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  • The Clothing Industry in Mozambique
    Mozambique
    03 April 2020
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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
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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
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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
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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.
  • Labour Recruitment and Provision of Staff
    South Africa
    27 March 2020
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    The labour recruitment industry plays a significant role in the South African economy. The unemployment rate of 29.1% is at its highest level since comparable data was first recorded in 2008. According to Stats SA approximately 40.1% of South Africa’s 20.4 million young people aged 15 to 34 are not in employment, education or training of any sort. The Confederation of Associations in the Private Employment Sector (Capes) represents more than 1,200 independent staffing businesses and more than 10,000 employees.
  • Health and Beauty Spa Industry
    South Africa
    24 March 2020
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    Spending on spa products and services had been growing in line with a growing middle class, booming wellness tourism industry and interest in healthy living and stress reduction. However, the coronavirus lockdown and travel restrictions have effectively stopped travel and tourism, which will have serious implications for the tourism and spa industries. The lockdown has seen all spas in South Africa close their doors. Many spas and beauty salons had already closed prior to the lockdown in order to protect their staff and customers. As an industry that comes into direct, close contact with the public, the spa industry will experience significant losses, even after the virus is contained, as customers may continue to exercise social distancing.
  • Event Management
    South Africa
    23 March 2020
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    South Africa’s meetings, incentives, conventions and exhibitions industry is an important sector to attract foreign visitors and investment. In 2019, 11.4% of foreign tourism was attributed to this industry, where about one million business delegates are hosted annually. Factors that contribute to South Africa’s success as an events destination are the quality of infrastructure, accessibility and price. Despite being a long-haul destination, the cost of hosting a convention or exhibition in South Africa is highly competitive. Coronavirus has had a huge impact on conferences and tourism globally and in South Africa.
  • The Contract Cleaning Industry
    South Africa
    18 March 2020
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    The contract cleaning industry plays an important role in job creation in South Africa and it is estimated that the sector contributed about 0.8% to GDP in Q3 2019. Due to the informal nature of cleaning businesses, the majority of workers in the sector are employed under fixed-term commercial contracts. Based on National Contract Cleaners Association membership, the sector is growing strongly as entry into the industry is easy and startups are flooding the market. The industry is susceptible to economic downturns as customers try to cut costs and negotiate lower rates.
  • Wholesale and Retail Trade in Construction Materials
    South Africa
    06 March 2020
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    Building materials are a key input for residential and commercial building, as well as large civil engineering projects. The construction materials trade, with sales nearing R200bn in 2019, employs over 45,000 people and has important linkages with downstream mining and manufacturing. Players face rising competition and an increasingly challenging trading environment due to low economic growth and the decline of the construction sector.
  • Ocean and Coastal Fishing and Fish Farming
    South Africa
    27 February 2020
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    South Africa consumes approximately 312 million kilograms of seafood annually, of which 50% is caught locally and 70% is sardine and hake. Fishing rights were last allocated in 2005 and expire in December 2020, and it is expected they will be adjusted to give community-based and small black-owned fishing enterprises increased access to allocated rights.
  • The Banking Sector in Zimbabwe
    Zimbabwe
    26 February 2020
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    The performance of Zimbabwe’s banking sector is constrained by the economy. The re-introduction of the local currency did not bring economic relief, and exacerbated cash shortages and hampered trade. The decline in the number of banks in the past decade resulted from the collapse of some locally-owned banks and consolidations and mergers to meet new stringent regulatory capital requirements. Bank failures resulted from poor corporate governance, insolvency and imprudent lending activities, exacerbated by low confidence in the banking sector due to high transactional costs and marginal rates on deposits.
  • The Tobacco Industry in Mozambique
    Mozambique
    24 February 2020
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    Mozambique’s tobacco industry forms part of its agricultural sector and contributes about a third of total agricultural exports and almost 4% of the value of the country’s total exports of goods and services. The majority of the agricultural sector is made up of subsistence farming, with mostly small family farms growing tobacco alongside other crops. About 130,000 to 150,000 farmers grow tobacco in Mozambique. While demand for tobacco in traditional global markets has been declining, Asian and African demand has been growing steadily and leaf sourcing is moving to low-cost producing countries, making the Mozambican tobacco sector attractive for investors.
  • Washing and Dry Cleaning Services
    South Africa
    21 February 2020
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    The South African washing and dry cleaning industry has had mixed fortunes. Stakeholders estimate that the laundry industry is growing at between 5% and 10% per annum, but dry cleaning services have been in decline for some years. Significant increases in the cost of water and electricity and unreliable electricity supply have affected the industry. Commercial operations that provide services for industries such as healthcare have been affected by an increased number of on-premises laundries. The industry employs more than 50,000 people and services clients across many sectors.
  • The Liquor Industry
    South Africa
    20 February 2020
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    South Africa’s liquor industry is considered mature and dominated by large global companies. The top liquor players, those which produce and distribute beer wine and spirits, all have strong brands, which gives them pricing power, which is enhanced through premiumisation. The top five companies, AB InBev, Distell, Heineken, Diageo and Namibian Breweries, collectively have a significant percentage of the local legal retail liquor market.
  • The Banking Sector in Nigeria
    Nigeria
    18 February 2020
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    Nigeria’s banking sector is the second-largest in sub-Saharan Africa behind South Africa. Total assets were worth N39.6-trillion (naira) in August 2019. Some small- and mid-sized Nigerian banks are battling to rebuild capital levels after a slump in oil prices triggered a foreign-currency shortage, and a recession in 2016 made it difficult for businesses to repay loans. Some commentators said the large banks were guilty of reckless lending to the oil sector while oil prices were high. After the slump, oil prices have recovered and banks have once again extended credit to the sector. High unemployment, subdued economic growth and vulnerability to oil prices are still causes for concern.
  • Air Transport and Air Ground Handling Services
    South Africa
    12 February 2020
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    The air transport industry is a major contributor to the South African economy as it facilitates the movement of passengers and cargo to, from and within the country. Air transport and foreign tourists travelling by air contribute 3.2% of GDP. Local industry developments are dominated by the business rescue of national carrier South African Airways (SAA) and the liquidity crisis of its subsidiary SA Express. SAA, SA Express and SAA Technical are included in the commission of inquiry into state capture, corruption and fraud in the public sector. Travel restrictions, airport closures and flight cancellations following the global outbreak of the coronavirus are reducing global air passenger and cargo volumes.
  • Manufacture of Explosives and Pyrotechnics
    South Africa
    11 February 2020
    R 14 400.00 (ZAR)  
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    The explosives market is largely dependent on the mining industry, which continues to struggle due to increasing costs, strike action, regulatory and operational challenges, and unstable electricity supply. The mining sector returned to profitability in 2019 due to higher commodity prices and a weaker rand. But declining production, high operation costs, and load-shedding are threatening the future of mines and mining industry output. The South African market for explosives is small and extremely competitive, and competition has forced down prices, resulting in lower margins. To increase their competitive edge, companies offer value-added services such as consulting and training for blasters.
  • Wholesale and Retail of Food in Angola
    Angola
    31 January 2020
    R 14 400.00 (ZAR)  
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    The wholesale and retail of food in Angola contributes over 18% to GDP and, including the large informal market, creates over 1.7 million jobs. Heavy investment in supermarkets and shopping malls saw the formal market share of food sales increase from less than 5% in 2000 to between 20% and 30% in 2019. But expansion has slowed since 2016.
  • The Insurance Industry in Botswana
    Botswana
    29 January 2020
    R 14 400.00 (ZAR)  
    estimated $ 931.99 (USD) *
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    Unemployment and poverty are cited as the factors that most constrain growth in Botswana’s insurance industry. Short-term insurers in particular report that insurance premiums are becoming unaffordable for consumers as households are highly indebted. Life insurance companies, on the other hand, are launching new products to meet the needs of the large middle- to upper-income market.
  • The South African Cement Manufacturing Industry, including Lime and Related Materials
    South Africa
    24 January 2020
    R 14 400.00 (ZAR)  
    estimated $ 931.99 (USD) *
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    The distressed state of the construction sector, the poor economy and reduced spending on infrastructure resulted in declining sales volumes of cement in 2019. Local producers of lime, cement and related products entered 2020 with declining production capacity utilisation rates, weakening demand and intensifying competition for market share. Although South Africa and its neighbours are oversupplied, imported cement continues to pour into the saturated market. The challenging local operating environment has been compounded by high fuel costs and energy insecurity.

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