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Private equity has plenty of room to grow

Of the 200 African private equity deals reported last year, around half were transacted in Southern Africa. Of those 65% were in South Africa...

18 hours ago

Risky business travel: how can companies avoid pitfalls when travelling abroad?

If a business traveller extends their trip for pleasure and the leisure portion comprises more than half the time they are away, they should be aware that they need to purchase additional travel insurance cover...

12 hours ago

#Budget2017: Did he do enough?

Despite facing dual political and economic pressures, the minister had a job to do, and he seemingly did that well...

By Marc Sevitz 1 day ago

Budget speech announces further consultations on sugar tax, welcomed by industry

Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan's announced in his Budget speech on 22 February 2017 that there would be further consultations on the tax on sugar-sweetened beverages...

1 day ago

The wages of sin rise ever higher - and the net is thrown wider

If you enjoy a cigarette with your rum and coke, your wallet will face a triple threat this year...

By Bianca Capazorio 1 day ago

The 2017 Budget Speech from an agribusiness perspective

According to Agbiz CEO, Dr John Purchase, this year's budget speech, from an agribusiness perspective, comes against the backdrop of high food price inflation, a recent positive upturn in agribusiness confidence, and...

1 day ago

#Budget2017: Levelheaded speech despite political runctions

This year's budget speech comes amid heightened political tensions, which appear to have a direct impact on the future of Treasury, and ultimately Gordhan himself...

By Tandisizwe Mahlutshana 1 day ago

#BudgetSpeech2017: Striking the right balance

Gordhan understands that fiscal rectitude is necessary for the growth and transformation of South Africa's economy...

By Kenneth Creamer 1 day ago

Value added services made easy for South African retailers

A Cape Town-based fintech business, Electrum, is providing retailers and banks with the technology platform that they need to connect their systems to VAS providers...

2 days ago

#BudgetSpeech2017: New personal income tax bracket for top earners

Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan has proposed a new personal income tax bracket for those earning salaries of above R1.5 million...

2 days ago

Visa flexibility would boost SA outsource potential

South Africa's hopes of serving as a global outsource destination to drive foreign investment are achievable according to DigiOutsource, a global enterprise based in Cape Town and serving international gaming clients.

2 days ago

The choice between growth and revenue

The global trend towards lower corporate tax rates puts South Africa at a crossroads, with the choice being economic growth or generating additional revenue...

2 days ago

Ipsos poll: Economic difficulties and a small ray of hope

Three in every ten adult South Africans believe things will take a turn for the better in the next year, while just over half believe that things will be about the same and a further two in every ten think they'll be worse off...

Issued by Ipsos 2 days ago

Getting heavy-handed on fintech community disruption with Heavy Chef Tours

Heavy Chef founder and CEO Fred Roed shares why he resigned from agency WWC at the end of last year to take the Heavy Chef ‘side project' community to the doers, globally…

By Leigh Andrews 3 days ago

Just launches new brand identity, drops Retirement in name

Just, founded in 2014 by retirement specialists who wanted to address shortcomings in the South African retirement market, has launched its new brand identity, ‘Just' last week, locking in the descriptor ‘Rethink Retirement'...

3 days ago

Banks could face massive fines for price fixing

The banks implicated in price fixing by the Competition Commission could face fines of 10% of their turnover...

3 days ago

Sugar tax must come with an education programme

The new tax on SSBs can't stand alone in addressing obesity and related lifestyle diseases, and must form part of an integrated education plan...

3 days ago

Fortune favours the cautious

First, the good news: The macro-economic backdrop to this year's budget speech is not quite as intimidating as a year ago...

By Professor André Roux 3 days ago

Alibaba unit invests $200m in South Korea's Kakao Pay

Alibaba's payment affiliate Ant Financial will invest $200 million in a unit of South Korean messaging giant Kakao, the companies said on Tuesday...

3 days ago

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