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Industry Reports

  • The Mozambican Petroleum Industry
    Mozambique
    17 September 2019
    R 14 400.00 (ZAR)  
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    This report focuses on the manufacture of petroleum products from crude oil and natural gas and the wholesale and retail trade of these products. The liquid fuels sector is dominated by multinational petroleum companies that distribute products through partnerships with local companies. Mozambique is a net importer of petroleum products, and bitumen is the only product that is produced locally. The decision by Texas-based Anadarko to invest about US$25bn in the Rovuma liquefied natural gas (LNG) project, and other major projects in the Rovuma basin, will bring opportunities for local businesses and skills development.
  • The Maritime Transport and Marine Manufacturing Sector
    South Africa
    16 September 2019
    R 14 400.00 (ZAR)  
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    The revitalisation of South Africa’s maritime transport and marine manufacturing industries, which contribute around R56.5bn to the economy each year, continues to be driven by the government’s oceans economy programme, Operation Phakisa. In the boatbuilding sector, South Africa is the second largest producer of catamarans in the world, and local boat builders are well-regarded internationally.
  • The Manufacture and Supply of Batteries
    South Africa
    12 September 2019
    R 14 400.00 (ZAR)  
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    The strength of the automotive and independent power producer industries and strong energy security research and development activity continue to support growth in the battery manufacturing industry. There is significant opportunity for continued development on the back of increasing renewable generation and energy storage investment, partly to counter the increasing risk of an Eskom failure. In the past decade, the rechargeable lithium-ion battery market doubled on average every three years due to the increased usage of mobile phones, computer tablets and laptops.
  • The Banking Industry
    South Africa
    06 September 2019
    R 14 400.00 (ZAR)  
    estimated $ 1 004.77 (USD) *
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    There were 42 banking institutions, excluding registered foreign bank representatives, registered with the Prudential Authority in May 2019, an increase from 36 institutions a year earlier. There are 30 foreign banks with approved representative offices in South Africa. Total assets of all types of registered banks stood at R5.74-trillion in May, a year-on-year increase of 11.1%. South Africa’s banking sector is still highly concentrated with the five largest banks holding over 90% of total assets in February 2019. Capitec Bank’s customer base and market capitalisation continue to grow ahead of its large competitors.
  • Manufacture of Plastics and Plastic Products
    South Africa
    05 September 2019
    R 14 400.00 (ZAR)  
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    Challenging macro-economic conditions compounded by rising input costs, and growing concern about plastic products’ impact on the environment continue to have a significant effect on the performance of the local plastics and plastic products industry. Recent figures show the volume of plastic products manufactured increased by 3.3% between May 2018 and May 2019, while the sales value of these products rose by 5.3%. According to the industry association, 60,000 people are employed in the plastics and plastic products industry, while an estimated 1,800 companies operate as converters.
  • The Tyre Industry
    South Africa
    03 September 2019
    R 14 400.00 (ZAR)  
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    South Africa’s four tyre manufacturers - Goodyear, Bridgestone, Continental and Sumitomo (Dunlop) are all owned by international tyre companies with extensive global footprints. These four manufacturers supply tyres to automakers and the tyre replacement market and they send consignments to other parts of Africa. An average 11 million tyres are sold in South Africa each year.
  • The Footwear Industry
    South Africa
    27 August 2019
    R 14 400.00 (ZAR)  
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    South Africa’s footwear manufacturers, wholesalers and retailers are struggling in the face of tough economic conditions. South African Footwear and Leather Industry Association (Saflia) figures show that local market demand for footwear was 264 million pairs in 2018, with local production accounting for less than one-quarter of demand. While local production decreased by nearly 9 million pairs or 13.3% in 2018, imports grew by 3.3 million pairs, or 1.6%. This drop in production can, in part, be attributed to a protracted strike in the industry in the middle of 2018.
  • Railway Transport and Manufacture of Locomotives and Rolling Stock
    South Africa
    22 August 2019
    R 14 400.00 (ZAR)  
    estimated $ 1 004.77 (USD) *
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    Freight and passenger rail transport and the manufacture of railway locomotives and rolling stock in South Africa is dominated by Transnet, the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa) and Gautrain, all of which are feeling the effects of the poor economy on passenger numbers, freight volumes and costs. Additionally, Transnet and Prasa have been directly linked to allegations of state capture and various corporate governance contraventions and wrongful activities including the award of multi-billion-rand contracts.
  • Contact Centre Operations
    South Africa
    15 August 2019
    R 14 400.00 (ZAR)  
    estimated $ 1 004.77 (USD) *
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    The South African contact centre industry, which is a subsector of the business process outsourcing (BPO) industry, contributes approximately R53bn annually to South Africa’s GDP. Through various government incentives and industry initiatives, South Africa is attempting to grow its share of the BPO market to 4% of global revenues by 2030, from around 1% some years ago. The industry employs more than 228,000 consultants or agents, of which 38,600 are focused solely on international business. Contact centres are an important sector for job creation as they are labour-intensive.
  • The Petroleum Industry in South Africa
    South Africa
    31 July 2019
    R 14 400.00 (ZAR)  
    estimated $ 1 004.77 (USD) *
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    The liquid fuels sector is dominated by private petroleum companies, as well as the state-owned Petroleum, Oil and Gas Corporation of South Africa (PetroSA). According to the South African Petroleum Industry Association (Sapia), the fuel sector contributes about 6% to the country’s gross domestic product (GDP) while supplying some 18% of South Africa’s primary energy needs through annual sales of around 31 billion litres of liquid fuels. Investment in South Africa’s aging refineries is necessary to avoid widening the trade deficit for liquid fuels. With advanced technology available in South Africa, biofuels have the potential to contribute towards closing the trade deficit.
  • The South African Generator and Transformer Industry
    South Africa
    31 July 2019
    R 14 400.00 (ZAR)  
    estimated $ 1 004.77 (USD) *
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    The generator and transformer industry includes all technologies which generate and move electricity and the encompassing digital platforms which monitor and manage these increasingly complex power networks. The industry has since 2015 suffered the effects of an economy weakened by reduced investment and operational expenditure in the traditional power industry, which is represented by Eskom and municipalities, as well as in agriculture, construction, manufacturing and mining, and energy, that are all key industries which utilise industry products and services. However the industry has benefitted from rising government, corporate, industrial, agricultural and private investment in renewable energy installations.
  • The Accounting Sector
    South Africa
    25 July 2019
    R 14 400.00 (ZAR)  
    estimated $ 1 004.77 (USD) *
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    The South African accounting sector is a major contributor to the tertiary economy and the guarantor of financial reporting standards. Accounting firms are knowledge-intensive businesses, and this report offers an overview of the core profession as well as the role and benefits of knowledge management in the professional services industry. Income from accounting services stands at R29bn and the industry employs some 56,000 people.
  • The Agri-Business Sector in Zambia
    Zambia
    23 July 2019
    R 14 400.00 (ZAR)  
    estimated $ 1 004.77 (USD) *
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    The agricultural sector contributed only 6.7% to Zambia’s gross domestic product (GDP) in 2017, but it is the most important to the country from a socio-economic point of view, employing almost 54% of the labour force in 2018. Zambia’s economy grew by an estimated 3.5% in 2018, but the economy is vulnerable to variations in the copper price, and to drought, and economic growth was mostly due to growth in the services and mining sectors that offset a contraction in the agricultural sector as a result of low rainfall.
  • The Clothing Industry
    South Africa
    19 July 2019
    R 14 400.00 (ZAR)  
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    South Africa’s formerly flourishing clothing manufacturing industry has been decimated by international competition since 1994. Although significant progress has been made in enhancing the competitiveness of the multi-billion rand industry, the sector continues to shed jobs. With discretionary income shrinking, clothing retail sales are under growing pressure. There are an estimated 800 clothing manufacturers operating in South Africa that generated revenue of R19bn in 2018, while retail sales of clothing, footwear and textiles totalled more than R175bn.
  • Manufacture of Pesticides and other Agro-Chemical Products
    South Africa
    17 July 2019
    R 14 400.00 (ZAR)  
    estimated $ 1 004.77 (USD) *
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    The pesticides and agrochemical industry are facing major changes in terms of technological developments and consumers becoming increasingly conscious about health. The growth of the industry in biopesticides, which are derived from natural materials such as animals, plants, bacteria, and certain minerals, may provide growth opportunities for South African companies.
  • The South African Construction Industry
    South Africa
    16 July 2019
    R 14 400.00 (ZAR)  
    estimated $ 1 004.77 (USD) *
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    With total expenditure on construction works and related activities amounting to more than R430.2bn in 2018, the South African construction sector is of great strategic importance to the country. However, the protracted economic downturn and reduced levels of public infrastructure investment have exacted a heavy toll on contractors, including most of the industry’s major players, compelling some to focus on different markets and others to file for business rescue. The decline of the industry has been exacerbated by the marked increase in land invasions, acts of violence and extortionist activity on construction sites.
  • Recycling of Waste and Scrap
    South Africa
    15 July 2019
    R 14 400.00 (ZAR)  
    estimated $ 1 004.77 (USD) *
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    South Africa recycles approximately 75% of all of its used steel beverage cans, 40.6% of glass and 30% of plastic packaging. The most recent available figures show that the waste economy contributed approximately R24.3bn to South Africa’s GDP in 2016. Estimates indicate that there are more than 100,000 people earning an income from recycling. About 98 million tons of waste is deposited across the country’s 826 landfill sites and less than 40% is recycled. In its 2018 annual State of Waste report, the Department of Environmental Affairs said that South Africa produces 54 million tons of general waste and 67 million tons of hazardous waste, with only 6% of the latter being recycled.
  • The South African Tobacco Industry
    South Africa
    05 July 2019
    R 14 400.00 (ZAR)  
    estimated $ 1 004.77 (USD) *
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    The tobacco manufacturing industry in South Africa, that is estimated to be worth close to R30bn and supported by nearly 8 million adult tobacco users, continues to be seriously affected by the rampant growth in illicit cigarettes. The number of legally-declared cigarettes declined more than 20% between 2013 and 2018, while industry sources say the illegal trade grew to 33% of the total market in 2018. The industry contributed R10.9bn in excise duty to the fiscus in 2017/2018, a decline of nearly R2bn from 2015/16, despite increased taxes.
  • Manufacture of Basic Chemicals, Other Chemicals and Industrial Gases
    South Africa
    05 July 2019
    R 14 400.00 (ZAR)  
    estimated $ 1 004.77 (USD) *
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    In 2017 the chemicals sector contributed just under 3% of GDP and accounted for 21.4% of total manufacturing GDP in the country. Sales in 2018 were estimated at R220bn. The sector receives government support as it creates jobs and supports exports. There has been little increase in production since the early 2000s. Key events for the sector will be decisions on whether shale gas exploration is permitted, and whether the discovery of a potential 1 billion barrels of gas off South Africa’s coast could potentially provide an abundant and low cost inputs into the chemical industry.
  • Adult and Childrens Nappies
    South Africa
    28 June 2019
    R 14 400.00 (ZAR)  
    estimated $ 1 004.77 (USD) *
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    Nappy sales continue to increase due to the convenience of disposable nappies and a growing middle class with more disposable income. However, manufacturers are being challenged by slowing birth rates and financially-strained consumers who are struggling to keep up with the high costs of disposables. The local adult nappy sector is growing slowly, mainly due to the high cost. There is still a stigma attached to incontinence, which continues to curb higher sales volumes in the sector.

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