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29
OCT

Flash briefing – Government defends ‘New’ SAA bailout, Oil and Sasol plunge; Gupta sanctions, Old Mutual expansion

In today's business headlines:
- The South African government says it was aiming for the New South African Airways to fly again in the first half of next year, after it gave the airline a R10.5 billion bailout in the mid-term budget. Several government officials have come out in defence of the bailout.
- Sasol shares have plummeted on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange by more than 11% before following a drop in the price of oil to its lowest level since May. The JSE All Share Index registered another drop of around 1% on Thursday after the biggest plunge in seven months of 3.3% on Wednesday.
- Old Mutual is planning to expand its business in China, while considering exiting some markets on its home base, as part of a refreshed strategy to focus on more profitable areas of its operations.
- British Lord Peter Hain have again raised the issue of the Guptas in the British House of Lords again today asking the British government to impose sanction on the brothers Ajay, Atul and Rajesh Gupta who he said were responsible for looting R7 billion from South African taxpayers.
28
OCT

CR self-isolates; SAA to fly again, on taxpayers' backs; stock markets tumble around world

* President Cyril Ramaphosa has begun a period of self-quarantine following the positive Covid-19 diagnosis of a guest at a charity dinner he attended.
* South Africa is to spend at least R17bn more on its failed national carrier SAA.
* Stocks tumbled in the US and Europe as rising coronavirus infections and tougher lockdowns added to worries about the economic hit from the pandemic.
* South Africa’s main stock index plunged the most in seven months Wednesday after Finance Minister Tito Mboweni’s budget update
28
OCT

Inside Investing - Sasol CEO's grilling; SA shares surge; Kisby soon providing loans; Eli Lilly CEO on beating Covid-19

Welcome to episode seven of the BizNews podcast which offers fresh ideas on investing and moneycraft. In this episode, stock market veterans David Shapiro and Piet Viljoen provide perspective on a strong run in South African shares; Sasol chief executive Fleetwood Grobler faces a hostile Piet Viljoen; Kisby chairman Mark Barnes provides good news about South Africa’s innovative SME supporting fund, sharing how it is attracting interest from foreign institutions and providing a date by which the first loans will be provided; and we hear from the CEO of global pharma major Eli Lilly on progress in the high stakes race for a Covid-19 vaccine.
27
OCT

The future of high schooling is online - and it comes with A+ benefits

In the sixth instalment of Inside Investing, BizNews founder Alec Hogg spoke with the founder of the Valenture Institute, Robert Paddock. Paddock - who has built up the highly successful online learning platform, GetSmarter - says that Covid-19 has really changed things up for many people. This includes learners and teachers, who have traded in the classroom for a Zoom call. Not only does the unique set up of the Valenture Institute allow for an entire new outlook on what high school education is, but also how it is experienced. 'The leaders of tomorrow are not ones that can recite the periodic table. They're the ones who can engage creatively, collaboratively, be effective communicators, problem solvers and so much more. Really, those are the skills that we feel we're doing a great job developing in our students.' In this discussion, Paddock and Hogg discuss various elements of the online high school experience, including the differences between online education and conventional schooling, what the Valenture Institute is all about and more.
27
OCT

Flash Briefing: Joburg, Cape Town to break chains with Eskom; World Bank debt warning to SA: DA in Tshwane victory

* South Africa’s biggest cities are preparing to source their own power after the energy ministry approved letting them wean themselves off state utility Eskom.
* The World Bank has told South Africa’s government it has to cut its wage bill to qualify for a loan of as much as $2 billion and doesn’t want the money used to bail out insolvent state companies.
* The DA won a court case on Tuesday that clears the way for it to retake control of the Tshwane municipality, which includes the capital, Pretoria.
* Any chance that investors will soon be tempted to buy the battered stocks of South Africa’s locally focused companies will be tested Wednesday when Finance Minister Tito Mboweni presents his medium-term budget.
Investors will need evidence of real and achievable reforms
27
OCT

Retirement annuity vs living annuity - experts explain key differences

In our Friday Finance webinar, BizNews editor Jackie Cameron spoke to independent financial advisor Dawn Ridler of Kerenga Wealth Ecology in Johannesburg and investment specialists Albert Coetzee and Marc Lindley of Ninety One Investment Platform. The three guests explained the key differences between a retirement annuity and a living annuity.
26
OCT

Meet Willem Petzer - The fearless young voice of SA's beleaguered farming community

As a result of his activism, young farmer Willem Petzer has rocketed to fame, becoming one of the loudest voices representing his community with, for instance, over 100 000 people having viewed his Youtube video on farm arson posted four days ago. He has more than 150 000 Facebook followers and around 50 000 subscribed to his Youtube channel. That's a serious constituency. Petzer has also successfully enlisted support from some European governments. For his troubles, in SA's mass media he has been branded a racist and right wing activist. In this month where the plight of the SA's farmers is finally getting heard, have a listen to one of their leaders - and decide for yourself.
26
OCT

Flash Briefing: Eskom payment crisis; SA taxpayer bailouts loom; Zuma sons frozen out of bank accounts; rugby

* Eskom, the indebted South African state power utility, will announce its annual results this week after a three-month delay because of over-payments.
* South African taxpayers are expected to bail out several troubled state entities, with announcements expected this week.
* A large South African bank, FNB, has terminated the bank accounts of three sons of former president Jacob Zuma.
* Money transfer services are thriving, thanks to the Covid-19 pandemic.
* The coronavirus is back with a vengeance - on the rugby field.
25
OCT

Bobby Godsell: Oppenheimer's unlikely mentee urges perspective, new GNU, offers message of hope - Alec Hogg Show Ep 12

Another extraordinary South African features in this episode of the long-form biographical podcast. At 68, Bobby Godsell's passion for his homeland hasn't dimmed and in this rare interview, he proposes an approach to living in SA that works. Born in Boksburg and raised in Durban, Godsell spurned repeated offers by one of the world's richest men to run a mining empire - and not for a moment regrets that decision. And at this difficult time, when many of his countrymen are giving up on SA, Godsell offers perspective and a message of hope. Among his suggestions: returning to a Government of National Unity to help SA overcome the massive challenge of recovering from the Covid-19 destruction.
25
OCT

Gautrain expansion; Transnet debt ring-fenced; Koeberg lifetime extended, All eyes on Tito and Cricket Board bowled out

In today's business headlines:
* The Department of Public Enterprises could ring-fence billions of rand of irregular expenditure by Transnet to ensure clean audit findings for the state-owned ports and rail operator. Transnet has reported R10 billion of irregular expenditure in the last fiscal year.
* Power utility Eskom has started a billion-dollar round of investments in the Koeberg nuclear power plant near Cape Town before getting permission from safety regulators that the reactor’s lifetime can be extended. It wants to extend Koeberg’s life span for another two decades.
* All eyes are on Finance Minister Tito Mboweni this week who will present his Medium-Term Budget Policy Statement on Wednesday. Lobby group Business Leadership South Africa has listed key reforms it views as necessary to fast-track growth which includes trimming the public-sector wage bill, efficient revenue collection, the weaning SOEs off subsidies and bailouts and increased use of private-sector expertise.
* At least five members of the Cricket South Africa (CSA) board have stood down from their positions after the council of CSA requested their resignations last week. The list includes acting president Beresford Williams.
22
OCT

Inside Covid-19: Where are the jobs? Future of employment for pilots, school-leavers - expert insights

In this episode of Inside Covid-19, we look at the impact of the pandemic on education - and jobs. Professor Michael le Cordeur, of the Department of Curriculum Studies at Stellenbosch University, explores whether another generation has lost out on vital education. We also speak to Prof Susan Michie, a director of University College London’s Centre for Behaviour Change, about how people worldwide will have to adapt to a Covid-safe future that does not destroy economies. We hear from our partners at Bloomberg that some jobs might go the way of the ship-building industry - extinction. And, with Recession Alert’s Dwaine van Vuuren estimating that 20-25% of jobs in South Africa have gone forever, we pick up with recruitment specialist Brian Wasmuth of the Human Capital Group on how pilots are struggling as the pandemic forces structural changes on the global economy.

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