A South African business permit may be issued to a foreigner who intends to establish his or her own business or invest in an existing business in South Africa and show a chartered minimum of R2.5 million available from abroad to invest into such business, provided such funds are certified by a registered accountant to remain part of the underlying book value of the business.

The Department of Home Affairs must be satisfied that the business is legitimate in terms of business plans, SARS and other registrations, where necessary, and can provide proof or an undertaking that a minimum of five citizens or permanent residents will be employed.

Certain sectors of industry business that are considered to be material to local enterprise and development such as information technology, tourism, clothing and textile and other industries consented to by the Department of Trade and Industry, will allow the Director-General to waive or reduce the above investment equivalent .