The market is swinging in all directions while the Rand is constantly flirting with the 13 handle to the USD, but can’t seem to settle on this figure. Woolworths releases a trading update which is in line with what was expected. Health is important and FNB’s banking app now rewards good well-being. The CEO of the Stringfellow Group hands himself over to the police in Honeydew, following allegations that he may have misappropriated hundreds of millions in client funds. Plus, more on Richard Branson’s space-tourism venture, Virgin Galactic.

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Smart young people finally have a place to speak honestly and intelligently about the most relevant issues of the day! CliffCentral has teamed up with Absa and Tshimong and launched a debate series called “The Interchange” – a podcast series with some of the brightest young minds, debating critical and controversial issues in South Africa, and Africa as a whole. Gareth Cliff chats to Sazini Mojapelo, Head of Citizenship and Community Investments for Absa, Tshimong Managing Director Thami Pooe, and debate moderator Busi Mkhumbuzi to discuss the evolution of these important conversations.

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Pepe Marais, is die mede-stigter van Joe Public United, een van die grootste advertensie agentskappe in SA met ‘n jaarlikse omset van R700 miljoen. Nadat die besigheid bankrot gespeel het in 2009 (omdat Pepe ‘n waardegedrewe besluit geneem het), het hulle die besigheid honderdvoudig begin groei deur op sy eie en sy span se “purpose” te fokus en nie deur bloot winste na te jaag nie.

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This week on the Healthy Business show, the conversation goes to sales. Can anyone be in sales? What are the differences between B2B and B2C sales processes? Fred Roed chats to two seasoned sales professionals, Sean Raymond who is the founder of The Sales Department and Claire van Wyk, a certified financial consultant. Answering some tough questions, they share experiences and tips on how to be successful in sales as an individual and as a business.

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With Gareth away, the rest of the team take up this week’s finance conversations with Anthea, starting with a look at trading volumes and US non-farm payrolls. Congratulations go out to Christine Lagarde and Phuti Mahanyele-Debengwa on their new positions. Anthea then unpacks Eskom’s debt for government bonds or ring-fencing it in a special account, before giving details of escalating battle between Peter Moyo and Trevor Manuel. She wraps things up by helping a listener find out more about Karatbars.

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The spotlight is on state-owned enterprises. For decades their value has been questioned and so many of these entities have been in the news for all the wrong reasons. Is the time up for these kinds of enterprises, or is there a way to turn things around? It’s the debate of privatisation versus rescue. This thought-provoking episode of The Interchange is made possible by Absa and Tshimong.

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Keet van Zyl, co-founder of Knife Capital, and Dov Girnun, CEO of Merchant Capital, talk about the exciting environment that entrepreneurs find themselves in. In conversation with Fred Roed, they delve into the different aspects that funders of initial capital and funders for growth would look at to invest in a business. Get their top tips to guide your thinking around funding and gather some pearls of wisdom on how to make sure your business stands out in a crowd of attractive investments.

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With the beginning of July signalling the mid-point of the year, Anthea reports on the JSE closing the first half of 2019 in positive territory, despite a weak economy – an economy that remains stuck in its longest downward cycle since 1945. She also looks at the formal sector adding 22 000 new jobs in the first quarter of 2019, Daniel Mminele’s resignation, the petrol price, and Steinhoff looking to recover R870m from Jooste. The new #PayBackTheMoney – Discovery Bank – gets discussed, too.

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In this era of significant social, environmental, and political challenges, businesses have an opportunity to play a bigger role in shaping society and addressing vital issues such as economic inequality. Yet, while we expect companies to balance their sustainable goals and financial performance objectives, do companies really understand their licence to operate – or is the bottom line simply about making a profit? This thought-provoking episode of The Interchange is made possible by Absa and Tshimong.

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Oud-onderwyseres, Cornelia van Niekerk, is die stigter van FINES4U. Vir die afgelope dertien jaar hanteer hulle verkeersboetes names individue en besighede wat van die grootste motorhandelaars insluit. Hulle het beslis my lewe ‘n bietjie minder kompleks gemaak!

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