Answered By: Emilie Codega
Last Updated: Feb 25, 2019     Views: 821

FIELD Global Immersion Resources: South Africa
Where can I find country, industry and market information and news about South Africa?


Industry and market research

  • Passport
    • Useful for: consumer-related industry reports across a variety of geographies/countries. 
      • To begin, enter industry or keyword and geography keywords in search (ex: retail South Africa).
    • Search tips: use concise keywords.  Go to "Analysis" section for full industry reports; Go to "Consumers" section to brows reports on consumer lifestyles, or search: lifestyle China within the Consumers > lifestyles section.
  • EMIS
    • Useful for: emerging market information, including company info, news and niche industry reports.  Strong foreign language news component.
    • Search tips: At the top of the page under Region/Country, deselect all and re-select your GEO country.  Then enter industry or company keywords.  Can search in multiple languages.
  • Statista

Country information and data

  • Economist Intelligence Unit
    • Useful for: in-depth country information covering recent economic and political developments, risk and regulation, and the broad business environment.
    • Search tips: go to Data Tool to download specific indicators of interest, including indicators relating to consumer consumption, income, demographics, etc.
    • South Africa EIU Country Report (PDF)
  • Oxford Business Group Country Reports
    • Useful for: in-depth analysis of broad industry categories within each country (ICT, Retail, Transportation, etc).  
  • Wazimap
    • Useful for: localized data from South Africa covering elections, demographics, service delivery, economics and education. Much of the data is sourced from the Statistics South Africa.  


  • Factiva
    • Useful for: targeted news search on specific industries, companies or countries
    • Search tips: use News Pages to read today’s news from selected newspapers such as Wall Street Journal; use the Search Builder under the Search tab when conducting a news search within the database. It allows to limit a search by date, region, source, headline, etc.

Additional Resources:

  • ABI/ProQuest
    • Useful for: targeted publications on business and management topics such as strategy, business model, design new services, retail trends, etc.  
  • Kanopy
    • Useful for: on-demand streaming videos, aimed primarily for academic audiences. Features documentaries and country specific films and videos. 

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