Blockchain for travel made simple
Blockchain for travel made simple

Can you imagine whipping out your mobile phone instead of your passport when you travel for business or leisure? If Blockchain has its way, that could become a reality...

By Natalia Rosa 11 Apr 2018

President Cyril Ramaphosa
Ramaphosa's to do list: seven economic policy areas that will shift the dial

South Africa's new President, Cyril Ramaphosa, seems to have a lot going for him. His early new broom sweeps clean gestures have been incisive and the market indicators are responding well. A plethora of good news has come his way in the weeks since he was sworn in...

By Alan Hirsch 10 Apr 2018

Trevor Manuel, chairman of Old Mutual Group Holdings
Manuel on restoring ethical business leadership

It has become clear that business leadership in South Africa needs a major overhaul, as more and more is revealed about the unethical behaviour of significant brands such as Steinhoff‚ KPMG‚ SAP and Naspers.

4 Apr 2018

Zug, Switzerland
Switzerland at epicentre of cryptocurrency revolution

ZURICH, Switzerland - Switzerland has become a global hub for cryptocurrencies and the blockchain technology they are built on, with investors flocking to the wealthy Alpine nation to get in on the virtual action...

3 Apr 2018

Adrian Hope-Bailie, chief standards officer: Ripple
Exploring the evolution of blockchain

When Bitcoin and cryptocurrency first hit the scene, people really jumped on the bandwagon, thinking they were part of a revolution...

By Danette Breitenbach 29 Mar 2018

Aatish Ramkaran, digital architect, Nedbank
Taking blockchain mainstream

It is difficult to believe that in 1992 the internet was little understood; yet today people can't live without it. This is where blockchain has to get to, if it is to be successful...

By Danette Breitenbach 27 Mar 2018

Marcus Swanepoel, CEO of Luno
Building a new financial system

Existing financial systems are not able to meet the today's world's needs. It's evolving once again - just as money developed from favours to bartering to what it is today,..

By Danette Breitenbach 26 Mar 2018

Naomi Snyman, chair of the South African Financial Blockchain Consortium and blockchain lead for Standard Bank
Working together to put blockchain into banking

Banks are grappling with blockchain, applying it to almost everything from digital identity to cross border payments...

By Danette Breitenbach 23 Mar 2018

Farzam Ehsani, blockchain lead at Rand Merchant Bank
#BizFinFocus: Where will regulation and blockchain meet?

What has regulators scratching their collective heads right now is understanding exactly what blockchain is, and where it slots in as an asset class...

By Danette Breitenbach 20 Mar 2018

Brad Torien, CEO of FMI
Dispelling retirement myths

Although they are usually dealt with as separate entities, risk planning and investment planning are intrinsically linked, as both are ultimately about income protection...

By Nicci Botha 19 Mar 2018

#BAC2018: Interoperability and Big Sky thinking will take blockchain to the big league
#BAC2018: Interoperability and Big Sky thinking will take blockchain to the big league

Interoperability is the key to achieving blockchain adoption at scale, even though this creates competition between currencies...

By Danette Breitenbach 15 Mar 2018

Andrew Keys, head of global business development at ConsenSys and co-founder of ConsenSys Capital
#BAC2018: Bitcoin is the gateway drug

Bitcoin is just the opening act of blockchain disruption. "It's the gateway drug to the Ethereum blockchain," said Andrew Keys, head of global business development at ConsenSys and co-founder of ConsenSys Capital...

By Danette Breitenbach 14 Mar 2018

Tricia Martinez, founder of WalWala
#BAC2018: How blockchain can unlock emerging markets

Globally 2.2-billion people don't have access to financial services, mostly in the emerging market. By harnessing the best of blockchain, cryptocurrency and tokenisation, these technologies will empower the underbanked and the unbanked, solving the financial inclusion problem and creating a more equal society...

By Danette Breitenbach 14 Mar 2018

#BAC2018: Moving from lunatic fringe to mainstream
#BAC2018: Moving from lunatic fringe to mainstream

Last year, blockchain and its proponents were described as the "lunatic fringe". This year, the Blockchain Africa conference reflected just how far and how quickly this technology how come in such a short space of time...

By Danette Breitenbach 13 Mar 2018

Pieter Zylstra, regional director digital transformation, Middle East and Africa, Orange Business Services
#BizFinFocus: Five disruptions to the African fintech landscape in 2018

Africa is no stranger to financial innovation. Mobile financial wallets have been rapidly adopted by the younger population, with partnerships between telcos and banks set to dominate the future of the mobile payment industry...

By Pieter Zylstra 8 Mar 2018

Chris Skinner
#BizFinFocus: Money is meaningless

In this digital era in which we find ourselves, we are undergoing a massive revolution of humanity which has virtually democratised every aspect of our lives...

By Nicci Botha 5 Mar 2018

Thuli Madonsela, chair of social justice, Stellenbosch University
#BizFinFocus: Thuli Madonsela on the pedestal of hope

Former public protector, Thuli Madonsela, says she has neither the skills nor inclination for political office, but is committed in her role as chair of social justice at the University of Stellenbosch to help "create the South Africa of our dreams"...

By Nicci Botha 26 Feb 2018

Lullu Krugel, chief economist at PwC
#BizFinFocus: PwC's economic take on what #Budget2018 will hold

While there has been an upward revision in growth for the year - 1.5-1.8% for South Africa - with business confidence also increasing, the country is still not where it needs to be by a long shot...

By Danette Breitenbach 20 Feb 2018

#BizFinFocus: Where could tax money come from?
#BizFinFocus: Where could tax money come from?

As we approach #Budget2018 day, Rob Cooper, director of legislation at Sage, has a few thoughts about how the minister could plug the R50bn hole in the bucket...

19 Feb 2018

President Cyril Ramaphosa. Photo: Sandton Chronicle
#BizFinFocus: Wishlist for #SONA2018

South Africans wait with bated breath to hear what President Cyril Ramaphosa has to say in his maiden State of the Nation Address (Sona) tonight...

16 Feb 2018

Sandy McGregor, portfolio manager at Allan Gray
#BizFinFocus: With Zuma gone...the time has come to fix SA's economy

President Jacob Zuma has been shown the door, now Cyril Ramaphosa needs to roll up his sleeves to arrest our downward spiral into economic disaster...

By Sandy McGregor 14 Feb 2018

#BizFinFocus: Five financial survival tips for 2018
#BizFinFocus: Five financial survival tips for 2018

Although the shift in political outlook, and Team South Africa's campaigning at the World Economic Forum in Davos have set the rand on a dramatic positive turnaround, the country is not out of the woods just yet...

12 Feb 2018

#BizFinFocus: Move over Bitcoin, these are the altcoins to watch in 2018
#BizFinFocus: Move over Bitcoin, these are the altcoins to watch in 2018

Bitcoin's movements over the last year have certainly paved the way for up-and-coming altcoins...

9 Feb 2018

Success Marota, CFO: Joshco
#BizFinFocus: Neighbourhood watch of a different kind

Success Marota is a bit of an alchemist. While not a wizard, the chartered accountant [CA(SA)] and registered auditor is a whiz at what he does...

8 Feb 2018

Christopher Renwick, attorney at Tax Constulting SA
#BizFinFocus: Cryptocurrency and the question of tax

Worldwide, governments are scrambling to get to grips with cryptocurrency and how to regulate it. In this instance, South Africa seems to be slightly ahead of the global curve.

By Christopher Renwick 6 Feb 2018

Xoliswa Hlongwane, CFO designate at uShaka Marine World
#BizFinFocus: Making a splash in the world of public sector finance

Xoliswa Hlongwane is about to take over as uShaka Marine World's chief financial officer (CFO). She shares her insights on working in the public sector...

1 Feb 2018