List of companies of South Africa

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Location of South Africa

South Africa is the southernmost country in Africa. It 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.[1][2] Its economy is the second-largest in Africa, and the 34th-largest in the world.[3] 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.[4][5] Nevertheless, South Africa has been identified as a middle power in international affairs, and maintains significant regional influence.[6][7]

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

Largest firms[edit]

Rank Name Industry Revenue Headquarters Ref(s)
1 Sasol Chemicals $11.8 billion Sandton [8]
2 MTN Group Telecommunications $10.1 billion Johannesburg [8]
3 Shoprite Holdings Food Retail $9.4 billion Brackenfell [8]
4 Bidvest Investment Services $9.4 billion Sandton [8]
5 Standard Bank Group Banking $8.6 billion Johannesburg [8]
6 FirstRand Banking $8.4 billion Johannesburg [8]
7 Naspers Broadcasting $5.9 billion Cape Town [8]
8 Sanlam Life & Health Insurance $5.8 billion Cape Town [8]
9 MMI Holdings Limited Life & Health Insurance $3.7 billion Centurion [8]
10 Remgro Conglomerates $1.9 billion Stellenbosch [8]

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.

Notable companies
     Active      State-owned      Defunct
Name Industry Sector Headquarters Founded Notes
Adcock Ingram Health care Pharmaceuticals Johannesburg 1891 Healthcare products
Afrihost Telecommunications Fixed line telecommunications Johannesburg 2000 ISP
Airports Company South Africa (ACSA) Industrials Transportation services Bedfordview 1993 Airport management
Anglo American Platinum Basic materials General mining Johannesburg 1995 Mining
Aspen Pharmacare Health care Pharmaceuticals Durban 1850 Drug company
Automobile Association of South Africa Consumer services Specialized consumer services Midrand 1930 Automotive services
Barclays Africa Group Financials Banks Johannesburg 1991 Banking and investments
Business Connexion Group Technology Software Johannesburg 1979 I/T
Capitec Bank Financials Banks Stellenbosch 2001 Bank
Cell C Telecommunications Mobile telecommunications Randburg 2001 Mobile netwoek
Checkers Consumer services Food retailers & wholesalers Cape Town 1956[9] Supermarkets, part of Shoprite since 1991
De Haan's Bus & Coach Inudstrials Commercial vehicles & trucks Cape Town 1951 Bus manufacturer
Dimension Data Technology Software Johannesburg 1983 Software and services
e.tv Consumer services Broadcasting & entertainment Cape Town 1998 Television
Eskom Utilities Conventional electricity Sunninghill 1923 Electrical producer and distribution
Exxaro Basic materials Coal Pretoria 2006 Coal mining
First National Bank Financials Banks Johannesburg 1838 Bank, part of First Rand
First Rand Financials Banks Johannesburg 1998 Bank
FNB Connect Telecommunications Fixed line telecommunications Johannesburg 2009 ISP, part of First National Bank
Gallo Record Company Consumer services Broadcasting & entertainment Johannesburg 1926 Record label, part of Times Media Group
Gijima Group Technology Telecommunications equipment Centurion 1998 Communications technology
Gold Fields Basic materials Gold mining Johannesburg 1998 Gold mining
Golden Arrow Bus Services Consumer services Travel & tourism Cape Town 1863 Public transportation
Harmony Gold Basic materials Gold mining Melrose 1950 Gold mining
Hollard Group Financials Full line insurance Johannesburg 1980 Private insurance
Illovo Sugar Consumer goods Food products Umhlanga 1891 Sugar
Impala Platinum Basic materials General mining Johannesburg 1973 Mining and refining
Junk Mail Digital Media Industrials Business support services Pretoria 1992 Advertising
Kumba Iron Ore Basic materials Iron & steel Centurion 2001 Iron mining
LIFE Healthcare Group Health care Health care providers Johannesburg 1983[10] Hospitals
Mathews & Associates Architects Industrials Business support services Pretoria 2000 Architecture
Mediclinic International Health care Health care providers Stellenbosch 1983 Hospitals
M-Net Consumer services Broadcasting & entertainment Johannesburg 1986 Television
MTN Group Telecommunications Fixed line telecommunications Johannesburg 1994 Multinational telecom
MultiChoice Consumer services Broadcasting & entertainment Johannesburg 1996 Entertainment and broadcasting
MWEB Telecommunications Fixed line telecommunications Cape Town 1997 ISP
Naspers Consumer services Broadcasting & entertainment Cape Town 1915 Media group
Nedbank Financials Banks Johannesburg 1888 Bank
Neotel Telecommunications Fixed line telecommunications Johannesburg 2006 ISP
Netcare Health care Health care providers Johannesburg 1996 Hospitals, part of General Healthcare Group (UK)
Pick 'n Pay Consumer services Food retailers & wholesalers Cape Town 1967 Supermarket chain
Pioneer Foods Consumer goods Food products Cape Town 1997 Packaged goods
PPC Ltd. Industrials Building materials & fixtures Pretoria 1892 Cement
Primedia Consumer services Broadcasting & entertainment Johannesburg 1994 Media holding group
Primedia Broadcasting Consumer services Broadcasting & entertainment Johannesburg 1994 Radio, news, part of Primedia
PUTCO Consumer services Travel & tourism Johannesburg 1945 Public transportation
Riovic Technology Computer services Johannesburg 2015 P2P insurance, on-demand insurance platform
Rovos Rail Industrials Railroads Pretoria 1989 Rail
RunwaySale Consumer services Apparel retailers Cape Town 2012 Online clothing retailer
South African Broadcasting Corporation Consumer services Broadcasting & entertainment Johannesburg 1936 State broadcasting
Sanlam Financials Asset managers Cape Town 1918 Asset management and insurance
Sasol Oil & gas Exploration & production Johannesburg 1950 Refining
Shoprite Consumer services Food retailers & wholesalers Cape Town 1979 Food retailer
South African Breweries Consumer goods Brewers Johannesburg 1895 Brewery, part of Anheuser-Busch InBev (Belgium)
Standard Bank Financials Banks Johannesburg 1862 Banks
StarSat, South Africa Consumer services Broadcasting & entertainment Midrand 2010 Part of StarTimes (China)
Telkom Telecommunications Fixed line telecommunications Centurion 1991 Telecom
Telkom Mobile Telecommunications Mobile telecommunications Centurion 2010 Mobile GSM, part of Telkom
Tiger Brands Consumer goods Food products Johannesburg 1921 Primarily packaged foods
Times Media Group Consumer services Publishing Johannesburg 2012 Publisher
Tongaat Hulett Consumer goods Food products Tongaat 1892 Sugar
Transnet National Ports Authority Industrials Transportation services Johannesburg 2005 Ports
Transnet Industrials Transportation services Johannesburg 1990 Ports and rail
Travelstart Consumer services Travel & tourism Cape Town 1999 Travel booking
Union Carriage & Wagon Industrials Commercial vehicles & trucks Nigel 1957 Rolling stock manufacturer
Vodacom Telecommunications Mobile telecommunications Johannesburg 1994 Mobile network, part of Vodafone (UK)
Wesizwe Platinum Basic materials General mining Johannesburg 2003[11] Mining
Woolworths Consumer services Broadline retailers Cape Town 1931 Retail stores

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "South Africa". World Bank. Retrieved 30 October 2011. 
  2. ^ 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. 
  3. ^ "South Africa". International Monetary Fund. Retrieved 26 April 2015. 
  4. ^ "South Africa's Unemployment Rate Increases to 23.5%". Bloomberg. 5 May 2009. Retrieved 30 May 2010. 
  5. ^ "HDI" (PDF). UNDP. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2008-12-19. 
  6. ^ 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. 
  7. ^ 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. 
  8. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "Forbes Global 2000". Forbes. Retrieved 11 January 2018. 
  9. ^ "How Raymond Ackerman built an empire | Cape Argus". Iol.co.za. 2016-03-11. Retrieved 2018-02-03. 
  10. ^ "Life Healthcare Group Holdings Limited: Private Company Information". Bloomberg. Retrieved 2018-02-03. 
  11. ^ "Wesizwe Platinum Limited: Private Company Information". Bloomberg. Retrieved 2018-02-03.