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SYNDICATE CITY | Crimewave crashes over BCM

Daily Dispatch correspondent Ted Keenan talks to Red Alert Security's Brett Harvey about the explosion of violent crime in Buffalo City that has recently escalated to a high number of armed robberies and carjackings in the metro, who and what the targets are, what is behind the steep incline and what we need to do to deal with it.

Buy new or drive the jalopy into the ground

There are 11m vehicles on SA’s roads, with an average age of 10 years. In 2022, there will be more vehicles, and they will be getting older, especially in Eastern Cape.
So, if you’re in the aging vehicle category, do you trade in on a new machine, buy a good pre-owned one, or bite the bullet and drive your old jalopy into the ground?
Peter McNorton, of Kelston Motor Group, in discussion with Ted Keenan, Daily Dispatch business correspondent, said: “Take the foot off the accelerator when it comes to a decision.”
Passion must be tempered with common sense and tough financial questions.
What’s the old machine costing, with repairs and expensive maintenance mounting along with the kilometres on the odometer? What will a new or used vehicle cost? What’s the trade-in? What if the family’s financial position had a nasty reversal?
Kelston Group has nearly 30 outlets in Eastern Cape, and recently added Kelston Chery in East London.
“With all the new brands, do the research. There are great deals. But know your budget.”
Then there is another confusing area. Fossil fuel or electric?
Winstone Jordaan, MD of GridCars said one in forty vehicles sold globally was electric. By 2030 every second sold in the USA will be electric.
If the statistics pan out, Jordaan will be in the pound seats, with nearly 300 charging stations on the main routes.
He said SA cannot buck the electric trend, because the vehicle suppliers to the SA manufacturers are from Europe and Japan.
“In a few years our exports will be electric, and not too soon. It’s great for the environment.”

Tragedy of life lost after bullying at Eastern Cape schools

Daron Mann talks to Daily Dispatch journalist Gugu Phandle and Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist Dr Terri Henderson about the tragic story of 16-year-old Lathitha Nako, who took her own life after being tormented by fellow school pupils and teachers at her Bhisho school.

CAPTAIN UNDERPANTS | The man beneath the Speedo

Daron Mann talks to Jack Denton, who boldly bent over to have his Speedo signed by Bok skipper Siya Kolisi in Scotland.
Denton hails from the Eastern Cape and attended Kingswood College in Makhanda. His Brother, David Denton, also an old Kingswoodian, played rugby for Scotland 42 times.

Restaurant business survivors share secrets to keeping the food and drink flowing during lockdowns​

Draconian pandemic lockdowns have decimated the restaurant industry, with over 3,000 closures, and East London, the surrounding towns and coastal venues are not immune.
Yet there have been survivors, who have battled to stay open and will not get beaten.
Ted Keenan, Daily Dispatch business correspondent, talks to three East London business owners – eatery business veteran, Mike Butcher, one of East London’s top restaurant entrepreneurs Natasha Hogg, and Zinzi Rwicilia, who owns The Bistro, in Beacon Bay and has in two years built a successful business. We learn their secrets of keeping the food and drinks flowing. But what, in their opinion, must the government do over the festive season. And what would be the final nail for many owners who have not made a profit for 18 months.
Their fortitude goes further than the kitchen, it applies to every sector. The advice applies to all businesses.

IRONMAN: Where to from here?

Daron Mann talks to Ironman South Africa's MD Keith Bowler about plans for the future after the Covid-19 pandemic, including dropping Buffalo City as a venue.

BIG OIL UNDER FIRE | Activists speak out against Shell's seismic Wild Coast survey

The news that Shell plans to conduct a large-scale offshore seismic survey for gas and oil deposits along the Eastern Cape's Wild Coast has drawn criticism from environmental groups and animal rights activists, with one group even threatening to chain naked 'Wild Women' to the ship in protest.
Daron Mann speaks to attorney Kim van Kets from Wild Women on the Run's, and Jason Simpson, a chief engineer for controversial international conservation group Sea Shepard.
Shell aims boom guns at Wild Coast

BCM's only listed company on wealth creation and management

NVest Financial Holdings is East London’s giant full-service financial group, and the only listed company in Buffalo City Metro and the immediate Border area.
Today Dispatch Live's Business Correspondent, Ted Keenan, interviews Travis McClure, director of NFB Private Wealth Management, and Liam Graham, director of NVest Securities.
Between the two companies they have over 6,000 direct clients, the majority of them East London based, and well over R30bn assets under management and administration.
The Podcast's theme: Wealth creation and wealth management, when and why to start, and how people slow out of the investment blocks can catch up.
“Having our own stock broking company in the same building gives a flexibility and instant reaction time that is unparalleled in East London,” said McClure.
"We don't take the trust of East Londoners for granted. We work hard at it, and know we have succeeded when our clients head into a financially stress-less retirement.”
Said Graham: “If your investments, over a long term, are not beating inflation, and then some, you are going backward.”

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