South Africa Economy

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Chapter | Economy from The Report: South Africa 2016

South Africa’s economy has experienced relatively slow expansion in recent years, with GDP growth still short of the rates recorded prior to the global financial crisis of 2008-09. Like many of its emerging market peers, the country has been affected by falling commodity prices and the prospect of rising interest rates. However, South Africa continues to benefit from a series of comparative...

Chapter | Country Profile from The Report: South Africa 2016

South Africa has long served as the “gateway to Africa”, and while recent years have seen other economies in the regional make up ground, it remains one of the most accessible, dynamic and well-regulated entry points to the continent’s roughly 1bn consumers. The country boasts a wide range of climates and landscapes, from arid semi-desert in Karoo to jagged Alpine landscapes in Ukhahlamba...

The second-largest economy in Africa after Nigeria, South Africa benefits from some of the most sophisticated financial markets in the world, paired with a robust regulatory system, and is also home to the headquarters of a number of major multinational players in the fields of industry, energy and financial services.

Chapter | Guide from The Report: South Africa 2016

This section includes information on hotels, government and other listings, alongside useful tips for visitors on topics like currency, visas, language, communications, dress, business hours and electricity.

South Africa has a host of appealing competitive advantages. It remains the continent’s second-largest economy – benefitting from a large manufacturing base, more than $2.5trn worth of metal and mineral deposits, and one of the most robust financial sectors in the world – and also boasts strong investment and trade ties with a range of key emerging and advanced economies. 

Lower oil prices and a rise in domestic demand could fuel a modest rebound for South Africa’s economy in 2015 after power supply and labour disruptions slowed growth last year.

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