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Women in Private Equity

How do we mind the gap and fix the mix when it comes to gender and diversity in private equity?
Women are significantly underrepresented among the investment decision-makers at private equity and venture capital firms, as well as in the leadership of companies that receive this investment capital.
The finance industry says it wants more diversity at all levels, but private equity has proved stubbornly slow to change.
Women hold only 10 percent of all senior positions in private equity and venture capital firms globally.
Women made up about 12.7% of senior employees at North American private equity funds last year, less than half the finance industry average, according to research by Preqin and I can’t get my hands on the number for SA but I’m sure it’s in the ballpark. Even with junior levels close to gender parity, data show that few women move up the ranks. Firms are often tightly held partnerships with senior managers who oversee fund life cycles that can last more than a decade.
And while strides are being made in South Africa the pace is still quite slow.

Michael Avery is joined by Dinao Lerutla, Managing Partner at Maia Capital Partners (a debt impact investing boutique fund manager based in Johannesburg; Daniella Keet, Head of Private Equity at FNB Commercial; Janice Johnston, Chair of 100WF in SA (and a private equity professional) and Langa Madonko, board member at SAVCA
05
AUG
10am

OPEC+ agrees to small oil output hike

OPEC+ has agreed to raise its oil output goal by 100,000 barrels per day next month, marking one of the group’s smallest increases on record. Business Day TV spoke to Raymond Phillips, Commodities Trader at RMB for more detail on what the decision means for the oil market.
04
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2pm

Are analysts seeing value in SA's banking sector?

Despite tepid domestic growth and the central bank's hawkish stance weighing on consumers’ pockets, South Africa's banks are performing well. Business Day TV spoke to Senior Banks Analyst at Intellidex, Nolwandle Mthombeni for her view on the sector.
04
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1pm

Sappi delivers record Q3 earnings

Sappi has posted a strong third quarter performance, bolstered by strong global demand and pricing momentum. The paper and packaging company's earnings before interest, taxation, depreciation and amoritisation rose to a record $371 million from $145 million previously, and the firm expects the robust pricing and demand environment to continue into the next quarter. Business Day TV unpacked the performance with CEO Steve Binnie.
03
AUG
1pm

TymeBank to buy SME-focused Retail Capital

TymeBank is buying SME-funder Retail Capital to make a big push into business banking. The deal, which is subject to regulatory approval, will allow TymeBank to to expand its offering to entrepreneurs to include working capital finance. Business Day TV spoke to TymeBank’s CEO Coen Jonker about the acquisition.
02
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12pm

JSE benefits from market volatility

The JSE benefitted from market volatility in its first half. Increased trading activity helped Africa's largest stock exchange grow revenue across its business segments, with top-line growth registering an 11% increase and headline earnings per share growing by 29%. Business Day TV spoke to CEO Leila Fourie for her take on the performance.
02
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8am

Rubber Hits The Road on Tariff Application

The issue of tariffs was thrown into stark relief yesterday when the DTIC failed to extend tariffs on chicken imports as food costs rise.
And its interesting to note against the backdrop of a recent tariff application by the SA Tyre Manufacturers Conference (SATMC) to ITAC for the imposition of additional duties on tyres imported from China.
No doubt this will concern every South African motorist and the taxi, bus and trucking sectors, which could be hard hit if additional duties are imposed on imported tyres.
The four large domestic tyre producers – Continental, Bridgestone, Goodyear, and Sumitomo, collectively known as the SA Tyre Manufacturers Conference (SATMC), maintains that its application to investigate the unfair trade caused by dumped imports of passenger, truck and bus tyres imported from China, is part of a sustained effort to rescue the local tyre industry and the livelihoods dependent upon it.
SATMC was invited to participate on this panel but declined.

Joining Michael Avery for this discussion is Charl de Villiers, Chairperson at Tyre Importers Association of South Africa; Donald MacKay, CEO and founder of XA International Trade Advisors and Theo Malele, Spokesperson of National Taxi Alliance
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8am

Greylist Economic Outcome

Greylist has black and white economic outcome. I’m pleased to see South Africa’s looming potential greylisting by the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) is starting to receive the attention it deserves. National Treasury has certainly upped the ante publicly along with several respected CEOs, including Sim Tshabalala of Standard Bank and Hendrik du Toit of Ninety One.
One wonders where this issue sits on the president’s priority list (I suspect somewhere near the bottom) but the consequences for the country, local businesses and ordinary South Africans would be dire, increasing the cost of doing business, weakening the country’s investment attractiveness and further cementing our decline towards ochlocracy.
This past week the Prudential Authority (PA) released its second banking sector risk assessment. It surveyed 34 lenders active in SA, including five large banks, nine medium to small locally controlled banks, 17 foreign-controlled banks and branches of foreign banks, and three mutual banks.

To talk about this Michael Avery is joined by Rebecca Thomson, Senior Associate at Allen & Overy’s Litigation, Arbitration and Dispute Resolution practice and Paul O'Sullivan, founder of Paul O'Sullivan & Associates (the leading experts in Forensic & Fraud Investigation in South Africa)

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