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KwaZulu-Natal Business 2021-22

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The 2021/22 edition of KwaZulu-Natal Business is the 13th issue of this unique guide to business and investment in KwaZulu-Natal Province in South Africa. Launched in 2008, this annual journal has established itself as the premier business and investment guide for the province. In addition to the regular articles providing insight into each of the key economic sectors of the province, there is a special report on the prospect of increasing exports on the back of the signing of a continental free trade agreement. The province’s export infrastructure is examined and the diversity and export successes of several companies in a wide range of sectors are noted. The increasing importance of the Oceans Economy to the future of the provincial and national economy is relevant to any examination of the economy of KwaZulu-Natal. This applies as much to trade and ship-repair as it does to the exciting gas discoveries which have been made off the coast of Mozambique and South Africa. To complement the extensive local, national and international distribution of the print edition, the full content can also be viewed online at Updated information on KwaZulu-Natal is also available through our monthly e-newsletter, which you can subscribe to online at

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OVERVIEW Banking and financial services Choices for South African financial consumers are expanding. Aspen has taken a secondary listing on the A2X. Credit: Hodari Properties Aspen Pharmacare is a speciality pharmaceuticals company with a presence in more than 50 countries and nearly 9 000 employees. The company’s headquarters are in La Lucia Ridge north of Durban. Aspen’s production facilities are elsewhere, but the global headquarters offer a grand view of the Indian Ocean (and the roof of the headquarters of another giant South African company, Unilever South Africa) in an area popular with tax consultants and stock brokers. Aspen’s revenue in 2020 increased to R38.6-billion. Aspen’s decision to register a second listing on one of South Africa’s newest stock exchanges (the primary listing remains on the JSE) was a boost for A2X, which set out to attract secondary listings. Patrice Motsepe’s African Rainbow Capital is an investor in A2X. The announcement in December 2020 that Prosus was going to take a secondary listing on A2X raised the bourse’s total market capitalisation to nearly R5-trillion across 40 companies. Prosus, a consumer Internet group and technology investor, has a market cap of R2.7-trillion. Of the four new exchanges, Equity Express Securities Exchange (EESE) trades in Black Economic Empowerment (BEE) while ZARX and 4AX are targeting companies that are not listed elsewhere. ZARX has agricultural holding companies like TWK and Senwes among its first clients. SECTOR INSIGHT MyMo is Standard Bank’s newest low-cost bank account. Together with real estate and general business, the financial sector in KwaZulu- Natal accounts for 18% of gross domestic product (GDP). Big strides have been made in providing banking services to the previously unbanked but there is still a long way to go. The widespread use of smartphones is creating new opportunities for banks and other financial service providers to further close the gap. Standard Bank introduced the low-cost MyMo account in KwaZulu-Natal in 2020. With free electronic transactions, unlimited card swipes and a low KWAZULU-NATAL BUSINESS 2021/22 46

OVERVIEW monthly fee, the MyMo account is ideal for low-income earners, microentrepreneurs and the poor. Customers do not have to visit branches to sign up for the account. They can take a selfie on the mobile app. Says Imraan Noorbhai, Provincial Head of Standard Bank KZN, “Given South Africa’s history and current economy, financial inclusion is extremely important for us, and with the MyMo account, we want our customers to thrive financially.” Shariah-compliant banking is provided by alBaraka Bank which has its headquarters at Kingsmead in Durban, which is also the site of its corporate-banking division. In 2020 the bank announced plans for a comprehensive Shariah-compliant banking app, enabling clients to do transactions via mobile devices. Other technological updates are being explored to allow customers to open bank accounts from the comfort of their own homes. HBZ Bank, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Habib Bank and AG Zurich, has branches in Westville, Durban and Pietermaritzburg. In 2017 Tyme Digital received a licence to run a bank. By early 2019, TymeBank was available in 500 Pick n Pay and Boxer stores and more than 50 000 customers had an account. Tyme stands for Take Your Money Everywhere; the bank does not have a branch network. African Rainbow Capital began as the venture’s BEE partner but in 2018 bought out the Commonwealth Bank of Australia. Tyme reported in October 2020 that it had 2.4-million customers, up from 1.4-million at the end of March. A 400% increase in the use of services such as airtime and electricity purchases was also noted. Second to market among the country’s new banks was Discovery Bank, which officially launched in 2019 and is experiencing rapid growth with retail deposits at the end of 2020 of R5.7-billion. Discovery Bank is applying the behavioural model it uses in its health business to reward good financial behaviour. The Discovery group is already a giant on the JSE with a market value of R83-billion and access to millions of customers. Development loans The Brics New Development Bank has made a 0-million loan for the expansion of the container terminal in Durban. The busy port is currently stretched beyond capacity and waiting time for trucks can be extremely long. Activist groups in Durban’s southern suburbs are opposing the loan and the expansion, saying that further development will increase pollution in the area and lead to even more dangerous traffic congestion. Up the coast at Richards Bay, the World Bank’s International Finance Corporation (IFC) has committed -million to a feasibility study on the construction of a liquefied natural gas (LNG) storage and regasification terminal. The study’s costs are shared with Transnet and a private investor will be sought if the feasibility study is positive. The Chartered Institute of Government Finance, Audit and Risk Officers (Cigfaro) advises institutions, trains its members in public finance and promotes the interests of professionals in the public sector. It also develops and assesses qualifications and advises tertiary institutions on the requirements for courses. The South African Institute for Chartered Accountants International provides training in financial reporting standards for SMMEs while the Insurance Institute of KwaZulu-Natal (IISA) holds regular education workshops. The institute’s mentorship programme is run in association with the Musifunde Training Centre. ■ ONLINE RESOURCES Association for Savings and Investment South Africa: Financial Sector Conduct Authority: Insurance Institute of South Africa (KwaZulu-Natal): South African Institute for Chartered Accountants: 47 KWAZULU-NATAL BUSINESS 2021/22

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