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1% matters - how the VAT increase affects property sales

The power of one: a phrase that has been quoted in many a clichéd motivational poster, but one whose power has never quite been fully grasped - until now...

By Adrian Goslett 1 hour ago

AU launches ambitious bid for world's largest free trade area

Africa's leaders will gather in Rwanda on Wednesday to launch what they say will be the world's largest free trade area but Nigeria has already pulled out, highlighting the challenge in getting the continent to sign up...

1 day ago

Only half of plastic bag levy has gone to support recycling

Only about half of the nearly R2bn raised through the plastic supermarket bag levy has been officially allocated to recycling...

By Guy Rogers 2 days ago

Sars boss Tom Moyane suspended

In a late-night move, President Cyril Ramaphosa has suspended South African Revenue Service (Sars) commissioner Tom Moyane.

By Penwell Dlamini 1 day ago

#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 2 days ago

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 3 days ago

Sars refutes illegal VAT payments to Guptas

The South African Revenue Service (Sars) said it did not make irregular value-added tax (VAT) refunds to Gupta-owned Oakbay Investments...

3 days ago

VAT hike could have been avoided if corruption had been cut, Judge Dennis Davis says

A hike in the value-added tax (VAT) rate, which kicks in at the end of March, could have been avoided, Judge Dennis Davis, chair of the Davis Tax Commission, said.

By Asha Speckman 16 Mar 2018

Business opposes carbon tax plan

Carbon- and energy-intensive companies in the mining, steel, chemical, cement and paper industries have come out against the carbon tax proposed by the Treasury...

By Linda Ensor 16 Mar 2018

Tower Property Fund launches TPF International

Tower Property Fund has announced the launch of TPF International, separate offshore company to be incorporated in Mauritius as a Category 1 Global Business Licence company...

16 Mar 2018

VAT poses headaches for short-term insurance industry

One of the most notable announcements in the 2018 Budget Speech was the increase of the VAT rate from 14% to 15%, effective 1 April 2018...

By Yusuf Bodiat 16 Mar 2018

KPMG SA fined $100,000 for "improper professional conduct"

KPMG SA has been censured by the powerful US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and has to pay a $100,000 fine for "improper professional conduct"...

By Ann Crotty 15 Mar 2018

Steinhoff investors voted to absolve directors of liability

More than 98% of Steinhoff International's shareholders voted to discharge all of the directors and supervisory board members from liabilities at the group's annual general meeting (AGM) in March 2017...

By Ann Crotty 15 Mar 2018

#ECMA18: Unlocking the potential of data in enhancing CX

Tapping into the potential of data to provide insight into consumers' thinking and behaviour may translate into an enhanced customer experience strategy...

By Maroefah Smith 15 Mar 2018

#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

#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

#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

Top Sars official Jonas Makwakwa 'quits' mid-probe, sources say

The embattled South African Revenue Service (Sars) was on Wednesday expected to announce the resignation, with immediate effect, of Jonas Makwakwa, its disgraced chief officer for business and individual tax...

By Sabelo Skiti 14 Mar 2018

Understanding Bitcoin Lightning Network: Your guide to the complicated world of Bitcoin

Over the recent times as the value of Bitcoin has increased exponentially this has given rise to a monumental growth in the demand of the lucrative, but barely understood cryptocurrency...

Issued by Bitcoin Lightning Network 14 Mar 2018

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Steinhoff: mess began in central Europe

Steinhoff chairwoman Heather Sonn said it appeared that the group's "accounting irregularities" related largely to its central European business.

By Ann Crotty 2 Mar 2018

Hyprop buys two shopping centres in Croatia through co-owned Hystead

Hyprop Investments has continued its offshore push by acquiring an interest in two shopping centres in Croatia.

By Alistair Anderson 23 Feb 2018

"Financial advertising is far from boring": Cullinan SA on their Midas Award wins

While the advertising industry is cluttered with award shows, the Midas Awards that recognise the world's best financial advertising are ones to watch as this form of brand messaging is aimed at gaining the rarest kind of consumer trust imaginable. Here's how SA's own Cullinan agency recently proved its weight in gold.

By Leigh Andrews 15 Feb 2018

Tower Property Fund seeks a rerating

Tower Property Fund could receive a rerating this year and raise capital as the junior property stock looks to stabilise its Croatian portfolio and complete developments in Cape Town.

15 Feb 2018

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