The dismantling of apartheid in South Africa has begun to open doors again for many U.S. companies and securities firms that had been shut out of doing business with state and local governments.

Based on recent figures compiled by the Investor Responsibility Research Center, 152 U.S. companies have employees or direct investment in South Africa. Forty-five, have placed their employees or opened their Offices, or subsidiaries there since July 1991, when former President Bush lifted the 1986 ban on new U.S. investment in South Africa.

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