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22
OCT

Inside Covid-19: Where are the jobs? Future of employment for pilots, school-leavers - expert insights

In this episode of Inside Covid-19, we look at the impact of the pandemic on education - and jobs. Professor Michael le Cordeur, of the Department of Curriculum Studies at Stellenbosch University, explores whether another generation has lost out on vital education. We also speak to Prof Susan Michie, a director of University College London’s Centre for Behaviour Change, about how people worldwide will have to adapt to a Covid-safe future that does not destroy economies. We hear from our partners at Bloomberg that some jobs might go the way of the ship-building industry - extinction. And, with Recession Alert’s Dwaine van Vuuren estimating that 20-25% of jobs in South Africa have gone forever, we pick up with recruitment specialist Brian Wasmuth of the Human Capital Group on how pilots are struggling as the pandemic forces structural changes on the global economy.
22
OCT

Eskom green shoots; Altron’s Bytes UK listing; Anglo American rebound; Clicks online boost; Slower African recovery

In today's business headlines:
- Eskom anticipates that its performance would improve by December this year due to what CEO Andre de Ruyter called adequate reliability maintenance, but Eskom could not eliminate the risk of load shedding going forward.
- Altron’s share price jumped by 13,93% on the JSE after the news that it was proceeding with plans to list its Bytes UK subsidiary which was a leading IT software provider, on the London Stock Exchange.
- American Plc said its mining operations have continued to recover from the early impact of the coronavirus pandemic, with production of diamonds and platinum rising sharply.
- South African drugstore Clicks Group reported a 13.7% increase in annual earnings despite the Covid-19 pandemic, as the company continued to operate during the lockdown because it was categorised as an essential service.
- Sub-Saharan African economies face a slow recovery from the coronavirus pandemic and the region’s economic growth will fall behind the rest of the world next year, according to the IMF.
Eskom green shoots; Altron’s Bytes UK listing; Anglo American rebound; Clicks online boost
22
OCT

Inside Investing: Froneman won't put money into SA; JSE delistings; Remote high school learning; Netflix. Ep 6

Episode six of the Biznews podcast which exposes new investment opportunities and offers fresh ideas on moneycraft features Neal Froneman, the man who built what is now the R150bn mining giant Sibanye Stillwater. The forthright miner explains why he believes South Africa is a poor destination for global capital. Valenture Institute’s founder Robert Paddock shares insights into the boom in online learning, its difference with the online education forced on schools, and why his new venture is a great alternative for high school pupils. Veteran market commentators David Shapiro and Peter Major apply their mind to the surge in delistings on the JSE; and we pick up on the latest Netflix quarterly results to assess whether the $50 fall in the share price presents a buying opportunity.
21
OCT

Flash Briefing: Anglo American sued in SA for Zambia poison scandal; Durban oil spill; UK dividends plummet; gold; rand

* A group of Zambian women and children are suing Anglo American, alleging the mining company caused widespread lead poisoning from a mine it owned until 1974 in the northern city of Kabwe. The case, which is demanding compensation and a clean-up of the area, was filed in a Johannesburg court on Wednesday by 13 plaintiffs on behalf of an estimated 100,000 people.
* The US and Europe are heading for a clash over their preferred candidates to lead the World Trade Organization as the selection of the first woman to run the referee of global commerce enters a pivotal phase. The European Union is inclined to support Nigeria’s Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala - the favourite among the 55 members of the African Union.
* South Africa’s state-owned pipeline operator Transnet said it’s cleaning up a crude oil spill in the eastern city of Durban that was caused by attempted fuel theft.
* UK companies' Q3 dividend payouts were the lowest for ten years and almost half the level seen in Q3 2019, according to the Link Dividend Monitor.
* Gold advanced to a one-week high Wednesday as the dollar weakened amid optimism that US lawmakers may clinch a pre-election spending deal to bolster the economy.
Anglo American sued in SA for Zambia poison scandal; Durban oil spill; UK dividends plummet
20
OCT

Flash Briefing: Steinhoff fined; Cell C; Petra; Zondo wants corrupt Transnet bosses to repay R17m

In today's BizNews headlines:
* The Johannesburg Stock Exchange is to fine scandal-hit Steinhoff International R13.5m for breaching listing requirements;
* SA’s third biggest mobile operator Cell C reported a loss of about R7.6bn;
* London-listed SA diamond miner Petra Diamonds has abandoned plans to sell the business in favour of a debt-for-equity restructuring; and
* Deputy Chief Justice Ray Zondo, who is heading an inquiry into industrial scale corruption in South Africa, couldn't contain how appalled he was that the former chairperson of state-owned ports and railroad company Transnet Mafika Mkwanazi could not  explain why he approved several hefty payments to ex-Transnet CEO Siyabonga Gama. Mkwanazi agreed that his board is liable for R17m and should pay it back. For more on that story, do visit BizNews.com.
20
OCT

The Alec Hogg Show - Meet Chris Hart the gentle giant still standing after targeted, ejected, mugged by mob. Ep11

Our guest in this episode is outspoken economist Chris Hart, a former science teacher who did a B Comm because he thought it would help when he was became a headmaster role. Instead, it was the ticket to a bank’s dealing room where he helped traders make a packet when contrarian forecasts that often beat the economic consensus. But the real story about the free spirited, independently minded Chris Hart is in how he was targeted by political interests ahead of South Africa’s fractious 2016 Municipal elections. The gentle giant refused to be bowed by a social media mugging fuelled by London's unlamented PR shop Bell Pottinger. But his employer blinked. And just three months after being headhunted because of an independent mindset, his corporate career was sacrificed on the altar of political correctness. It’s a fascinating story of a life punctuated with series of testing personal challenges, including the murder of his identical twin brother. Yet he remains in service of his less fortunate fellows. And an inspiration to the rest of us.
20
OCT

Robinhood trading scandal: why it won’t happen to you - Fred Razak

Earlier this month, popular trading platform Robinhood reported that hackers had accessed almost 2,000 of its trading accounts. In our Friday Finance webinar, BizNews editor Jackie Cameron spoke to global financial markets specialist Fred Razak of CM Trading. He outlines three simple ways we can safeguard ourselves against similar situations.
19
OCT

Hope for at risk leopards: A clever plan for the big cats who love to roam free

As humans continue to develop, we impinge on the habitat of animals and collisions are inevitable when the paths of big cats and humans cross.  Some of the big cats - like lions - can be successfully contained in nature reserves, but this is not the case for the famously elusive leopard who likes to roam. According to the global wild cat conservation organisation, Panthera - that has classified leopards as vulnerable - the stealthy, spotted cats have vanished from 65% of their historic range in Africa. Trophy hunting and their use in traditional regalia are contributing to the decline of leopards in Southern Africa.  In a recent study on the leopard populations of the Sabi Sands and Phinda reserves, researchers found that the restrictions on the movement of leopards and what they call ‘over-exploitation of leopards over the years’ - this includes poaching and humans that retaliate for attacks on livestock - have led to inbreeding.  One of the researchers is Dr Vincent Naudé, from the Institute for Communities and Wildlife in Africa (iCWild) at the University of Cape Town. He is also a Post-Doctoral Researcher in Counter Wildlife Crime for Panthera.  Dr Naude and a team of researchers have proposed wildlife corridors that link reserves as a solution to enable leopards to roam and encourage gene flow.  He spoke to BizNews about the study and the success of the Panthera programme to introduce artificial or faux leopard fur into Zulu and other religious customs.
19
OCT

Flash Briefing: SA eases travel restrictions; IMF warns of investment low in SA: Zambia default risk: Covid-19

In today's BizNews headlines:
* South Africa has reduced the number of countries on its high risk Covid-19 list by more than half to 22 from 60, the government said on Monday, although Germany was among the notable additions to the register;
* The total number of Covid-19 related deaths in South Africa has risen to 18,471 (as of 18 October). More than 703,793 cases have been reported in the country, with Minister of Health Dr Zweli Mkhize and his wife among those who have tested positive;
* South Africa will be hard pressed to realise its ambitions of attracting R1trn, with the IMF warning that investment as a percentage of GDP will reach a record low of 13% this year; and
* The clock is ticking for Zambia to convince reluctant bondholders to accept an interest-payment holiday while it works out a debt-restructuring strategy.
SA eases travel restrictions; IMF warns of investment low in SA: Zambia default risk: Covid-19
19
OCT

Capitec opens low-cost global share trading to another 2.5m South Africans. LISTEN!

As part of an upgrade to their mobile banking app, Capitec has teamed up with EasyEquities - a low-cost investing platform. The partnership, says CEO Gerrie Fourie, is 'about adding value to our clients'. The app allows for first-time and beginner investors to find their feet in the often intimidating world of investments, by offering a demo mode. Aside from that, the app allows for users to invest in 'partial shares.' This allows them to invest amounts that they feel comfortable with, and more importantly, it opens up the world of investment and future planning to many who didn't have access or simply felt intimidated. 'You need to start investing early in your life to make sure that you're looked after when you're older', says Fourie.
16
OCT

CR’s New Deal: Real recovery, or has SA seen this economic plan before? Join the debate

President Cyril Ramaphosa revealed an ambitious post-Covid-19 economic recovery plan in Parliament construction in Parliament which could create 800,000 jobs. It also includes a 3-month extension of social grants and amendments to the red lists of countries to enable more tourists to come to South Africa.  BizNews panel consisting of venture capitalist Vusi Thembekwayo, political analyst Lukhanyo Mnguni and Busi Sibeko from the Institute for Economic Justice said the government stimulus package for the economy should be coupled with anti-corruption measures to ensure that the money allocated, gets to the right people. There was also a suggestion that the informal sector should receive more help, that credit markets should be liberalised and that the provinces would be a perfect place to start trimming the bloated civil service.

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