South Africa is among the continent’s most preferred business location for western investors. The country is Africa’s economic powerhouse and boasts a diverse economy and strong investment climate. South Africa has a solid infrastructure, an educated population and an excellent financial and services sector and offers ample opportunities for Dutch companies.
South Africa serves as the gateway to Southern Africa due to continental expertise and the ability to act as a base for critical business services in Africa. High potential sectors include agriculture (raw materials & horticulture), water, transport & logistics, energy and life sciences/health care.
Due to the long history the Netherlands and South Africa share, the country has been for a long time one of the most popular destinations in Africa for Dutch companies to start their business in. Therefore, It does not come as a surprise that many Dutch corporates such as Unilever, Philips and Heineken have offices in South Africa.