22 Years of Legal Advice in Sub-Saharan Africa

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Established in 1995, INTO SA assists foreign companies venturing with their brands and products into Sub-Saharan Africa, by offering a safe and sound legal framework for doing business safe and successfully. INTO SA provides assistance and services (eAFRICA Services) in all aspects of Company Set-Ups, Immigration Visas to any Sub-Sahara African destination, facilitation of all Tax Registrations, Business & Sector Licenses as well as strategic guidance to comply with local empowerment legislations such as BEE (South Africa) or CEE (Zambia).

INTO SA is your multi-disciplinary Advisory Partner, who provides any business with the Experience, Transparency and Integrity to succeed in Sub-Saharan Africa. In South African the company and all its branches are recognised to be a BEE Contributor Level 1 and provide all clients with a dedicated multi-lingual team of legal, fiscal and economic experts, collectively benefitting from over one hundred years of university education and experience. More than Three Hundred Successful Business Establishments with a total investment of just over Eight Billion South African Rand give testimony to the fact that providing new ventures with old knowledge will inevitably lead to success.

Furthermore Into SA operates with the (eAFRICA Platform) a unique gateway to access any market in Sub-Saharan Africa. Whether it is African Government tenders or contacts to or the establishment of own distribution channels and networks, the membership in this Platform ensures that the experience and the knowledge specific to each country enabled is our clients’ companion on every step of the way into a new African market.

Into SA offers an extensive Information Library, which offers the Laws of Sub-Saharan Africa (eLAW) , Information Leaflets on local legal issues (eINFO) and an overview over bilateral treaties for each country in Sub-Saharan Africa (eTREATY).

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Changes of selected Legal Aspects




Immigration Law

Fingerprint replaces Police Clearance From 1 November 2017 VFS and the Department of Home Affairs will introduce and implement the automated fingerprint biometric background check, which will replace the requirement of the manual South African police clearance certificate for any submission of an application for a long-term temporary residence visa or permanent residence permit. The use of Police Clearance Certificates will phase out on 31 December 2017, but will remain for all applications to be submitted at the South African Embassies, Consulates and High-Commissions abroad.


Black Economic Empowerment (B-BBEE)

Broad-based Black Economic Empowerment The amended Property Sector Code setting a black ownership target of 27% for property owning companies came into effect on 28 June 2017. The target is higher than the 25% black ownership target of the Generic Codes. In addition, the new sector code has set a target for established companies to financially support those that are at least 51% black-owned and hereby continues the trend of recently released Sector Charters to enforce increased black shareholdings, a highly unhealthy development!


Company Law

Corporate Law As from 1 May 2017 the Companies and Intellectual Property Commission (CIPC) will no longer accept manual applications for standard Private Companies (CoR15.1A) or standard Non-Profit Companies (CoR 15.1C). Submissions outside eFiling or third party channels such as Into SA will be rejected without leave to appeal. In turn this will also lead to faster processing times, especially for incorporations of NPC.


Labour Law

Minimum Wages The national minimum wage will take effect from no later than 1 May 2018 and not 2017 as falsely published in some press. Currently 6.6-million workers earn less than R3‚500‚ the national minimum wage for a month of 40 hour weeks. The national minimum wage will be overseen by a National Minimum Wage Commission, which will decide on annual increases considering a number of factors‚ including inflation‚ productivity and growth in gross domestic product.


Renewable Energy

Renewable Energy Mix in Ethiopia Ethiopia is currently leading the continent by example in promoting the aspired economic integration in the continent by harmonising its renewable energy potential and create regional integration with neighboring countries such as Sudan and Djibouti by developing its resources and supplying it to neighboring countries. By harmonising its renewable energy sources, Ethiopia not only will be enable to boost its economy but also can stimulate growth in other countries. In this regard, neighboring countries are expecting clean and affordable electricity supply from the East African nation.


Government Grants

Government Grants The s12I Tax Incentive, which was designed to support Greenfield investments (i.e. new industrial projects that utilise only new and unused manufacturing assets), as well as Brownfield investments (i.e. expansions or upgrades of existing industrial projects) is coming to an end due to budget restraints of SARS. The incentive, which offers support for both capital investment and training, was extended until 31 December 2017 and will not be extended again. Applications have therefore to be submitted o or before that date, while reliable sources within SARS have already confirmed that the applications received until now already exceed the given budget significantly.


Into SA eTUBE

Into SA eTUBE

YouTube Channel dedicated to Doing Business in Sub-Saharan Africa


Business Opportunities in Sub-Saharan Africa

(24 April 2017)

TV Interview 24 April 2017 Türk TV Business Channel, Istanbul (Turkey) with an Interview of Ralph M Ertner on Doing Business in Sub-Saharan Africa:

  • Introductions
  • Legal Frameworks
  • Political Stability
  • Risks & Opportunities

The Basics of Black Economic Empowerment

(9 May 2016)

Interview 9 May 2016 The African Business Hour with an interview on the Basics of BEE covering the variety of Scorecards and how BEE Ratings are done:

  • History of BEE
  • Broad-based Economic Empowerment
  • EME, QSE and GENERIC Scorecards
  • BEE Advice vs. BEE Verification
  • BEE Levels and Scorecard Thresholds

Work Visas – Between Secondment and Critical Skills

(14 March 2016)

Interview 7 March 2016 The African Business Hour with an interview on the different types of Work Visas available in South Africa:

  • General Work Visa
  • Intra-Company Transfer Work Visa
  • Critical Skills Work Visa
  • s11(2) Tourist Visa with Work Permission

Economy, Debt and Currency in South Africa

(7 March 2016)

Interview 7 March 2016 The African Business Hour with an interview on the state of the economy in South Africa:

  • Economic Growth
  • Debt to GDP Ratio
  • Rand Exchange Rate
  • Credit Rating Agencies
  • Outlook: “Shall we stay or shall we run?”

Doing Business in Sub-Saharan Africa

(7 December 2015)

Interview 7 December 2015 The African Business Hour with an interview on Doing Business in Sub-Saharan Africa:

  • Other African Economies
  • Growth in East Africa
  • African Governments and China
  • Sector Booms
  • Local Empowerment and other Idiosyncrasies

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