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Eskom pollution battle; Lights on for Tito; O’Sullivan summons Myeni; CT's 'rainless day strategy'; Shoprite

In today's business headlines:
- Eskom is battling to keep all units of its biggest operational power plant at Kendal open after being served with a compliance notice by the environment ministry because of its high levels of air pollution;
- Eskom has indicated that the lights would be on for Finance Minister Tito Mboweni’s budget vote today as no loadshedding is planned. Eskom said emergency reserves were at adequate levels, with additional generating units expected to return to service;
- Forensic investigator Paul O’ Sullivan has served the former chairperson of South African Airways Dudu Myeni with a combined summons as she has been 'ducking and diving' since December 2018;
- Shoprite Holdings has announced that it would transfer its distribution centres and undeveloped land valued at R2bn to a new joint venture it is putting in place with Equities Property Fund; and
- Cape Town plans to spend R5.8bn over the next decade to cushion its 4 million residents against another dry spell but the city says that consumers have drastically cut water use since 2015.
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Meet Kirsten Landman: From coma to Dakar - Africa's first woman to cross the finish line

The Dakar rally, originally known as the Paris to Dakar Rally has taken place since 1978 but was moved due to security threats in Mauritania to South America for the past decade. This year, the race known as the toughest endurance rally in the world crossing dunes, camel grass and rocks took place in Saudi Arabia for the first time and there were two South African off-road bikers in the race, Kirsten Landman and Taye Perry who both managed to finish the 7,900km race. KwaZulu-Natal’s Landman was first across the line, ending in 55th place overall, while Perry who had to push her bike the last couple of hundred metres came 77th. Biznews spoke to Kirsten, who had a crash that almost ended her career, about how it feels to be the first African woman to complete the Dakar rally and how social media has enabled women to promote their sports careers. – Linda van Tilburg
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Warning: Foreigners could hijack fledging dagga industry - cannabis entrepreneur

Dagga grows prolifically across South Africa - a point that hasn't gone unnoticed by astute business players elsewhere who are hoping to cash in on the world's new gold rush. In this podcast, South African cannabis entrepreneur Pierre van der Hoven outlines to BizNews founder and editor-in-chief Alec Hogg how the fledgling industry needs some help developing. And, he points to warning signs that companies based elsewhere could take advantage of regulatory disarray. That, in turn, would mean countries like China and Canada reaping the economic benefits of SA-grown dagga. President Cyril Ramaphosa and his team have pledged support for the cannabis industry. Now the sector needs organisation and planning to ensure that dagga can be the money-spinner, wealth-creator and employment spark that South Africa so desperately needs. - Jackie Cameron
24
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SA coronavirus warning; power cuts for 5 more years - expert; gold skyrockets; Sasol plunges

In today's business news headlines:
*The Rand weakened in early trade on Monday, as investors fled riskier assets following the rapid spread of the coronavirus outside mainland China;
*Even without a single confirmed case, sub-Saharan Africa may be the region hardest hit outside of Asia by the spread of the coronavirus, experts are warning;
*A detailed investigation into Eskom reveals that it will take at least five years to get the power utility’s plants to a place where loadshedding is not needed, reports MyBroadband;
*Gold hovered near $1,700 an ounce, extending its rally to the highest in more than seven years, as investors pile into haven assets; and
*While Gold company stocks soared, Sasol plunged on the JSE on Monday.
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Kevin Shames: Two days left to take advantage of Bright Light Solar's effective 21%pa return

In this podcast, the last one before 12J company Bright Light Solar's Prospectus closes on Thursday, CEO Kevin Shames runs us through the reasons why his business is projecting an effective 21% annual return. It's all to do with the Government's tax incentives to promote investment in small businesses and renewable energy. Shames says in response to numerous requests, his company has also dropped the minimum investment level from the previous R100 000 to R50 000. - Alec Hogg
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Saffers at coronavirus ground zero – the tide is turning in some Chinese cities

Fears of a global coronavirus pandemic is growing. The United Kingdom has reported four further cases bringing their total to 13 and Italy’s tally went up to 200 with four deaths forcing Italian authorities to shut down schools, universities, museums and cinemas, and banning all public events. There are also reports of a case in Swaziland, which would be Africa’s first coronavirus case. Fears of a global pandemic have sunk global stock markets, while the price of gold, which is regarded as a safe-haven, has reached the highest level since February 2013. But in China it seems that the tide is turning, that things are starting to get back to normal as the lockdown is being lifted in some cities. The two Durban schoolteachers, Andy and Gary Cronje who live in Hangzhou and described their city as a ‘Zombie Apocalypse’ to Biznews at the beginning of the month, but things are starting to turn as deliveries arrive from the outside, and children have been given the “green code” and are playing outside again. – Linda van Tilburg
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David Shapiro: Stocks on sale - Sasol at 2005 prices, Discovery at 2014. Mr Market over-reacting

South Africa's favourite market commentator David Shapiro is licking his lips at the value which South African shares are offering today's investors, especially Sasol and Discovery. He discusses the attraction of both companies in this interview, from the latest episode of Rational Radio. Not often you get to see a dripping roast like this - but as Shapiro explains, Mr Market seems to have completely "lost it" over the spread of the Coronavirus. - Alec Hogg
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Crucial Budget week; Loadshedding halts Mboweni; No money for stats; State land released; Coronavirus Africa impact

In today's business headlines:
- The week ahead will be dominated by the budget speech by Finance Minister Tito Mboweni who has to convince that a rescue plan for Eskom is on track, and that the government is ready to take measures to curb rising debt, narrow the budget deficit and fuel economic growth;
- Mboweni and this team were not spared from loadshedding and had to adjourn due to the lights going off as they were preparing his speech, which the minister described as 'frustrating' to his followers on Twitter;
- Statistics South Africa has approached the Treasury again for cash and held talks yesterday with Minister in the Presidency, Jackson Mthembu to appeal for funds'
- Public Works Minister Patricia de Lille announced that her department has released hundreds of parcels of land as part of the government’s commitment to land reform, redistribution and restitution;
- Even without a single confirmed case, sub-Saharan Africa may be the region hardest hit outside of Asia by the spread of the coronavirus with lobster catchers in the Western Cape being unexpected casualties of lower Chinese demand.
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Does new technology & AI mean the end of retirement?

These days, getting and keeping a job isn’t just a matter of impressing your boss – it also means impressing the artificial intelligence (AI) technology that has penetrated all aspects of the workplace. In this episode, featuring content from The Wall Street Journal’s The Future of Everything podcast, Felicity Duncan takes a look at how AI is getting involved in our jobs, from hiring to performance reviews to retirement. As you’ll learn, the growth of new technology may mean the end of retirement as we know it. New tools allow us to live – and work – longer than ever. Is this a good thing or a bad thing? It depends on how you feel about your job and the machines you work with.
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Bloomberg Businessweek: The future of work

Marcus Weldon, corporate chief technology officer at Nokia, Virginie Maillard, head of technology field simulation at Siemens, and Joe Miletich, senior vice president of R&D at Merck discuss the future of work from the campus of New Jersey Institute of Technology in Newark, New Jersey.
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Looted SA funds will be recovered: Investors ready to back SA; Anglo, De Beers, Woolies, Discovery

In today's business headlines:
- President Cyril Ramaphosa says those who have stolen money from South Africa needed to be tracked down no matter where in the world they are;
- Goldman Sachs new head, Jonathan Penkin says investors would be delighted to jump back into South Africa if the government made progress on structural reforms that would enable Goldmans to help draw foreign capital to the country;
- Anglo American’s full-year profit climbed 9% before EBITDA, rising to $10bn in the year to December from $9.16bn a year ago;
- De Beers posted the lowest profit since the end of the diamond monopoly with profits down 50% in 2019;
- The share price of Discovery rose by almost 7% yesterday after a drop of 8% earlier this week when the group warned profits would drop by as much 13%; and
- Woolworths reported a 17.7% drop in half-year earnings dragged down by weak womenswear sales and a poor Black Friday showing.

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