The challenges facing the country have mounted since last year’s Ranking the Analysts report, with the fallout from South Africa's stance on Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and US accusations that South Africa is supplying arms to the invaders but the latest in a long list of structural headwinds that have put its attractiveness as an investment destination into question. Yet corporate South Africa is resilient and still offers attractive returns.

Any loss of trade with the US or other Western nations that make up the huge majority of South Africa's export partners, as a result of the US’s accusations earlier this month that South Africa was supplying arms to Russia, will add to the economic destruction being caused by the power blackouts, logistical port and rail constraints, unacceptable levels of crime and corruption, and the country’s greylisting by the Financial Action Task Force. In short, all these stem from varying degrees of political misgovernance.  ..

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