Case | HBS Case Collection | April 2007 (Revised July 2007)

Foreign Direct Investment and South Africa

by Eric D. Werker

Abstract

Incoming and outgoing foreign direct investment in an environment of politics, geography, globalization, and history. Since the end of apartheid, South Africa had undertaken substantial economic reforms in order to attract more foreign direct investment, but it was slow in coming. At the same time, South African firms had become major players in sub-Saharan Africa and beyond. Collectively, these investment decisions could have a major long-run impact on South Africa's economic growth and political stability. South African policymakers needed to decide what they wanted from the private sector, and how to achieve it.

Keywords: Decision Choices and Conditions; Macroeconomics; Foreign Direct Investment; Governing Rules, Regulations, and Reforms; Business and Government Relations; Africa; South Africa;

Citation:

Werker, Eric D. "Foreign Direct Investment and South Africa." Harvard Business School Case 707-019, April 2007. (Revised July 2007.)