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African Mining Projects in Progress 2015 African Mining Projects in Progress 2015 Has PDF
Published: 13 Apr 15
Mineral endowments are not only limited but they are also subjected to long-term real price decline and prone to cyclical vacillations. The minerals mostly require many skills and considerable capital to extract and process. Their momentum if understood and managed, could be used to change Africa’s disabling economic circumstances. The African continent is well endowed with mineral resources and has an extensive mining history. It hosts the world’s largest mineral reserves of platinum, gold, diamonds, chromite, manganese and vanadium. It also produces about 17% of the world’s uranium. Most of these minerals are exported as ores, concentrates or metals without significant downstream processing to add value. This is mainly owing to the weak assimilation of Africa’s mining sector into national economic and social activities, says the International Study Group Report on Africa’s Mineral Regimes. This has led to the continued belief that Africa’s untapped mineral potential can function as a springboard for the continent’s industrialisation. Creamer Media’s African Mining Projects in Progress 2015 report tracks developments taking place in Africa’s mining sector and across various mining sectors on the continent, including coal, copper, gold, iron-ore, platinum and uranium.
Steel 2015: A review of South Africa's steel sector Steel 2015: A review of South Africa's steel sector Has PDF
Published: 31 Mar 15
Creamer Media’s Steel 2015 report provides an overview of the key developments in the global steel industry and particularly of South Africa’s steel sector over the past year, including details of production and consumption, as well as the country's primary carbon steel and stainless steel producers.
Projects in Progress 2015 (First Edition) Projects in Progress 2015 (First Edition) Has PDF
Published: 27 Mar 15
This edition of Creamer Media’s Projects in Progress 2015 supplement tracks developments taking place under the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme, which has had four bidding rounds. It appears to remain a shining light on the infrastructure horizon, but grid connectivity constraints could hamper future progress. Other major electricity projects are also featured in this edition, along with developments in the transport and water sectors. Updates are also provided on key resources projects in the coal, diamond, gold, platinum, ferrous minerals and uranium sectors. Projects in Progress also offers insight into the project economies of Botswana, Mozambique, Namibia and Zambia, where some major resources and infrastructure developments are being pursued. The project economy does, however, remain under pressure, but there are some pockets of resilience, which we hope will offer some hope amid that current gloom.
Electricity 2015: A review of South Africa's electricity sector Electricity 2015: A review of South Africa's electricity sector Has PDF
Published: 11 Mar 15
South Africa’s power system is extremely constrained and vulnerable, owing to deteriorating, underserviced power plants and delays in the completion of major new power stations. The tight system means that any unexpected event, from inclement weather to equipment failure, pushes the country into a power deficit. Rotational load-shedding, which spooked investors in 2008, returned in March 2014, and was followed by further load-shedding later in the year. This year, load-shedding has threatened to become the norm, with warnings that regular outages should be expected. Eskom has said that South Africans should brace themselves for power-supply troubles for the next three years, while it tries not only to complete the building of new capacity but also deal with a major maintenance backlog, which will take between 20 and 30 months to resolve. Creamer Media’s Electricity 2015 report provides an overview of State-owned power utility Eskom and independent power producers, as well as of electricity planning, transmission, distribution and the theft thereof, besides other issues.
Construction 2015: A review of South Africa’s construction sector Construction 2015: A review of South Africa’s construction sector Has PDF
Published: 30 Jan 15
While the construction sector remains a sizeable economic contributor and employment provider, it has been in a slump for the past seven years, not being able to recover to the growth levels in the build-up to the 2010 FIFA World Cup – between 2004 and 2007 – when billions of rands were invested in projects related to the hosting of the soccer extravaganza. A contraction in construction-sector investment started in 2008, but the definitive turning point was in 2010, when investment plunged by 11.8% year-on-year. Since then, investment has not shown any significant growth in real terms, achieving an average yearly increase of just 0.2% between 2011 and 2013. Creamer Media’s Construction 2015 Report examines South Africa’s construction industry over the past 12 months. The report provides insight into the business environment; the key participants in the sector; local construction demand; geographic diversification; corporate activity; black economic empowerment; competition in the sector; the sector’s shortage of skills, which threatens to derail government’s plans to spend R4-trillion on infrastructure over the next 15 years; safety, which was plagued by poor performance in 2013/14 financial year, and environmental considerations.
Liquid Fuels 2014: A review of South Africa's liquid fuels sector Liquid Fuels 2014: A review of South Africa's liquid fuels sector Has PDF
Published: 11 Dec 14
Despite South Africa’s oil and gas deposits, its current fuel-refining capacity is insufficient to meet local demand for liquid fuel products, and the shortfall is being met through imported refined products. In recent years, the country has become increasingly dependent on imported petrol and diesel. In 2013, four-billion litres of diesel and 1.2-billion litres of petrol were imported; it has been estimated that, by 2020, South Africa will have to import 180 000 bbl/d of petrol and diesel if there is no significant investment in local refining capacity. This has made South Africa an attractive prospect to energy groups involved in importing the fuel.
Water 2014: A review of South Africa's water sector Water 2014: A review of South Africa's water sector Has PDF
Published: 08 Dec 14
As the world’s most valuable resource, water and its preservation are becoming increasingly important, with various industries noticing the scarcity of this resource. Without water, industrial activities and agricultural activities cannot take place – directly affecting the economic growth of every country. While growing water scarcity is being highlighted throughout the media and in many different industries, the challenge lies in the correct management of the resource. A multitude of factors are impacting on the water sector at global and State level, including funding constraints, climate change, lack of institutional capacity, political issues and insufficient numbers of suitably skilled water professionals. Creamer Media’s Water 2014 Report considers the aforementioned issues, not only in the South African context but also in the African and global context, and examines the issues of water and sanitation, water quality and the demand for water, besides others.
Defence 2014: A review of South Africa's defence industry Defence 2014: A review of South Africa's defence industry Has PDF
Published: 15 Oct 14
South Africa’s defence industry has sophisticated manufacturing capabilities and it has been at the forefront of many significant defence developments locally and internationally. The industry has a high level of State involvement in terms of acquisitions and production, with the largest manufacturer of defence equipment in the country being State-owned Denel. There are also a number of private-sector companies active in the market, with several having strong links to international defence manufacturers. Some companies that are active in South Africa’s defence industry are specifically focused on defence-related activities, while others are also active in nondefence markets, having diversified from defence into other markets, or having diversified from civilian activities into defence. Creamer Media’s Defence 2014 report examines South Africa’s defence industry, with particular focus on the key participants in the sector, the innovations that have come out of the sector, local and export demand, South Africa’s controversial multibillion-rand strategic defence procurement package, diversification in the sector and the outlook for South Africa’s defence industry in light of current levels of local defence spending, which have contributed to the defence force being in a “critical state of decline”.
Projects in Progress 2014 (Second Edition) Projects in Progress 2014 (Second Edition) Has PDF
Published: 26 Sep 14
There is a genuine disconnect between South Africa’s infrastructure plans and aspirations, and the level of activity in the actual project economy. There is no question that the National Infrastructure Plan is ambitious, but well intentioned. However, it is failing to translate into new awards at contractor level, with most of South Africa’s large construction companies venturing elsewhere to fill their order books. The reality is that the growth outlook for South Africa remains weak and well below the 5.4% yearly growth target outlined in the National Development Plan. The megaprojects that are being pursued, most notably in the electricity environment, are facing significant challenges. State-owned electricity utility Eskom, for example, is implementing some of the largest capital projects ever undertaken in South Africa to alleviate the country’s electricity supply shortfalls, but the projects are over budget and well behind schedule. Local business confidence levels have been significantly affected by a hostile labour-relations climate, particularly in the mining and manufacturing sectors. There is ongoing uncertainty about international macroeconomic conditions, while low investment and savings levels, together with weak demand and energy constraints, continue to weigh heavily on the domestic outlook. The main positive countervailing force is the resilience being shown by South Africa’s neighbours and several other African countries, which continue on their upward growth trajectories. There is a concern, though, that the benefits of this growth are not being properly distributed. But, while fixed investment is running well below potential, it nevertheless continues to take place. There are pockets of strength, as reflected in the roll-out of greenfield renewable-energy projects by private producers. In addition, there has been welcome progression on some large freight and passenger rail projects. The resources sector continues to dominate the private-project pipeline. That includes expansion and replacement projects in the coal, diamond, gold, platinum, ferrous minerals and uranium sectors. The latest edition of the Projects in Progress supplement will provide insight into some of the larger public and private projects being undertaken across South Africa, as well as selected African economies, including Botswana, Ghana, Mozambique, Namibia and Zambia; while demonstrating that serious gaps remain in progressing some important transformational projects from planning to implementation.
Road and Rail 2014: A review of South Africa's road and rail infrastructure Road and Rail 2014: A review of South Africa's road and rail infrastructure Has PDF
Published: 18 Aug 14
The state of a country’s transport infrastructure is a key determinant of the performance and growth of its economy, as well as of the social and economic opportunities available to that country’s population. South Africa is investing substantially in its transport infrastructure, as the general impression is that the condition of road and rail infrastructure in the country has been in decline for several years. Creamer Media’s Road and Rail 2014 report examines South Africa’s road and rail transport system, with particular focus on the size and state of the country’s road and rail network, the funding and maintenance of these respective networks, and the push to move road freight back onto rail.
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