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  • The Car Rental Industry in South Africa
    South Africa
    22 September 2021
    R 14 400.00 (ZAR)  
    estimated $ 989.44 (USD) *
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    The car rental industry has been significantly affected by the pandemic and resulting travel restrictions and decline in disposable income. The main business channels for car rentals are corporate, government, insurance replacement and leisure, and demand from all of these avenues declined markedly since March 2020. Car rental companies have been able to partially offset losses by reducing fleet, branch and employee numbers, and have benefited from an increase in second-hand vehicle prices. The industry’s fleet had more than halved by July 2021 from February 2020. The sector, which is described as mature, has been under pressure for the past two years as brokerages and online intermediaries have driven prices down.
  • The Wholesale and Retail of Food in Ghana
    Ghana
    21 September 2021
    R 14 400.00 (ZAR)  
    estimated $ 989.44 (USD) *
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    This report focuses on the wholesale and retail of food in Ghana, a country that experienced rapid economic growth from 2010 when it began extracting oil from large offshore reserves. However, this growth has been tempered recently by the energy crisis, depressed commodity prices, long term macroeconomic imbalances and coronavirus. Many international retailers view Ghana as a gateway to a larger West African market of more than 260 million people. Although most food is still purchased at traditional markets, there is increasing demand from a relatively large and largely untapped market for the convenience and variety offered by formal retail and supermarkets.
  • The Construction Sector in Nigeria
    Nigeria
    20 September 2021
    R 14 400.00 (ZAR)  
    estimated $ 989.44 (USD) *
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    Revenue in Nigeria’s construction industry declined in 2020. Despite ongoing supply chain disruptions and project delays caused by the coronavirus pandemic, construction activity is steadily recovering. Infrastructure development is the cornerstone of Nigeria’s pandemic economic recovery plan. However, the government is grappling with funding challenges and will need to attract private investment if it hopes to start bridging the country’s huge infrastructure deficit. Local companies often operate at a disadvantage as foreign construction companies are generally awarded large projects.
  • Global Disruptors - Energy Storage
    South Africa
    14 September 2021
    R 14 400.00 (ZAR)  
    estimated $ 989.44 (USD) *
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    Global energy demand is expected to edge up in 2021 after a contraction in 2020 as demand for transport fuels declined. Notwithstanding the overall decline in 2020, there was an increase in demand for renewables – where solar and wind lead growth – in line with global awareness of the need for sustainable energy. Much of increased demand this year is expected to come from developing economies, and coal demand remains significantly higher than renewables.
  • The Tyre Industry in South Africa
    South Africa
    12 September 2021
    R 14 400.00 (ZAR)  
    estimated $ 989.44 (USD) *
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    Sales of locally-manufactured tyres plunged by more than 20% in 2020. While local production declined during the pandemic, it has fallen year on year since 2015, despite significant investment by local manufacturers. The sector faces a number of challenges, from growing imports and illegal import practices such as under-invoicing, a carbon tax which came into effect in 2019 and recent raw materials increases which have added to costs. Another key challenge is the improper processing of waste tyres, which has led to millions of unsafe second-hand tyres being sold locally.
  • Contact Centre Operations
    South Africa
    06 September 2021
    R 14 400.00 (ZAR)  
    estimated $ 989.44 (USD) *
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    The South African contact centre industry, which includes call centres, technical support and back and front office services for multinationals and South African companies, has recorded exceptional growth in recent years, driven by strong support by government through the incentives offered by the Department of Trade, Industry and Competition. The industry specialises in customer service and shared services, specifically in banking, financial services, insurance, and niche legal services. It is seen as an employment creator and foreign currency earner from outsource services.
  • The Air Transport Industry and Aviation Ground-Handling Services in South Africa
    South Africa
    02 September 2021
    R 14 400.00 (ZAR)  
    estimated $ 989.44 (USD) *
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    The lockdown that started in March 2020 grounded thousands of aircraft globally and severed air service connections worldwide. Passenger departures from South African airports plunged by almost 80% in 2020 and revenues generated by the air transport industry and its value chain almost halved. Although the reopening of the skies has brought a measure of relief, aviation has been dealt a harder blow than most other sectors and is in crisis.
  • ICT and Telecommunications in Ethiopia
    Ethiopia
    30 August 2021
    R 14 400.00 (ZAR)  
    estimated $ 989.44 (USD) *
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    The Ethiopian government is the main growth driver in the ICT industry as the major client of ICT companies and the majority shareholder in the only telecoms company Ethio Telecom. In terms of the government’s Growth and Transformation Plan 2, ICT will provide a springboard towards realising the national vision of becoming a middle-income country by 2025. Recently Ethiopia has opened up the industry to the private sector, offering two telecom operator licences (one has been awarded) and indicating it will sell 40% of Ethio Telecom, which it owns.
  • The South African Tobacco and Tobacco Products Industry
    South Africa
    25 August 2021
    R 14 400.00 (ZAR)  
    estimated $ 989.44 (USD) *
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    After more than a decade of pressure from increasing government tobacco controls, a growing illicit cigarette economy and changing consumer attitudes towards smoking, South Africa’s Tobacco industry was subjected to a twenty-week prohibition on the sale of all raw tobacco leaf, processed tobacco and all manufactured tobacco products under lockdown measures. This led to the industry losing significant market share to illicit cigarette sales. The industry also faced an 8% increase in excise duties and announcements of renewed government efforts to finalise further tobacco controls.
  • The Liquor Industry in South Africa
    South Africa
    24 August 2021
    R 14 400.00 (ZAR)  
    estimated $ 989.44 (USD) *
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    Since the onset of the pandemic in March 2020, South Africa’s liquor industry has been subjected to four liquor bans and several periods in which liquor trading was restricted by the government. It is estimated that the bans and trading restrictions cost the industry over R45bn from March 2020 to July 2021. Total local liquor consumption (including Botswana, Lesotho, Namibia and Eswatini) decreased by 18% in 2020. The pandemic has also accelerated growth in no-alcohol and low-alcohol beverages, and led to an increase in ecommerce sales.
  • The Printing Industry in South Africa
    South Africa
    20 August 2021
    R 14 400.00 (ZAR)  
    estimated $ 989.44 (USD) *
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    The print media sector has experienced significant disruption from digitisation and declining advertising spend over some decades. The decline in newspaper and magazine circulation was exacerbated by lockdowns, and resulted in several large companies closing or restructuring. Associated Media Publishing closed down in 2020 while Media24 announced the closure of several newspapers and magazines and the consolidation of some of its business operations and Caxton & CTP closed 10 magazine titles and distribution. The pandemic caused increased demand for packaging due to the growth in online sales and greater demand for digital printing.
  • Mining In Central Africa
    Algeria
    04 August 2021
    R 14 400.00 (ZAR)  
    estimated $ 989.44 (USD) *
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    Central Africa is a significant producer of the world’s cobalt, tantalum, manganese, diamonds and copper. The region’s mining industry is benefiting from rising demand for a variety of minerals as the world economy recovers after the easing of coronavirus lockdowns. The region contains deposits of a range of minerals, many of which are not exploited. While a large number of companies are involved in the region’s mining sector, artisanal mining also plays a large role. The majority of the minerals produced in Central Africa are exported for further processing
  • Trends in South African Agri-Business
    South Africa
    02 August 2021
    R 14 400.00 (ZAR)  
    estimated $ 989.44 (USD) *
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    Agri-business has multiple sub-sectors including maize and wheat milling, the production of livestock, dairy and horticulture. South Africa is a major producer and net exporter of finished processed food products, and food exports grew substantially in 2020. New technology and vertical integration are driving change in the industry. Challenges include tariff protection in various geographies, animal diseases, security issues on farms and the consequences of climate change. Constraints such as rising input costs, supply disruptions, dumping and illegal trade affect operating income.
  • The Manufacture and Supply of Batteries
    South Africa
    30 July 2021
    R 14 400.00 (ZAR)  
    estimated $ 989.44 (USD) *
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    Demand for lithium-ion batteries is expected to increase as internal combustion engine vehicles lose share to electric vehicles. While South Africa has no lithium-ion battery cell manufacturers, several companies are involved in battery pack assembly. Demand for all types of batteries is also expected to come from the rollout of renewable energy projects. Battery demand in South Africa is being driven by the growth in the number of renewable energy projects, an increasing number of homeowners and by industrial and commercial users looking for a reliable energy source as load-shedding continues.
  • The Freight Forwarding Industry in South Africa
    South Africa
    29 July 2021
    R 14 400.00 (ZAR)  
    estimated $ 989.44 (USD) *
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    The freight forwarding and customs clearance sector makes a major contribution to facilitating trade in South Africa and co-ordinates over 80% of South Africa’s international trade. Ongoing waves of the pandemic continue to hamper the trade in goods by supressing consumer spending and causing congestion and disruptions at ports. These factors are driving up container freight costs and hampering the industry’s recovery. Most recently the sector has also been affected by rioting in Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal, which disrupted trucks and port operations.
  • The Telecommunications Industry in Botswana
    Botswana
    29 July 2021
    R 14 400.00 (ZAR)  
    estimated $ 989.44 (USD) *
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    Botswana has one of the highest mobile penetration rates in Africa. However, internet speeds are relatively slow and data costs are high. The sector’s strong performance during lockdown is attributed to high demand for data services and internet connectivity from all sectors of the economy. However, the pandemic is having a significant impact on mobile phones sales in Botswana due to reduced household incomes. Challenges affecting growth of the sector include a lack of broadband infrastructure, low access to electricity, lack of skills and the competitive advantage of international operators over local operators. Most of the big players in Botswana’s telecoms sector are majority foreign-owned, while locally-owned companies are in the internet service provider segment.
  • Manufacture of Pasta
    South Africa
    16 July 2021
    R 14 400.00 (ZAR)  
    estimated $ 989.44 (USD) *
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    While the performance of the pasta industry is influenced by the economy and financial well-being of consumers, both of which are under increasing pressure since the onset of the pandemic, pasta demand has grown as consumers stocked up on dry foods. Sales of ready-to-eat pasta meals are growing, driven by higher income consumers, but the segment still remains small.
  • Maritime Transport and Marine Manufacturing in South Africa
    South Africa
    16 July 2021
    R 14 400.00 (ZAR)  
    estimated $ 989.44 (USD) *
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    The sea, coastal and inland water transport system facilitates trade and plays a crucial role in the movement of passengers and goods. Before the coronavirus pandemic, around 300 million tons of seaborne cargo moved through South African ports each year. The pandemic has brought into focus the critical role performed by the maritime transport industry in the delivery of medicine, food, fuel and other essential supplies, but has also highlighted the hardships facing thousands of crew members stranded at sea.
  • The Fertiliser and Nitrogen Compounds Industry
    South Africa
    07 July 2021
    R 14 400.00 (ZAR)  
    estimated $ 989.44 (USD) *
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    South Africa’s fertiliser industry is experiencing a bumper year on the back of rising fertiliser prices and record maize production, which accounts for more than half of all fertiliser consumed in the country. However, there is concern over increasing imports and a decrease in local production. The sector is also faced with the threat of land expropriation and issues such as climate change which could increase the likelihood of drought in future years. Transport costs, electricity supply and exchange rate volatility also affect the sector.
  • The Poultry and Egg Industry
    South Africa
    30 June 2021
    R 14 400.00 (ZAR)  
    estimated $ 989.44 (USD) *
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    The poultry and egg industry accounted for one-fifth of total agricultural gross value and 40% of the gross value of all animal products in South Africa in 2020. The industry is the primary supplier of quality, affordable protein to South Africans and there are over a million households in the country engaged in some form of poultry production, mostly on a subsistence level. Consumption of poultry and egg products is significantly higher than combined consumption of beef, pork, mutton and goat meat.

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