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Outlook for Africa’s oil & gas industry improves – PwC report

As the oil price is steadily rising towards pre-collapse levels, the outlook for the industry is hopeful

The outlook for Africa’s oil & gas industry is positive amid difficult operating and economic headwinds. Tough economic and external conditions have placed pressure on oil & gas companies to be more cost-effective and efficient. Companies have adopted to a low-cost environment, which promises to be even more beneficial given…

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2018 financial year was a mixed bag of performance for South Africa’s mining industry – PwC South Africa Mine Report

Unfortunately the aggregated South Africa mining industry, which is more exposed to precious metals, did not enjoy the same benefit from price increases

The 2018 financial year proved to be a challenging year for South African mining companies. Globally, the financial performance of the mining industry improved considerably from the previous year. That position was largely mirrored by South African bulk commodity producers with iron ore, coal, manganese and chrome performing well. Unfortunately…

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Africa’s entertainment and media industry enters dynamic new wave of convergence – 3.0

By 2022, total E&M revenue in South Africa is expected to reach R177.2 billion, up from R129.2 billion in 2017

Africa’s entertainment and media industry has entered a dynamic new phase - a third wave of convergence. The borders that once separated the entertainment and media (E&M), technology and telecommunications industries are blurring in the battle for the attention of the consumer in a world that is rapidly digitising. As…

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Africa’s insurance industry is poised for further growth – PwC insurance survey

Africa’s insurance industry is facing more disruption than any other industry, posing challenges for some while opening up business opportunities for others

The opportunities for growth in Africa’s insurance industry are huge despite recent economic and political uncertainty. The insurance industry has done well to adapt to continuous disruption, with technological advances now considered the most important global trend disrupting the industry. Despite the additional pressures of unrelenting regulatory and insurance accounting…

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Africa’s hotel sector offers potential for further growth over the next five years – PwC report

South African hotel room revenue is expected to expand to R21.8 billion in 2022, up 5.6%, compounded annually, from R16.6 billion in 2017

Africa’s hotel sector has the potential for further growth over the next five years. An increase in the number of foreign and domestic travellers, as well as an expansion in a number of hotel chains on the continent reinforces the hotel sector’s untapped potential for business growth. These are some…

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Stellar results lead to ‘tempting times’ for world’s top miners

The world’s 40 largest mining companies have delivered an impressive financial performance in 2017, increasing revenue by 23 per cent to USD 600bn

Market capitalisation of the Top 40 up 30% to USD $926 billion (bn) Revenue up 23% to $600bn Earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, and amortization (EBITDA) up 38% to $146bn Net profit up 126% to $61bn and improvement expected to continue  in 2018 Miners must focus on the goal of…

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More strategic investment in Africa’s ports can accelerate growth and development by strengthening trade – PwC report

Despite the high volumes of goods that require transport, the development and integration of ports in Africa’s wider logistic chains remains uneven

Africa needs to take advantage of the economic potential of its ports and shipping sector if it is to realise its growth ambitions. Globally, ports are gateways for 80% of merchandise trade by volume and 70% by value. Investment in ports and their related transport infrastructure to advance trade and…

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African capital markets indicate recovery in 2017 with overall increase in value and volume of equity capital market (ECM) transactions

ECM activity in 2017 was the second highest since 2013 in terms of volume with 121 issuances, up 25% over the prior year, and the highest since 2013 in terms of value

Overall, African equity capital market transaction volume and value improved in 2017 over 2016. In terms of value, 2017 saw the largest initial public offerings (IPOs) over the trailing five-year period, and an increase in the total value of equity capital market (ECM) transactions of 49% between 2016 and 2017…

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Reported economic crime in South Africa hits record levels; cost and accountability concerns rising

At 77% South Africa’s rate of reported economic crime remains significantly higher than the global average rate of 49%

77% of SA organisations have experienced economic crime; Fraud committed by consumers ranks as the second most reported crime in SA; CEO and board increasingly being held accountable for economic crime; Only 37% of respondents have conducted an anti-bribery/anti-corruption risk assessment; 19% of organisations have spent between twice and ten…

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South African CEOs cautiously optimistic about their own company’s prospects for growth in the next 12 months: PwC annual CEO survey

37%, compared to 45% globally are slightly more confident about their own company’s prospects for revenue growth over the next three years

22% of SA’s CEOs are ‘very confident’ of their own company’s growth in the next 12 months; 37% of CEOs in SA are ‘very confident’ about their own company’s prospects for growth over the next three years; US reinforces its lead on China as a target market for growth in…