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  • The South African Petroleum Industry
    South Africa
    13 April 2021
    R 14 400.00 (ZAR)  
    estimated $ 966.82 (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 $ 966.82 (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 $ 966.82 (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 $ 966.82 (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 $ 966.82 (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 $ 966.82 (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 $ 966.82 (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 $ 966.82 (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 $ 966.82 (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 $ 966.82 (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.
  • Manufacture of Prepared Animal Feeds and Pet Food in South Africa
    South Africa
    27 February 2021
    R 14 400.00 (ZAR)  
    estimated $ 966.82 (USD) *
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    South African is the biggest producer of animal feed on the continent and the animal feed industry is the biggest consumer of grain products in South Africa. The coronavirus pandemic, that followed fresh outbreaks of African swine fever in China, affected the global animal feed industry. In South Africa, new outbreaks of foot and mouth disease in early 2020 affected the beef export industry, reducing demand for animal feed.
  • Legal Services and Activities in South Africa
    South Africa
    25 February 2021
    R 14 400.00 (ZAR)  
    estimated $ 966.82 (USD) *
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    The legal activities and services sector in South Africa has been significantly affected by the coronavirus pandemic, which initially resulted in the brief closure of courts and a number of legal entities. Legal practitioners have experienced salary cuts and a decline in fees billed, and sole practitioners and smaller law firms have been more greatly affected than larger firms. Firms also face rising operating costs and the possibility of having legal fees regulated. Competition is on the rise and law firms are attempting to incorporate new legal technologies to reduce costs.
  • Generation of Electricity in South Africa
    South Africa
    16 February 2021
    R 14 400.00 (ZAR)  
    estimated $ 966.82 (USD) *
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    State-owned utility Eskom, which dominates the generation of electricity in South Africa, continues to be plagued by financial instability, corruption, generating capacity shortages, and a debt burden which is threatening the country’s economy. Despite the ongoing construction of two massive coal-fired stations at Medupi and Kusile to increase capacity, Eskom produced less electricity from coal in the year to March 2020 than the previous year due to maintenance and unplanned breakdowns. Government’s Integrated Resource Plan 2019 includes increased generation capacity from renewable sources, but South Africa remains reliant on coal for the foreseeable future.
  • The Accounting Sector in South Africa
    South Africa
    15 February 2021
    R 14 400.00 (ZAR)  
    estimated $ 966.82 (USD) *
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    The accounting sector is the guarantor of financial reporting standards and performs a critical function in the economy. Although well-established and anchored by the world’s largest accounting firms, the auditing profession has been mired in controversies relating to fraud and financial irregularities involving its clients. These have highlighted the shortcomings of the external audit and various stakeholders have called for audit reforms. Regulatory changes that are set to disrupt the industry include the mandatory rotation of auditors, which is scheduled to come into effect on 1 April 2023.
  • The Cosmetics Industry in South Africa
    South Africa
    03 February 2021
    R 14 400.00 (ZAR)  
    estimated $ 966.82 (USD) *
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    Consumer spending patterns are reflecting the economic downturn caused by the impact of the pandemic, with spending focused on essential items. The lockdown has had a significant effect on the industry as frequent handwashing and use of hand sanitisers has resulted in increased use of hand creams and lotions to moisturise the skin. Numerous cosmetics companies have started manufacturing hand sanitisers. Retailers reported increased sales of haircare products when salons were closed, while sales of nail polish and shaving products also grew.
  • Manufacture of Basic Chemicals, Other Chemicals and Industrial Gases in South Africa
    South Africa
    02 February 2021
    R 14 400.00 (ZAR)  
    estimated $ 966.82 (USD) *
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    Production and revenue in chemical manufacturing, South Africa’s third-largest manufacturing sector, declined in the initial months after the March 2020 imposition of a lockdown to tackle the coronavirus pandemic, but recovered quickly subsequently, although recent production has largely remained below 2015 levels. Karoo shale gas reserves and two recent gas discoveries look set to transform South Africa’s reliance on depleting local gas reserves and gas imports, and could potentially provide abundant and low cost inputs into the chemical industry. Efforts are underway to develop a green hydrogen sector.
  • Manufacture of Dairy Products in South Africa
    South Africa
    25 January 2021
    R 14 400.00 (ZAR)  
    estimated $ 966.82 (USD) *
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    There has been considerable consolidation in the dairy industry at production level over the last 20 years, and large farms account for 80% of South Africa’s total milk production. Rising production costs, imports, less producers, drought, changing consumer preferences, regulation and competition from international companies have created challenges, especially for small producers. While the number of milk producers has continued to decline, milk production has increased, indicating fewer commercial farms with larger herds. Large farms producing more than 5,000 litres per day supply 80% of South Africa’s total milk production.
  • The Telecommunications Industry and Retail of Devices in South Africa
    South Africa
    23 January 2021
    R 14 400.00 (ZAR)  
    estimated $ 966.82 (USD) *
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    While data traffic has risen significantly, particularly during lockdown, prepaid subscriber numbers have fallen and some operators have reported a decline in service revenue. Experts in the sector believe a new bid for high frequency spectrum which is set to conclude by 31 March 2021 will bring down the cost of data and increase competition in the sector. Voice’s contribution to overall revenue is falling, with the decline being offset by growth in mobile data income. However, data prices are also slowly falling and the intensive-user market of wealthy and contract customers is increasingly mature. The majority of subscriber growth is in the lower-revenue prepaid segment.
  • Manufacture of Flour and Grain Mill Products in South Africa
    South Africa
    20 January 2021
    R 14 400.00 (ZAR)  
    estimated $ 966.82 (USD) *
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    The grain milling sector is an important role player in food security as its products are the primary ingredients of South Africa’s staple foods – maize meal and bread. At least 20% of South African households have inadequate or severely inadequate access to food due to poverty and unemployment. Climate change, growing population, high food costs and farm murders could pose challenges to food security. Maize meal is the most affordable staple food option. Cake flour and pasta were amongst the popular panic buying food items during lockdown due to their extended shelf life
  • The Tourism Industry in Botswana
    Botswana
    20 January 2021
    R 14 400.00 (ZAR)  
    estimated $ 966.82 (USD) *
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    The Botswana government identified tourism as a sector that could contribute to the diversification of the economy from its reliance on commodities. Tourism contributed 13.1% of Botswana’s GDP in 2019, increasing from 6.3% in 2000. In 2019, travel and tourism accounted for 8.9% of total employment in Botswana. The country’s principal tourist attractions are its game reserves, wildlife, and wilderness.

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