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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.
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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
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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.
29
JUL
2am

ArcelorMittal SA returns to profit

ArcelorMittal SA is back in the black after steel prices surged during its half-year period. Alishia Seckam unpacked the performance in detail with the group’s CEO, Kobus Verster.
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JUL
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Imperial Logistics makes good on its 'Gateway to Africa' strategy

Imperial Logistics is growing it's African footprint. The company has acquired J&J Group, an African-based transport firm, for R4.4bb. The deal gives Imperial access to new regions and corridors on the continent. Alishia Seckam spoke to Mohammed Akoojee, CEO of Imperial for more detail.
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JUL
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Manufacturing - a gangster’s paradise

Manufacturing was starting to show tentative signs of recovery before the riots. Let’s not forget that the sector was on its knees before Covid struck due to a range of factors from loadshedding to steel input costs, disagreements on how to pursue localisation, issues around competitiveness and dealing with leaky customs and the construction mafia. But the manufacturing sector is high on the government’s agenda for the economic rebuild, and the contribution it could make towards creating sustainable jobs is at least appreciated. Michael Avery talks to ​

Ayanda Mngadi, Hulamin Group Exec for Corporate Affairs (and also MC Chair);

Webster Mfebe, Chief Executive Officer of the South African Forum of Civil Engineering Contractors (SAFCEC);

Philippa Rodseth, Executive Director of the Manufacturing Circle &

Peter Barnard, a partner at Cox Yeats Attorneys to analyse the picture that emerged in the wake of the unrest?
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JUL
2am

Sustainable Finance Instruments

On this special edition of Future of Business with Nedbank CIB - BusinessDay TV speaks to the Head of Sustainable Finance Solutions at Nedbank CIB, Arvana Singh, about sustainable finance instruments. These issues are particularly relevant in a world in which the fundamentals remain weak in the wake of continued economic pressures due to Covid-19.
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JUL
2am

Treasury’s R39bn relief package won’t require additional debt

Treasury has announced a R39 billion economic relief package, which will be funded by higher-than-expected tax revenue. The lion's share of the funds will go towards reinstating the R350 unemployment grant. Alishia Seckam spoke to Kevin Lings, Chief Economist at Stanlib for his view on the relief measure.
28
JUL
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Can AECI’s recovery be sustained?

AECI has hiked its interim dividend by 80% as the firm recovers from the fallout from Covid-19. Alishia Seckam spoke to AECI CEO Mark Dytor to find out if the firm thinks that its recovery can be sustained in the current operating environment.
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Are investors giving up on SA’s SMMEs?

South Africa’s small and medium enterprises have been hard hit by Covid-19 and the recent civil unrest which razed some firm to the ground. Alishia Seckam spoke to Charles Okehalam from AGH Capital about the challenging environment to find out if this is putting off investment in the SMME sector.
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JUL
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Time to unshackle small business

As we start calculating the cost of the recent riots and the destruction, organised business warns that the economic recovery has been set back, probably by one to two years. It raises several questions but undoubtedly one of the most fundamental is the role of small business and entrepreneurship in the recovery. While the events of the week of 12th July have been a dark chapter in the country’s history as homes and businesses were destroyed, in typical South African fashion many have pulled together to help affected communities rebuild. Johannesburg-based online marketplace for home services Kandua has rolled up its sleeves and is helping small businesses that were gutted. To talk about how small businesses could help the economy to recover is Arjun Khoosal, co-founder of Kandua.com and Vusi Thembekwayo is the Founder and CEO of MyGrowthFund.
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Kumba posts record first-half results

Higher iron prices have landed Kumba in a sweet spot with the group’s after tax profit more than doubling to over R30bn. Alishia Seckam spoke to the miner’s CEO, Themba Mkhwanazi for more detail.

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