How to invest in South Africa using ETFs

How do I invest in South African stocks?

The easiest way to invest in the whole South African stock market is to invest in a broad market index. This can be done at low cost by using ETFs.

On the South African stock market you'll find 1 index which is tracked by ETFs.

Alternatively, you may invest in indices on Africa.

0.60% p.a. - 0.65% p.a.
annual total expense ratio (TER) of South Africa ETFs
on the South African stock market, which is tracked by ETFs
on the South African stock market
The best indices for South Africa ETFs

Performance of South African stocks (MSCI South Africa Capped)

1 month: 5.80%
1 year: 72.88%
3 years: -5.53%
5 years: 22.78%

Indices in comparison

The best indices for ETFs on South Africa

For an investment in the South African stock market, there is 1 index available which is tracked by 2 ETFs. On the MSCI South Africa Capped index there are 2 ETFs. The total expense ratio (TER) of ETFs on these indices is between 0.60% p.a. and 0.65% p.a..

Index Investment focus Number of ETFs Number of constituents Short description

MSCI South Africa Capped

South Africa 2 ETFs 39
The MSCI South Africa Capped index tracks large and mid cap South African stocks. The weight of the largest constituent is constrained to 33% and the weights of all other constituents are constrained to a maximum of 18%.
Index factsheet
  Fund size
in m CHF
in %
Use of profits Fund domicile Replication method
iShares MSCI South Africa UCITS ETFIE00B52XQP83 115 0.65% p.a. Accumulating Ireland Full replication
HSBC MSCI South Africa Capped UCITS ETF USDIE00B57S5Q22 6 0.60% p.a. Distributing Ireland Full replication
Index   1 month
in %
3 months
in %
6 months
in %
1 year
in %
3 years
in %
MSCI South Africa Capped 10.71% 20.07% 40.55% 76.99% -8.57%
Index   2021
in %
in %
in %
in %
in %
MSCI South Africa Capped 19.47% -12.19% 7.65% -24.43% 29.82%

Source:; As of 31/03/2021; Calculations in CHF based on the largest ETF of the respective index.


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Alternative investment opportunities

Alternative indices with a large share of South Africa

Besides South Africa ETFs you may consider ETFs on the African stock market or emerging markets. In total, you can invest in 0 Africa indices, which are tracked by 0 ETFs. The total expense ratio (TER) of ETFs on Africa or emerging markets is at -.

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