Frequently Asked Questions
Invest South Africa is a division of the Department of Trade, Industry and Competition (dtic). It is South Africa’s Investment Promotion Agency (IPA) which support investors exploring opportunities in South Africa by helping with information, facilitation and aftercare.
The InvestSA One Stop Shop initiative is part of the government’s drive to lower the cost of doing business as well as making the process easier. The One Stop Shops are the point of contact for investors to engage with the relevant government departments for regulatory issues, registration, permits and licensing. The One Stop Shops simplify administrative procedures for business approvals and help to remove bottlenecks for investors establishing and running businesses.
InvestSA, as the Investment Promotion Agency, assist foreign (mostly) and local companies. Our main services are the One Stop Shop, Investment Information, Investment Facilitation, Aftercare Services and Location Analysis.
Special Economic Zones (SEZs) are geographically designated areas set aside for specific targeted economic activities. These industrial hubs are supported through special incentives and trade laws that differ from the rest of the country.
South Africa has directed its focus to thirteen sectors. The thirteen sectors are:
- Automotive & Components
- Textiles, clothing, leather & Footwear
- Transport & Industrial
- Consumer Goods
- Mining & Mineral Processing
- Healthcare & Lifesciences
- High-tech Industries & Innovation
- Digital Economy & ICT
- Hospitality & Tourism
- Energy & Infrastructure