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BEE Peer Analysis
An additional folder labelled ‘BEE’ has been added to the Companies’ file. Here you will find the selected company’s current and historical BEE certificates as well as a BEE peer analysis. The analysis is presented as an infographic comparing each of the company’s five BEE scorecard component scores against those of its peers: 
  • At the two-digit SICC code. For example, Manufacturers of Food products;
  • At the one-digit SICC code. For example, Manufacturers; and
  • Against the full WOW company file.
 Transparency Rating
A transparency rating ranging from 1 (Not transparent) to 10 (Very transparent) has been introduced for companies on the Who Owns Whom database. This measures them on the availability of information on their company in the public domain, as well as their willingness to provide additional information on request. 
Transparency has become an increasingly important requirement of a law-abiding society for the following reasons. 
  • The global fight against corruption, money laundering and terrorist funding activities has made the issue of increased transparency an inexorable international trend.
  • Local efforts to manage state and private sector procurement processes are hampered by dated and inadequate legislation on company disclosure, therefore placing a spotlight on voluntary disclosure by private companies.
  • Transparency is also required to effect new legislation such as FICA, The Preferential Procurement Act and the BEE Scorecard. 
The rating is applied to the 15,000 companies WOW has profiled and not the 170,000 that reflect ownership only. Dormant and liquidated companies have been excluded.
Please see our latest published industry reports below.  

Andrew McGregor


Sale, Maintenance and Repair of Motor Cycles in South Africa

The industry is experiencing the worst decline in sales mainly as a result of the weaker Rand, the constrained economy and the change in homologation regulations. Total new motorcycle registrations decreased by 15% to 23,304 units in 2015 from 27,358 units in 2014 following an approximately 20% year-on-year (y/y) decline in new motorcycle registrations in 2014. Stakeholders believe that sales during 2016 and 2017 are unlikely to increase.

Manufacture of Other Rubber Products in South Africa

As industrial rubber producers primarily sell goods into the mining and automotive industries, as well as the construction, printing and medical industries where in general growth has been low, no growth in the sector was recorded between 2014 and 2015. Future demand for products, especially intermediate products, is likely to be stifled because of low economic growth and political risk factors. However, although the industry is a net importer of products, South Africa is a net exporter in processed rubber products, and niche sectors where there is strong local demand for product, which in turn supports exports.

Forestry and Related Services In South Africa

Although the forestry products sector comprises the processing of a range of traditional wood products, such as poles, furniture, paper and packaging, it is wood-derived chemicals that are creating new revenue streams for major player, Sappi. Also known as chemical cellulose, initially used in the production of viscose fibre for clothing, there are an increasing number of applications, in the manufacture of hygiene products and computer screens for example. There is also a growing market for biomass. South Africa already has four small-scale manufacturers of biotech fuel pellets from biomass, although the products have been geared towards export markets in Europe, where demand is higher.

The Construction Industry in South Africa

The beleaguered sector remains stifled by the prevailing economic slowdown, and government’s failure to implement the roll-out of mega-infrastructure projects has prompted larger construction companies to concentrate on foreign markets. Role players across the various grades of works cite the following challenges as constraining factors: an increasingly competitive market; delayed payments; labour disruptions; poor productivity; the shortage of skills and the resulting lack of adequate quality control; the rising cost of construction materials; and low profit margins. For the major players further issues include the spectre of collusive conduct, damage claims for anti-competitive behaviour, and the impending exit from the sector of construction titan, Murray & Roberts, a company that has been an integral part of the South African building and construction landscape since 1902.

Retail of Food in Egypt

Despite the risks associated with political instability, Egypt is considered to have great potential as it is has the largest market in the Arab world with a population of more than 90 million people. Egyptians spend on average 50% of their income on food and groceries and with a large percentage of the population relying on food subsidies, the value of food retail sales is expected to reach US$67.37bn by 2017. Although Egypt’s online retail offering is still a novelty and not widely used, the general growth patterns in Egyptian retail and its youthful population indicate potential for strong online retail growth. However, currently only 10% of the population is banked, only 17 million people have credit or debit cards and mobile money is still a relatively new concept.


Other Recent Reports

Reports Currently in the Editing Process
  • Real Estate Activities - Siccodes 81990a; 84110; 84210; 84120
  • Manufacture of Edible Salt - Siccode 33591
  • Manufacture of Vegetable and Animal Oils and Fat - Siccode 3014
  • The Telecommunications Industry in Kenya - Siccode 75200
  • Beverages in Ethiopia -  Siccodes 30510; 3052; 30530; 61222; 62110; 62204

Reports Allocated
  • Manufacture of Animal Feeds - Siccode 30330
  • The Paint Industry - Siccodes 33520; 61430
  • The Minibus Taxi and Bus Services Industry - Siccode 71211
  • Manufacture, Wholesale and Retail of Petrol - Siccodes 332, 61410 & 63500
  • Processing and Preserving of Fruit and Vegetables - Siccode 30130
  • Mining of Platinum - Siccode 24240
  • The Telecommunications Industry in Nigeria - Siccode 75200
  • Growing of Cereals and Other Crops - Siccode 11110
  • The Printing Industry - Siccode 32510
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