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Industry Reports

  • The Operation of Roads and Toll Roads in South Africa
    South Africa
    25 October 2020
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    Roads systems form the backbone of South Africa’s socio-economic activities by facilitating the movement of people and goods. The road network is approximately 750,000km, the tenth longest road network in the world. Responsibility for these roads is split between national, provincial and municipal road authorities. Most of the national roads are paved and more than 80% of the provincial network consists of gravel roads.
  • The Clothing Industry in Angola
    Angola
    15 October 2020
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    Angola’s clothing and textiles sector is small and there is significant opportunity for expansion on the back of the state’s current re-nationalisation of three large clothing and textiles factories and recent attempts to create a domestic cotton industry. At present the country relies heavily on imported raw material for its textile sector.
  • The Manufacture of Wooden Containers in South Africa
    South Africa
    13 October 2020
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    Prior to the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic, difficulties faced by the wooden container manufacturing sector included rapidly-rising input costs, imports of cheap wine barrels and the use of alternative materials. During lockdown, the forestry sector was declared an essential service, and 60% to 70% of businesses relating to wood products, such as those used for packaging and transport of essential items, were able to continue operating, and pallets were used to move goods such as food, medicine and sanitisers. The ban on local alcohol sales during lockdown had a significant impact on wine farms, cellars and related businesses.
  • Preserving and Processing of Fruit and Vegetables
    South Africa
    05 October 2020
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    South Africa’s fruit and vegetable processing industry has been identified as a key driver of inclusive and labour-intensive growth. Food and beverage manufacturing revenue was R566.7bn in 2019 and revenue in the fruit, vegetable, meat and fish processing sector was around R155.7bn. The industry is increasingly concentrated and competition among major processors is on the rise. The sector faces a number of challenges including constrained consumer spending and increasingly stringent health and safety standards and regulations, especially for exporters.
  • The Gas Industry 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
    01 October 2020
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    Nigeria is the leading gas producer in West Africa and has 99% of the region’s total proved resources. The biggest recent find of natural gas in the region was on the maritime border of Senegal and Mauritania. The sector is dominated by international oil companies that include Royal Dutch Shell, Total, BP and Oryx Energies which are involved in upstream and downstream activities.
  • The Construction Industry in South Africa
    South Africa
    29 September 2020
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    The South African construction sector is a driver of socio-economic development and a key employment multiplier, yet despite its strategic importance, declining infrastructure expenditure and mothballed public sector projects have affected the sector. In 2019, the value added by the construction sector accounted for around 4% of GDP and it employed well over 1.3 million people.
  • The Angolan Petroleum Industry
    Angola
    28 September 2020
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    Angola’s oil sector accounted for 29.4% of the country’s GDP in the fourth quarter of 2019 and it employs only about 1% of the country’s workforce. While oil remains Angola’s key export, oil production has been in decline since the oil price slump started in 2014. Since March 2020, when the country was hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic, the outlook for Africa’s second largest oil producer has worsened. Despite being a leading oil producer, Angola imports refined oil for its own energy needs. The Angolan government has plans to construct several national refineries to increase its refinery capacity.
  • The South African Music Industry
    South Africa
    22 September 2020
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    South Africa’s music industry is dominated by international music companies such as Universal and Sony, which are also the global industry leaders. Although South Africa’s music revenue, including physical, digital, live events and podcasts, has been increasing steadily annually, 80% of music sold and consumed locally is international. Revenue from physical format sales such as CDs and records has been declining as streaming has increased.
  • The Retail Trade of Second-Hand Goods in Stores in South Africa
    South Africa
    18 September 2020
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    The second-hand goods retail trade is often viewed as one that caters for poor people, but the global trend towards high quality vintage clothing, repurposed items and environmentally-conscious consumption has seen the industry attract buyers that wouldn’t have normally considered second-hand purchases. Due to the enforcement of regulations and increase in professional franchise operations, the sector is no longer considered a haven for stolen goods. There are an estimated 22,000 second-hand and pawn dealers in South Africa. Most second-hand stores are commercial operations, but some operate on behalf of, or in aid of a charity.
  • The Construction Industry in Kenya
    Kenya
    15 September 2020
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    The Kenyan construction industry contributed 5.6% to GDP in 2019 and provided employment to almost 222,000 people. With economic growth averaging over 5% per annum over the past ten years and oil production underway, the Kenyan government was on the cusp of rolling out an expansive infrastructure development programme comprising 80 public-private partnership projects. Since the outbreak of coronavirus, government’s infrastructure development plan hangs in the balance.
  • The Market Research Industry in South Africa
    South Africa
    15 September 2020
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    The use of artificial intelligence, machine learning and automation is expected to reduce costs, increase efficiency and result in higher turnover in the market research industry. The main clients for market research are manufacturing (consumer non-durables), financial and insurance, and information and telecommunications and ICT companies. During poor economic conditions, market research companies may make their research freely available to market themselves and get new clients. This practice is on the increase and may end up being detrimental to the sector. Coronavirus is expected to have a major effect on the industry as economic challenges may see companies reduce spending in areas such as market research. The market research industry in Africa is expected to be hard hit, particularly in countries which predominantly rely on face-to-face interviews.
  • The IT Industry in South Africa
    South Africa
    11 September 2020
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    Technology and internet connectivity have helped to maintain business continuity, keep children in education and ensure online access to essential goods and services during the coronavirus pandemic. However, the pandemic has also exposed significant areas of digital inequality and exclusion in areas without internet access. It is estimated that that there are more than 20,000 companies in the ICT sector that contributes approximately 8% to South Africa’s GDP. South Africa’s IT sector is generally robust, has access to the latest technologies and methodologies and underpins the operations of most other sectors of the economy. There is, however, a significant shortage of specialised skills in the sector.
  • Manufacture of Glass and Glass Products in South Africa
    South Africa
    08 September 2020
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    The manufacture of glass and glass products has been affected by the decline in economic activity of the construction, automotive, food and beverage manufacturing industries and by coronavirus. The industry was brought to a standstill during level 5 and 4 of the national lockdown. South Africa is the world’s 7th and 12th largest producer of wine and beer, respectively, and the wine and beer industries account for a large portion of the demand for glass containers.
  • Manufacture of Edible Nuts in South Africa
    South Africa
    04 September 2020
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    South Africa is the world’s largest producer and exporter of macadamia nuts and it produces pecan, and on a smaller scale, walnut, almond, cashews, hazelnut, pistachios, and peanuts. Locally-produced nuts are mainly exported. Global demand for nuts has been growing as an increasing number of consumers opt for healthier lifestyles. High-income countries have the largest consumption, with almonds being the most popular. In South Africa, peanuts are the most consumed as they are more affordable than other nuts. South Africa consumes about 81,496 tons of peanuts annually as edible nuts and as processed peanut butter.
  • Manufacture of Tanks, Cylinders, Reservoirs and Steam Generators in South Africa
    South Africa
    26 August 2020
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    The manufacture of tanks, cylinders, reservoirs and steam generators, also known as the pressure equipment manufacturing industry, includes the manufacture of pressure vessels, steam generators and pneumatic and hydraulic cylinder, air and gas compressor and universal vessels. The uncertainty created by coronavirus has compounded low levels of domestic demand for intermediate and finished products, dampened selling prices and worsened levels of business, investor and consumer confidence, according to the Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of South Africa.
  • The Online Retail Industry in South Africa
    South Africa
    17 August 2020
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    South Africa’s online retail sector, though small by the standards of developed international markets, has been growing rapidly in scope and value. Despite enjoying double-digit sales growth for many years, online retail’s share of South Africa’s retail trade was still below 2% in 2019. The industry has huge long term growth potential. Investment in technology and supply chains is increasing, and the coronavirus outbreak and lockdown has driven an unprecedented boom in online spending and adoption. However the crisis has also affected the economy, employment, investment and incomes, and put pressure on consumer spending.
  • Maintenance and Operation of Ports and Harbours
    South Africa
    06 August 2020
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    South Africa’s commercial ports and harbours play a critical role in the domestic economy as enablers of trade between South Africa and its trading partners in the region and other parts of the world. Ports facilitate imports and exports and provide maritime services to international shipping traffic. Before the coronavirus pandemic, around 300 million tons of seaborne cargo moved through South African ports each year, and volumes are expected to be substantially lower this year. Transnet plays a dominant role in the operation and maintenance of South Africa’s major ports and harbours.
  • Forestry and Related Services in South Africa
    South Africa
    03 August 2020
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    The country’s 1.2 million hectares of timber plantations produce between 15 million and 18 million tons of timber every year. Timber is a renewable resource and forests play an important role in climate change mitigation. There is a growing timber shortage in South Africa, and the industry is struggling to secure enough suitable land to plant new forests. Eleven forestry companies, about 1,100 commercial timber farmers and 20,000 small-scale farmers, representing over 90% of South Africa’s forestry industry, are members of industry body Forestry South Africa. South Africa is a significant exporter of forest-related products, and pulp, paper and solid wood are the industry’s main exports.
  • The Manufacture of Structural Metal Products in South Africa
    South Africa
    31 July 2020
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    The structural metal products manufacturing sector produces metal structures and parts from aluminium, iron or steel. Manufacturers in this sector produce a multitude of products from bridges to towers, masts, piers, prefabricated buildings, doors, staircases, gates, fences, roofing and scaffolding. The impact of the coronavirus pandemic and weak economic conditions continue to have a significant effect on the performance of the local structural metal products manufacturing sector.
  • The Production, Processing and Preserving of Red Meat in South Africa
    South Africa
    28 July 2020
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    Having not completely recovered from the 2015 and 2017 drought, which led to a shortage of red meat, the red meat sector has been struck by the onset of the coronavirus pandemic and the declaration of a state of emergency and lockdown. Despite expectations of a significant economic contraction, the sector has mostly been able to weather the challenges introduced by the pandemic, and meat production is expected to increase marginally in 2020. The sector was affected by the initial closure of hotels, restaurants and takeaways and ban on hot food sales. Economic concerns led many people to reduce consumption of high-priced red meat items.

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