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04
DEC
2am

It takes a village: Bonnievale comes together to create 'zero-dropout school'

The official dropout rate at South African schools is between 37 and 42%. This is according to figures released in October this year by the Department of Basic Education.  In many communities, this rate is much higher. Dropout rates used to be very high in Bonnievale, a small Boland community nestled between the beautiful winelands and mountains of the Western Cape.  The community is plagued by alcohol-fuelled violence, broken homes, drug and alcohol abuse, teenage pregnancies and few opportunities.  But the community, local businessmen and the Western Cape education department 'willing to explore blue waters' banded together to change this. Out of this they built a new school, called the Jakes Gerwel Entrepreneurial School.  Philip Jonker, a wine farmer and the owner of Weltevreden Wines, who is one of the initiator of the project told BizNews how this three-stranded partnership came together to weave a chord that is hoping to pull every child in the area out of poverty and give them a future.
03
DEC
2pm

CR cancels the festive season for Nelson Mandela Bay

President Cyril Ramaphosa has announced stricter lockdown measures for the Eastern Cape metropolitan area of Nelson Mandela Bay. Curfews and restrictions on alcohol consumption and sales are back, but initiations will be allowed in the province. The decision is a warning shot to residents in other provinces to stick to wearing masks, social distancing, hand-washing and other steps to limit the spread of the virus.
03
DEC
7am

Inside Covid-19: Meet two remarkable women in the spotlight for putting people first

In this episode of Inside Covid-19, we look at two SA success stories as the world fights the biggest global health crisis in living memory. BizNews journalist Linda van Tilburg looks at an entrepreneurial Cape company that has developed a rapid Covid-19 test from a cousin of the tobacco plant. The company is one of five companies attracting investment from the University Technology Fund, a South African fund aimed at commercialising technologies and innovations developed n the country. We speak to Cape Bio Pharms founder, Belinda Shaw. Also coming up on this programme, we hear from Ruth Lewin, Discovery’s head of Corporate Sustainability. Ruth has been appointed to lead the International Association of Volunteer Effort, a global organisation based in the US. We speak to her about this prestigious role and what it means for volunteer work in SA and Africa. Also coming up, we hear about the Covid Resilience Ranking - an index that puts SA at 35 on a list of 53. - Jackie Cameron & Jarryd Neves
02
DEC
12pm

What's next for Tongaat Hulett: CEO, analysts discuss game plan (flashback: October). Listen!

The Monday Noontime webinar is the only weekly webinar hosted by BizNews founder Alec Hogg, with SA's favourite market commentator David Shapiro as the regular guest. In this episode, they are joined by Gavin Hudson, CEO of Tongaat Hulett, KZN's venerable sugar and property group which had some really good news last week when the R5bn sale of its starch operations was confirmed - despite last minute seller's remorse from purchasers Barloworld. Our guest investment analyst was veteran asset manager and shareholder activist Chris Logan of Opportune.
This week, Tongaat said it expects to swing to an interim headline profit of as much as R189 million rand driven by a turnaround at its local operations. The announcement sent the sugar producer’s shares higher on the Johannesburg stock exchange. - Jarryd Neves & Jackie Cameron
02
DEC
10am

Flash Briefing: Tongaat profits jump; Access bank on African acquisition trail; Car makers target Africa for growth

* Tongaat Hulett says it expects operating profits to jump by about 70%  as a result of a turnaround at its local operations.
* Multinationals are eyeing opportunities for growth in Africa. Access Bank Plc is in talks about a potential acquisition of assets belonging to Bob Diamond’s Atlas Mara Ltd, as it aims  to expand its reach in the rest of Africa.
* Nissan, along with competitors Volkswagen, BMW, and Toyota, have been lobbying African governments to grant conditions that favour local assembly and manufacturing while curbing imports of cheap used cars. Carmakers are also hoping to take advantage of the African Continental Free Trade Area, which is expected to come into force early next year and will reduce tariffs and ease the flow of goods between its members states.
02
DEC
9am

The future of 12J investments: Bright Light Solar's Kevin Shames

In the latest episode of Inside Investing, Bright Light Solar CEO Kevin Shames spoke to BizNews founder Alec Hogg about an exciting development - an investment opportunity exclusive to the BizNews community. They discuss the future of 12J investments. Shames says that he expected Minister Mboweni to discuss the future of 12J investments at the Medium Term Budget Policy Statement in October this year. 'We now anticipate that we'll get clarity on that in the February budget', said Shames. Listen in to hear more about that and the exclusive investment opportunity which, says Shames, will close 'as soon as we hit that R50 million' capital raise.
02
DEC
6am

Julius Malema, EFF leader, urges supporters to attack police in own homes. Gone too far? Experts discuss what's next

In this in-depth report, BizNews journalist Linda van Tilburg explores why Economic Freedom Fighter leader Julius Malema - head of a party represented in Parliament - hasn't been arrested for inciting violence against police officers and their families. While Malema is known for stirring the pot of racial tension, he is seen as having overstepped a mark in taking on state law-enforcers. Civil society organisations are pushing for prosecution, saying Malema is threatening democracy and stability.
01
DEC
11am

Lisbon Golden Visa property programme: Separating fact from fiction - SA property developer

Lisbon's property market has been fuelled by strong demand from Chinese investors in particular - as well as South Africans - looking for returns from real estate plus the opportunity to gain access to a European passport through a special visa. In this interview with BizNews editor Jackie Cameron, Malcolm Lobban of LX Living clarifies the legal details about Lisbon property developments and highlights the advantages of Portugal bricks-and-mortar - including the opportunity to use the bank's money to boost your offshore investments. * LX Living is a BizNews business partner.
01
DEC
2am

How ‘one act of kindness’ changed many SA lives for the better - Professor John Volmink

Stellenbosch University will soon give honorary doctorates to six outstanding individuals. One of them is Professor John Volmink, a transformation educationist, who has been asked by every post-apartheid education minister to play a role in transforming the country’s education curriculum. Originally from Athlone, Cape Town, Professor Volmink lived overseas for 25 years before returning to South Africa when Nelson Mandela was released. He has been instrumental in the establishment of non-governmental organisations to help with development in different parts of the world. This includes the Umalusi organisation that sets the standards of education in South Africa. He told BizNews about a defining moment when a man (who looked like KFC’s Colonel Saunders) changed his life and how he believes civil society should help sort out the 'mess' in South African education.

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