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  • The Banking Sector in Nigeria
    Nigeria
    18 February 2020
    R 14 400.00 (ZAR)  
    estimated $ 987.07 (USD) *
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    Nigeria’s banking sector is the second-largest in sub-Saharan Africa behind South Africa. Total assets were worth N39.6-trillion (naira) in August 2019. Some small- and mid-sized Nigerian banks are battling to rebuild capital levels after a slump in oil prices triggered a foreign-currency shortage, and a recession in 2016 made it difficult for businesses to repay loans. Some commentators said the large banks were guilty of reckless lending to the oil sector while oil prices were high. After the slump, oil prices have recovered and banks have once again extended credit to the sector. High unemployment, subdued economic growth and vulnerability to oil prices are still causes for concern.
  • Air Transport and Air Ground Handling Services
    South Africa
    12 February 2020
    R 14 400.00 (ZAR)  
    estimated $ 987.07 (USD) *
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    The air transport industry is a major contributor to the South African economy as it facilitates the movement of passengers and cargo to, from and within the country. Air transport and foreign tourists travelling by air contribute 3.2% of GDP. Local industry developments are dominated by the business rescue of national carrier South African Airways (SAA) and the liquidity crisis of its subsidiary SA Express. SAA, SA Express and SAA Technical are included in the commission of inquiry into state capture, corruption and fraud in the public sector. Travel restrictions, airport closures and flight cancellations following the global outbreak of the coronavirus are reducing global air passenger and cargo volumes.
  • Manufacture of Explosives and Pyrotechnics
    South Africa
    11 February 2020
    R 14 400.00 (ZAR)  
    estimated $ 987.07 (USD) *
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    The explosives market is largely dependent on the mining industry, which continues to struggle due to increasing costs, strike action, regulatory and operational challenges, and unstable electricity supply. The mining sector returned to profitability in 2019 due to higher commodity prices and a weaker rand. But declining production, high operation costs, and load-shedding are threatening the future of mines and mining industry output. The South African market for explosives is small and extremely competitive, and competition has forced down prices, resulting in lower margins. To increase their competitive edge, companies offer value-added services such as consulting and training for blasters.
  • Wholesale and Retail of Food in Angola
    Angola
    31 January 2020
    R 14 400.00 (ZAR)  
    estimated $ 987.07 (USD) *
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    The wholesale and retail of food in Angola contributes over 18% to GDP and, including the large informal market, creates over 1.7 million jobs. Heavy investment in supermarkets and shopping malls saw the formal market share of food sales increase from less than 5% in 2000 to between 20% and 30% in 2019. But expansion has slowed since 2016.
  • The Insurance Industry in Botswana
    Botswana
    29 January 2020
    R 14 400.00 (ZAR)  
    estimated $ 987.07 (USD) *
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    Unemployment and poverty are cited as the factors that most constrain growth in Botswana’s insurance industry. Short-term insurers in particular report that insurance premiums are becoming unaffordable for consumers as households are highly indebted. Life insurance companies, on the other hand, are launching new products to meet the needs of the large middle- to upper-income market.
  • The South African Cement Manufacturing Industry, including Lime and Related Materials
    South Africa
    24 January 2020
    R 14 400.00 (ZAR)  
    estimated $ 987.07 (USD) *
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    The distressed state of the construction sector, the poor economy and reduced spending on infrastructure resulted in declining sales volumes of cement in 2019. Local producers of lime, cement and related products entered 2020 with declining production capacity utilisation rates, weakening demand and intensifying competition for market share. Although South Africa and its neighbours are oversupplied, imported cement continues to pour into the saturated market. The challenging local operating environment has been compounded by high fuel costs and energy insecurity.
  • The Minibus Taxi, Bus Services and Metered Taxi Industry
    South Africa
    21 January 2020
    R 14 400.00 (ZAR)  
    estimated $ 987.07 (USD) *
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    South Africa’s metered taxi, minibus taxi and bus and coach services industry is essential for the growth of the South African economy. Minibus taxis remain the most popular choice of transport for about 69% of South Africa’s commuters, generating an estimated R50bn in fares annually. Buses and metered taxis continue to lose ground to e-hailing services. The Bus Rapid Transit system has been a failure, with high capital expenses and subsidies and low ridership undermining the plan to provide fast, affordable public transport.
  • The Banking Sector in Botswana
    Botswana
    17 January 2020
    R 14 400.00 (ZAR)  
    estimated $ 987.07 (USD) *
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    This report on Botswana’s financial institutions include banks, other credit granting, lease financing, and loyalty and reward programmes, as well as central banking. The country has ten commercial banks that are all foreign-owned and four are listed on the Botswana Stock Exchange. Non-bank finance institutions include microlenders, pawnshops, and finance and leasing companies. With ten commercial banks, just over 500 ATMs and less than 200 branches serving an adult population of about 1.5 million people, most analysts see opportunity for expansion.
  • Generation of Electricity
    South Africa
    15 January 2020
    R 14 400.00 (ZAR)  
    estimated $ 987.07 (USD) *
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    State-owned power utility Eskom is in crisis due to generating capacity shortages, financial instability, corruption and mismanagement and R450bn debt. Eskom reported a net loss after tax of R20.7bn for the 2019 financial year and said it would make a R20bn loss in the 2020 financial year. In December 2019, load shedding reached stage 6, an indication that it has lost 40% of generating capacity. Ongoing power cuts will continue to affect economic growth. In October 2019, government approved the Integrated Resource Plan 2019, which outlines the energy mix for the next decade. The bulk of the increased generation capacity will be from renewable sources to lessen South Africa’s reliance on coal and help reduce the country’s carbon emissions.
  • Manufacture of Edible Salt
    South Africa
    20 December 2019
    R 10 080.00 (ZAR)  
    estimated $ 690.95 (USD) *
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    Manufacturers of salt in South Africa continue to struggle to compete against cheap imports, mainly from Botswana and Namibia. These imports, as well as increasing input costs and the exchange rate, have resulted in the number of local salt producers decreasing from 86 to 17 in the past eight years. According to the Department of Mineral Resources, less than 50% of the country’s salt consumption requirement is produced locally. Only 12% of the salt produced is used in the food industry, with the bulk being used in the industrial sector in areas such as petrol refining, petrochemistry, animal feed, the production of cooling brines and other applications.
  • Investigating & Security Activities Including Vehicle Tracking
    South Africa
    19 December 2019
    R 10 080.00 (ZAR)  
    estimated $ 690.95 (USD) *
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    The private security sector uses guards and technology to offer protective services to deter, deny, detect or delay the commission of a crime and assist clients to respond effectively to and recover from untoward events. In South Africa private security officers and service providers are required to register with the Private Security Industry Regulatory Authority, which has over 500,000 security officers and approximately 9,000 security companies signed up. The private security sector continues to grow as it provides a service not readily available from South Africa’s poorly-functioning police force. Apart from the basic commercial and residential armed response service, the industry provides services ranging from special event parking and access control to mounted and dog units and asset protection services during strikes, plant closures and natural disasters.
  • Trade in Agricultural Raw Materials and Livestock
    South Africa
    17 December 2019
    R 10 080.00 (ZAR)  
    estimated $ 690.95 (USD) *
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    Food production needs to perpetually scale to satisfy growing demand and population growth as global per capita consumption of food is now increasing faster than population growth. Total agricultural commodity trade by value has increased by 5% annually over the 20 years to 2018 due to increasing trade by developing countries. The traditional bulk commodities market is growing slowly relative to intermediate and consumer products in the agrifood sector as major industry players increasingly assume ownership of all links in the value chain. Of some 35 of the most significant agricultural raw materials on the World Bank Commodity Price Data “pink sheet”, only ten have prices which are higher in nominal and real US dollar terms than they were in 2010.
  • Stone Quarrying, Clay and Sandpits, and Mining of Phosphates
    South Africa
    13 December 2019
    R 10 080.00 (ZAR)  
    estimated $ 690.95 (USD) *
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    Low activity levels in the construction sector and rising input costs are providing challenges for the quarrying and the phosphate rock mining sectors. The construction sector, on which the industry relies, continues to struggle, largely due to low government spending on infrastructure, while some industry operations have experienced community unrest. Infrastructure projects are increasingly being packaged into smaller parts to allow emerging construction companies to take part in infrastructure development, leading some quarrying and phosphate companies to adapt their business models. South Africa’s quarrying sector consists of a large number of players, including global cement producers like LafargeHolcim, major South African companies like PPC, and many smaller producers.
  • The Manufacture of Cement, Lime and Plaster in Malawi
    Malawi
    05 December 2019
    R 10 080.00 (ZAR)  
    estimated $ 690.95 (USD) *
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    Cement products are inextricably bound to the construction sector and are core building blocks of Malawi’s socio-economic development agenda. The Malawian market for cement and related products is small by global and regional standards, but demand for cement products is expected to increase. The competitiveness of the local cement industry continues to be undermined by the high cost of production while cheap imports, which have flooded the Malawian market during the past decade are a significant threat to local manufacturers.
  • The South African Gambling Industry
    South Africa
    05 December 2019
    R 10 080.00 (ZAR)  
    estimated $ 690.95 (USD) *
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    The fortunes of South Africa’s gambling industry were mixed during the past year. Although the casino segment continues to generate the lion’s share of total gross gambling revenue, its market share has declined markedly as bingo, betting, limited payout machines become popular. Online gambling is increasingly taking share from on-the-ground casinos and other betting outlets. Although casinos generate higher revenues than other forms of gambling, the National Lottery attracts the highest number of players.
  • Manufacture of Flour and Grain Mill Products
    South Africa
    04 December 2019
    R 10 080.00 (ZAR)  
    estimated $ 690.95 (USD) *
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    The grain milling sector plays a vital role in food security as its products are the primary ingredients of South Africa’s staple foods, and the sector is a major determinant of the price of maize meal and bread. Pest infestation, droughts and other effects of climate change pose a threat to grain production and in the 2018/19 production season, most summer crop harvests fell due to dry weather conditions at the start of the season.
  • Wholesale and Retail of Food in Nigeria
    Nigeria
    03 December 2019
    R 10 080.00 (ZAR)  
    estimated $ 690.95 (USD) *
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    Expectations of long-term economic and population growth in Nigeria have driven substantial interest from retail investors looking to secure a first-mover advantage in servicing the demand of a potentially huge consumer class. Formal supermarkets are growing from a very low base as the vast majority of food is still traded in the informal market. Lack of infrastructure and import regulations complicate the supply chains of larger players while Nigeria’s poor economic conditions in recent years have affected their performance.
  • The Agri-Business Sector in Ethiopia
    Ethiopia
    29 November 2019
    R 10 080.00 (ZAR)  
    estimated $ 690.95 (USD) *
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    Ethiopia’s agriculture, forestry and fishing sectors, which contributed 31.1% to the country’s GDP in 2018, are crucial sectors as they employ two thirds of its labour force. Smallholder farmers account for 95% of the sector’s production and commercial farms account for the balance. The agri-business sector depends on traditional farming methods and a rain-fed farming system, and the cost of production inputs and transportation is high. Ethiopia’s main staple crop is maize, while the main cash crops are coffee and sesame seed.
  • Publishing of Books and Other Publications
    South Africa
    21 November 2019
    R 10 080.00 (ZAR)  
    estimated $ 690.95 (USD) *
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    South Africa has an established book publishing industry centred on educational content. The market for general trade books is small, and unlike in developed markets, where general books are sold in much larger volumes, local sales of 5,000 copies make a title a bestseller. South Africa’s weak reading culture is attributed to poverty, illiteracy, inadequate library services, inadequate distribution of books in rural and township areas and the paucity of titles in indigenous languages. Research indicates that the majority of South African residents are not interested in reading and South Africa ranks extremely poorly on literacy rankings.
  • Mining of Iron Ore and Chrome
    South Africa
    15 November 2019
    R 10 080.00 (ZAR)  
    estimated $ 690.95 (USD) *
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    South Africa is the world’s sixth-largest iron ore producer and third largest iron ore exporter. It has 36% of the world’s chromite reserves, and is the is the world’s largest chrome producer and second-largest producer of ferrochrome. The iron ore mining sector employed 18,613 people in 2018, while the chrome ore mining sector had 18,935 employees in 2018. Rapidly rising input costs and policy and regulatory uncertainty are some of the challenges faced by the iron ore and chrome ore mining sectors. Expected growth in demand for chrome ore and ferrochrome, due to increasing stainless steel production, continues to present opportunities for the sector, as does growing demand for higher-grade iron ore from China.

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