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  • The Construction Industry in Mozambique
    Mozambique
    10 August 2017
    R 14 400.00 (ZAR)  
    estimated $ 1 127.52 (USD) *
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    Although small and underdeveloped by global standards, the Mozambican construction industry plays a pivotal role in all sectors of the local economy and is one of the main drivers of socio-economic development and job creation. During the past decade, the expansion of the local construction industry has been driven by unprecedented infrastructure development. However, the disclosure, in April 2016, of hidden government-guaranteed loans amounting to around US$2bn plunged Mozambique’s economy into crisis, causing the growth trajectory of the country’s construction industry to slow to 6.7% in 2016. Despite this setback, analysts predict that infrastructure spend will rally, rising to around US$6bn per annum by 2025 as new mega-projects break ground.
  • Manufacture of General Purpose Machinery
    South Africa
    31 July 2017
    R 14 400.00 (ZAR)  
    estimated $ 1 127.52 (USD) *
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    Sales of general purpose machinery were worth some R36.2bn in 2016 up from R34.1bn in 2015 and according to the Manufacturing, Engineering and Related Services Sector Education and Training Authority (merSETA), employment in the metals chamber stands at 298,000. General purpose machinery is typically defined as machinery that is used in a wide variety of industries, as opposed to machinery put to a specialised use in a single sector, such as agricultural equipment. There are 13 major product categories within the sector and there are a handful of major manufacturers or distributors active in each category with some 70 large or medium-sized businesses active in the sector as a whole.
  • The Manufacture and Supply of Batteries and EMD
    South Africa
    31 July 2017
    R 14 400.00 (ZAR)  
    estimated $ 1 127.52 (USD) *
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    The domestic battery manufacturing industry experienced a difficult 2016 due to pressure on consumers’ disposable income, declining employment, tightening credit conditions and political developments that resulted in gradual economic decline culminating in a recession in Q2 2017. Also a factor was the increase in the number of imported batteries, a sub-sector which continued to gain market share at the expense of local production despite the increase in import duty to 15%. The majority of imported automotive batteries originate from South Korea where manufacturers enjoy government sponsored grants and incentives. This negatively impacts local manufacturers, a situation compounded by the export of scrap batteries back to the country of manufacture, raising the cost of domestically recycled lead and making local manufacturing less competitive.
  • Railway Transport
    South Africa
    28 July 2017
    R 14 400.00 (ZAR)  
    estimated $ 1 127.52 (USD) *
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    South Africa’s current rail network is the eleventh-largest in the world at 22,387 route-km or 30,400 track-km. It comprises 12,801km of national network, 7,278km of branch lines and 2,228km of narrow gauge urban network, as well as 80km of standard gauge regional rapid transit network. The Department of Transport regulates all transportation in the country and shares its responsibility for both passenger and freight infrastructure and operations with the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA), the Rail Safety Regulator (RSR) and Transnet SOC Ltd. The Department of Transport has oversight over PRASA and RSR, while Transnet, a state-owned company, falls under the Department of Public Enterprises. The Gauteng Provincial Government, through the Gautrain Management Agency (GMA), is the owner of the R27bn Gautrain system.
  • The Contract Cleaning Industry
    South Africa
    27 July 2017
    R 14 400.00 (ZAR)  
    estimated $ 1 127.52 (USD) *
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    The contract cleaning industry, which forms part of the temporary employment services (TES) sub-sector, plays an important role in job creation in South Africa. Almost 100,000 people are employed by approximately 1,500 contract cleaning companies. 620 companies, including 49 suppliers of goods and equipment, were members of the National Contract Cleaners Association (NCCA) as of July 2017. Although companies are not compelled by law to join the NCCA, membership is mandatory if a company wants to tender for contracts. Another important group is the Black Economic Empowerment Cleaning Association (BEECA) which has 50 members.
  • Primary and Secondary Education
    South Africa
    26 July 2017
    R 14 400.00 (ZAR)  
    estimated $ 1 127.52 (USD) *
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    For the 2018/19 financial year the allocation for Basic Education has been increased to R751.9bn, an increase of R1.1bn from the 2016/2017 financial year. However, despite years of investment into the sector with government spending on Basic Education reaching 15% of the total budget, South Africa’s public Primary and Secondary education sectors remain in crisis. The education sector is still struggling to overcome poor literacy levels, low Mathematics and Science results, a high drop-out rate and under-performing teachers.
  • Manufacture of Tanks, Cylinders, Reservoirs, and Steam Generators
    South Africa
    24 July 2017
    R 14 400.00 (ZAR)  
    estimated $ 1 127.52 (USD) *
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    The Pressure Equipment Manufacturing (PEM) industry is a value-adding manufacturing division in the Fabrication of Metals sub-sector and manufactures tanks, cylinders, reservoirs and steam generators. There are approximately 80 active industry players in the local PEM sector while the motion and control industry, which includes all cylinder manufacturers, has 85 industry players that belong to the South African Fluid Power Association (SAFPA). Statistics South Africa reported that total annual structural metal product sales for the 2016/2017 financial year reached R 32.856bn, 2.28% or R746m down on 2015/2016.
  • Consulting Engineering Activities
    South Africa
    20 July 2017
    R 14 400.00 (ZAR)  
    estimated $ 1 127.52 (USD) *
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    South Africa’s consulting engineering industry is represented by Consulting Engineers South Africa (CESA) which reported that fee income stabilised at R25bn annualised, at current prices as at December 2016, with the sector contributing between 0.5% and 0.6% to the country’s GDP. During the last 12 months sector employment decreased to approximately 23,000 consulting engineers employed by more than 540 firms.
  • Manufacture of Insulated Wire and Cable
    South Africa
    19 July 2017
    R 14 400.00 (ZAR)  
    estimated $ 1 127.52 (USD) *
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    Wires and cables are primarily used for electrical purposes, such as transmission and distribution lines, but products also extend to applications in the industrial, mining, nuclear, automotive and communications sectors. Approximately 11,000 people are employed in the manufacture of high voltage cables for industrial use and low and medium voltage cables for household use. The industry is dominated by large power cable manufacturers who are all members of the Association of Electric Cable Manufacturers of South Africa (AECMSA).
  • The Kenyan Petroleum Industry
    Kenya
    17 July 2017
    R 14 400.00 (ZAR)  
    estimated $ 1 127.52 (USD) *
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    The Kenyan petroleum industry contributed an estimated 2.8% to GDP in 2016 with net domestic sales of petroleum products increasing by 6.5% to 5,044.2 thousand tonnes. Currently there is no local crude oil production and activity in the upstream industry is centred on exploration and the development of infrastructure to facilitate production.
  • The Gas Industry
    South Africa
    14 July 2017
    R 14 400.00 (ZAR)  
    estimated $ 1 127.52 (USD) *
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    Currently South Africa has 1.35GW of gas-fired generation capacity which constitutes a mere 3.76% of the nation’s primary energy mix. The country’s share of global gas consumption in 2016 was only 0.1% and 78% of its total consumption of 5.1 billion cubic metres of gas was imported via pipeline from neighbouring Mozambique. Although the South African government has reaffirmed that the proposed nuclear build programme remains on the agenda, the Department of Energy has identified the harnessing of both conventional and unconventional forms of gas as a strategic imperative.
  • The Agri-Business Sector in Zambia
    Zambia
    01 July 2017
    R 14 400.00 (ZAR)  
    estimated $ 1 127.52 (USD) *
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    Despite the fact that the agricultural sector contributes only 5.3% to Zambia’s GDP, it is still the most important sector from a socio-economic point of view. African Statistical Yearbook data shows that 62.5% of the economically active population are involved in agriculture, most of them small-scale farmers who depend on the sector for their livelihoods and employment. There are also an estimated 3,000 medium-and large-scale farmers. Large commercial farms, although they comprise a small percentage of the total number of farms, play an important role in the sector, as they account for most of the output of sugar, tobacco, wheat, potatoes and soya beans.
  • The Motor Vehicle Industry
    South Africa
    28 June 2017
    R 14 400.00 (ZAR)  
    estimated $ 1 127.52 (USD) *
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    As the largest manufacturing sector in South Africa’s economy, vehicle and component production accounted for 33% of South Africa’s manufacturing output in 2016, while the contribution of the broader automotive industry to GDP was 7.4%; 4.7% for manufacturing and 2.7% for retail. Although the new vehicle market generated approximately R233bn in 2016, new vehicle sales recorded a year-on-year decline for the third year in succession. This has been attributed to the slowdown in the domestic economy, above average inflationary pressures in the new vehicle market and increases in interest rates.
  • Wholesale and Retail of Food in Ghana
    Ghana
    27 June 2017
    R 14 400.00 (ZAR)  
    estimated $ 1 127.52 (USD) *
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    Food retail in West Africa is one of the most under-penetrated in the world with less than 5% of food currently sold through organised retail channels. In Ghana the sector is dominated by informal retailers whose traditional retail outlets include open air markets, street side vendors and non-self-service shops. Importers and distributors estimate that 85% of their business is to the open market where retailers and wholesalers source products and then return to their respective home towns to sell products locally. Formal food retailing currently accounts for less than 5% of overall sales.
  • Pension Funding
    South Africa
    22 June 2017
    R 14 400.00 (ZAR)  
    estimated $ 1 127.52 (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 14 400.00 (ZAR)  
    estimated $ 1 127.52 (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 14 400.00 (ZAR)  
    estimated $ 1 127.52 (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 14 400.00 (ZAR)  
    estimated $ 1 127.52 (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 14 400.00 (ZAR)  
    estimated $ 1 127.52 (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 14 400.00 (ZAR)  
    estimated $ 1 127.52 (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.
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