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SEP
1pm

South Africa sheds 119k jobs in the second quarter

Total employment in South Africa has decreased. During the second quarter 119 000 jobs were shed, reflecting a 1.2% drop on a quarterly basis - this was mainly due to a decrease in jobs in construction as well as community and business services. Business Day TV unpacked the print with Chief Economist at Econometrix
27
SEP
12pm

Remgro delivers robust recovery

Coming off a Covid-19 led low base and boosted by the recovery in earnings for most of the group's underlying investee companies. Remgro has managed to deliver a robust recovery, with most financial metrics ahead of pre-pandemic levels.
Business Day TV unpacked the performance in greater detail with company's CEO, Jannie Durand.
27
SEP
8am

Conversational AI

Today on Business Watch, we conclude our AI series where we’ve been featuring some of the most remarkable talent in the fields of machine learning, data analytics, artificial intelligence, natural language processing and programming in the country.
We’ve spoken to pioneers in health tech, fin tech. Coders building the future of chat commerce and virtual agents raising our competitiveness when it comes to business process outsourcing.
We’ve spoken to some of the country’s leading academic thinkers on the bug existential and philosophical questions around the ethics and future of a world where, increasingly, machines will displace the monotonous and mundane, and what this means for a country with record high unemployment.
And we’ve shone a spotlight on using this technology for societal good.

Michael Avery is joined by Johan Steyn, Founder of AIforBusiness.net.
Kelly Hoffman, CEO & Founder of Vocalysd.ai & AssetNinja and Shawn Winterburn, CEO and Co-founder of OQLIS….
26
SEP
1pm

Global bond markets crash

Global bond markets have taken strain, hitting lows last seen in 1949. Business Day TV discussed the factors driving these markets lower is James Turp from Absa Asset Management.
26
SEP
1pm

Is the government on a search for a new Eskom board?

Following weeks of back to back power cuts, Eskom’s leaderships ability to run the state owned entity has been questioned. This comes after the Sunday Times reported that the presidency has met with the department of public enterprises about shaking up the leadership. Business Day TV caught up with Business Unity South Africa’s CEO, Cas Coovadia and he shared his sentiments on this.
26
SEP
12pm

SA's new rating agency contradicts big three

South Africa has been awarded an investment grade rating from the new Gauteng-based Sovereign Africa Ratings agency.
A rating that goes against the three major ratings agencies, which have all placed South Africa deep into the sub-investment territory.
Business Day TV caught up with Zwelibanzi Maziya, COO of the Sovereign Africa Ratings to discuss the assessment in greater detail.
26
SEP
7am

Pension allocation and asset allocation trends

With rising inflation, geopolitical risk, climate and energy concerns, there’s a lot for pension funds trustees and their consultants to consider at the moment when it comes to their investment and asset allocation strategies. 
Mercer’s recently released Asset Allocation Insights 2022 report showed that South African pension funds invest 61% of their portfolios in equities, which is one of the highest equity allocations in the world. Allocations to growth assets increased year on year compared to the previous survey (+6%) as managers adopted a more pro-risk stance and investors looked toward a rebound in business activity despite the emergence of new Covid-19 variants.
Whether you are an asset owner, asset manager, financial intermediary or other institutional investment participant, these trends bring insights and actions to build upon.

To unpack the pension allocation and asset allocation trends Michael Avery is joined by Mandisa Zavala, Head of Asset Allocation at Alexforbes; Janina Slawski, Head of Investments Consulting at Alexforbes and Mark Smathers, Principal at Mercer
23
SEP
7am

The Week in Perspective

A feverish week of central bank activity around the globe has left markets at extremes. The Fed hiked by 75%, leading our own Reserve bank to follow in lockstep, despite a markedly different inflation picture and growth and employment concerns.
Currency prices were rattled too after Japan intervened in the foreign exchange market to buy Yen for the first time since 1998.
The Yen surged against the dollar after the intervention. Some analysts were sceptical, the battered currency would stay strong given the loose monetary policy by the Bank of Japan contrasted with hawkish moves this week by the Federal Reserve and other central banks.
Investors might be excused for wanting to take a breath on Friday, but further digestion of the week's central bank action along with inflation data in Asia and economic readings in Europe could beget more volatility.
And we’ve got an energy Minister who reckons a 15 year old energy crisis is being caused by something that’s happened in Europe in the last 8 months.

To put the week into perspective Michael Avery is joined by Warwick Lucas, Head of Galileo Securities; Isaah Mhlanga, Chief Economist at Alexforbes and Raymond Parsons, Professor in the School of Business and Governance at NWU
22
SEP
1pm

What will a 75 bps rate hike mean for SA's economy?

The reserve bank's monetary policy committee has lifted the repo rate by 75 basis points (bps) to 6.25%. The move was largely expected by economist but it will add pressure to indebted consumers who are already struggling to make ends meet. Business Day TV unpacked this in detail with Citadel chief economist Maarten Ackerman.
22
SEP
1pm

Cell C finalizes recapitalization

Blue Label has confirmed that Cell C's recapitalization has been completed and this comes after years of negotiations. Business Day TV discussed what this means for Cell C and Blue Label moving forward with telcos analyst at Nedbank CIB, Preshendran Odayar.

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