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Industry Reports

  • Mining of Iron Ore and Chrome in South Africa
    South Africa
    18 December 2020
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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
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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
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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
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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.
  • 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
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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.
  • The Textile Industry in South Africa
    South Africa
    30 November 2020
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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
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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.
  • Short -Term Insurance Including Direct and Travel Insurance in South Africa
    South Africa
    24 November 2020
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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
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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.
  • Education in South Africa
    South Africa
    18 November 2020
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    Despite receiving about 20% of the national budget, South Africa’s education system is characterised by crumbling infrastructure, overcrowded classrooms, and poor educational outcomes, all of which perpetuate inequality and fail many of its children. The coronavirus pandemic has added to these challenges by disrupting the academic year, and highlighting the sector’s need to rethink its approach to digital teaching platforms. The sector is unprepared to equip students with technological, critical thinking and problem solving skills. It was estimated that by early August, South African children would have lost between 30 and 59 days of school, depending on their grade, due to coronavirus shutdowns.
  • Medical Aid Funding in South Africa
    South Africa
    10 November 2020
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    South Africa spends more on private health insurance as a percentage of total health expenditure than almost any other country. Although the sector performs a critical role in the health system, medical scheme membership remains out of the reach of over 85% of the population. Although the details remain unclear, the implementation of the National Health Insurance Fund will invariably affect the public and private healthcare systems, including the medical aid funding sector.
  • The Film, Gaming and Animation Industry and Renting of Film Equipment In South Africa
    South Africa
    03 November 2020
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    High speed internet and increased accessibility have been game changers for the film, animation and gaming industry. Online streaming services such as Netflix and Showmax have changed the way people consume TV and film. Streaming has also changed the way copyright and licensing agreements are structured. Coronavirus has had a massive impact on the film industry as cinemas closed, filming stopped initially and online streaming and gaming burgeoned. Local television production was declared an essential service and continued with restrictions.
  • The Healthcare Sector in South Africa
    South Africa
    31 October 2020
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    Expenditure on South Africa’s public and private healthcare in the formal sector totalled more than R400bn in 2019, while traditional healers that largely operate in the informal sector generated an estimated R3.5bn. The coronavirus pandemic has focused attention on the state of the healthcare system and its capacity to respond effectively to the health crisis. While private healthcare delivery is generally of a high standard, most public sector healthcare facilities are overextended, understaffed and poorly resourced.
  • Real Estate Activities in Kenya
    Kenya
    30 October 2020
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    The real estate sector contributed almost 7% of Kenya’s GDP in 2019. There were 434 registered estate agents in March 2020, the same as in 2019, and an estimated 40,000 unregistered agents. The majority of players are privately-owned estate agencies and property developers, and there are a number of international companies operating in the country.
  • The Mining of Coal and Lignite and Coal Testing Laboratories in South Africa
    South Africa
    29 October 2020
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    The South African coal mining sector, which employs more than 92,000 people, produced 254.3 million tons of coal, in 2019 and exported 78.6 million tons, with the combined value of local sales and exports totalling R139.3bn. The impact of the coronavirus pandemic on coal supply and demand, low economic growth in export markets, and growing international opposition to coal mining and coal-fired power generation because of environmental concerns, are some of the challenges faced by the coal mining sector.
  • The Wholesale and Retail Trade of Books and Stationery in South Africa
    South Africa
    28 October 2020
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    The retail sector was severely affected when trade was prohibited during the coronavirus lockdown from March to June 2020. Booksellers and magazine and newspaper publishers were already under pressure due to the recession that constrained consumer spending. The growth in book sales is expected to be below 1% per annum over the next three years while sales of magazines and newspapers are expected to decline. An increase in book sales to state departments in 2019 was offset by a decline of 51% in sales by supermarkets and shops. South Africa is a net importer of stationery and China accounted for nearly half of stationery imports in 2019.
  • 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 in South Africa
    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.

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