All you need is one good idea to kick start your entrepreneurship journey. Starting a business has many highlights, rewards, and aspirations, but there’s some real work to be done when you’re trying to get started. Starting a business in South Africa begins with building the right foundation that can help ensure you have a model for success.

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South Africa Geography, Economy, and Culture

South Africa is a country located on the Southern Coast of the African continent, neighboring other countries including Zimbabwe and Namibia. It has the largest and most developed economy on the continent and is a country that is rich in natural resources. The national culture is a blend of Africa, European and Indian cultures reflecting the diverse population, immigration, and colonial history of the region. People in South Africa speak more than 10 languages, but English and Afrikaans are the most commonly used, especially in professional environments. South Africans practice many religions but Christianity, Islam, and Hinduism are the most dominant. South Africans are friendly and accommodating and will invite you to enjoy a braai, or roasted meat, which is a tradition with communities coming together to eat, drink and enjoy each other’s company. Current local political tensions are high with the current president being pressured to step down amid charges of corruption and abuse of power. (Kwintessential).

2021
March 21Human Rights Day
March 22Human Rights Day observed
April 2Good Friday
April 5Family Day
April 27Freedom Day
May 1Workers’ Day
June 16Youth Day
August 9National Women’s Day
September 24Heritage Day
December 16Day of Reconciliation
December 25Christmas Day
December 26Day of Goodwill
December 27Day of Goodwill observed
  • Sole proprietorship/Alleeneienaar
  • Business trust/Trust
  • Partnership/Vennootskap
  • Company limited by guarantee
    • Incorporated association not for gain/vereniging sonder winsoogmerk
  • Companies having a share capital
      • Private company/privaat maatskappy
        • Section 53(b) company (unlimited liability company)
      • Public company/publieke maatskappy (Ltd.)
  • CC/BK (Close corporation/beslote korporasie)
  • Corporate Tax: 28%
  • Income Tax (Lowest Marginal Rate): 0%
  • Income Tax (Highest Marginal Rate): 45%
  • VAT/GST/Sales Tax: 15%
  • African Bank Limited (Local Bank)
  • Bidvest Bank (Local Bank)
  • Capitec Bank (Local Bank)
  • FirstRand Bank (Local Bank)
  • Grindrod Bank (Local Bank)
  • Imperial Bank South Africa (Local Bank)
  • Investec (Local Bank)
  • Nedbank (Local Bank)
  • Sasfin Bank (Local Bank)
  • Standard Bank (Local Bank)
  • Teba Bank Limited (Local Bank)
  • Absa Group (Foreign Bank)
  • Habib Bank AG Zurich (Foreign Bank)
  • HBL Pakistan (Foreign Bank)
  • Bank of Baroda (Foreign Bank)
  • Bank of China (Foreign Bank)
  • Bank of Taiwan (Foreign Bank)
  • Calyon (Foreign Bank)
  • China Construction Bank Corporation (Foreign Bank)
  • Citibank (Foreign Bank)
  • Deutsche Bank (Foreign Bank)
  • Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation (Foreign Bank)
  • JPMorgan Chase Bank (Foreign Bank)
  • Royal Bank of Scotland (Foreign Bank)
  • Société Générale (Foreign Bank)
  • South African Bank of Athens (99.79% subsidiary of National Bank of Greece) (Foreign Bank)
  • Standard Chartered Bank (Foreign Bank)
  • State Bank of India (Foreign Bank)
  • Investec (Private Bank)
  • RMB Private Bank (Private Bank)
  • Nedbank Private Wealth (Private Bank)
  • Absa (Private Bank)
  • Standard Bank (Private Bank)

Aadmi can support you with your expansion to South Africa. Our team of experts in country manage every aspect of your expansion from incorporation, accounting, legal, and even administrative concerns.  Matched with Global People Strategist’s powerful labor compliance software, your company is in good hands.

Contact us today for more information about how your company can benefit from using Aadmi as your global expansion partner.

Today, an understanding of every African market and its unique situation is crucial for entrepreneurial success. In this blog, we will be discussing some of the top African countries for people looking to start a new business, as well as the business advantages that Africa, on the whole, has to offer.

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Taiwan Politics, Economy, and Culture

Located in Southeast Asia, Taiwan (Republic of China or ROC) has a complicated political standing with China (People’s Republic of China or PRC), from whom it split around 1950. However, China has continued to claim sovereignty over Taiwan, denying its legitimate existence by refusing diplomatic relations with any country that recognizes the ROC.

Taiwan started industrializing and developing its economy in the 1960s, resulting in a relatively large and advanced economy, focusing on the high-tech sector. It has healthcare, economic, and press freedom, as well as public education, making it one of the most highly educated citizenries in the world.

Han Chinese constitute Taiwan’s largest ethnic group (divided into Hoklo and Hakka), while the rest of the population is made up of the indigenous Malayo-Polynesian peoples. Although Mandarin Chinese is their official language, other dialects such as Taiwanese and Hakka are also popular.  Most Taiwanese are Buddhist (35.3%), followed by Taoists and Christians.

Taiwan borrows and blends its culture from traditional Chinese, as well as Japanese and Western influences. Taiwanese entertainment culture has influenced film around the world, including via the works of famous Taiwanese director, Ang Lee.

2021
April 4Children’s Day
April 5Tomb Sweeping Day
April 5Children’s Day observed
April 30Labor Day observed
May 1Labor Day
June 14Dragon Boat Festival
September 21Mid-Autumn Festival
October 10National Day
October 11National Day observed
December 31Republic Day/New Year’s Day observed
  • 無限公司 (Unlimited Company)
  • 有限公司 (Limited Company, yǒuxiàn gōngsī)
  • 兩合公司 (Limited Partnership)
  • 股份有限公司 (Public Limited Company or Corporation, gǔfèn yǒuxiàn gōngsī)
  • Corporate Tax: 20%
  • Income Tax (Lowest Marginal Rate): 5%
  • Income Tax (Highest Marginal Rate): 40%
  • VAT/GST/Sales Tax: 5%
  • Central Bank of the Republic of China (Taiwan)
  • Agricultural Bank of Taiwan
  • Export–Import Bank of the Republic of China
  • Bank of Taiwan
  • Land Bank of Taiwan
  • Taiwan Cooperative Bank (includes the former Farmers Bank of China)
  • First Commercial Bank
  • Hua Nan Commercial Bank
  • Chang Hwa Bank
  • Citibank Taiwan
  • Shanghai Commercial and Savings Bank
  • Taipei Fubon Bank
  • Taipei Star Bank
  • Cathay United Bank
  • Bank of Kaohsiung
  • Mega International Commercial Bank
  • O-Bank
  • Taiwan Business Bank
  • Standard Chartered Bank (Taiwan)
  • Taichung Bank
  • King’s Town Bank
  • HSBC Bank (Taiwan)
  • Hwatai Bank
  • Taiwan Shin Kong Commercial Bank
  • Sunny Bank
  • Bank of Panshin
  • COTA Commercial Bank
  • Union Bank of Taiwan
  • Far Eastern international Bank
  • Yuanta Bank
  • Bank SinoPac
  • E.SUN Commercial Bank
  • KGI Bank
  • DBS Bank (Taiwan)
  • Taishin International Bank
  • Jih Sun International Commercial Bank
  • EnTie Commercial Bank
  • CTBC Bank – China TrustHualien Business Bank
  • Bank of China
  • Bank of Communications
  • China Construction Bank
  • ABN AMRO
  • American Express Bank
  • Australia and New Zealand Banking Group Limited
  • BBVA
  • Bangkok Bank
  • Banque de l’Indochine
  • Barclays Bank
  • BNP Paribas
  • Bank of America
  • The Bank of East Asia
  • The Bank of New York
  • The Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ
  • Calyon
  • Citibank
  • DBS Bank
  • Deutsche Bank
  • Fortis Bank
  • HSBC
  • ING Group
  • JPMorgan Chase
  • Metropolitan Bank and Trust Company
  • Mizuho Corporate Bank
  • Natixis
  • Oversea-Chinese Banking Corporation
  • Société Générale
  • Standard Bank of South Africa
  • Standard Chartered Bank
  • State Street Bank and Trust Company
  • Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation
  • UBS AG
  • United Overseas Bank
  • Wells Fargo Bank

Aadmi can support you with your expansion to Taiwan. Our team of experts in country manage every aspect of your expansion from incorporation, accounting, legal, and even administrative concerns.  Matched with Global People Strategist’s powerful labor compliance software, your company is in good hands.

Contact us today for more information about how your company can benefit from using Aadmi as your global expansion partner.

Zimbabwe Geography, Politics, Economy, and Culture

Zimbabwe is a landlocked country bordering South Africa, Zambia, Botswana, and Mozambique. The country has eight provinces and two major cities, Harare and Bulawayo. Its governing system is semi-presidential with a bicameral parliament for its legislature.

The country has undergone a rough political past with violence that sparked after elections in mid-2018, after military action aimed at removing its longest-serving president/dictator, Robert Mugabe. Once known as ‘the jewel of Africa’ for its highly productive agriculture, Mugabe’s tenure resulted in the cratering of the country’s economy with more than half its population living in poverty. As a result, there was a mass exodus of Zimbabweans to South Africa in search of a better standard of living.

More than half of Zimbabwe’s population is Christian while the rest of the population is unaffiliated. The major ethnic groups are the Shona and the Ndebele, which are also its official languages, while English is used for business. Zimbabwean culture is enshrined in traditional art incorporated in the ancient Shona sculptures.

2021
April 2Good Friday
April 3Holy Saturday
April 5Easter Monday
April 18Independence Day
April 19Independence Day observed
May 1Workers’ Day
May 25Africa Day
August 9Heroes’ Day
August 10Defence Forces Day
December 22Unity Day
December 25Christmas Day
December 26Boxing Day
December 27Boxing Day observed
  • Limited Liability
  • Corporation
  • Partnership
  • Corporate Tax: 25%
  • Income Tax (Lowest Marginal Rate): 0%
  • Income Tax (Highest Marginal Rate): 45%
  • VAT/GST/Sales Tax: 15% (standard rate), 0% (on selected items)
  • Merchant banks (Local Bank)
  • First Merchant Bank (Local Bank)
  • Trust Merchant Bank (Local Bank)
  • Universal Merchant Bank (Local Bank)
  • Development banks (Local Bank)
  • African Development Bank (Local Bank)
  • BancABC (Commercial Bank)
  • NMB Bank Limited (Commercial Bank)
  • CBZ Bank Limited (Commercial Bank)
  • CFX Bank, formerly CFX Bank (Commercial Bank)
  • Ecobank Zimbabwe (Commercial Bank)
  • FBC Bank (Commercial Bank)
  • Genesis Investment Bank (Commercial Bank)
  • Kingdom Bank Limited (Zimbabwe) (Commercial Bank)
  • MBCA Bank (Commercial Bank)
  • Metropolitan Bank of Zimbabwe (Commercial Bank)
  • Royal Bank Zimbabwe (Commercial Bank)
  • Stanbic Bank (Commercial Bank)
  • Standard Chartered Bank (Zimbabwe) (Commercial Bank)
  • Time Bank of Zimbabwe (Commercial Bank)
  • Trust Banking Corporation (Commercial Bank)
  • Zimbabwe Allied Banking Group (Commercial Bank)
  • Nedbank Zimbabwe Limited (Commercial Bank)
  • Metbank (Commercial Bank)
  • Steward Bank (Commercial Bank)
  • ZB Bank Limited (Commercial Bank)
  • Access Bank Zambia (Commercial Bank)
  • Barclays Bank (Foreign Bank)

Aadmi can support you with your expansion to Zimbabwe. Our team of experts in country manage every aspect of your expansion from incorporation, accounting, legal, and even administrative concerns.  Matched with Global People Strategist’s powerful labor compliance software, your company is in good hands.

Contact us today for more information about how your company can benefit from using Aadmi as your global expansion partner.

Zambia Geography, Economy, and Culture

Zambia is a south-central African country, bordering Angola and the DRC. Its geography consists of a high plateau, as well as mountains and hills. The region is serviced by two major river basins, the Zambezi and the Congo. The country has a rich set of ecosystems, with the Rhodesian giraffe one of its most well-known species of wildlife.

Zambia is also rich in minerals such as copper, cobalt, zinc, lead, coal gold, silver, and uranium, access to which contributes significantly toward the growth of the country’s economy. By the year 2014, Zambia had one of the world’s fastest-growing economies, mostly attributable to the export of natural resources.

Christianity is the primary religion and the country is made up of more than 20 ethnic groups. Zambia has more than 70 spoken dialects and English is its official language.

2021
March 8International Women’s Day
March 12Youth Day
April 2Good Friday
April 3Holy Saturday
April 5Easter Monday
May 1Labour Day
May 25Africa Freedom Day
July 5Heroes’ Day
July 6Unity Day
August 2Farmers’ Day
October 18Prayer Day
October 24Independence Day
October 25Day off for Independence Day
December 25Christmas Day
  • Limited Liability
  • Corporation
  • Partnership
  • Corporate Tax: 35%
  • Income Tax (Lowest Marginal Rate): 10%
  • Income Tax (Highest Marginal Rate): 30%
  • VAT/GST/Sales Tax: 16%
  • BancABC (Commercial Bank)
  • Bank of China (Commercial Bank)
  • Barclays Bank (Commercial Bank)
  • Cavmont Bank (Commercial Bank)
  • Citibank (Commercial Bank)
  • Ecobank (Commercial Bank)
  • Finance Bank Zambia Limited (Commercial Bank)
  • First Alliance Bank Zambia Limited (Commercial Bank)
  • First National Bank (South Africa) (Commercial Bank)
  • Indo-Zambia Bank Limited (Commercial Bank)
  • Intermarket Bank (Commercial Bank)
  • International Commercial Bank (Commercial Bank)
  • Investrust Bank (Commercial Bank)
  • Stanbic Bank (Commercial Bank)
  • Standard Chartered Bank (Zambia) (Commercial Bank)
  • United Bank for Africa (Commercial Bank)
  • Zambia National Commercial Bank (Commercial Bank)

Aadmi can support you with your expansion to Zambia. Our team of experts in country manage every aspect of your expansion from incorporation, accounting, legal, and even administrative concerns.  Matched with Global People Strategist’s powerful labor compliance software, your company is in good hands.

Contact us today for more information about how your company can benefit from using Aadmi as your global expansion partner.

Namibia Geography, Economy, and Culture

Namibia gained independence from South Africa in 1990 and is also bordered by Zambia and Angola. Its economy relies on mineral extraction and processing for export, with mining accounting for 12.5% of its GDP. Namibia is among the largest global producers of uranium as well as zinc and smaller quantities of copper and gold.

With its capital in Windhoek, Namibia has a population of 2.4 million and is one of the least densely populated countries in the world. Primary languages include Oshivambo, Nama, Afrikaans, Otjiherero, Kavango, Caprivi, and English (official). Namibians are mostly Christians, with at least fifty percent practicing Lutheranism. Namibia’s focus on environmental conservation and protection of natural resources has resulted in its government’s emphasis on allocating funds towards resource management in a climate that is one of the driest in the world.

2021
March 21Independence Day
March 22Independence Day observed
April 2Good Friday
April 5Easter Monday
May 1Workers’ Day
May 4Cassinga Day
May 13Ascension Day
May 25Africa Day
August 26Heroes’ Day
December 10Day of the Namibian Women and International Human Rights Day
December 25Christmas Day
December 26Family Day
December 27Family Day observed
  • Close Corporation
  • Companies (Private, Public and Section 21)
  • Sole Trader
  • Partnership
  • Trusts
  • Co-operatives
  • Corporate Tax: 32%
  • Income Tax (Lowest Marginal Rate): 0%
  • Income Tax (Highest Marginal Rate): 37%
  • VAT/GST/Sales Tax: 15%
  • Bank Windhoek (Commercial Bank)
  • FIDES Bank Namibia (Commercial Bank)
  • First National Bank (South Africa) (Commercial Bank)
  • Nedbank (Commercial Bank)
  • Standard Bank (Commercial Bank)

Aadmi can support you with your expansion to Namibia. Our team of experts in country manage every aspect of your expansion from incorporation, accounting, legal, and even administrative concerns.  Matched with Global People Strategist’s powerful labor compliance software, your company is in good hands.

Contact us today for more information about how your company can benefit from using Aadmi as your global expansion partner.

Lesotho Geography, Culture, and Economy

Lesotho is a small nation, a former British protectorate, entirely surrounded by the country of South Africa. It has a population of around 2 million and its capital and largest city is Maseru, and the official language is Sesotho.

It is located entirely above 1,000 meters in elevation which lends itself to a cool climate throughout the year. It often undergoes droughts given its widely variable rainfall. These droughts also lead to migration to more urban areas and immigration to South Africa for new opportunities.

Lesotho is economically integrated with South Africa, given its location, and is primarily based on agriculture, livestock, manufacturing and mining, while also depending heavily on money coming back into the country from workers’ remittances from jobs in South Africa.

2021
March 11Moshoeshoe’s Birthday
April 2Good Friday
April 5Easter Monday
May 1May Day
May 13Ascension Day
May 25Africa/Heroes Day
July 17King’s Birthday
October 4Independence Day
December 25Christmas Day
December 26Boxing Day
  • Limited Liability
  • Corporation
  • Partnership
  • Corporate Tax: N/A
  • Income Tax (Lowest Marginal Rate): N/A
  • Income Tax (Highest Marginal Rate): N/A
  • VAT/GST/Sales Tax: N/A
  • First National Bank (South Africa) (Commercial Bank)
  • Nedbank (Commercial Bank)
  • Standard Bank (Commercial Bank)

Aadmi can support you with your expansion to Lesotho. Our team of experts in country manage every aspect of your expansion from incorporation, accounting, legal, and even administrative concerns.  Matched with Global People Strategist’s powerful labor compliance software, your company is in good hands.

Contact us today for more information about how your company can benefit from using Aadmi as your global expansion partner.

Drug Testing Abroad

Employee Drug Screening has been commonplace for many employers for the last few decades. However, when you require service outside of your home country’s borders, it’s often difficult to figure out what testing is available, legal, and accessible for your international employees. 

What type of international drug testing is available?

We offer international drug testing solutions in over 80 countries to ensure your drug testing program’s consistency. We work with top-rated SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration) labs and certified collection sites in over 80 countries. Tests are conducted as either 5 or 10-panel tests, according to your organization’s internal requirements.

5 Panel Testing Includes:

  • THC (Marijuana)
  • Cocaine
  • Opiates
  • Amphetamines
  • Phencyclidine

10 Panel Testing Includes the 5 Panel Testing items, plus:

  • Methadone
  • Propoxyphene
  • Barbiturates
  • Benzodiazepines
  • Methaqualone

Where do we provide drug testing services and support?

Countries we currently operate drug testing services include:

AfghanistanEnglandMarshall IslandsThailand
ArgentinaEquatorial GuineaMexicoThe Netherlands
ArubaEgyptNew ZealandTrinidad and Tobago
AustraliaFinlandNigeriaTurkey
AustriaFranceOmanU.S. Virgin Islands
BahamasGermanyPakistanUnited Arab Emirates
BelgiumGuamPanamaUruguay
BelizeGuatemalaParaguay
BermudaHondurasPeru
BoliviaHong KongPhilippines
BrazilIndiaPoland
CanadaIndonesiaPuerto Rico
ChildIrelandRomania
ChinaIsraelScotland
ColombiaItalySingapore
Costa RicaJamaicaSlovenia
DenmarkJapanSouth Africa
DjiboutiKenyaSouth Korea
Dominican RepublicKuwaitSpain
EcuadorLebanonSt. Kitts
El SalvadorMalaysiaSweden

 

When is it appropriate to request a drug screen for my international employee?

It is vital to understand the local regulations concerning drug screening before requesting your employee or new hire to participate in testing.

Our team will provide you with the guidance necessary to compliantly request testing based on the jurisdiction requested. As these laws are highly inconsistent across borders, we give you the tools necessary to proceed compliantly and confidently in this process.

Examples of international drug testing policies:

  • Drug testing in France is legal for companies to test active employees. However, an employer may not test a prospective employee until their employment contract has started. Occupational Medicine centers test employees and do not disclose the results merely if the employee is fit to be employed based on the job requirements.
  • In Germany, an employer can request a candidate complete a drug screen before obtaining a signature on the employment contract. Like France, employers are not privy to seeing the individual’s results, only whether the employee may proceed with employment per the organization’s drug policies. 
  • Swedish employers are permitted to request drug testing for both employees and candidates for employment before contract signature. Employees must be notified well in advance. There must be a legitimate business reason to request the testing, such as the employee working in construction or security where there could be significant risks if drugs were used on the job. Screening must also be consistent to avoid any potential discrimination. 

How do I request a quote for the drug screens I’d like to have conducted?

Ready to get started? Send us an email – checks@aadmi.com. Here’s what we’ll need from you:

  1. The country where you would like the check conducted
  2. Checks that you are interested in conducting – 5 panel or 10-panel drug screening
  3. First and Last Name of individual
  4. Email Address of individual

Read additional information on drug screening and labor laws here.

When expanding your business to another country, there are a plethora of different factors you have to consider, starting with why you are moving there in the first place. Do you want to capture the local market, harness local talent or some natural resource, take advantage of the local infrastructure or geographic location, or you might simply be looking for affordable labor? These questions and the underlying factors can have significant sway over your expansion decision.

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