Timbuktu's golden legacy: The experience of South African Firms doing business in Mali

"This report is based on a series of interviews that were conducted in Mali in May 2005 with resident South African companies to research their experience of the Malian business environment. The study found that South African companies are mainly involved in Mali's fast-growing gold mining sector and energy sector. The purpose of the study was to identify some of the pitfalls associated with doing business in a country such as Mali, while also giving credit to some of the success stories. The study is also informed by the fact that French-speaking Africa poses new and particular challenges to South African investors venturing northwards."