South Africa
3 South Africa Services and Supply

Major centres, such as Cape Town, Durban and Johannesburg, offer access to well-developed services and supplies, most of these have an internet presence and thus searchable. Financial services in the form of commercial banking institutions are available with both brick and mortar and online transactional facilities. Property markets are active both via private and commercial (real estate industry) for either sale or rental of immovable property, all sale / transfer of ownership of immovable property is registered by title deed with the deeds office. Supply of basic services such as water, electricity and refuse are delivered by state owned companies (SOC) or local governing structures.

Fuel supply in South Africa is largely dependent on the importation of crude oil for refining and supply to the market, fuel refining and distribution is mainly done be energy corporates and regulated by government. Electricity supply is primarily supplied be a state owned enterprise (Eskom), however it is becoming more common and cost effective for alternative private sustainable power generation (eg. Solar and Wind energy).

Agricultural and processing industry is largely privatised with big corporate owning and operating the greater percentage of this sector, unsupported by government, these products are offered locally via wholesale and retail sectors as well as internationally exported to various global markets. By in large corporations in the food production and processing industries subscribe to national and internationally recognised standards framework (eg. SANS, ISO) for marketability of products.

National ports infrastructure (Land, Air & Sea) are managed by state departments or state owned enterprises, so too is rail freight, road freight however is privatised and many players of varying size / capacity and reach operate in this sector.

Telecommunications network offering in South Africa (mainly cellular, fibre and traditional telephonic landline), cellular and fibre are offered by commercial corporations (Vodacom, MTN, Cell C) while landline services are operated by a state owned company (Telkom).      

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