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  • The Clothing Industry
    South Africa
    19 July 2019
    R 14 400.00 (ZAR)  
    estimated $ 1 016.14 (USD) *
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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 $ 1 016.14 (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)  
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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 $ 1 016.14 (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)  
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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 $ 1 016.14 (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 $ 1 016.14 (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.
  • Manufacture and Wholesale of Basic Iron and Steel
    South Africa
    26 June 2019
    R 14 400.00 (ZAR)  
    estimated $ 1 016.14 (USD) *
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    South Africa was the world’s 25th-largest crude steel producer in 2018, with output of 6.3 million tons (Mt). South Africa exported 2.7Mt of semi-finished and finished steel products worth US$2.4bn. The country produced 5.4Mt of iron and exported 662.4 kilotons (kt) of iron worth US$245.2m. The volume of basic iron and steel products produced increased by 1.6% between in the year to March 2019, while the sales value of these products at current prices rose by 9.0% over the same period. High production costs, the inconsistent supply of electricity, and poor domestic demand continue to have a significant impact on the performance of local manufacturers and wholesalers of basic iron and steel.
  • Freight Transport by Road
    South Africa
    21 June 2019
    R 14 400.00 (ZAR)  
    estimated $ 1 016.14 (USD) *
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    South Africa’s major logistics companies are finding the weak economic climate to be a major challenge, with a slowdown in manufacturing and mining production and consumer spending resulting in pressure on volumes. The Statistics SA Land Transport Survey shows that the seasonally adjusted volume of freight transported by road increased by 9.5% in 2018, but decreased by 4.3% in the first quarter of 2019. Industry role players indicated that escalating fuel costs and a poor economic environment have placed pressure on customers and eroded margins.
  • The Cosmetics Industry
    South Africa
    14 June 2019
    R 14 400.00 (ZAR)  
    estimated $ 1 016.14 (USD) *
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    The cosmetics manufacturing industry has been under pressure from challenging economic conditions. Multinational companies such as Unilever, Johnson & Johnson and Procter & Gamble account for the majority of sales in this sector, and may outsource the manufacture of their products to contract or third party manufacturers. There are around 250 players operating in South Africa’s formal cosmetics sector, with the growth over the past two years coming mainly from the SMME sector.
  • The Poultry and Egg Industry
    South Africa
    11 June 2019
    R 14 400.00 (ZAR)  
    estimated $ 1 016.14 (USD) *
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    The poultry and egg industry is the largest sub-sector of the South African agricultural sector. The poultry industry represented 16.6% or R47.9bn of the total gross value of 2018 agricultural production of R288.6bn and is the largest animal production segment. The industry suffered numerous casualties during the avian flu outbreaks, which were exacerbated by increased competition from imports and the industry continues to consolidate. There is increasing pressure from rising input costs, particularly those for feed, transportation, energy and labour as well as declining consumer spending, although the industry was heading for a seasonal upturn in mid-2019.
  • Legal Activities and Services
    South Africa
    10 June 2019
    R 14 400.00 (ZAR)  
    estimated $ 1 016.14 (USD) *
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    The legal activities and services sector in South Africa plays a vital role in upholding the rule of law and promoting the fair, democratic, and equitable functioning of the country. Law firms provide knowledge-intensive business service, and this report offers an overview of South Africa’s legal profession, as well as the role and benefits of knowledge management in the sector. While somewhat exposed to South Africa’s poor economy, the legal services sector enjoys a stable base of companies seeking compliance and advisory services in the face of new legislation and a shifting regulatory framework. Competition is on the rise and law firms are attempting to incorporate disruptive new legal technologies in pursuit of increasingly efficient operating processes and value-oriented client services.
  • The Manufacture and Wholesale of Non-Alcoholic Beverages
    South Africa
    05 June 2019
    R 14 400.00 (ZAR)  
    estimated $ 1 016.14 (USD) *
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    Expenditure on non-alcoholic beverages (NABs) totalled R13.4bn, contributing 6.7% to total manufacturing in February 2019 and increasing 14.5% year-on-year, partly driven by the increase in VAT in April 2018. The effect of the sugar tax that was implemented in April 2018 is still to be quantified. Almost 70% of NABs sold in South Africa in 2017 were carbonated soft drinks, while fruit juice accounted for almost 12% of all NAB sales. Carbonated soft drinks sales grew by 4.2% between 2017 and 2018 while volumes produced increased by 4.7%.
  • Retirement Funding
    South Africa
    30 May 2019
    R 14 400.00 (ZAR)  
    estimated $ 1 016.14 (USD) *
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    The South African retirement funding sector, with assets in excess of R4.26-trillion, has the fifth highest assets-to-gross domestic product ratio in the world. However, less than 10% of retirement fund members are able to maintain their standard of living when they stop working and 41% of economically active South Africans have not made any provision for their retirement. Total membership of retirement funds rose from 16.6 million to 16.9 million in 2017, while total retirement fund contributions increased by 5.06% and total benefits paid decreased by 3.47% year-on-year.
  • Manufacture of Jewellery and Related Articles
    South Africa
    29 May 2019
    R 14 400.00 (ZAR)  
    estimated $ 1 016.14 (USD) *
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    South Africa is one of the largest producers of gold, diamonds and platinum in the world. Despite the wealth of these resources, its jewellery manufacturing industry remains small. Jewellery manufacturer’s sales grew 4.1% to R5.3bn in 2017/2018. Although many initiatives have been implemented to encourage competitiveness and to increase beneficiation, growth is hampered in this highly regulated industry by the lack of new entrants, a shortage of skilled labour, challenging trading conditions and a growing and more efficient industry in other countries.
  • Manufacture of Basic Precious and Non-Ferrous Metals
    South Africa
    27 May 2019
    R 14 400.00 (ZAR)  
    estimated $ 1 016.14 (USD) *
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    South Africa was the world’s largest producer of primary platinum and rhodium, and the second-largest producer of primary palladium in 2018, and it exported 900.9 kilotons of these metals to the value of US$14.2bn in 2017. The most vertically-integrated companies in this sector are the platinum group metals producers Anglo American Platinum (Amplats), Impala Platinum Holdings (Implats) and Lonmin, copper producer Palabora Copper and aluminium producer South32.
  • Tree Care and Landscaping Services
    South Africa
    24 May 2019
    R 14 400.00 (ZAR)  
    estimated $ 1 016.14 (USD) *
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    The tree care and landscaping services industry in South Africa comprises a small, well-organised formalised sector and a larger fragmented informal garden services sector. The performance of the landscaping industry is affected by economic conditions and closely aligned to the performance of the property industry, and both the economy and property fundamentals remain weak. The invasion of shothole borer beetles in Gauteng, which is killing trees, has, however, led to uncharacteristic growth in the tree care sector. Drought conditions and runaway fires have increased the need for the eradication of woody alien invasive species which are water hungry and produce intense heat in a runaway fire.
  • Manufacture of Insulated Wire and Cable
    South Africa
    20 May 2019
    R 14 400.00 (ZAR)  
    estimated $ 1 016.14 (USD) *
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    The insulated wire and cable industry in South Africa is largely dependent on infrastructure development. Reduced public sector infrastructure spending and challenges such as unstable power supply, rising input costs and a severe lack of technically trained professionals to provide cables at the same cost and quality as competing countries, is making the manufacturing environment significantly more difficult for local manufacturers. There is no confirmed value of the annual turnover of the industry, but the electrical cable market’s turnover is valued at approximately R8bn per annum.
  • The Paint Industry
    South Africa
    17 May 2019
    R 14 400.00 (ZAR)  
    estimated $ 1 016.14 (USD) *
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    This report focuses on the paint industry in South Africa from 2017 to April 2019. The industry is valued at R13bn and employs approximately 15,000 people. The market is dominated by decorative paint manufacturing and sales, which account for around 80% of the market, with major players, and brands, including Kansai Plascon Africa and ICI Dulux. The paint industry in South Africa has continued to adopt manufacturing strategies to meet environmental and other regulations, including the recent move to further reduce the lead content in paint. The most significant challenges facing the industry are skills shortages and competition from cheap imports.
  • The Supply and Manufacture of Medical and Surgical Equipment and Orthopaedic Appliances
    South Africa
    15 May 2019
    R 14 400.00 (ZAR)  
    estimated $ 1 016.14 (USD) *
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    The value of the South African market for medical devices was estimated at over R20bn in 2018, and it is expected to grow by 7.7% in 2019. While local manufacture continues to grow, it remains a small part of the industry, as fewer than 5% of local industry players manufacture devices. As most devices are imported, the industry is extremely sensitive to currency volatility.

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