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.

An Arena Holdings Production. Production.

Keywords: BDSpotlight, industry, markets, South Africa, news and views, money, success, entrepreneur, corporation, podcast

Subscribe to this channel

You can subscribe to new audio episodes published on this channel. You can follow updates using the channel's RSS feed, or via other audio platforms you may already be using.

RSS Feed

You can use any RSS feed reader to follow updates, even your browser. We recommend using an application dedicated to listening podcasts for the best experience. iOS users can look at Overcast or Castro. Pocket Casts is also very popular and has both iOS and Android versions. Add the above link to the application to follow this podcast channel.

Apple Podcasts

This channel is available on iTunes. Follow the above link to subscribe to it in your iTunes application or the Apple Podcast application.

Player.fm

This channel is available for listening in the Pocket Casts web player, or via the iOS and Android Pocket Casts applications. Follow the above link to listen on Pocket Casts.

Pocket Casts

This channel is available for listening in the Pocket Casts web player, or via the iOS and Android Pocket Casts applications. Follow the above link to listen on Pocket Casts.

Spotify

This channel is available on Spotify. Follow the link above to view episodes on Spotify.

Signup to iono.fm

Sign up for a free iono.fm user account to start building your playlist of podcast channels. You'll be able to build a personalised RSS feed you can follow or listen with our web player.
24
FEB

Technology adoption and cloud computing explodes among pandemic

In this edition of the Business Day Spotlight, we talk about the growth of technology adoption and cloud computing around the world, driven in part, by the Covid-19 pandemic.

Our host Mudiwa Gavaza is joined by Mick McNiel, vice president for global business development at Logicalis, a subsidiary of JSE listed technology firm, Datatec. He joins us from Ireland.

The discussion focuses on the effect of Covid-19 on digital transformation in various parts of the world, the work that needs to be done for companies to fully take advantage of cloud computing’s potential, a view of SA’s technology adoption versus other regions and which new technologies are likely to shape the coming decade.
23
FEB

Budget preview: Who holds the purse strings?

In this edition of the Business Day Spotlight, we talk about discuss the upcoming national budget speech set for this week.

Our host Mudiwa Gavaza is joined by Johann van Tonder, an economist at Momentum Investments.

The discussion centres around expectations for government revenues and shortfalls; thoughts around how the government is likely to fund the expected shortfall; whether the government is likely to raise taxes through VAT or personal income taxes and are we likely to see increased social spending in the form of relief grants in the coming year?
19
FEB

Dirty politics and its impact on SA and the economy

In this edition of the Business Day Spotlight, we talk about the state of governance in SA and possible for the implications for the country and economy.

Our host Mudiwa Gavaza is joined by Professor Lawrence Hamilton, Political Studies at the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits), to discuss the issues. Hamilton is also the SA-UK bilateral research chair in political theory at Wits and Cambridge.
The discussion touch on structural issues that help to breed corruption, how SA compares to other countries when it comes to governance, ways in which the system could be improved, as well as the difference between systemic and individual corruption.
17
FEB

How AI can help SA navigate itself out of its energy crisis

In this edition of the Business Day Spotlight, we talk about how artificial intelligence (AI) could be used to solve SA’s current energy crisis.

Our host Mudiwa Gavaza is joined by Dr Mark Nasila, chief analytics officer in FNB’s chief risk office, to discuss the issues.

The discussion focuses on how to make SA a technology-led economy while addressing concerns that machines could take jobs away from South Africans, changes to current education standards to make AI widely understood and applied across various industries.
12
FEB

The economic implications of SONA 2021

In this edition of the Business Day Spotlight, we talk about the economic implications of the recently held State of the Nation Address (SONA) by President Cyril Ramaphosa.

Our host Mudiwa Gavaza is joined by Annabel Bishop, chief economist at Investec, together with Dawie Roodt, chief economist at Efficient Group for a comprehensive examination of the speech.

Bishop and Roodt give their initial impressions of the President’s remarks before discussing the implications for business and electricity generation.
10
FEB

Increasing financial literacy in SA through fiction writing

In this edition of the Business Day Spotlight, we talk about one investment firm’s mission to increase financial literacy in SA through fiction.

Our host Mudiwa Gavaza is joined by Malcolm Fair, MD at global investment firm, RisCura, together with author, Angela Makholwa.

The discussion also focuses on the importance of financial literacy, the use of fiction to explain complex financial concepts and the target market for their a collection of financially-focused stories.
08
FEB

How AirFibre could change the face of connectivity

In this edition of the Business Day Spotlight, we talk about MTN’s effort to bring low cost “fibre quality” internet services to underserved areas of SA.

Our host Mudiwa Gavaza is joined by Calvin Collett, managing director of Supersonic, MTN SA’s internet service provider unit.

Collett outlines MTN’s AirFibre service, how the technology compares to fibre and mobile, the cost for consumers, the areas that MTN is looking to roll the technology out to, factors driving demand for connectivity in SA, as well as the impact of Covid-19 on the mobile operator’s business.

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

Business Day Spotlight is a MultimediaLIVE Production.
05
FEB

Here's how the Employment Equity Amendment Bill could affect your business

In this edition of the Business Day Spotlight, we discuss the potential impact of the proposed changes outlined in the Employment Equity Amendment Bill.

Our host Mudiwa Gavaza is joined by Lauren Salt, an executive in the employment department at law firm, ENSafrica.

Salt explains the difference between “employment equity” and “BEE”, while giving the arguments for and against the proposed amendments. She also breaks down how the changes could practically affect businesses if they are enacted into law and also outlines some of the challenges that could be faced when it comes to enforcement.
03
FEB

Restaurants have been all but abandoned by government - Restaurants Association of SA

In this edition of the Business Day Spotlight, we discuss how the restaurant industry has been affected by the pandemic, restrictions on trading hours and liquor sales.

Our host Mudiwa Gavaza is joined by Wendy Alberts, CEO of the Restaurants Association of SA (RASA), an industry body, to discuss the issues.

The discussion focuses on the plight of restaurant owners during this time, the hardship faced by employees and suppliers, the alleged abuse of liquor licenses by different businesses, the burden of negotiating with landlords and lenders, the need for greater support of the industry and ways in which operators can ensure compliance, thereby reducing the risk of future restrictions on the industry.

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

Business Day Spotlight is a MultimediaLIVE Production.
01
FEB

Using international quality and assurance standards to prevent corruption in the vaccine procurement process

In this edition of the Business Day Spotlight, we discuss how international quality and assurance standards could be used to prevent corruption in the local Covid-19 vaccine supply chain.

Our host Mudiwa Gavaza is joined by Muhammad Ali, CEO of World Wide Industrial and Systems Engineers (WWISE) to discuss the issues.

The discussion also touches on the work being done to ensure compliance by suppliers, failings that led to PPE tender irregularities last year, ISO standards that deal with bribery and difficulties that may be by local vaccine suppliers to ensure compliance with standards.

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

Business Day Spotlight is a MultimediaLIVE Production.
29
JAN

Economic news of the week: President Cyril Ramaphosa signed a slate of new finance-related bills into law this week

In this edition of the Business Day Spotlight, we talk about the state of public finances and taxes as the government grapples to create a budget for the year.

Our host Mudiwa Gavaza is joined by Keith Engel, CEO of the South African Institute of Tax Professionals (SAIT).

The discussion also focuses on the state of public finances, the upcoming national budget, the possibility of new rounds of stimulus in SA and the practicality of increasing taxes.
27
JAN

Evolution of online education in South Africa

In this edition of the Business Day Spotlight, we look at the growth and evolution of online education in SA.

Our host Mudiwa Gavaza is joined by Riaz Moola, founder and CEO of HyperionDev, an education technology firm.

The conversation focuses on HyperionDev’s business model, the company’s scholarship program, career prospects of people with data driven or programming qualifications, the evolution of online learning in SA, the effect of Covid-19 on the sector, as well as detailing the barriers still holding many learners in SA from being able to take advantage of online learning.

184 episodes

« Back 1—12 More »