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06
AUG
2am

The week in perspective

We’re back to late night reshuffles as the president wielded the axe last night with the most significant change for the economy in the Treasury after Tito Mboweni decided he had enough cooking the budget, a job he had taken on reluctantly when Cyril first asked him to come back in 2018.

Is this a case of the bomb squad coming in to bail out the starting players or is our bench at risk of bombing out as the ANC doubles down on decades of failed policy?

While many ministers, including those of state security, communications, human settlements, have been reshuffled but remain in cabinet, minister of defence Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula has been dropped and will be redeployed elsewhere

To put things into perspective Michael is joined by Warwick Lucas Chief Investment Officer at Galileo Asset Managers; Raymond Parsons, professor in the School of Business and Governance at Northwest University & Isaah Mhlanga, Chief Economist at Alexander Forbes, to review the week that was.
04
AUG
2am

Liberty ups defenses against impact of Covid-19

Liberty has topped up on its pandemic reserves by R1bn and this has led the group to report an interim normalised operating loss of R465mn. Alishia Seckam spoke to Liberty CEO David Munro for more insight into how the company is preparing to ride out the Covid​-19 pandemic.
04
AUG
2am

Why the local asset management industry needs to change

Despite a number of boutique asset management firms entering the market over the past few year, the industry remains heavily concentrated. According to the latest figures from the Association for Savings and Investment South Africa, the seven largest firms in the collective investment schemes industry have a market share of 56% by assets under management. FundCraft believes this is because of ‘systemic failures’ that make it difficult for investors to explore other options. Alishia Seckam discussed this in detail with FundCraft's chief strategy officer, Gandy Gandidzanwa.​
04
AUG
2am

Vaccine rollout offers blueprint for future collaboration

South Africa passed the milestone of administering seven million Covid-19 vaccinations last week despite the drug supply limiting efforts to reach higher daily targets. We are still in the ramp up phase, but it would be churlish to continue to bang on about our slow start and not recognise that the partnership between government and the private sector is starting to deliver great results in recovering lost ground. Bottom line though is vaccines are highly effective in reducing death and relieving strain on healthcare systems so we can get back to our regular way of life. Michael Avery spoke to Dr Nicholas Crisp, a deputy director-general in the National Department of Health and the person responsible for coordinating South Africa’s Covid-19 vaccine roll-out, and Martin Kingston, Chair of the B4SA Steering Committee providing National Vaccination Programme Support, to find out the latest on the national vaccination rollout strategy.
03
AUG
2am

Royal Bafokeng Platinum quintuples cash pile

Royal Bafokeng Platinum says its net cash pile rose more than five-fold to R3.6 billion rand during its first half, thanks to higher platinum group metals prices during the period. Alishia Seckam unpacked the performance with CFO Hanré Rossouw.
03
AUG
2am

Covid-19 threatens retirement savings - Sanlam

The National Treasury has proposed a ‘two-pot system’ for withdrawals from pension funds, with up to one-third being accessible before retirement. The consideration comes as Sanlam warns that the economic impact of the pandemic poses a threat to retirement savings. Alishia Seckam spoke to Avishal Seeth, Head of Sanlam Umbrella Solutions for more insight.
03
AUG
2am

Weaker dollar and commodity prices boost rand

The local unit has bounced back, recovering from last month's slump where it almost crossed the R15 to the dollar mark. This has mainly been driven by commodity prices and a weaker dollar.​ Business Day TV discussed the activity playing out in the currency scene with RMB's John Cairns.
02
AUG
2am

Medupi power station completed

The Medupi coal-fired power station is finally complete. Work on the project was supposed to come to an end in 2015 but design defects led to delays and cost overruns. Alishia Seckam spoke to Eskom CEO André de Ruyter about what the completion of the Medupi power project will mean for electricity security in SA.
02
AUG
2am

Absa PMI plunges to weakest level in 14 months

Absa's purchasing managers’ index fell to a 14-month low in July, highlighting the effect of stricter lockdown measures associated with the third wave of Covid-19, as well as the fallout of recent violent protests. Alishia Seckam spoke to Miyelani Maluleke, Senior Economist at Absa for more.
30
JUL
2am

The week in review

Rather than capital, I feel like Chinese regulators never sleep. Over the past nine months, Ant Group's IPO got pulled, Community Group Buying players were fined for price dumping, Alibaba was fined for anti-monopoly violations and Meituan was also fined for anti-monopoly violations. Just like Oprah dishes out cars, every tech giant seems to be getting a summons. The big news last Friday was the Chinese government’s decision to turn online education stocks into non-profits, banning them from raising capital and going public. The sell-off across the ADR’s was huge! Tencent, which influences the JSE via the Naspers stable, collapsed this week after Chinese competition authorities ordered it to stop a practice of exclusive music licensing rights, also levying a small fine, which follows similar action against other tech firms. And the value destruction in Naspers has been staggering, equaled only by the speed of the recover this week. So why are the regulators getting involved? It’s the trillion rand question for local fu​nd managers right now….which actually puts our local unrest and vaccine issues into perspective

Michael Avery is joined by Warwick Lucas Chief Investment Officer at Galileo Asset Managers; Raymond Parsons, professor in the School of Business and Governance at Northwest University & Michael Power Strategist at Investec Asset Management
30
JUL
2am

Construction sector develops industry master plan

South Africa’s construction sector stakeholders are engaging with the Department of Trade and Industry and Competition over the development of master plan for the sector. The plan seeks to resolve structural issues and clarify the role of small and medium-sized enterprises in the industry. Alishia Seckam spoke to PPC Southern Africa's MD Njombo Lekula for more detail.

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