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Rational Radio is the weekly business news show hosted by BizNews editor Alec Hogg. It runs for around an hour and features leading commentators from the investment and financial world, including regular guest David Shapiro.
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The BizNews team produces a weekly podcast on Covid-19, offering a rational perspective on how the virus is impacting the lives of all South Africans. It will also house the latest news and insights on what was initially termed coronavirus.
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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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With around a fifth of the votes counted, Free Market Foundation CEO David Ansara offers some early conclusions on South Africa’s historic Election’24. With the ANC set to lose 60 of its 230 seats (of 400 in total), Jacob Zuma’s well funded MK and to a lesser extent the breakout Patriotic Alliance parties disrupting the status quo, the country well…
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President Cyril Ramaphosa enacted the NHI law during the election campaign, representing the biggest shake-up in South Africa’s healthcare system since the dawn of democracy. Critics have warned that the scheme is hugely expensive and could fuel corruption, with opposition parties describing it as a "death warrant" for healthcare in South Africa. G…
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A 21% jump in Special Votes and near trebling of the out-of-country votes provides clear evidence of a surge in interest around Election’24. In this special broadcast, we hear from two Smart Alecs - the Financial Times’s foreign editor Alec Russell and his namesake, BizNews editor Alec Hogg. The FT looks at the global relevance while BizNews looks …
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President Cyril Ramaphosa enacted the NHI law during the election campaign, representing the biggest shake-up in South Africa’s healthcare system since the dawn of democracy. Critics have warned that the scheme is hugely expensive and could fuel corruption, with opposition parties describing it as a "death warrant" for healthcare in South Africa. G…
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We have passed 50 days without load shedding in South Africa, even as the cold of winter begins to bite when electricity demand normally increases. The CEO of the Energy Council, James McKay, told BizNews in an interview that the lack of load shedding is due to a partnership that the government formed with the business sector. While business “is no…
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At the halfway mark in the Local v Offshore investment challenge, Magnus Heystek’s foreign holdings have recovered from an appalling start to move into positive territory. Piet Viljoen’s SA-focused portfolio, however, still has a handy lead although is enjoying “a breather” ahead of a potential surge on the Election’24 results. They spoke to BizNew…
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After recording just 6 660 votes in the 2019 National election, Patriotic Alliance leader Gayton McKenzie forecasts a massive breakthough in Election’24. The PA leader predicts his party will receive around 1m votes and secure 25 Members of Parliament in the National Assembly. McKenzie believes this will be a watershed with South Africans rejecting…
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One of the toughest battles in Election’24 is the Democratic Alliance’s bid to schieve more than 50% of the Western Cape votes - the only province where it currently governs. South Africa’s longest serving member of Paliament, FF+ Chief Whip Dr Corne’ Mulder, believes with his party, the Patriotic Alliance and Action SA poised for good showings on …
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“…there are people that are rising and there are people that are falling…the dirty games are coming out...It's a nasty campaign, it's a dark campaign, and I predict in the next three days it's going to get worse.” These are the words of Neil de Beer, the President of the United Independent Movement (UIM). In this interview with BizNews, he dissects…
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While Jacob Zuma’s recently launched MK Party has drawn a lot of airtime, at the coalface the IFP is confident of continuing a resurgence reflected in its 15-1 winning record against the ANC in post November 2021 by-elections. Leader Velenkosini Hlabisa says another pointer to a superior performance in Election’24 is comparing crowds drawn in elect…
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Over the past few weeks we’ve highlighted how South Africa is poised for a massive upgrade in the talent occupying its Parliamentary benches. As political competition intensifies with the imminent loss of the ANC’s majority, new faces and new parties are being drawn in. Among them are ActionSA’s Athol Trollip and Pieter Scribante who share insights…
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In a Q&A session at the BizNews London Conference, Alec Hogg and Sean Peche discussed investment strategies, focusing on the potential risks and benefits of current tech stocks and the importance of value investing. Peche emphasised the necessity of evaluating a company's intrinsic worth before investing and highlighted opportunities outside the U.…
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In a discussion led by Alec Hogg, GG Alcock and Warren Wheatley addressed South Africa's economic transformation, comparing it to historical periods of rapid wealth creation. They highlighted the burgeoning entrepreneurial spirit within townships, the shift towards digital transactions, and the resilience of informal economies. Challenges such as l…
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After a four-year hiatus, South Africa has returned to the prestigious Chelsea Flower Show in London this year. Their exhibition, which showcased the Cape Mountains and South Africa’s biodiversity, featuring proteas and fynbos, won a Gold Medal, ‘Best Exhibit in the Pavilion,’ and ‘Best New Design’ awards. South Africa has participated in the show …
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Andrew Middleton, GoSolr CEO, discussed the significant investments from Standard Bank, an international climate-focused investor, and African Rainbow Capital in his solar energy company. He highlighted South Africa's energy crisis, emphasising the potential for solar solutions despite current challenges. Middleton advocates for local investment, c…
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During a Q&A session at the BizNews conference in London, Alec Hogg spoke to forensic investigator Paul O’Sullivan on crime in South Africa. O’Sullivan highlighted the dire state of the SAPS police force, unable to handle the crime volume due to poor resource allocation. He shared cases of rampant white-collar crime and emphasized the need for impr…
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*This content is brought to you by Jaltech On 23 May, Alec Hogg and Jonty Sacks hosted a highly informative webinar aimed at helping investors significantly reduce their tax bills. The session focused on strategies for individuals, companies, and trusts with capital gains tax or income tax obligations, providing insights on how to lower taxable inc…
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Eskom chairman Mteto Nyati says cynics are wrong to claim it will be back to loadshedding hell after Election’24 on May 29. He reckons SA’s longest loadshedding-free run in years is based on a solid foundation. The mechanical engineer with an impeccable business pedigree explains how SA’s much improved electricity supply is the result of applying s…
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‘China is very much on our radar,’ US economy shows unexpected resilience - Mark Perchtold (OMBA) Mark Perchtold, the founding director of OMBA, a company specialising in using Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs), maintains a positive outlook on China despite geopolitical challenges. In an interview with BizNews, Perchtold attributes his outlook on China …
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While media and polling narratives might suggest otherwise, South African elections are won or lost on logistics - the practicality of actually getting voters to the polls and having party faithful there to welcome them. Former DA Leader Mmusi Maimane reminds us of reality in a pre-election interview where the Presidential candidate discloses BOSA’…
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In "How to Fix (Unfxck) a Country," economist Dr. Roy Havemann unveils a roadmap to reboot South Africa post-State Capture. Through his exploration of the six fundamental "E's" – Eskom, Education, Environment, Exports, Equality, and Ethics – Havemann offers practical strategies gleaned from global experiences. Drawing from consultations with esteem…
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In a dynamic Q&A between Alec Hogg and James Lorimer, the shadow minister of Mineral Resources, the discussion spans from Namibia's significant oil finds to South Africa's energy landscape. Lorimer highlights potential job creation and revenue influx from oil and gas, while acknowledging policy hurdles. With insights into fracking, renewable energy…
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At the BizNews Conference in London, Frans Cronje discussed the ANC's electoral prospects, the influence of Jacob Zuma, and the dynamics between the ANC and EFF. He analysed the ANC's strategic behavior and potential alliances, emphasizing the pragmatic and cautious approach the party often takes. Cronje highlighted the complexities within the ANC …
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Political veteran and long-time leader of the Official Opposition, Tony Leon, shares his perspectives on next week’s South African elections. With the Big Vote a week away, Leon judges which the parties campaigns he reckons have been successful - and not. And tells BizNews editor Alec Hogg what will be occupying the minds of the political leaders i…
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Self-made business mogul turned politician Herman Mashaba, is confident Action SA will be the surprise package of South Africa’s 2024 National and Provincial elections. He says hard work over the past three years; a campaign that resonates with all races; and a God-centred approach is set to catapult ActionSA from its excellent debut in 2021 into m…
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While South Africa grapples with high unemployment rates, a critical shortage of skilled professionals persists. The Department of Home Affairs’ critical skills list, released in October 2023, highlights the acute demand for business managers, project managers, customer service professionals, supply chain experts, and engineers. Traditionally, thes…
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With only a week to go before the most important election since 1994, many South Africans are still not sure which party to vote for. BizNews asked Dr. Ina Gouws of the Department of Political Studies and Governance at the University of the Free State to give viewers an objective and unbiased overview of the manifestos of five parties that are curr…
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As the crucial 29 May elections draw near, financial markets are seemingly wagering on the ANC losing its majority and forming a coalition with right-of-centre minor parties. Dawie Roodt, an economist from the Efficient Group, shared with Biznews that the financial markets are already factoring in a favourable outcome, as evidenced by the robust pe…
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At the BizNews Conference in London, GG Alcock captivated the audience with his remarkable life story, transitioning from a mud hut in rural KwaZulu-Natal to becoming a successful entrepreneur. Raised by activist parents in conditions without electricity or running water, Alcock learned resilience and adaptability early on. Despite never attending …
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At the BizNews Conference in London, AltVest Capital Limited CEO Warren Wheatley highlighted the transformative impact of his company on South Africa's informal and SME sectors. Wheatley passionately described how AltVest's innovative platform democratises investment opportunities, allowing everyday South Africans to fund and grow local businesses.…
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In this pre-election interview with BizNews, United Independent Movement (UIM) President Neil de Beer says his party will deal “harshly” with the matter of its youth leader, Devon Hofmeyr, attending a gala fundraiser for former President Jacob Zuma's MK Party. He vows the UIM will not form any alliances with the ruling African National Congress (AN…
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At the BizNews Conference in London, Sean Peche, the founder of Ranmore, captivated the audience with humour and sharp insights. Sharing his journey from a challenging flight to profound investment strategies, he emphasised the cyclical nature of markets and the importance of recognising value traps. Highlighting opportunities beyond North America,…
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In a gripping keynote at the BizNews Conference in London, renowned forensic investigator and Certified Fraud Examiner Paul O’Sullivan exposed the alarming vulnerabilities of WhatsApp as a tool for intelligence gathering, while painting a bleak picture of South Africa's future. Highlighting rampant corruption, infrastructural decay, and governmenta…
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GoSolr CEO Andrew Middleton electrified the audience at the BizNews Conference in London with his optimistic keynote on the transformative power of solar energy. Emphasising South Africa's immense solar potential, Middleton highlighted GoSolr's innovative subscription model, which has made solar energy accessible to thousands of households. He unde…
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The new Hate Speech Law could see critics of government policy on social media prosecuted and jailed - if their criticism is deemed to cause emotional or psychological harm to government officials or supporters. This is the warning from Ismail Joosub, the Legal Officer of Constitutional Programmes at The FW De Klerk Foundation, and a candidate MP f…
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In a riveting keynote address at the BizNews Conference in London, DA Shadow Minister of Mining, James Lorimer MP, unveiled groundbreaking discoveries reshaping the nation's energy landscape. With the revelation of vast gas and oil reservoirs beneath Mpumalanga's soil and offshore along the Orange Basin, South Africa stands at the cusp of an econom…
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Dr. Frans Cronje, Chair of the Social Research Foundation (SRF), delivered a captivating keynote speech at the BizNews Conference in London, offering a thought-provoking analysis of South Africa's political landscape. Drawing from decades of data and observation, Dr. Cronje outlined a nuanced vision of the country's trajectory, emphasizing shifts i…
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Nelson Mandela embodied a spirit of reconciliation and was intent on broadening perspectives, which led to a peaceful transition in South Africa from apartheid to a democratic state. Judy Sikuza, the CEO of the Nelson Rhodes Foundation, wants to amplify this spirit as one of the World Economic Forum Young Global Leaders. Sikuza is one of three Afri…
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As South Africa’s crucial elections on 29 May draw near, political parties are concentrating their campaign efforts in Kwazulu-Natal. The province has been singled out as the bellwether of this year’s elections by Prof Theo Venter, a political analyst from the University of Johannesburg. In an interview with Biznews, Prof Venter noted that the ANC’…
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Cyber criminals are masters at triggering human psychological needs - and people with an agreeable personality have a higher chance of being manipulated to share private and sensitive information. That is according to a new study at Stellenbosch University (SU). In this interview with BizNews, system analyst Vian Smit describes the striking correla…
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Two top lawyers who cracked open the Corruption Mafia at Fort Hare University are now fighting for survival - after their own shock arrests. In this interview with BizNews, labour lawyer Bradley Conradie and forensic lawyer Sarah Burger describe the trauma of their Holllywood-style arrests as the “ultimate way” of “dealing” with them - after years …
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A recent Lancet study reveals that over one billion people worldwide are living with obesity, equating to one in eight individuals. In South Africa, where obesity is likened to a tsunami or epidemic, 43% of adults were overweight in 2022, with a significant portion of women, men, and children with weight-related issues. Professor Carel le Roux, a g…
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Nuclear physicist Dr. Kelvin Kemm of Stratek Global, the company behind the local development of a Small Nuclear Reactor system, aims to be ready to export the reactors in five years’ time. He tells BizNews that there has been interest from places as far afield as Canada, “great interest” from Australia, as well as from parties in the Middle East t…
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Ahead of his keynote to the BizNews Conference in London, GoSolr CEO and co-founder Andrew Middleton shares some unappreciated good news on South Africa’s energy front. With 75MW in rooftop solar of its initial target 500MW already installed, GoSolr is part of a surge in private sector electricity provision. Middleton agrees with money manager John…
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Lauren Eventhia Bernardo, the founder of the Organic Humanity Movement (OHM) Party, advocates a political system that will remove political parties - and in which only independents will run for public office. In this interview with BizNews, she says that will enable the voter to vote directly for all of their public representatives, including the P…
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BizNews editor Alec Hogg drew upon the great investment guru Howard Marks for inspiration in his address this morning to a packed room of Third Age University members in Hermanus. Among the hallmarks of Marks’ approach to investing (and life) is accepting that rational conclusions require ‘deep, complex and convoluted’ thought. Hogg uses this found…
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The DA’s shadow minister of labour Michael Bagraim says his party will fight the ANC-driven proposal that will force thousands of South African estate agents to hand over to new owners or close down their businesses. In this vibrant interview with BizNews editor Alec Hogg, Bagraim also discusses suggestions that the party’s weakening in the polls i…
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In the monthly update of investment markets, Corion’s David Bacher takes us through the highlights for April where South African equities outperformed - and quarterly results lent fresh volatility to Wall Street’s Magnificent Seven. Bacher explains the reasons for the past month’s performance of various investment markets - and looks ahead to what …
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BizNews will be taking its successful conference format to London on May 15, sharing insights with SA expats a fortnight before the watershed 2024 Election. Among the seven keynote speakers are SA informal market specialists GG Alcock and Warren Wheatley - one a rurally raised white zulu; the other a highly educated chartered accountant - offering …
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In this powerful interview, Sakeliga’s CEO Piet le Roux unpacks his organisation’s fightback against the ‘third wave’ of BEE typified in efforts to make it compulsory for SA’s 40 000 estate agencies. Despite Pretoria’s growing legislative encroachment, Le Roux is upbeat about South Africa’s future: ‘State-proofing’ is being rapidly adopted by busin…
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