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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02
DEC

Reflection on this year's Black Friday

A look back at this year’s Black Friday through the lens of Absa’s transaction data is the focus in this edition of the Business Day Spotlight.

Topics of discussion include: Black Friday transaction data from Absa; trends from the retail event; the growth of e-commerce in SA; recovery of consumer spending; efforts to increase digital payments in the country; and an outlook for the year ahead.

Business Day Spotlight is a TimesLIVE Production.
01
DEC

The evolution of SA’s largest e-commerce

The evolution of SA’s largest e-commerce operator is the focus in this edition of the Business Day Spotlight.

Our host Mudiwa Gavaza is joined by Mamongae Mahlare, Takealot’s group CEO.

Topics of discussion include: Takealot’s business model; giving small business access to a large market of customers; growth of online retail in SA; what can be done to further increase adoption; and an outlook for e-commerce in 2023.

Business Day Spotlight is a TimesLIVE Production.
28
NOV

Last mile delivery solutions for e-commerce in SA

Last mile delivery for e-commerce in SA is the focus in this edition of the Business Day Spotlight.

Our host Mudiwa Gavaza is joined by Antonio Bruni, CEO of technology and delivery company Picup Technologies.

Topics of discussion include: Picup’s business model; its acquisition by Karooooo; plans for scaling the business; what it takes to manage a large network of drivers; and the growth of e-commerce in SA.
25
NOV

Payflex anticipates R40-50 million in online turnover on Black Friday

E-commerce buying trends are the focus in this edition of the Business Day Spotlight.

Our host Mudiwa Gavaza is joined by Paul Behrmann, founder and CEO of Payflex.

Topics of discussion include: details around the latest interest decision; Black Friday predictions in e-commerce; the impact of the buy now pay later (BNPL) model on e-commerce; the growth of Payflex’s business; and an outlook for e-commerce in 2023.
23
NOV

Business turnaround experts explain how business turnarounds work

Business turnaround is the focus in this edition of the Business Day Spotlight.

Our host Mudiwa Gavaza is joined by Michael Dorn, founder and CEO of RT Group, a business turnaround firm.

Topics of discussion include: RT’s business model; rationale for moving to SA; how business rescue and turnarounds work; lessons from implementing turnaround strategies at large corporates; and the need for proactive turnaround plans in SA.
21
NOV

Global internet access trends 2022

Global satellite internet access trends are the focus in this edition of the Business Day Spotlight.

Our host Mudiwa Gavaza is joined by Sulaiman Al Ali, Yahsat’s chief commercial officer at the recently held AfricaCom telecoms conference in Cape Town.

Topics of discussion include: Yahsat’s strategy and activities in Africa; the future of integrated satellite solutions; the use of satellite communications internet of things (IoT) or connected devices like cars and sensors; and updates on Thuraya 4 NGS, the group’s latest satellite.

Business Day Spotlight is a MultimediaLIVE Production.
17
NOV

PROFILE | Mteto Nyati makes the move from Altron CEO to tech investor 

The move from CEO to technology investor is the focus in this edition of the Business Day Spotlight.

Our host Mudiwa Gavaza is joined by the prominent businessman Mteto Nyati.

Topics of discussion include: Nyati’s business activities since stepping down as CEO of Altron; rationale for investing in local technology firm, BSG; leading an organisation through a growth phase; and thoughts around leadership in SA.
15
NOV

Funding small businesses through blockchain technology

Funding small businesses through blockchain technology is the focus in this edition of the Business Day Spotlight.

Our host Mudiwa Gavaza is joined by Edward Cotterell, founder and CEO of Reality Company.

Topics of discussion include: Reality Company’s business model; rationale for starting the business; the problem being addressed; and performance since launch.

Business Day Spotlight is a MultimediaLIVE Production.
11
NOV

2022 marred by political risk & uncertainty

Reflecting on the year that has been in the economy is the focus in this edition of the Business Day Spotlight.

Our host Mudiwa Gavaza is joined by Ndumiso Hadebe, chief economist at KH Equity Partners.

Topics of discussion include: looking back the economy in 2022; current factors such as a weak Rand; political risk; efforts to curb inflation; and an outlook for the year ahead.
02
NOV

Emirates set to return to pre-pandemic flight and service levels by May 2023

In this edition of the Business Day Spotlight, we talk about the recovery of the travel and tourism sector, through the lens of an airline. 

Our host Mudiwa Gavaza is joined by Badr Abbas, Emirates senior vice president for commercial operations Africa.

Topics of discussion include: Emirates’ plans for the African market and broader Africa strategy; expansion plans for SA to recover to pre-pandemic capacity; competition within the market and Emirates’ investments in product and service offerings; together with an outlook for the coming year in travel. 

Business Day Spotlight is a TimesLIVE Production. 
28
OCT

What the Medium-term Budget Policy Statement means for consumer finances

A look back at the recent presented mid term budget is the focus in this edition of the Business Day Spotlight.

Our host Mudiwa Gavaza is joined by Warren Wilkinson, franchise principal and financial adviser at Consult by Momentum.

Topics of discussion include: highlights from the recent mid term budget; what the budget means for consumers; and ways in which consumers and businesses can be better prepared for uncertain times.

Business Day Spotlight is a TimesLIVE Production.

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