Unless you speak 11 languages, South Africa can be a challenging place to start or grow a business. What if you had a local partner that knew the payroll and tax regulations and also spoke the language? Blue Marble has redefined international payroll with technology, customized reporting, and in-country experts to ensure compliance, navigate changes, and promote growth.

Our unique combination of local, in-country knowledge and user-friendly payroll management software that is vital to your success in South Africa.

Quick Facts about doing business in South Africa

  • Population: 58.7 M
  • Main Languages spoken are English, Africans and Zulu. There are other 8 official languages
  • The local currency is the Rand (ZAR) (about .12 per USD)
  • Main economic sources include tourism (safari & beach), mining (diamonds, gold, platinum) and manufacturing (cars and car parts)
  • There are 3 capital cities: Bloemfontein (judicial), Cape Town (legislative), and Pretoria (executive)
  • South Africa has the most developed economy in Africa, and provides strong protections for investors

The National Development Plan in South Africa aims to eliminate poverty by 2030, in part by expanding the economy. Exports and business reforms to lower costs for companies doing business in South Africa will help achieve the goals.

Payroll and labor considerations include a new minimum wage introduced in 2019, at 20 Rand per hour. Working hours per day vary from 8-9 hours, depending on the type of work being done, and collective bargaining agreements can be created, but there is no legislation requiring the recognition of trade unions. In accordance with the labor laws in South Africa, sick leave is based on a 36-month cycle. For the first 6 months of employment, an employee is entitled to one 1 day of sick leave for every 26 days worked, with a medical note. From the first day of the 7th month, the employee receives 30 days if they work a 5-day work week or 36 days if they work a 6-day work week, 33 days if an employee works Monday- Friday and a Saturday every 2 weeks, but does not apply to employees who work less than 24 hours a month.

To learn more about simplifying your payroll and compliance in South Africa, click here. Our payroll technology gives you real-time access to your payroll costs across all countries and currencies, and our US-based team and in-country experts ensure you stay compliant with local regulations.