Online media was in its infancy in South Africa when we made the giant leap from terrestrial radio to start CliffCentral.com. Podcasting was almost unknown in South Africa and the naysayers predicted failure. Now, five years later, podcasting is the fastest growing medium in America (70% growth year-on-year for the last three years according to Edison Research) and gathering momentum in South Africa. We’ve been collaborating with Brain and Brand expert Timothy Maurice and actuary Ernest North to assess the qualitative and quantitative effect of podcast audiences...

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The US Fed has left rates unchanged, but signalled that they are prepared to cut rates. On Wednesday the European Central Bank (ECB) surprised the market by signalling an increased likelihood of rate cuts (although rates are already at record lows) and stimulus measure. South Africa’s May 2019 CPI inflation rate came out at 4.5% y/y (April 4.4% y/y). Multichoice reported core HEPS up 10% to 410cps, which was roughly the mid-point of the range given in the recent trading update. Naspers has released its results for the year to end March. KAP reported a core HEPS decline of 8% for FY19, which is an unexpected disappointment, especially in light of the 6% growth achieved in H1. And Facebook announced the launch of its cryptocurrency, Libra.

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In developed nations, the SME sector contributes around 90% to employment, while in South Africa it sits around 50%. Endeavor South Africa, a not-for-profit organisation, has dedicated years to mentoring high-impact entrepreneurs and knows just what SA businesses need to take off. Catherine Townshend, former MD of Endeavor South Africa, speaks to Fred Roed about the importance of good, high-quality mentorship, support providers focused on SME development and the different life cycles of a business. "Do your homework, know your blind spots, and get the right support to navigate your business through each life cycle."

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How has the bombing of the two Japanese oil tankers in the strait of Hormuz by the Iranians impacted the economy? Anthea explains it to the team, before looking at emerging markets, mining production and Business Confidence. She also touches on Naspers rising, even though Tencent fell in Hong Kong. She concludes with an analysis of Beyond Meat, a Los Angeles based producer of plant-based meat substitutes.

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18.06.19 Pt 1 - The team have had eventful long weekends... find out about them here. After Father's Day, they also have some thoughts to share about the role of fathers today. In discussing the news, the SABC follows in the shoes of SAA by asking for more money for their operations. Then, as a fake Monday, Anthea and Sean chime in with 'The Money Shot' and 'Beyond Bitcoin'.

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Omri Van Zyl is die uitvoerende hoof van Agri SA en die 2016 wenner van CEO Global se prestige-prys vir sy bydrae tot landbou in Afrika. Om 28,000 boere lidmate wat strek oor 26 verskillende tipe boerderye, waarde toe te voeg en gelukkig te hou, sit nie in enige man se broek nie.

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Why is it important for entrepreneurs to learn to present and communicate well? Rich Mulholland, a seasoned public speaker and entrepreneur who has started multiple businesses, including SA's largest presentation firm, Missing Link, chats to Fred Roed about the must-have skill of building a presentation that works. Rich says you have to “give the audience a reason to care. You’ve got to buy an audience’s attention before you sell them anything – even an idea.” Sharing from his own career and experience with TED Talks, this maestro in public speaking tells all about presentation techniques and tools to get people on your side and to respond to your “call to action”.

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Markets ended the week in the black, but it was mostly about the macro-economics last week - get insight about this straight from Anthea here. SAA's CEO, on top of all other CEOs recently, has stepped down. She also looks at company news before giving her take on US non-farm payrolls.

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10.06.19 Pt 1 - Leigh-Ann is back from her birthday weekend, and is moaning about stuff. Ben believes most Uber drivers have bad eyes, Gareth has tremendous flatulence, and Gugu has his first official contribution to the show. The latest from the news headlines, sport, Anthea on the finance, then going Beyond Bitcoin with Revix and Louis Buys.

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SA’s challenges are a breeding ground for innovative opportunities, says SweepSouth CEO, Aisha Pandor. For her, happy customers are the greatest measure of business success and she says, “word of mouth is still the biggest driver of our new business”. Hear about the SweepSouth growth from an idea created by need to a start-up sensation that is the first on the continent to bring technology to home-cleaning services. Aisha talks to Fred Roed about changing careers, the challenges and the satisfaction of owning your own business, and her vision to address societal needs while running a thriving business.

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