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.

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The South African National Roads Agency SOC Limited (SANRAL) invites tenders from qualified Bidder/s to enter into an agreement for Database Administration and Managed Services (Oracle, Microsoft Mssql and Mongodb). 2019-07-10 14:00 NRA 58000/ 2019/ ORAMSSQL/ R
The RAF hereby invites experienced, suitably qualified service providers for Enterprise Project Portfolio Management (EPPM) Solution for a period of five (5) years. 2019-07-16 11:00 RAF/ 2019/ 00016
Appointment of a Service Provider to Provide Travel Management Services to Public Protector South Africa (Ppsa): Head Office Over a Period of Three (3) Years 2019-07-12 11:00 PPSA 001/ 2019
Provision of Technical Advisory Services to National Treasury: Intergovernmental Relations for The Cities Support Programme (Csp) to Enable Streamlined Online Reporting By Eight Metropolitan Municipalities Local Government Monitoring, Evaluation And Reporting Specialist 2019-07-05 11:00 GTAC 010- 2019
Data Centre Hosting Services for a period of 36 months 2019-07-19 11:00 SCMN001/ 2019
Appointment of a Service Provider to Conduct an Implementation Evaluation of The Sector Infrustructure Programme. 2019-07-05 11:00 SD02/ 2019
Appointment of aService Provider for Rendering of Travel Management Services to Dsd In Terms of Air Travel, Accommodation, Car Rental, Shuttle Services and Parking at The O R Tambo International Airport. 2019-07-05 11:00 SD03/ 2019
The appointment an event management company to provide event management services to National Film and Video Foundation. 2019-07-08 11:00 RFT 02 2019- 2020
Placement of automated serology / immunology analysers for Braamfontein for a period of five (5) years. 2019-07-15 11:00 RFB 022/ 19/ 20
Appointment of Panel of Experts to Assist The Department In Specialist IPTN-Related Fields for The Period of 36 Months. 2019-07-12 11:00 DOT/ 02/ 2019/ PT
Appointment of a Service Provider to Assist The Department With The Review of Legislation And Streamlining The Legislative Mandates of Road Traffic Management Corporation, The Cross Border Road Transport Agency, The South African National Roads Agency Limited, The Road Traffic Infringement Agency and The Road Accident Fund. Further More to Align all Those Legislation With The National Road Traffic Act. 2019-07-12 11:00 DOT/ 03/ 2019/ RT
Placement of automated serology / immunology analysers for Braamfontein for a period of five (5) years 2019-07-15 11:00 RFB 023/ 19/ 20
Provision of Office Accommodation: Ladysmith Local Office for a leased period of 5 years.(Leases ranging from seven to ten years will also be considered).The office space required should be a minimum of 300m² with six (6) parking bays. 2019-07-19 11:00 08/ 2019
Supply and delivery of promotional items nationally for a period of five (5) years. 2019-07-16 11:00 RFB006/ 19/ 20
Establishment of an INSETA Research Chair (RC) and Centre of Excellence (CoE) for research in Kwazulu Natal and Western Cape. 2019-07-10 11:00 Skills/ 2019/ 01
Appointment of a service provider for the supply, delivery and commissioning of one (1) gas chromatograph with flame ionization detector for the analytical services south laboratory in Stellenbosch. 2019-07-04 11:00 4.4.12.2/ 5/ 19
Thermo Scientific Nalgene Analytical test filter funnels 250 mL (0.45μm Cellulose nitrate filter membrane) (Case of 50).......x1; GE Whatman Binder free Glass microfiber filters, Grade 93-AH Circles (1.5μm particle retention size and 47mm membrane diameter) Pack of 100.........x2; GE Whatman Binder free Glass microfiber filters, Grade 93-AH Circles (0.7μm particle retention size and 47mm membrane diameter) Pack of 100.........x2; GE Whatman Binder free Glass microfiber filters, Grade 93-AH Circles (1.0μm particle retention size and 47mm membrane diameter) Pack of 100.........x2; Polyethersulfone membrane filters (0.2μm particle retention size and 47mm membrane diameter) Pack of 100........x2; Polyethersulfone membrane filters (0.45μm particle retention size and 47mm membrane diameter) Pack of 100......x2 2019-06-21 11:00 RFQ000337
Invitrogen: RNAlater Tissue Collection: RNA Stabilization Solution (250mL)...........x4; Invitrogen: Superoxide Dismutase (SOD) Colorimetric Activity Kit [Cat # EIASODC 192 tests]........x2; Invitrogen: Glutathione Colorimetric Detection Kit [Cat # EIAGSHC 384 tests]..........x1; Invitrogen: Catalase Colorimetric Activity Kit [Cat # EIACATC 192 tests]........x2 2019-06-21 11:00 RFQ000336
Appointment of service provider to deliver regulatory examinations (RE-5) workshops as well as to support candidates preparing to write examinations. 2019-07-09 11:00 ETQA/ 2019/ 01
Department of Agriculture requires supply, delivery and installation of a vacuum infiltration tissue processor 2019-07-15 11:00 BID 858 - 2019/ 2020

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