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South Africa: Government’s Initiatives to Support Private Sector Investment
Source: www.sanews.gov.za
Source Date: Wednesday, December 14, 2016
Focus: Electronic and Mobile Government, ICT for MDGs, Knowledge Management in Government, Internet Governance
Country: South Africa
Created: Dec 14, 2016

It said initiatives were underway to encourage private sector investment.

This includes:  

- Easing the regulatory burden and making it easier to invest. InvestSA has set up a one-stop shop to help investors with the procedures required to start up and run a business;   

- Reducing time spent on compliance and paperwork. As a result of increased automation at the Companies and Intellectual Property Commission, it now takes less than a day to register a firm. Title deeds are now available within seven days at the Deeds Office. And the Department of Justice has streamlined contract enforcement, introducing court mediation to reduce legal costs;

- Strengthening competition law. Sections of the Competition Amendment Act that came into effect earlier this year makes it a criminal offence for directors or managers of a firm to collude with their competitors to fix prices or collude in tenders. This should reduce prices and increase market access; and

- Enhancing the environment for small business. The Department of Small Business Development is updating legislation to improve support for small businesses. Government has targeted support to small firms, and is encouraging large businesses to contract more work from small companies.

The initiatives come after President Jacob Zuma convened a meeting with CEOs of top companies on 9 February 2016 ahead of his State of the Nation Address earlier this year.  

National Treasury said government’s approach has begun to yield greater private investment in several areas – notably in the successful Independent Power Producer (IPP) programme.

“In addition, automotive assembly firms have pledged investments of R15.4 billion, which would create an estimated 4 675 jobs.

“In June 2016, the Centre for High Performance Computing launched the first petascale computing system on the African continent.

“Construction of the 64-dish Meerkat radio telescope array in the Karoo is due to be completed by the end of 2017.

“…public and private investment totalling R17 billion has been targeted towards “oceans economy” initiatives over the past two years, creating about 5 000 jobs.”

National Treasury added that investments in this regard supported shipbuilding and training of marine engineers and artisans. 

Complementary efforts support both commercial agriculture and emerging farmers are currently underway.

Efforts to diversify markets, for example, have boosted apple exports to China by 77%.

The recently signed Southern African Development Community – EU trade agreement improves access to European markets for sugar, ethanol and wine.
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