A survey held by South Africa’s Center for Science, Technology and Innovation indicators – together with the Department of Science and Technology – showed that innovation was pervasive across all sectors in 2020.
A substantial number of innovation-active businesses reported the use or development of advanced new technologies. These included computerised design and engineering, material handling, supply chain and logistics technologies, business intelligence technologies, and green technologies.
Innovation-active businesses also accessed national and global markets more than their counterparts with no activity. This included markets in the rest of Africa, Europe, and Asia. Businesses with innovation activity were more likely to have sold their goods and services on national markets (58.1%) when compared to non-innovation-active businesses (37.7%).