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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 episode of the BizNews Power Hour, our partners at the FT in London explain what’s going on at Google regarding its decision to overhaul its online tracking tools. Anthony Sedgwick speaks to us about Indian food delivery giant Swiggy’s valuation that’s doubled in the last six months. Businessman Jonathan Oppenheimer talks about investing in the future of Africa, and opens up about his late wife Jennifer. National Treasury Director General Dondo Mogajane gives greater detail about the terms and conditions of the latest R11.4bn World Bank loan.

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Mining guru Peter Major looks at the controversy behind Sibanye-Stillwater’s $1bn nickel and copper mine acquisition in Brazil. On Monday, Sibanye announced the deal would be terminated on the grounds that a “geotechnical event” occurred at the Santa Rita mine that would materially affect operations. 

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Counterpoint value fund manager Piet Viljoen unpacks the reasoning behind inflation widening global wealth inequality. Primarily owing to economic policy and supply side issues, inflation has been driven to its highest levels in decades, leaving the poor helpless. The rich can shield themselves by investing in assets that will perform well during inflationary periods, such as oil and gas companies.

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South Africa’s government has a putrid record of spending money wisely. Dr Lumkile Mondi from the Wits School of Economics and Finance is cautiously optimistic the R11.4bn World Bank loan will be prudently allocated, but warns the vultures must be kept at bay if the loan is to have any impact.

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In this thoughtful and moving interview, the scion of South Africa’s storied Oppenheimers opens up about his late wife Jennifer; generational investments into Africa’s future; and incentivising scientists to find solutions to the continent’s challenges. It opens a rare window into an iconic family which is most comfortable operating out of the spotlight. 

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The Standing Committee on Public Accounts (Scopa) is conducting its own probe into public fund misappropriation allegations against the ANC, which surfaced in a leaked audio recording, even though the matter has already been referred to the Public Protector.

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South Africa is cash-strapped and the economy is not firing on all cylinders. National Treasury DG Dondo Mogajane gives a breakdown of South Africa’s latest R11.4bn loan from the World Bank. This comes on the heels of a R70bn loan from the IMF in 2020.

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In this episode of the BizNews Power Hour, our partners at the FT in London and UK-based Sean Peche of Ranmore Funds unpack last night’s wild stock market ride where the US’s Dow Index plunged then enjoyed a record one session rebound. Constitutional law specialist and avid Zondo Commission watcher Adv Erin Richards explains why multinational Bain should take Peter Hain’s advice and “when you’re in a hole, stop digging”; plus the founder of the Hospitality Leadership activist group Randolf Jorberg explains how restaurant owners should be responding to the EFF’s on-premises investigations into the legality of foreign staff.

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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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In this powerful podcast, Adv Erin Richards explains how Boston-based multinational consulting firm Bain is up to its neck in the Zupta State Capture project, unpacking its critical role in helping dark forces secure control of SA Revenue Services

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This episode of the BizNews Power Hour features an in-depth interview with forensic consultant Paul O’Sullivan about Part One of the Zondo Commission report and his forthcoming “tell all” book. Also in the programme, TreasuryONE’s Andre Cilliers unpacks reasons for the Rand’s powerful start to 2022; and our partners at the FT explain why Unilever is getting such a roasting from investors.

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Shell’s South African partner dismissed fears that seismic surveys for offshore oil and gas could endanger marine life, calling it “poppycock”, while warning that halting the process could leave the country entirely dependent on crude imports.

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TreasuryOne’s Andre Cilliers shares his insight on the driving factors behind the Rand’s outperformance thus far in 2021. The Rand was been the second best performing currency in the world relative to the dollar during the first three trading weeks, with a number of tailwinds aiding performance.

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Julius Malema, pitching up at a restaurant last week demanding to know the ratio of foreigners employed compared to locals, was widely condemned as thuggish and intimidatory. But, as Hospitality Leadership founder Randolf Jorberg explains, you don’t have to like Malema’s PR stunt to accept that the industry has a responsibility to clean up its act.

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The ANC’s deepening divisions and factionalism remain the biggest threat to the party and the country’s democratic gains.
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