Business Buzz

WITS RADIO ACADEMY  |  Podcast , ±51 min episodes every 1 week, 3 days  |  Broadcast schedule  | 
Business Buzz is a weekly business show aimed at educating and enlightening young adults on financial literacy, with regular updates and interviews on business and entrepreneurship topics. The topics are tailored to resonate with young adults providing simplified answers to complex questions of the business world.

The show is presented by Mudiwa “Mobb Justice” Gavaza and produced by Glory Mabuza, Slindele Msibi and Ntando Ximba. Simbarashe “Simba” Honde is the executive producer, with Kutlwano “Gwinch” Serame as the Technical Producer.

Furthermore, Business Buzz is proudly produced under The Wits Radio Academy, for VOW FM and also syndicated to 5 other community and campus radio stations across the country. It is also podcast on www.wits.journalism.co.za/business

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28
MAY
2020

Business Buzz - UIF continuation

We talk to Zanele Kunene from BDO Wealth Advisors on The Business Wrap who gives us more insight on the latest business news. The Buffalo Index looks at what your R100 can get to make you comfortable if a queue for alcohol becomes a reality in life.

On the main topic we delve into Part 2 of our Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF) discussion. We’re unpacking the UIF and Covid-19 TERS, to see what they are about from different points of view.

To help us navigate this topic, today we speak to Robert Legh, Head of the Labour workstream at Business 4 South Africa, a federation that includes Business Unity SA and the Black Business Council. Legh, who is also the chairman of Bowmans, tells about the development of TERS. We hear from Tsietsi Mohale, who’s been raising awareness about UIF payments on social media. The show ends with us talking to Phakamile-Hlubi Majola, a spokesperson for the National Union of Metal Workers of South Africa (NUMSA) who gives labour’s view on the matter, as well as considerations around labour policy during this time.
22
MAY
2020

Business Buzz - Understanding UIF & TERS

On the Business Wrap, Lebo Phasha, general manager for Southern Africa at the African Management Institute, gives a round-up of the week’s top trending business and economics news. The Buffalo Index looks at what your R100 can get you on the alcohol ‘black’ market.

On the main topic, we’re here to understand the Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF). To help us navigate this topic, today we speak to Dr Michael Cardo, the Shadow Minister of Labour for the Democratic Alliance about the development of labour policy in SA, especially given the Covid-19 crisis. We then turn our attention to the law regarding UIF with Dumisani Ndiweni, an associate at law firm, Webber Wentzel.
15
MAY
2020

Business Buzz - Survival Toolkits for Small Businesses

On the Business Wrap, our financial expert, Ken Swettenham, gives a round-up of the week’s top trending business and economics news. The Buffalo Index looks at what your R100 can get you in the face mask market.

On the main topic, we talk about survival toolkits, tip and advice for small businesses looking to survive the crisis brought on by the coronavirus. To help us navigate this topic, we speak to Madzenga Mabaso, the CEO of CraziNerd, a web development company that specializes in smart technologies and programming about the importance of establishing an online presence for business survival. We then talk to one of our resident business experts, Lebo Phasha, who is a business strategist and general manager for Southern Africa at the African Management Institute, together with his college Irene Okoye. They giving us more insights on survival toolkits that small businesses can adopt to ensure continuity.
08
MAY
2020

Business Buzz - E-commerce and Adapting Your Business to COVID-19

On the Business Wrap, Lebo Phasha, general manager for Southern Africa at the African Management Institute, gives the week’s top trending business and economics news. The Buffalo Index looks at what your R100 can get you in the winter clothing market.

On the main topic, we talk about e-commerce and adapting business models to the new operating environment brought on by Covid-19. To help us navigate this topic, we talk to Mathebe Molise, a chartered accountant and founder of Beauty on TApp who tells us about her e-commerce business. We then speak to Arthur Goldstuck, an information and communications technology analyst about the state of the local and international online retail space.
01
MAY
2020

Business Buzz - Rent (During the COVID-19 pandemic)

On the Business Wrap our financial expert, Ken Swettenham, gives the week’s top trending business and economics news. The Buffalo Index looks at what your R100 can get you in the cigarette market.

On the main topic, we talk about the effect of Covid-19 on the property market, considering that the economic decline and reduced occupancy rate has meant many tenants are no longer able to pay rent. To help us navigate this topic, we talk to Kaone Ntlamelle, a real estate investment banker & co-founder of New Era Property Investments; and Keillen Ndlovu, the head of Stanlib Listed Property funds, about the current outlook of the property market and the debate around rentals.
24
APR
2020

Business Buzz - COVID-19 Economic Stimulus

On The Business Wrap our host Mudiwa ‘MobbJustice’ Gavaza gives today’s top trending business and economics news. The Buffalo Index looks at what your R100 can get you.

On the main topic, we talk about Covid-19 economics in our first show since the start of the lockdown. To help us navigate this topic, we talk to economist Mackson Tshehla about the governments stimulus, Petri Redelinghys, Financial Analyst at Herenya Capital Advisors and founder of Say Siyabonga which is helping small businesses to cope with the lockdown; and Dr. Bob Wekesa, Deputy Director at the The Africa Centre for the Study of the US at Wits University helps us to compare and contrast the policy responses between the US and SA.
19
MAR
2020

Business Buzz - Consumer Spending in light of COVID-19

We talk to Zanele Kunene on The Business Wrap who gives us more insight on the latest business news.

The Buffalo Index looks at what your R100 can get you.

On the main topic, we talk about the changes in consumer behavior in light of the global coronavirus pandemic. To help navigate the topic, we talk to Dhashni Naidoo, a Programme Manager at FNB and Wendy Knowler, a 702 consumer journalist about some of the principles consumers should be mindful of during the COVID-19 outbreak.
05
MAR
2020

Business Buzz - Student Entrepreneurship

On the latest business news, we talk about the Budget Speech, South Africa slipping into a technical recession and the effect of the Coronavirus on the economy. Lebo Phasha, our financial expert gives us more insight on the Business Wrap. The Buffalo Index looks at what your R100 can get you.

On the main topic we talk about student entrepreneurship and what it means for students to have a side hustle that could potentially become a big business one day. We talk to the founders of “Find A Funder”, Karabo Petja and Philip Ndlovu about their crowdfunding platform. We also talk to Sphiwe Blom, the MD of Convenience Group, who gives us more insight on his journey as a student entrepreneur and opening his first store in the heart of Braamfontein.
27
FEB
2020

Business Buzz - Brand New Heavy - Bongani Frank Masilela

On the latest business news, we discuss the 2020 National Budget presented by Finance Minister Tito Mboweni earlier in the week. Of particular interest is the lack of taxes increases, raised excise duties or “sin taxes” and possible reaction from international ratings agencies. The coronavirus comes into focus yet again as local markets reacted negatively during the week to the increased threat of the disease. Ken Swettenham, our financial expert, helps us to unpack the issues on The Business Wrap.

The Buffalo Index looks at what R100 can do for those looking to improve their public speaking skills with a Toastmasters membership or private classes.

The last Thursday of the month is when we take time to celebrate a young person in SA, 35 years and below doing great things in their industry, business or profession.

This February we have Wits University alumni, Bongani Frank Masilela, who calls himself an entrepreneur, casual traveller and backpacker. He is also a founder of Tshimong, a social enterprise that specializes in debating, public speaking, consulting and leadership training. He talks to us about his journey in public speaking and debate, upbringing, origins of Tshimong, the circle he keeps around him, his desire to help young people and what he wants his legacy to be.
20
FEB
2020

Business Buzz - Role of Fin-tech in the Informal Sector

On the latest business news, we talk about what issues are likely to be raised by finance minister Tito Mboweni in his National Budget set for release next week and discuss items like state owned enterprises, public sector wages and possible tax increases which may be on the cards. Zanele Kunene, our financial expert from BDO Wealth Advisors, helps us to unpack the issues on The Business Wrap.

The Buffalo Index looks at what your R100 can do you at one of the many spaza shops across the country by going through a list of commonly bought items.

On the main topic, we look at the role of financial technology (fin-tech) in the informal sector to drive business growth.

Felix Kamenga, the Chief Officer for Financial Services at MTN SA joins us on the line to talk about MTN’s mobile money solution “MoMo” and its applications for the SME and informal sector. Tina Mason, Chief Operating Officer of A2Pay, a fintech business providing trade financing and point of sale technology to spaza shop owners, talks about changing behaviour of small business owners using technology.
13
FEB
2020

Business Buzz - The Business of Love (Valentine's Special Edition)

On the latest business news, we talk about what economic issues are likely to be raised in President Cyril Ramaphosa’s State of the Nation Address and discuss how retailers may be affected by the Valentines Day season given lower than expected activity during the recent festive season. Lebo Phasha, our financial expert, helps us to unpack the issues on The Business Wrap.

The Buffalo Index looks at what your R100 can get for those looking to impress their significant others during Valentines by listing some of the priciest rose options on offer in SA.

Valentine’s day is around the corner and as such, businesses are preparing their campaigns to reach their marketing goals. On the main topic, we look into some of the businesses and ventures that may benefit from the day of love.

Mahlatse Mashao, founder of Dipalesa Flowas gives a look into what it means to run a flower business, particularly at such a busy time of year. Patience Manaba, co-founder and CEO of Ance AirBnB Property Management then takes us into the world of running rental properties for those looking for romantic getaways. The show ends with Joseph Hlongwane, senior product manager at GFK South Africa, sharing his years of experience in marketing to give insight into how businesses can craft effective advertising campaigns around Valentines.
06
FEB
2020

Business Buzz - Building Communities for Small Businesses

On the latest business news, we talk about the effect of the coronavirus on global markets and its impact on the SA economy, an update on state owned enterprises like SAA which recently went into business rescue, together with predictions about what factors will likely shape the upcoming national budget later in February. Ken Swettenham, our financial expert, gives us more insight on The Business Wrap.

The Buffalo Index looks at your R100 can get when looking the best business advice to get your business off the ground.

On the main topic, we look into entrepreneurial communities and their significance in supporting entrepreneurs and startups. Nadine Chetty, co-founder of Ecomm Accounting Solutions and a QuickBooks trainer talks to us about the importance of small businesses keeping financial records and how their firm has been able to build a community around its clients. Mahlatse Tolamo, an Ecosystem Enabler at 22 On Sloane then speaks about entrepreneurship communities and an upcoming event called The StartUp Huddle, taking place in February aimed at educating and connecting business owners.

The show ends with one of our executive producers, Glory Mabuza, coming in to share lessons on how she has been able to leverage communities in her own business.

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