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The Case For Investing In South Africa: Executive Summary

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The Case For Investing In South Africa: Executive Summary

23rd November 2020

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  • The South African economy, which is the 30th largest in the world, is highly diversified in terms of sectoral composition.
  • Its gross domestic product (GDP) of ZAR4.87-trillion (USD368.3-billion at the average USD/ZAR exchange rate for 2018) represents circa 16% of the African continent’s overall GDP.
  • South Africa has the most developed and technologically advanced economy on the African continent. It is the region’s principal manufacturing hub and a leading services destination.
  • It is one of the most open economies in the world (exports and imports collectively represented approximately 60% of gross domestic product in 2018), with preferential access to numerous global markets.
  • South Africa is endowed with an abundance of natural resources.
  • The country has an extensive and modern infrastructure network.
  • South Africa has a sophisticated banking sector with a major footprint in Africa. It is the continent’s financial hub.
  • It offers a supportive and growing ecosystem as a hub for innovation, technology and fintech.
  • The composition of South Africa’s GDP is similar to those of developed economies – diversified and positioned to generate sustainable long-term returns on invested capital.

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