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23
MAY
1pm

Barloworld’s earnings more than double

Barloworld has delivered a strong interim performance. The diversified industrial group’s headline earnings per share more than doubled to 756c during the period, and it’s declared a dividend of 165c from its income reserves, thanks to the bounce-back in car rental services in South Africa and strong demand for equipment from Russia. Business Day TV spoke to CEO Dominic Sewela for his take on the results.
23
MAY
12pm

Netcare opts for interim dividend as Covid-19 abates

Netcare has declared its first interim dividend in two years, following a solid half-year performance. South Africa's third-biggest private hospital by value, posted a 2.3% rise in group revenue, while profit for the period rose by 19.5% to R448 million. Business Day TV spoke to CEO Richard Friedland for more detail.
23
MAY
12pm

Dis-Chem reports record revenue

Consumer shopping habits are normalising as new waves of the pandemic prove to be less severe, and this has helped boost Dis-Chem’s performance. The pharmacy retailer produced a record revenue of over R30 billion while headline earnings per share grew by 27.6%, allowing the group to hike its total dividend by a similar margin. Business Day TV unpacked the performance with CFO Rui Morais..
23
MAY
8am

Share Shootout - Commodities

The commodity run of the past two years has paid off in spades for SA: the rand has remained improbably strong, while SA’s fiscus has benefited from an overall revenue overrun of almost R300bn. .
It’s a windfall that has allowed the authorities to loosen monetary policy and raise government spending, allowing SA to recover faster from the pandemic than many thought possible.
But analysts are skittish, pointing to the fact that prices had risen so high, a fall seemed inevitable. Over the past year, for example, platinum has fallen 21%, palladium has fallen 24.3% and iron ore 24%. And while gold has actually risen 5% — peaking above $2,000/oz at one point — it has dipped 3.3% over the past month.
But if you hold firm that we are entering an ear of scarcity and the sort of capital discipline that has been a hallmark if the recent commodity run continues, then there’s little reason to think that commodities won’t continue to pay off in spades in years to come.
With that in mind we have assembled our trio of hard and softs pickers for this month’s share shoutout commodity edition, Nick Kunze, Portfolio Manager Sanlam Private Wealth; Greg Katzenellenbogen, Director at Sanlam Private Wealth & Caroline Cremen, Portfolio Manager at Adviceworx
20
MAY
8am

Future of work

Burnout. Isolation. Exhaustion. Lack of passion for the company's purpose. Every day it's another headline about how the pandemic-induced remote working environment has decimated once vibrant company cultures.
Yet employees are comfortable working remotely, with a Microsoft survey revealing that 76 percent not wanting to return to the office. And after two years of remote productivity, it makes sense (and pundits are telling us) that we can't expect people to return to the way things were pre-pandemic.
Business leaders have their work cut for them.
The last 24 months have changed everything. For businesses. For leaders. For employees. Now, as the dust settles, one fact becomes clear.

To better understand the state of the modern enterprise and how leaders are preparing for long-term success lets welcome Dashni Vilikazi, MD of THE Mediashop; Strini Naicker, vice president of commercial and content distribution at Paramount Africa; Joey Khuvutlu, MD of FCB & Sameera Mohamed, the HR director for Microsoft South Africa
19
MAY
2pm

SARB hikes interest rates

South Africa's Reserve Bank has hiked interest rates by 50 basis points​, prompted by elevated risks to the inflationary outlook. The move takes the repo rate to 4.75%. Business Day TV unpacked the decision with Stanlib Chief Economist Kevin Lings.
19
MAY
12pm

Power cuts set to stifle economic growth

South Africa faces a tough economic quarter, with global factors such as the war in Ukraine, global growth concerns and local factors like load shedding weighing on the economy. Business Day TV caught up with RMB economist, Siobhan Redford to discuss the kind of impact the blackouts are expected to have on second quarter growth as Eskom continues with stage 2 power cuts.
19
MAY
12pm

Higher iron ore prices work in Afrimat's favour

Afrimat has posted a near 23% jump in annual headline earnings per share. The building materials and mining group benefitted from an increase in iron ore prices during the period. Business Day TV spoke to CEO Andries van Heerden for more insight on the company's performance.
19
MAY
7am

Cyberthreats - not a question of ‘if’ but of ‘when’

A series of major digital security breaches over the past year are serving as a wake-up call to about the need to invest in cybersecurity.
Pharmacy retailer Dis-Chem has confirmed an investigation into a data breach of 3.6 million people’s personal information on May 1st.
Almost a year ago Transnet was subject to a series of ransomware attacks shutting critical port systems.
If your business hasn’t been attacked yet, it's not a question of ‘if’ but of ‘when’ it will be.
Those who have suffered a breach understand only too well the chaos that can follow a cyber-event, and how having an incident response plan in place can lessen the fallout.
Companies and corporate boards have to address the cyber risk situation. To do so, careful planning, assessments and coordinated strategies have to be designed and implemented.

To talk about this Michael Avery is joined by Johan Steyn, a smart automation and artificial intelligence thought leader and management consultant. He is the chair of the special interest group on artificial intelligence and robotics with the IITPSA (Institute of Information Technology Professionals of SA); Anna Collard, SVP Content Strategy and Evangelist, KnowBe4 & Kerissa Varma, Managing Exec Cybersecurity Vodacom, President.
18
MAY
11am

WeBuyCars​ boosts Transaction Capital's interim earnings

Transaction Capital has delivered earnings growth above pre-pandemic levels, and it expects the momentum seen during its half-year to continue. The firm has posted a 38% jump in core headline earnings to R603 million, bolstered by its acquisition of WeBuyCars. Business Day TV unpacked the performance with CEO David Hurwitz.
18
MAY
8am

MPC Preview

The South African Reserve Bank’s Monetary Policy Committee is set to increase the repo rate tomorrow – with consensus among most analysts and economists that the hike will be larger than at previous meetings.
A Reuters poll on Friday showed that a majority (16 out of 24) of analysts surveyed expect the MPC to increase the pace of its interest rate hiking cycle, with a 50 basis point hike pencilled in, to 4.75%.
The Bureau of Economic Research said it has also shifted its stance from 25bps to a 50bps expected.
The challenge for the bank is to strike the right balance between fighting exogenous inflation and supporting a weak economic recovery.

Joining Michael Avery for this discussion is Warwick Lucas Head of Galileo Securities; Isaah Mhlanga, Chief Economist at Alex Forbes and Annabel Bishop Chief Economist at Investec
17
MAY
12pm

Pick n Pay's cost-cutting efforts starts bearing fruit

Pick n Pay's delivered double digit earnings growth, supported by its cost cutting measures. The retailer has reported a 5.2% rise in annual turnover and a near 15% jump in headline earnings per share. Business Day TV unpacked the results with CEO Pieter Boone

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