Business Permits of South Africa

Business Permits of South Africa

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Business Permit

Company Permits

Processing Time in South Africa for Extension: 30-40 days

Processing Time if lodged outside the country: 30-day

Authorities Fee in South Africa for Extension: R1520

New Submission Centre Fee ( in SA ): 1350

Government Fee overseas: Dependent on Currency

Application Form when submitting abroad: in embassy

Application Form when submitting in SA: Done Online

Applying for a Business Permit for South Africa

NB: Applicants wishing to run business in South Africa whilst in a spousal or life partner relationship, please contact us.

If you are conducting business in South Africa, and you want to utilize this to gain residency, this really is the permit for you. There are just two main conditions when applying for a Business Permit for South Africa.

— Make sure that you employ 60% South African citizens or Permanent Residents

— Invest R5 million into the business

The investment sum can be broken down into a R500,000 capital contribution instantly and the remaining balance to be transferred into the nation and invested into the business over a 12 month interval.

The process includes drawing up a complete business plan (which South Africa Immigration can assist with), registering the company with the South African Revenue Service and having your financials assessed by a qualified South African Chartered Accountant.

South Africa Immigration has helped hundreds of large corporate companies in setting up their businesses in South Africa. Many of these business owners would not have the required investment amounts.

If this is the event and also the company falls in line with one of the following businesses, a capital waiver can be requested. This would mean a decrease in the required investment sum.

The businesses are:

(a) Agro-processing

— Fisheries and aquaculture i.e. freshwater aquaculture and marine culture

— Food processing in the milling and baking industries

— Beverages viz. fruit juices and the local beneficiation, packaging and export of indigenous teas

— High worth natural fibres viz., organic cotton and downstream mohair generation

— High value organic food for the local and export market

— Bio fuels production viz. bio ethanol and bio gas

— Processing of seed oils: tea infusions, including buchu, honey bush: and other oil derivatives (avocado, amarula etc.)

— Diversification / beneficiation of biomass sources i.e. sugar, maize

(b) Business Process Outsourcing and IT Enabled Services

— Call centers

— Back Office Processing

— Shared Corporate Services

— Enterprise options e.g. fleet management and asset management

— Legal process outsourcing

(c) Capital / Transport equipment, metals and electric machines and apparatus

— fundamental iron and steel

— essential precious and non-ferrous alloys

— Casting of metals

— Other fabricated metal products: metalwork service tasks

— General purpose machines

— Tooling manufacturing

— Foundries

— Electric motors, generators and transformers

— Electricity distribution and control apparatus

— Insulated wire and cable

— Accumulators, primary cells and primary batteries

— White goods and related components

(d) Electro Technical

— Advanced telecommunications

— Software development

— Software and cellular telephone programs

— Smart metering

— Embedded software

— Radio frequency identifications

— Process control, measurement and instrumentation

— Security and tracking solutions

— Financial software

— Manufacturing sensors

— Digital TV and Set Top Boxes due to migration to complete digital television

(e) Textile, Clothing and Leather

— Spinning, weaving and finishing of textiles

— Knitted and crocheted fabrics and articles

— Wearing apparel except fur apparel

— Dressing and dying of fur

— Leather skins and hides beneficiation

(f) Consumer goods

— White goods and associated components

(g) Boatbuilding

— Boatbuilding and affiliated services industry

— Engines and engine systems

— Marine equipment and accessories

(h) Pulp, paper and Furniture

— Manufacture of wood and products of wood and cork

— Manufacture of articles of straw and plaiting materials

— Manufacture of paper products: publishing, printing and reproduction

— Paper and paper products and furniture

(i) Auto motives and Components

— engines, radiators, filters and parts thereof

— air conditioners / climate control systems

— alarms and Tracking devices

— axles, transmission shafts

— body parts and panels

— catalytic converters, silencers and exhaust systems and parts

— seats and components thereof, seatbelts, leather covers

— suspension and shock absorbers, springs and components thereof

— steering wheels, columns and boxes

— ignition, starting equipment, gauges and device parts

— lighting equipment

— wiring harnesses, instrument panels vehicle insides, electronic drive train components,

— body parts

(j) Green Economy Industries

(jj) Electricity generation:

— Independent electricity generation, energy infrastructure and alternative energy

— Nuclear Build Programme i.e. joint ventures, associations and the institution of new companies to grow South Africa’s nuclear production capacity and nuclear supply industry to provide into the nuclear build program

(jjj) Renewable Energy:

— Onshore wind power – fabrication of turbines/blades

— Solar PV and Concentrated Solar Power fabrication/assembly

— Biomass

— Small hydro

— Energy efficiency and energy preserving industries

— Solar water heaters

— Waste Management and Recycling

— Reducing landfill

— Lowering greenhouse gas emissions from landfill sites


(k) Advanced Manufacturing

— Nano-materials

— High performance materials based on natural resources (advanced bio-complexes

— Advanced substances, polymers and composites

— Medical devices, diagnostics and composites

— Space e.g. satellite manufacturing companies etc. and astronomy e.g. SKA, telescopes, dishes etc.

— Composites (sensible cloths used in medical, building and construction industries)

— Continuous fibre reinforced thermoform composites

— Biochemical and biologics for uses in agriculture, business and health/medicinal sectors

— Electricity demand Site Management Solutions to improve electricity efficiency usage

— Lasers and laser-based additive manufacturing various applications

— Advanced Robotics Mobile Intelligent Autonomous Systems

— Applications in the mining industry, data collection and evaluation

— Bio – fabricating – Biochemical and biologics for applications in agriculture, industry and health/medicinal

— Fuel cells and Technology

(l) Tourism infrastructure

— accommodation – hotels, boutique hotels, hostels and resorts

— urban incorporated tourism/ entertainment precincts

— adventure, – eco-, sport-, convention- and cultural tourism

— infrastructure developments

— leisure complexes and world class golf courses

— harbor and waterfront developments

— trans frontier conservations areas

— Tourism transport – air travel, railroad, cruise liners etc.

— green building and green technologies for tourism

— appeals and action – based tourism

— museums and tradition

(m) Chemicals, plastic manufacture and pharmaceuticals

— basic compounds

— water treatment chemical products

— man-made fibres

— plastic products: polypropylene and polyvinylchloride

— medical (drips and syringes), manufacture of active pharmaceutical ingredient

— (APIs) for essential anti retrovirals (ARVs)

— Manufacture of reagents for AIDS/HIV diagnostics

— Production of vaccines and biological medicines

(n) Creative and Design Industry

— Film studios, treaty film co-production enterprises, distribution infrastructure

— Servicing of foreign generations

— Production of film and documentaries, commercials, stills photography and

— Multimedia

— Post-production

— Design

— Jewellery manufacturing and layout

— Fashion design

(o) Oil and Gas

— Maintenance ship and rig repair

— Fabrication – equipment and specialized parts

— specialized services – training and accreditation

— specialized services – non-illustrative testing, inspection services, SHEQ services

— Exploration – technical services: seismic surveys, logging, environmental impact evaluations, etc.

— Exploration – abroad

— Exploration – onshore shale gasoline

— Exploration – onshore coal bed methane and underground coal gasification

— Infrastructure – refineries (Oil and GTL)

— Infrastructure – terminals LPG/LNG import, storage and distribution

— Infrastructure – ports and related infrastructure

— Infrastructure – storage

— Logistics – pipeline

(p) Mineral beneficiation

— Downstream processing and value addition

(q) Infrastructure Development

(r) ICT

— IT

— Wireless and Telecom

— Electronics

— Geometrics and Digital media

— Software Development

— Advanced programming

Record of unwanted Business in South Africa; 

— Businesses that import second hand motor vehicles into the Republic of South Africa for the point of exporting to other markets outside the Republic of South Africa

— The exotic entertainment industry

— Security Industry

South Africa Visa Eligibility Assessment

South Africa Immigration eases the South African visa process from starting to end. Our services comprise applications for Immigration to South Africa, and we also offer other ancillary relocation services. Whether extending your visa, applying for a change of status in South Africa or starting a business, our trained immigration consultants are on hand to assist. The visas that we help with are: Work, Business, Retirement, Study, Family, Spouse and Life Partner Visas, Permanent Residency applications and Citizenship.

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