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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22
OCT

The business model for litigation funding in SA

Litigation funding is the focus in this edition of the Business Day Spotlight.

Our host Mudiwa Gavaza is joined by Gary Sweidan, co-founder and director of Taurus Capital, a litigation funding firm.

Topics of discussion include: an explanation of the litigation funding business model; challenges faced by people in funding cases; demand from investors and consumers for such a service; how much it takes to push a large case through the court system; and the risk involved in the business model.
18
OCT

The rise of edtech and its roll in job creation and equality in SA

The growth of online leaning in SA is the focus in this edition of the Business Day Spotlight.

Our host Mudiwa Gavaza is joined by John Shaw, CEO of Teneo, an online learning platform.

Topics of discussion include: Teneo’s business model; growth of online learning in SA and around the world; whether online education is everyone; the impact of Covid-19 on the education sector; whether or not online leaning is here to stay; Teneo's funding journey and growth; and an outlook for the business going further.
15
OCT

Solving cross border payment complications 

A system for reducing the time and cost associated with cross border payments is the focus in this edition of the Business Day Spotlight.

Our host Mudiwa Gavaza is joined by Ruhling Herbst, program sponsor for TCIB at BankservAfrica.
Topics of discussion include: reasons why cross border payments remain a challenge despite advancements in payments technology; BankservAfrica’s Transactions Cleared on an Immediate Basis payments service explained; what it m to have a truly open payments system; the role of regional and national regulators in putting such a system together; and what it will take to make TCIB mainstream.
13
OCT

Time to find funding for SA's SMME's

Funding challenges for small businesses are the focus on this edition Business Day Spotlight.

Our host Mudiwa Gavaza is joined by Lelanie Bason, managing director for the academy and venture departments at MyGrowthFund Venture Partners.

Topics of discussion include: the challenges currently faced by small businesses in finding funding; reasons for this still being the status quo despite such problems existing for decades; ways in which small business owners can find and access funding; and what types of financing is best for different businesses.
11
OCT

The unexpected pet boom 

SA’s pet industry is the focus in this edition of the Business Day Spotlight.

Our host Mudiwa Gavaza is joined by Irené Raubenheimer, co-founder of Rogz.

In business for the last 26 years, Rogz is a pets accessories and gear business that Raubenheimer started with Paul Fuller in the late 1990’s.

Topics of discussion include: Rogz’s business model; evolution of SA’s pet industry over the last two decades; effects of Covid-19 on the sector; how SA compares to the global industry and prospects for the future.
08
OCT

The adoption of EV in SA is closer than we think

The slow rate of electric vehicle (EV) adoption in SA is the focus in this edition of the Business Day Spotlight.

Our host Mudiwa Gavaza is joined by Shadab Rahil, CEO of Payment24, a Cape Town based technology firm specialising in payment solutions for the transport and fleet industries.

Topics of discussion include: Payment24’s business model; factors currently holding back EV adoption in SA; the economics and business case for EVs in SA; the role of government in help to drive adoption; the role of fleet operators in driving local EV sales; and the growth in EVs around the world.
06
OCT

New Fintech platform believes its freemium model is a game changer

Cross border payments are the focus in this edition of the Business Day Spotlight.

Our host Mudiwa Gavaza is joined by Pardon Mujakachi, head of strategy and partnerships at Chipper Cash Africa, from Harare.

Topics of discussion include: how and why the business started; Chipper Cash’s business model; metrics around the current state of the business; how the company has been funded; the market opportunity; and where Chipper Cash hopes to take its business in SA.
05
OCT

The rise of the side hustle in SA

Side hustles and creating multiple streams of income are the focus in this edition of the Business Day Spotlight.

Our host Mudiwa Gavaza is joined by Janine Horn, a financial adviser at Momentum.

Topics of discussion include: the growth of side-hustles around the world; factors driving the need for multiple sources of income; current state of the economy for ordinary South Africans; tools for succeeding in multiple careers; and some of the differences between a small business and a side-hustle.
23
SEP

Block-chain is democratizing value - Standard Bank

Improving the current bond market using blockchain technology is the focus in this edition of the Business Day Spotlight.

Host Mudiwa Gavaza is joined by Ian Putter, Standard Bank's group head for its Blockchain Centre of Excellence.

Topics of discussion include: the work being done by the bank’s Blockchain Centre of Excellence; current structure of the bond market; ways in which Blockchain technology can be used to improve the bond market; how public distributed ledger technologies can overcome the challenges faced by bond marketplace participants; importance of creating a decentralised economy; considerations when choosing a public distributed ledger; and the global trend towards decentralised systems of finance.
22
SEP

New study shows short-term credit extensions are down 20%

The drop in short-term credit extension is the focus in this edition of the Business Day Spotlight.

Our host Mudiwa Gavaza is joined by Johan Gellatly, MD of Altron Fintech, together with Keith Lockwood, an independent economic consultant and faculty member at business school GIBS.

Topics of discussion include: how the Afsci index was created; Altron’s reasons for creating an index; key findings from the first index results; ways in which the data can be applied in business and economics; the importance of micro lending in SA; and a comparison of Altron’s other index released back in August.
20
SEP

The stick or the carrot - what vaccination strategy should SA be using?

Mandatory vaccination and its economic implications are the focus on this edition of the Business Day Spotlight.

Our host Mudiwa Gavaza is joined by Prof Keymanthri Moodley, director at The Centre for Medical Ethics & Law at Stellenbosch University.
Topics of discussion include: the prevalence of vaccine mandates for diseases other than Covid-19; issues driving current vaccination hesitancy around the world; vaccinations as a tool for economic recovery; strategies for implementing vaccination drives; and the rate at which different private and public sector organizations are working to develop such policies.
17
SEP

Sustainable investing is moving from a niche to a norm

Sustainability in the world of investments and capital allocation is the focus in this edition of the Business Day Spotlight.

Our host Mudiwa Gavaza is joined by Katherine Davidson, portfolio manager for the Schroders ISF Sustainable Growth fund, from London.

Topics of discussion include: the size and scope of the Schroders Sustainable Growth fund; how investors can review alpha opportunities; identifying sustainable companies and the need for a proprietary approach for investors; sustainability considerations for investors; and an outlook of factors likely to drive sustainability in future.

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