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13
JUN
2am

SA business confidence stuck at a 2 year low

Business confidence is stuck at a two-year low. The RMB/ BER Business Confidence Index has flatlined at 28 points during the second quarter. Building, retail and wholesale trade businesses registered an improvement in sentiment while the confidence of manufacturers' and motor trade companies dimmed.

To find out if the index is simply a depiction of an economy stuck in a rut Business Day TV caught up with RMB Chief Economist Ettienne le Roux for a closer look at the detail.
13
JUN
2am

Where to from here for SA's gold miners?

Gold production in April fell by almost 19.7% year-on-year, data from Stats SA showed on Thursday.

The sector has been hard hit in recent months by strikes at gold mines led by the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu).

Business Day TV sat down with Cobus Loots the CEO of gold miner, Pan African Resources to find out if the sector is poised for recovery.
13
JUN
2am

Mining sector contracts for sixth consecutive month

Mining production contracted 1.5% year-on-year in April, extending the sector’s fall to a sixth consecutive month.

Although this outcome spells a weak start to mining production for the second quarter, an improvement is expected to be seen in May and June, said FNB economist Matlhodi Matsei.

Factors likely to support recovery include improved electricity supply compared to the first quarter, as well as some normalisation in gold mining production following the end of the protracted strike at Sibanye-Stillwater, Matsei said in a note.

For some analysis on the current operating environment and whether the sector is likely to recover, Business Day TV spoke to mining luminary and Junior Mining Indaba chair Bernard Swanepoel for his take.
12
JUN
2am

Could the turnaround in the retail sector provide opportunities for property companies?

The retail sector is beginning to show signs of a turnaround with retail sales expanding 2.4% year-on-year in April from 0.2% previously.

This could present opportunities for retail property investors and Business Day TV caught up with Vukile Property Fund CEO Laurence Rapp to get a sense of what he's making of the current operating environment and the opportunities he's seeing in the market right now.
12
JUN
2am

Altron's turnaround gathers pace

Altron's CEO Mteto Nyati says that the group's turnaround is complete.

Once a JSE top-40 stalwart, Altron lost favour with investors after a series of strategy blunders. Managerial missteps under founder Bill Venter’s heirs, Robbie and Craig, eventually drove Altron, and its one-time listed subsidiary Altech, from the JSE’s blue-chip index before its recent resurrection at the hands of CEO Mteto Nyati.

Business Day TV sat down with Nyati to find out where to from here for Altron.
11
JUN
2am

NUMSA, SACCA rally behind SAA's former CEO Vuyani Jarana

The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) and the South African Cabin Crew Association (SACCA) wants outgoing SAA CEO Vuyani Jarana reinstated.

The unions have also demanded that members of SAA's board be removed.

Business Day TV spoke to Numsa's Phakamile Hlubi-Majola for a closer look at the reasoning behind the union's demands.
11
JUN
2am

Factory activity surges in April

Factory activity rose the most in almost three years as the worst load-shedding the country has seen abated.

Manufacturing production grew 4.6% in April, after the sector saw growth of 1.3% in March.

The biggest growth drivers in the sector were a 9.4% rise in basic iron and steel, nonferrous metal products, metal products and machinery; an 18.6% jump in motor vehicles, parts and accessories, and other transport equipment; a 3.3% rise in food and beverages; and a 1.7% increase in petroleum, chemical products, rubber and plastic products.

Executive Director of the Manufacturing Circle Philippa Rodseth spoke to Business Day TV about the latest figures and whether this print could suggest a turnaround for the sector.
10
JUN
2am

Capital Appreciation takes profit hit as it invests for future growth

Fintech group, Capital Appreciation released its annual numbers on Monday, delivering a near 20% rise in revenue to just over R607 million and a 12.6% fall in headline earnings per share. The group said earnings were partly hit by investments made in anticipation of growth in commercial activity. Business Day TV caught up with the company's joint CEO, Bradley Sacks for more on their performance.
10
JUN
2am

A2X listings grow to 21

NEPI Rockcastle has been approved for a secondary listing on A2X Markets and it's shares will be available for trade on the exchange from Tuesday, 18 June 2019.

Speaking on the listing, A2X CEO Kevin Brady said, “We welcome NEPI Rockcastle onto the A2X platform. As a leading international property investment and development group, operating in over 10 countries, this is a great endorsement for the benefits of a secondary listing. We look forward to providing an efficient and cost-effective trading venue for the trade of NEPI shares.”

This listing will bring the number of securities listed on A2X to 21, with NEPI being the 7th FTSE JSE Top 40 company. The combined market capitalisation of companies listed on A2X now exceeds R2.3 trillion.

Business Day TV caught up with Brady for a look at how A2X is contributing to the growth and development of South Africa's capital markets.
10
JUN
2am

Can SAA return to profitability?

South Africa Airways (SAA) has appointed its head of operations as acting chief executive.

Zukisa Ramasia takes over from Vuyani Jarana who unexpectedly resigned last week, after less than two years in the job, saying his turnaround strategy for the loss-making airline was being undermined by a lack of state funding and too much bureaucracy.

SAA board member Martin Kingston says the airline's turnaround strategy will not be derailed by Jarana's departure and that a return to profitability in the 2021/22 financial year is still possible with the appropriate funding.

Business Day TV caught up with Kingston for more detail.
10
JUN
2am

SA attends the 108th session of the International Labour Conference

The 108th session of the International Labour Conference is underway in Geneva where delegates from around the globe meet to find solutions to future challenges in the world of work.

President Cyril Ramaphosa is leading the South African delegation. He was appointed in 2018 as the co-chair of the ILO’s Global Commission on the Future of Work alongside Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Löfven.

The ILO is a UN agency that deals with social justice and sets international labour standards. Its International Labour Conference is an annual gathering of governments, labour and business to deliberate on issues of mutual interest.

General Secretary of Cosatu Bheki Ntshalintshali is part of the delegation and joined Business Day TV to discuss what he hopes will come out of the conference.

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