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Sector Opportunities


For the current top 10 projects please refer to: South Africa's Top 10 investment projects

The potential of the South African economy is evident in the diverse sectors and industries that exist in the country, the following are some of the sectors which have high growth and investment potential:

Agro-Processing

The following are investment opportunities and sub-sectors in the Agro-Processing sector:

  • Fisheries and aquaculture, i.e. freshwater aquaculture and mariculture;
  • Food processing in the milling and baking industries;
  • Beverages viz, namely fruit juices, and the local beneficiation, packaging and export of indigenous teas;
  • High-value natural fibres viz, organic cotton and downstream mohair production;
  • High-value organic food for the local and export market;
  • Biofuels production viz, biodiesel, bioethanol and biogas;
  • Processing of seed oils, tea extracts, including buchu, honeybush, and other oil derivatives (avocado, amarula etc.); and
  • Diversification/beneficiation of biomass sources, i.e. sugar, maize.

Business Process Outsourcing and IT-Enabled Services

The following are investment opportunities and sub-sectors in the Business Process Outsourcing & IT Enabled Services sector:

  • Call Centres;
  • Back/Office Processing;
  • Shared Corporate Services;
  • Enterprise solutions, e.g. fleet managementand asset management; and
  • Legal process outsourcing.

Capital / Transport equipment, metals & electrical machinery and apparatus

The following are investment opportunities and sub-sectors in theCapital / Transport equipment, metals & electrical machinery & apparatus sector:

  • Basic iron and steel;
  • Basic precious and non-ferrous metals;
  • Casting of metals;
  • Other fabricated metal products; metalwork service activities;
  • General purpose machinery;
  • Special purpose machinery;
  • Tooling manufacturing ;
  • Foundries;
  • Electric motors, generators and transformers;
  • Electricity distribution and control apparatus;
  • Insulated wire and cable;
  • Accumulators, primary cells and batteries; and
  • White goods and associated components.

Electro-Technical

The following are investment opportunities and sub-sectors in the Electro-Technical sector:

  • Advanced telecommunications;
  • Software development;
  • Software and mobile applications;
  • Smart metering;
  • Embedded software;
  • Radio frequency identification;
  • Process control, measurement and instrumentation;
  • Security and monitoring solutions;
  • Financial software;
  • Manufacturing sensors; and
  • Digital TV and Set-Top Boxes due to migration to full digital television as Analogue, to be completed by 2015.

Textile, Clothing and Leather

The following are investment opportunities and sub-sectors in the Electro Technical sector:

  • Spinning, weaving and finishing of textiles;
  • Knitted and crocheted fabrics and articles;
  • Wearing apparel, except fur apparel;
  • Dressing and dying of fur; and
  • Leather skins and hides beneficiation.

Consumer Goods

The following are investment opportunities and sub-sectors in the Consumer Goods sector:

  • White Goods
    • White goods and associated components

Boatbuilding

The following are investment opportunities and sub-sectors in the Boatbuilding sector:

  • Boatbuilding and associated services industry
    • Engines and engine systems
    • Marine equipment and accessories

Pulp, Paper and Furniture

The following are investment opportunities and sub-sectors in the Pulp, Paper and Furniture sector:

  • Manufacture of wood and products of wood and cork, except furniture;
  • Manufacture of articles of straw and plaiting materials;
  • Manufacture of paper products; publishing, printing and reproduction of recorded
    • Paper and paper products
    • Furniture

Automotives and Components

The following are investment opportunities and sub-sectors in the Automotives and Components sector:

  • Engines, radiators, filters and components thereof;
  • Air Conditioners/Climate Control systems;
  • Alarms and Tracking devices;
  • Axles, transmission shafts;
  • Body parts and panels;
  • Catalytic converters, silencers and exhaust systems and components;
  • Seats and parts thereof, seatbelts, leather covers;
  • Suspension and shock absorbers, springs and parts thereof;
  • Steering wheels, columns and boxes;
  • Ignition, starting equipment, gauges and instrument parts;
  • Lighting equipment;
  • Wiring harnesses, instrument panels vehicle interiors, electronic drive train components, body parts; and
  • Advanced robotics.

Green Economy Industries

The following are investment opportunities and sub-sectors in the Green Economy Industry sector:

  • Power generation:
    • Independent power generation, energy infrastructure and alternative energy
    • Nuclear Build Programme, i.e. joint ventures, consortiums and the establishment of new companies to grow South Africa's nuclear manufacturing capability and nuclear supply industry to supply into the nuclear build programme
  • Renewable energy:
    • Onshore wind power - manufacturing of turbines/blades
    • Solar PV and Concentrated Solar Power - manufacturing/assembly
    • Biomass
    • Small hydro
  • Energy-efficiency and energy-saving industries:
    • Solar water heaters
    • National Cleaner Production Centre (CSIR)
  • Waste Management:
    • Reducing landfill
  • Lowering greenhouse gas emissions from landfill sites

Advanced Manufacturing

The following are investment opportunities and sub-sectors in the Advanced Manufacturing sector:

  • Advanced materials manufacturing viz, Nano-materials
    • High-performance materials based on natural resources (advanced bio-composites)
    • Composites (intelligent textiles used in medical, building and construction industries)
    • Continuous fibre reinforced thermoform composites
    • Biochemical and Biologics for applications in agriculture, industry and health/medical sectors
  • Digital TV and Set-Top Boxes due to migration to full digital television as Analogue, to be completed by 2015
  • Electricity Demand Side Management Solutions to improve electricity efficiency usage

Advanced Manufacturing - Laser technology

  • Lasers and laser-based additive manufacturing
  • Various applications

Advanced Manufacturing - Advanced Robotics

  • Mobile Intelligent Autonomous Systems
  • Applications in the mining industry, data collection and analysis, agriculture - tested

Bio-manufacturing

  • Biochemical and biologics for applications in agriculture, industry and health/medical.

Tourism

The following are investment opportunities and sub-sectors in the Tourism sector:

  • Accommodation - hotels, boutique hotels, lodges and resorts;
  • Urban integrated tourism/entertainment precincts;
  • Adventure, eco, sport, conference and cultural tourism;
  • Infrastructure development;
  • Leisure complexes and world-class golf courses;
  • Harbour and waterfront developments;
  • Transfrontier conservation areas;
  • Tourism transport - aviation, rail, cruise liners etc.;
  • Green building and green technologies for tourism;
  • Attractions and activity-based tourism; and
  • Museums and heritage, cultural, music, arts festivals and events.

Chemicals, Plastic Fabrication and Pharmaceuticals

The following are investment opportunities and sub-sectors in the Chemicals, Plastic Fabrication and Pharmaceuticals sector:

  • Basic chemicals;
  • Water treatment chemical products;
  • Man-made fibres;
  • Plastic products: polypropylene and polyvinculchloride;
  • Medical (drips and syringes), manufacture of active pharmaceutical ingredient;
  • (APIs) for key anti-retrovirals (ARVs);
  • Manufacture of reagents for AIDS/HIV diagnostics; and
  • Production of vaccines and biological medicines.

Creative and Design Industry

The following are investment opportunities and sub-sectors in the creative and design industry:

  • Film and Media
    • Film studios, treaty film co-production ventures, distribution infrastructure
    • Servicing of foreign productions
    • Production of film and documentaries, commercials, stills photography and multimedia
    • Post-production
  • Design
    • Jewellery manufacturing and design
    • Fashion design
Infrastructure Development

The South African government has identified 18 strategic integrated projects (SIPs) covering more than 150 specific infrastructure interventions, ranging across rail, road, ports, dams, irrigation systems, sanitation and energy.

Oil and Gas

The following are investment opportunities in Oil and Gas which forms part of the services sector.

  • Marine Repair engineering
  • Logistics services
  • Fabrication services
  • Communal services