Business Day Spotlight

MULTIMEDIALIVE  |  Podcast , ±21 min episodes every 1 week, 5 days  | 
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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Business Day Spotlight - Consumers are fed up with Telcos

In this edition of Business Day Spotlight, we focus on a new telecoms report as the debate around mobile data prices continues in SA.

Our host Mudiwa Gavaza is joined by BrandsEye CEO Nic Ray to talk about their SA Telcos Sentiment Index report, how it came about and the insights that can drawn.

SA’s telecommunications providers should ignore the court of public opinion at their peril, said the research firm in the report which analysed over 500 000 social media posts to gauge sentiment about the country’s largest operators - Vodacom, MTN, Cell C and Telkom.

"SA consumers are unhappy with telco providers’ data pricing and poor customer service as 1 in 10 threatened to switch networks and 44.4% of complaints on social media went unanswered by providers” said BrandsEye.

BrandsEye’s report comes on the heels of the much publicised report by the Competition Commission which found the large mobile operators to be pricing out poor South Africans in the data market.

Business Day Spotlight is a MultimediaLIVE Production.

Business Day Spotlight - Unpacking South Africa's decline

South Africa has a well developed and functioning economy resembling that of a first world country but the society seems to have stagnated in a third world state for decades says Claude Baissac, CEO of Eunomix - a research and advisory firm that assesses countries on a number of metrics to determine their economic and social health.In this edition of Business Day Spotlight, our host Mudiwa Gavaza is joined by Baissac, who unpacks their firm’s research into the SA economy explaining some of their findings and insights that could help develop sustainable policy solutions to the country’s problems. He explains their motivation for conducting this research, its history and importance for the country internally, and investors externally. With the much anticipated May 8 general election only weeks away, the state’s next set of leaders have a unique set of problems to tackle if the SA is to grow above the paltry rate of 1% per annum.

Business Day Spotlight - South African consumers are going through the most.

South African consumers are going through the most.

In this edition of Business Day Spotlight, we discuss pressures felt by the country’s citizens through the lens of Consumer Price Index (CPI) and Retail Sales figures released earlier this week. The discussion highlights the fact that there is no one issue that will fix it all for the country. Growth above 1% needs a number of factors to be addressed through sustainable policy and favourable global factors.

We also look at the possibility of a fuel hike in May and the effect this will have on the broader business environment.

Our host Mudiwa Gavaza is joined by Rand Merchant Bank economist Mpho Tsebe Business Day and Business Times economics writer Asha Speckman as they unpack these issues.

Business Day Spotlight is a MultimediaLIVE Production.

Business Day Spotlight – The DA didn’t win the 2016 election, as much as the ANC lost it ​

As South Africa draws near to its sixth national general election, scientists are hinting that political players seeking favour at the ballot in May should be paying attention to the data and demographics.

In this edition of Business Day Spotlight, we discuss the upcoming general election, how demographic data may influence the outcome, the state of opposition politics, macroeconomic factors which could affect voting patterns and the risk of voter apathy in the country.

Looking back to the Election Directions event hosted by Business Live earlier in the week, Mudiwa Gavaza is joined by Genevieve Quintal, Politics Editor for the Business Day as they unpack these issues.

Business Day Spotlight is a MultimediaLIVE Production.

Business Day Spotlight – Behind the SARS wage agreement

Representatives from SARS and PSA discuss the agreement that was reached between the organisation and trade unions yesterday, following several days of industrial action.

We take a look behind the scenes of the negotiation, to find out what unions and the employer had to concede in order to reach a mutually beneficial agreement. We discover that several committees are still discussing other concerns raised by unions, and hope to develop solutions within the next 6 months.

Business Day Spotlight – An inside look into inflation decisions

Nedbank chief economist Dennis Dykes predicts that a weak economy and lower inflation will convince the Reserve Bank’s monetary policy committee (MPC) to keep interest rates on hold in its upcoming announcement.

Join Business Day reporter Mudiwa Gavaza in studio this week, as he gets an inside look into what South Africa can expect from the committee and the impact it will have on the country’s economy moving forward.

Business Day Spotlight – “Eskom is South Africa’s Brexit”

Business Times editor Ron Derby states that Eskom is South Africa’s Brexit.

In studio this week, Derby provides potential solutions to the country’s energy crisis. He states that future of South Africa’s economy will be dependent on establishing proper governance, adequate maintenance and a feasible long-term funding model that allows for private investment into the SOE.

Derby stakes his reputation on these steps bringing an end to load shedding.

Business Day Spotlight – Consumers and industry are under pressure

Business Day editor Lukanyo Myanda has Business Day industrial writer Siseko Njobeni and economics writer Sunita Menon in studio this week.

They report that interest rate hikes are resulting in subdued industrial and consumer spending. Further, uncertainty around the coming elections has stunted business confidence, resulting in the lowest business confidence figures in two years.

Business Day Spotlight - Declining ANC supporter base

A new poll by the Institute of Race Relations (IRR) has shown that support for the ANC is declining ahead of the national elections in May.

The poll revealed the ruling party currently enjoys the support of 54.7% of voters - a 1.3% decline since December. As of February, ANC support is down 7.4% from the last election.

Join Business Day editor Lukanyo Mnyanda and Business Day politics editor Genevieve Quintal in studio this week, to discuss what the political shake up might mean for the upcoming elections and the country's economy.

Business Day Spotlight - Corporate news of the week

South Africa's large technology and media corporates have captivated market news for the past week.

Join Business Day editor Lukanyo Mnyanda and senior business writer Nick Hedley, as they dissect the recent JSE performance of Vodacom, Blue Label, Multichoice.

Business Day Spotlight - How do you fix a mess like Eskom?

After a week of load shedding in which Eskom had to remove an unprecedented 4,000 MW of supply from the grid, the crisis at the state-owned power utility is front of mind for many South Africans. Join Business Day deputy editor Jana Marais and Writer at large Carol Paton as they discuss the road ahead for Eskom.

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