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  • Pension Funding
    South Africa
    22 June 2017
    R 20 160.00 (ZAR)  
    estimated $ 1 578.53 (USD) *
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    Members of the Association for Savings and Investment South Africa (ASISA) managed total assets worth R8.6-trillion in 2015, according to the Association’s latest Annual Review published in 2015. The South African retirement industry today manages assets of around R1.8-trillion. This excludes the Government Employees Pension Fund (GEPF) with assets under management of more than R1.6-trillion.
  • Wholesale and Retail Trade in Construction Materials
    South Africa
    20 June 2017
    R 20 160.00 (ZAR)  
    estimated $ 1 578.53 (USD) *
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    According to Statistics South Africa (StatsSA), the total building materials market was worth R191.3bn in 2016. Wholesale trade in construction materials such as basic materials such as cement, aggregate, concrete and steel totalled some R122.9bn, while retail sales of hardware, paint and glass were worth R68.3bn. Building materials account for 6.2% of total South African wholesale trade, while the retail of hardware, paint and glass makes up 7.5% of all retail.
  • Retail of Furniture, Appliances and White Goods
    South Africa
    13 June 2017
    R 20 160.00 (ZAR)  
    estimated $ 1 578.53 (USD) *
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    The furniture and appliance industry is one of the country’s smallest retail sectors, contributing just 5.4% to total retail sales in 2016, equating to R41.3bn. The three main furniture and appliance retailers, JD Group, Shoprite and Lewis, have a combined footprint of more than 2,200 stores in the country and the four main retailers together hold an estimated 56% of the domestic market.
  • The Tyre Industry
    South Africa
    12 June 2017
    R 20 160.00 (ZAR)  
    estimated $ 1 578.53 (USD) *
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    The tyre industry is worth approximately R30bn per annum and is one of the key supporting industries for the domestic automotive industry. Although the industry has the capacity to manufacture 18 million tyres per annum, only 11 million tyres are manufactured locally. While 2 million locally manufactured tyres are exported mainly to SADC countries, 40% of all passenger car tyres and 60% of all truck tyres are imported.
  • The Coal Mining Sector, including Coal Testing and Laboratories
    South Africa
    07 June 2017
    R 20 160.00 (ZAR)  
    estimated $ 1 578.53 (USD) *
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    During 2016 the South African coal mining sector produced 251.0 million tonnes (Mt) of coal and exported 76.4Mt of coal worth US$3.8bn. Coal mining contributed R67bn or 1.8% to the country’s GDP at current prices in 2015, while more than 77,000 people were employed by the sector.
  • South African Maritime Transport and Marine Manufacturing Sector
    South Africa
    07 June 2017
    R 20 160.00 (ZAR)  
    estimated $ 1 578.53 (USD) *
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    The revitalisation of South Africa’s maritime industry, which is currently estimated to contribute R55bn to the country’s GDP, has been identified as a national imperative and in July 2014, the South African government presented its vision for the development of the nation’s relatively untapped “Blue Economy”. Known as Operation Phakisa, the flagship Oceans Economy programme seeks to shore up the nation’s rapid development agenda by providing impetus to the government’s infrastructure build programme and maximising South Africa’s competitive advantage.
  • Courier Activities
    South Africa
    29 May 2017
    R 20 160.00 (ZAR)  
    estimated $ 1 578.53 (USD) *
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    The tough macro-economic environment has affected the growth of the courier, express and parcel (CEP) sector over the past few years. Estimated to be worth R20bn per annum, this industry delivers items from all sectors of the South African economy. Industry players range from multinational companies offering global services to single individuals with a bakkie or scooter. In this sector 74 companies are registered as unreserved postal services (UPS) operators.
  • The Fertiliser and Nitrogen Compounds Industry
    South Africa
    26 May 2017
    R 20 160.00 (ZAR)  
    estimated $ 1 578.53 (USD) *
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    In South Africa and other developing markets the supply of fertilisers is increasingly linked to developmental objectives of ensuring food security and supporting and growing the small-scale farming sector. The estimated value of the South African fertiliser market is approximately R10bn. The industry supplies around 2 million tons of fertiliser products to the local market, with the maize industry consuming between 40% and 50% of total production.
  • Call Centre Operations
    South Africa
    25 May 2017
    R 20 160.00 (ZAR)  
    estimated $ 1 578.53 (USD) *
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    The call centre sector, which contributes about R53bn annually to GDP and employs approximately 220,000 people is supported by Business Process Enabling South Africa (BPeSA), an association founded in 2002 to promote and develop the local IT-enabled services industry. Incorporated in the sector is Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) which involves relocating business processes that a company usually performs in-house such as customer-related business and administrative functions, to a third-party service provider such as a call centre. Outsourcing becomes off-shoring when the third-party service provider is located overseas.
  • The Supply and Manufacture of Medical and Surgical Equipment and Orthopaedic Appliances
    South Africa
    24 May 2017
    R 20 160.00 (ZAR)  
    estimated $ 1 578.53 (USD) *
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    Estimates for the value of the South African medical device market range from R11bn in 2013 to between R13.2bn and R21.7bn in 2015, and shrinking to around R12bn in 2017 as a result of the weak Rand. The industry is extremely sensitive to currency volatility since almost 95% of devices are imported. In this diverse sector there are more than 600 suppliers, many of whom are small businesses that are distributors and agents for large multinational subsidiaries.
  • The Life Insurance Industry including Reinsurance
    South Africa
    22 May 2017
    R 20 160.00 (ZAR)  
    estimated $ 1 578.53 (USD) *
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    The South African life insurance industry contributed R429.3bn to the local economy through benefit payments to policyholders and beneficiaries during the course of 2016 and currently holds assets of around R2.63-trillion. The Association for Savings and Investment South Africa (ASISA) reported that in the 12-month period ended 31 December 2016, premiums, investment and other income totalled more than R577bn, while benefit payments to policyholders and beneficiaries totalled R429.3bn.
  • Farming of Animals
    South Africa
    09 May 2017
    R 20 160.00 (ZAR)  
    estimated $ 1 578.53 (USD) *
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    Livestock farming is the largest agricultural sector with a population of 13.399 million cattle and 23.287 million sheep as at August 2016. These numbers are significantly down from the 2015 figures due to the poor 2014/2015 rainfall season and the drought-induced losses of 2016. According to the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF), 2015 revenue from animal products, excluding fowls slaughtered and eggs, amounted to R63.178bn, an increase of over 15% on the 2014 figure of R54.667bn. The game industry contributed more than R20bn to GDP with hunting accounting for R7.3bn and the breeding and sales of game animals approximately R5bn.
  • Cargo Handling, Storage and Warehousing
    South Africa
    04 May 2017
    R 20 160.00 (ZAR)  
    estimated $ 1 578.53 (USD) *
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    2016 was a difficult year for major role players in the cargo handling, storage and warehousing sector, with Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA), reporting a year-on-year drop of 4.7% in the amount of cargo transported by sea, and SAA Cargo reporting a decrease of 17,000 tonnes in the amount of air freight handled.
  • The Clothing Industry
    South Africa
    28 April 2017
    R 20 160.00 (ZAR)  
    estimated $ 1 578.53 (USD) *
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    According to Statistics South Africa (StatsSA), the local Clothing, Textile, Footwear and Leather (CTFL) manufacturing sub-sector generated income of R55bn in 2016, with the clothing manufacturing segment accounting for R20bn. Retail sales for the CTFL market were estimated at R170bn in the same year. Although the value of South African clothing exports increased by 3% year-on-year to R5.64bn in 2016, the value of imported clothing also increased by more than 7.5% year-on-year to R23.8bn.
  • Manufacture of Flour and Grain Mill Products
    South Africa
    24 April 2017
    R 20 160.00 (ZAR)  
    estimated $ 1 578.53 (USD) *
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    Despite the increase in the number of informal millers and micro mills throughout the country, the sector remains highly concentrated with 25 companies generating 75% of all maize milled. The leading four players, Pioneer, Premier Foods, Pride Milling and Tiger Brands, together mill approximately 75% of the maize meal produced in the country and dominate the wheat milling market with 97% market share.
  • Health and Beauty Spa Industry
    South Africa
    21 April 2017
    R 20 160.00 (ZAR)  
    estimated $ 1 578.53 (USD) *
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    Total revenue in the South African health and beauty spa industry is estimated to have reached R1.54bn in 2016. The industry employed approximately 5,500 people and there are more than 700 spa facilities in the country. South African Spa Association (SASA) statistics reveal that many spas are linked to hotels and resorts and that more than 80% of spas are locally-owned.
  • Residential Facilities for Older Persons
    South Africa
    12 April 2017
    R 20 160.00 (ZAR)  
    estimated $ 1 578.53 (USD) *
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    South Africa's population aged 60 years or older is expected to increase from 7.7% to 15.4% of the total population, from an estimated 4.2 million people in 2015 to 10.1 million people over the next 35 years. Currently there are an estimated 1,150 residential facilities for older persons, but only 415 of these are registered with the Department of Social Development, and only eight are state-managed and fully subsidised by the government. Countrywide there are also more than 1,000 private residential facilities and retirement villages where residents are responsible for the full cost of their accommodation.
  • Legal Activities and Services
    South Africa
    10 April 2017
    R 20 160.00 (ZAR)  
    estimated $ 1 578.53 (USD) *
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    In the South African legal sector there are currently 25,035 attorneys practising at a total of 12,373 law firms. The number of practising attorneys has increased by 42% since 2006 and the number of law firms and advocates, while not growing as quickly, has evidenced a steady upwards trend over the past decade. Despite these increases, the sector remains significantly over-supplied with regards to legal graduates looking to enter the profession. On average some 1,800 new attorneys and between 100 and 200 new advocates begin practising law each year. By contrast, first-time student enrolment in legal degrees stood at more than 7,000 in 2016 and an average of 3,900 students graduate with an LLB annually.
  • The Banking Industry
    South Africa
    06 April 2017
    R 20 160.00 (ZAR)  
    estimated $ 1 578.53 (USD) *
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    The South African banking sector which has total assets of R4,890bn is under the spotlight for collusion by three of the major banks on fixing foreign currency. Other important developments in the sector include the closing of the accounts of the Gupta family, regarded as politically connected to President Jacob Zuma, which led to the scrutiny of black ownership in the financial sector, and the major banks defending their lending practices and records in addressing racial inequality. The firing of Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan and his deputy Mcebisi Jonas and the controversial cabinet reshuffle at the end of March 2017 has been described by the Banking Association as a matter of “extreme concern for the whole of South Africa.” A direct result has been a downgrade to junk status of the country’s foreign currency debt by global ratings agency S&P and the Rand immediately plummeting more than 4% after it had strengthened more than 20% in the course of a year.
  • Manufacture and Wholesale of Basic Iron and Steel
    South Africa
    24 March 2017
    R 20 160.00 (ZAR)  
    estimated $ 1 578.53 (USD) *
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    Steel manufacturing plays a crucial role in the beneficiation of South Africa’s iron ore, and also supports a number of key industries such as construction, automotive manufacturing and mining. The iron and steel sector produced 6.1 million tonnes (Mt) of crude steel in 2016, exported 2.0Mt of primary steel products worth R21.9bn, and contributed 1.5% to the country’s GDP. Statistics show that every 1,000 tonnes of locally-produced steel adds R9.2m to GDP, and provides three direct and three indirect jobs.
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