Business Watch

Business Watch is a daily feature on East Coast Radio - on-air at 06:30 and 18:30, respectively. It covers local and international innovations, market movements and business related events. The feature is hosted by economist and award-winning radio producer, WR Van Der Merwe. To have your industry or business featured , send an e-mail to
Weekly English South Africa Business · Business News
94 Episodes
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Interest rates: The 'Is it better to buy or rent' debate.

Nick Pearson, CEO of Tyson Properties, said that the sector had already weathered a number of rate increases since November 2021 when the Reserve Bank began to hike interest rates upwards from what many believed to be unrealistic lows during the Covid-19 pandemic, believes that there has been a correction…
29 Jan 2023 1 min

On a mission to power up Durbanites and beyond

After opening doors in 2020, just as the pandemic hit, Adoozy is South Africa’s first mobile power bank rental network, providing an on -the-go power solution to citizens of Durban, Cape Town and Johannesburg . How it works is that people can rent a mobile power bank for 24 hours…
23 Jan 2023 1 min

KZN Midlands site of Eskom’s first battery energy storage project

“The beginning of the construction of the Elandskop BESS is a positive development in our efforts to alleviate the pressure on the national electricity grid,” said André de Ruyter, Eskom Group Chief Executive, speaking at the event. “This is a direct response to the urgent need to address South Africa’s…
9 Dec 2022 1 min

Secunda coal mine produces more white rhinos than any other coal mine

'Well done to the Land and Biodiversity team for keeping all the beautiful rhinos safe and healthy! We all find inspiration from the excellent work being done to enrich our experience at Sasol Secunda.' The calf was born on Tuesday 29 November 2022, both mother and calf are doing well…
6 Dec 2022 1 min

Liberty Midlands Mall to show all SWC Games on Foodcourt TV screens

“Soccer truly is a beautiful game,” said Desmond Heunis, General Manager of Liberty Midlands Mall. “We are thrilled to be giving fans an opportunity to enjoy the action and fanfare of this momentous tournament right here in Midlands Mall this year” he added. Which team will get to hold the…
1 Dec 2022 1 min

The Shoprite Group’s new electric truck: heavy duty and “glow in the dark”

“As Africa’s largest grocery retailer, the Shoprite Group places significant focus on reducing its environmental impact across its operations. One of the ways we’re doing this is by increasing the energy efficiency of our truck fleet. The acquisition of this, one of the world’s most advanced electric trucks, which we…
30 Nov 2022 1 min

Durban's Webhelp grows almost seven-fold in a year

BPO [business process outsourcing] is one of the fastest-growing sectors in South Africa with significant year-on-year growth,” commented Tammy Chetty, Managing Director of Webhelp South Africa. “We’ve had a significant government and stakeholder support leaning into the incredible job opportunities this sector creates for young, unemployed individuals with little or…
26 Oct 2022 1 min

Toys R Us reveals this year's top trending toys list for the 2022 festive season

“Social consciousness, post-pandemic living, nostalgia, and consumers looking for value have all impacted this year's toy trends,” says Catherine Jacoby, Marketing Manager at Toys R Us. “Consumers are driven more than ever by experiences and parents are looking for toys that give their children memories outside of the digital world.”…
25 Oct 2022 1 min

Lift launches flights to Durban and expands fleet

Bookings for the Johannesburg - Durban route are set to go live on 22 September 2022 and the first flights will start operating on 26 October 2022 with 3 return flights per day. Booking dates for the Cape Town - Durban route will be confirmed in the coming weeks with…
24 Oct 2022 1 min

Rewardsco Introduces the "Half Day, Double Pay" Revolution!

After trialing the new dual shift programme to great success earlier in 2022, Rewardsco is now rolling it out to a larger pool of 150 high-performing sales agents, with even more opportunities for expansion on the horizon. Although other players in the industry see such programmes as a risk, Rewardsco…
17 Oct 2022 1 min

Momentum finds Waze to drive visibility for women-owned businesses

Supporting women entrepreneurs is not going to stop. Momentum is excited about the launch of its collab with the global navigation software company, Waze. Momentum will put SA women-owned businesses on the map. Literally. Digitally. Driving potential and bottom lines with #SheOwnsHerSuccess.
12 Oct 2022 1 min

Master Builders KZN Annual Awards celebrates excellence

The President of Master Builders KwaZulu-Natal, Marcus Peter Gonzalves applauded all the entrants and stated that the Association proudly hosted its Annual Awards to celebrate excellence in the construction industry, thereby showcasing the hard work, dedication, high standards, and superior quality demonstrated by its members. “All of these ingredients culminate…
11 Oct 2022 1 min

Get your FREE Jonsson Workwear VIZI Belt today

Twenty-seven million people use our roads daily, with the majority including workers and students on their daily commute. Safety on our roads is a discussion all South Africans should be having. Poor road and public transport infrastructure, lack of road safety education, and inadequate street lighting are among the causes…
6 Oct 2022 1 min

FUTURELIFE® fed up with Hunger

Mrs. Feziwe Gambo, an enthusiastic Principal at House-Kids Educare Centre, an ECD center located in the Ezimbokodweni area, south of Durban, sits at her office preparing for her day whilst also watching her children arrive at a bowl of FUTURELIFE® porridge. For many of the children in her centre, this…
5 Oct 2022 1 min

Husqvarna's demolition robot from the future

Husqvarna Construction Products is a market-leading brand in the light construction equipment business. For more information on their range of machines, diamond tools, and services for concrete sawing & drilling, concrete surfaces & floors, and remote demolition. The new unit also enables an improved overview of machine status that contributes…
3 Oct 2022 1 min

FFS Refiners' R350M job creation and Bitumen supply investment

There is a massive demand for bitumen in road construction projects in South Africa, especially related to the strategic infrastructure programmes outlined by President Cyril Ramaphosa that need to be addressed for South Africa’s economy to be put back on track. FFS Tank Terminals’ facilities will provide the industry with…
2 Oct 2022 1 min

Astron Energy starts roll-out its new look for of over 850 stations

Astron Energy Head of Marketing, Cambridge Mokanyane, said the rebrand provides Astron Energy with the opportunity to build out the customer experience even further, with a strong emphasis on non-fuel retail offerings. According to Mokanyane, global research has shown that “ultimate convenience” is where all forecourts will eventually migrate to,…
11 Sep 2022 1 min

Wheels of the McDonald's computer school bus start rolling

The Nathoo family has been involved with Mcdonald's in KZN for 24 years. The late Mr. Dhiroo Nathoo, father to Prakash and Sanjay opened the first Restaurant in Durban in 1998.  Prakash and Sanjay have been involved over the last 12 years, operating restaurants in and around Durban.  At McDonald's…
7 Sep 2022 1 min

The Sharks and SA Harvest partner to increase hunger relief in KZN

In terms of the agreement, The Sharks will provide SA Harvest with 500m² of dedicated warehouse space at Hollywoodbets Kings Park, a space that SA Harvest can be proud of and call their home. This significant support of SA Harvest’s efforts to relieve hunger by rescuing food that would otherwise…
6 Sep 2022 1 min
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