Welcome to InvestSA

InvestSA is a division of the South African Department of Trade and Industry (the dti).  We support investors exploring opportunities in South Africa by helping with information, facilitation and aftercare. Our One Stop Shops provide practical assistance to streamline the process of setting up a business.

Why South Africa?

No.1 Diversified economy in Africa

South Africa is the leading services destination, regional manufacturing hub and most industrialised country in Africa.

Favourable market access to global markets

The African Continental Free Trade Area will boost intra-Africa trade and create a market of more than one-billion people with a GDP of $2.6 trillion that will unlock industrial development. 

Young labour force

South Africa has a number of world-class universities and technical colleges, producing a skilled, talented and capable workforce. 

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5 to 7 November 2019 Investment Conference

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The inaugural South African Investment Conference in October 2018 saw 1,500 delegates from South Africa and across the world gathering in Sandton, Johannesburg to discuss investment opportunities in Africa’s most advanced economy. Over $20bn of investment commitments were made at the event, as leaders from business, government, and the investment community forged relationships and explored ways to reignite growth in South Africa.

President Cyril Ramaphosa is pleased to announce that the second South African Investment Conference will take place in Sandton from 5 to 7 November 2019. Building on the success of the inaugural conference, it will provide an opportunity to find out about the country’s abundant investment opportunities in a host of dynamic sectors, and to engage directly with the country’s business and political leaders.


Highlights from the 2018 Inaugural Investment Conference

Special Economic Zones

Special Economic Zones around the country provide incentives for companies such as allowances and tax breaks.

One Stop Shops

One Stop Shops to ease doing business are now open in Pretoria, Western Cape, and KwaZulu Natal.

Market access

South Africa is a gateway for markets and business opportunities throughout the region and globally.


South Africa’s dti Partners with World Bank Group to Drive Private Sector Competitiveness and Investment

Johannesburg, South Africa, March 11, 2019 - South Africa’s Department of Trade and Industry and the World Bank Group today announced an advisory services partnership aimed at improving the business environment for domestic entrepreneurs and undertaking policy and institutional reform to enhance foreign direct investment inflows. The partnership will focus on three key reform areas: business regulation, investment policy and promotion, and market regulation and competition policy.

Minister Davies hails Hisense R72m investment in Atlantis

18 March 2019 The Minister of Trade and Industry, Dr Rob Davies has hailed Hisense’s investment of R72 million into its refrigeration and television production lines at its factory based in Atlantis, Cape Town, as an “important achievement” and “another example of the fruits of South Africa’s successful partnership with the Republic of China”.

Investment Mission to Japan Successful – Acting Invest SA Head

23 September 2018

The Acting Head of Invest South Africa, Mr Yunus Hoosen says the week-long investment mission to Japan undertaken by the Department of Trade and Industry (the dti), together with the presidential investment envoy, Ms Phumzile Langeni and the Chief Executive Officer of Business Leadership South Africa, Mr Bonang Mohale was successful. The mission was part of government’s investment attraction drive to attract $100 billion worth of investments in five years.

Agreement Establishing the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) Concluded By African Union Ministers of Trade Meeting in Kigali, Rwanda

11 March 2018

The Minister of Trade and Industry, Dr Rob Davies and Deputy Minister Mr Bulelani Magwanishe have arrived back in South Africa after attending the African Union Ministers of Trade (AMOT) meeting in Kigali, Rwanda. 

Tripartite Free Trade Area market access negotiations between the Southern African Customs Union and the East African Community

15 September 2017

On 14 September 2017 South Africa hosted the 11th bilateral meeting between Trade Ministers of the Southern African Customs Union (SACU) and the East African Community (EAC) in Ekurhuleni, Gauteng.