With South Africa due to host the BRICS Summit next month, the country is keen to
collaborate with and explore investment opportunities and partnerships with Chinese
companies, says Trade and Industry Deputy Minister Bulelani Magwanishe.
Speaking at the reception of a Chinese business delegation at the Chinese Embassy in
Tshwane on Thursday, Magwanishe said government is hard at creating an enabling
environment for business to thrive.
The Zhejiang province is known for its high-tech industries, electronics and is also
a leader in the 4th Industrial Revolution.
“South Africa is therefore eager for collaboration, to actively explore investment
opportunities and partnerships with Chinese companies. Currently we have diversified
our Special Economic Zones (SEZs) to accommodate all our attractive sectors. Our SEZ
Programme offers lucrative opportunities for investors,” said Magwanishe.
He said South Africa and China have been engaged in a fast growing economic
relationship. China has been South Africa’s top trading partner since 2009.
The Deputy Minister acknowledged the increase of Chinese investment into South
Africa through platforms like Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa (BRICS)
and the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) has been received with great
He added that government is working towards enhancing business confidence and
“With South Africa hosting the 10th BRICS Summit, it certainly is a strategic time
to strengthen our collaborative efforts with the Peoples Republic of China. Our
government has developed workable action plans, with sectoral areas to upscale South
Africa’s industrialisation capacity.
“Foreign Direct Investment, thus becomes critical to building productive capacity,
through the transfer of knowledge and technology,” said Magwanishe.
Benefits of partnerships:
Ambassador of China to South Africa, Lin Songtian said that after 20 years of joint
efforts, China and South Africa have established comprehensive strategic
partnership, creating tangible and visible benefits for both countries.
He said that China has for nine years remained South Africa’s largest trading
partner, and one of the most important sources of foreign investment and tourists.
He added that China-South Africa relations were strategic, all-dimensional, and
“This visit is to show that China is ready to be the most reliable friend and the
strongest partner in South Africa’s pursuit of economic and social transformation.
“China will continue to encourage and support more Chinese investors to South Africa
to participate in the investment conference and jobs summit,” said Songiat.
The delegation will travel to Coega Special Economic Zone and co-host with the
Eastern Cape government the China-South Africa Business Forum.
This official visit is a diplomatic effort of the Chinese government to promote
China-South Africa local government exchange.
The BRICS Summit will be held at the Sandton Convention Centre from 25 – 27 July.
Source: Economic Development & Investment Promotion Unit EThekwini Municipality