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Steel 2014: A review of South Africa's steel sector Steel 2014: A review of South Africa's steel sector Has PDF
Published: 11 Apr 14
Globally, the steel industry has enjoyed a decade of unprecedented growth, fuelled by the expansion of developing economies, particularly the industrialisation and urbanisation of China. The demand for infrastructure, such as buildings, roads and railway lines, has resulted in global per capita steel consumption tripling from 150 kg/capita to 450 kg/capita in the past decade and production increasing to 3.5% in 2013. However, the steel industry is moving into a lower growth phase as the Chinese economy matures, following a period of steel-intensive, infrastructure-led growth. In South Africa, output remains lower than the 7.5-million tonnes it produced in 2011 and significantly lower than the peak of 9.7-million tonnes in 2006. Steel demand has grown at 1% a year over the past 20 years, but since 2007, demand has been contracting, on average, by 5% a year. Creamer Media’s Steel 2014 report provides an overview of 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 2014 (First Edition) Projects in Progress 2014 (First Edition) Has PDF
Published: 28 Mar 14
The growth outlook for South Africa remains weak, with even the National Treasury’s modest gross domestic product forecast of 2.7% for 2014 considered as optimistic by some observers. This official growth estimate is also well below the 5.4% yearly growth aspiration outlined in the National Development Plan, which argues that higher levels of sustained economic expansion are required if South Africa is to make inroads into poverty, unemployment and inequality. The upshot of South Africa’s ongoing struggle to recover from the global economic crisis is that the country’s project pipeline remains dominated by public-sector infrastructure projects in the energy, transport and water sectors. The private sector, which traditionally contributes the lion’s share of fixed investment, remains wary, particularly in light of ongoing supply-side constraints, most notably associated with South Africa’s volatile labour climate and its electricity shortfalls. This edition of Projects in Progress shows that the domestic project economy continues to tick over, albeit with few signs of fireworks.
Automotive 2014: A review of South Africa's automotive sector Automotive 2014: A review of South Africa's automotive sector Has PDF
Published: 03 Mar 14
Following a significant 25.9% drop in new-vehicle sales in 2009, compared with sales in 2008, on the back of a global recession, the local market strengthened with increases in sales of 24.7% in 2010, 16.1% in 2011 and 9% in 2012. Last year, growth slowed to 3.2%, to 650 620 units. The National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa expects only a small increase in new-vehicle sales for an “extremely challenging” 2014, at 652 000 units, owing largely to expected higher-than-inflation car price increases as the rand continues to fall against major currencies, and marginal improvement in the South African economy. Creamer Media’s Automotive 2014 report provides an overview South Africa’s automotive industry over the past 12 months. The report provides insight into production, local demand, vehicle imports and exports, sector support programmes, competitiveness and investment in the sector, labour issues, environmental consideration and the major original equipment manufacturers in South Africa.
Construction 2014: A review of South Africa's construction sector Construction 2014: A review of South Africa's construction sector Has PDF
Published: 07 Feb 14
Creamer Media’s Construction 2014 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, competition within the sector, corporate activity, skills, safety, environmental considerations and the challenges facing the industry.
Electricity 2014: A review of South Africa's electricity sector Electricity 2014: A review of South Africa's electricity sector Has PDF
Published: 03 Feb 14
Creamer Media’s Electricity 2014 report provides insight into South Africa’s electricity generation, exploring the issues of State-owned power utility Eskom's generated power, coal supplies, electricity tariffs and demand-focused initiatives, as well as the Department of Energy's independent power producer programme. The report also looks into the country’s electricity planning, transmission and distribution, as well as some regional power projects.
African Mining: Projects in Progress 2013 African Mining: Projects in Progress 2013 Has PDF
Published: 12 Dec 13
Creamer Media’s African Mining Projects in Progress report is an outline of mining projects currently under way on the continent, excluding South Africa. The report tracks the progress of major and smaller mining projects in Africa over the past 12 months. The projects included are drawn from the coal, copper, diamond, gold, iron-ore, nickel, platinum and uranium sectors. Some projects in smaller mining sectors, such as zinc and potash, are also covered.
Defence 2013: A review of South Africa's defence industry Defence 2013: A review of South Africa's defence industry Has PDF
Published: 22 Nov 13
The third draft of the South African Defence Review, published in April 2013, highlights that, while South Africa is not considered a global military force, it does have a significant military role to play in the Southern African region. The country’s defence force also has significant international commitments, in terms of peacekeeping and support operations, to the rest of the continent. However, the country’s expenditure on defence – military vehicles, aircraft and naval vessels – has remained low, compared with international standards. Expenditures have dropped to about 1% of gross domestic product (GDP), compared with the international average of 2.5% of GDP. Expenditure on more equipment, such as that acquired in the controversial arms deal, is not the biggest concern. Rather, analysts have indicated that operational funds are needed the most to ensure the future capability of the defence force is maintained. Creamer Media’s 2013 Defence Report examines South Africa’s defence industry, with particular focus on the key players in the sector, the innovations that have come out of the defence sector, local and export demand, South Africa’s controversial multibillion-rand 1999 arms deal, the sector’s competitiveness and diversification, as well as the challenge of skills shortages and an ageing skills base.
Road and Rail 2013: A review of South Africa's road and rail infrastructure Road and Rail 2013: A review of South Africa's road and rail infrastructure Has PDF
Published: 15 Nov 13
Although rail is considered the preferred mode of transport for transporting goods over long distances, 89% of all freight in South Africa is moved on roads. Considering the economic importance of preserving the country’s single largest public asset – nearly 750 000 km of road network, with a replacement value of R1.7-trillion – it should be considered a top priority, yet it is plagued by significant maintenance backlogs and underinvestment. Although South Africa has made progress on transport development in some parts of the country, especially Gauteng, where it has spent a considerable amount on rapid rail infrastructure, bus rapid transit systems and upgraded freeways, many South Africans do not have access to modern transport networks. Creamer Media’s Road and Rail 2013 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.
Liquid Fuels 2013 Liquid Fuels 2013 Has PDF
Published: 17 Oct 13
South Africa’s demand for liquid fuel products outstrips the country’s capacity to supply such products and the shortfall is being met by importing refined fuel. However, the country has, in recent years, experienced several episodes of localised liquid fuel product shortages. These shortages point to possible refinery weaknesses and shortcomings in the country’s liquid fuels supply chain. In the coming years, the gap between the country’s capacity to produce liquid fuel products and its demand for such products is expected to increase and, without the development of new capacity, South Africa could find itself importing more than 200 000 bbl/d of transportation fuels by 2020. As a result, consideration is being given to the best possible method for meeting the growing fuel supply shortfall. Creamer Media’s 2013 Liquid Fuels report examines South Africa’s liquid fuels market, focusing on the business environment, oil and gas exploration, the country’s feedstock supplies, the development of South Africa’s biofuels industry, fuel pricing, competition in the sector, the logistics of transporting liquid fuels and environmental considerations, with a particular focus on cleaner fuels.
Projects in Progress 2013 (Second Edition) Projects in Progress 2013 (Second Edition) Has PDF
Published: 30 Sep 13
Creamer Media’s second Projects in Progress supplement for 2013 considers some of the major project developments under way, including high-profile energy and transport projects, as well as a few of the lower-profile public and private developments. What remains apparent is that the private-sector pipeline for projects remains especially weak, owing to poor levels of investor confidence. Nevertheless, project activity is continuing across most of the mining subsectors and in some pockets of industry. Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan hit the nail on the head recently when he stressed the need for higher levels of investment into export-oriented projects. Indeed, the expenditure to expand South Africa’s economic infrastructure will not yield the expected growth and development returns, unless it serves to crowd in the productive investments required to make those new assets sweat. It is a disconnect that has to be addressed with some urgency, argues Creamer Media's publishing editor Martin Creamer.
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