YOUR Gateway to Sub-Saharan Africa ..... since 1995
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).
For more information about all services, please browse this WebPage or download the Company Brochure of Into SA (ePROFILE).
Changes of selected Legal Aspects
Renewable Energy in Zimbabwe
Zimbabwe is currently facing energy supply challenges. Less than a quarter of the population in the rural areas has access to clean energy. Electricity supplies cannot meet demand as the electricity grid is in a poor state due to inadequate investment in the sector, leading to erratic supplies. This has forced Zimbabwe to have to import expensive power from its neighbours, mainly South Africa and Mozambique. With an average access to electricity standing at 21% in the rural areas and 80% in urban areas, the need for alternative energy supplies to meet the energy supply deficit cannot be overemphasized. If you are interested in this opportunity in Zimbabwe, please contact Into SA’s eAFRICA Desk.
Immigration Law South Africa
Recently the labour laws have changed and now states that “ALL” employers of foreign workers need to be in possession of a skills transfer plan. Although this will not be a requirement upon submission for the general/critical/corporate visa, it is now an enforced requirement when to apply for the intra-company transfer work visa as it was considered to be a clever way to encourage the “sharing of best practice”.
Indigenisation Law Zimbabwe
In a major policy change by the new administration under President Mnangagwa, government has removed the local ownership requirement for foreign investment into the country, save for the diamond and platinum sectors. The indigenisation law, which requires 51 percent control by locals in the major sectors of the economy, has been blamed for Zimbabwe’s inability to attract significant foreign investment and create employment. The country has an estimated 90 percent jobless rate.
Black Economic Empowerment South Africa
In December 2017 the amended Construction Sector Codes were published and came into force without transition period. They concern construction companies, construction suppliers and professioinals in the building industry. Among all amended codes, this is the most restrictive and the scorecard potential has been limited from the general scorecard, especially by abolishing point scoring for Employment Equity and Enterprise Development. We suggest to contact us urgently for advice on how to deal with the new code!!
Company Law South Africa
The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) continues the process of amending the Companies Act of 2008. This is the result of the company law reform aimed at instilling corporate accountability, transparency and reduction of regulatory burden. The purpose of amending the Act remains to align problematic areas and enhance better interpretation of the provisions of the Act.
Labour Law South Africa
The national minimum wage came into force and effect on 1 May 2018. Currently, 6.6-million workers earn less than R3‚500‚ the national minimum wage for a month of 44-hour-weeks and based on a minimum of ZAR 20.00 per hour. The national minimum wage is 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.
Government Grants South Africa
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
YouTube Channel dedicated to Doing Business in Sub-Saharan Africa
(24 April 2017)
Türk TV Business Channel, Istanbul (Turkey) with an Interview of Ralph M Ertner on Doing Business in Sub-Saharan Africa:
- Legal Frameworks
- Political Stability
- Risks & Opportunities
(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
(14 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
(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?”
(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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