Trade and Industry

Monday, 12 November 2018

The Johannesburg health cluster

  • Year: 2018
  • Author(s): Trade & Industrial Policy Strategies (TIPS)
  • Countries and Regions: South Africa

This research report is focused on the healthcare sector in the City of Johannesburg (CoJ), in particular the medical devices sector and delves deeper to understand the problems faced by the sector and what would be required to leverage the sector for domestic growth and import substitution.

The City of Johannesburg has all the building blocks to grow, expand and develop current medical devices activity within its robust broader healthcare cluster. The cluster offers opportunities for increased city-based GDP and value-added growth, increased employment opportunities, substantial export opportunities and the opportunity to support the national government’s drive towards import substitution in a rapidly growing market segment. It appears that the national government is committed to growing the medical device sector and that any initiatives undertaken by the city would thus be in line with and support national industrial policy thinking. This is important as many of the constraints facing the sector can only be mitigated at a national level.