List of companies of South Africa

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Location of South Africa

South Africa is the southernmost country in Africa. It is bounded on the south by 2,798 kilometres (1,739 mi) of coastline of Southern Africa stretching along the South Atlantic and Indian Oceans,[1][2][3] on the north by the neighbouring countries of Namibia, Botswana and Zimbabwe, and on the east and northeast by Mozambique and Swaziland, and surrounding the kingdom of Lesotho.[4] South Africa is the 25th-largest country in the world by land area, and with close to 56 million people, is the world's 24th-most populous nation.

The World Bank classifies South Africa as an upper-middle-income economy, and a newly industrialised country.[5][6] Its economy is the second-largest in Africa, and the 34th-largest in the world.[7] In terms of purchasing power parity, South Africa has the seventh-highest per capita income in Africa. However, poverty and inequality remain widespread, with about a quarter of the population unemployed and living on less than US$1.25 a day.[8][9] Nevertheless, South Africa has been identified as a middle power in international affairs, and maintains significant regional influence.[10][11]

For further information on the types of business entities in this country and their abbreviations, see "Business entities in South Africa".

Notable firms[edit]

This list includes notable companies with primary headquarters located in the country. The industry and sector follow the Industry Classification Benchmark taxonomy. Organizations which have ceased operations are included and noted as defunct.

     Active firms
     State-owned firms
     Defunct firms

Name Industry Sector Headquarters Founded Notes
Telkom Mobile Telecommunications Telecommunications
Absa Group Financials
Adcock Ingram Health care
Afrihost Telecommunications Telecommunications
Airports Company South Africa (ACSA) Industrials Industrial transportation
Anglo Platinum Basic materials Basic resources
Aspen Pharma Health care Pharmaceuticals
Automobile Association of South Africa Financials
Business Connexion Group Technology
Canyon Coal Basic materials Basic resources
CapeRay Health care
Capitec Bank Financials Banks
Cell C Telecommunications Telecommunications
Checkers Consumer services Retail
De Beers Basic materials Basic resources
De Haan’s Bus & Coach Consumer goods Automobiles
Dimension Data Technology Consumer services Media
Eskom Basic materials Basic resources
Exxaro Basic materials Basic resources
First Rand Financials
FNB Connect Technology
Gallo Record Company Consumer services Media
Gateway Communications Telecommunications Telecommunications
Gijima AST Group Limited Technology
Gold Fields Basic materials Basic resources
Golden Arrow Bus Services Industrials Industrial transportation
Harmony Gold Basic materials Basic resources
Hollard Financials
Illovo Sugar Consumer goods Food & beverage
Impala Platinum Basic materials Basic resources
Junk Mail Digital Media Consumer services Media
Kumba Iron Ore Basic materials Basic resources
LIFE Healthcare Group Health care
Mathews & Associates Architects Industrials
Mediclinic International Health care
M-Net Consumer services Media
MTN Group Telecommunications Telecommunications
MultiChoice Consumer services Media
MWEB Telecommunications Telecommunications
MWEB Technology
Naspers Consumer services Media
Nedbank Financials Banks
Neotel Telecommunications Telecommunications
Netcare Health care
Old Mutual Financials
Pick 'n Pay Consumer services Retail
Pioneer Foods Consumer goods Food & beverage
Pretoria Portland Cement Company Industrials Construction & materials
Primedia Broadcasting Consumer services Media
PUTCO Industrials
Rovos Rail Industrials
RunwaySale Consumer services Retail
SABC Consumer services Media
Sanlam Financials
Sasol Industrials
Shoprite Consumer services Retail
South African Breweries Consumer goods Food & beverage
Standard Bank Financials Banks
StarSat Consumer services Media
StatSoft Technology
Telkom Telecommunications Telecommunications
Tiger Brands Consumer goods
Times Media Group Consumer services Media
Tongaat Hulett Consumer goods
Trace TV Consumer services Media
Transnet National Ports Authority Industrials Industrial transportation
Transnet Industrials
Travelstart Consumer services Travel & leisure
Union Carriage & Wagon Consumer goods
Vodacom Telecommunications Telecommunications
Wesizwe Platinum Basic materials Basic resources
Woolworths Consumer services Retail

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "South African Maritime Safety Authority". South African Maritime Safety Authority. Retrieved 16 June 2008. 
  2. ^ "Coastline". The World Factbook. CIA. Retrieved 16 June 2008. 
  3. ^ "South Africa Fast Facts". April 2007. Retrieved 14 June 2008. 
  4. ^ Guy Arnold. "Lesotho: Year In Review 1996 – Britannica Online Encyclopedia". Encyclopædia Britannica. Retrieved 30 October 2011. 
  5. ^ "South Africa". World Bank. Retrieved 30 October 2011. 
  6. ^ David Waugh (2000). "Manufacturing industries (chapter 19), World development (chapter 22)". Geography: An Integrated Approach. Nelson Thornes. pp. 563, 576–579, 633, 640. ISBN 978-0-17-444706-1. Retrieved 24 August 2013. 
  7. ^ "South Africa". International Monetary Fund. Retrieved 26 April 2015. 
  8. ^ "South Africa's Unemployment Rate Increases to 23.5%". Bloomberg. 5 May 2009. Retrieved 30 May 2010. 
  9. ^ "HDI" (PDF). UNDP. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2008-12-19. 
  10. ^ Cooper, Andrew F; Antkiewicz, Agata; Shaw, Timothy M (10 December 2007). "Lessons from/for BRICSAM about South-North Relations at the Start of the 21st Century: Economic Size Trumps All Else?". International Studies Review. 9 (4): 675, 687. doi:10.1111/j.1468-2486.2007.00730.x. 
  11. ^ David A. Lynch (2010). Trade and Globalization: An Introduction to Regional Trade Agreements. Rowman & Littlefield. p. 51. ISBN 978-0-7425-6689-7. Retrieved 25 August 2013. Southern Africa is home to the other of sub-Saharan Africa's regional powers: South Africa. South Africa is more than just a regional power; it is currently the most developed and economically powerful country in Africa, and now it is able to use that influence in Africa more than during the days of apartheid (white rule), when it was ostracised.