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Investec Focus Radio SA
Investec Focus Radio South Africa features conversations between leading minds from within Investec and other experts on economic, investment and business topics in addition to issues that go beyond wealth.
Mar 26, 2021
Lockdown South Africa: one year on
To mark a year since South Africa went into lockdown, Professor Glenda Gray, a leader in the fight against Covid-19, reflects on wins, losses, lessons learnt and the vaccination challenge.
Mar 12, 2021
Covid-19 vaccine gives us hope, but is not a silver bullet
To debunk myths and manage expectations around the vaccine, Investec Life invited Professor Francois Venter, one of South Africa’s foremost experts on the virus to join a webcast with Sinenhlanhla Nzama, Head Product Actuary at Investec Life.
Mar 9, 2021
Episode 7: The Women Behind the Mask in leadership- part 2
In this ‘Women in Leadership’ webcast, launched on International Women's Day, we hear from some exceptional women leaders who draw on their experiences over their distinguished careers – and particularly during the pandemic – to give their insights on how to forge growing organisations in times of severe stress. The women behind the mask in leadership: Part 2
Feb 9, 2021
What to know when investing assets offshore or moving offshore | Mauritius
Locating to Mauritius has become a popular move for South Africans. Apart from the climate and lifestyle, there are other advantages to living there or holding assets on the island state. Nozipho Tshabalala chats to Rene van Zyl and Gordon Stuart, Managing Director of the Accuro office in Mauritius. In conversation | What to know when investing assets offshore or moving offshore
Feb 8, 2021
What to know when investing assets offshore or moving offshore | Australia
Australia is another popular destination for South Africans looking to move abroad, with a sizeable and thriving community of South Africans now living there. Many are drawn by the similar climate, culture and lifestyle to South Africa, but there are some important differences, which need to be taken into account. In conversation | What to know when investing assets offshore or moving offshore
Feb 8, 2021
What to know when investing assets offshore or moving offshore | United Kingdom
South Africa and the UK have long had close ties, with many South Africans being of UK descent or with family ties there. It also remains a popular destination for South Africans to emigrate to or to manage their assets through. In conversation | What to know when investing assets offshore or moving offshore
Feb 8, 2021
What to know when investing assets offshore or moving offshore | United States
Stanley Barg, from Kozusko Harris Duncan in New York, joins Rene van Zyl and moderator Nozipho Tshabalala as they delve into the most important aspects to consider when investing in or moving to the US. In conversation | What to know when investing assets offshore or moving offshore
Jan 28, 2021
Howard Marks: the false dichotomy between value and growth investing
Is value vs growth a false dichotomy? That’s a question Max Richardson, senior investment director, Investec Wealth & Investment UK, put to Oaktree Capital’s Howard Marks, following the latter’s most recent memo, called “Something of Value”, which has generated a flurry of interest within the investment community. READ MORE
Dec 10, 2020
What does the Year of the Ox hold in store for South Africa?
Following one of most economically destructive years on record, 2021, a year the Chinese have dubbed “the Year of the Ox” promises reward for those who are willing to work hard to turn around their fortunes… but will the economy play ball? In this Investec Focus Radio podcast, we talk to the deputy governor of the South African Reserve Bank, Fundi Tshazibana, and four domain experts from Investec for their take on the country’s growth prospects and the factors likely to shape South Africa’s economic recovery in 2021.
Dec 3, 2020
The Other Side episode 4: Making the platinum group metals sector part of a sustainable future
In the fourth edition of The Other Side webcast series, Nkateko Mathonsi, senior mining analyst at Investec Bank, chats to two of the leading women in the PGM sector, Natascha Viljoen, CEO of Anglo American Platinum and Meroonisha Kerber, CFO of Impala Platinum, about what the future holds for the industry and some of the lessons from the recent past.
Nov 18, 2020
Building your resilience during a pandemic
In the latest In conversation webcast, Lesley-Anne Gatter (Head of People & Organisation, Investec Ltd) and Craig Wing (Partner, FutureWorld International) discussed building and harnessing the power of resilience for yourself, your children and your family. Investec In conversation | Building your resilience during a pandemic
Nov 11, 2020
The Covid algorithm: can Big Data beat the pandemic?
Tim Spector, professor of genetic Epidemiology at King's College London and the brains behind the Zoe Covid-19 Symptom Study, talks to Max Richardson, a senior investment director at Investec, about how data can help us defeat Coronavirus.
Nov 9, 2020
How we recruit: Investec's adapting process
Investec's recruitment process has evolved. Head of Careers, Nicola Tager, gives her take on trends that'll shape the world of work and hiring in the future.
Nov 5, 2020
Staying cyber secure requires a healthy dose of scepticism
Misha Glenny, one of the UK’s leading organised crime and cybersecurity experts joins “ethical hacker” Dominic White and Investec's global head of digital and technology for a discussion on how the pandemic has increased the number of cyber breaches and what you can do about it. Read more
Oct 21, 2020
The new New Deal
President Cyril Ramaphosa has announced the country's recovery plan ahead of Finance Minister Tito Mboweni's mid-term budget. Our panel of experts, Annabel Bishop, Investec Chief Economist; Chris Holdsworth, Investec Wealth & Investment Chief Investment Strategist; and David Gracey, Investec Head of Foreign Exchange and Fixed Income Trading, give an in-depth analysis of the recovery plan and expectations of the mid-term budget. The conversation is facilitated by journalist and anchor Cathy Mohlahlana. READ MORE
Oct 16, 2020
The geopolitical landscape post pandemic
The Covid-19 crisis has only heightened existing tensions between the global economic superpowers. Economist John Kay, British politician Philip Hammond, investor David Rubenstein, Investec's John Haynes and others discuss the US-China relationship, Brexit and other fault lines in geopolitics. Read the full transcript
Oct 15, 2020
John Kay: How economists got the world wrong
John Kay, former director of the Institute of Fiscal Studies and a Financial Times columnist, talks to Investec Chief Economist Philip Shaw about the thinking behind “predictive” economic theories and what we can do to avoid the pitfalls. Read article
Oct 8, 2020
Part 3: The changing role of business post pandemic
In this third episode of our series on preparing for a post-pandemic world, we consider whether the crisis will serve as an inflection point in the way businesses perceive their role; as actors in society and inhabitants of a fragile planet. Listen to more episodes in the series
Oct 1, 2020
Episode 6: The Women Behind the Mask – The humanity of technology
In the latest edition of The Women Behind the Mask series, a panel, made up of some of South Africa’s leading young tech entrepreneurs, discusses the Covid-19 pandemic and how it has highlighted ways in which technology can enable business activity when traditional ways of doing things are not possible. However it has also shone a spotlight on the importance of the human interface, not just in making technologies work for businesses, but also for remaining relevant for their customers and the broader community. WATCH VIDEO
Sep 23, 2020
Part 2: Preparing for the post-pandemic investment landscape
It’s been described as a crisis for main street, not Wall Street. Investment legends Howard Marks, David M. Rubenstein and James Anderson share their views on whether the pandemic will change the way we invest in the future. Listen to more episodes in the series
Sep 23, 2020
Part 1: Preparing for work life post pandemic
Will working from home become the new normal? Behavioural finance expert Dan Crosby, futurist Clem Sunter, Investec’s Marc Kahn and Stephen Koseff and other experts share their insights into what the workplace will look like post pandemic. Listen to more episodes in the series
Sep 22, 2020
Focus Talk: A climate conversation with Lord Malloch-Brown
Former UN Deputy Secretary General and Investec board member Lord Mark Malloch-Brown and Investec's global head of sustainability Tanya dos Santos share ideas on climate action, opportunities and building back better in a post-pandemic era. Watch video
Sep 21, 2020
Conservation in a time of crisis
Investec Rhino Lifeline chats to the co-founders of Care for Wild, the largest rhino sanctuary in the world on how the pandemic has impacted their work and how conservation must adapt in order to survive.
Sep 16, 2020
The Other Side episode 3: Rising to the telco challenge in times of pandemic
In this episode of The Other Side, we hear from Shameel Joosub, CEO of Vodacom, and Raymond Ndlovu, CEO of CIVH, which owns fibre network firms Dark Fibre and Vumatel. The talk is facilitated by Reagile Moatshe, Head of Supplier Finance at Investec.
Sep 16, 2020
Episode 5: The Women Behind the Mask – Leadership through crisis
The essence of female leadership is the topic of our latest edition of Women Behind the Mask. Our panel of impressive leaders was made up of Wendy Appelbaum, owner and chair of De Morgenzon Wine Estate and member of several boards, Bongi Kunene, CEO of the Banking Association of South Africa and member of the South African presidential team in response to the Global Financial Crisis in 2008 and Marle van der Walt, Chief Financial Officer and member of the executive team of Investec Bank South Africa. The conversation is facilitated by Shenaaz Nair, Head of People Consulting at Investec Banking SA.
Sep 9, 2020
Episode 4: The Women Behind the Mask in the public sector
DTIC’s Lerato Mataboge, Eskom’s Lerato Mashinini and The National Treasury’s Tshepiso Moahloli speak to Investec’s Makoena Mabusela about tackling gender issues and uplifting women in the public sector space. Watch video
Aug 27, 2020
The Other Side episode 2: How retailers and property firms are tackling the pandemic
In this episode of The Other Side, two veterans of their industries, Growthpoint CEO Estienne de Klerk and Edcon CEO Grant Pattison, join David Smith, Retail Analyst at Investec, in a frank discussion of the issues facing the sectors.
Aug 26, 2020
Episode 3: The Women Behind the Mask – Tackling the crisis in education
Education offers not just a path to a better future for so many young South Africans, but also an investment in human capital that creates a virtuous cycle of growth and upliftment. We speak to some of the outstanding women in the sector, with a panel made up of: Dr Mamphela Ramphele, Co-founder of RegimeSA, Co-president of the Club of Rome & Patron of Leap Science & Maths Schools; Stacey Brewer, Co-founder and CEO of SPARK Schools; Samara Totaram, CFO of Stadio and Marinella Buscaglia, Head of CIB Coverage at Investec Bank SA. WATCH VIDEO
Aug 20, 2020
Economic update | Covid-19’s impact on the local and global business landscape
The global outlook is one of unsynchronised economic recovery, says Investec Chief Economist (SA) Annabel Bishop. She predicts patchy outcomes between economies as some economies recover faster than others. What does this mean for businesses in the coming months? Business Class newsletter
Aug 19, 2020
Episode 2: The Women Behind the Mask in finance
Like crises in the past, Covid-19 can be a catalyst for the positive changes societies need. The financial services sector shows how this can be achieved. WATCH VIDEO
Aug 12, 2020
Episode 1: The Women Behind the Mask in the hospitality and travel sector
In the first episode of Investec's Women Behind the Mask podcast series, we talk to Airbnb country manager Velma Corcoran; Mpolaheng Mohlopi, CFO at Lanseria International Airport, and Lereece Rose from Boeing Capital Corporation. Watch video
Aug 11, 2020
Progressive insights: Ian Kantor’s lessons in leadership
Investec founder Ian Kantor talks about the establishment on the firm as a small leasing business that has grown into a global bank and wealth manager. He also shares leadership lessons he's learned over 45 years in the business. Read more
Jul 23, 2020
David M. Rubenstein – a philanthropist shares his views
The co-founder of one of the world’s leading private equity firms shares his views on the Covid-19 pandemic, philanthropy, politics and the role of leadership. Wealth webcast with David M. Rubenstein
Jul 22, 2020
The Other Side episode 1: The Covid-19 hit on the hospitality and air travel industries
Tsogo Sun's Marcel von Aulock and SA Airlink's Rodger Foster join Investec's Nick Riley to discuss the impact of Covid-19 and their plans for resuscitating their industries. WATCH VIDEO
Jul 13, 2020
Focus Talk with Alain de Botton
Author and The School of Life founder Alain de Botton discusses what philosophy can teach us about meaning and meritocracy in the post-COVID world of work. He appears in an exclusive Focus Talk with Investec's global head of HR and organisation development, Dr Marc Kahn. Watch video
Jul 2, 2020
Prof Karim: Our future depends on Ubuntu
With lockdown fatigue kicking in, epidemiologist Professor Salim Abdool Karim, Chairperson of the Covid-19 ministerial advisory committee, says we have to rely on South Africa’s sense of community to secure the future of the country. He is interviewed by financial journalist Gugulethu Mfuphi for the 9th episode of Investec Wealth & Investment’s “Markets and investing in a time of Covid” webcast series.
Jun 18, 2020
Did we just skip a decade of digitisation?
This podcast looks at the accelerating trend towards a digital economy in the time of Covid-19 and the impact on global markets as various traditional industries decline and the established tech firms become stronger. Investec’s Max Richardson is joined by James Anderson, investment manager and partner at Baillie Gifford.
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Jun 4, 2020
Dan Crosby: Investing rules for uncertain times
On this Investec Wealth & Investment podcast, leading behavioural expert Dr Daniel Crosby shares 8 rules that will help you protect your wealth and psychological health.
Jun 2, 2020
Part 1: Wellness and Resilience from Investec for Intermediaries
Managing anxiety, fear and loss of control by Serenne Kaplan.
Jun 2, 2020
Part 2: Wellness and Resilience from Investec for Intermediaries
Dealing with tough emotions and thoughts, as well as the stories we tell ourselves in adversity by Serenne Kaplan.
Jun 2, 2020
Part 3: Wellness and Resilience from Investec for Intermediaries
Self-care and strategies for building resilience by Serenne Kaplan.
May 12, 2020
Go big or go online: Retail’s uncertain post-Covid future
Is Covid-19 going to further consolidate one of the most concentrated retail markets in the world? Investec Retail analyst David Smith discusses this and the acceleration of the online trend. Read the full transcript
May 12, 2020
How has remote working impacted organisational culture?
How Investec's culture has shifted during the coronavirus, and what it might look like post the pandemic. Marc Kahn, Investec's head of People and Organisation gathers a group to chat frankly about what they're seeing, how they think the culture is adapting and how to ensure remote working is an opportunity rather than a threat.
May 11, 2020
Financial and mental resilience
Listen in as Dr. Adrian Saville, Maya Fisher French and Dr David Rosenstein unpack strategies for building financial and mental resilience in uncertain times.
May 6, 2020
Distancing and dislocation – monetary policy in a pandemic
Governor Lesetja Kganyago, guest on the seventh episode of Investec Wealth & Investment’s webcast series, “Markets and investing in a time of Covid-19”, explained actions taken by the Reserve Bank to protect the economy.
Apr 28, 2020
Covid-19 cyber-fraud surge: How to stay safe
Cybercriminals are preying on our vulnerability during the Covid-19 crisis. Here's how to ensure you don't get conned out of your money.
Apr 23, 2020
Howard Marks on investing: Finding rhyme in reason
“History doesn't repeat itself, but it does rhyme.” It’s a well-worn adage, and one which invariably holds true when reading market cycles, says legendary investor Howard Marks.
Apr 15, 2020
SA’s Covid-19 crisis: The jobs toll
Over 1 million people who were gainfully employed a few weeks ago could find themselves without jobs post lockdown. And that’s just the start, as South Africa’s creaking economy grinds to a halt. But all is not lost, says leading labour expert Andrew Levy. READ THE FULL TRANSCRIPT
Apr 9, 2020
Covid-19: Insights from the front line
Infectious Disease Epidemiologist Prod David Heymann, blogger Karli Drinkwater and Investec portfolio manager Richard Cardo, share their first hand experiences of the virus. READ MORE
Apr 3, 2020
Beyond the pandemic – the economic and political world that awaits
When governments decide to switch the global economy back on, what will a post-Covid-19 world look like? Philip Hammond shares his views on Investec Wealth & Investment's weekly webinar. Beyond the pandemic – the economic and political world that awaits
Mar 27, 2020
Coronavirus: The end of the beginning
Markets have reacted well to the “unimaginable” amounts of liquidity being pumped into the financial system, and even though the news is becoming incrementally worse, green shoots are appearing as investors start to look for opportunities. READ MORE
Mar 26, 2020
QE comes to SA as Reserve Bank steps in to provide liquidity to the market
The SA Reserve Bank (SARB) on Wednesday adopted new measures to support liquidity in the local market. We look at the implications of the SARB's undertaking to make unlimited purchases of SA government bonds across the yield curve. QE comes to SA as Reserve Bank steps in to provide liquidity to the market
Mar 24, 2020
The impact of Covid-19 on global supply chains
In this special edition podcast, Investec Chief Economist, Phil Shaw, is joined by supply chain and logistics expert, Professor Richard Walding OBE to discuss how the coronavirus outbreak has impacted global supply chains and what to look out for in the future.
Mar 20, 2020
Covid-19: The case for optimism
In the second episode of "Markets and investing in the time of Covid-19", Investec brings together experts to focus on the psychological and neurological aspects of adapting to the this new world we are living in. READ MORE
Mar 12, 2020
Covid-19: Call for calm amidst the storm
In the midst of plummeting markets and public hysteria, it’s important to remember that investing is a long-term game and panic selling can do more harm than good to your portfolio.
Mar 10, 2020
Oil price slump amplifies Covid-19 effect on market volatility
The intensity of turbulence in the global financial markets deepened on Monday as the collapse in the oil price amplified the uncertainty created by the corona virus. An oil price war was precipitated by the implosion of an OPEC+ meeting which saw Russia disagreeing with Saudi Arabia to reduce oil production to stabilise the oil price. The potential effect of the corona virus on global economic growth and demand for oil has caused the oil price to retreat from $65/bbl in January to $50/bbl. Saudi Arabia’s decision to reduce the price on its oil supplies, precipitated the collapse in the oil price to $35/bbl. Oil price slump amplifies COVID-19 effect on market volatility
Feb 28, 2020
Unpacking the 2020 Budget Speech
Investec Bank Limited CEO Richard Wainwright and Investec Chief Economist Annabel Bishop in conversation with Daily Maverick Business Editor Tim Cohen, to unpack Budget2020 pronouncements including on the public sector wage bill, SOEs and a state bank. READ MORE
Feb 24, 2020
The State of our National Savings
Our panel comprising of Dr. Adrian Saville, Dhiren Mansingh and Professor Mcebisi Ndletyana discuss the lasts Investec GIBS Savings Index print number as well as the current state of our nations savings.
Feb 24, 2020
Financing sustainable development
An additional $1.5 trillion is required per annum to finance the inclusive, low-carbon and climate-resilient future envisioned by the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Investec’s Fani Titi and the JSE’s Dr Leila Fourie are two of 30 global CEOs tasked by the UN to find this funding. READ THE FULL TRANSCRIPT
Feb 3, 2020
Combating illegal wildlife trade: Banks take up the challenge
which up until now has been largely ignored as a financial crime. Valued at around $23-billion US, illegal wildlife trade is the fourth most profitable criminal trafficking enterprise worldwide. READ MORE
Jan 28, 2020
Investec Wealth & Investment's Ronelle Hutchinson, Chris Holdsworth and Marc Romberg are joined by political analyst Ralph Mathekga to share their insights on the global and local economy in 2020. Watch video
Jan 24, 2020
Davos: What lies behind global growth?
Investec Bank CEO Richard Wainwright talks to Business Maverick's Tim Cohen about whether the global economic growth we’re seeing is a consequence of low interest rates rather than increased productivity. READ MORE
Jan 23, 2020
Davos: Entering the era of stakeholder capitalism
The days of corporations putting shareholders above all else are numbered. Speaking from Davos, Investec Bank CEO Richard Wainwright joins Daily Maverick Editor Tim Cohen for a discussion on stakeholder capitalism and other key themes of World Economic Forum’s 50th annual meeting. READ MORE
Dec 13, 2019
Preparing society for an AI-infused future
Benjamin Rosman, a Professor in robotics and machine learning at Wits, decodes Artificial Intelligence and the impact it will have on society. Read more
Dec 11, 2019
Business Out of the Ordinary
Sir Richard Branson, Investec's Fani Titi, Takealot's Kim Reid and Emma Wade-Smith OBE discuss future challenges and opportunities for business at Virgin Atlantic's Business is an Adventure. Read the full transcript
Dec 3, 2019
How business can help save South Africa
Sir Richard Branson and Stephen Koseff discuss South Africa's current challenges, the need to reimagine education and how business can help government with issues like climate change.
Nov 26, 2019
How diversity builds business advantage
Talking on a panel at the recent Virgin Atlantic Business is an Adventure event, Faith Popcorn, Thando Hopa, Marc Kahn and Tashmia Ismail-Saville discussed how diversity and inclusion has a direct impact on the bottom line. Read the full transcript
Nov 15, 2019
Sir Richard Branson on the power of purpose
Headlining the recent Business is an Adventure event, Sir Richard Branson spoke to South African entrepreneur Marnus Broodryk and Investec Co-Founder Stephen Koseff about the role business needs to play in society and shared ideas on solving South Africa's youth unemployment crisis. Read the full transcript
Oct 28, 2019
Yavi Madurai: How breast cancer changed me
Digital transformation strategist Yavi Madurai was diganosed with breast cancer at 28. Here's her inspirational story about beating all the odds and how the disease transformed her for the better. Read the full transcript
Oct 23, 2019
Part 3: Overcoming the financial toxicity of cancer treatment
With new-generation immunotherapy drugs costing up to R1 million per patient in South Africa, the eye-watering cost of cancer treatment is blocking access to life-saving drugs. Read the full transcript
Oct 21, 2019
Part 2: Removing the blame game from lung cancer
While smoking is linked to about 80% to 90% of lung cancer cases, the stigma extends to non-smokers too, like Monica Dos Santos who was 23 and pregnant when she was diagnosed. Read the full transcript
Oct 14, 2019
Food waste management: Turning waste into energy
In South Africa where 50% of the population is food insecure, the fact that we waste 30% of all the food produced is preposterous. This World Food Day we examine the true cost of this waste and give some practical tips on how you can turn this imbalance around.
Oct 14, 2019
Part 1: Busting breast cancer myths
The first in a three-part women's health podcast series by Investec Life features experts including renowned Professors Carol Benn and Georgia Demetriou; clinical psychologist Grant Statham and Sinenhlanhla Nzama, Investec Life head product actuary, to talk about the medical, psychological and financial aspects of a diagnosis. Read more
Oct 14, 2019
Saving for South Africa - part three
Retiring the concept of retirement. Listen to Dr Adrian Saville and Jenny Crwyse-Williams discussing the new opportunities and challenges that present themselves in modern day retirement.
Oct 3, 2019
Saving for South Africa - part two
Moving the needle towards a savings culture. A conversation between René Grobler, Head of Investec Cash Investments, JSE (CFO ) Aarti Takoordeen as well as ENCA’s Uveka Rangapapa. Learn more about Saving for South Africa
Sep 11, 2019
Rory Sutherland: how behavioural science is leading 21st century organisations
Rory Sutherland, TED speaker and author of ‘Alchemy: The Surprising Power of Ideas That Don’t Make Sense’ talks to Marc Kahn, Investec's global head of human resources and organisational development. Focus Talks with Rory Sutherland
Aug 30, 2019
Impact investing: Stephen Koseff talks to Aunnie Patton Power
Former Investec CEO Stephen Koseff talks to Aunnie Patton Power, a leading voice in the growing field of impact investing, about why investors are increasingly seeking to generate societal as well as financial returns. Focus Talks with Aunnie Patton Power
Aug 30, 2019
Abey Mokgwatsane on finding your purpose
As a marketer, aligning your purpose with that of the brand you work for is the secret to career success, says Vodacom head of brand and communications, Abey Mokgwatsane. Mokgwatsane spoke to Danni Dixon, head of Marketing for Investec South Africa, about his journey from advertising to corporate marketing at the inaugural Investec Focus Talks event – a monthly series of discussions with leaders, innovators and change-makers. Focus Talks with Abey Mokgwatsane
Jul 5, 2019
4IR and Africa: Promise or peril?
The fourth industrial revolution (4IR) is unfolding on the continent, bringing with it African solutions for African problems. But is it a threat to livelihoods or does it provide an opportunity for Africa to leapfrog the earlier industrial revolutions? 4IR and Africa: Promise or peril?
Jul 3, 2019
Saving for South Africa - part one
“A country needs to save its way to prosperity”. René Grobler, head of Investec Cash Investments and Dr Adrian Saville from the Gordon Institute of Business Science discuss the findings of the latest Investec GIBS Savings Index and the importance of saving for South Africa.
Jun 20, 2019
Is Libra the beginning of the end of traditional money?
Investec's Chris Becker says the advent of Facebook's Libra is a watershed moment that signals the effective privatisation of money; the opportunities of which are numerous and super exciting.
Jun 6, 2019
“Quantitative easing is not an option for South Africa”
In a week of economic and political turmoil, Governor of the South African Reserve Bank, Lesetja Kganyago made it very clear that the sole mandate of the central bank was to maintain price stability.
Jun 5, 2019
A streamlined Cabinet to rekindle SA’s economic prospects
Tertia Jacobs, Treasury Economist at Investec ICIB talked to political analyst, Dr Somadoda Fikeni, about the economic, political and social impact of the Cabinet changes during a recent Investec client conference call.
May 30, 2019
SA water: How to stop a runaway problem
Water availability is one of the biggest threats facing South Africa’s people and businesses. 46% of municipalities cannot fulfil their water and waste mandate. Investec Focus sat down with Alex McNamara, an environmental and water expert at the National Business Institute (NBI) to discuss how to fix SA's water crisis.
May 16, 2019
Can Eskom prove the markets wrong?
With the markets already pricing in a pessimistic outcome for the Eskom energy crisis, even a small improvement in the electricity situation could open up opportunities in the SA bond and equity markets. Chris Holdsworth, investment strategist at Investec Wealth & Investment, talks about this and the economic impact of Eskom's woes. Can Eskom prove the markets wrong?
May 13, 2019
Elections 2019: Boring is good
Bucking the global trend towards more populist governments, South Africa continued on its recent more centrist track under Cyril Ramaphosa, with the ANC garnering 57.5% of votes – a perceived positive outcome for business and investors, says Annabel Bishop, Investec Chief Economist. Elections 2019: Boring is good
May 6, 2019
Elections 2019: the Goldilocks scenario for business
Most businesses and investors are hoping for a strong ANC majority to make the hard decisions necessary to restore confidence in South Africa, according to a leading political commentator at a recent Investec for Intermediaries event.
Apr 30, 2019
The market and the economy - not a certain relationship
"What’s important is the confidence with which the market forecasts the future, particularly the future of the economies. And the less confident the forecasters (investors) become, the more volatility you introduce into the market; and that’s what happened in December." - Brian Kantor The market and the economy – not a certain relationship
Mar 28, 2019
Repo rate unchanged ahead of Moody's country review
The South African repo rate is set to remain flat for the year, should the country avoid a credit rating downgrade from Moody’s. global credit rating agency will deliver a country review for South Africa on Friday.
Mar 26, 2019
Is volatility here to stay?
Is volatility a good or bad thing for corporates and institutions? In this Investec Focus Radio podcast, David Gracey, head of Fixed Income and Currencies and his colleague in Fixed Income, Devin Naidoo, talk to financial journalist Lindsay Williams about managing risk in an increasingly uncertain world. Is volatility here to stay?
Feb 11, 2019
Tackling water before taps run dry
South Africa is a water-stressed country and if research is to be believed at its present consumption by 2035 water demand is expected to exceed supply by 10%. In a podcast with Investec Focus Radio, Andre Wepener, Investec’s Head of Power and Infrastructure Finance, talks about the potential solutions. Tackling water before taps run dry
Feb 5, 2019
In Focus: The UK fintech ecosystem
The United Kingdom has a thriving financial technology (fintech) ecosystem in an economy that the World Economic Forum calls a top innovation ecosystem with well-functioning markets and a vibrant business dynamism. What drives the sector? Is it fintechs vs traditional financial services or a collaboration model? The rise of the fintech entrepreneur
Feb 3, 2019
The crypto conundrum
Success breeds success – for cryptocurrencies to gain more acceptance, people need to see value in utilising and participating in the underlying economies of the blockchain technologies. What will it take for crypto to go mainstream?
Jan 22, 2019
Open Banking: unlocking banks’ data vaults
It’s been a year since Open Banking started shaking up the UK and European financial landscape, giving consumers the power to ask their banks to share their payment account data with other authorised third-party providers. This could include your credit card, current account and some savings info. The benefit? Gaining access to a much wider range of financial products and cutting-edge technology to better manage your money. Open Banking: unlocking banks' data vaults
Jan 21, 2019
The Future of Work - part one
In a new world of gigs, unicorns and automation, change in the workplace is inevitable but it doesn't necessarily mean that you will be out of a job. Read more
Mar 7, 2018
Women in Leadership: Part 1 - Dream, execution and sacrifice
Fumani Mthembi and Teresa Oakley-Smith share their start-up stories and what it took to keep their businesses afloat. Women in Leadership