From a bustling CBD to its serene office parks, the City of Tshwane offers opportunities for any size of business - from the all-important small, micro and medium enterprises (SMME) and entrepreneurs, to high-technology firms, global commercial operations, as well as light and heavy industry.
With a solid foundation stretching back may decades, the City is a proven leader in education, research and technology, electronics and information technology, as well as defence, design and construction.
Most of South Africa’s research and development (R&D – some estimates say as much as 90 percent) is conducted in the City by institutions such as Armscor, the Medical Research Council, the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), and the Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC). Of course, these organisations are complemented by world-class educational institutions such as the University of South Africa (UNISA), Tshwane University of Technology and the University of Pretoria.
Besides having a good, symbiotic relationship with its business sector, the City recognises the importance of business in working with us to deliver growth and further development. To this end, we remain committed to our mandate – of delivering core services that ensure accelerated and shared economic growth and broad participation by all our citizens.
In line with our focus on inspiring the world, influencing Africa and leading South Africa, we aim to help build a viable, sustainable economy that will not only substantially improve the quality of life of all our communities, but also allow the City of Tshwane to compete in the global economic arena.
With easy access via road and in the near future, rail, to Oliver Tambo Airport, a network of roads to neighbouring cities, and the coming Gautrain and BRT networks for easy commuting, doing business in the City will be much more than just being situated in the capital of South Africa.
And it is not only large enterprises – whether commercial, industry, or construction – that benefit; in prioritising the strategic national goals of job creation and sustainable growth, we continue to concentrate on the creation of growth-oriented SMMEs. Here, we acknowledge the importance of informal trade in the SMME sector, as it ensures the survival of large numbers of people who do not draw an income from the formal employment sector.
For all sectors of business, the City’s most important assets include:
- its strategic location,
- favourable climate,
- accessibility of affordable industrial sites,
- existing industries,
- office space in the city,
- education and research facilities, and
- an extensive labour market.
Like all large cities, Tshwane is governed by legislation. Prospective entrepreneurs and business owners need to look at the city’s legislation targeting their particular areas of doing business (hyperlinks here) should they require licences or need to operate in a specific geographical area, for example.