This article focuses on economic growth and development in the South African
economy to provide background on the involvement of state owned enterprises
(SOEs) in the economy. SOEs make an essential contribution to economic
development, not only locally, but also regionally and internationally, by sourcing
capital equipment, finance and, most importantly, partnerships for development.
This article analyses the role of four SOEs in the Republic of South Africa, namely
Eskom, Transnet, South African Airways (SAA) and Denel, and discusses their
financial contribution and performance.