Covid-19 and South Africa’s subsequent lockdown protocol have had cumulative negative impacts on the small, medium and micro-sized enterprise (SMME) sector. Big and small business owners have had to change their business approach to survive these uncertain times.

In collaboration with Business United, Moneyweb editor Ryk van Niekerk hosted an insightful webinar with Genera Capital investment specialist Dr Adrian Saville and senior research fellow at the Institute for Global Dialogue, Sanusha Naidu.

For insights on how businesses and investors can better equip themselves during these turbulent times, please watch the webinar recording below.

Business United delivers the most powerful business network in South Africa, with an engaged audience of unmatched quality.

The focus is on valuable business content presented by well-respected journalists.

Our network includes Moneyweb.co.za, SAFM Market Update and RSG Geldsake which is the largest business show in South Africa, hosted by multiple award-winning Ryk van Niekerk.

In addition to the national reach afforded by Moneyweb, we also offer targeted regional reach into niche business environments which include dedicated business shows on:

  • OFM: The Business Hour with Olebogeng Motse reaching central South Africa
  • RISE fm: Talking Business with Zingisa Chirwa reaching Mpumalanga
  • Vuma FM: It’s All About the Money with Nhlanhla Makhanya, reaching KZN

There are also numerous opportunities to reach business decision-makers on AlgoaFM, Jozi FM and Mix 93.8.

The real power behind the Business United network is not just the valuable audience of business decision-makers that currently stands at 900,000, it is the fact that it is supported by a high-level team that offers tailored content creation and integrated media solutions. We connect your brand to the business decision-maker, through our digital, radio, video, podcast, webinars, events and social media platforms.

For more information on Business United and its offerings, please contact Tracy Parsons.

Wed, 21 Jul 2021 / Published in LATEST NEWS, Moneyweb

To further their efforts in sourcing and providing relevant content during and in the aftermath of the KZN/ Gauteng looting, Moneyweb will be running a donation drive to support the affected communities and small businesses.

ReBuild SA is a network of volunteers, NGOs, sponsors and donors who are assisting in rebuilding communities, small businesses, schools, clinics, homes and lives in South Africa’s riot-affected communities in KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng.

For more information and to donate, please visit the Moneyweb site here.

All proceeds will go directly to ReBuild SA.

Fri, 16 Jul 2021 / Published in LATEST NEWS, Moneyweb

Moneyweb boasts a host of original podcasts that cover various themes and topics relevant in South Africa and abroad. All Moneyweb podcasts cover credible, verified and newsworthy content that influence and affect the day-to-day lives of our dynamic and varied audiences.

The Property Pod

The Property Pod is South Africa’s premier property investor podcast, with insights from industry executives. This podcast offers in-depth coverage of the local property sector, including commercial (office, retail and industrial/logistics) residential, and specialist sectors such as storage and healthcare. Each episode will cover industry developments, sector performance, trends, as well as new policies/laws affecting the sector from both local government and national government level. This podcast publishes two episodes per month. The Property Pod is hosted by Moneyweb’s deputy editor Suren Naidoo, who has a keen interest in property, tourism, retail, media and sports.

Click here to listen to or download Property Pod episodes.

The Money Savvy Podcast

Money Savvy features interviews with certified financial planners and wealth managers to answer readers’ pressing financial questions. Each episode will focus on a specific theme, covering topics such as retirement, retrenchments and investments, to help listeners make better financial decisions. This podcast publishes two episodes per month and is hosted by Boitumelo Ntsoko. Boitumelo is the editor of The Citizen newspaper’s business section, CitiBusiness (which Moneyweb manages), and is passionate about all things personal finance.

Click here to listen to or download episodes of the Money Savvy Podcast.

Moneyweb Crypto

Moneyweb Crypto with Ciaran Ryan explores all things crypto and blockchain: the good, the bad and the impossible. If you’re looking to invest in cryptocurrencies, or understand this evolving universe, you’re in the right place. Ciaran is a Johannesburg-based freelance writer who has a background in finance and mining, having previously headed up a gold mining operation in Ghana. He currently writes for several South African and overseas journals on matters ranging from mining to investment.

Click here to listen to or download episodes of Moneyweb Crypto.

MoneywebNOW

MoneywebNOW is South Africa’s premium business breakfast podcast show. The podcast can be livestreamed from Monday to Friday at 06:30, and downloaded from 07:00. The host, Simon Brown, is a trader, investor, money enthusiast, photographer, surfer and beach lover – who brings the latest in business, trading and investment news, as well as insights into world markets and company news, to get you ready for the trading day ahead. Whether you’re listening on your way to work or at home, the podcast promises punchy, informative and bite-sized interviews with industry experts, CEOs, entrepreneurs and more. The MoneywebNOW podcast has yielded just over 250 000 audio downloads in the short time since its inception.

Click here to listen to or download episodes.

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Fri, 02 Jul 2021 / Published in LATEST NEWS, Moneyweb

SAfm Market Update with Moneyweb welcomes Fifi Peters as its new host.

Peters is an alumnus of the Bloomberg Media Initiative Africa Financial Journalism training programme and holds a degree in economics and journalism from Rhodes University, including qualifications from the SA Institute of Financial Journalism and London School of Economics.

“Fifi is an award-winning journalist and brings a wealth of financial journalism experience and tons of energy to the SAfm Market Update studio,” says Moneyweb editor Ryk van Niekerk. “She is an excellent addition to the Moneyweb team.”

Her career in business journalism spans 10 years, having worked for the likes of Business Day and Financial Mail. She currently hosts CNBC Africa’s flagship market shows Power Lunch and Closing Bell. She has a special interest in African financial markets, and is also a seasoned MC and moderator.

“I’m extremely excited to be joining such a respected and trusted source of news in South Africa,” says Peters.

“It’s an honour to be taking over from Nompu Siziba, whose work I have great admiration for as a journalist. I look forward to meeting South Africans via the airwaves and driving through all the factors moving markets, the economy and business.”

Peters assumes the role on Monday, July 5.

This article was first published on Moneyweb.co.za here.

Moneyweb has announced the launch of a new daily morning show, MoneywebNOW, with Simon Brown. The show aims to offer South Africa’s business and investment community the latest financial and company news to prepare them for the day ahead.

According to Moneyweb, the 20-minute show is live streamed via the Moneyweb website or mobile App between 06:30 and 06:50. A full show podcast will be available to download at 07:00 for listeners who missed the live stream.

Brown is known across various business platforms in his capacity as an investor, trader and founder of the financial educational platform Just One Lap. “I’ll be getting to the day’s big stories before the day even starts. Listeners can expect a tight show, full of fun with three guests in twenty minutes,” says Brown.

Brown says that he is passionate about helping people understand money in all its aspects — from saving to investing — making him a veteran in the field.

MoneywebNOW will feature:

  • the day’s top local and international stories
  • market analysis
  • insights on stock picks, and
  • key company news with guests ranging from top CEOs to industry experts.

“The world around us is changing at a phenomenal rate and it is critical for all to stay informed of the latest news that will affect their pockets,” says Ryk van Niekerk, editor at Moneyweb.

“This is an exciting new offering and a first for South Africa. MoneywebNOW with Simon Brown will be the only comprehensive business radio show in the morning. Listeners can either listen to the live broadcast or download the podcast and listen to it on their way to work,” adds van Niekerk.

The show is live streamed via the Moneyweb website and a brand new Moneyweb app, which is available in the Apple and Android app stores. Listeners are encouraged to subscribe to the podcast on various podcast platforms to listen to at their convenience. Listeners can also subscribe to the Moneyweb newsletter for daily alerts.

For more information, visit www.moneyweb.co.za. You can also follow Moneyweb on Facebook or on Twitter.

African Media Entertainment’s group CEO has been inspired by the team’s approach and how quickly subsidiaries have adapted.

Many companies have had to change their business operations during the lockdown period. We caught up with several CEOs to find out how they’re holding up, and whether or not it’s ‘business as usual’.

Here’s what AME Group CEO Dave Tiltmann said.

Where are you working from?

I’m working from my home base in Port Elizabeth. As a group we had been monitoring the encroaching threat of Covid-19 since late February and put a proactive business continuity plan in place to mitigate risk and keep our people as safe as possible. As a result, 260 of our 292 staff across our various subsidiaries are currently working from home.

Fortunately, our business is highly reliant on technologically-advanced systems, putting us in a favourable position to enable these measures.

Our various properties around the country have also allowed us to keep the 32 staff still reporting for duty safe and socially distant from one another. By way of example, our radio presenters [AME owns Algoa FM and OFM] are rotating between studios to keep everyone separated and this allows ample time for meaningful disinfecting of studios and surfaces in-between. Our people have also been provided with the necessary personal protective equipment.

How are you conducting your meetings?

Our communications strategy uses a combination of video and voice solutions as well as email and text messaging across various platforms. A combination of Google Hangouts and Skype For Business seem to be the preferred meeting solutions within the group.

During our online meetings, we initially keep our video stream on for the purpose of ‘social connection’ between colleagues. Then we switch our cameras off to preserve bandwidth and keep our microphones muted when not speaking. We are also making use of audio calls for quick turnaround times.

However, agility is the name of the game. Our clients include ad agencies, industry bodies and service providers. For these interactions we use a combination of Skype, Zoom, Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp and Telegram. And it’s working well.

Dave Tiltmann says the key disruptor right now is revenue, but the heightened engagement with audiences is paving the way for the innovation of a new tomorrow. Image: Supplied

How are you finding working away from your usual designated workstation?

Radio is the original form of social media, and I come from a strong radio background so I’m really missing the interpersonal contact with my team. After all, fun is a serious business!

However, through our business continuity plan and communications strategy I’m able to be fully functional and productive. We have made every effort to provide support to our people working from home. This includes providing the necessary tools of the trade and internet access to work remotely.

I am also very appreciative of my team’s families for their support and allowing us to operate from their homes during this challenging time.

Is the lockdown causing a huge disruption in your business operations?

The key disruptor at this stage is revenue. The forced closure of so many businesses under lockdown regulations, combined with the cancellation and postponement of events, has resulted in lower-than-budgeted revenues, weekly forecasts to budget, and tightly managed cost-containment measures to maintain our profitability. All of this amid the group’s year-end financial audit.

We appreciate that many of our clients are impacted by the national lockdown and we’ve been working closely with them to support their objectives through this period. While some have opted to alter their messaging, others have taken the opportunity to strengthen their brand image during this time. Admittedly, many have also opted to postpone their campaigns.

Most of our subsidiaries are classed as ‘essential services’.

And they’re doing an award-winning job of providing quality service, information and entertainment for our many audiences and stakeholders around the country.

What does your company have to do to keep up with the changing times?

I have been inspired by my team’s approach and how quickly the various subsidiaries adapted to enable remote operations. I believe this process was largely assisted by the ‘digital transformation’ introduced at subsidiary level before the turn of the century and in the prudent investments made into cloud-based solutions and infrastructure to facilitate stakeholder objectives.

For now we remain at the cutting edge of technologically-advanced solutions to enable our businesses to function without compromise.

I believe the heightened engagement with audiences will result in stronger bonds between brands and consumers, which will inform credible research objectives and pave the way for the creativity and innovation of a new tomorrow.

Having said that, I must pay tribute to the dynamic and emotionally mature management team at AME. The balance of experience, tried and tested business skills, and an uncompromising passion to succeed makes the task easier. Together, we remain 100% committed to our stakeholders and will continue to monitor the situation and adapt our response where required.

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