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27
JUN
2pm

Surging costs weigh on PPC

Surging costs weighed on PPC’s annual performance. South Africa's biggest cement-maker has posted a slide into the red, reporting a loss per share of 5 cents despite an 11% increase in group revenue. Business Day TV the performance with CEO Roland van Wijnen.
27
JUN
2pm

Invicta boasts strong recovery from Covid, lockdowns

Invicta has posted a solid recovery from the effects of Covid-19. The industrial holding company grew its annual revenue by 15% while headline earnings per share shot up by 99%. A final dividend of 90 cents has been declared, which reflects an increase of 50%. Business Day TV spoke to Steven Joffe,CEO of Invicta for greater perspective on the numbers.
27
JUN
8am

Transport regulatory dysfunction throttling tourism

SATSA, the country’s leading inbound tourism industry association, last week raised the red flag on red tape that is strangling the fragile post-pandemic recovery of the country’s critical tourism sector, with hundreds of new and existing tour operators unable to work, or being forced to do so illegally, as it says the National Public Transport Regulator (NPTR), which issues tourism transport licences, is not functioning as intended.
SATSA called on the Presidency’s Red Tape team to urgently step in and declare an immediate moratorium on new and renewal applications for accreditation, operating licences and permits, last week, pending the resolution of the current impasse, as well as to appoint a task team to relook at regulation of tourism vehicles, and implement solutions at the NPTR.

To talk about this Michael Avery is joined by David Frost, CEO, SA Tourism Services Association (SATSA); Oupa Pilane, Deputy Chair, SATSA and tour operator from Mpumalanga & Onne Vegter, SATSA Transport Committee Chair and tour operator
24
JUN
8am

The Week In Perspective

The final report of the Zondo Commission into State Capture: with the handing over by Chief Justice Raymond Zondo of his 1800 page final report to President Cyril Ramaphosa in Wednesday the lengthy and tortuous road towards uncovering the truth about state capture corruption and fraud in SA has now reached a long-awaited formal interrogative conclusion. Although the Zondo Commission has often been criticized for not meeting its deadlines, after nearly four years of investigation by the Zondo Commission the massive and cumulative amount of evidence revealed by it nonetheless remains overwhelmingly large to manage.
Globally, gauges of factory activity in Japan, Britain, the euro zone and United States all softened in June, with U.S. producers reporting the first outright drop in new orders in two years in the face of slumping confidence. read more
Bonds rallied hard on hopes the bets on aggressive rate hikes would have to be curtailed, with German two-year yields down 22 basis points in their biggest drop since 2008.
European Central Bank and Federal Reserve speakers will be watched closely later in the day, as will British retail sales data and German business confidence. Beyond that, the main worry is what it all means for company performance.

Lots to discuss with Warwick Lucas Head of Galileo Securities; Raymond Parsons, professor in the School of Business and Governance at Northwest University & Isaah Mhlanga, Chief Economist at Alex Forbes
23
JUN
2pm

SA’s tourism sector welcomes repeal of Covid-19 rules

South Africa has repealed COVID-19 regulations governing the use of face masks and which imposed entry requirements at its borders. The country’s tourism sector has welcomed the move, saying it bodes well for the sector and will give the local economy a boost. Business Day TV caught up with Tshifhiwa Tshivhengwa, CEO of the Tourism Business Council of South Africa for more insight.
23
JUN
1pm

Construction sector activity declines in Q1

The Afrimat Construction Index declined by 3.5% in the first quarter, with Intimidation, extortion and violence on construction sites cited as obstacles to the further expansion of construction activity. Business Day TV spoke to Independent Economist Roelof Botha, who compiles the index, for more detail.
23
JUN
7am

Trends that will drive ecommerce in 2022

New data from FNB Merchant Services shows that the South African online e-commerce market has grown rapidly and is currently estimated at just under R200 billion per annum. Companies such as Takealot, Woolworths and Checkers are all adapting to new consumer habits.
According to FNB, an increase in the e-commerce estimated value indicates how Covid-19 exponentially accelerated the use of e-commerce.
Before the pandemic, e-commerce accounted for 8% of total card payments spent in the retail space, with 35% of the sector being made up by spending on travel and accommodation. At the end of 2021, e-commerce accounted for 14% of total card payments sales, with travel and accommodation only taking up 11%.
Setting up a website is easy....you can do it over a weekend. The hard work starts when you need to integrate it with inventory management software and optimizing the site for google to find you. You need a specialist to help you to avoid the pitfalls of SEO which prevent you from being discovered on the net.
And then there is the never ending spend on social media to drive traffic through your site. You need to cover the cost of photography and editing of product, offer “free delivery” and payment platform charges. All in you’re looking at 20%.

To talk about the trends that will drive ecommerce in 2022 and how brands are responding Michael Avery is joined by Darren Hampton, GM: Digital & eCommerce at Nandos; Arthur Goldstuck, MD of World Wide Worx & Colleen Harrison, Head of Marketing at PayFast.
22
JUN
1pm

Opportunities in the bond market

The bond market has been battered this year on the back of the global trend of monetary tightening and some traders are still seeing opportunity in the local fixed income arena, saying that 10-year government bond yields are attractive. Business Day TV discussed this in detail with the Head of Fixed Income at PSG Asset Management Lyle Sankar.
22
JUN
1pm

Inflation breaches upper level of Sarb's target range

Consumer prices accelerated in May and rose to a five-year high of 6.5%, due to rising food and petrol prices. The print is well above the Reserve Bank’s target range of 3%-6%. Business Day TV discussed what this means for the South African economy with Senior Economist at BNP Parabis SA Jeff Schultz.
22
JUN
11am

Stadio to enter growth phase as student numbers rise

Stadio says it is set to enter a growth phase and is on track to achieve its 56,000 student target by 2026, after growing its base by 11% during the first half of 2022. Business Day TV spoke to Chris Vorster for more detail on the group's growth plans.
22
JUN
8am

Industrial Policy Review Required

It doesn’t exactly dominate the news cycle, but SA’s industrial policy has major ramifications for economic policy, growth and job creation. Spelt out in a series of annual Industrial Policy Action Plans (IPAPs) and now sector master plans, South Africa’s industrial policy has been in place for roughly 15 years now. Instruments have been chosen to support the manufacturing sector in general and certain sectors have been prioritised and receive additional support.

Its fair to say our industrial policy attempts have not yielded the desired results so far.
Trade & Industrial Policy Strategies (TIPS) is an independent, non-profit, economic research institution established in 1996 to support economic policy development.
And tomorrow turns 25.
So 25 years in, its appropriate to ask, what is our industrial policy, what it has achieved and what does the future hold?

Tshediso Matona, Secretary of Planning in the National Planning Commission in the Presidency & Saul Levin, Executive Director of TIPS since 2014 join Michael Avery for this discussion
21
JUN
1pm

N3 blockades halted after truckers, government ink agreement

Government and road freight parties have signed an agreement to end the N3 blockades. The agreement involves an 11-point action plan which aims to addresses key concerns in the industry that have led to the blockades. Business Day TV spoke to Gavin Kelly, CEO of the Road Freight Association for more detail.

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