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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10
MAY

What would a “passwordless” future look like for SA?

In this edition of the Business Day Spotlight, we talk about the drawbacks of passwords in the digital economy that has technology firms around the world considering a “passwordless” future.

Our host Mudiwa Gavaza is joined by Richard Archdeacon, who head’s up Cisco’s advisory chief information security officer organisation for Europe, Middle East, Africa and Russia.

This discussion focuses on the history of passwords in digital environments; the benefits that first led to their wide use and adoption; the inefficiencies and threat that passwords systems face in the modern economy; alternative authentication methods - their benefits and drawbacks; ways in which criminals can exploit password systems; Cisco’s investment in cybersecurity; and the steps needed to get the world to a passwordless future.
07
MAY

The future of healthcare in a digital world

In this edition of the Business Day Spotlight, we talk to one of the country’s largest medical aid administrators about their investment in technology and the future of healthcare in a digital world.

Our host Mudiwa Gavaza is joined by Ryan Noach, CEO of Discovery Health, to discuss the issues.

The discussion focuses on Discovery’s investment and use of technology; the of role data in health management for patients and doctors; the role of data analytics play during Covid-19; trends in digital healthcare; and an outlook on the the future of healthcare.
05
MAY

FNB CEO unpacks company's recent tech investments

In this edition of the Business Day Spotlight, we talk to one of the country’s largest banks - FNB - about their use of and investment in technology.

Our host Mudiwa Gavaza is joined by Jacques Celliers, FNB's CEO to discuss and shed light on the issues.

The discussion focuses on FNB’s use of technology over the last decade; the influence of Covid-19 on technology in financial services; the bank’s digital banking platform; the constant race to reduce friction and headaches for banking clients; FNB’s investment in cybersecurity; the bank’s relationship with regulators; and how the group is thinking about physical presence going forward.
03
MAY

PayU report shows shifts in online shopping trends

In this edition of the Business Day Spotlight, we talk about the growth on e-commerce in SA based on new research from one of the country’s largest online payments providers.

Our host Mudiwa Gavaza is joined by Karen Nadasen, CEO of Prosus-backed fintech company, PayU SA, to discuss the issues and trends.

The discussion focuses on highlights from PayU’s new report; how the study conducted; sectors on the rise within e-commerce, opportunities for people looking to capitalise on SA’s e-commerce growth; contrasting SA’s performance to that of other African countries; and an outlook for the sector.
30
APR

The risk of inflation ahead of the SARB’s monetary policy decision

In this edition of the Business Day Spotlight, we talk about the risk of inflation ahead of the SA Reserve Bank (SARB)’s upcoming monetary policy decision.

Our host Mudiwa Gavaza is joined by Annabel Bishop, chief economist at Investec to discuss the issues.

The discussion focuses on the recent interest rate decision by the US Federal reserve; the effect of such a policy stance on other central banks; looking at the options that the SARB has when making its own decision; the Rand as a commodity and emerging market currency; the importance of credit ratings in a post-pandemic world; sentiment in SA’s household sector; and an outlook for SA’s economy for the rest of the year.
28
APR

What is the impact of strike action on investor sentiment?

In this edition of the Business Day Spotlight, we talk about the possible effect of strike action on investor sentiment towards SA.

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

The discussion focuses on the potential impact of strikes on investment sentiment; the attitude of investors - both in and out of SA; the country’s current economic trajectory; NFB’s business model and an outlook for the rest of the year
28
APR

Medical cover shortfalls hurt consumers

In this edition of the Business Day Spotlight, we talk about the medical cover shortfalls that are hurting consumers.

Our host Mudiwa Gavaza is joined by Travys Wilkins, chief executive guru of insurance comparison platform Compareguru.

The discussion focuses on the importance of gap cover, the disparity between the amounts paid by medical aids versus what is charged by doctors and hospitals, the need for greater consumer education around medical cover and Compareguru’s business model.
23
APR

Why do we think we can manage Covid-19 vaccination in just one year?

In this edition of the Business Day Spotlight, we talk about the economics of vaccinating the African population from Covid-19.

Our host Mudiwa Gavaza is joined by Dr Ernest Darkoh, a founding partner of the BroadReach Group, a group of social impact businesses focused on public health issues.

The discussion focuses on the rollout of Covid-19 vaccines in Africa; challenges and opportunities around the rollout; the strength of African economies; the importance of regional integration; and how current rollout practices can be improved.
22
APR

Covid-19 highlights the importance of continuous learning within organisations

In this edition of the Business Day Spotlight, we talk about the importance of continuous learning in organisations.

Our host Mudiwa Gavaza is joined by Michael Gullan, CEO of G&G Advocacy to discuss the issues.

The discussion focuses on the important of continuous learning by employees in corporate SA; the responsibility of companies in ensuring that their people have access to learning tools; technology as enabler for further learning; and the challenges that people face when it comes to putting together an effective learning program for staff.
16
APR

The secret recipe for Nando's famous marketing

In this edition of the Business Day Spotlight, we talk about what it means to grow and maintain one of the country’s best known brands, Nando’s.

Our host Mudiwa Gavaza is joined by Doug Place is the chief marketing officer of Nando's business in India, Middle East and Africa.

The discussion focuses on the functions of Nando’s marketing function; its place in executing the group’s strategy; the development of effective campaigns; differentiation across countries; internal versus external marketing considerations; the evolution of marketing channels over time; and the effects of Covid-19 on the group’s brand.
15
APR

How ABSA uses cloud computing to improve its business and operations

In this edition of the Business Day Spotlight, we talk about how one of the country’s largest banking groups is making use of cloud computing to improve its business and operations.

Our host Mudiwa Gavaza is joined by Andrew Baker, Absa’s group chief technology officer, to discuss the issues.

The discussion focuses on how Absa has made use of cloud computing to improve its offering to clients, cut costs, develop new technology faster, while at the same working to make sure that staff have the skills to use and develop new banking platforms.
12
APR

How have Sadc and East Africa performed during Covid-19?

In this edition of the Business Day Spotlight, we talk about the performance of economies in the SADC and East African regions.

Our host Mudiwa Gavaza is joined by Jacques Nel, head of macro-economic research for Africa at NKC African Economics, to chat about the issues.

The discussion focuses on the economic performance of countries in the SADC region, specifically Botswana, Namibia and Mozambique; then looking at growth in East Africa; progress made in terms of vaccinations; and an outlook for the two regions.

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