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Finweek - English

Finweek - English

16 January 2020

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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2 min.
from the editor

barely a week into 2020 and it’s very difficult to feel optimistic about the new year – let alone the next decade ahead. And it’s not just South Africa that isn’t off to a great start. As fires rage in Australia (let’s not forget the devastation in the Amazon forest last year) and we witness ongoing conflicts in various parts of the world – many of which make way for the gross violation of human rights – it forces us to assess how we got here. It doesn’t paint humanity in a very flattering light. Over December, I travelled to Europe, with one of the main reasons for the trip being to travel to Kraków in Poland to visit Auschwitz concentration camp. No matter the knowledge one has of World War II…

4 min.
beyond 2020: a vision of a prosperous south africa

every new year allows us to dust off our crystal balls and look to the future. The arrival of 2020 feels like a particularly opportune time to do so. Predictions, though, are always based on the present, and the South African economy finds itself in dire straits. Growth remains lacklustre, if not negative. Load-shedding continues unabated, hurting investment that is crucial for job creation, tax revenue and improved living standards. Debt is spiralling. And on the more fundamental things, like education, health and crime, there seems to be little progress. The reasonable person would predict, bar a miracle, that a difficult decade lies ahead for South Africa. In times of crisis, however, it is often useful to go back to the basics. Economic historians study why some countries are rich and others are…

4 min.
policy synchronisation required to boost sa’s re-industrialisation

since the Great Recession of 2008, South Africa has experienced slow economic growth and a surge in unemployment. The lacklustre revitalisation of the manufacturing sector, combined with restrictive fiscal and monetary policies, has not augured well for the economy’s upward trajectory. Consequently, the synchronisation of macroeconomic policies and microeconomic reforms – industrial and trade programmes – should, undoubtedly, reignite strong economic performance. Over the past 25 years, the country has undergone a process of de-industrialisation largely due to aggressive, and premature, trade liberalisation – the tariff book is dominated by tariff-free merchandise items. Additionally, uncoordinated industrial and trade policies, rising administrative costs, infrastructure bottlenecks, innovation deficiencies, and import dumping have contributed to hardships in the manufacturing sector. The sector contributes 13% to GDP, down from about 20% in the 1990s, and…

1 min.
finweek - english

EDITORIAL & SALES Acting Editor Jana Jacobs Deputy Editor Jaco Visser Journalists and Contributors Simon Brown, Sean Christie, Lucas de Lange, Johan Fourie, Moxima Gama, Glenneis Kriel, Schalk Louw, David McKay, Maarten Mittner, Thobelani Maphumulo, Brendan Peacock, Timothy Rangongo, Melusi Tshabalala, Glenda Williams Sub-Editor Katrien Smit Editorial Assistant Thato Marolen Layout Artists David Kyslinger, Beku Mbotoli, Nadine Smith, Annelie Laubscher Advertising Paul Goddard 082 650 9231/paul@fivetwelve.co.za Clive Kotze 082 335 4957/clive@mediamatic.co.za 082 882 7375 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 Share your thoughts with us on: @finweek finweek finweekmagazine…

3 min.
in brief

“I FOUGHT FOR 27 YEARS FOR THAT MALL AND WAS MANY TIMES DENIED; THEY ACTUALLY THOUGHT I WAS DREAMING.” - Entrepreneur Richard Maponya, informally called the doyen of black business in South Africa, passed away on 6 January aged 99. In an archived interview with CNBC Africa, Maponya recounted past obstacles and defying the apartheid system that barred him from developing a mall in Soweto. As the first black man to secure a 100-year lease for land in Soweto, he developed and finally opened the R650m Maponya Mall after 27 years of trying, of which he told the broadcaster, “when Nelson Mandela cut the ribbon to open the mall, that was the highlight of my life”. “…BRINGS A SAFE PAIR OF HANDS TO THE SOUTH AFRICAN LENDER, BUT NOT A LOT ELSE.” -…

4 min.
using tech to reduce tenant risks

adrian Taylor, Marc Maasdorp and Bartek Dutkowski started Jamii Cities in November 2018 after realising how difficult it was for landlords to get credible tenants in Johannesburg’s city bowl. “Jamii Cities fulfils all the functions of a traditional letting agent, but when it comes to the vetting of a client, we not only do a credit check but use statistical analysis to better understand the needs and life circumstances of tenants. The idea behind this is to better match tenants and properties,” Taylor says. Various factors that influence stay are considered during the analysis, including income potential, age, relationship status, family size, place of work and availability of nearby amenities, such as schools, shops and hospitals. “It is similar to the checks being done when people apply for insurance or home loans,”…