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.
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.
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.