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  • The Banking Sector in Botswana
    Botswana
    17 January 2020
    R 14 400.00 (ZAR)  
    estimated $ 1 005.57 (USD) *
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    This report on Botswana’s financial institutions include banks, other credit granting, lease financing, and loyalty and reward programmes, as well as central banking. The country has ten commercial banks that are all foreign-owned and four are listed on the Botswana Stock Exchange. Non-bank finance institutions include microlenders, pawnshops, and finance and leasing companies. With ten commercial banks, just over 500 ATMs and less than 200 branches serving an adult population of about 1.5 million people, most analysts see opportunity for expansion.
  • Generation of Electricity
    South Africa
    15 January 2020
    R 14 400.00 (ZAR)  
    estimated $ 1 005.57 (USD) *
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    State-owned power utility Eskom is in crisis due to generating capacity shortages, financial instability, corruption and mismanagement and R450bn debt. Eskom reported a net loss after tax of R20.7bn for the 2019 financial year and said it would make a R20bn loss in the 2020 financial year. In December 2019, load shedding reached stage 6, an indication that it has lost 40% of generating capacity. Ongoing power cuts will continue to affect economic growth. In October 2019, government approved the Integrated Resource Plan 2019, which outlines the energy mix for the next decade. The bulk of the increased generation capacity will be from renewable sources to lessen South Africa’s reliance on coal and help reduce the country’s carbon emissions.
  • Manufacture of Edible Salt
    South Africa
    20 December 2019
    R 10 080.00 (ZAR)  
    estimated $ 703.90 (USD) *
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    Manufacturers of salt in South Africa continue to struggle to compete against cheap imports, mainly from Botswana and Namibia. These imports, as well as increasing input costs and the exchange rate, have resulted in the number of local salt producers decreasing from 86 to 17 in the past eight years. According to the Department of Mineral Resources, less than 50% of the country’s salt consumption requirement is produced locally. Only 12% of the salt produced is used in the food industry, with the bulk being used in the industrial sector in areas such as petrol refining, petrochemistry, animal feed, the production of cooling brines and other applications.
  • Investigating & Security Activities Including Vehicle Tracking
    South Africa
    19 December 2019
    R 10 080.00 (ZAR)  
    estimated $ 703.90 (USD) *
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    The private security sector uses guards and technology to offer protective services to deter, deny, detect or delay the commission of a crime and assist clients to respond effectively to and recover from untoward events. In South Africa private security officers and service providers are required to register with the Private Security Industry Regulatory Authority, which has over 500,000 security officers and approximately 9,000 security companies signed up. The private security sector continues to grow as it provides a service not readily available from South Africa’s poorly-functioning police force. Apart from the basic commercial and residential armed response service, the industry provides services ranging from special event parking and access control to mounted and dog units and asset protection services during strikes, plant closures and natural disasters.
  • Trade in Agricultural Raw Materials and Livestock
    South Africa
    17 December 2019
    R 10 080.00 (ZAR)  
    estimated $ 703.90 (USD) *
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    Food production needs to perpetually scale to satisfy growing demand and population growth as global per capita consumption of food is now increasing faster than population growth. Total agricultural commodity trade by value has increased by 5% annually over the 20 years to 2018 due to increasing trade by developing countries. The traditional bulk commodities market is growing slowly relative to intermediate and consumer products in the agrifood sector as major industry players increasingly assume ownership of all links in the value chain. Of some 35 of the most significant agricultural raw materials on the World Bank Commodity Price Data “pink sheet”, only ten have prices which are higher in nominal and real US dollar terms than they were in 2010.
  • Stone Quarrying, Clay and Sandpits, and Mining of Phosphates
    South Africa
    13 December 2019
    R 10 080.00 (ZAR)  
    estimated $ 703.90 (USD) *
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    Low activity levels in the construction sector and rising input costs are providing challenges for the quarrying and the phosphate rock mining sectors. The construction sector, on which the industry relies, continues to struggle, largely due to low government spending on infrastructure, while some industry operations have experienced community unrest. Infrastructure projects are increasingly being packaged into smaller parts to allow emerging construction companies to take part in infrastructure development, leading some quarrying and phosphate companies to adapt their business models. South Africa’s quarrying sector consists of a large number of players, including global cement producers like LafargeHolcim, major South African companies like PPC, and many smaller producers.
  • The Manufacture of Cement, Lime and Plaster in Malawi
    Malawi
    05 December 2019
    R 10 080.00 (ZAR)  
    estimated $ 703.90 (USD) *
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    Cement products are inextricably bound to the construction sector and are core building blocks of Malawi’s socio-economic development agenda. The Malawian market for cement and related products is small by global and regional standards, but demand for cement products is expected to increase. The competitiveness of the local cement industry continues to be undermined by the high cost of production while cheap imports, which have flooded the Malawian market during the past decade are a significant threat to local manufacturers.
  • The South African Gambling Industry
    South Africa
    05 December 2019
    R 10 080.00 (ZAR)  
    estimated $ 703.90 (USD) *
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    The fortunes of South Africa’s gambling industry were mixed during the past year. Although the casino segment continues to generate the lion’s share of total gross gambling revenue, its market share has declined markedly as bingo, betting, limited payout machines become popular. Online gambling is increasingly taking share from on-the-ground casinos and other betting outlets. Although casinos generate higher revenues than other forms of gambling, the National Lottery attracts the highest number of players.
  • Manufacture of Flour and Grain Mill Products
    South Africa
    04 December 2019
    R 10 080.00 (ZAR)  
    estimated $ 703.90 (USD) *
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    The grain milling sector plays a vital role in food security as its products are the primary ingredients of South Africa’s staple foods, and the sector is a major determinant of the price of maize meal and bread. Pest infestation, droughts and other effects of climate change pose a threat to grain production and in the 2018/19 production season, most summer crop harvests fell due to dry weather conditions at the start of the season.
  • Wholesale and Retail of Food in Nigeria
    Nigeria
    03 December 2019
    R 10 080.00 (ZAR)  
    estimated $ 703.90 (USD) *
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    Expectations of long-term economic and population growth in Nigeria have driven substantial interest from retail investors looking to secure a first-mover advantage in servicing the demand of a potentially huge consumer class. Formal supermarkets are growing from a very low base as the vast majority of food is still traded in the informal market. Lack of infrastructure and import regulations complicate the supply chains of larger players while Nigeria’s poor economic conditions in recent years have affected their performance.
  • The Agri-Business Sector in Ethiopia
    Ethiopia
    29 November 2019
    R 10 080.00 (ZAR)  
    estimated $ 703.90 (USD) *
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    Ethiopia’s agriculture, forestry and fishing sectors, which contributed 31.1% to the country’s GDP in 2018, are crucial sectors as they employ two thirds of its labour force. Smallholder farmers account for 95% of the sector’s production and commercial farms account for the balance. The agri-business sector depends on traditional farming methods and a rain-fed farming system, and the cost of production inputs and transportation is high. Ethiopia’s main staple crop is maize, while the main cash crops are coffee and sesame seed.
  • Publishing of Books and Other Publications
    South Africa
    21 November 2019
    R 10 080.00 (ZAR)  
    estimated $ 703.90 (USD) *
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    South Africa has an established book publishing industry centred on educational content. The market for general trade books is small, and unlike in developed markets, where general books are sold in much larger volumes, local sales of 5,000 copies make a title a bestseller. South Africa’s weak reading culture is attributed to poverty, illiteracy, inadequate library services, inadequate distribution of books in rural and township areas and the paucity of titles in indigenous languages. Research indicates that the majority of South African residents are not interested in reading and South Africa ranks extremely poorly on literacy rankings.
  • Mining of Iron Ore and Chrome
    South Africa
    15 November 2019
    R 10 080.00 (ZAR)  
    estimated $ 703.90 (USD) *
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    South Africa is the world’s sixth-largest iron ore producer and third largest iron ore exporter. It has 36% of the world’s chromite reserves, and is the is the world’s largest chrome producer and second-largest producer of ferrochrome. The iron ore mining sector employed 18,613 people in 2018, while the chrome ore mining sector had 18,935 employees in 2018. Rapidly rising input costs and policy and regulatory uncertainty are some of the challenges faced by the iron ore and chrome ore mining sectors. Expected growth in demand for chrome ore and ferrochrome, due to increasing stainless steel production, continues to present opportunities for the sector, as does growing demand for higher-grade iron ore from China.
  • The Banking Industry in Kenya
    Kenya
    13 November 2019
    R 10 080.00 (ZAR)  
    estimated $ 703.90 (USD) *
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    Kenya’s financial sector is well developed although the country is considered overbanked with 40 registered banks. The market is highly concentrated with the 12 listed commercial banks owning 89% of the total assets in 2018. Commentators view the industry as well capitalised and performance is steadily picking up momentum since the market shock of 2016 when the government introduced capped interest rates that discouraged savings, reduced private sector and SME access to credit and impeded banking sector competition, particularly by reducing smaller banks’ profitability. Innovations such as agent banking, which allows commercial banks and microfinance banks to engage the services of third party outlets to deliver specified financial services on their behalf, have improved financial inclusion in rural and urban areas.
  • The Banking Sector in Angola
    Angola
    07 November 2019
    R 10 080.00 (ZAR)  
    estimated $ 703.90 (USD) *
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    Angola’s banking industry is dominated by six banks and competition from non-bank institutions such as microlenders remains low. A distinct characteristic of the Angolan banking sector is the participation of the state, ruling party loyalists and state-owned enterprises such as the national oil company Sonangol in private banks, and policy dictates that foreign banks can only operate in Angola through joint ventures with local and state-owned companies. During the past 17 years, the Angolan banking sector has expanded rapidly to become the third-largest sector in sub-Saharan Africa behind South Africa and Nigeria. The number of licensed commercial banks increased from nine in 2003 to 26 in July 2019.
  • Courier, Express and Parcel Services (Other than national postal services)
    South Africa
    31 October 2019
    R 10 080.00 (ZAR)  
    estimated $ 703.90 (USD) *
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    Although the courier, express and parcel services sector faces weak economic conditions, it is benefitting from the growth in e-commerce sales, increasing demand for just-in-time deliveries and from the poor service provided by the post office. Increasing customer demand for speedy and flexible deliveries and the growth of disruptive startups and innovative delivery options are forcing traditional operators to review their distribution strategies and in some cases partner with or invest in new disruptive on-demand delivery companies to provide innovative and alternative delivery options.
  • The Motor Vehicle Industry
    South Africa
    28 October 2019
    R 10 080.00 (ZAR)  
    estimated $ 703.90 (USD) *
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    As the largest manufacturing sector in South Africa’s economy, vehicle and component production accounted for 29.9% of the country’s manufacturing output in 2018 compared to 30.1% in 2017. The broader automotive industry’s contribution to gross domestic product was 6.9% which comprised 4.4% for manufacturing and 2.5% for retail. The country’s weak macro-economic environment, pressure on consumers’ disposable income and fragile business and consumer confidence, resulted in new-vehicle sales declining marginally in 2018. Exports of automotive products, which reached a record R178.8bn, were shipped to a record 155 export destinations, up from 149 in 2017.
  • The Beverages Industry in Mozambique
    Mozambique
    23 October 2019
    R 10 080.00 (ZAR)  
    estimated $ 703.90 (USD) *
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    A new entrant in the beer market and a number of commitments by industry players to increase capacity reflect investor interest in Mozambique’s relatively underdeveloped, but expanding beverages market, despite the challenging operating environment. Coca-Cola Beverages Africa dominates Mozambique’s non-alcoholic beverages market. The commercial beer segment was previously controlled by Cervejas de Moçambique, which is 49%-held by AB InBev. But the opening of a US$100m brewery in Maputo in March 2019 by Dutch brewer Heineken has triggered a beer war.
  • Manufacture of Sugar in Eswatini
    Eswatini (formerly Swaziland)
    14 October 2019
    R 10 080.00 (ZAR)  
    estimated $ 703.90 (USD) *
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    Eswatini is a major sugar producer on the continent. Sugar is the country’s main export commodity, and Eswatini is the 4th largest sugar producer in Africa and the 25th largest producer in the world. Sugar production accounts for over half of Eswatini‘s agricultural output and contributes about US$285m to the country’s gross domestic product. The industry employs more than 20,000 workers.
  • The Telecommunications Industry in Kenya
    Kenya
    11 October 2019
    R 10 080.00 (ZAR)  
    estimated $ 703.90 (USD) *
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    Kenya’s telecommunications sector grew relatively strongly in 2018, supported mainly by growth in the digital economy, mobile telephony, and internet penetration. Access to the internet is mostly obtained through mobile phones, which have become increasingly available and affordable, and data subscriptions stood at 46.8 million, out of which nearly half were on broadband. The Kenyan government identified the telecommunications industry as a key sector to aid rapid economic growth, and the sector is riding a wave of digital advancement that is expected to affect the telecommunications, digital services and cyber security markets in particular.

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