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12
DEC
1am

ECB holds rates as Lagarde takes the wheel

The European Central Bank has stood pat on rates and stuck to its bond-buying programme at the first monetary policy meeting under its new president Christine Lagarde. Joining us on the line now with his perspective on the decision is Claus Vistesen from Pantheon Macroeconomics.
12
DEC
1am

Mines renew urgent calls for independent power in SA

Mining production has fallen nearly 3% in October marking the third consecutive month of declines. The sector was also the biggest drag on the economy in the third quarter and Eskom's load shedding only exacerbates the situation. Miners were forced to cut production due to power cuts this week and are now calling on government to grant them permission to set up independent power sources. James Wellsted from Sibanye-Stillwater spoke to Business Day TV about the situation.
11
DEC
1am

Inflation at a near nine year low

South Africa's inflation rate has hit a near nine year low, coming in at 3.6% in November. It marks the third consecutive month that inflation has eased - with the major driver behind the decline: lower transport costs. And joining Business Day TV to interrogate Wednesday’s print a bit further, is Reezwana Sumad, from Nedbank CIB.
11
DEC
1am

Land expropriation draft bill open for public commentary

You have roughly over a month to comment on the Draft Constitution Eighteenth Amendment Bill which speaks to changes made to Section 25 of the Constitution - allowing for land expropriation without compensation. While the Bill is not clear on the specific circumstances when no compensation will be given, it does call on a separate piece of national legislation to be set out to determine the specific circumstances where a court may rule that no compensation is due. Lawson Naidoo from the Council for the Advancement of the SA Constitution talks to Business Day TV about the Bill in its current form.
11
DEC
1am

What quick wins SA can capitalize on in 2020

The country's growth prospects are dim but RMB CEO, James Formby is of the belief that there are low hanging fruit that could help jumpstart growth. He joined Business Day TV as they took a look at some of the quick wins that can be achieved in 2020 to help restore the ailing economy and South Africa's investment standing
10
DEC
1am

How load shedding is affecting Harmony Gold

The mining industry has moved from being a top GDP contributor to being the biggest drag on the economy and load shedding isn't doing the industry any favours. Miners have been forced to cut production due to power shortages. Harmony Gold has called off its underground shifts which will only be resumed once Eskom can offer more certainty around providing reliable power supply. Company's Spokesperson, Marian van der Walt spoke to Business Day TV
09
DEC
1am

Prasa placed under administration, board dissolved

SAA may be just the beginning. In his weekly newsletter, President Ramaphosa has reiterated that government will do anything to save SOEs. And on Monday, Transport Minister, Fikilile Mbalula announced that Prasa has been placed under administration, the board has been dissolved and Bongi-sizwe Mpondo has been appointed administrator. Alec Moemi, DG of the Department of Transport joined Business Day TV on the line with more of the detail.
09
DEC
1am

China's exports shrink amid trade war

China's exports shrank for the fourth consecutive month in November, underscoring persistent pressures on manufacturers from its trade war with the US. But growth in imports may be a sign that Beijing's stimulus steps are helping to stoke demand. Joining Business Day TV on the line to discuss this in detail is Craig Botham from Schroders.
09
DEC
1am

Alexander Forbes eyes acquisitions in 2020

Alexander Forbes released its interim results on Monday showing that their revenue is coming under pressure, falling close to a percent largely due to the sluggish economy. The current economic climate also has consumers dipping more into retirement savings, the preservation rate for retirement savings declined to 53% from 55%. The group does not expect a turnaround in the local economy BUT says that while it finalises the sale of its insurance business, it will consider acquisitions where it makes business sense. Business Day TV caught up with the company's CEO, Dawie de Villiers
09
DEC
1am

Why Eskom has moved to stage 6 loadshedding

South Africa's electricity crisis has deepened, Eskom has moved to stage 6 loadshedding. This is the first time that power cuts have moved beyond stage 4 for the struggling utility is looking to cut 6,000 megawatts from the grid due to a technical problem a the Madupi power station. Economists have cautioned that South Africa could face its second recession in as many years due to the power outages and Jan Oberholzer who's the COO of Eskom spoke to Business Day TV
06
DEC
1am

Are government's restructuring efforts at SOEs enough?

2019 has proven to be another tough year for Eskom and SAA. SAA is now in Business Rescue, and government is going to have to fork out a further R4 billion in cash and government guarantees... Supporting the process. While Eskom, amidst a turnaround of its own, has forecast a R20 billion loss for the coming year... So is the kind of restructuring in play - at these entities - providing any reassurance that government is committed to fiscal consolidation? Political Analyst, Daniel Silke joined Business Day TV with some analysis on the State of these SOE's
05
DEC
1am

Exposure to SA economy slows GEPF investment growth

The Government Employee Pension Fund released its annual results today - the fund's portfolio grew a tepid 0.88% during the period. This largely due to the fund's exposure to the local economy which currently sits in contraction territory. CEO of the fund, Abel Sithole adds that the group is gearing up to conduct greater scrutiny of the decisions of the its fund mamanger, the PIC.

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