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Thuthuka bursary applications for aspiring accountants are now open
Thuthuka bursary applications for aspiring accountants are now open

The Thuthuka Bursary Fund could be your chance of making your dream of becoming a CA(SA) a reality. Applications for the 2020 university intake are now open...

18 Apr 2019

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More than just a pretty place: Mauritius still preferred by fund managers

Not just the ultimate holiday stop, Mauritius is also a preferred jurisdiction for fund managers looking to establish African-focused funds...

By Michael Denenga & Nicole Paige 17 Apr 2019

Why you should invest in the industrial property sector in 2019
Why you should invest in the industrial property sector in 2019

Industrial property's top performance is comparison to other sectors is likely to continue going forward, according to Tony Bales, industrial property expert at Epping Property...

17 Apr 2019

South Africa urgently needs to get its economy moving again. Shutterstock
Rekindling hope is the missing elixir needed to fix South Africa's economy

South Africa's election season is underway. But current debates are stuck in a time warp. The country needs to look beyond the familiar nostrums that have held sway for much of its first decades of democracy...

By Brian Levy 17 Apr 2019

Bongeka Nodada
Shaping the future financial reporting landscape for SMEs

The second review of the International Financial Reporting Standard for Small and Medium-sized Entities (IFRS for SMEs) is set to commence during 2019...

16 Apr 2019

Theresa May has been at loggerheads with parliament for months. EPA/Mark Duffy
Brexit: five essential reads to help you understand Britain's relationship with the EU right now

Nearly three years after the British public voted to leave the European Union, it is no exaggeration to say that a solution is no closer to being found. Indeed, Brexit looks more difficult and perhaps more distant than ever...

By Andy Price 16 Apr 2019

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IT has a crucial role to play in the fight against money laundering

The highly publicised debacle of Angelo Agrizzi and six others, who were recently charged with money-laundering and fraud, has brought these issues into the spotlight in South Africa...

By Anusha Singh 15 Apr 2019

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Tax and the ethics of paying back the money

Companies can't just pretty up their board of directors with figure heads, appointed for their reputation and the contacts that they will bring to the particular organisation...

By Jerry Botha & Jonathan Goldberg 15 Apr 2019

Gary Allemann, MD of Master Data Management
Governance, CX and a tale of data in the insurance industry

Insurance is typically something people resent having to spend money on and is therefore often seen as a grudge purchase...

By Gary Allemann 12 Apr 2019

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Is the UK stuck in Brexit limbo?

The UK has been granted its second extension to the Article 50 deadline, averting a no-deal Brexit that would have happened today...

By Azad Zangana 12 Apr 2019

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Startup offers alternative to financing palliative care

Current medical aid models for end-of-life care will pay for costly in-hospital care but won't pay for home-based care...

12 Apr 2019

The cost of failing to notify authorities of mergers
The cost of failing to notify authorities of mergers

The Competition Commission has sought to provide some guidance regarding the notification and implementation of mergers by publishing Guidelines for the determination of administrative penalties for failure to notify mergers and implementation of mergers contrary to the Competition Act...

By Burton Phillips 11 Apr 2019

Sim Tshabalala, CEO, Standard Bank Group
US-Africa pension funds explore investment opportunties

The latest figures released by the African Development Bank suggest the continent's infrastructure needs amount to between $130-170bn a year, with a current financing gap of $67-$107bn per annum...

11 Apr 2019

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Bank customer loyalty eroded by vanilla offerings

Core banking products are largely undifferentiated across the various brands, resulting in customers who are becoming increasingly multi-banked...

11 Apr 2019

Butsi Tladi, MD of Alexander Forbes Health
Cofi Bill brings down regulatory siloes for medical scheme customers

Healthcare sector stakeholders have long advocated for a single regulator, believing that the current dual framework creates a regulatory arbitrage not conducive to offering the consumer maximum protection...

10 Apr 2019

Expect delays as Sars migrates electronic services hosting platform
Expect delays as Sars migrates electronic services hosting platform

The South Africa Revenue Service (Sars) has warned taxpayers to expect delays on some of its electronic services during its migration to a new hosting platform...

10 Apr 2019

How did loadshedding impact the fiscus?
How did loadshedding impact the fiscus?

While a diesel shipment arrived and provided relief to the dire stage 4 loadshedding in South Africa last month, this may be short-lived if the boiler tubes are not repaired by the time the diesel is burnt by the open-cycle gas turbines...

9 Apr 2019

The real work only begins after financial year end
The real work only begins after financial year end

While technology can help automate financial year end, it remains largely a manual process, and one of the most labour-intensive periods the professional accountant will face during the year...

By Zobuzwe Ngobese 9 Apr 2019

The next phase of real estate financing in Africa
The next phase of real estate financing in Africa

For a long time, the most prominent players in the African property sector have been private equity or other institutional investors...

By Selwyn Blieden 9 Apr 2019

Security is tight in Rwanda’s authoritarian state. Charles Shoemaker/EPA
Rwanda's economic growth could be derailed by its autocratic regime

A quarter of a century ago Rwanda was a graveyard. Hundreds of thousands of lives had been lost and government institutions were in a shambles...

By Noel Twagiramungu & Joseph Sebarenzi 9 Apr 2019

8 FAQs financial advisors ask about how RDR will affect them
8 FAQs financial advisors ask about how RDR will affect them

How the Retail Distribution Review (RDR) will affect the career of financial advisors is a question Jacques Coetzer, general manager: SPF Distribution, is frequently asked...

8 Apr 2019

AI-powered chatbots make buying insurance painless
AI-powered chatbots make buying insurance painless

A global survey from Gartner shows that 40% of companies have deployed artificial intelligence (AI) in some part of their business, up from just 10% four years ago...

8 Apr 2019

Verification vs tax audits - Sars must give notice of both
Verification vs tax audits - Sars must give notice of both

It's that time of the year.... When we all have the tedious task of gathering documentation and tax certificates and ensuring we are compliant with Sars. But once it's done, it is a huge weight off individuals and companies' shoulders...

5 Apr 2019

European Council president Donald Tusk visits Downing Street in 2018. EPA
All too hard: understanding Brexit, Theresa May and the British humiliation

In a recent poll, 90% of the British public agreed that the way Brexit negotiations were being handled was a "national humiliation"...

By Matthew Flinders 5 Apr 2019

Matt Moberg, vice president, Franklin Equity Group
The rapid pace of innovation and disruption. What does it meant to investors?

We believe there is no greater force for driving growth and creating value in the economy than innovation. Start-ups, multinational corporations and companies of every size in-between trumpet their innovative products and services...

By Matt Moberg 5 Apr 2019

Closing Africa's infrastructure gap
Closing Africa's infrastructure gap

Never before has the need for infrastructure felt so immediate and acute. This became apparent to me as I travelled to Nairobi, Lagos, Lusaka and Gaborone...

By Gerald Gondo 4 Apr 2019

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With technology comes risk

Decision makers in organisations must be cautious not to overlook the significant risks of the fourth Industrial Revolution in their eagerness to capitalise on the efficiencies offered by technology.

4 Apr 2019

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Errant foreign exchange traders sanctioned

The South African Reserve Bank (Sarb) has imposed administrative sanctions on three authorised dealers in foreign exchange with limited authority (ADLAs)...

3 Apr 2019

Bitcoin on the rise again
Bitcoin on the rise again

After it's staggering rise and subsequent substantial fall, Bitcoin seems to be on the upward trajectory again, with a 20% jump in price in less than an hour on Tuesday.

3 Apr 2019

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