Business Day Spotlight

Behind the biggest business stories of the week - taking you inside key events, the movements at the top and their effects at the bottom.

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06
JUL

Savings month: redefining SA's culture of saving 

In this edition of the Business Day Spotlight, we explore how to build a culture of saving and investment in SA.

To unpack the topic, our host Mudiwa Gavaza is joined by Nicholas Riemer, investment education head at FNB, to talk about the pros and cons of saving and investing.

The discussion explores the concept of Savings Month, importance of savings to the country, what tools are available to get started with investment and what it takes to create a culture of saving and investment in SA.
03
JUL

Economic news of the week: Here is why government relief is not reaching SMEs

In this edition of the Business Day Spotlight, we’re looking at the SA economy through the lens of small business and some of the potential shortfalls of government’s plan to get much needed liquidity to the sector through its stimulus package.

To explore the topic, our host Mudiwa Gavaza is joined by Guy Hosking, CFO at Retail Capital a small to medium enterprise (SME) funder.

The discussion explores Retail Capital’s business, statistics around the size and scope of the small business sector in SA, how to dispense funds better to SMEs, what lines of business offer good prospects for growth at the moment for small enterprises, and an outlook for the sector going forward.
01
JUL

Local start-up finds international funding partners

In this edition of the Business Day Spotlight, we’re examining the journey of technology startup, Skynamo, as the company expands its local operations moves beyond the borders of SA.

Our host Mudiwa Gavaza is joined by Sam Clarke, the man behind Skynamo, a business to business retail sales rep platform which recently raised $30m in funding from US group, Five Elms.

The discussion explores how the business began, the business model, Clarke’s professional journey, rationale for growing overseas, the impact of Covid-19 on business and an outlook for the economies in the countries that Skynamo operates in.
29
JUN

Covid-19 shows that investing cannot be considered a luxury

In this edition of the Business Day Spotlight, we’re looking at how savings and investment have been impacted by Covid-19 for ordinary South Africans.

Our host Mudiwa Gavaza is joined by Mike Estment, chairman at NFB Private Wealth Management to talk about the issues.

The discussion explores the savings and investment trends that have been created by the Covid-19 barriers to investment, investing for the long term, interest rates, the importance of savings to the economy, some pointers to help guide someone looking to grow their money, and the importance of seeking professional financial advice.
25
JUN

Closing the hippo's mouth - is there time to stop SA from falling into a debt trap?

In this edition of the Business Day Spotlight, we’re looking back at SA Finance Minister Mboweni’s budget speech delivered this week.

Our host Mudiwa Gavaza is joined by Sifiso Skenjana, chief economist and thought leadership executive at IQ Business to talk about the issues.

The discussion explores the highlights of the speech, some of the missed opportunities of the lockdowns, the consequences of not allowing certain economic activity to continue, some of the data being used to gauge economic activity and how government could use this opportunity to re-configure the economy for growth.
17
JUN

Assessing your personal finances to weather Covid-19

In this edition of the Business Day Spotlight, we’re talking to financial advisors about how to better structure one’s personal during this time of Covid-19.

Our host Mudiwa Gavaza is joined by Marriette Tappan, a Certified Financial Transitionist and financial consultant at Liberty; together with Irvin Tsimane, a senior manager for new strategic markets and financial advisor at Liberty.

The discussion explores what type of financial damage Covid-19 has caused for ordinary South Africans; what questions people should be asking their financial advisor’s in relation to their finances and the crisis; has there been any good to come out of the consumer pressure caused by the pandemic and an outlook for personal finances for the rest of the year.
12
JUN

Economic news of the week: Unemployment expected to spike amid mass retrenchments

In this edition of the Business Day Spotlight, we’re looking at the economics news of the week as higher unemployment looms large on SA.

Our host Mudiwa Gavaza is joined by Dawie Roodt, chief economist at Efficient Group to explore the issues.

The discussion focuses on the risk of increased unemployment, an outlook for inflation, how economists like Roodt are keeping track of economic activity, how the lifting of lockdown restrictions is going and the progress of the state’s response to the crisis.
10
JUN

The rise of e-commerce during lockdown - PayU

In this edition of the Business Day Spotlight, we’re looking at the growth of e-commerce in SA, driven in part by Covid-19.

Our host Mudiwa Gavaza is joined by Karen Nadasen, country manager of PayU, a fintech company that provides payment technology to online merchants. She was recently appointed as chairperson for the Ecommerce Forum South Africa (EFSA).

The discussion touches on the work of EFSA, PayU's, growth of e-commerce during lockdowns, advice for businesses looking to make the most of e-commerce and an outlook for the economy.
05
JUN

Economic news of the week: Level-3 lockdown’s effect on SA’s economy

In this edition of the Business Day Spotlight, we’re looking back at the week in economics as the country moved from Level 4 to 3 of the national lockdown.

Our host Mudiwa Gavaza is joined by Miyelani Maluleke, an economist at Absa Corporate and Investment Banking to discuss the issues.

The discussion touches on Absa’s economic activity tracker, effects of Covid-19 on economic policy, the performance of the Rand, where the impact of government’s stimulus plan may be felt going forward, the development of new economic data reporting standards, how SA is performing relative to other emerging markets and what Maluleke is hopeful about.
04
JUN

Economic activity down by 45% from usual levels - Investec 

In this edition of the Business Day Spotlight, we’re looking how the local and global investment landscape has evolved due to the Covid-19 crisis. What should you be thinking about before making an investment decision as an organisation or individual?

Our host Mudiwa Gavaza is joined by Chris Holdsworth, chief investment strategist at Investec Wealth & Investment SA.

The discussion focuses on how SA is performing at this stage versus its emerging and developed market counterparts in terms of high frequency measures of economic activity; capital allocation considerations; a look at the impact of the coronavirus on the tourism sector; and an economic outlook for the rest of the year.
29
MAY

Economic news of the week: Covid-19’s impact has yet to play out

In this edition of the Business Day Spotlight, we look at the week’s top economics news as the country gets ready to enter Level 3 of the national lockdown.

Our host Mudiwa Gavaza is joined by Refilwe Moloto, an economic and strategic advisor at Ambassador Advisory.

The discussion also focuses on the move Level 3 of SA’s national lockdown from 1 June, economic data released this week, findings of the financial stability review and impact of a possible fuel shortage expected in the coming weeks.
27
MAY

SAP talks tech adoption in Africa during Covid-19

In this edition of the Business Day Spotlight, we’re in discussion with one of the country’s foremost business leaders about technology investment in Africa.

Our host Mudiwa Gavaza is joined by Cathy Smith, managing director at SAP Africa, one the world’s largest enterprise software companies in the world.

The discussion touches on the experience of leading an organisation through a crisis, areas of opportunity and threat for the African technology sector, the effects of Covid-19 on Africa’s business landscape and SAP’s attitude towards technology investment given the state of global markets.

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