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Updated January 2020
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Rational Perspective is Alec Hogg's regular podcast.
 
Welcome to BizNews Radio where we interview top thought leaders and businesspeople from South Africa and across the globe.
 
A Milwaukee Brewers Podcast Hosts: Alec Dopp, Curt Hogg, Andrew Vrchota Description: A baseball podcast hosted by 3 avid Milwaukee Brewer bloggers who discuss the weekly happenings going on inside and out of Miller Park. Follow us on Twitter: @AlecDopp, @YouAStupidHogg, @AndrewVrchota Read our blogs here: Alec Dopp - http://brewersrumors.com/ Curt Hogg - http://reviewingthebrew.com/ Andrew Vrchota - http://wisportsblog.blogspot.com/
 
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In today's headlines: SA is staring down a recession, says Bloomberg. South Africa’s economy contracted for a second quarter this year economy hasn’t expanded at more than 2% annually since 2013. SAA is on the brink of collapse. Its bosses are trying to buy more time by asking all the big lenders to help it with a cash crunch, while unions represen…
 
Back in 2014, independent money manager Chris Logan spoke out publicly against the strategy being followed by KZN's leading company, Tongaat Hulett. He urged the board and executives to drop their approach of selling off prime commercial real estate to pump the cash into the sugar sector - an area Logan reckoned was the worst commodity to bet on. I…
 
In the latest episode of Rational Radio, South Africa's favourite market commentator David Shapiro unpacked the massive (and complex) put and call options entered into this week by Discovery founder and CEO Adrian Gore. The trades reported on the Stock Exchange News Service relate to Gore's decision to borrow money to contribute his share of Discov…
 
In the headlines today: President Cyril Ramaphosa has warned that South Africa faces a grave water crisis. In his weekly letter to citizens, he says: “Unless we take drastic measures to conserve water sources and promote efficient use, water insecurity will become the biggest developmental and economic challenge facing this country. Our current ene…
 
A bit like a multinational Stokvel, the Washington-based International Monetary Fund acts as the banker of last resort for member countries which get themselves into difficulties. To prepare itself, the IMF has a regular programme of sending surveillance teams to assess its potential exposure - and where it finds problems, to encourage members to a…
 
In this week's episode of Rational Radio, in order of appearance host Alec Hogg speaks with: David Shapiro, who unpacks similarities between Tongaat and Steinhoff, assesses SAA and explains Discovery founder and CEO Adrian Gore's R1.4bn share option transaction. Chris Logan of Opportune who has been on the Tongaat management case for the past five …
 
In today's business headlines: Companies are starting to lose faith that South African Airways can and will be saved. Sanlam Travel Insurance Consultants said it would exclude SAA from its insolvency cover and Flight Centre has stopped selling SAA tickets. An investigation into alleged wrongdoing at Tongaat Hulett found that a group of at least 10 …
 
As the details of the alleged accounting fraud at Tongaat Hulett emerge, former Tongaat executives are being targeted for criminal and civil charges. It’s refreshing to see managers being held accountable for their actions – all too often they seem to walk away unscathed, leaving pain and loss in their wakes. But it’s also a reminder of what RECM’s…
 
There's no business on earth which doesn't carry risk, says Orbvest chairman and co-founder Hennie Bezuidenhoudt. But after scouring the global property landscape for suitable offshore investment opportunities, Bezuidenhoudt and his Orbvest colleagues specialised in the US medical property market for good reason. In this insightful interview he exp…
 
In today's business headlines: Eskom has posted a surprising R1.3 billion rand profit in the six months through September, which is almost double that of the previous year thanks to higher tariffs. The Reserve Bank says there is a high likelihood that the South African government’s finances would deteriorate further posing a risk to the stability o…
 
Piet Viljoen, top money manager and founder of RECM, linked up with old pal Alec Hogg in this week's episode of Rational Radio to talk about his alma maters Allan Gray and the recently renamed Ninety One (Investec Asset Management). He offers some scathing opinions on Tiger Brands - a company whose shares he has avoided for years - and puts it down…
 
In today's business headlines: South African business confidence improved in the fourth quarter for the first time in almost two years owing to a recovery in residential activity and expectations of a good Christmas shopping season. The Rand Merchant Bank business confidence Index rose to 26 for the fourth quarter from a decade low of 21 in the pre…
 
In today's headlines: How many wealthy people are there in South Africa? A new report suggests that there are just over 2,000 individuals with net assets of $10m (R150m) and more and just under 40,000 South Africans with net assets of about $1m (R15m) or more. In his weekly newsletter to citizens President Cyril Ramaphosa lambasted business for fai…
 
21 year old Aphelele Mvamva lives with her sister in the Kayamandi township just outside Stellenbosch. It means “nice place” in iXhosa but the hostel that she lives in, is anything but. As a little girl, she was shuttled between the Eastern Cape and Stellenbosch where her mother Nokalothi was a vineyard worker. This lifestyle meant she was forced t…
 
Absa, one of South Africa's biggest banks, turned a blind eye to money laundering. That's abundantly clear from the evidence Forensics for Justice founder Paul O'Sullivan has pieced together. Absa is hiding behind technicalities to avoid explaining its role in state capture and corruption at Eskom, which is the state entity that is the most trouble…
 
Fireworks are likely when two of South Africa's top companies host shareholders at their annual general meetings this week. Tracey Davies, an environmental lawyer turned shareholder activist (LLB at UCT, LLM at NYU), intends peppering questions at the directors of Sasol (Wednesday) and FirstRand (Thursday). In the latest episode of Rational Radio t…
 
After getting a blast last week over his Sasol comments from an environmental activist, David Shapiro spent time investigating the hot new trend among investors called ESG - Environmental, Social, Governance. He concludes that the business of business is no longer just business. This has significant implications for investible assets as Shapiro exp…
 
It was a week of contrasts. First, there was good news for shareholders as Remgro and RMH announced plans to unbundle a 40% stake in FirstRand. Then, more bad news for taxpayers as S&P revised its outlook for South Africa to negative, suggesting an additional downgrade is in the pipes. In this episode, Alec Hogg and Felicity Duncan discuss the reas…
 
The International Monetary Fund, which has slashed its growth forecast to just above zero for South Africa, warns that only radical reform will turbo-charge the country's economy. President Cyril Ramaphosa is at the centre of a race row. First he appointed a white man to head Eskom, and in the next breath he slammed the business sector for not doin…
 
Friday's report from ratings agency S&P switched its outlook on South Africa from "neutral" to "negative" - signalling another credit downgrade is on that cards. That would take the country's sovereign debt rating to three notches below the all-important Investment Grade level. Most analysts are focusing on another of the Big Three ratings agencies…
 
In this week's episode of Rational Radio, guests in order of appearance were: SA's favourite market watcher David Shapiro on ESG investing, Sasol and Naspers/Prosus; Econometrix chief economist Azar Jammine warns that the S&P rating report on SA has major implications for long-term interest rates; SABC chairman Bongumusa Makhathini attacks the Sund…
 
A storm has erupted around around a front page Sunday Times report that SABC's directors resolved to approach the State Security Agency to help address "leaking" of board minutes. Harvard-educated SABC chairman Bongumusa Makhatini reacted aggressively, accusing the newspaper of pursuing a commercial agenda and using fake news to attack the national…
 
In today's business headlines: South Africa could fall deeper into junk territory after Standard & Poor's Global Ratings agency cut the outlook on its assessment of the nation’s debt to negative, citing slow growth, the upwardly revised fiscal deficit and a growing debt burden. South African Airways restored a full flight service yesterday. It foll…
 
In today's business headlines: Former State security minister Bongani Bongo has been arrested in a case related to bribery at state owned companies in what is seen as Cyril Ramaphosa’s first action to end corruption. Bosasa assets cannot be put up for sale. That is according to Jared Watson, the nephew of company CEO Gavin Watson after liquidators,…
 
There is a strong school that believes those who have accumulated wealth make great philanthropists because they understand how to leverage their resources for maximum impact. In this fascinating interview, Perry Feldman shares a practical example of this by unpacking an innovative homeowner focused project championed by the South Africa's Free Mar…
 
In today's business headlines: The government has ruled out intervention in the ongoing battle between South African Airways and unions leading the strike. Assets belonging to several entities of Bosasa, which include the company's former headquarters and a copper plant will be auctioned off over three days in December.* Former Prasa head, Lucky Mo…
 
After a short break, my weekly Rational Radio returned to a new Monday lunchtime slot with a bonus added to the usual hour. The extra time was to ensure space for this interview with the independent financial advisor being threatened with an unyielding “rules-are-rules” edict by an unbending Sanlam bureaucracy. I’ve known Capetonian David Melvill f…
 
Many in the financial services sector would prefer that independent advisor Magnus Heystek had never been born. The former financial editor and founder of Brenthurst Wealth enjoys ruffling powerful feathers, using facts to puncture the facade created by billions spent on carefully crafted marketing campaigns. He's at it again this week, warning tha…
 
A budding entrepreneur won a gold medal for her invention of a seeded paper tape that took the guess work out of gardening. This idea, born out of frustration when planting a vegetable garden, was put on the back burner while she completed her qualification in architecture. Once qualified, the temptation to follow a paid job was there, but Claire R…
 
Yields on Eskom’s 2021 dollar bonds jumped the most in more than three months after the appointment of Andre de Ruyter as chief executive officer, showing that bond investors aren’t showing much faith in the utility’s new boss, reports Bloomberg. Many SAA workers have ignored the call by unions to go on strike to demand higher wages, says Reuters. …
 
The wrapping continues to come off the Bosasa story, a dramatic tale of bribery corruption and intrigue which has kept the chattering classes entertained throughout 2019. The late Gavin Watson was tried and convicted in the court of public opinion on the say-so of his former COO Angelo Agrizzi, star witness at the Zondo Commission of Inquiry into S…
 
South Africa appointed Andre de Ruyter as chief executive officer of Eskom, the debt-strapped utility that provides about 95% of the nation’s electricity and poses the biggest threat to its economy. De Ruyter, currently CEO of packaging firm Nampak, will take up the post on Jan. 15, the Department of Public Enterprises said in a statement. South Af…
 
after a short break, Alec Hogg's weekly Rational Radio show is back. In today's episode: David Shapiro on Sasol, Eskom, SAA and the markets. Jared Watson explains why he laid criminal charges against former Bosasa COO Angelo Agrizzi - and got landed with a defamation suit for his trouble. Jean-Pierre Verster takes a close look at the latest news fr…
 
South Africa's favourite market commentator David Shapiro reflects on Sasol's disastrous month and finds a silver lining in a share price that he reckons looks incredibly cheap; and encourages the Ramaphosa Administration to make the right call when deciding on the new Eskom CEO - because the person at the top, he reckons, has a critical influence …
 
Highly respected and newly independent asset manager Jean-Pierre Verster provides perspective on two of today's major company news releases. The proprietor of Protea Capital Management says the fact that Steinhoff did not disclose the price of two large sales of subsidiaries today - in Australia and the UK - speaks volumes for this money manager. A…
 
In today's business headlines: John Steenhuisen has been elected as the interim federal leader of the Democratic Alliance and says race is not being ignored by the party. South African Airways has resumed some of its international flights last night but wage strikes are continuing. A security breach at arms manufacturer Denel may have led to the th…
 
The Democratic Alliance has elected its former Parliamentary chief whip and leader of the party in Parliament, John Steenhuisen as its interim leader. He beat Gauteng MPL Makashule Gana in the vote for the leadership. It follows a period of uncertainty following the resignation of Mmusi Maimane that led the party for four years. Ivan Meyer was elec…
 
After hosting a webinar with Orbvest, Alec Hogg had a number of questions from the community. In this episode, he explains why Biznews does these webinars and what the relationship with Orbvest is all about. He and Felicity Duncan also discuss the strike action at SAA and the reasons why the company finds itself in the place it is in. Workers are b…
 
In today’s business headlines: The two unions at SAA started strike action after they rejected the latest wage offer of the airline. They plan to strike "indefinitely" and are approaching the Labour Court to seek an urgent interdiction against dismissals. Pepkor has issued a trading statement saying they were expecting higher earnings for the prese…
 
In today's business headlines: Jared Watson, the nephew of former Bosasa CEO, Gavin Watson has laid a criminal complaint against whistle blower Angelo Agrizzi for the theft of R35m. South African Airways warn that there may be no recovery if the "mother of all strikes" goes ahead. The Post Office is another state-owned company that has detailed pla…
 
Sekunjalo Independent Media on Tuesday received an application for its liquidation from the Public Investment Corporation citing SIM and its executive chairperson Dr Iqbal Survé as respondents. Iqbal Survé's Independent Media group is believed to owe at least R1.5bn to the PIC, which it borrowed to buy the company. SAA is headed for a battle with u…
 
South African Airways, the beleaguered state-owned airline that’s reliant on government financial support to continue operating, has started a restructuring process that could see its workforce cut by almost a fifth, says Bloomberg. Allan Gray, the billionaire founder of the Cape Town-based asset manager that bears his name and Bermuda-based Orbis …
 
In today's business headlines: France is considering providing financial support to Eskom according to the Business Times. British billionaire Richard Branson will look at buying a stake in South African Airways if he is approached. Eskom has warned that the power system remains constrained and vulnerable and that any shift could lead to load shedd…
 
This week, the Lebashe Investment Group announced the launch of its new media entity, Arena Holdings. More importantly (for us) it has signed a strategic equity partnership with BizNews. In this episode, Alec Hogg and Felicity Duncan talk about Lebashe’s acquisition of Tiso Blackstar’s media assets, the strategic thinking at Arena, and why Biznews …
 
Most analysts following South Africa expect it to lose its final investment-grade rating. But they disagree over when that might happen and what the consequences would be, says Bloomberg. Here's what might be next for SA. Shoprite’s lead independent director, Shirley Zinn, resigned abruptly, two days after Christo Wiese’s almost 30-year stint as ch…
 
*President Cyril Ramaphosa says the government is on track to lure $100bn in new investment within five years, with more than $16bn already committed and many more projects in the pipeline. He was speaking to Bloomberg television. Anglo American sees South Africa’s struggling state-owned power utility and regulatory uncertainty posing major risks t…
 
Christo Wiese, the retail magnate who saw his billions evaporate as the Steinhoff share price plunged amid a financial scandal that erupted in late 2017, has clung to his position of power at supermarket multinational Shoprite. South Africans are feeling very glum about the economy - and that’s official. The FNB consumer sentiment index slumped dee…
 
South Africa is fighting to preserve its last remaining investment-grade credit rating and avert a forced selloff of billions of rand of its debt after Moody’s Investors Services gave it just over three months to get its finances in order, says Bloomberg. When Nelson Mandela came to power in 1994, he faced the challenge of uniting a nation divided …
 
In today's business headlines: The Springboks have claimed more international awards with South Africans echoing the sentiment of captain Siya Kolisi that more could be achieved if they work together. There is hope that the renewed optimism in the country will enthuse markets after Moody's decision on Friday to maintain South Africa's investment gr…
 
Christo Wiese faces another corporate battle. The former billionaire, who lost fortunes when the Steinhoff share collapsed and was relegated from the ranks of a billionaire to a millionaire, could lose his grip on power at Shoprite. A major Nigerian financial services provider sees lucrative business opportunities in South Africa. Access Bank, Nige…
 
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