Date: 24 February 2021

South Africa Enterprise Survey 2020

This document summarizes the results of the Enterprise Survey for South Africa. Business owners and top managers in 1097 firms were interviewed between December 2019 and February 2021. Figure 2 provides a description of the sample breakdown across the three survey design categories: business sector, firm size, and location.

In addition to collecting information on the business environment and firm performance, the ES also collect information on characteristics of private firms. Figure 3 shows the distribution of firms in the private sector according to their age, measured by the number of years they have been in operation. The effect of the business environment on firm performance may depend on firms’ experience and longevity. Also, older firms and young firms may differ in their ability to successfully navigate the business environment.

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