network Partner 2018-09-28 16:00 No Reference
Provision of a Talent Management Solution 2018-10-08 12:00 RFP GvdW-4601170/2018
Supply Tools and equipment 2018-09-21 12:00 GD11900341
Catering for Tourism Workshop. 2018-10-21 10:00 SD11900230

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