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Starting a Business in South Africa

Find out about the legal requirements for starting a business or setting up as a self-employed worker or freelancer in South Africa...

In recent years South Africa has become a popular place for opening and running businesses. South Africa has a thriving small business sector that contributes substantially to the GDP of the country, and starting a business in South Africa is a straightforward process that has been ranked highly in the global Ease of Doing Business Index.

Who Can Start a Business?

Non-residents must apply for a business permit (self-employed permit) at the Department of Home Affairs. DHA offices are located around the country; the nearest centre can be found on their website. An application is likely to be successful if the applicant meets the following criteria:

  • Has financial backing of R2.5 million
  • Has a detailed business plan identifying customers, suppliers, and marketing strategy
  • Agrees to employee at least five South African residents
  • Undertakes to register with South African Revenue Service

A business permit is generally valid for 24 months, after which time it must be renewed. After five years of continued residence it is possible to apply for a permanent residence permit.

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