Investigating & Security Activities Including Vehicle Tracking in South Africa

The compliant private security industry consists of legally-registered business entities that provide on a contractual basis a broad range of services and technology involved in the monitoring, protection and safeguarding of people and property. Demand for private security services in South Africa is driven by the high level of crime, the inability of the South African Police Service to hold back the criminal onslaught and the public’s increasing lack of faith in the police’s ability to solve crimes. South Africans are now spending an estimated R50bn annually to pay approximately 500,000 registered security officers employed by almost 9,000 compliant service providers, to safeguard their lives, homes, businesses and assets.

Get the full report here: Investigating & Security Activities Including Vehicle Tracking South Africa private investigation industry report A Sector under Pressure The private security industry is under pressure, confronted by problems arising from the move to the insourcing of security services following the #feesmust fall campaign at tertiary institutions and potential job losses from the move to hybrid man-machine guarding systems. According to the Private Security Industry Regulatory Authority (PSiRA), within the sector there are many non-compliant companies as well as many illegal, often foreign security officers, especially in the car guard sector. Also of concern to role players is the controversial Private Security Industry Amendment Bill that if approved, will give power to the Minister of Police to expropriate up to 100% of a foreign-owned security company and limit foreign ownership of private security companies, including electronic equipment suppliers, to 49%.   Report Coverage The detailed report on investigation and security activities describes current conditions, recent developments and factors influencing the success of the industry. Profiles for 37 companies are provided. Included is new company Fidelity ADT, the result of a merger valued at R2bn between Fidelity Security Group (Pty) Ltd and US-based Tyco International in March 2017. The new entity, which includes the ADT Kusela guarding business, will be 100% South African owned and a 54.62% black-owned company. Also profiled are smaller local companies such as Transcash (Pty) Ltd active in the cash-in-transit sub-sector, and iFacts (Pty) Ltd, a provider of verification services. Would you like to know more? These historical reports may also be of interest: Investigating and Security Activities Including Vehicle Tracking / July 2016 Investigation and Security Activities Including Vehicle Tracking / August 2014

The Construction Industry in Tanzania

Tanzania’s construction sector is characterised by a large number of micro-entrepreneurs, the majority of whom operate in the country’s informal economy. The country’s formal construction sector comprises indigenous and indigenised firms, as well as numerous major foreign civil engineering and construction companies. As an industry with linkages to all sectors of the economy, the construction sector performs a pivotal role in Tanzania, as well as across the East African trade bloc. According to the Tanzanian National Bureau of Statistics, the market value of the construction sector at current prices increased from approximately US$6.6bn in 2016 to more than US$7bn in 2017.

Download and share our infographic on The Construction Industry in Tanzania or find the full report here: The Construction Industry in Tanzania tanzania construction industry report Major Infrastructure Projects The growth of Tanzanian construction sector continues to be underpinned by the roll-out of major public infrastructure development projects. Infrastructure investment is largely concentrated in power generation and in the transport sector, with a particular focus on the development of the country’s ports, roads and railway lines. Of growing importance is the demand for housing and other social infrastructure. Tanzania’s substantial housing backlog is estimated to exceed 3 million residential units and annual demand for housing is in the region of 200,000 units.   Report Coverage The Tanzanian Construction report focuses on current conditions, developments in the sector, the key drivers and the challenges that the industry faces. Profiles for 32 companies active in the sector are provided. Included are Chinese companies such as China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation, China Communications Construction Company, China Merchants Port Holdings Company, China Railway Group and China Wu Yi Company Ltd which are proving to be particularly competitive, especially in the civil construction market. Also profiled is Estim Construction Company Ltd which has subsidiaries in Mozambique and Zambia but whose headquarters are based in Tanzania. Alvic Builders (Tanzania) Ltd is another company with headquarters in Tanzania which undertakes projects throughout Africa. Like what you see? You may also find these historical reports of interest: The Infrastructure Industry in Tanzania / October 2015 The Infrastructure Industry in Tanzania / May 2015 The Infrastructure Industry in Tanzania / Nov 2014 …

The Banking Sector in Zimbabwe

The report on the Zimbabwean banking industry covers the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe and deposit-taking institutions such as commercial banks, co-operatives, microfinance institutions (MFIs) and building societies. In 2016 the financial services sector contributed about 7% to GDP and total banking sector assets grew by 9.6% from US$10.26bn in September 2017 to US$11.25bn at the end of 2017. Of the current 19 licensed banks, 14 are commercial banks, four are building societies and there is one merchant bank that has been in provisional judicial management since 2015. In the sector 189 licensed MFIs are active; 184 are credit-only and money-lending MFIs while five are deposit-taking MFIs.

Download and share our infographic on The Banking Sector in Zimbabwe or find the full report here: The Banking Sector in Zimbabwe Infographic zimbabwe banking sector Difficult Conditions The current distress in the Zimbabwean banking sector is caused by an operating environment characterised by weak economic activity and cash and foreign currency shortages. Fiscal imbalances combined with the large volume of domestic borrowing in 2015/16 weakened the financial sector. The fiscal cash deficit was largely financed from domestic financial markets as external arrears prevented Zimbabwe from gaining access to international capital markets. Cash shortages followed, financing for imports dried up, and the current account deficit narrowed dramatically. The liquidity of banks is still under threat from the large fiscal deficit and government’s efforts to settle lending from banks by Treasury Bills that are being traded at discounts of around 40%. Report Coverage The detailed report on the Zimbabwean banking sector describes current conditions, the latest events and regulatory developments and factors influencing the success of the sector. The report profiles 23 companies involved in the sector including the People’s Own Savings Bank, which has 34 branches countrywide. It also has 296 third-party retail networks contracted as agents, who are authorised to offer selected products and services such as bill payments, cash deposits, internal transfers and balance enquiries on behalf of the bank. Also profiled is Barclays Bank of Zimbabwe which used to be part of Barclays Bank Plc until it was sold to Malawi’s FMB Capital Holding in 2017. …