As mentioned previously, you’ll need to go through a stockbroker if you want to buy shares on the JSE. There are a number of member firms to choose from, and a full list can be viewed on the JSE website. When deciding on a broker, you’ll want to consider the associated charges, the way you want to trade and what you want to invest in.
Different firms often have different specialities, so make sure that you choose one with good experience in the specific sector you’re thinking of investing in. You’ll also want to take into account whether you want your stockbroker to take on a full-service role which includes offering advice and managing your portfolio, or whether you simply want an ‘execution-only’ broker who never suggests what to buy or sell, and only acts on your instructions. The first option is obviously far more costly, but advisory brokers can offer some solid insight into the best JSE shares to buy and how long to hold onto your shares before selling. With the latter option, you’ll generally be able to buy shares online quickly, using the first stockbroker available through your chosen member firm.