South Africa is one of the most sophisticated and promising emerging markets globally.
The unique combination of a highly developed first-world economic infrastructure and a huge emergent market economy has given rise to a strong entrepreneurial and dynamic investment environment, which is enhanced through the opportunities that black economic empowerment presents to foreign investors. Given its mandate, which is to grow black economic empowerment in South Africa, the National Empowerment Fund (NEF) is an ideal port of entry for foreign direct investment.
South Africa is the economic powerhouse of the African continent, with a Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of ZAR 1,8 trillion (US$283 billion) - four times that of its southern African neighbours, and comprising 30% of the entire GDP of Africa.
The World Economic Forum's Global Competitive Report 2009/10 ranked South Africa 45th out of 134 global nations. South Africa's GDP grew at a healthy 1,5 % in 2009 and a lower 2,8% in 2010 , due to the impact of the global economic crisis. South Africa is one of the most sophisticated and promising emerging markets, offering a unique combination of highly-developed fi rst world economic infrastructure, with a vibrant emerging market economy. South Africa is also one of the highest ranking developing economies and surpasses countries such as Hungary, Italy, Brazil and Thailand. The country leads the continent in industrial output (40% of Africa's total output) and mineral production (45% of total mineral production) and generates most of Africa's electricity (over 50%).