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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23
JUL

SA's investment case: it's time to stop scoring own goals

In this edition of the Business Day Spotlight, we talk about how SA’s economy is currently stacking up against its emerging market counterparts, following the unrest seen last week in Gauteng and KZN.

Our host Mudiwa Gavaza is joined by Adriaan Pask, chief investment officer of PSG Wealth.

The discussion focuses on the impact of recent unrest on SA’s economic outlook; the growth of civil unrest in other parts of the world; the state of emerging market economies at the moment; how SA compares to other major emerging market counterparts; and performance of the Rand in recent months.
22
JUL

SA's looting crisis: the consumer fallout

In this edition of the Business Day Spotlight, we talk about the impact of recent unrest in Gauteng and KZN on consumer confidence in SA and the wider economy.

Our host Mudiwa Gavaza is joined by George Kershoff, deputy director at the Bureau of Economic Research (BER), to discuss the issues.

The discussion focuses on the work of the BER; the state of consumer confidence in SA; impact of the recent unrest on consumers; ways in which the unrest will affect SA’s economic recovery; pressures faced by consumers given the lockdowns and continued uncertainty; and an outlook for the country going forward.
19
JUL

New app could change the face of taxi fleet ownership in SA

In this edition of the Business Day Spotlight, we talk about the use of technology in the taxi industry.

Our host Mudiwa Gavaza is joined by Mbavhalelo Mabogo, Founder and CEO of Quickloc8, a startup, specialising in technology for the taxi industry.

The discussion focuses on Quickloc8’s business model; the products and services offered by the company; challenges and opportunities for the use of technology in the tax industry; Quickloc8’s funding objectives; and the startup’s plans for the future.
16
JUL

What will is take for SA's businesses to recover?

Our host Mudiwa Gavaza is joined by Shawn Theunissen, president of the Johannesburg Chamber of Commerce and Industry (JCCI).

The discussion focuses on the work of JCCI; the impact of unrest in Gauteng and KZN on SA’s economy; the importance of Johannesburg as an economic hub; stories of businesses that have destroyed or harmed by looters; efforts being made to help affected businesses get back on their feet; rising cases of unrest around the world; how Covid-19 has exposed cracks in modern societies and the economic system; and an outlook for SA’s recovery.
14
JUL

Discovery Insure uses technology to standout

In this edition of the Business Day Spotlight, we talk about how one of SA’s fastest growing insurance companies is using technology to stand out and achieve growth.

Our host Mudiwa Gavaza is joined by Anton Ossip, chief executive officer of Discovery Insure, to shed light on their business.
The discussion focuses on Discovery Insure’s business model; the impact of Covid-19 on the insurance sector; the unit’s use of and investment in technology; the partners that Discovery works with to develop its technology platforms; changing driver behaviours through incentives; and trends likely to affect sector lie the growth of cyber insurance.
12
JUL

How to handle cyber attacks on small businesses in SA

In this edition of the Business Day Spotlight, we talk about the impact of cyber attacks on small businesses.

Our host Mudiwa Gavaza is joined by Neil Hare-Brown, CEO of STORM Guidance, a cybersecurity specialist firm.

The discussion focuses on the rise in cyber attacks and in turn the growth of the cybersecurity industry; rationale for creating the CyberCare service; tips for being safe online; what to do in the case of a cyber attack; STORM Guidance’s other areas of business; and impact of Covid-19 on cybersecurity.
09
JUL

Progress made in implementing Cell C’s new network strategy

In this edition of the Business Day Spotlight, we talk about the progress made in implementing Cell C’s new network strategy.

Our host Mudiwa Gavaza is joined by Schalk Visser, chief technology officer at Cell C, together with Simo Mkhize, the mobile operator’s chief commercial officer.

The discussion focuses on why is Cell C decommissioning their radio access network; clarity around Cell C’s network structure versus that of an MVNO; the future of Cell C’s network, roaming on MTN and Vodacom; thoughts around the current spectrum allocation impasse; infrastructure sharing as a model for doing business as a telco of the future; and how Covid-19 has changed the telecoms sector.
07
JUL

State is doing its best with vaccine rollout despite problems, Ipasa says

Our host Mudiwa Gavaza is joined by Bada Pharasi, chief operations officer at The Innovative Pharmaceutical Association of SA (IPASA).

The discussion focuses on the structure and operations of IPASA; the companies and organisations that make up IPASA; the effects of Covid-19 on the pharmaceutical industry; thoughts around SA’s vaccine rollout; issues holding back the effective rollout of the vaccine in SA; efforts being made by private sector players to improve access to medicine during the pandemic; and ways in which pharmaceutical and other private companies are working to reduce vaccine reluctance.
05
JUL

‘Radio isn't dead’ — Primedia Broadcasting

In this edition of the Business Day Spotlight, we talk about the state of SA’s radio industry with one of the country’s most prominent broadcasters.

Our host Mudiwa Gavaza is joined by Trish Taylor, chief broadcasting officer at Primedia Broadcasting, operators of Radio 702, 947, Cape Talk and Kfm.

The discussion focuses on how Primedia’s has faired during the pandemic; the effects of Covid-19 on the wider broadcast industry; how radio stations have coped with reduced advertising revenues; changes in listener trends brought on by lockdowns; the rise of digital platforms like podcasting; and an outlook for the sector going forward.
02
JUL

Investment opportunities offered by JSE listed small to medium sized companies

In this edition of the Business Day Spotlight, we talk about the investment opportunities offered by small to medium sized companies on the JSE.

Our host Mudiwa Gavaza is joined by Vanessa van Vuuren, a portfolio manager and equity analyst at Sanlam Investments.

The discussion focuses on the potential of small to medium sized stocks on the JSE for wealth creation; the performance of these companies - before and after the pandemic; the lack of attention that such stocks suffer from; the impact of the economy on company prospects; Sanlam’s investment philosophy around such stocks; and an outlook of which sectors see good growth in the coming decades.
30
JUN

Operate a black, youth based IT firm in SA

In this edition of the Business Day Spotlight, we talk about what it means to operate a black information technology (IT) firm in SA.

Our host Mudiwa Gavaza is joined by Lethabo Mokone, CEO of Makwa IT.

The discussion focuses on the founding on Makwa IT; what it means to own and run an IT firm during the pandemic; Mokone’s family and entrepreneurship background; relationship with clients, both in the public and private sectors; and Mokone’s plans for growing the business.
23
JUN

How sale of EOH’s Sybrin to 1K1V will help it lower debt

In this edition of the Business Day Spotlight, we talk about EOH’s recent sale of its Sybrin group of businesses, for R410m.

Our host Mudiwa Gavaza is joined by Marius Mare, Sybrin Group CEO and Hendrik Jordaan, CEO of One Thousand & One Voices Management (1K1V), to discuss the issues.
The discussion focuses on the rationale for the deal; ambitions of the two parties moving forward; thoughts around the growth of fintech businesses in recent years; the opportunities that still exist for those looking to tackle financial inclusion; the effect of Covid-19 on investment; and an outlook for the sector.

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