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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09
APR

Digital banking and accounting services for SMME's 

n this edition of the Business Day Spotlight, we talk about the use of digital banking and accounting services by small business owners in SA.

Our host Mudiwa Gavaza is joined by Colin Timmis, country manager at Xero SA - a digital accounting software service; together with Alan Shannon, Nedbank’s executive for client engagement in their professional and small business banking unit.

The discussion focuses on the value of Xero and Nedbank’s new partnership, digital banking adoption amongst small business owners, the effects of Covid-19 in spurring entrepreneurs to take up digital channels for managing their businesses, and the concept of software as a service.
07
APR

The impact of recent electricity tariffs hikes on consumer pockets

In this edition of the Business Day Spotlight, we talk about the impact of recent electricity tariffs hikes on SA consumers.

Our host Mudiwa Gavaza is joined by Rob Gwerengwe, CEO of the middle market segment at FNB.

The discussion focuses on the effects of the recent 15% increase in electricity tariffs on SA households, general effects of the pandemic on consumer spending in SA, people leaning more on credit to finance day to day expenses and the growth of the gig economy as families and individuals look to supplement their incomes.
31
MAR

Starbucks: turning an international brand into a popular local brand

In this edition of the Business Day Spotlight, we talk about the performance of global coffee company, Starbucks’ business in SA.

Our host Mudiwa Gavaza is joined by Adrian Maizey, CEO of Starbucks Southern Africa and founder of the Rand Group.

The discussion focuses on the Rand Group’s decision to takeover the Starbucks license in SA, the company’s strategy to grow the business, trends in the local coffee market, as well as changes brought on by Covid-19 and lockdown.
29
MAR

Consumers take to virtual financial advice

In this edition of the Business Day Spotlight, we talk about how SA consumers have taken to virtual financial advice.

Our host Mudiwa Gavaza is joined by Lisa Hovgaard, divisional director of change, communication and trade marketing at Liberty, to discuss the issues.

The discussion touches on how the shift to virtual financial advice has affected consumers, the ways in which Liberty has had to change its offering in the face of rapid technology change, challenges still holding back many people from having open conversations about money, and an outlook of how the financial advice industry has likely been permanently affected by the pandemic.
26
MAR

At current vaccine rollout rate it will take 17 years for SA to achieve herd immunity, says expert

In this edition of the Business Day Spotlight, we talk about the logistics around SA’s vaccine rollout.
Our host Mudiwa Gavaza is joined by Professor Alex van den Heever from the Wits School of Governance.
The discussion focuses on the state of vaccinations in SA, the economics of procuring doses, difference in rollout between developed and developing countries and the potential of a third wave of infection in SA.
24
MAR

Online platform aids access to international investment opportunities

In this edition of the Business Day Spotlight, we talk about the use of online platforms to access international investment opportunities.

Our host Mudiwa Gavaza is joined by Scott Picken, CEO of Wealth Migrate, an investment technology platform.

The discussion focuses on crowdfunding shares, the increasing power of retail investors over the last year, the use of technology to give people access to international investing opportunities, ending off with thoughts around recently development in blockchain technology and non-fungible tokens (NTF’s) which have been making the news in recent weeks.
22
MAR

Customary Marriages Amendment Bill a game changer for SA's women

In this edition of the Business Day Spotlight, we talk about the implications of the Recognition of Customary Marriages Amendment Bill.

Our host Mudiwa Gavaza is joined by David Thomson, Senior Legal Advisor at Sanlam Trust to discuss the proposed changes to the law.

The discussion focuses on why the current Customary Marriages Act is inconsistent with the SA Constitution and invalid; what the amended act would change in terms of law and what this means for those currently married under the current act or those who plan to enter into a customary marriage in the future; together with real life examples of recent customary marriages cases.
19
MAR

SADC's vaccine rollout is just too slow

In this edition of the Business Day Spotlight, we talk about the state of SA’s neighbouring economies as Covid-19 vaccination efforts get underway.

Our host Mudiwa Gavaza is joined by Daniel Kavishe, an economist at investment bank, RMB, who specialises in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Kavishe talks to us about the state of African economies, especially those in SADC since the start of the year, how they been affected by the second wave of the pandemic, ending with an outlook for the region in light of ongoing vaccination efforts and the start of the Africa Continental Free Trade Agreement.
17
MAR

The state of SA mobile network providers

In this edition of the Business Day Spotlight, we talk about the state of SA mobile network providers, listed on the JSE.

Our host Mudiwa Gavaza is joined by David Lerche, head of equities at Sanlam Private Wealth.

Lerche spends time focusing on the investment case for each of the large listed telecoms operators: Vodacom, MTN and Telkom; as well as a look at growth prospects for each of the companies; how telecoms operators performed relative to their JSE counterparts over the last year; and an outlook for telecoms companies for the rest of 2021.
15
MAR

Tertiary students are already a privileged group in SA says expert

In this edition of the Business Day Spotlight, we talk about the feasibility of free education in SA, given the strain on state finances as the country grapples to recover from the devastation of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Our host Mudiwa Gavaza is joined by Dr Oscar Van Heerden, director of Kelello Consulting, a firm that has been operating in the education space for the last two decades, to discuss the issues.

The discussion focuses on the viability of free education in SA, the state of pubic finances, the effects of Covid-19 on the economy, social spending and the value of getting a tertiary education.
12
MAR

CFO describes how Nando's survived lockdown

In this edition of the Business Day Spotlight, we talk about the economics of running one of SA’s best known restaurant and takeaway businesses during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Our host Mudiwa Gavaza is joined by Simon Adams, chief financial officer at Nando’s SA, to discuss the issues.

Adams discusses Nando’s business model in SA and other parts of the worldNando’s business investment in online food delivery and marketing, what makes Nando’s operating model different to its competitors, as well as the importance of a good CFO during crisis times.
10
MAR

Survey shows 43% of citizens think budget will not affect them

In this edition of the Business Day Spotlight, we talk about how much ordinary South Africans actually care about macroeconomic issues like the recently announced national budget for 2021.

Our host Mudiwa Gavaza is joined by Matt Kloos, CFO of CompariSure, a fintech operator.

The discussion focuses on the key findings from CompariSure’s recent survey on what South Africans thought of the 2021 Budget Speech; how South Africans are feeling about the direction of SA's economy; as well as some positive take-outs from what the data in the survey revealed.

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