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Finweek - English 09 May 2019

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from the editor

we may start fidgeting when waiting in a queue. We may glare at each other (or let’s admit it – more than glare) when the sluggish driver in front of us sneaks over a traffic light and we have to wait for green again. And we may sigh audibly when the official behind the counter says the system is down and we have to return the next day – yet again – to have a document renewed. But in truth, South Africans are extremely patient. For almost a decade we waited to see a change in leadership within the ANC – a change that we thought would instantly address what has become blatant corruption in the country’s top structures. Not so much. Change is slow, we’ve learned. Yes, there have been signs…

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how do we create sustained prosperity?

every year I ask the second-year students in my global economic history course to write down the reasons why people are poor. They usually write down a long list of things: poor access to quality education, corruption by leaders, exploitation by companies. I then ask them to write down, on a separate paper, the reasons why people are rich. I always find it fascinating that the answers to what is essentially the same question is almost never the inverse of the other. People are rich, they say, because they were born into wealth, or worked hard, or are lucky. For most of history almost all humans were poor. Entropy is the natural state of the universe. It is incredibly difficult to sustainably escape poverty, which is why humans could not do it for…

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finweek - english

EDITORIAL & SALES Editor Anneli Groenewald Managing Editor Jana Jacobs Journalists and Contributors Simon Brown, Lucas de Lange, Johan Fourie, Moxima Gama, Mariam Isa, David McKay, Timothy Rangongo, Melusi Tshabalala, Amanda Visser, Glenda Williams Sub-Editor Katrien Smit Editorial Assistant Thato Marolen Layout Artists David Kyslinger, Beku Mbotoli Advertising Paul Goddard 082 650 9231/paul@fivetwelve.co.za Clive Kotze 082 335 4957/clive@mediamatic.co.za Sales Executive Tanya Finch 082 961 9429/tanya@fivetwelve.co.za Publisher Sandra Ladas sandra.ladas@newmedia.co.za General Manager Dev Naidoo Production Angela Silver angela.silver@newmedia.co.za, Pam Moodley pam.moodley@newmedia.co.za Published by New Media, a division of Media24 (Pty) Ltd Johannesburg Office: Ground floor, Media Park, 69 Kingsway Avenue, Auckland Park, 2092 Postal Address: PO Box 784698, Sandton, Johannesburg, 2146 Tel: +27 (0)11 713 9601 Head Office: New Media House, 19 Bree Street, Cape Town, 8001 Postal Address: PO Box 440, Green…

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in brief

“NEW GUIDANCE WILL BE ISSUED AT A FUTURE DATE.” – Boeing announced that it has scrapped its previously issued earnings guidance for 2019 (the official prediction of its own near-future profit and loss) and said it will replace it with a new one at a future date owing to the absence of the 737 MAX airplane crash impacts in the original guidance. Regulatory authorities across the world grounded the 737 MAX aircraft after two fatal crashes (Lion Air Flight 510 and Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302) of the model within a period of five months that saw a total loss of 346 lives. No specific date has been given, “due to the uncertainty of the timing and conditions surrounding return to service of the 737 MAX fleet”, the aerospace company said. “I…

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getting rid of the rot in transnet

until now the extent of state capture at the government-owned transport and logistics company, Transnet, has largely gone under the radar. It’s a fact not lost on its acting CEO, Tau Morwe, a veteran of the organisation, having worked across its various businesses for more than 17 years. “When we met with lenders recently, they wanted to know from us how bad things were at Eskom,” he said in a background media briefing last month. The suggestion is that no matter what may be revealed during Transnet chairman Popo Molefe’s appearance before the Zondo Commission of Inquiry, it can’t be worse than the litany of corruption uncovered at the power utility. Yet state capture is as much a phenomenon at Transnet as at Eskom. Former Transnet executives and managers of various stripes…

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a sharp eye for finding value

Fund manager insights: Truffle’s SCI General Equity Fund is for investors who are looking for market exposure to general equities with the objective of achieving positive real returns over time. The fund’s primary objective is augmenting capital appreciation through investments in equities across all sectors of the JSE. The fund’s overweight positions in many of the cheaper industrial and commodity-based rand hedges have been paying off, generating significant outperformance. “The fund’s overweight position in platinum did particularly well after a significant improvement in the basket price of the platinum group metals (PGMs) over the last year manifested in significant earnings,” says the fund’s managers. Risk management and limiting position size in each holding and sector is also critical in providing its investors with a sustainable and reliable investment return. As a boutique investment manager, the…