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  • Private Equity
    South Africa
    07 November 2018
    R 14 400.00 (ZAR)  
    estimated $ 1 105.73 (USD) *
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    Private equity’s capital penetration, or capital injected into the economy through private investments, was equal to 0.7% of GDP in 2017, and the sector is an important role player in the development of companies and infrastructure projects in the country. South Africa’s private equity industry had R158bn in funds under management in 2017. The volume and value of private equity and venture capital deals targeting South African companies declined year-on-year in 2017 with 43 deals worth a combined US$312m, compared to the US$896m invested across 60 deals in 2016. In terms of value, 2017’s results were the lowest since 2010. Private equity continues to outperform listed equity.
  • Generation of Electricity
    South Africa
    31 October 2018
    R 14 400.00 (ZAR)  
    estimated $ 1 105.73 (USD) *
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    State-owned entity Eskom, responsible for 90% of the country’s power generation, remains financially and operationally fragile and continues to struggle with declining electricity sales, looming coal shortages, financial instability, and corruption and mismanagement. Eskom, which operates 30 power stations with a total nominal capacity of 45,561MW, reported a loss of R4.6bn in the 2017/2018 financial year and more than R19bn in irregular expenditure has been identified. Sales revenue declined by 2% to R95.5bn, net cash generated from operations decreased by 30% to R22bn, net finance costs increased by 53% to R10bn, and net profit after tax declined by 34% to R6.3bn. Eskom’s interest payments amount to R215bn and debt repayments to R228bn over the next five years.
  • The Liquor Industry
    South Africa
    30 October 2018
    R 14 400.00 (ZAR)  
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    The South African liquor industry, including manufacture, wholesale and retail, is valued at between R106.1bn and R129bn. The industry is considered mature and growth is largely organic. Total 2017 liquor consumed was almost 4.24 billion litres, reflecting growth of 1.9% over 2016, driven by a growing population, aggressive expansion in retail liquor and product premiumisation. Growth is expected in 2018 despite the poor economic climate and will be aided by currency weakness reflected in rising exports.
  • Manufacture of Breakfast Cereals
    South Africa
    25 October 2018
    R 14 400.00 (ZAR)  
    estimated $ 1 105.73 (USD) *
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    This report focuses on the manufacture of breakfast cereals in South Africa, which remains resilient in difficult conditions. The market is dominated by three large companies, Tiger Brands, Pioneer Foods and Kellogg’s South Africa. Statistics SA figures show that bread and cereal prices were 3.1% cheaper in June 2018 than they were in June 2017, indicating significant price pressure in a highly competitive market.
  • Growing of Cereals and Other Crops
    South Africa
    24 October 2018
    R 14 400.00 (ZAR)  
    estimated $ 1 105.73 (USD) *
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    This report focuses on the growing of cereals and other crops in South Africa. These include maize, wheat, sugar cane, sunflower seeds, cotton and tobacco. The country’s agricultural sector contributes about 2.5% to gross domestic product and gross farming income from all agricultural products increased by 10.2% to an estimated R267bn in the year to 30 June 2017. The number of commercial farmers in South Africa continues to decline mainly due to dwindling farming profitability and policy uncertainty regarding expropriation of land without compensation.
  • Freight Forwarders
    South Africa
    19 October 2018
    R 14 400.00 (ZAR)  
    estimated $ 1 105.73 (USD) *
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    The freight forwarding and customs clearance sector is a major facilitator of trade in South Africa and it co-ordinates over 80% of the country’s international trade. The value and growth of the market is entirely dependent on local and global economic conditions and trade, over which it has no control. Profit margins are low as charges are dependent on the cost of logistics, port and airport tariffs and the cost of customs duties and import and export permits. Trade statistics show the industry moved R795bn worth of exported goods and R792bn of imported goods from January to August 2018, representing year-on-year increases of 5% and 10.4% respectively.
  • ICT in Ethiopia
    Ethiopia
    18 October 2018
    R 14 400.00 (ZAR)  
    estimated $ 1 105.73 (USD) *
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    The Ethiopian government is the main growth driver of the country’s emerging information and communication technology (ITC) industry and it is placing great emphasis on using ICT to reach the goals of its growth and transformation plan. The country’s broadband market is set to develop with increases in international bandwidth, improvements in national fibre backbone infrastructure and the growing availability of mobile broadband services via 3G and LTE networks. The state-owned Ethio Telecom is the only provider of telecommunications services in Ethiopia. Sectors open for competition include equipment provision and downstream services such as call and data centres, messaging and applications.
  • Parking Management Services
    South Africa
    16 October 2018
    R 14 400.00 (ZAR)  
    estimated $ 1 105.73 (USD) *
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    The parking management solutions market is growing as traffic congestion intensifies. New technologies are rapidly changing the parking management landscape with new participants in the sector facilitating smart parking aided by real-time parking information and technology. The segment of the market that provides advisory services, revenue collection and management of parking operations is highly concentrated and dominated by Interpark and Servest, with five local companies holding 97% market share. The parking systems segment including monitoring, automated revenue systems and smart solutions for parking areas is fragmented with smaller players holding 34% market share and a number of international companies participating.
  • Manufacture of Dairy in East Africa
    Burundi, Comoros, Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Mayotte, Mozambique, Reunion, Rwanda, Seychelles, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda
    15 October 2018
    R 14 400.00 (ZAR)  
    estimated $ 1 105.73 (USD) *
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    According to the East and Southern Africa Dairy Association (ESADA), 12 billion litres of milk are produced in East Africa annually, accounting for 27.5% of the continent’s 2017 output. Factors including security of supply of high-quality milk and rising input costs continue to affect the performance of East African manufacturers of dairy products. East Africa’s increased imports of dairy products from Europe are posing a threat to dairy farmers and processors in the region. Many dairy processors also find it difficult to reach consumers, since informal channels typically account for around 80% of the dairy market.
  • The Manufacture of Cement, Lime and Plaster
    South Africa
    11 October 2018
    R 14 400.00 (ZAR)  
    estimated $ 1 105.73 (USD) *
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    The South African cement industry has an installed capacity of over 20 million tons per annum and employs some 16,000 people. A lack of large infrastructure projects and low business confidence has resulted in continued declines in demand for cement products. Industry stakeholders forecast that the current oversupply could continue for at least the next 10 years.
  • Education
    South Africa
    10 October 2018
    R 14 400.00 (ZAR)  
    estimated $ 1 105.73 (USD) *
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    This report focuses on South Africa’s primary, secondary and tertiary education sectors, which continue to remain in a turmoil. Despite high levels of investment by the government, South African education lags behind comparable countries in literacy and numeracy. By the end of Grade 4, 58% of children cannot read fluently and with comprehension and more than half the children who start in Grade 1 do not reach Grade 12. In the higher education sector, 50-60% of South African students drop out after the first year and only a minority of students complete a three-year degree in the allotted time.
  • The Motor Vehicle Industry
    South Africa
    05 October 2018
    R 14 400.00 (ZAR)  
    estimated $ 1 105.73 (USD) *
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    As the largest manufacturing sector in South Africa’s economy, vehicle and component production accounted for 30.1% of the country’s manufacturing output in 2017 compared to 33% in 2016. The broader automotive industry’s contribution to gross domestic product (GDP) was 6.9% which comprised 4.4% for manufacturing; and 2.5% for retail. This contribution declined from 7.4% in 2016. New vehicle sales in 2017 recorded a year-on-year improvement for the first time in four years, although growth was a modest 1.8% in volume terms. Seven original equipment manufacturers invested a record R8.2bn compared to R6.4bn in 2016, while capital expenditure in the component sector was R4bn in 2017 compared to R2.6bn in 2016. South Africa has one of the most competitive trading environments in the world with 53 passenger car brands and 3,236 model derivatives, representing the widest choice to market-size ratio anywhere in the world.
  • The Manufacture of Paper and Paper Products
    South Africa
    02 October 2018
    R 14 400.00 (ZAR)  
    estimated $ 1 105.73 (USD) *
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    Disruption in the South African pulp and paper market continues to exact a heavy toll on producers of paper and related products. Total production and consumption of paper and paper-based products declined in 2017. The local pulp and paper market is dominated by Sappi Limited and the Mondi Group, which are both vertically integrated with significant forest plantations and manufacturing facilities. South Africa is ranked as one the world’s top 20 pulp producers, and manufacturing sales of paper and paper products totalled R75.51bn in 2017.
  • Wholesale and Retail of Food in Morocco
    Morocco
    27 September 2018
    R 14 400.00 (ZAR)  
    estimated $ 1 105.73 (USD) *
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    This report focuses on the wholesale and retail of food in Morocco, which is dominated by the informal sector. It is estimated that only 20% of food sales currently take place in formal outlets, although this is expected to increase with the high rate of population growth, urbanisation, rise in disposable income and macro-economic stability. The retail sector represents 12% of the country’s GDP and the Moroccan government has shown commitment to improving its contribution through its Rawaj Vision 2020.
  • Cargo Handling, Storage and Warehousing
    South Africa
    27 September 2018
    R 14 400.00 (ZAR)  
    estimated $ 1 105.73 (USD) *
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    Approximately 90% of South Africa’s international trade is moved by sea through Transnet ports in the form of containers, dry bulk, liquid bulk, break-bulk and automotives. Air freight accounts for a very small percentage of the total freight moved in, to and from South Africa. South African exports for the seven months to end-July 2018 increased by 3.6% while imports for the same period increased by 10.2%. Low economic growth, the volatile currency, poor investor confidence and credit rating downgrades will have a negative effect on the volume and value of goods requiring handling, storage and warehousing.
  • Labour Recruitment and Provision of Staff
    South Africa
    20 September 2018
    R 14 400.00 (ZAR)  
    estimated $ 1 105.73 (USD) *
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    This report focuses on the complex labour recruitment industry which plays a significant role in the South African economy. The International Confederation of Private Employment Agencies estimates approximately 2,600 agencies and 13,000 people are directly employed in the recruitment industry, numbers which appear to be declining. Based on reported industry contribution to the skills levy in 2017, formal industry turnover value was R45bn in 2017, a decline of R3bn from the previous report in 2015. The local industry is dominated by temporary employment services, also known as labour brokers.
  • The Gas Industry
    South Africa
    17 September 2018
    R 14 400.00 (ZAR)  
    estimated $ 1 105.73 (USD) *
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    With domestic consumption of 4.5 billion cubic metres (bcm) in 2017, natural gas currently constitutes little more than 3.2% of the nation’s primary energy supply. Recent statistics show that the consumption of natural gas in South Africa contracted by 2.3% year-on-year in 2017. Although the Department of Energy has identified the harnessing of conventional and unconventional forms of gas as a strategic imperative, stakeholders report that South Africa’s uptake of gas continues to be constrained by the country’s relatively underdeveloped gas transmission and storage infrastructure. However, gas forms an important part of the country’s future energy mix. In terms of the new Integrated Resources Plan, the installed capacity of natural gas is expected to increase to 11,930 megawatts (MW), or 16% of total installed capacity, by 2030.
  • Real Estate Activities
    South Africa
    06 September 2018
    R 14 400.00 (ZAR)  
    estimated $ 1 105.73 (USD) *
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    This report focuses on the real estate industry which comprises commercial, industrial and residential properties, as well as property valuation and bond origination. The real estate sector contributed 5.6% to GDP, based on 2016 data. The South African listed-property sector is worth about R500bn with about 46% of the value of the sector reflecting investment in overseas markets. The real estate sector’s performance largely depends on economic drivers and has been challenged by slow economic growth during the past few years. In spite of this, the number of principal estate agents registered with the Estate Agency Affairs Board grew by 4.8% from 2016 to 2017. Property development is not showing signs of slowing down, but developers are struggling to increase occupancy rates due to oversupply.
  • Travel and Tourism: Travel Agencies, Tour Operators and Related Services
    South Africa
    31 August 2018
    R 14 400.00 (ZAR)  
    estimated $ 1 105.73 (USD) *
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    The direct contribution of travel and tourism to South Africa’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) was R136.1bn, or 2.9% in 2017. Including indirect benefits, its contribution was 8.9%. Travel and tourism investment in South Africa amounted to R71bn, or 8.2% of total investment in the country, while foreign visitor spending and international tourism receipts generated around R126.7bn. Identified as one of the main drivers of employment and economic growth, the industry provided over 4.4% of South Africa’s total workforce in 2016.
  • Preserving and Processing of Fruit and Vegetables
    South Africa
    30 August 2018
    R 14 400.00 (ZAR)  
    estimated $ 1 105.73 (USD) *
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    The fruit and vegetable processing industry is part of the agro-processing sector, an increasingly important contributor to South African employment and the wider economy. The industry's major products include canned fruit, pulps, purées, dried fruit, jams, spreads, fruit juice, canned vegetables and sauces. Estimated total sales of fruit and vegetable preparations, including exports, are between R21bn and R23bn as of 2017. The sector is dominated by large companies, with the largest five accounting for near 50% of total revenue in the industry.

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