South Africa: In-depth PESTLE Insights

This PESTLE country analysis report on South Africa provides a holistic view of the country, with insightful analysis of current and future issues, supplemented with relevant quantitative data to support trend analysis.

Synopsis

- Understand the political system in South Africa through analysis of key figures in the country and governance indicators.

- Understand the economic situation in South Africa through a balanced assessment of core macroeconomic issues.

- Understand customer demographics in South Africa through analysis of income distribution and the rural-urban split, as well as healthcare and education.

- Understand the technological landscape in South Africa through analysis of relevant laws and policies, as well as patents data.

- Understand the legal landscape in South Africa through analysis of the judicial system as well as performance of the legal indicators

- Understand the environmental landscape in South Africa through analysis of the environmental regulations and the performance of the environmental indicators

Scope

- The political landscape section discusses the evolution of the political scenario in South Africa, as well as the country's economic, social, foreign, and defense policies. The section also discusses the country's performance according to World Bank Governance Indicators.

- The economic landscape section outlines the evolution of South Africa 's economy, as well as the country's performance in terms of GDP growth, composition by sector (agriculture, industry, and services), fiscal situation, international investment position, monetary situation, credit disbursement, banking sector, and employment."

- The social landscape section analyzes the government's social welfare policies, as well as the country's performance in terms of healthcare, income distribution, and education.

Reasons to buy

- What is the outlook in South Africa in terms of political stability, policies towards business, and the popularity of the government?

- How does South Africa perform in terms of GDP growth, its fiscal situation, international investment position, monetary situation, and employment?

- How does South Africa perform in terms of healthcare, income distribution, and education?

- How does South Africa perform in terms of technology-intensive sectors like IT, life sciences, and R&D expenditure trends?

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Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Overview 2

Catalyst 2

Summary 2

Key findings 2

PESTLE highlights 5

Key fundamentals 6

Key Facts and Geographic Location 13

Key ...

Table of Contents

Overview 2

Catalyst 2

Summary 2

Key findings 2

PESTLE highlights 5

Key fundamentals 6

Key Facts and Geographic Location 13

Key facts 13

Geographical location 14

PESTLE Analysis 15

Summary 15

Political analysis 16

Overview 16

Current strengths 16

Current challenges 16

Future prospects 17

Future risks 17

Economic analysis 18

Overview 18

Current strengths 18

Current challenges 18

Future prospects 19

Future risks 19

Social analysis 20

Overview 20

Current strengths 20

Current challenges 20

Future prospects 20

Technology analysis 22

Overview 22

Current strengths 22

Current challenges 23

Future prospects 24

Future risks 25

Legal analysis 26

Overview 26

Current strengths 26

Current challenges 26

Future prospects 27

Future risks 28

Environmental analysis 29

Overview 29

Current strengths 29

Current challenges 29

Future prospects 30

Future risks 31

Political Landscape 32

Summary 32

Evolution 32

Pre-1945 32

1945 onward 32

Structure and policies 34

Key political figures 34

Structure of the government 35

Provincial governments 35

Key political parties 35

Composition of the National Assembly 36

Key policies 36

Performance 37

Governance indicators 37

Outlook 37

Economic Landscape 38

Summary 38

Evolution 38

Pre-1950 38

1945–90 38

1991 onward 39

Structure and policies 40

Financial authorities/regulators 40

Stock exchange 41

Performance 41

GDP and growth rate 41

GDP composition by sector 43

Fiscal situation 46

Current account 46

International trade 46

Foreign direct and portfolio investments 47

Monetary situation: key monetary indicators 47

Unemployment 48

Outlook 50

Social Landscape 51

Summary 51

Evolution 51

Structure and policies 51

Demographic composition 51

Performance 54

Healthcare 54

Outlook 55

Technology Landscape 56

Summary 56

Evolution 56

Structure and policies 56

Intellectual property 56

R&D 57

Performance 57

Telecommunication 57

Outlook 58

Legal Landscape 60

Summary 60

Evolution 60

Structure and policies 60

Judicial system 60

Legislation affecting business 60

Individual income tax 60

Corporate tax 60

Withholding tax 61

Value added tax (VAT) 61

Corporate governance 61

Performance 61

Effectiveness of the legal system 61

Outlook 62

Environmental Landscape 63

Summary 63

Evolution 63

Structure and policies 63

Environmental regulations 63

Policy 64

Participation in global efforts/agreements/pacts 64

Performance 64

Environmental impact 64

Outlook 65

Appendix 66

Ask the analyst 67

About MarketLine 67

Disclaimer 67

List of Tables

List of Tables

Table 1: South Africa – key fundamentals, 2016-2022f 6

Table 2: South Africa – key facts, 2018 13

Table 3: Analysis of South Africa ...

List of Tables

Table 1: South Africa – key fundamentals, 2016-2022f 6

Table 2: South Africa – key facts, 2018 13

Table 3: Analysis of South Africa’s political landscape 16

Table 4: Analysis of the South African economy 18

Table 5: Analysis of the South African social system 20

Table 6: Analysis of South Africa's technology landscape 22

Table 7: Analysis of South Africa's legal landscape 26

Table 8: Analysis of South Africa's environmental landscape 29

Table 9: Mid-year population by age (as a percentage of total population), 2017 52

Table 10: Patents received by the USPTO, 2013–2018 57

List of Figures

List of Figures

Figure 1: Map of South Africa 14

Figure 2: Business R&D – 2005 and 2015 23

Figure 3: Basic research performed in the ...

List of Figures

Figure 1: Map of South Africa 14

Figure 2: Business R&D – 2005 and 2015 23

Figure 3: Basic research performed in the higher education and government sectors, 2015 24

Figure 4: Product Market Regulation 2013 27

Figure 5: Annual freshwater withdrawals - 2013 30

Figure 6: South Africa – key political events 34

Figure 7: South Africa – key political figures 35

Figure 8: South Africa’s historical GDP growth, 2007–2017 40

Figure 9: GDP and GDP growth rate in South Africa, 2012–2022f 42

Figure 10: GDP composition by sector, 2017 43

Figure 11: Agriculture output of South Africa, 2012–2017 44

Figure 12: Industrial output of South Africa, 2012–2017 45

Figure 13: Services output of South Africa, 2012–2017 46

Figure 14: External trade of South Africa, 2013–2017 47

Figure 15: Consumer Price Index (CPI) and CPI-based inflation in South Africa, 2012–2022f 48

Figure 16: Unemployment and unemployment rate in South Africa, 2012–2022f 49

Figure 17: South Africa – composition by religion, 2015 53

Figure 18: Total expenditure on health, 2012–2017 54

Figure 19: Internet users, 2013–2017 58

Figure 20: Carbon dioxide emissions in South Africa, 2008–2015 65

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