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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07
NOV

4IR & labour standoff in SA

In this edition of Business Day Spotlight, our focus is on creating employment opportunities for South Africans in the face of digital disruption.

Our host Mudiwa Gavaza is joined by Fanie Botha, COO of FIRtech Holdings, Joe Kokela, General Secretary of Sasbo – The Finance Union and Matthew Parks, Parliamentary co-ordinator for Cosatu to discuss this issue affecting many industries and levels of work.

The discussion begins with Botha and Kokela giving an erudite history and geography lesson around the shifts that have taken place from one industrial revolution to another, with Parks giving insight around how technology may affect jobs in SA.

The conversation then turns to shifting the structure of the economy, as well as why there seems to be little progress in moving the country towards an inclusive digital future.
Listen in to hear the full discussion and thoughts around these and other questions.

Business Day Spotlight is a MultimediaLIVE Production.
28
OCT

Is SA’s digital information safe?

How safe is your data? How safe is SA’s digital information? With the City of Johannesburg and banking sector both having coming under ransom attacks and possible hacking, cyber threats and security have come under the spotlight.

In this edition of Business Day Spotlight, our focus is on protecting data stored on simple hard drives and computers from intrusion or unwelcome access.

Our host Mudiwa Gavaza is joined by Bridgette Vermaak, information technology asset disposal (ITAD) manager for Xperien, a Johannesburg-based ITAD company.

Data breaches have become synonymous with internet hacking in recent years but Vermaak says the simple act of not effectively deleting data on a computer or hard drive is a major point of vulnerability for many individuals and organisations

She gives a guide on how make sure that data is truly erased, how their software works to achieve this, together with a look at the economics of data breaches and how these have become like the oil spills of the 21st century.

Audio taken from:

Clip 1: The Economics Of Trust: Data Breaches and How To Prevent Them (Internet Society on YouTube)

Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FxPRGDF-9iY

Time: 00.00 to 00.30



Clip 2: Disk Formatting As Fast As Possible (Tech Quickie on YouTube)

Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vU8ZLyJIVs0

Time: 00.00 to 01.30

Listen in to hear the full discussion and thoughts around these and other questions.

Business Day Spotlight is a MultimediaLIVE Production.
25
OCT

Behind Cisco's R140m invest into 4IR education in SA

In this edition of Business Day Spotlight, our focus is on corporate investment in education for the fourth industrial revolution (4IR).

Our host Mudiwa Gavaza is joined by Clayton Naidoo, General Manager for Sub Saharan Africa at Cisco, one of the world’s largest technology companies which manufactures and sells networking hardware, telecommunications equipment and other prodcuts.

The discussion largely look at corporate SA’s role in aiding a digital future with Naidoo explaining his company’s decision to partner with the government to invest $9.2m (R140m), as part of the effort to digitize SA.

Listen in to hear the full discussion, together with thoughts around these and other questions.

Business Day Spotlight is a MultimediaLIVE Production.
23
OCT

The benefit of digital literacy in the digital economy

In this edition of Business Day Spotlight, our focus is on software development in SA.

Our host Mudiwa Gavaza is joined by Nick Durrant, founder and CEO of Bluegrass Digital, a local outfit that has created mobile apps and websites for organisations like the Western Cape Government, Adidas and Allan Gray.
In this discussion, Durrant explains the benefit of digital literacy in the digital economy and how the business model for developers has changed over time.

Listen in to hear the full discussion, together with thoughts around these and other questions.

Business Day Spotlight is a MultimediaLIVE Production.
16
OCT

A digital take to the local property market 

In this edition of Business Day Spotlight, our focus is on a digital take of the local mortgage and bond market for those looking to buy property.

Our host Mudiwa Gavaza is joined by Andrew Price, a founder and director of MortgageMe, a locally developed digital bond aggregation platform, matching consumers to banks or lenders in the market.

In this discussion, Price also explains some of the trends in the market and how the economy has affected people’s ability to invest in property for the long term.

Listen in to hear the full discussion and thoughts around these and other questions.

Business Day Spotlight is a MultimediaLIVE Production.
15
OCT

Adapt IT’s financial results in focus

In this edition of Business Day Spotlight, our focused on JSE listed technology firm Adapt IT which released its financial results for the year to end June 2019 on Monday.
Our host Mudiwa Gavaza is joined on the line by CEO Sbu Shabalala and acting CFO Tiffany Dunsdon.
The discussion looks at the group’s performance for the period with Shabalala and Dunsdon explaining their key take-aways for the market, details around the group’s debt position, acquisition strategy, shareholder engagement and prospects for the public sector business.
Listen in to hear the full discussion and thoughts around these and other questions.
Business Day Spotlight is a MultimediaLIVE Production.
14
OCT

Protecting your investment in SA's uncertain economy

In this edition of Business Day Spotlight, our focus is on the SA economy, where to invest and how to protect your wealth in such uncertain times.

Our host Mudiwa Gavaza is joined by Andrew Duvenage, managing director of NFB Private Wealth Management.

The discussion also explores where to invest, global trends, gold as an investment and how the policy environment in SA can be improved to keep and attract investment.

Listen in to hear the full discussion and thoughts around these and other questions.

Business Day Spotlight is a MultimediaLIVE Production.
11
OCT

Changing the narrative that blacks have the monopoly for messing things up — Mteto Nyati

In this edition of Business Day Spotlight, our focused on the recently published book “Betting on a Darkie” by one of SA’s pre-eminent business leaders, Mteto Nyati, CEO of JSE listed technology group Altron.

Our host Mudiwa Gavaza joins Nyati at Altron’s head office in Johannesburg to discuss the story, building blocks and take-aways from the written work and who should read it.

In this discussion, Nyati explains his reasons for writing for the book and also takes time to share some key moments from his life, regarding his upbringing, family life and career.

Listen in to hear the full discussion and thoughts around these and other questions.

Business Day Spotlight is a MultimediaLIVE Production.
09
OCT

PE set to become the first cashless city in Africa

In this edition of Business Day Spotlight, our focus is on creating the first cashless city in Africa using blockchain technology.

Our host Mudiwa Gavaza is joined Sonny Fisher, CEO of Forus Foundation to discuss fintech’s role in pushing the SA economy forward.

The Forus Foundation is a Nelson Mandela Bay-based fintech company that has recently developed a digital exchange platform called CoegaX used for procurement, financing and capital formation.

Fisher explains that their business essentially provides trade finance for small-scale farmers and other related business in the area. Farmers receive loans to allow for bulk orders and purchases, the money being loaded onto a card which can be used to transact. Once business is concluded and stock sold, CoegaX makes money by charging a commission on the goods sold.

Listen in to hear the full discussion and thoughts around these and other questions.

Business Day Spotlight is a MultimediaLIVE Production.
04
OCT

Banks cannot be allowed to retrench people if they are still making profits - COSATU

In this edition of Business Day Spotlight, our focus is on the banking strike and economic plans for SA set out controversially by national treasury.

Our host Mudiwa Gavaza is joined by Matthew Parks, the parliamentary co-ordinator for the Congress of SA Trade Unions (Cosatu)
Cosatu had a strike planned for early October to protest the retrenchments in the banking sector but Parks explains that this has been held back by a court ruling.

Parks says the banks cannot be allowed to retrench people if they are still making profits, even though workers are being let go because of changes in technology.

The second half of the discussion focuses on economic plans for the country that were recently set out controversially by the ministry of finance.
Listen in to hear the full discussion and thoughts around these and other questions.

Business Day Spotlight is a MultimediaLIVE Production.
02
OCT

The SA banking industry is balanced on a knife edge

Our host Mudiwa Gavaza is joined by Kaizer Moyane, NEDLAC Convener for Business Unity SA (Busa), together with Business Day political writer Luyolo Mkentane who has been following developments around the strike.

In this discussion Mkentane gives some history around the case and who the different are. Busa wanted to stop thousands of members of finance union Sasbo from going ahead with the planned action.

Moyane explains Busa’s position on the matter, giving technical context and explanation of the what has happened so far and what needs to happen going forward.

Listen in to hear the full discussion and thoughts around these and other issues.

Business Day Spotlight is a MultimediaLIVE Production.
27
SEP

“Who owns your data?”

In this edition of Business Day Spotlight, our focus is on the question of: “Who owns your data?”
Our host Mudiwa Gavaza is joined by Nalen Naidoo, divisional executive for retail solutions at Liberty, one of the country’s largest financial services and insurance companies.
In this discussion data protection, privacy and intellectual property are all on the table.
A tug-of-war has been brewing between two of the country’s largest insurers, Liberty and Discovery, over accusations that Liberty has infringed Vitality's copyrights, while the Standard Bank-owned insurer has said it is just a ploy to limit competition.
Liberty introduced a wellness bonus for customers to add on to their lifestyle protector risk products in May. Clients get a cash-back benefit after five years. But the insurer did not create a wellness programme of its own. Instead, it would use the wellness status from whatever programme their clients were on to reward them.
Naidoo explains that Liberty constructed its wellness bonus benefit the way it did because in its research. He says clients had indicated that they did not want to be boxed into another rewards programme. Instead, they wanted the insurer to reward them based on their available health information.
The discussion spends some time on this case and some of the complexities brought to light through and gaps in current legislation around these issues.
He explains the data transfer and transaction that has taken place in the insurance industry for years. A person gives over information about themselves to insurers, who then, based on that data can provide a personalised product that covers that individual.
But what happens when it comes to wellness programs and the progress made on those?
Naidoo goes on to raise questions about everyday instances where data is being exchanged as the price of admission – in building or office complexes as part of security or in joining one of the world’s now ubiquitous social media platforms.

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