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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Appointment of a Professional Engineering Service Provider to Carry out the Project Management scope for various Electricity Bulk Infrastructure Projects within KSDLM 2019-02-11 12:00 038/2018/19
Appointment for (02) Electrical Contractors for Electrification of 193 infill Connections in Maiden Farm Township with a CIDB Grading of 4 EP or Higher 2019-02-11 12:00 036/2018/19
Appointment for (02) Electrical Contractors for Electrification of 193 infill Connections in Hillcrest Township with a CIDB Grading of 4 EP or Higher 2019-02-12 12:00 037/2018/19
Bid Specification for Appointment of a Programme Support Unit (PSU) for a three (3) year period to assist the Provincial Department of Education in various aspects of the management of its infrastructure programme. 2019-02-22 11:00 SCMU6-18/19-0007
Supply and Delivery of suction pipes - Honeysucker 2019-01-18 12:00 B424/2018/19
All prospective bidders are hereby invited to submit quotations for accommodation: bed, dinner, breakfast & conference package, supply chain management as specification appear below 2019-01-22 12:00 RFQFIN/01/2018/19
Development of an Implementation Plan and Budget for a Multi-Year History Festival in Plettenberg Bay 2019-01-18 13:00 SCM/RFQ/2019/042/EDP
Provision of Competency-Based Assessment Services for Senior Managers 2019-01-18 12:00 SCM/RFQ/2019/043/CORP
Supply and Delivery of Fire Extinguishers and Raingear 2019-01-17 12:00 B422/2018/19
Supply and delivery of Building Sand 24 cubes 2019-01-17 12:00 B423/2018/19
Procurement of Pre-qualification of Construction Contract: Construction of Polihali Dam and Appurtenant Structures 2019-03-25 14:00 4020
Procurement of Pre-qualification of Construction Contract: Construction of Polihali Transfer Tunnel 2019-03-26 14:00 4021
Appointment of Professional Service Providers (Consultants) 2019-02-01 12:00 SCM 008/2018/19
Appointment of service providers for the rendering of a complete revenue enhancement service, online and real time electricity vending, revenue protection, ICT backend and matering for the period of 36 months. 2019-01-31 12:00 LTLM2018-19/ BTO01
Appointment of a Panel of Service Providers for the Construction of Internals Roads and Storm Water in Wedela Extension 3 (Phase 3) with a CIDB Grading of 5CEPE/6CE or Higher 2019-02-01 12:00 ID(R&S) 11/12/1819
Tender for the appointment professional service provider to determine the fair valuation of MEGA's Investment Property Portfolio and the revaluation of land and buildings classified as Property, Plant and Equipment (PPE) 2019-02-14 12:00 MEGA/2018/05
Request for proposals for the appointment of a Registered Construction Health and Safety Agent for the construction of the Mpumalanga International Fresh Produce Market: Ancillary Buildings and Services 2019-02-13 12:00 MEGA/2018/04
Procurement of Development Partner, Morula Mixed Housing Development in Mabopane Tshwane 2019-01-29 11:00 NWHC 09/2018 DEV –PARTNER-2018
Appointment of a panel of attorneys for a period of 36 months 2019-02-08 12:00 22-2018/19
Request for 175 Combination Infall CK5 (1000 X 365 X 180) 2019-01-17 11:00 292297

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By W van Rooyen

www.howtotender.co.za

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