Eastern Cape Beekeeping Feasibility Study
Kyle Business Projects was commissioned to undertake a detailed research and feasibility study on the beekeeping industry in the Eastern Cape, on behalf of the Eastern Cape Development Corporation (ECDC). The primary objective of the study was to establish the status quo of the beekeeping industry and to establish the feasibility of developing the beekeeping industry in the Eastern Cape. Secondary objectives included establishing an appropriate business model for the development of the industry, and development of a basic training program for beekeepers.
Export Market Research
Kyle Business Projects was commissioned to undertake detailed research on selected potential export markets for Eastern Cape products, by the Eastern Cape Development Corporation (ECDC). The research report documented the investigation of four potential export markets: China, Japan, the Republic of Korea (South Korea) and India, and including both Hong Kong and Macau (Special Administrative Regions of China). The investigation included an analysis (PEST analysis) of the markets, their potential as export destinations for selected Eastern Cape goods and services, and estimation of the growth potential for those goods and services in the markets. The report extended the market analysis to a market entry strategy and distribution channel for the priority products for each market.
Manufacturing Cluster Development
Kyle Business Projects has over several years undertaken the development and facilitation of the Eastern Cape NAM and AIM manufacturing clusters on behalf of the Provincial Department of Economic Development, Environmental Affairs and Tourism (DEDEAT).
The Non-Automotive Manufacturing (NAM) and Agro-Industrial Manufacturing (AIM) Clusters are networks for manufacturers in the Eastern Cape to grow their businesses through coordinated development and unlocking synergies. Members involved in the clusters include manufacturers, specialised suppliers and service providers to manufacturers, as well as training organisations and key government representatives.
Members share the common goal of improving the economic performance of manufacturing in the Eastern Cape and growing the manufacturing sector, and they find that participation in the NAM and AIM Clusters provide opportunities to increase the productivity and competitiveness of their businesses. Cluster members also benefit through shared initiatives, including finding and gaining access to new markets for existing and new products, development of the supply chain, specialised training and efficiency programs, and channels of communication to key government representatives in the Province.
For more information on the NAM and AIM clusters and their programmes, visit the cluster websites:
East Cape Automotive Industry Forum – Cluster Facilitation
Kyle Business Projects was commissioned by the Provincial Department of Economic Development, Environmental Affairs and Tourism (DEDEAT) acting on behalf of the ECAIF, to undertake the coordination and facilitation of the East Cape Automotive Industry Forum (ECAIF).
ECAIF is a network for automotive components manufacturers in the Eastern Cape to grow their businesses through coordinated development and unlocking synergies. The objective of the ECAIF is to facilitate competitiveness of the Eastern Cape automotive component manufacturers and to drive initiatives that enable this competitiveness.
Members involved in the forum include components manufacturers, specialised suppliers and service providers to manufacturers, as well as training organisations and key government representatives.
Forum members benefit through shared initiatives, including in the focus areas of logistics, skills development, and energy.
Value Chain Research and Analysis
Kyle Business Projects was commissioned by the Provincial Department of Economic Development, Environmental Affairs and Tourism (DEDEAT) to undertake research and analysis of manufacturing value chains in the Eastern Cape, specifically to identify opportunities in the manufacturing value chain of the identified sectors which can support the establishment of new enterprises and the growth of existing enterprises to drive expansion of the manufacturing sector in the Province.
The Value Chain is a theoretical construct suggested by the Harvard economist Michael Porter in 1985, as a tool which depicts how customer value accumulates along a chain of activities that lead to an end product or service.
The value chain concept applied in broader terms to industries and sectors, includes all value-creating activities from basic raw material sources through to the final end-use product delivered into the consumers’ hands. Each enterprise represents a single link in an overall chain of value-creating processes, but the individual link is also composed of identifiable sub-links: value-creating processes within the enterprise.
Value chain analysis within an industry or sector is utilised to detect opportunities for growth and development associated with certain commodities, products and services.
The research project included the following value chains in the Eastern Cape:
- Furniture products;
- Metal products;
- Electrical & Electronic products;
- Textiles & Clothing products;
- Chemical & Plastics products;
- Food: Niche specialist products;
- Food: Dairy products;
- Wood products;
- Leather products;
Feasibility Study and Business Planning
Kyle Business Projects was commissioned to undertake a feasibility study and develop a business implementation plan for a company to manufacture a next-generation disinfectant sanitiser, and distribute this product into the consumer market in the Eastern Cape.
The primary objective of the project is to ensure and demonstrate that the business concept is feasible from a market, financial, technical and management perspective, and is financially viable.
The overall study included definition and assessment of all aspects of the proposed business:
- Operational and technical analysis;
- Market analysis;
- Financial and economic analysis;
- Environmental compliance and requirements / constraints;
- Social, institutional and legal analysis;
The final bankable business plan serves to inform both investment decisions, as well as the optimal structuring and operation of the business.