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#Budget2018: Speech reinforces support for small businesses

There was a consistent theme of SME support in both the recent State of the Nation Address and the National Budget Speech...

19 hours ago

#Budget2018: Tax bites the rich, but not as badly as predicted

All the predictions ahead of the Budget Speech were far worse than what actually transpired, including the impact on wealthier South Africans, which wasn't as severe as it could have been...

19 hours ago

#Budget2018: Tough budget positive for property market in medium to long term

Wednesday's Budget Speech, delivered by minister of finance Malusi Gigaba, is likely to prove positive for the property market in the medium to long term, says Gerhard Kotzé, MD of the RealNet...

22 hours ago

#Budget2018: Medical aid credits stay, but NHI funding model still unclear

The approximately eight-million people in South Africa who rely on medical tax credits to subsidise the cost of existing medical aid schemes can breathe a sigh of relief...

By Lebo Motsumi 20 hours ago

#Budget2018: Nuclear deal proves a damp squib, while renewables reignite

In a media briefing prior to his Budget Speech, Finance Minister, Malusi Gigaba, confirmed that the nuclear deal is off the table for now because the country simply cannot afford it...

17 hours ago

#Budget2018: Struggling wine industry disappointed in excise duty increases

With the wine industry supporting approximately 290,000 jobs, the fact that the average wine grape producer does not function at sustainable profit margins and more than a third operate at a loss is great cause for concern...

19 hours ago

#Budget2018: Drought-ravaged provinces could get up to R6bn in relief

Relief for SA's drought-ridden regions amounting to R6bn was among the proposals announced by finance minister Malusi Gigaba when he delivered the Budget Speech on Wednesday, 21 February...

By Khulekani Magubane 21 hours ago

Discovery offers aid in public health

Discovery CEO Adrian Gore says he would welcome the opportunity to partner with the government in scaling some of the insurer's healthcare innovations across the public sector, at no financial benefit...

18 hours ago

#Budget2018: Rising tax burden on shrinking base worrying for economy, property

It was always going to be a tough budget given that finance minister Malusi Gigaba already signalled during his mini-budget late last year that there was a significant fiscal deficit that needed to be funded...

By Samuel Seeff 21 hours ago

#Budget2018: Public Procurement Bill to give women and youth in business a leg up

The long-awaited Public Procurement Bill will be submitted to Cabinet in March, paving the way for black-, youth- and women-owned businesses to get larger stakes in state procurement, which runs into billions of rand...

By Khulekani Magubane 15 hours ago

#AEI2018: Closing Africa's energy gaps

While access to affordable, reliable and sustainable energy for all will usher in economic growth and job creation on the continent, energy projects in Africa lack sufficient access to financing sources...

By Danette Breitenbach 18 hours ago

#Budget2018: Sturdy budget promises firm roots for green shoots

According to Berry Everitt, CEO of the Chas Everitt International property group, Wednesday's Budget Speech contained some very hopeful elements for SA's property sector...

21 hours ago

Capital & Counties drops 4% despite weathering Brexit fall-out

Despite London-based property group Capital & Counties (CapCo), which is also listed on the JSE, weathering a difficult 2017 and managing to maintain its dividend growth amid fall-out from Brexit, proposed investors were unimpressed...

By Alistair Anderson 17 hours ago

#Budget2018: The taxing questions facing Gigaba

Today the spotlight will fall on the minister of finance, Malusi Gigaba when he delivers the 2018 Annual Budget Speech...

1 day ago

Resilient's board gives executives benefit of the doubt

Resilient's board said on Monday, 19 February, it was supporting the company's executive management regardless of allegations in recent reports about how they run assets and regardless of the recent sell-off in its shares...

By Alistair Anderson 1 day ago

Not all African startups need VC money

Not all African tech startups will feel the need to raise VC funding, but those that do must ensure they are adequately prepared for what is a lengthy process.

By Tom Jackson 1 day ago

Balancing cybersecurity and internet freedom in Africa

With Bitcoin volatility making daily headlines, even those living in the technological 'Dark Ages' are realising that the future is digital...

By Yarik Turianskyi 1 day ago

R57bn for free tertiary education

Government has been forced to hold back on some of its capital projects and reduce spending on goods and services in order to find R57-billion to fund free tertiary education...

By Thabo Mokone 1 day ago

#Budget2018: Start by trimming the fat, BLSA says

South Africas need to build on the momentum in the country right now by delivering a budget that supports the ambitious but achievable plans announced by President Cyril Ramaphosa in his Sona last week.

1 day ago

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"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

A South African's guide to moving to and making it in Malta: An economy of fireworks

Although I have lived long enough to be aware of the inevitability of economic cycles, I am always oddly proud whenever I read about Malta's strong economic performance - as if I had something to do with it! After a decade's diet of negative South African poltico-economic views, I'd forgotten that curious feeling of civic optimism, the effervescence of possibility and the Candidean sense of living in the best of all possible worlds that good news cultivates.

By Marcus 'The Maltese Falcon' Brewster 9 Feb 2018

South Africa wins 12 Midas Gold Ingots at Midas Awards!

The Midas Awards for the World's Best Financial Advertising has announced its 2017 winners and South Africa has struck gold with 12 Midas Gold Ingots in the bag.

7 Feb 2018

Britain sees first Bitcoin armed robbery: reports

LONDON, UK - Armed robbers have raided the house of a British virtual currency trader, forcing him to transfer Bitcoins after tying up his wife and threatening him with a gun, British media reported.

30 Jan 2018

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