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The soap and cleaning product manufacturing industry has created a number of innovative entrepreneurial start-ups such as Durban- based Elegant Line Chemicals founded by Nelly Shezi in 2007 which manufactures cleaning products and polishes for the domestic, industrial and automotive markets. Another is PE-based LBN Hygiene Solutions founded by Lazola Nxele which manufactures a range of cleaning detergents for domestic and commercial use.  Edward Moshole, once a factory cleaner, now owns Chem-Fresh, a multi-million rand manufacturer of detergents sold by Spar, Pick n Pay, Massmart and Dischem.
The industry has been targeted by DTI small business initiatives due to the relatively simple manufacturing process and the high demand for affordable cleaning agents in the informal sector as well as for top end branded products for retailers.  Operations range from large factories built by the likes of Unilever to home garage-run businesses. The number of people employed by the more than 50 companies profiled for the report ranges from 3 to over 3,000. READ MORE

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The Banking Sector in Angola

Since 2015 the Angolan banking sector has seen a slowdown in its growth rate and is facing major challenges as a result of the low oil price and the lack of economic liquidity in terms of foreign currency. Increasing pressure on economic growth is evident in the inflation rate that climbed to 20.3% in February 2016, the highest it has been since December 2005.

Medical Aid Funding in South Africa

This report focuses on South Africa’s medical aid funding industry. The sector comprises 83 registered medical schemes, 23 open and 60 restricted, and currently serves almost 8.8 million beneficiaries. With scheme contributions of R140.2bn and healthcare expenditure of R124.1bn for the financial year ending 31 March 2015, the industry plays a critical role in South Africa’s private health sector, which is currently the subject of a Competition Commission inquiry.

Growing of Crops and Horticulture in Zimbabwe

Horticulture and the Growing of Crops in Zimbabwe describes the local agricultural sector, the impact of the drought which has resulted in 26% of the population suffering from starvation, and factors influencing the success of the sector. The report profiles ten major players including sugar cane producer, Hippo Valley Estates Ltd, and sugar and ethanol producer Triangle Sugar Corporation Ltd which employs more than 11,800 people at its mill, refinery and ethanol plant. Also profiled are Seed Co Zimbabwe (Pvt) Ltd, which produces 29,018 tons of seed per annum, and Cottco Holdings Ltd, which has five established cotton ginneries and 25 depots. READ MORE

The Banking Industry in South Africa

According to Banking Association South Africa, the country has a well developed and proactively regulated banking system which is equal to or greater than those of industrialised countries. As a result, the sector has attracted international interest, with numerous foreign banks establishing offices in South Africa and international banking organisations acquiring shares in major local banks. There are currently six foreign controlled banks, 39 foreign bank representatives and 15 branches of foreign banks registered with the South African Reserve Bank. READ MORE

The Accounting Sector in South Africa

The sector is dominated by the so-called “Big Four”, the locally-owned operations of the largest accounting and audit firms in the world, PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu (Deloitte), Ernst & Young (EY), and KPMG. While the Big Four account for the majority of market demand, particularly in the lucrative audit of publicly traded companies, they have some meaningful competition in the form of a dozen or so medium-sized South African accounting firms. In particular, the firms SizweNtsalubaGobdo (SNG) and Grant Thornton have been vying for the title of fifth-largest South African firm for some years. READ MORE

Wholesale and Retail of Food in Kenya

Although only 30% of retail sales take place in formal outlets, Kenya is the second most formalised African country in terms of retail penetration after South Africa. The country is also the fastest growing retail market in Africa, and per capita spend on groceries is expected to increase to US$330 by 2020. As Kenya is a gateway to the other countries in the East African Community (EAC) which has a combined total population of 120 million people, foreign retail chains are eager to break into the Kenyan market. Market leader Nakumatt believes there is potential for retail revenue of US$7bn. Kenya’s online retail offering also shows potential and is growing in line with Kenya having one of the most advanced mobile payments platforms in the world.


Reports Currently in the Editing Process
  • Mining in West Africa - Siccodes 21000; 23000; 24220; 24290; 25391 & 25400
  • Consulting Engineering Activities in South Africa - Siccode 88211
  • The Confectionery Industry in South Africa  - Siccode 30430
  • Primary and Secondary Education in South Africa - Siccode 92002
  • The Manufacture of Clay and Concrete Bricks in South Africa  - Siccodes 34230a; 34250a
  • Mining of Gold and Uranium in South Africa - Siccode 23000
  • Fast Food Franchises  in South Africa – Siccode 6420
  • The Accommodation Industry in South Africa – Siccode 6410

Reports Allocated
  • Security Dealing Activities in South Africa - Siccode 83120
  • Old Age Homes in South Africa - Siccode 93300a
  • Tertiary Education  in South Africa - Siccodes 92007 & 92008
  • The Telecommunications Industry and Retail of Devices in South Africa - Siccodes 62399a & 75200
  • Human Health Activities in South Africa - Siccodes 93111; 93191a;  93199 & 9312
  • Investigation and Security Activities Including Vehicle Tracking in South Africa - Siccode 88920
  • Production, Processing and Preserving of Red Meat (incl Production of Lard and other Edible Fats) in South Africa - Siccodes 30111a; 30112; 30113
  • The Liquor Industry in South Africa - Siccodes 30510; 3052;  61222 & 62204
  • Manufacture of Wooden Containers in South Africa - Siccode 32230
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