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Smoke Screen: Love, bribes and spies in the tobacco industry. Victoria Hollingsworth tells the true story of corrupt practices behind the scenes at British American Tobacco. We hear from the very people who were caught up in this world as we sink deep into the dirty underbelly of the tobacco industry in South Africa. BAT says its actions were simply to combat the illicit trade in tobacco products. The UK's Serious Fraud Office investigated matters and found there was insufficient evidence fo ...
 
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Every time the investigation into climate change – which has quickly emerged as one of the most contentious issues of our time – has reached a new depth, the complexity of the matter has intensified, with numerous factors crawling out of the woodwork. Gaining knowledge on the subject has been akin to peeling a proverbial knowledge onion with unlimi…
 
Corion Capital's David Bacher says the stock market's rollicking start to 2023 made this the 9th best January since 1960. But he has a word of caution for those piling back into shares: Corion itself has been selling into the strength on the view that US markets, in particular, are fragile. In this regular monthly recap with Alec Hogg of BizNews, B…
 
South Africa's latest experience with coalition politics resulted in a significant elevation into Executive Mayorship of the country's richest Metro. Previously invisible Thapelo Amad, whose splinter political party received under 10 000 of the 933 000 votes cast in the 2021 election, has been engineered by 'Kingmaker' Gayton McKenzie into the posi…
 
Under his leadership, Tony Leon witnessed the Democratic Alliance mushroom from a tiny 1.7% of the national vote in the 1994 election to become Parliament's Official Opposition at 15x that number - and potentially a leading player in Government after the watershed election in May 2024. Leon retired from Parliament in 2007 and from public life entir…
 
Since 2017, Magnus Heystek-founded Brenthurst Wealth clients have owned no South African property investments. It’s been an excellent call, with asset values falling sharply in the past six years. Heystek explains in this interview why he regards SA property as the most destructive asset class, even though there are always exceptions (think migrati…
 
Loadshedding and the deterioration of services and infrastructure in South Africa are leading to a general feeling of despair in the country. Last week, the South African Reserve Bank highlighted the dire effect of power blackouts on our economy. In his first Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) statement of the year, Reserve Bank Governor Lesetja Kgany…
 
Mark Wilkes, VP of Risk at Easy Equities, has deep experience in global investment markets, having operating trading desks at major institutions in London, Amsterdam, and Johannesburg. His advice to the hundreds of thousands of Easy’s retail investors who own US shares is to be cautious: keep faith with your own processes but stay conservative desp…
 
PC Ferreira, a Karoo farmer and owner of the Karoo Gariep Conservancy between Colesberg and Hanover, embodies the Afrikaans expression, ‘‘n Boer maak ‘n plan.’ In his case, the Boer or sustainable farmer who re-introduced hippos in the Northern Cape is making several plans - and his next big project is to establish rhinos on his farm and to invite …
 
Last week, BizNews founder Alec Hogg participated at the World Economic Forum's annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland for the 18th time. He shared his insights at a fundraising breakfast in Hermanus, providing context on the state of the world economy, dramatic innovations currently affecting us and how a global wave of creative destruction is impac…
 
Although he has no interest in becoming a politician, SA-born global entrepreneur Rob Hersov continues to tap into the zeitgeist and attract massive public attention through outspoken statements on South African politics. His latest contribution, complete with fist-pumps and provocative words, was delivered yesterday from the podium outside of the …
 
BizNews founder Alec Hogg spoke to South Africa's Finance Minister Enoch Godongwana at the World Economic Forum in Davos last week. Godongwana, who led the SA delegation in President Cyril Ramaphosa's absence, spoke about the issues our country faces that need to be addressed with collective efforts. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphon…
 
Helium start-up Renergen has delivered its first gas, overcoming production problems which had knocked the confidence of investors. In this interview, CEO Stefano Marani explains why this is a game-changing for the company, potentially unlocking a $750m new plant for the JSE-listed company whose stock is much beloved by South African retail investo…
 
Davos Direct with Absa Group Financial Director Jason Quinn. The cost of living crisis could pull attention from shared global risks such as climate change. The World Economic Forum's Global Risks report highlights that two out of three households in the US are battling to pay their bills every month. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megapho…
 
Nedbank CEO Mike Brown speaks to Bronwyn Nielsen on the ground at WEF 2023 in Davos, where he is attending his 10th WEF gathering. Brown explains how the focus has shifted from everything banking-related to ESG, sustainability and climate change. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices…
 
Bronwyn Nielsen caught up with Old Mutual CEO Iain Williamson on the ground at the World Economic Forum 2023 in Davos. Williamson summarised the event from his perspective, focusing on how Africa and how this may be the continent's century stood out. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices…
 
Bronwyn Nielsen virtually spoke to Arvana Singh, who leads Sustainable Finance Solutions at Nedbank CIB and holds extensive investment banking and sustainable finance experience, at WEF 2023 in Davos. Arvana explains how sustainable finance solutions are playing a key role in mitigating climate change risks. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit …
 
MTN Group President and CEO Ralph Mupita speaks to Bronwyn Nielsen at WEF 2023 in Davos about the respective challenges that markets in developed and developing countries will face in the short term and globalisation, which he believes is here. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices…
 
Bronwyn Nielsen and BizNews founder Alec Hogg look back at the week's meetings held at the 2023 World Economic Forum in Davos. The theme that keeps surfacing is that every country has its problems with solutions being hard to come by. Joining the dots, the duo says, is facilitated at the WEF gatherings in Davos. Learn more about your ad choices. Vi…
 
South Africa’s decision to welcome Russian and Chinese warships into its territorial waters for a naval exercise in February has been criticised both in South Africa and in Western countries. The Democratic Alliance’s international relations spokesperson, Darren Bergman said in a statement that, “It is becoming increasingly clear that the South Afr…
 
Bronwyn Nielsen caught up virtually with Peter van Kerckhoven, co-head of Debt Finance at Nedbank Corporate and Investment Bank, at WEF 2023 in Davos. Van Kerckhoven expressed relief that, even with the abundance of crises the world is currently facing, climate change and sustainability are still at the top of the agenda. Learn more about your ad c…
 
Brian Dames, CEO at African Rainbow Energy & Power, speaks to Bronwyn Nielsen at WEF 2023 in Davos. Dames tells of his experience so far and how it has stood out that the crises we face as a country are the same as the rest of the world. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoicesBy BizNews
 
Naspers CEO Phuthi Mahanyele-Dabengwa speaks to Bronwyn Nielsen at WEF 2023 in Davos about the opportunity to showcase what South Africa has to offer. Phuti expresses sincere belief in international investors' commitment to SA. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoicesBy BizNews
 
After the BizNews interviews with Dr Judith Curry, Professor William Happer and Dr John Christy, all of whom share the conviction that the Earth is, in fact, not in the throes of a climate crisis, BizNews sought out a voice on the opposing side of the climate change debate. Professor Guy McPherson, professor emeritus of natural resources and ecolog…
 
South African entrepreneur Lindiwe Matlali in 2020 won the Schwab Foundation Social Innovation Award in 2020 and now she is having bilaterals with Queen Matilda of Belgium. Africa Teen Geeks is on an unstoppable upward trajectory. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoicesBy BizNews
 
Alec Hogg and Bronwyn Nielsen bring you an overview of Day 4 at the World Economic Forum - Direct from Davos. A deep dive into Africa, Pfizer and Africa Teen Geeks a South African Company that is soaring on the back of winning the Schwab Foundations Social Innovation Award in 2020. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices…
 
Until his acquisition ten years ago of the South African assets of Irish Group Independent Media, Iqbal Survé was best known as the entrepreneur who had created the successful JSE-listed empowerment group Sekunjalo. Media ownership, however, has turned his reputation on its head. Even though Survé says the media business is only 3% of his group's a…
 
Bronwyn Nielsen speaks to SA Finance Minister Enoch Godongwana who is leading team SA at the 2023 WEF in Davos. Godongwana says team SA is being warmly received. Godongwana explains how there are four critical things to be done to put loadshedding in the past. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices…
 
Standard Bank chair Nonkululeko Nyembezi says "Africa is our play, we want to gather support for Africa. The key issues we are keenly following in Davos with regards to the African Continent are growth, climate change and the enormous opportunities that surround The African Continental Free Trade Area." Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megap…
 
There has been a massive uptick in applications to study abroad and overseas universities are getting hundreds of thousands of applications. That is according to Brent Morris, managing director: Study Abroad of Sable International. Morris told BizNews that parents, and students who are thinking of studying elsewhere, should however not panic and ad…
 
A grateful nation will always be indebted to South Africa's former deputy finance minister Mcebisi Jonas, whose whistleblowing proved the catalyst that turned the tide against the Gupta-plundering Zuma Administration. He started the Zupta collapse by rejecting the now fugitive Indian family's massive offer to join the dark side - and then despite h…
 
MultiChoice CEO Imtiaz Patel shares insights on why he values attending The World Economic Forum as a Business Leader. An interesting discussion on the value of knowledge and why no expense should be shared as we navigate the highly unpredictable world we live in. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices…
 
Professor Zeblon Vilakazi saysThe World Economic Forum was started by Professor Klaus Schwab as an academic to collate different views on the future. Zeblon will be attending the Expert Forum on Higher Education a think tank focused on jobs and the economy of the future, themes every parent with young children desperately wants some insight into. L…
 
Reporting from the annual WEF meeting in Davos, BizNews founder Alec Hogg provides a wrap of the day as he prepares to attend the first round of discussions. Under the theme of “Cooperation in a Fragmented World,” this year’s event will focus on solution-driven discussions on topics deemed to present the most pressing issues facing the world today.…
 
Cape Town-based professional photographer Greg Beadle is one of the ultimate insiders at the World Economic Forum's annual meeting - a man whose badge that gets him into literally every meeting room in the Davos confab. In this fascinating inerview, Beadle shares his insights of the event and its true purpose with another long-time WEF attendee, fe…
 
One of the best things about being at the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum in Davos is you never know who you'll bump into. Sometimes, as Alec Hogg shares here, a really special someone like the "done great" daughter of a good friend. Pretoria lass Bryonie Guthrie is managing the Ice Village at Davos 2023 - and in this interview explains …
 
With the World Economic Forum set to commence in Davos, Switzerland on Monday, 16 January, Bronwyn Nielsen checks in with Iain Williamson, CEO of Old Mutual, to discuss the expectations for South Africa and Africa from Davos, 2023. In focus: energy. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices…
 
SA’s energy resources regulator Dr Phindile Masangane says the Petrloeum Agency SA will soon be sharing its updated models of the Karoo Shale Gas reserves with the scientific community - and is storngly recommending a drilling programme to confirm the exciting findings. PASA’s model puts the SA’s shale gas reserves at a massive 200tcf which for con…
 
Graaff-Reinet attorney Derek Light, who has been intimately involved in the Karoo Shale Gas saga since 2009, dispels what he refers to as “myths” that Rob Hersov is so excited about. Light reckons popular assumptions around the size and value of the alleged gas deposits in central South Africa are massively exaggerated - and those like Hersov who a…
 
Good rankings across the board in 2022's performance tables by Fairtree and PSG illustrates once more how money managers are not all equal. In this review of the year that's just past, Corion's David Bacher explains how these two houses were able to buck what for most investors was one of the worst years on record - particularly for those those who…
 
A comment under an RW Johnson contribution to BizNews describes South Africa's former Oxford Don as "the most astute political analyst we have". Johnson's level-headed, rational assessment of SA politics is evident in this fascinating discussion on two of his articles recently published on the website - the first on the ANC Conference; the second a…
 
Rob Hersov has a habit of saying the unfashionable truths that others lack the courage to voice. He did so at BNC#2 and again at BNC#4 when calling out timid South African business leaders, unleashing a torrent after addressing politically-correct. Hersov has started the new year in a similar vein, standing 'shoulder-to-shoulder' with SA's much cri…
 
As South Africans are increasingly faced with loadshedding, potholes and the deterioration of so many services; the penny has dropped that it is no use waiting for the government to fix it. In his New Year’s message, Gift of the Givers, Dr Imtiaz Sooliman said he believed that fixing the country does not belong to the government, but to all of us. …
 
2022 was a decidedly volatile year in the field of psychiatry. In July, a study led by Dr Joanna Moncrieff found that there was no convincing evidence that depression is connected with low serotonin, let alone caused by it. In November, while the psychiatric profession and, perhaps more significantly, the millions of people taking antidepressants w…
 
The local currency, banking stocks and local sovereign bonds gained after the re-election of President Cyril Ramaphosa was confirmed. The outlook for South Africa, says Nezo Sobekwa, African risk analyst at S& P Global Market Intelligence, is “cautiously optimistic”, but he did not foresee that things were going to turn around in the short term. El…
 
President Cyril Ramaphosa has emerged from the African National Congress’ 55th conference more confident and he has managed to tighten his grip on power. Instead of hostile members of the RET faction, that were hampering his drive to clean up corruption, the majority of members in the Top 7 of the ANC of the organisation, are now allies of Mr Ramap…
 
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