Business Day Spotlight

Behind the biggest business stories of the week - taking you inside key events, the movements at the top and their effects at the bottom.

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Economic news of the week: South Africa needs to reimagine it's relevance and place in the global economy

In this edition of the Business Day Spotlight, we look back at the top economics news of the week as the country prepares to enter Level 1 of the national lockdown.

Our host Mudiwa Gavaza is joined by Dr Martyn Davies, managing director of emerging markets and Africa at advisory firm, Deloitte.

The conversation also touches on what the move to Level 1 will mean for the country, interest rates, retail sales figures, the rise and fall of globalization, SA’s place in the global economy, the role of policy in enabling growth, how other countries are likely to fare going forward an outlook for SA.
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Dabiya Legacy Technologies working on helping the government to digitalise it's systems

In this edition of the Business Day Spotlight, we’re talking to a business that is looking to help government to digitise many of its processes and reduce traditional inefficiencies at public offices around the country.

Our host Mudiwa Gavaza is joined by Nkululeko Nxasana, founder and CEO of Dabiya Legacy Technologies to talk about their business.

Nxasana articulates how their technology works, insights into the concerns of governments around technology, the rate of digitalisation in different countries, origins of the DLT name and an outlook for their company.
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Economic news of the week: COVID19 has made a bad situation worse

In this edition of the Business Day Spotlight, we’re reviewing the week’s top economics news, focusing on the latest gross domestic product (GDP) figures issued by national statistical service, Stats SA.

Our host Mudiwa Gavaza is joined by Nicola Weimar, chief economist at Nedbank to discuss the issues.

Weimar talks to us about second quart GDP performance, the state of public and state finances, impact of load shedding on SA’s pace of recovery, an outlook for the economy and how other African countries in the region have faired, given different levels of strictness for their lockdowns.
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Tourism Business Council of SA rallies to open boarders for international tourists

In this edition of the Business Day Spotlight, we’re taking a look at how Covid-19 has affected SA’s tourism sector and how industry players are proposing that it could help the economy to recover.

Our host Mudiwa Gavaza is joined by Tshifhiwa Tshivhengwa, CEO of the Tourism Business Council of SA (TBCSA), a private sector industry body.

Tshivhengwa articulates importance of tourism in the economy, the impact of Covid-19 on the industry, how travel and tourism affects the wider economy, the risks of keeping borders closes and an outlook for the sector.
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South African shoppers show the market what they want

In this edition of the Business Day Spotlight, we’re talking a look at the results of a recent consumer spending study.

Our host Mudiwa Gavaza is joined by Andrew Weinberg, CEO of 2Engage, a customer engagement and incentive solutions business with a presence in 8 African countries.

2Engage recently teamed up with research firm, Brandseye to produce a study detailing some of the effects of Covid-19 on consumer buying behaviour and trends.

The discussion focuses on how he study come about, some of its key findings, the state of SA consumers, how loyalty programs have been impacted by the pandemic and how businesses can build better relationships with their customers.
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Economic News of the Week: Load shedding around SA may inhibit the economy to move forward

In this edition of the Business Day Spotlight, we’re talking a look at the week’s top economics news, focusing on recent data releases.

Our host Mudiwa Gavaza is joined by Jacques Nel, head of macroeconomic research for Africa at NKC African Economics.

The discussion focuses recent energy generation, manufacturing and vehicle sales data releases, how Covid-19 can help to push for better economic policy and an outlook for the local economy.
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Facebook creating opportunities for small businesses to flourish

In this edition of the Business Day Spotlight, we’re talking to social media giant, Facebook, about their support for small businesses during the coronavirus pandemic.

Our host Mudiwa Gavaza is joined by Nunu Ntshingila, Facebook Africa’s regional director, together with Glenda Ramathavha, a businesswoman from Limpopo.

Ntshingila talks about what effect Covid-19 has had on Facebook’s operations in the region and the company’s effort to support small businesses.

Ramathavha talks about her business, Glenz Cakes, its founding, operating model and how she has been able to build a social media following.
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Economic news of the week: the impact of rising inflation on SA's economy

In this edition of the Business Day Spotlight, we review the economics news of the week, highlighting new inflation data from Stats SA.

Our host Mudiwa Gavaza is joined by Frederich Kirsten, an economics lecturer and researcher at the University of Johannesburg.

The discussion focuses on the inflation figures, effect of Covid-19 on the middle class, economic inequality, other indicators that Kirsten is paying attention to, policy reforms needed to get the country moving forward, pressures facing consumers and an outlook for the coming months
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Rebranding one of the country's largest technology firms-Dimension Data's

In this edition of the Business Day Spotlight, we’re talking to a business leader about the work being done at one of the country’s largest technology firms, and the experience of being a woman in that sector.

Our host Mudiwa Gavaza is joined by Nompumelelo Mokou, executive for intelligent customer experience at Dimension Data.

Mokou talks about Dimension Data’s ongoing rebranding, the work being done by her business unit around intelligent customer experience, ending off with her thoughts on being a women in the technology sector and SA.
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Economic news of the week: FNB talks on the Experian cyber attack that effected 24 mil South Africans

In this edition of the Business Day Spotlight, we’re looking at the impact of the recent Experian cyber attack on financial services and the economy.

Our host Mudiwa Gavaza is joined by Dr Christoph Nieuwoudt, FNB Executive to discuss the issues.

Nieuwoudt gives some background on the Experian hack, the security measure that FNB has in place for its online banking, issues around educating the public and changing customer behaviour and some of the good that technology platforms have brought during the Covid-19 crisis.
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Funding businesswomen in Africa

In this edition of the Business Day Spotlight, we’re taking a look at a startup venture capital partnership set to address funding of new and promising businesses developed during Covid-19 pandemic.

Our host Mudiwa Gavaza is joined by Sandras Phiri, CEO of Startup Circles and Lelemba Phiri, Enygma Ventures operating partner to discuss startups.

The discussion looks at the operations of Startup Circles and Enygma Ventures, rationale for creating the new Shift Fund and how it works, exploring trends around the state of startups during the Covid-19 crisis, how this has impacted the startup investment landscape and an outlook for venture funding.
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Fitpods- restructuring the fitness industry in light of Covid 19

In this edition of the Business Day Spotlight, we’re taking a look at a company that trying to solve the problem of having safe, socially distanced exercise facilities.

Our host Mudiwa Gavaza is joined by Sherilee Sims, head of Cartel Club, part of Ideas Cartel (IC) Group to discuss their new concept.

The discussion explores IC’s business, the concept of FitPods, evolution of co-working spaces, the future of work and reception to the new offering from clients.

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