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#FLS2018: Downgrade or not?
#FLS2018: Downgrade or not?

South Africa's economy is one that's vulnerable to the global economy, but it is the internal issues the country faces that will determine whether it will face a downgrade or not...

By Danette Breitenbach 2 days ago

How blockchain will disrupt the entertainment and media industry
How blockchain will disrupt the entertainment and media industry

Blockchain has the potential to grow into a key capability, helping companies in the entertainment and media industry to keep track of content assets, avoid contractual disputes and establish the certainty and accountability that will foster trust with business partners and customers...

By Paul Mitchell 12 Nov 2018

Standardbank team announced as the country’s most valuable brand at the inaugural BrandZ Top 30 Most Valuable South African Brands.
Local banks shine at inaugural BrandZ Top 30 Awards

Standard Bank was crowned the country's most valuable brand at the inaugural BrandZ Top 30 Most Valuable South African Brands when it launched at the Johannesburg Stock Exchange on Wednesday morning...

By Danette Breitenbach 1 Nov 2018

#NewCampaign: Indie 'Mullets' campaign strips away the bullsh*t
#NewCampaign: Indie 'Mullets' campaign strips away the bullsh*t

Indie's new 'Mullets' campaign seeks to convince millennials that its insurance premium is something to care about...

By Jessica Tennant 31 Oct 2018

Tito Mboweni, South Africa's recently sworn in minister of finance, delivered the 2018 medium-term budget policy statement this week. Image source:
MTBPS should inspire economic and investor confidence

Straight-talking as expected, the minister of finance's medium-term budget policy statement sought to inspire investor and market confidence...

By Dr Andrew Golding 25 Oct 2018

#TopBrands2018: Celebrating iconic brands
#TopBrands2018: Celebrating iconic brands

The 20th Sunday Times Top Brands Awards saw iconic South African brand, Koo, awarded the Consumer Overall Favourite Brand Grand Prix. In the business category, another local brand, Discovery Health, was awarded the Business Overall Favourite Brand Grand Prix...

By Danette Breitenbach 25 Oct 2018

Tax invoice corrections and the Admin Laws Amendment Bill
Tax invoice corrections and the Admin Laws Amendment Bill

To err is human and mistakes are sometimes made on tax invoices. The draft Administration Laws Amendment Bill, 2018 proposes the inclusion of a new section 20(1B) dealing with errors to tax invoices...

By Graeme Palmer 23 Oct 2018

What will Mboweni talk about in the MTBPS?
What will Mboweni talk about in the MTBPS?

Just a few weeks into his tenure Minister, Tito Mboweni, will deliver his first Medium-Term Budget Policy Statement (MTBPS) on 24 October...

By Nicci Botha 16 Oct 2018

Regulations keep IFAs awake at night
Regulations keep IFAs awake at night

Independent financial advisers (IFAs) believe one of their greatest challenges now and over the next five years is regulations related to the industry...

By Nicci Botha 15 Oct 2018

A South African's guide to moving to and making it in Malta: Who wants to be a millionaire?
A South African's guide to moving to and making it in Malta: Who wants to be a millionaire?

If you already have a yacht and two airplanes, guess what the latest status symbol is? Russian oligarchs already know the punchline - a Maltese passport - but it's no laughing matter (and it's certainly not cheap either)...

By Marcus ‘The Maltese Falcon’ Brewster 12 Oct 2018

Andries Rossouw, partner at PwC
Report outlines the highs and lows of SA mining

Precious metals and regulatory uncertainty are dragging down the South African mining industry, in stark comparison to a positive global market...

By Danette Breitenbach 9 Oct 2018

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Recession-beating tips for customer retention

Stats SA recently announced the news of a second quarter fall of 0.7% in the Gross Domestic Product, and that this has officially plunged us into a recession. What should be of concern to companies is the burden of such a recession on consumers....

By Wynand Smit 5 Oct 2018

2018 Q2 data shows new mortgage lending growth fading
2018 Q2 data shows new mortgage lending growth fading

Second quarter 2018 SARB New Mortgage Lending data showed slower year-on-year growth in the value of new mortgage loans granted compared to the previous quarter...

By John Loos 28 Sep 2018

Joe Public founders named 2018 Medium Business Entrepreneur of the Year
Joe Public founders named 2018 Medium Business Entrepreneur of the Year

Joe Public founders Pepe Marais and Gareth Leck were announced as 2018 Medium Business Entrepreneur of the Year at this year's Entrepreneur of the Year competition sponsored by Sanlam and Business/Partners. This just off the back of being announced Loeries 2018 Agency of the Year...

By Jessica Tennant 14 Sep 2018

Policy specialist, Theo Venter
Amid the chaos, Vuca is the new normal in SA

Vuca - the acronym for volatility, uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity - is the new normal within the South African political context, said policy specialist, Theo Venter...

By Nicci Botha 12 Sep 2018

Michael Power, strategist: Investec Asset Management. Photo: Funds Society
Renewables will fuel the 4th Industrial Revolution

The two great disruptions happening in the world economy are the rise of China and renewable energy (RE)...

By Nicci Botha 10 Sep 2018

Dr Roelof Botha
Recession? What recession? Now let's talk land reform

Economist, Dr Roelof Botha is quite adamant that South Africa is not in a recession despite what Stats SA said...

By Nicci Botha 10 Sep 2018

Pricecheck Tech and E-commerce Awards 2018 winners revealed
Pricecheck Tech and E-commerce Awards 2018 winners revealed

Takealot cleaned up at this year's Pricecheck Tech and E-commerce Awards, bagging four of the 14 awards presented, including the coveted E-commerce Service of the Year...

By Lauren Hartzenberg 31 Aug 2018

#WomensMonth: The woman behind PayU South Africa
#WomensMonth: The woman behind PayU South Africa

Karen Nadasen, CEO of PayU South Africa, is regularly described as one of South Africa's most inspiring women in tech, nominated for IT Personality of the Year 2017...

By Evan-Lee Courie 30 Aug 2018

A South African's guide to moving to and making it in Malta: How to steal a million
A South African's guide to moving to and making it in Malta: How to steal a million

Tender fraud and corruption are probably endemic throughout the world but a case has recently been unearthed in Malta that is so diabolically clever, so deviously contrived that it makes the various SAA, SABC, SANRAL and other cadre-deployment shenanigans seem blunt and clunky in comparison...

By Marcus ‘The Maltese Falcon’ Brewster 24 Aug 2018

Cessation of temporary letting of residential property by developers
Cessation of temporary letting of residential property by developers

SARS released a Binding General Ruling on 25 July 2018 on the temporary letting of residential dwellings by developers, principally to provide clarity of the cessation of section 18B of the Value Added Tax Act, 1991...

By Graeme Palmer 24 Aug 2018

Image credit: Samsung
Samsung Pay is now available in South Africa

Samsung Pay is now officially available and live in South Africa...

By Andy Walker 22 Aug 2018

Magda Wierzycka, CEO: Sygnia
#WomensMonth: Magda Wierzycka talks passion and business

When state capture and corporate wrong doing started oozing out in the media, Magda Wierzycka was a lone voice brave enough to speak out against corruption...

By Nicci Botha 20 Aug 2018

The secrets behind Israel's rise as a 'Startup Nation'
The secrets behind Israel's rise as a 'Startup Nation'

For but a sliver of land in the Middle East, with a population below 9 million, you'd never guess that Israel has the second largest number of companies on the Nasdaq, after China...

By Lauren Hartzenberg 8 Aug 2018

FNB lets South Africans pay for groceries with their watch
FNB lets South Africans pay for groceries with their watch

Fitbit Pay is now available in South Africa. The wireless payments service which works through Fitbit's range of wearable devices is now compatible with FNB and RMB VISA bank cards.

By Andy Walker 7 Aug 2018

CC image courtesy of Miran Rijavec via flickr.
IFC to invest in Capria network fund to address "missing middle"

The International Finance Corporation (IFC) will make a second investment of up to US$13m in Capria's new "network fund"...

By Tom Jackson 6 Aug 2018

It's not about the 2019 election, it's about growth
It's not about the 2019 election, it's about growth

Sentiment has always been the key factor that drives the residential property market. But it swings like a pendulum...

By Ronald Ennik 27 Jul 2018

What's the use of marketing research? A cynic's answer: Ask Absa!
What's the use of marketing research? A cynic's answer: Ask Absa!

Last week there was great fanfare about Absa's repositioning and rebranding. This seemed like a good time to illustrate the power of predictive measurement...

By mike broom 13 Jul 2018

#MobileCommerce: Understanding payment trends to ensure customers get what they want
#MobileCommerce: Understanding payment trends to ensure customers get what they want

Startup companies are faced with a number of challenges before they even begin trading. Market research and designing an excellent customer journey are important, but ensuring your customer has a payment option...

By Brendon Williamson 12 Jul 2018

IBM launches blockchain starter pack for startups
IBM launches blockchain starter pack for startups

IBM has launched a blockchain starter pack designed to make it easier and more affordable for startups and developers to quickly begin building blockchain applications...

By Tom Jackson 5 Jul 2018

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