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The trade section at the Embassy is involved in increasing exports from South Africa into France and assists French companies in establishing a presence into South Africa through investment.  We also assist French companies in setting up companies in South Africa and this can take many various forms such as joint-venture partnerships, registration of companies etc.

Through the Dept of Trade and Industry we look at certain key industries where South Africa is comparatively and competitively very strong. These sectors include:


  • Agro-processing (fisheries and aquaculture; floriculture; fruit and vegetables processing plants; meat processing; confectionary; wine production; indigenous teas natural fibers) ;

  • Automotive Industry engine parts and components; body parts etc.) ;

  • Chemicals and Allied Industries ( production of titanium dioxide pigment; beneficiation of fluorspar; beneficiation of polypropylene used in automotive components building and construction industries) ;

  • Electro-Technical Industries (software application; mobile applications; smart metering; embedded software; radio frequency identification; process control, measurement and instrumentation; security and monitoring solutions and financial software) ;

  • Metal Industries ;

  • Capital Equipment and Allied Services (manufacture and assembly of mining, agricultural and construction equipment and utilities ie. Reticulation plants and pipe lines) ;

  • Transport Equipment (rolling stock ie. Locomotives, wagons and coaches; harbor construction and equipment; production of permanent ways ie. Railway lines signaling equipment, electrification, bridges and stations etc.) ;

  • Clothing and Textiles (cotton spinning, weaving, and knitting; large scale manufacture of industrial textiles using polyester; manufacture of synthetic textiles for the apparel sector; wool and mohair production – downstream opportunities for yarns, knitwear and fabric etc. ;

  • BPO&O and IT-Enabled Service (call centers; back –office processing; shared corporate services; legal processing outsourcing etc.)

  • Aerospace (aviation related services including maintenance, repair, and overhaul; aviation training services; specialized manufacturing of avionics, including health usage monitoring systems etc.) ;

  • Tourism (hotels and self-catering resorts; adventure; sport conference; cultural tourism) ;

  • Energy (power generation; alternative energies; energy infrastructure etc) ;

  • Film and Media (film studios; distribution infrastructure etc.) ;

  • Design (jewelry; fashion design etc.) ;


For further assistance please contact the Trade Section on :


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