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  • Forestry and Related Services in South Africa
    South Africa
    03 August 2020
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    The country’s 1.2 million hectares of timber plantations produce between 15 million and 18 million tons of timber every year. Timber is a renewable resource and forests play an important role in climate change mitigation. There is a growing timber shortage in South Africa, and the industry is struggling to secure enough suitable land to plant new forests. Eleven forestry companies, about 1,100 commercial timber farmers and 20,000 small-scale farmers, representing over 90% of South Africa’s forestry industry, are members of industry body Forestry South Africa. South Africa is a significant exporter of forest-related products, and pulp, paper and solid wood are the industry’s main exports.
  • The Manufacture of Structural Metal Products in South Africa
    South Africa
    31 July 2020
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    The structural metal products manufacturing sector produces metal structures and parts from aluminium, iron or steel. Manufacturers in this sector produce a multitude of products from bridges to towers, masts, piers, prefabricated buildings, doors, staircases, gates, fences, roofing and scaffolding. The impact of the coronavirus pandemic and weak economic conditions continue to have a significant effect on the performance of the local structural metal products manufacturing sector.
  • The Production, Processing and Preserving of Red Meat in South Africa
    South Africa
    28 July 2020
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    Having not completely recovered from the 2015 and 2017 drought, which led to a shortage of red meat, the red meat sector has been struck by the onset of the coronavirus pandemic and the declaration of a state of emergency and lockdown. Despite expectations of a significant economic contraction, the sector has mostly been able to weather the challenges introduced by the pandemic, and meat production is expected to increase marginally in 2020. The sector was affected by the initial closure of hotels, restaurants and takeaways and ban on hot food sales. Economic concerns led many people to reduce consumption of high-priced red meat items.
  • The Construction Industry in Angola
    Angola
    22 July 2020
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    While Angola’s construction sector grew at 9% a year between 2006 and 2014 as the government focused on repairing and modernising the country’s infrastructure following the civil war, growth in the sector has since ground to a halt as many government projects dried up following the fall in the oil price. The oil price decline and coronavirus pandemic have dampened the growth outlook for construction. The pandemic has resulted in the cost of a bag of cement more than doubling in Angola, while construction materials, many of which are imported from China, have quickly sold out.
  • The Accommodation Industry in South Africa
    South Africa
    21 July 2020
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    The tourism sector accounted for approximately 709,000 jobs in 2019. Income from accommodation grew by over 2% in 2019 despite a decline in international tourists. Even before the coronavirus pandemic, South Africa’s travel and tourism industry was facing challenges due to a weak economy, competition from neighbouring countries, safety and security issues and the water crisis. Due to the coronavirus pandemic and lockdowns in most countries, 2020 will be devastating for the travel and tourism and accommodation sectors, with massive industry layoffs and consolidation taking place as foreign and inter-provincial travel stopped and as the industry effectively shut down.
  • Fleet Management in South Africa
    South Africa
    21 July 2020
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    In the fleet management industry, privately owned, JSE-listed players and the fleet management divisions of the major commercial banks compete for market share in a market where the major customer segments – car rentals, government, companies and couriers – have been severely affected by the coronavirus lockdown and weak economic growth. These factors may lead to a reduction in fleets.
  • The Manufacture of Vegetable and Animal Oils and Fat in South Africa
    South Africa
    18 July 2020
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    South Africa’s oils and fats manufacturing sector is dominated by vegetable oils and fat, and sunflower oil is the most widely consumed vegetable oil in the country. South Africa is a net importer of edible oils, which include sunflower, soybean and palm oil as it does not produce enough to meet demand. South Africa produced an estimated 464,000 tons of oil from seeds in the 2019/20 marketing year to end-February 2020, and is forecast to produce 507,000 tons in the 2020/21 marketing year, when imported oilseed oil will account for about 65% of local consumption.
  • The Broadcasting Industry and Manufacture of Decoders in South Africa
    South Africa
    08 July 2020
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    The broadcasting industry has been disrupted by technological advances and it faces competition from streaming and other online services. The internet has threatened the existence of traditional players such as the SABC, which continues to have internal problems relating to its finances and corporate governance, and other large players such as MultiChoice, which owns DStv, and e.tv.
  • The Collection, Purification, Testing, and Distribution of Water In South Africa
    South Africa
    03 July 2020
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    The water sector has had some success in the continued roll-out of basic water and sanitation services, although dilapidated infrastructure and widespread non-payment continue to present problems. The quality of wastewater treatment has shown a marked decrease over the last four years and industry analysts suggest that the water sector is on the verge of an infrastructural crisis exacerbated by institutional ineffectiveness and under-investment. The outbreak of coronavirus and lockdown put the dire water and sanitation provision situation in townships and informal settlements under the spotlight once again.
  • The Mining of Manganese in South Africa
    South Africa
    30 June 2020
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    South Africa was the world’s largest producer and exporter of manganese ore in 2019, accounting for 30% of global production and almost 50% of global exports. However, the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on manganese supply and demand, rapidly rising input costs, and inadequate rail infrastructure for exports are some of the challenges faced by the manganese mining sector.
  • The Agri-Business Sector in Angola
    Angola
    29 June 2020
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    Agriculture provides employment for about half of the Angolan population. Most of Angola’s agricultural sector is subsistence farming that uses rudimentary techniques and little infrastructure or use of inputs such as fertiliser, while farmers have little access to finance. There are few commercial farmers, as over 90% of farm land is cultivated by smallholders. The country is highly dependent on food imports, and imported nearly half of its food in 2018. However, Angola has the natural resources to become one of Africa’s leading agricultural countries, as the diverse and fertile region is suited to a variety of crops. It also has an abundance of fresh water and arable land.
  • The Manufacture of Sugar in South Africa
    South Africa
    29 June 2020
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    South Africa is a major sugar producer on the continent. The country’s crippled economy, cheap imports, changing consumption patterns, low international sugar prices, and the tax on sugar-sweetened beverages are some of the factors that have caused the industry to decline over the past few years. According to the Department of Trade, Industry and Competition, the local sugar industry needs to consider diversifying its products if it is to remain viable and create jobs. The government has pledged to work with sugarcane growers and millers and announced it would produce a master plan for the sector.
  • The Manufacture of Tents, Tarpaulins, Sails and Other Canvas Goods in South Africa
    South Africa
    24 June 2020
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    The manufacture of tents, tarpaulins, sails and other canvas goods is a secondary subsector of the clothing, textiles, leather and footwear sector. Relative to other manufacturing industries in this broader sector, tents, tarpaulins, sales and canvas goods manufacturing is not acutely threatened by cheap imports. In fact, South African companies dominate the South and Southern African market. The coronavirus pandemic has resulted in a surge in demand for camping tents for temporary shelters for the homeless. There has also been a rise in demand for humanitarian disaster relief tents. Companies who usually manufacture event tents and semi-permanent tented structures are quickly shifting production to meet the health system’s needs.
  • The Freight Forwarding Industry in South Africa
    South Africa
    24 June 2020
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    The freight forwarding and customs clearance sector is a major contributor to the facilitation of trade in South Africa and it co-ordinates over 80% of South Africa’s international trade. As they are an intermediary service, freight forwarders have relatively low operating costs and charge customers based on the freight rates charged by the carrier, which in turn are based on operating costs and the value of the goods being transported.
  • Parking Management Services in South Africa
    South Africa
    15 June 2020
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    The market for parking management has been shrinking as major property developments are put on hold because of weak economic prospects. The parking management sector has been severely affected by the coronavirus pandemic and subsequent lockdown as associated sectors like real estate, transport and retail have declined. Parking management service providers are struggling to collect payments from shopping centres, commercial properties and residential estates and are losing income while free access to parking areas has been allowed during the lockdown
  • Manufacture of Breakfast Cereals in South Africa
    South Africa
    08 June 2020
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    South Africa’s breakfast cereals sector is increasingly mature and competitive and dominated by a few large companies. Despite two of the largest cereal manufacturers reporting higher revenues and volume improvements, operating profits and margins are under pressure. Protracted low GDP growth and high unemployment will continue to affect the industry as low income consumers substitute cereals for lower-priced maize options, and health-conscious consumers opt for breakfasts with higher protein content. The coronavirus pandemic will add further pressure as supply chains are strained and as consumers’ incomes decline.
  • The Advertising Industry in South Africa
    South Africa
    05 June 2020
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    The total revenue of South Africa’s advertising industry increased, albeit marginally, in 2019, and continued to be dominated by television and video advertising spend. Internet advertising is, however, consistently gaining ground and is expected to overtake television in the next three years. Internationally, social media is expected to account for over 15% of global spend in 2020 and online video for almost 10%. South Africa has many advertising agencies offering different services and largely owned by a handful of major international holding companies such as WPP, Omnicom and Publicis, with role players estimating that almost 80% of the industry is in foreign hands.
  • Mining of Precious Metals and Minerals In South Africa: Gold and Uranium, Platinum and Diamonds
    South Africa
    01 June 2020
    R 14 400.00 (ZAR)  
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    South Africa has significant gold reserves, more than 90% of the world’s platinum reserves and a long history of mining. Increasing rand gold and platinum prices are positive for the precious metals sector. Yet the industry faces numerous challenges including the increasing depth of mines, declines in productivity, ageing infrastructure, declining grades and skills shortages. Gold, uranium, platinum and diamond producers face disruptions to the supply of, and markets for, their commodities due to coronavirus, increasing costs and electricity supply problems.
  • The Tea and Coffee Industry in South Africa
    South Africa
    25 May 2020
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    South Africa is a net importer of tea and coffee and its tea production is in decline. The herbal tea sector, which includes rooibos, green tea and fruit/herbal tea, is growing due to growing interest in health and wellness. The increasing global demand for rooibos has seen exports increase from 6,000 tons in 2016 to 7,693 tons in 2019. Coffee consumption continues to increase, and the growing coffee culture has seen many entrepreneurs enter the sector. But the coronavirus pandemic has caused devastation for coffee shops and restaurants that are battling to survive as the country remains in lockdown.
  • Renting of Construction Equipment With or Without Operator In South Africa
    South Africa
    20 May 2020
    R 14 400.00 (ZAR)  
    estimated $ 867.79 (USD) *
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    The rental of construction equipment, also known as the plant hire industry, includes a handful of relatively large plant hire companies, and many more small players. Plant hire, like the wider equipment sector, is under increasing pressure due to economic headwinds and the ongoing decline in the construction sector. While equipment rental has proven more resilient than direct sales, and is enjoying relatively stable demand from mining contractors, plant hire companies are waiting on an economic recovery and an improvement in state and private sector infrastructure spending. The fragile situation has been exacerbated by the coronavirus pandemic and consequent economic lockdown, which represent a potentially significant longer-term threat to companies, employment, and activity in the construction sector.

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