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Behind the biggest business stories of the week - taking you inside key events, the movements at the top and their effects at the bottom.

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Behind the biggest business stories of the week - taking you inside key events, the movements at the top and their effects at the bottom.

An Arena Holdings Production. Production.

Keywords: BDSpotlight, industry, markets, South Africa, news and views, money, success, entrepreneur, corporation, podcast

    How Microsoft has grown, innovated and flourished during Covid-19

    How Microsoft has grown, innovated and flourished during Covid-19

    In this edition of the Business Day Spotlight, we’re talking to one of the country’s top business leaders in technology about her experience operating in the current Covid-induced economy.

    To discuss the issues, our host Mudiwa Gavaza is joined by Lillian Barnard, managing director at Microsoft SA.

    The discussion explores Barnard’s experience of running a technology business through this crisis; the increased demand for Microsoft’s products for remote working during the lockdown; her thoughts around the future of work and education; how Microsoft’s partnerships with companies like SAP have been affected by lockdowns, a new LinkedIn skills program in SA and the arrival of Surface computer products in the local market slated for later this year.

    • 25 min
    Savings month: redefining SA's culture of saving 

    Savings month: redefining SA's culture of saving 

    In this edition of the Business Day Spotlight, we explore how to build a culture of saving and investment in SA.

    To unpack the topic, our host Mudiwa Gavaza is joined by Nicholas Riemer, investment education head at FNB, to talk about the pros and cons of saving and investing.

    The discussion explores the concept of Savings Month, importance of savings to the country, what tools are available to get started with investment and what it takes to create a culture of saving and investment in SA.

    • 32 min
    Economic news of the week: Here is why government relief is not reaching SMEs

    Economic news of the week: Here is why government relief is not reaching SMEs

    In this edition of the Business Day Spotlight, we’re looking at the SA economy through the lens of small business and some of the potential shortfalls of government’s plan to get much needed liquidity to the sector through its stimulus package.

    To explore the topic, our host Mudiwa Gavaza is joined by Guy Hosking, CFO at Retail Capital a small to medium enterprise (SME) funder.

    The discussion explores Retail Capital’s business, statistics around the size and scope of the small business sector in SA, how to dispense funds better to SMEs, what lines of business offer good prospects for growth at the moment for small enterprises, and an outlook for the sector going forward.

    • 24 min
    Local start-up finds international funding partners

    Local start-up finds international funding partners

    In this edition of the Business Day Spotlight, we’re examining the journey of technology startup, Skynamo, as the company expands its local operations moves beyond the borders of SA.

    Our host Mudiwa Gavaza is joined by Sam Clarke, the man behind Skynamo, a business to business retail sales rep platform which recently raised $30m in funding from US group, Five Elms.

    The discussion explores how the business began, the business model, Clarke’s professional journey, rationale for growing overseas, the impact of Covid-19 on business and an outlook for the economies in the countries that Skynamo operates in.

    • 32 min
    Covid-19 shows that investing cannot be considered a luxury

    Covid-19 shows that investing cannot be considered a luxury

    In this edition of the Business Day Spotlight, we’re looking at how savings and investment have been impacted by Covid-19 for ordinary South Africans.

    Our host Mudiwa Gavaza is joined by Mike Estment, chairman at NFB Private Wealth Management to talk about the issues.

    The discussion explores the savings and investment trends that have been created by the Covid-19 barriers to investment, investing for the long term, interest rates, the importance of savings to the economy, some pointers to help guide someone looking to grow their money, and the importance of seeking professional financial advice.

    • 29 min
    Closing the hippo's mouth - is there time to stop SA from falling into a debt trap?

    Closing the hippo's mouth - is there time to stop SA from falling into a debt trap?

    In this edition of the Business Day Spotlight, we’re looking back at SA Finance Minister Mboweni’s budget speech delivered this week.

    Our host Mudiwa Gavaza is joined by Sifiso Skenjana, chief economist and thought leadership executive at IQ Business to talk about the issues.

    The discussion explores the highlights of the speech, some of the missed opportunities of the lockdowns, the consequences of not allowing certain economic activity to continue, some of the data being used to gauge economic activity and how government could use this opportunity to re-configure the economy for growth.

    • 31 min

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