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22
JAN
12pm

Inside Covid-19: Johann Rupert denies jumping queue; what vaccine 'apartheid' means for SA, the world

As South African billionaire Johann Rupert makes world headlines for getting a vaccine shot in December in Switzerland, we explore how global collaboration to mass vaccinate the world is being jeopardised - at the expense of the developing world. We speak to Theo Murphy, European Council on Foreign Relations, for an overview of the geopolitical dynamics and how these impact on countries like South Africa. This debate is not just about access to vaccines but access to the most potent vaccines, as we hear from our partners at Bloomberg. Also in this episode: another breakthrough in treating Covid-19, vaccine pricing and more from the pandemic news making headlines. - Jackie Cameron
21
JAN
11am

Flash Briefing: Stinky India-SA vaccine deal; Mthembu dies; interest rates; Goldfields; Mozambique

* South Africa will pay $5.25 per dose for 1.5 million shots of AstraZeneca’s coronavirus vaccine from the Serum Institute of India - higher than the $3 a dose that South Africa and other countries on the continent are due to pay for the same vaccine under an African Union arrangement.
* ANC stalwart Jackson Mthembu has died of Covid-19 complications.
* Interest rates may go up soon, the MPC has indicated;
* Goldfields has a new boss.
* SA govt has signalled concern about growing Islamist insurgency in Mozambique.
20
JAN
11am

Flash Briefing: What's next for Mirror Trading; SA wealth tax proposal; private equity firms on hunt; Richemont; PSG

* The Financial Sector Conduct Authority has completed its investigation into MTI, and says investors should approach liquidators for help recovering funds.
* A fresh wealth tax proposal says SA could find R160bn quickly.
* Private equity firms want to spend R30bn in southern Africa.
* Richemont saw robust demand in Asia, it said in a trading update.
* PSG is trying to narrow the NAV to share price in a buyback.
20
JAN
10am

Apple: Global tech demand powers up - expert insights

Apple, in the BizNews share portfolio, has been trading around $130 a share. Taiwan’s export orders, a bellwether of global technology demand, surged 38.3% from a year earlier to $60.55 billion in December, the highest on record, reported Reuters on Wednesday. Taiwanese companies such as Foxconn and Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing are key suppliers to Apple, which in September launched its next-generation iPhone 12. Dan Ives, of Wedbush Securities, shares his view on why the Apple share price could stay on an upward trajectory. - Editor
20
JAN
8am

Joe Biden's US: How it will change global currents of power, what it means for Africa - international relations expert

How will Joe Biden govern the US, a superpower and engine room for the global economy? How will his presidency impact on international relations, trade and financial markets? Joining Jackie Cameron of BizNews to discuss the crisis of American power, how Trumpism leaves an indelible mark and, importantly, what the changing international currents of power mean for Africa is Theo Murphy, Africa Director, at the European Council on Foreign Relations - an award-winning, pan-European think-tank which this week released the findings of an 11-country survey that shows most Europeans believe the US is in decline.
20
JAN
6am

Loadshedding: 2021 will be worst year yet; here’s why SA faces electricity crisis: Chris Yelland, energy expert

No improvement is expected in electricity provision before the end of 2022 and perhaps longer, says leading independent energy expert Chris Yelland. The only way problems can be addressed is through self-generation and from independent producers - which can be delivered quickly, provided the legal and regulatory frameworks allow for this. Overhaul of Eskom will take at least three years to gather momentum and probably 10 years to complete, he says - in this in-depth interview with BizNews editor at large Jackie Cameron.
19
JAN
11am

Flash Briefing: Pick n Pay defends new CEO, investigated for insider trading; Land Bank needs R7bn; TFG; Glencore

* New Covid variant spreads 50% faster, but isn't more deadly, say govt advisors.
* Pick n Pay defends incoming CEO Pieter Boone, after revelations that he was investigated for insider trading surface in the SA media;
* The Land Bank may need another R7bn from taxpayers to survive;
* Glencore has agreed to accept $1 in the short term for a mine that generates jobs in Zambia;
* TFG, the fashion retailer that snapped up Jet stores from troubled Edcon has reported an increase in turnover.
19
JAN
9am

Herman Mashaba: Finding jobs for thousands of unemployed doctors, nurses, as hospitals creak at seams

President of fast-growing ActionSA, Herman Mashaba, has highlighted that there are about 40,000 medical posts frozen and more than 500 unemployed doctors who want to help fight Covid-19 - but can’t get jobs. Meanwhile, taxpayers have footed the bill for Cuban medical personnel. He shares the details of the #HireOurMedicalHeroes campaign and why new hospital staff need full-time jobs - and not the ‘evil’ of contracts while they are exposed to the virus. He also dissects slow vaccine delivery and the government's empty coffers.

and points out that corruption is the reason for the state healthcare sector failures.
19
JAN
4am

Blockchain: Shaking up global trade, financial markets, could kill SA corruption - Monica Singer

South Africa is getting left behind as businesses and governments embrace blockchain. In this in-depth conversation with entrepreneur and disruptor Monica Singer, founder and former CEO of Strate and now South Africa lead for the world's largest blockchain company, we explore how governments are embracing blockchain to maintain control of money flows, improve efficiency and excise corruption. Singer, who is influential in the accounting profession, shares what businesses need to do to stay competitive as the next technological seismic shift changes accounting practices and eliminates back office staff.
18
JAN
11am

Flash Briefing: Alcohol ban threatens more jobs, hammers glass industry; booze ban arrests; Sibanye; Truworths

In today's headlines:
* The alcohol ban is hammering South Africa’s glass packaging industry, which could lose a further R1.5bn in sales;
* Acting on tip-offs, police have been cracking down on restaurants serving alcohol in contravention of Covid-19 regulations;
* Global stock markets sank on Monday as soaring Covid-19 cases offset investor hopes of a quick economic recovery;
* Truworths was one of the best performers at the start of the week, gaining about 15% even though it has warned of a profit drop.
18
JAN
9am

Truworths share price jump: What's behind it? Expert insights on SA clothing retailers

South Africa-listed retailer Truworths was among the top performers on the Johannesburg exchange at the start of the week, even though it has warned its profits for the half-year to the end of December will most likely fall by as much as 9%. BizNews speaks to independent analyst Christopher Gilmour, who specialises in consumer industrial stocks, for his take on what’s driving the Truworths share price - and how he sizes up South African retailers.
18
JAN
8am

Ivermectin: South Africans have constitutional right to take it to treat Covid-19, says FMF health expert

Ivermectin, an FDA-approved anti-parasitic agent, has been found, in the laboratory, to inhibit the replication of the virus that causes Covid-19. In South Africa, it is not registered for human use and there are reports of people resorting to the veterinary version. A black market has developed. Earlier this month, Johannesburg-listed Ascendis Health distanced itself from the human use of its Ivermax 1%, an antiparasitic remedy for livestock. Eustace Davie, health policy expert at the Free Market Foundation, says it doesn’t make sense that Ivermection, a medicine listed by the World Health Organisation as essential, is banned in South Africa. He explains why politicians are in breach of the Constitution by banning the drug.

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