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22
OCT
9am

Cape Town Opera: inspiring opera lovers, nurturing SA's hidden talent

Described as magnificent and inspiring by esteemed voices across the world, the Cape Town Opera is an institution Capetonians and South Africans alike can be proud of. The winners of the 2013 International Opera Awards ‘Chorus of the Year’, it is the continent’s premier opera company and one of SA’s largest permanent non-profit performing arts organisations. Joining me to discuss the business side of the organisation is Alex Gabriel, Managing Director.
21
OCT
10am

BizNews Power Hour 21 Oct: Viljoen and Verster; Frans Cronje on polls; Gideon Rachman with Prof Paul Kennedy; JHB Mayor.

In this episode of the BizNews Power Hour, a second insert in two days from Dr Frans Cronje, this time focusing on what the Polls are telling us will happen in SA's November local elections; Joburg's ANC Mayor Mpho Moerane shares his plans for the city going forward - should he retain the position; Investment heavyweights Piet Viljoen and Jean-Pierre Verster shares their insights; and in a special insert from our partners at the Financial Times of London, chief international writer Gideon Rachman travels to America to interview Yale Prof Paul Kennedy for insights into how the global superpower confrontation - US v China - is likely to pan out.
21
OCT
8am

Flash Briefing: SA Covid-19 cases down to new low; new Delta variant in UK and US; Numsa strike

News headlines:
* South Africa has recorded a daily average of just 637 new Covid-19 cases over the past week. The last time the country saw levels of infection this low was during the early stages of the pandemic in May 2020.
* Scientists around the world are closely tracking a descendent of the highly infectious Delta variant that has been found in both the UK and the US.
* Hours after announcing it had reached a landmark wage agreement with striking sector workers, Seifsa postponed a media briefing on the matter, saying a new date and time would be announced.
21
OCT
8am

Bernard Swanepoel is an astute addition to the Aveng board - Piet Viljoen

Counterpoint money manager Piet Viljoen talks us through what was a busy week for local and international markets. Viljoen – rational as always – talks highly of Bernard Swanepoel, a decorated mining executive who was recently appointed to the board of debt-laden construction company Aveng. He believes Swanepoel’s in-depth mining experience will be invaluable to Aveng as the mining industry is one of its primary drivers of revenue. The global energy crunch is also discussed, with Viljoen bullish on counters within the sector owing to constrained supply as a result of underinvestment in the industry. The different investment styles, such as growth vs value investing, is also touched on, with Viljoen outlining that there is more than one way to skin a cat when managing money. 
21
OCT
8am

Jean-Pierre Verster on food retailers: Woolies, Pick n Pay, Shoprite and Spar

One of South Africa’s leading asset managers Jean-Pierre Verster shared insight into South Africa’s food retailers from an investment angle. The big four food retailers – Shoprite, Woolies, Spar and Pick n Pay – are some of the country’s most well-known brands. Pick n Pay was the first retailer to announce results following the July riots, with the unrest and associated costs negatively affecting its bottom line. Verster notes that a higher inflationary environment will hurt food retailers, leaving those with competitive advantages and pricing power better positioned to profit in the future. Spar’s international expansion is discussed, with it having diversified into rather unknown territories. Lastly, Verster explains he is struggling to find value given the lofty valuations in the sector.
21
OCT
8am

"We are serious about fighting corruption," says Johannesburg Mayor Mpho Moerane

Mayor Mpho Moerane has been in office since the beginning of October after the deaths of his predecessors Geoff Makhubo and Jolidee Matongo. The newly appointed mayor has been open about his wishes for the city of Johannesburg and as local government elections draw closer and closer, Moerane remains dedicated to fulfilling his duty. In a recent interview, he outlined multiple initiatives and plans that he has or will implement despite the short time before local government elections. From bolstering the electrical supply in Johannesburg to improving law enforcement, Mayor Moerane has promised to do as much as he can for the city. Despite the litany of issues that plague Johannesburg, Moerane remains optimistic these issues can be remedied.
*Image published courtesy of joburg.org.za
21
OCT
3am

Looking to apply for British citizenship? This is what you can expect

Mishal Patel, Sable International's British and nationality expert, joins Bronwyn Nielsen of BizNews to shed light on the intricacies of obtaining British citizenship. Patel specialises in isolating claims to British nationality for those who have connections to former British Territories, those who are resident in the UK, and those adopted by British citizens. In the discussion, he touches on the impact Brexit has had on the process, as well as the challenges faced by parents looking to secure citizenship for their adopted children.
21
OCT
2am

Magnus Heystek on Mauritius and contradictory data coming out of the local bond market

Brenthurst Wealth founder Magnus Heystek comes to us from Mauritius, a destination he believes provides an opportunity from an investment perspective. Much like South Africa, Mauritius is dependent on tourism and, as a result, the economy has suffered during the coronavirus pandemic. However, Heystek paints a picture of an economic revival, with the island slowly coming out of the pandemic stronger. Heystek also touches on the contradictory statements of JSE CEO Leila Fourie, who told the investment community about the data coming out of the bond market. Heystek believes this is of serious concern because of its importance as an investment indicator. 
20
OCT
10am

Frans Cronje: KZN after the riots - new players take power as State's retreat a permanent fixture in small towns

Dr Frans Cronje, who recently retired after 18 years at the Institute for Race Relations, visited KZN last week to get a first hand look at what remains in the aftermath of July's riots. It confirmed his thesis that South Africa is breaking into smaller units. In the best cases, communities which stood togewther during the anarchy are stepping into the vacuum left by Pretoria. In others, the riots have literally destroyed what were once thriving towns. Cronje also shares his interpretation of the latest polls ahead of the November 1 elections, projecting continued losses for the ANC and DA, little change for the EFF and significant increases in the share of the vote for smaller parties like Action SA, FF+ and the IFP.
20
OCT
10am

BizNews Power Hour 20 Oct: Heystek Mauritius; Frans Cronje visits KZN power vacuum; Jaltech offers regulated crypto

In this episode of the BizNews Power Hour, the IRR's former CEO Dr Frans Cronje reports back after a four day road trip through small town KZN which has changed drastically since the July riots; Magnus Heystek connects from Mauritius, seeing plenty of growth in his two year absence; Jaltech co-founder Gaurav Nair unpacks the innovative cryptocurrency vehicle which offers the security of being regulated; and SVI Engineering’s Nicol Louw on the boom in bullet proof vehicles, a consequence of the July riots.
20
OCT
9am

Flash Briefing: UCT to impose mandatory vaccination; IEC says vaccine not needed to vote; Evergrande deal on hold

News headlines:
* The University of Cape Town (UCT) council has approved in principle a proposal to make Covid-19 vaccinations mandatory for both staff and students.
* The Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) of South Africa has reiterated that voters will not be expected to provide proof of Covid-19 vaccination to cast their ballots in the upcoming municipal elections.
* Evergrande Group's deal to sell a majority stake in its property services unit has been put on hold, adding to the Chinese property developer's precarious position. The embattled firm, which faces more than $300 billion in debt, was in talks to sell 51% of its stake in Evergrande Property Services to a smaller rival for around $2.6 billion.

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