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Finweek - English 23 May 2019

Finweek is South Africa’s leading financial weekly magazine focusing on investment. With its brisk, creative and authoritative analysis of business and investment issues, it’s an essential business tool in the daily battle for competitive advantage. Today's business decision-makers have to cope with increased pressure on their time and are expected, more than ever before, to succeed in the face of stiffer competition. Finweek provides relevant information in quick bytes, along with award-winning investment advice.

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from the editor

south Africa’s President, Cyril Ramaphosa, is reportedly a glass-half-full type of guy. When this issue went to print, he was having a very relaxed (and frank) chat at the Goldman Sachs Investment Conference in Johannesburg. Not shying away from tough topics, he lambasted state-owned enterprises and talked about the urgency of having to fix them. He cracked clever jokes. He talked about privatisation, about visa regulations and “opening up the country”. He admitted, “sadly”, that the regulatory environment was impeding business. He talked about the land issue. He has previously referred to this as the original sin, and reiterated that it has to be addressed. But, he insisted: “We have a constitution. We are going to insist that everything is done according to our Constitution and the rule of law. We will…

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how to permanently escape poverty

what is the best way to help someone who is living in poverty? A hefty handout? A job? Or something entirely different? These questions are at the heart of what development economists want to know. And not only development economists: politicians often purport to want to implement policies that benefit the poor. But which policies are likely to have the biggest effect? One prominent school of thought has emerged in the last decade with a simple answer: give people more cash. Individuals know what is best for themselves, these scholars argue, and paying them a lump sum will naturally allow them to improve their lives according to their own preference set. Some may invest it in educating their children (a pension plan for many in the developing world), others might start…

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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, Glenneis Kriel, Schalk Louw, David McKay, Maarten Mittner, Brendan Peacock, Timothy Rangongo, Peet Serfontein, 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, CapeTown,…

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in brief

“THIS ATTACK HAS ALL THE HALLMARKS OF A PRIVATE COMPANY KNOWN TO WORK WITH GOVERNMENTS TO DELIVER SPYWARE THAT REPORTEDLY TAKES OVER THE FUNCTIONS OF MOBILE OPERATING SYSTEMS.” – WhatsApp admitted to a vulnerability in the messaging app that has allowed attackers to inject commercial Israeli spyware onto phones, reported the Financial Times. The company, which is owned by Facebook, said it had discovered in early May that attackers were able to install surveillance software on both iPhones and Android phones by calling targets using the app’s phone call function. WhatsApp issued a statement encouraging its 1.5bn users worldwide to upgrade to the latest version of the app as well as keeping mobile operating systems up to date, to protect against potential targeted exploits designed to compromise information on mobile devices. “WE…

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insurance with real rewards

while participating in an innovation competition run by Hannover Reinsurance in 2016, Matthew Elan, Ndabenhle Ngulube and Marnus van Heerden came up with the idea of starting a true “community-based” service to restore faith in insurance products. “There is a perceived conflict of interest in the traditional insurance business model, because insurers both decide whether claims should be paid and profit from low pay-outs. To remove this conflict, we developed a business model based on the traditional stokvel savings model, whereby contributors are the ones who benefit when pay-outs are low,” Van Heerden says. The company was named Pineapple because of this community-centred approach. A pineapple is not an individual fruit, but a collection of berries that together form a structure that protects each and every one, explains Van Heerden. With Pineapple…

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who will go for anglogold ashanti’s gold?

angloGold Ashanti’s decision to sell its last remaining SA gold assets comes just over six months into CEO Kelvin Dushnisky’s tenure at the company since succeeding Srinivasan Venkatakrishnan. In other words, he made his mind up pretty quickly about where the group stood on SA. “The industry generally in SA has not chosen the right time,” says Dushnisky about when assets ought to be sold. “They squeeze out the last ounce of value. Why then would someone buy an asset?” he asks finweek in an interview shortly after the group announced it would sell Mponeng which, with its nearby surface operations, is set to produce about 360 000 ounces of gold this year based on the annualised first-quarter numbers. Quite how this divestment will proceed is hard to know, however. Dushnisky has…