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Where we interview thought leaders and business people from South Africa and the globe on the BizNews Power Hour, live weekdays at 5.30pm on Fine Music Radio in Cape Town and at 6pm on Chai FM in Johannesburg. You can also access the full show on BizNews Radio on Spotify.

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In this no-holds-barred interview with Bain & Co whistle-blower, Athol WIlliams, he explains how the global consultancy firm assisted a local cast of characters, including Jacob Zuma and Tom Moyane, in eviscerating SARS. Williams fled South Africa in November 2021 fearing for his life after blowing the whistle on his former employer, Bain & Co, in 2019.

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National Treasury is setting its sights on the e-cigarette and vaping market, with a discussion paper on the intended taxation of electronic nicotine and non-nicotine delivery systems.

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Counterpoint value fund manager Piet Viljoen shared his thesis on energy stocks, from which he’s been profiting handsomely in recent months. Environmental, social and governance (ESG) considerations have become increasingly prominent, especially environmental concerns, as investors look ahead to the green economy. 

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SARS whistleblower Johann van Loggerenberg’s house was burgled this week – marking the second state capture witness to have their home invaded in a week.

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It may still be early in the year, but the temperature is already rising in the build-up towards the ANC’s elective conference that is taking place in December 2022. It appears that Tourism Minister, Lindiwe Sisulu has thrown her hat in the ring with her public attack on the judiciary and theconstitution.

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PMB’s organised business CEO Melanie Veness explains why her chamber, in partnership with its NMB counterpart, has drawn a very distinct line in the sand on electricity prices. The chambers are tackling the National Energy Regulator in court in an attempt to force it to rein in profilate municipalities.

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UK-based fund manager Sean Peche shares his views on two very topical investment themes; the growth to value rotation and China as an investment destination. The growth to value rotation seems to be in full swing, with a 7% differential between the MSCI Value Index compared to the MSCI Growth Index in the first two trading weeks of 2022

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In this episode of the BizNews Power Hour, PMB’s organised business CEO Melanie Veness explains why her chamber, in partnership with its NMB counterpart, has drawn a very distinct line in the sand on electricity prices. The chambers are tackling the National Energy Regulator in court in an attempt to force it to rein in profilate municipalities. BizNews investigations editor Martin Welz explains one of the most bizarre challenges to ever hit SA’s legal system – and one that’s headed for the highest court in the land. Plus independent analyst Marius Strydom takes us behind the scenes to explain why so many companies are cancelling the listing of their shares on the Johannesburgh Stock Exchange.

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Analyst and whistleblower Dave Woollam has once again questioned the need for Tongaat’s highly dilutive capital raise. The main issue surrounds the underwriter, Magister, whose investments and past business dealings are largely unknown. 

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When former GCIS chief executive Themba Maseko, as the holder of the purse strings of government’s significant advertising budget, refused to bow to the demands of the Gupta brothers, he was tossed into the political wilderness

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This episode of the BizNews Power Hour features an in-depth interview with ANC insider turned outsider Themba Maseko, one of the key whistleblowers at the Zondo Commission. Maseko was frozen out because he refused to agree to President Zuma’s directive to turn over government’s R600m advertising spend to the Guptas. His struggles continue, with Maseko needing to use his firearm to drive off two intruders over the weekend. Also in this episode, Tongaat whistleblower David Woollam shares what went down at the company’s EGM today after which shareholders who have already lost 95% of their investment will be required to pony up six times their current stake or be further diluted.

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Jacob Zuma has launched yet another legal challenge against the State Capture Commission, attacking acting chief justice Raymond Zondo’s appointment.

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he DA wants President Cyril Ramaphosa charged with perjury for allegedly lying under oath while testifying at the State Capture Inquiry. Dr Leon Schreiber, DA Shadow Minister of Public Service and Administration, says Ramaphosa was less than candid about the level of influence and involvement of the ANC’s Cadre Deployment Committee in the appointment of the country’s judges.

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In tonight’s episode of the BizNews Power Hour, we follow up on last week’s explosive disclosures of the ANC’s Deployment Committee’s involvement in the appointment of SA’s judges. The DA’s Dr Leon Schreiber explains why he has been “like a dog with a bone” on the issue; and in the first of weekly discussions on the practical effects of SA’s Constitution, advocate Erin Richards warns that politicising the Judiciary is a dangerous exercise with potentially debilitating unintended consequences. Also in this episode, SA’s top performing fund manager Piet Viljoen shares ideas on the stocks to own in 2022 and the FT unpacks the State Capture role of global services firm Bain & Co.

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Mergence Corporate Solutions mining director Peter Major shared his insight on the broad commodity rally over the festive period. Major – who is neither bullish nor bearish on commodities in 2022 – says that despite elevated prices across the board, mining companies are trading at relatively cheap historic multiples, making him neutral on resources going into 2022.
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