South Africa’s Competitive Edge Weakens as World Gets “Less Scared” of Africa

“South Africa’s role as Africa’s gateway could be under threat, according to an economist for sub-Saharan Africa at IHS Global Insight, Business Report reported on Wednesday.

Ronel Oberholzer highlighted trends that undermined the country’s position in the region at a conference in Johannesburg on Tuesday.

As investors become “less scared of Africa”, many offshore companies were going direct to their target countries rather than basing operations in South Africa, she said.

This is reflected in capital flows from the rest of the world, which are growing at a slower pace to South Africa than to many of its rivals.

Oberholzer said that foreign direct investment to South Africa grew only about 10% a year on average between 2005 and 2008.

Mauritius and Ghana were the front-runners with annual growth of more than 100% — although off a much smaller base. . .” More on

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