European businesses are delaying investment in South Africa because of poor power and water supply and the costs of complying with Black economic empowerment legislation that compel companies to be partially owned by Black South Africans and to procure goods and services from Black-owned companies to help redress the inequities of apartheid, representatives of an industry body have said. Two company owners interviewed by Bloomberg said that they are committed to fulfilling empowerment criteria but complained about the associated costs, with one exploring expanding in Botswana instead of South Africa and the other having chosen to import some products rather than invest in local production.