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Industry Reports

  • Manufacture of Prepared Animal Feeds and Pet Food in South Africa
    South Africa
    27 February 2021
    R 14 400.00 (ZAR)  
    estimated $ 964.25 (USD) *
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    South African is the biggest producer of animal feed on the continent and the animal feed industry is the biggest consumer of grain products in South Africa. The coronavirus pandemic, that followed fresh outbreaks of African swine fever in China, affected the global animal feed industry. In South Africa, new outbreaks of foot and mouth disease in early 2020 affected the beef export industry, reducing demand for animal feed.
  • Legal Services and Activities in South Africa
    South Africa
    25 February 2021
    R 14 400.00 (ZAR)  
    estimated $ 964.25 (USD) *
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    The legal activities and services sector in South Africa has been significantly affected by the coronavirus pandemic, which initially resulted in the brief closure of courts and a number of legal entities. Legal practitioners have experienced salary cuts and a decline in fees billed, and sole practitioners and smaller law firms have been more greatly affected than larger firms. Firms also face rising operating costs and the possibility of having legal fees regulated. Competition is on the rise and law firms are attempting to incorporate new legal technologies to reduce costs.
  • Generation of Electricity in South Africa
    South Africa
    16 February 2021
    R 14 400.00 (ZAR)  
    estimated $ 964.25 (USD) *
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    State-owned utility Eskom, which dominates the generation of electricity in South Africa, continues to be plagued by financial instability, corruption, generating capacity shortages, and a debt burden which is threatening the country’s economy. Despite the ongoing construction of two massive coal-fired stations at Medupi and Kusile to increase capacity, Eskom produced less electricity from coal in the year to March 2020 than the previous year due to maintenance and unplanned breakdowns. Government’s Integrated Resource Plan 2019 includes increased generation capacity from renewable sources, but South Africa remains reliant on coal for the foreseeable future.
  • The Accounting Sector in South Africa
    South Africa
    15 February 2021
    R 14 400.00 (ZAR)  
    estimated $ 964.25 (USD) *
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    The accounting sector is the guarantor of financial reporting standards and performs a critical function in the economy. Although well-established and anchored by the world’s largest accounting firms, the auditing profession has been mired in controversies relating to fraud and financial irregularities involving its clients. These have highlighted the shortcomings of the external audit and various stakeholders have called for audit reforms. Regulatory changes that are set to disrupt the industry include the mandatory rotation of auditors, which is scheduled to come into effect on 1 April 2023.
  • The Cosmetics Industry in South Africa
    South Africa
    03 February 2021
    R 14 400.00 (ZAR)  
    estimated $ 964.25 (USD) *
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    Consumer spending patterns are reflecting the economic downturn caused by the impact of the pandemic, with spending focused on essential items. The lockdown has had a significant effect on the industry as frequent handwashing and use of hand sanitisers has resulted in increased use of hand creams and lotions to moisturise the skin. Numerous cosmetics companies have started manufacturing hand sanitisers. Retailers reported increased sales of haircare products when salons were closed, while sales of nail polish and shaving products also grew.
  • Manufacture of Basic Chemicals, Other Chemicals and Industrial Gases in South Africa
    South Africa
    02 February 2021
    R 14 400.00 (ZAR)  
    estimated $ 964.25 (USD) *
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    Production and revenue in chemical manufacturing, South Africa’s third-largest manufacturing sector, declined in the initial months after the March 2020 imposition of a lockdown to tackle the coronavirus pandemic, but recovered quickly subsequently, although recent production has largely remained below 2015 levels. Karoo shale gas reserves and two recent gas discoveries look set to transform South Africa’s reliance on depleting local gas reserves and gas imports, and could potentially provide abundant and low cost inputs into the chemical industry. Efforts are underway to develop a green hydrogen sector.
  • Manufacture of Dairy Products in South Africa
    South Africa
    25 January 2021
    R 14 400.00 (ZAR)  
    estimated $ 964.25 (USD) *
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    There has been considerable consolidation in the dairy industry at production level over the last 20 years, and large farms account for 80% of South Africa’s total milk production. Rising production costs, imports, less producers, drought, changing consumer preferences, regulation and competition from international companies have created challenges, especially for small producers. While the number of milk producers has continued to decline, milk production has increased, indicating fewer commercial farms with larger herds. Large farms producing more than 5,000 litres per day supply 80% of South Africa’s total milk production.
  • The Telecommunications Industry and Retail of Devices in South Africa
    South Africa
    23 January 2021
    R 14 400.00 (ZAR)  
    estimated $ 964.25 (USD) *
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    While data traffic has risen significantly, particularly during lockdown, prepaid subscriber numbers have fallen and some operators have reported a decline in service revenue. Experts in the sector believe a new bid for high frequency spectrum which is set to conclude by 31 March 2021 will bring down the cost of data and increase competition in the sector. Voice’s contribution to overall revenue is falling, with the decline being offset by growth in mobile data income. However, data prices are also slowly falling and the intensive-user market of wealthy and contract customers is increasingly mature. The majority of subscriber growth is in the lower-revenue prepaid segment.
  • Manufacture of Flour and Grain Mill Products in South Africa
    South Africa
    20 January 2021
    R 14 400.00 (ZAR)  
    estimated $ 964.25 (USD) *
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    The grain milling sector is an important role player in food security as its products are the primary ingredients of South Africa’s staple foods – maize meal and bread. At least 20% of South African households have inadequate or severely inadequate access to food due to poverty and unemployment. Climate change, growing population, high food costs and farm murders could pose challenges to food security. Maize meal is the most affordable staple food option. Cake flour and pasta were amongst the popular panic buying food items during lockdown due to their extended shelf life
  • The Tourism Industry in Botswana
    Botswana
    20 January 2021
    R 14 400.00 (ZAR)  
    estimated $ 964.25 (USD) *
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    The Botswana government identified tourism as a sector that could contribute to the diversification of the economy from its reliance on commodities. Tourism contributed 13.1% of Botswana’s GDP in 2019, increasing from 6.3% in 2000. In 2019, travel and tourism accounted for 8.9% of total employment in Botswana. The country’s principal tourist attractions are its game reserves, wildlife, and wilderness.
  • The Life Insurance Industry Including Reinsurance
    South Africa
    18 January 2021
    R 14 400.00 (ZAR)  
    estimated $ 964.25 (USD) *
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    Life cover plays a central role in safeguarding financial security as it provides an income stream to dependants who would otherwise suffer financial loss in the event of the death, disability or serious illness of a breadwinner. In 2020, 65 primary life insurers, five life cell captives, five composite reinsurers (offering life and non-life reinsurance), two life reinsurers, and one life microinsurer were registered with the Financial Services Conduct Authority. The life insurance sector is dominated by large companies such as Sanlam, Discovery and Old Mutual.
  • Mining of Iron Ore and Chrome in South Africa
    South Africa
    18 December 2020
    R 10 080.00 (ZAR)  
    estimated $ 674.97 (USD) *
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    South Africa was the world’s sixth largest producer of iron ore and largest producer of chrome ore in 2019. In recent months local mines have begun ramping up iron ore and chrome production following the lifting of most coronavirus lockdown measures. While high iron ore prices have lifted export earnings, the local chrome sector is struggling due to global demand challenges and rising electricity costs. The ferrochrome sector is particularly hard hit and five smelters have closed.
  • Sea and Coastal Water Transport in Ghana
    Ghana
    16 December 2020
    R 10 080.00 (ZAR)  
    estimated $ 674.97 (USD) *
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    As a gateway to the Gulf of Guinea and an important sub-regional transit trade corridor, Ghana is a strategically important maritime trading hub. Ghana’s sea, coastal and inland water transport system facilitates trade and plays a crucial role in the movement of passengers and goods. Its Tema port contains the largest container terminal in West Africa. Ghana’s commercial ports collectively receive more than 3,000 vessel calls annually and handle around 85% of the country’s total trade volumes.
  • Farming of Animals In South Africa
    South Africa
    11 December 2020
    R 10 080.00 (ZAR)  
    estimated $ 674.97 (USD) *
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    Livestock farming is South Africa’s largest agricultural sector, accounting for over 40% of agricultural output’s total value and occupying roughly 80% of available agricultural land. In rural areas, animal farming is often the primary income generator and to many South Africans, livestock is also a form of social capital. Although primary agriculture contributes a relatively small share to the country’s GDP, it plays an important role in job creation and earning foreign exchange through exports. The strength of South Africa’s livestock production lies in its well-established private sector and its support for small and emerging commercial farmers. Many animal farmers have a wealth of institutional knowledge; operating farms that have been in the family for generations.
  • The Pharmaceutical Industry in South Africa
    South Africa
    11 December 2020
    R 10 080.00 (ZAR)  
    estimated $ 674.97 (USD) *
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    The pharmaceutical sector is dominated by multinational pharmaceutical companies. Although a greater variety of products is available in the private sector, the public health sector consumes the largest volume of pharmaceuticals. Vaccines and ARVs for HIV infection account for more than 50% of total public health sector expenditure on pharmaceuticals. While almost 70% of the pharmaceutical products that are used are locally-produced, various active pharmaceutical ingredients and finished products are imported. The sector is highly regulated and the development, production, marketing and sale of pharmaceuticals are strictly controlled.
  • The Textile Industry in South Africa
    South Africa
    30 November 2020
    R 10 080.00 (ZAR)  
    estimated $ 674.97 (USD) *
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    Retail trade sales of textiles have continued to expand although the country’s protracted struggle with low economic growth and falling incomes, recently exacerbated by the coronavirus outbreak and national lockdown, have restrained consumer spending. In the manufacturing sector, production and employment have stagnated and many producers are uncompetitive relative to the cheap Asian imports. The sector remains largely unable to compete with imports or to generate sustainable growth. Nevertheless, there have been some important recent successes, such as the revitalisation of the cotton sub-sector.
  • Supply and Manufacture of Medical and Surgical Equipment and Orthopaedic Appliances in South Africa
    South Africa
    30 November 2020
    R 10 080.00 (ZAR)  
    estimated $ 674.97 (USD) *
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    The medical devices sector has over 500 suppliers, many of which are small businesses that are distributors and agents for large multinational subsidiaries. The industry is fragmented with commodities ranging from nuclear cameras and catheters to latex gloves. The coronavirus pandemic has created opportunities and challenges for the sector. While it has led to the collapse of elective medical procedures, which has caused sales to dive, it has also created opportunities for companies making ventilators and testing kits.
  • Mining in East Africa
    Burundi, Comoros, Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Mayotte, Mozambique, Reunion, Rwanda, Seychelles, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda
    30 November 2020
    R 10 080.00 (ZAR)  
    estimated $ 674.97 (USD) *
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    Dozens of companies are actively exploring in East Africa, which is still largely underexplored, but some of the challenges faced by exploration and mining companies include a general lack of skilled workers and inadequate infrastructure such as roads and electricity. A large number of companies are involved in the region’s mining sector, including major companies like Rio Tinto, Barrick Gold and AngloGold Ashanti. Artisanal mining forms a large part of the mining sector in East Africa. Some of the region’s most significant minerals exports are rutile, ilmenite, zircon, gold, and soda ash. Significant investment across several countries has included the opening and development of gold refineries in Rwanda and Tanzania, development of a potash mine in Eritrea and various gold investments in Tanzania, among others.
  • Short -Term Insurance Including Direct and Travel Insurance in South Africa
    South Africa
    24 November 2020
    R 10 080.00 (ZAR)  
    estimated $ 674.97 (USD) *
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    South Africa’s insurance industry is struggling to grow revenue and maintain profitability due to the poor economy, the coronavirus pandemic, declining employment, reduced disposable income and increasing climate-related risks. The coronavirus pandemic has resulted in significant losses to companies, particularly in the accommodation, travel and tourism industries. Some companies launched business interruption claims and some insurers refused have refused to pay. Globally, insurance demand is expected to contract in 2020, with trade and travel-related insurance business such as marine, aviation and credit expected to have been the hardest hit.
  • Mining in West Africa
    Benin, Burkina Faso, Cape Verde, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Ivory Coast, Liberia, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, Saint Helena, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Togo
    20 November 2020
    R 10 080.00 (ZAR)  
    estimated $ 674.97 (USD) *
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    Minerals produced in West Africa include bauxite, coal, copper, diamonds, gemstones, gold, ilmenite, iron ore, lead, manganese, nickel, phosphate rock, rutile, silver, columbite-tantalite, tin, uranium, zinc and zircon. A large number of companies and artisanal miners are involved in the region’s mining sector. In 2019, West African countries increased exports of minerals by more than 20%. Factors such as low economic growth in major mineral importers, the impact of the coronavirus pandemic, inadequate infrastructure, and security risks in some countries, continue to have an impact on the performance of West Africa’s mining sector.

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