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  • The Manufacture of Adhesives and Sealants in South Africa
    South Africa
    15 June 2021
    R 14 400.00 (ZAR)  
    estimated $ 989.92 (USD) *
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    This report focuses on the manufacture of adhesives and sealants in South Africa. Bonding and sealing agents have many applications and are used in all sectors of the economy. Demand for adhesives and sealants has been mixed since the onset of the coronavirus pandemic. While home confinement and the surge in online shopping resulted in increased demand for packaging adhesives and DIY products, remote working and online learning contributed to a decline in demand for office and school adhesives.
  • Residential Facilities for The Elderly
    South Africa
    04 June 2021
    R 14 400.00 (ZAR)  
    estimated $ 989.92 (USD) *
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    South Africa’s elderly population aged 60 and over continues to increase as a percentage of the population and currently sits at 5.4 million people. There is much demand for accommodation and care for the elderly, and not enough supply, especially for affordable care, and old people continue to lack access to adequate healthcare, social support, and other basic services. Government’s social grant payments for old people and subsidies provided to residential care facilities are insufficient to cover increasing costs, forcing many facilities to close.
  • Manufacture of Plastics and Plastic Products in South Africa
    South Africa
    31 May 2021
    R 14 400.00 (ZAR)  
    estimated $ 989.92 (USD) *
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    Only a few companies are involved in the production of primary plastics, but a large number of companies convert primary plastics into finished plastic products through processing techniques such as blow moulding, extrusion, injection moulding, rotational moulding and thermoforming, and most are SMEs. The performance of local manufacturers of plastics and plastic products has been affected by the impact of the coronavirus pandemic, weak economic conditions, rising input costs and growing environmental concerns. While the volume of plastic products manufactured decreased in the year to February 2021, the sales value of these products rose.
  • The Agri-Business Sector in Tanzania
    Tanzania
    24 May 2021
    R 14 400.00 (ZAR)  
    estimated $ 989.92 (USD) *
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    Tanzania’s economy is heavily dependent on agriculture. The country’s produces maize, cassava, rice, potatoes, beans, sweet potatoes, sorghum and bananas, and its main cash crops are coffee, cotton, sugar cane, tea, cashew nuts, tobacco, sesame seed, flowers and sunflower seed. The agri-business sector faces challenges including the limited use of fertilisers, pesticides and improved seeds, limited use of mechanisation and a reliance on natural rainfall. Other influencing factors are inadequate storage facilities, poor or non-existent transport infrastructure, weak value chains and limited affordable financial services.
  • Building Installation Industry in South Africa
    South Africa
    21 May 2021
    R 14 400.00 (ZAR)  
    estimated $ 989.92 (USD) *
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    The building installation sector consists of activities involving the fitting of equipment to buildings, such as plumbing, insulation, lighting, heating and air-conditioning, sprinkler systems, lifts, electrical work, shopfitting and fitting of certain plants. The sector is affected by capital expenditure by the state and private property owners and managers, which has slowed since the onset of the pandemic, as vacancies have escalated, particularly in commercial offices. A major trend driving new installations is the move to make buildings greener to lower energy and water costs and carbon emissions.
  • The Manufacture and Wholesale of General Purpose Machinery in South Africa
    South Africa
    11 May 2021
    R 14 400.00 (ZAR)  
    estimated $ 989.92 (USD) *
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    Government considers the machinery industry to be a key strategic sector for economic and employment growth, and the industry receives support through industrial policies. However, it had been facing significant headwinds even before the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic and subsequent lockdowns. The fundamental challenges facing the industry are primarily structural, and include the depressed economy, declining construction sector, import penetration, and a host of factors undermining South Africa’s manufacturing competitiveness.
  • Manufacture of Bakery Products
    South Africa
    30 April 2021
    R 14 400.00 (ZAR)  
    estimated $ 989.92 (USD) *
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    Bread is the second most important provider of energy in the national diet after maize products. While bread consumption in South Africa increased slightly in 2020, the South African Chamber of Baking said that the pandemic will likely result in a switch to other staples such as maize meal. While the manufacture of baked goods is a growing industry in South Africa, the pandemic has led to a number of artisanal bakeries shutting. Bigger bakeries have mostly benefited from consumers stocking up during the pandemic. However the industry is facing increasing costs, including higher flour prices, and the possible introduction of inspection services for the wheat sector, which could lead to higher bread prices.
  • Recycling of Waste and Scrap
    South Africa
    29 April 2021
    R 14 400.00 (ZAR)  
    estimated $ 989.92 (USD) *
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    South Africa generates 108 million tons of waste annually, 90% of which still goes to the country’s landfills. The country’s slow progress in recycling is evidenced by the Polokwane Declaration on Waste Management’s target of reaching zero waste to landfill by 2022 being revised to a target of 50% of waste to landfill by 2025. To drastically change South Africa’s wasteful habits and encourage a circular economy, where materials are re-used, government gazetted the National Waste Management Strategy 2020. Regulations for a mandatory extended producer responsibility scheme place responsibility on manufacturers for their products and packaging to the end of their life cycle.
  • Global Disruptors - Cryptocurrencies
    South Africa
    20 April 2021
    R 14 400.00 (ZAR)  
    estimated $ 989.92 (USD) *
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    Cryptocurrencies, such as bitcoin or ethereum, are digital tokens and assets that rely on blockchain technology for secure transactions. Retail investment interest in cryptocurrencies has grown exponentially and prices remain highly volatile. Major cryptocurrencies such as bitcoin have achieved increasing levels of institutional acceptance and major global payments companies are putting strategies in place to integrate cryptocurrencies into traditional payments infrastructure. Asset managers have signalled an intention to add bitcoin to their funds. Investors are buying cryptocurrencies as short-term trading instruments and long-term hedges in their portfolios as an alternative asset class.
  • Trends In South African FMCG Markets
    South Africa
    15 April 2021
    R 14 400.00 (ZAR)  
    estimated $ 989.92 (USD) *
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    Locally manufactured and imported goods are sold via a countrywide network of formal and informal channels to shoppers that are deeply divided in terms of spending power. The largest retail outlet for FMCG is supermarkets which have well-established supply chains. Other channels include omnichannel retail (e.g. online, e-commerce, mobile commerce), direct selling, and craft, art and food markets. Some of the largest FMCG companies in the world operate in each market segment, e.g. Johnson & Johnson, Estee Lauder, Colgate-Palmolive, British American Tobacco, Nestle, and Henkel. Local players include listed entities like the largest supermarkets, food manufacturers and wholesalers – among others Pick n Pay, Spar, Woolworths, Shoprite, Tiger Brands, and RCL Foods – and pharmacy chains including Dis-chem, and Clicks. Local privately-owned small businesses abound, e.g. Africology (a cosmetics manufacturer and retailer), and Sally Williams (a confectionery manufacturer and retailer).
  • The South African Petroleum Industry
    South Africa
    13 April 2021
    R 14 400.00 (ZAR)  
    estimated $ 989.92 (USD) *
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    South Africa’s fuel sector, including petrol, diesel, jet fuel, illuminating paraffin, fuel oil, bitumen and liquefied petroleum gas, contributes about 8.5% to the country’s GDP while supplying about 18% of its primary energy. Investment in South Africa’s aging refineries is necessary to avoid a widening trade deficit for liquid fuels, particularly as half of the country’s six refineries currently remain shut. However, Karoo shale gas reserves and two recent gas discoveries could transform South Africa’s reliance on depleting local gas reserves and gas imports.
  • The Beverages Industry in Ghana
    Ghana
    08 April 2021
    R 14 400.00 (ZAR)  
    estimated $ 989.92 (USD) *
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    Ghana’s beverages industry has been earmarked for expansion under the government’s One District, One Factory industrial transformation programme. Traditional drinks remain an integral part of Ghanaian culture, but the shift to branded products is steadily gaining momentum. Despite supply chain disruptions and a decline in out-of-home consumption during the pandemic, the industry remained relatively resilient in 2020.
  • The Manufacture of Soap and Cleaning Products, Wax and Polishes in South Africa
    South Africa
    31 March 2021
    R 14 400.00 (ZAR)  
    estimated $ 989.92 (USD) *
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    Soap and hygiene solutions are key to containing the spread of coronavirus, and producers of these products are playing an essential role in the pandemic response. Role players say that demand for cleaning products, sanitising agents and disinfectants soared prior to the start of lockdown in March, with bleach retail sales surging. While some suppliers of industrial cleaning and sanitising products have reported subdued sales, others say that a flurry of deep-cleaning, disinfection and maintenance work undertaken during industry downtime has buoyed demand.
  • The Fresh Fruit and Vegetables Industry in South Africa
    South Africa
    29 March 2021
    R 14 400.00 (ZAR)  
    estimated $ 989.92 (USD) *
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    The fresh fruit and vegetables industry accounts for almost a quarter of total farming revenue in South Africa. The coronavirus pandemic has intensified the demand for fresh fruit and vegetables, and the agricultural sector, as a provider of essential goods, was exempt from lockdown restrictions. Growth in the fresh produce sector was underpinned by demand for fresh and healthy products, and by the higher export prices provided by the weak exchange rate.
  • Freight Transport by Road in South Africa
    South Africa
    25 March 2021
    R 14 400.00 (ZAR)  
    estimated $ 989.92 (USD) *
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    Government has announced planned interventions to reform the rail sector to make it more effective, efficient and competitive, but road continues to be the transport mode for the majority of goods. The road freight industry faces many challenges including reduced demand due to pressure on consumer spending, high input costs, competition from e-commerce platforms, labour demands, pressure by customers to reduce transport costs, automation and new technologies, border post and port congestion and excess capacity. The industry is responding by using technology to improve efficiencies and reduce costs, by spreading risk, using flexible distribution models and decentralising operations.
  • The Minibus Taxi, Bus Services and Metered Taxi Industry in South Africa
    South Africa
    24 March 2021
    R 14 400.00 (ZAR)  
    estimated $ 989.92 (USD) *
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    The vast majority of South Africans are totally dependent on public transport (bus, taxi and rail) for transport and South Africans spend over 20% of disposable income on public transport compared to a 10% average in developing countries. While the taxi industry provides significant opportunities for empowerment and provides jobs, it is unregulated and characterised by poor driver working conditions and inadequate driver training.
  • Manufacture of Furniture in South Africa
    South Africa
    19 March 2021
    R 14 400.00 (ZAR)  
    estimated $ 989.92 (USD) *
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    South Africa’s furniture manufacturing sector includes a number of large, vertically-integrated players, but more than 90% of the companies in the sector are small to medium-sized enterprises. South Africa’s tough economic conditions have focused consumer spending on essential items. According to The South African Furniture Initiative, the furniture manufacturing sector has been shrinking for more than two decades, with local demand for furniture declining and exports of furniture dropping significantly.
  • The Banking Industry in South Africa, including Stokvels
    South Africa
    16 March 2021
    R 14 400.00 (ZAR)  
    estimated $ 989.92 (USD) *
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    The South African banking industry is regarded as one of the best banking systems in the world and major local banks are highly rated. The industry’s image was tarnished by a corruption scandal which resulted in the collapse of VBS Mutual Bank. South African banks have played a critical role in the coronavirus pandemic response, providing significant financial relief to financially distressed individuals and businesses. While local banks are well capitalised, analysts say that their creditworthiness could be threatened by South Africa’s crippling burden of debt.
  • Railway Transport and Manufacture of Locomotives and Rolling Stock in South Africa
    South Africa
    12 March 2021
    R 14 400.00 (ZAR)  
    estimated $ 989.92 (USD) *
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    The rail industry was plagued by aging infrastructure and governance issues prior to the onset of the coronavirus pandemic. The industry has been further affected by a decrease in rail freight and passenger volumes and revenues due to lockdown restrictions. The poor economy has led to lower production, with less freight to transport, resulting in lower investment in expansion, and reducing the demand for additional rolling stock for freight. The state-owned Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa) and Transnet, which dominate the sector, are suffering the effects of the legacy of poor governance and procurement irregularities with ongoing investigations by the Special Investigation Unit and appearances at the commission of inquiry into state capture. Government’s proposed open access to the rail network for private sector investment should enhance competitiveness and promote efficiency in the sector.
  • The Motor Vehicle Industry in South Africa
    South Africa
    28 February 2021
    R 14 400.00 (ZAR)  
    estimated $ 989.92 (USD) *
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    Vehicle and component production is the largest manufacturing sector in South Africa’s economy. Vehicle sales have been declining due to the poor economy, coronavirus, weak business and consumer confidence and financial pressure on consumers. New car sales declined significantly in 2020 while exports of automotive products, which reached a record in 2019 and which account for over 70% of production volumes, also declined in 2020.

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