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  • Global Disruptors - Energy Storage
    South Africa
    14 September 2021
    R 14 400.00 (ZAR)  
    estimated $ 990.03 (USD) *
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    Global energy demand is expected to edge up in 2021 after a contraction in 2020 as demand for transport fuels declined. Notwithstanding the overall decline in 2020, there was an increase in demand for renewables – where solar and wind lead growth – in line with global awareness of the need for sustainable energy. Much of increased demand this year is expected to come from developing economies, and coal demand remains significantly higher than renewables.
  • ICT and Telecommunications in Ethiopia
    Ethiopia
    30 August 2021
    R 14 400.00 (ZAR)  
    estimated $ 990.03 (USD) *
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    The Ethiopian government is the main growth driver in the ICT industry as the major client of ICT companies and the majority shareholder in the only telecoms company Ethio Telecom. In terms of the government’s Growth and Transformation Plan 2, ICT will provide a springboard towards realising the national vision of becoming a middle-income country by 2025. Recently Ethiopia has opened up the industry to the private sector, offering two telecom operator licences (one has been awarded) and indicating it will sell 40% of Ethio Telecom, which it owns.
  • The South African Tobacco and Tobacco Products Industry
    South Africa
    25 August 2021
    R 14 400.00 (ZAR)  
    estimated $ 990.03 (USD) *
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    After more than a decade of pressure from increasing government tobacco controls, a growing illicit cigarette economy and changing consumer attitudes towards smoking, South Africa’s Tobacco industry was subjected to a twenty-week prohibition on the sale of all raw tobacco leaf, processed tobacco and all manufactured tobacco products under lockdown measures. This led to the industry losing significant market share to illicit cigarette sales. The industry also faced an 8% increase in excise duties and announcements of renewed government efforts to finalise further tobacco controls.
  • The Liquor Industry in South Africa
    South Africa
    24 August 2021
    R 14 400.00 (ZAR)  
    estimated $ 990.03 (USD) *
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    Since the onset of the pandemic in March 2020, South Africa’s liquor industry has been subjected to four liquor bans and several periods in which liquor trading was restricted by the government. It is estimated that the bans and trading restrictions cost the industry over R45bn from March 2020 to July 2021. Total local liquor consumption (including Botswana, Lesotho, Namibia and Eswatini) decreased by 18% in 2020. The pandemic has also accelerated growth in no-alcohol and low-alcohol beverages, and led to an increase in ecommerce sales.
  • The Printing Industry in South Africa
    South Africa
    20 August 2021
    R 14 400.00 (ZAR)  
    estimated $ 990.03 (USD) *
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    The print media sector has experienced significant disruption from digitisation and declining advertising spend over some decades. The decline in newspaper and magazine circulation was exacerbated by lockdowns, and resulted in several large companies closing or restructuring. Associated Media Publishing closed down in 2020 while Media24 announced the closure of several newspapers and magazines and the consolidation of some of its business operations and Caxton & CTP closed 10 magazine titles and distribution. The pandemic caused increased demand for packaging due to the growth in online sales and greater demand for digital printing.
  • Mining In Central Africa
    Algeria
    04 August 2021
    R 14 400.00 (ZAR)  
    estimated $ 990.03 (USD) *
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    Central Africa is a significant producer of the world’s cobalt, tantalum, manganese, diamonds and copper. The region’s mining industry is benefiting from rising demand for a variety of minerals as the world economy recovers after the easing of coronavirus lockdowns. The region contains deposits of a range of minerals, many of which are not exploited. While a large number of companies are involved in the region’s mining sector, artisanal mining also plays a large role. The majority of the minerals produced in Central Africa are exported for further processing
  • Trends in South African Agri-Business
    South Africa
    02 August 2021
    R 14 400.00 (ZAR)  
    estimated $ 990.03 (USD) *
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    Agri-business has multiple sub-sectors including maize and wheat milling, the production of livestock, dairy and horticulture. South Africa is a major producer and net exporter of finished processed food products, and food exports grew substantially in 2020. New technology and vertical integration are driving change in the industry. Challenges include tariff protection in various geographies, animal diseases, security issues on farms and the consequences of climate change. Constraints such as rising input costs, supply disruptions, dumping and illegal trade affect operating income.
  • The Manufacture and Supply of Batteries
    South Africa
    30 July 2021
    R 14 400.00 (ZAR)  
    estimated $ 990.03 (USD) *
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    Demand for lithium-ion batteries is expected to increase as internal combustion engine vehicles lose share to electric vehicles. While South Africa has no lithium-ion battery cell manufacturers, several companies are involved in battery pack assembly. Demand for all types of batteries is also expected to come from the rollout of renewable energy projects. Battery demand in South Africa is being driven by the growth in the number of renewable energy projects, an increasing number of homeowners and by industrial and commercial users looking for a reliable energy source as load-shedding continues.
  • The Freight Forwarding Industry in South Africa
    South Africa
    29 July 2021
    R 14 400.00 (ZAR)  
    estimated $ 990.03 (USD) *
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    The freight forwarding and customs clearance sector makes a major contribution to facilitating trade in South Africa and co-ordinates over 80% of South Africa’s international trade. Ongoing waves of the pandemic continue to hamper the trade in goods by supressing consumer spending and causing congestion and disruptions at ports. These factors are driving up container freight costs and hampering the industry’s recovery. Most recently the sector has also been affected by rioting in Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal, which disrupted trucks and port operations.
  • The Telecommunications Industry in Botswana
    Botswana
    29 July 2021
    R 14 400.00 (ZAR)  
    estimated $ 990.03 (USD) *
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    Botswana has one of the highest mobile penetration rates in Africa. However, internet speeds are relatively slow and data costs are high. The sector’s strong performance during lockdown is attributed to high demand for data services and internet connectivity from all sectors of the economy. However, the pandemic is having a significant impact on mobile phones sales in Botswana due to reduced household incomes. Challenges affecting growth of the sector include a lack of broadband infrastructure, low access to electricity, lack of skills and the competitive advantage of international operators over local operators. Most of the big players in Botswana’s telecoms sector are majority foreign-owned, while locally-owned companies are in the internet service provider segment.
  • Manufacture of Pasta
    South Africa
    16 July 2021
    R 14 400.00 (ZAR)  
    estimated $ 990.03 (USD) *
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    While the performance of the pasta industry is influenced by the economy and financial well-being of consumers, both of which are under increasing pressure since the onset of the pandemic, pasta demand has grown as consumers stocked up on dry foods. Sales of ready-to-eat pasta meals are growing, driven by higher income consumers, but the segment still remains small.
  • Maritime Transport and Marine Manufacturing in South Africa
    South Africa
    16 July 2021
    R 14 400.00 (ZAR)  
    estimated $ 990.03 (USD) *
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    The sea, coastal and inland water transport system facilitates trade and plays a crucial role in the movement of passengers and goods. Before the coronavirus pandemic, around 300 million tons of seaborne cargo moved through South African ports each year. The pandemic has brought into focus the critical role performed by the maritime transport industry in the delivery of medicine, food, fuel and other essential supplies, but has also highlighted the hardships facing thousands of crew members stranded at sea.
  • The Fertiliser and Nitrogen Compounds Industry
    South Africa
    07 July 2021
    R 14 400.00 (ZAR)  
    estimated $ 990.03 (USD) *
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    South Africa’s fertiliser industry is experiencing a bumper year on the back of rising fertiliser prices and record maize production, which accounts for more than half of all fertiliser consumed in the country. However, there is concern over increasing imports and a decrease in local production. The sector is also faced with the threat of land expropriation and issues such as climate change which could increase the likelihood of drought in future years. Transport costs, electricity supply and exchange rate volatility also affect the sector.
  • Real Estate Activities
    South Africa
    30 June 2021
    R 14 400.00 (ZAR)  
    estimated $ 990.03 (USD) *
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    The real estate sector has been significantly affected by the pandemic as listed property shares fell and the commercial property sector was struck by growing vacancies and a decrease in property valuations. While sales in the residential property sector began to increase in late 2020, partly driven by record low interest rates, property transactions declined significantly in 2020, likely due to temporary closure of deeds offices due to the pandemic.
  • The Poultry and Egg Industry
    South Africa
    30 June 2021
    R 14 400.00 (ZAR)  
    estimated $ 990.03 (USD) *
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    The poultry and egg industry accounted for one-fifth of total agricultural gross value and 40% of the gross value of all animal products in South Africa in 2020. The industry is the primary supplier of quality, affordable protein to South Africans and there are over a million households in the country engaged in some form of poultry production, mostly on a subsistence level. Consumption of poultry and egg products is significantly higher than combined consumption of beef, pork, mutton and goat meat.
  • The Petroleum Industry in Kenya
    Kenya
    30 June 2021
    R 14 400.00 (ZAR)  
    estimated $ 990.03 (USD) *
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    Following Tullow Oil’s discovery in 2012 of crude oil reserves in northern Kenya’s Lokichar sub-basin, estimated at over 4 billion barrels, Kenya has been touted as Africa’s next major oil producer. Results from an early oil pilot project indicate that the reserves in Turkana’s Amosing and Ngamia fields are commercially viable. But the coronavirus pandemic and other setbacks have delayed the development of the oilfields for commercial production. The Kenyan government hopes to secure investment to construct crude oil processing and storage facilities and an oil pipeline.
  • State-Owned Enterprises
    South Africa
    24 June 2021
    R 14 400.00 (ZAR)  
    estimated $ 990.03 (USD) *
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    The ongoing financial and operational crises faced by a number of major state-owned enterprises (SOEs) casts doubt on their practicality and survival. Total SOE debt stands at a staggering R692.9bn. The most recent budget review indicated that SOEs have reported poor growth, high costs and elevated debt servicing costs, and several appear to be at risk of defaulting on their debts. Prospective reforms and increasing private-sector participation provide some hope for South Africa’s SOEs.
  • The Manufacture of Adhesives and Sealants in South Africa
    South Africa
    15 June 2021
    R 14 400.00 (ZAR)  
    estimated $ 990.03 (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 $ 990.03 (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 $ 990.03 (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.

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