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  • Mining of Iron Ore and Chrome
    South Africa
    15 November 2019
    R 14 400.00 (ZAR)  
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    South Africa is the world’s sixth-largest iron ore producer and third largest iron ore exporter. It has 36% of the world’s chromite reserves, and is the is the world’s largest chrome producer and second-largest producer of ferrochrome. The iron ore mining sector employed 18,613 people in 2018, while the chrome ore mining sector had 18,935 employees in 2018. Rapidly rising input costs and policy and regulatory uncertainty are some of the challenges faced by the iron ore and chrome ore mining sectors. Expected growth in demand for chrome ore and ferrochrome, due to increasing stainless steel production, continues to present opportunities for the sector, as does growing demand for higher-grade iron ore from China.
  • The Banking Industry in Kenya
    Kenya
    13 November 2019
    R 14 400.00 (ZAR)  
    estimated $ 997.87 (USD) *
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    Kenya’s financial sector is well developed although the country is considered overbanked with 40 registered banks. The market is highly concentrated with the 12 listed commercial banks owning 89% of the total assets in 2018. Commentators view the industry as well capitalised and performance is steadily picking up momentum since the market shock of 2016 when the government introduced capped interest rates that discouraged savings, reduced private sector and SME access to credit and impeded banking sector competition, particularly by reducing smaller banks’ profitability. Innovations such as agent banking, which allows commercial banks and microfinance banks to engage the services of third party outlets to deliver specified financial services on their behalf, have improved financial inclusion in rural and urban areas.
  • The Banking Sector in Angola
    Angola
    07 November 2019
    R 14 400.00 (ZAR)  
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    Angola’s banking industry is dominated by six banks and competition from non-bank institutions such as microlenders remains low. A distinct characteristic of the Angolan banking sector is the participation of the state, ruling party loyalists and state-owned enterprises such as the national oil company Sonangol in private banks, and policy dictates that foreign banks can only operate in Angola through joint ventures with local and state-owned companies. During the past 17 years, the Angolan banking sector has expanded rapidly to become the third-largest sector in sub-Saharan Africa behind South Africa and Nigeria. The number of licensed commercial banks increased from nine in 2003 to 26 in July 2019.
  • Courier, Express and Parcel Services (Other than national postal services)
    South Africa
    31 October 2019
    R 14 400.00 (ZAR)  
    estimated $ 997.87 (USD) *
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    Although the courier, express and parcel services sector faces weak economic conditions, it is benefitting from the growth in e-commerce sales, increasing demand for just-in-time deliveries and from the poor service provided by the post office. Increasing customer demand for speedy and flexible deliveries and the growth of disruptive startups and innovative delivery options are forcing traditional operators to review their distribution strategies and in some cases partner with or invest in new disruptive on-demand delivery companies to provide innovative and alternative delivery options.
  • The Motor Vehicle Industry
    South Africa
    28 October 2019
    R 14 400.00 (ZAR)  
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    As the largest manufacturing sector in South Africa’s economy, vehicle and component production accounted for 29.9% of the country’s manufacturing output in 2018 compared to 30.1% in 2017. The broader automotive industry’s contribution to gross domestic product was 6.9% which comprised 4.4% for manufacturing and 2.5% for retail. The country’s weak macro-economic environment, pressure on consumers’ disposable income and fragile business and consumer confidence, resulted in new-vehicle sales declining marginally in 2018. Exports of automotive products, which reached a record R178.8bn, were shipped to a record 155 export destinations, up from 149 in 2017.
  • The Beverages Industry in Mozambique
    Mozambique
    23 October 2019
    R 14 400.00 (ZAR)  
    estimated $ 997.87 (USD) *
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    A new entrant in the beer market and a number of commitments by industry players to increase capacity reflect investor interest in Mozambique’s relatively underdeveloped, but expanding beverages market, despite the challenging operating environment. Coca-Cola Beverages Africa dominates Mozambique’s non-alcoholic beverages market. The commercial beer segment was previously controlled by Cervejas de Moçambique, which is 49%-held by AB InBev. But the opening of a US$100m brewery in Maputo in March 2019 by Dutch brewer Heineken has triggered a beer war.
  • Manufacture of Sugar in Eswatini
    Eswatini (formerly Swaziland)
    14 October 2019
    R 14 400.00 (ZAR)  
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    Eswatini is a major sugar producer on the continent. Sugar is the country’s main export commodity, and Eswatini is the 4th largest sugar producer in Africa and the 25th largest producer in the world. Sugar production accounts for over half of Eswatini‘s agricultural output and contributes about US$285m to the country’s gross domestic product. The industry employs more than 20,000 workers.
  • The Telecommunications Industry in Kenya
    Kenya
    11 October 2019
    R 14 400.00 (ZAR)  
    estimated $ 997.87 (USD) *
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    Kenya’s telecommunications sector grew relatively strongly in 2018, supported mainly by growth in the digital economy, mobile telephony, and internet penetration. Access to the internet is mostly obtained through mobile phones, which have become increasingly available and affordable, and data subscriptions stood at 46.8 million, out of which nearly half were on broadband. The Kenyan government identified the telecommunications industry as a key sector to aid rapid economic growth, and the sector is riding a wave of digital advancement that is expected to affect the telecommunications, digital services and cyber security markets in particular.
  • Veterinary Activities including Veterinary Research
    South Africa
    04 October 2019
    R 14 400.00 (ZAR)  
    estimated $ 997.87 (USD) *
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    June 2019 statistics indicate there are 6,808 veterinary and para-veterinary practitioners registered in South Africa, 17% more than there were in 2016. Tough economic conditions are expected to affect growth in the pet care industry. Some of the priorities for the sector include providing veterinary services to small farmers in rural areas, developing a national programme to prevent and control diseases, improving South Africa’s status as a leading country in veterinary research and diagnostics and improving accessibility, availability and affordability of veterinary services.
  • The Beverages Sector in Angola
    Angola
    03 October 2019
    R 14 400.00 (ZAR)  
    estimated $ 997.87 (USD) *
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    The beverages industry plays a key role in the Angolan economy, contributing about 4% to GDP. Production meets about 90% of local demand of about 3 billion litres per year. With installed capacity at over 4.5 billion litres per annum, there is plenty of room for the sector to expand when economic conditions improve. Beer is the nation’s alcoholic beverage of choice and on average each Angolan consumes about 59 litres of it a year. The country also has a well-established wine drinking culture and is one of the largest markets on the continent for wine and spirits. However, given the high levels of poverty, branded products are regarded as a luxury purchase and there is a significant informal trade in liquor and non-alcoholic beverages.
  • Manufacture of Bakery Products
    South Africa
    30 September 2019
    R 14 400.00 (ZAR)  
    estimated $ 997.87 (USD) *
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    Bread is the second most important staple food in South Africa after maize meal. With the price of maize products decreasing following a good maize harvest, many people reverted to maize meal, resulting in bread consumption in South Africa declining slightly since May 2018. The manufacture of baked goods is a growing industry, and artisanal and in-store bakeries are on the increase. Higher-income consumers have variety and health requirements, while there are opportunities for emerging bakers to enter local informal markets.
  • Manufacture of Soap and Cleaning Products, Wax and Polishes
    South Africa
    30 September 2019
    R 14 400.00 (ZAR)  
    estimated $ 997.87 (USD) *
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    The manufacture of cleaning products, wax and polishes is a well-established industry in South Africa where several multinational companies and major home-grown players compete. The annual retail sales value of cleaning products is estimated to be around R20bn, with the largest segment being laundry care. Personal hygiene products and cleaning agents have traditionally been regarded as essential items, but economic pressures have altered consumer spending patterns and household cleaning products are no longer considered a necessity.
  • Education
    South Africa
    30 September 2019
    R 14 400.00 (ZAR)  
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    In 2019, education and culture received the largest share of the budget, with a R262.4bn allocation. The country’s education system receives funding which is about 20% of the national budget and 6% of GDP, exceeding that of many sub-Saharan African countries - but they achieve far better educational outcomes than South Africa does. South Africa’s poorest learners depend on dysfunctional public schooling and achieve poor outcomes, and while enrolment at the secondary level has been expanding, completion rates are low. About 400,000 students who started grade one 12 years ago, did not reach grade 12 in 2018. In the higher education sector, universities can accommodate only 18% of South African matriculants and 47% will drop out.
  • The Mozambican Petroleum Industry
    Mozambique
    17 September 2019
    R 14 400.00 (ZAR)  
    estimated $ 997.87 (USD) *
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    This report focuses on the manufacture of petroleum products from crude oil and natural gas and the wholesale and retail trade of these products. The liquid fuels sector is dominated by multinational petroleum companies that distribute products through partnerships with local companies. Mozambique is a net importer of petroleum products, and bitumen is the only product that is produced locally. The decision by Texas-based Anadarko to invest about US$25bn in the Rovuma liquefied natural gas (LNG) project, and other major projects in the Rovuma basin, will bring opportunities for local businesses and skills development.
  • The Maritime Transport and Marine Manufacturing Sector
    South Africa
    16 September 2019
    R 14 400.00 (ZAR)  
    estimated $ 997.87 (USD) *
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    The revitalisation of South Africa’s maritime transport and marine manufacturing industries, which contribute around R56.5bn to the economy each year, continues to be driven by the government’s oceans economy programme, Operation Phakisa. In the boatbuilding sector, South Africa is the second largest producer of catamarans in the world, and local boat builders are well-regarded internationally.
  • The Manufacture and Supply of Batteries
    South Africa
    12 September 2019
    R 14 400.00 (ZAR)  
    estimated $ 997.87 (USD) *
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    The strength of the automotive and independent power producer industries and strong energy security research and development activity continue to support growth in the battery manufacturing industry. There is significant opportunity for continued development on the back of increasing renewable generation and energy storage investment, partly to counter the increasing risk of an Eskom failure. In the past decade, the rechargeable lithium-ion battery market doubled on average every three years due to the increased usage of mobile phones, computer tablets and laptops.
  • The Banking Industry
    South Africa
    06 September 2019
    R 14 400.00 (ZAR)  
    estimated $ 997.87 (USD) *
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    There were 42 banking institutions, excluding registered foreign bank representatives, registered with the Prudential Authority in May 2019, an increase from 36 institutions a year earlier. There are 30 foreign banks with approved representative offices in South Africa. Total assets of all types of registered banks stood at R5.74-trillion in May, a year-on-year increase of 11.1%. South Africa’s banking sector is still highly concentrated with the five largest banks holding over 90% of total assets in February 2019. Capitec Bank’s customer base and market capitalisation continue to grow ahead of its large competitors.
  • Manufacture of Plastics and Plastic Products
    South Africa
    05 September 2019
    R 14 400.00 (ZAR)  
    estimated $ 997.87 (USD) *
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    Challenging macro-economic conditions compounded by rising input costs, and growing concern about plastic products’ impact on the environment continue to have a significant effect on the performance of the local plastics and plastic products industry. Recent figures show the volume of plastic products manufactured increased by 3.3% between May 2018 and May 2019, while the sales value of these products rose by 5.3%. According to the industry association, 60,000 people are employed in the plastics and plastic products industry, while an estimated 1,800 companies operate as converters.
  • The Tyre Industry
    South Africa
    03 September 2019
    R 14 400.00 (ZAR)  
    estimated $ 997.87 (USD) *
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    South Africa’s four tyre manufacturers - Goodyear, Bridgestone, Continental and Sumitomo (Dunlop) are all owned by international tyre companies with extensive global footprints. These four manufacturers supply tyres to automakers and the tyre replacement market and they send consignments to other parts of Africa. An average 11 million tyres are sold in South Africa each year.
  • The Footwear Industry
    South Africa
    27 August 2019
    R 14 400.00 (ZAR)  
    estimated $ 997.87 (USD) *
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    South Africa’s footwear manufacturers, wholesalers and retailers are struggling in the face of tough economic conditions. South African Footwear and Leather Industry Association (Saflia) figures show that local market demand for footwear was 264 million pairs in 2018, with local production accounting for less than one-quarter of demand. While local production decreased by nearly 9 million pairs or 13.3% in 2018, imports grew by 3.3 million pairs, or 1.6%. This drop in production can, in part, be attributed to a protracted strike in the industry in the middle of 2018.

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