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Industry Reports

  • Mining of Precious Metals and Minerals In South Africa: Gold and Uranium, Platinum and Diamonds
    South Africa
    01 June 2020
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    South Africa has significant gold reserves, more than 90% of the world’s platinum reserves and a long history of mining. Increasing rand gold and platinum prices are positive for the precious metals sector. Yet the industry faces numerous challenges including the increasing depth of mines, declines in productivity, ageing infrastructure, declining grades and skills shortages. Gold, uranium, platinum and diamond producers face disruptions to the supply of, and markets for, their commodities due to coronavirus, increasing costs and electricity supply problems.
  • The Tea and Coffee Industry in South Africa
    South Africa
    25 May 2020
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    South Africa is a net importer of tea and coffee and its tea production is in decline. The herbal tea sector, which includes rooibos, green tea and fruit/herbal tea, is growing due to growing interest in health and wellness. The increasing global demand for rooibos has seen exports increase from 6,000 tons in 2016 to 7,693 tons in 2019. Coffee consumption continues to increase, and the growing coffee culture has seen many entrepreneurs enter the sector. But the coronavirus pandemic has caused devastation for coffee shops and restaurants that are battling to survive as the country remains in lockdown.
  • Renting of Construction Equipment With or Without Operator In South Africa
    South Africa
    20 May 2020
    R 14 400.00 (ZAR)  
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    The rental of construction equipment, also known as the plant hire industry, includes a handful of relatively large plant hire companies, and many more small players. Plant hire, like the wider equipment sector, is under increasing pressure due to economic headwinds and the ongoing decline in the construction sector. While equipment rental has proven more resilient than direct sales, and is enjoying relatively stable demand from mining contractors, plant hire companies are waiting on an economic recovery and an improvement in state and private sector infrastructure spending. The fragile situation has been exacerbated by the coronavirus pandemic and consequent economic lockdown, which represent a potentially significant longer-term threat to companies, employment, and activity in the construction sector.
  • The Print & Digital Publishing Media Industry in South Africa
    South Africa
    19 May 2020
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    The evolution of major media publishers into multi-platform companies has resulted in the blurring of traditional publishing lines. Despite the growth of digital media, digital income streams have not adequately offset the decline in print revenues. Additionally, media companies are facing increased competition for adspend from social media platforms, search engines and websites. Although the circulation figures of most newspaper and magazine titles are in free-fall, research indicates that demand for reliable information and quality content has surged since the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic.
  • Real Estate Activities in South Africa
    South Africa
    14 May 2020
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    The real estate sector’s performance largely depends on economic drivers and has been challenged by slow economic growth during the past few years. The number of companies listed in the JSE’s real estate sectors increased since 2017, but their market capitalisation declined by 64.4% between 2017 and November 2019 as South Africa moved into recession. Between November 2019 and April 2020, property share prices lost 34.2% as the outbreak of the coronavirus severely impacted global and local markets.
  • Funeral Services and Related Activities in South Africa
    South Africa
    08 May 2020
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    South Africa’s high mortality rate and the importance of funerals to the majority of the population have given rise to a large and highly lucrative funeral services industry. The funeral industry includes funeral undertakers and mortuaries, cemeteries and crematoriums, manufacturers of funeral products, transporters of human remains, suppliers of funeral goods, embalmers, and funeral directors. The leading mainstream players include Avbob, Doves and franchisors Martin’s Funerals and the Mosaic Funeral Group. However, the bulk of the industry is made up of small businesses operating informally and serving very local markets.
  • The Mining Sector in Botswana
    Botswana
    07 May 2020
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    Mining is significant contributor to Botswana’s GDP, and minerals comprise almost 80% of export earnings. In 2018, Botswana was the world’s second largest diamond producer by value and volume, after Russia, according to the Kimberley Process Certification Scheme. The country has large soda ash, coal and diamond reserves. Botswana’s mining sector is dominated by diamond mining, with Debswana Diamond Company being the largest producer by far. Other minerals produced are aggregate, brickmaking clay, coal, dimension stone, gemstones, gold, salt and soda ash.
  • Travel and Tourism: Travel Agencies, Tour Operators and Related Services
    South Africa
    04 May 2020
    R 14 400.00 (ZAR)  
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    The travel and tourism sector is a labour-intensive industry that has been identified by government as a key driver for South Africa’s economic and social development. Government wants to double international tourist arrivals by 2030. The coronavirus pandemic has resulted in global and domestic restrictions on travel, and the travel and tourism sector is expected to be severely affected.
  • The Car Rental Industry in South Africa
    South Africa
    24 April 2020
    R 14 400.00 (ZAR)  
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    South Africa’s car rental industry experienced zero growth in 2018 and marginal nominal growth in 2019. While the weak economy caused rental volumes in the corporate, government, local leisure and insurance replacement subsectors to contract in 2019, declining international and domestic tourism numbers placed even further pressure on the stagnating industry. The coronavirus pandemic and lockdown in South Africa from 26 March 2020 for all non-essential businesses has forced car rental companies to cancel all bookings. The lockdown and travel ban is expected to seriously affect car rental companies, which waived cancellation fees or issued rental vouchers for cancelled bookings, and closed their doors.
  • Security Dealing Activities in South Africa
    South Africa
    23 April 2020
    R 14 400.00 (ZAR)  
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    South Africa’s security dealing sector is well established and large multinational companies and the large banks are active in the sector. The first months of 2020 were a busy time for stockbroking firms as the JSE’s all share index dropped sharply in March in line with a global sell-off of shares in reaction to measures to limit the spread of the coronavirus. Challenging macro-economic conditions compounded by rising labour and compliance costs continue to have a significant effect on the performance of the security dealing sector. Several multinational stockbrokers closed or downscaled their local trading and equity research businesses in 2018 and 2019.
  • Manufacture of Electric Lamps and Lighting Equipment
    South Africa
    21 April 2020
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    Sales in the electric lamp and lighting equipment industry have been in decline mainly due to lack of economic growth and infrastructure spending and reduced demand from Eskom as a result of its financial problems. Electricity costs have tripled in the past decade and compact fluorescent lamps have in recent years played a key role in energy efficiency campaigns.
  • Manufacture of Other Rubber Products
    South Africa
    17 April 2020
    R 14 400.00 (ZAR)  
    estimated $ 877.41 (USD) *
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    Challenging macro-economic conditions and rising input costs continue to have a significant effect on the performance of the local rubber products manufacturing sector. Roleplayers have identified competition from low-cost imports, load-shedding, high labour costs, low levels of spending on research and development and inadequate investment in new technology as some of the reasons for the lack of growth of the sector. In March 2020, companies in the sector closed due to the national lockdown, although some were allowed to carry on producing essential products.
  • The South African Gambling Industry
    South Africa
    16 April 2020
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    estimated $ 877.41 (USD) *
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    South Africa’s gambling industry reported mixed results last year. While the casino segment continued to generate the lion’s share of total gross gambling revenue, its market share declined markedly as bingo, betting and limited payout machines became popular. Online gambling had been increasingly taking share from on-the-ground casinos and other betting outlets. Although casinos generated higher revenues than other forms of gambling, the National Lottery attracted the highest number of players.
  • Wholesale and Retail of Food
    South Africa
    15 April 2020
    R 14 400.00 (ZAR)  
    estimated $ 877.41 (USD) *
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    South Africa’s food sector is increasingly mature and competitive and has been negatively affected by low GDP growth, high unemployment and constrained consumer spending. The outbreak of coronavirus has seen a spike in food sales, but the longer-term impact of the crisis may have an adverse effect on food retailers. Rapid store expansion and the ongoing formalisation of the market have resulted in relatively high levels of concentration, and the sector is led by a handful of very large retail companies.
  • Cargo Handling, Storage and Warehousing
    South Africa
    08 April 2020
    R 14 400.00 (ZAR)  
    estimated $ 877.41 (USD) *
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    South Africa’s cargo handling, storage and warehousing sector forms part of local and global supply chains and it depends on local and global trade and economic growth to produce goods requiring transportation through its ports and airports to final destinations. The cargo sector is influenced by economic conditions, trade and consumer buying power and is highly reliant on Transnet and SAA. The sector faces challenges due to the poor economy and the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic. The commission of inquiry into state capture, corruption and fraud in the public sector, includes sector participants Transnet and SAA.
  • The Agri-Business Sector in Mozambique
    Mozambique
    07 April 2020
    R 14 400.00 (ZAR)  
    estimated $ 877.41 (USD) *
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    The majority of Mozambique’s agricultural sector is made up of subsistence farming, mostly on small family farms, and commercial agriculture is limited. Maize and cassava, the main food staples, are grown by 80% of all Mozambican smallholder farmers and cover over a third of cultivated land. The commercial farming sector is dominated by large farms producing sugar, soybeans, bananas, rice, vegetables, nuts, cotton, tobacco and more recently macadamia nuts. Poultry farming has also grown. While poor infrastructure and telecommunications have long constrained growth in the sector, some crop yields have begun to improve.
  • The Clothing Industry in Mozambique
    Mozambique
    03 April 2020
    R 14 400.00 (ZAR)  
    estimated $ 877.41 (USD) *
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    Mozambique presents mixed opportunities for those looking to enter the clothing sector. While the outlook for clothing retailers over the next decade or more looks promising, given expected economic growth on the back of new gas finds, things are less certain for clothing manufacturers struggling to compete against a flood of imports of new and second-hand clothing as well as challenges such as expensive electricity and a challenging labour environment. While the country has a large number of retailers the informal and formal sector, there are only a handful of manufacturers, most of whom use imported textiles to produce finished products.
  • The Manufacture of Paper and Related Products
    South Africa
    31 March 2020
    R 14 400.00 (ZAR)  
    estimated $ 877.41 (USD) *
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    Panic over the coronavirus pandemic caused people to stockpile emergency supplies, and demand for disposable surgical masks, toilet paper, tissues, sanitary wipes and other paper-based hygiene products soared. During the national lockdown, South Africa’s pulp and paper sector continued to operate as a “critical business continuity service”, supporting the manufacturing, processing and distribution of essential goods such as tissue, toilet paper, paper packaging, face masks and personal hygiene products. Most of the country’s paper-based packaging plants were operating at full capacity to support the distribution of food, medical and health supplies.
  • The Agri-Business Sector in Zimbabwe
    Zimbabwe
    30 March 2020
    R 14 400.00 (ZAR)  
    estimated $ 877.41 (USD) *
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    The agriculture, forestry and fishing sectors contributed 12.1% to Zimbabwe’s GDP in 2018 and employed more than two-thirds of the labour force. Some of the challenges facing Zimbabwe’s agri-business sector are the increased occurrence and severity of climate shocks, its dependence on a rain-fed farming system, a shortage of foreign currency, rapidly rising inflation, and a scarcity of fuel and electricity.
  • The South African Private Equity Industry (including SME Funding)
    South Africa
    27 March 2020
    R 14 400.00 (ZAR)  
    estimated $ 877.41 (USD) *
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    Southern African private equity funds under management grew at a compound annual rate of over 9% over the past two decades. Private equity investments generate financial returns for investors and play a role in stimulating the economy and job creation. Although private equity continues to attract investors seeking access and exposure to unlisted companies with high growth prospects, the asset class remains under-utilised.

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