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JSE Group’s Leila Fourie sees opportunities despite pandemic setbacks

The economic lockdown during the Covid-19 pandemic will knock up to 10% off South Africa’s GDP according to some pundits but JSE Group CEO Leila Fourie, talking to Peter Dörrie, remains bullish that Africa’s biggest bourse will weather the storm and may even get a second wind when restrictions are lifted

When Leila Fourie was appointed Group CEO of the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE) in October 2019, “in many ways, it was like going back home,” she says.…

Coronavirus threatens Southern Africa’s tobacco industry

Restrictions on movement, border closures and a complete ban on cigarette sales in South Africa during lockdown are posing problems for tobacco farmers and traders in Southern Africa, as Tendai Marima reports

The sight of gloves, hand sanitisers and masks amid piles of tobacco leaves has become the new normal on the auction floors of Malawi and Zimbabwe, where a delayed selling season is underway following ongoing disruption caused by Covid-19.