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Abraham Cambridge, founder of The Sun Exchange
Powering Africa through blockchain crowdfunding

Africa is on the cusp of an energy revolution. We are seeing exceptional and pioneering solutions to how we generate, use, and pay for energy...

By Abraham Cambridge 20 hours ago

Munich Re sees Asia driving growth for insurers
Munich Re sees Asia driving growth for insurers

FRANKFURT - Growth in Asian emerging economies will boost global insurance markets into next year...

1 day ago

Desperately seeking: A viable healthcare payment system
Desperately seeking: A viable healthcare payment system

South Africa's private healthcare sector is under severe pressure, particularly with rampant inflation tracking at rates higher than CPI...

By Nicci Botha 1 day ago

Startupbootcamp Cape Town calls for applications
Startupbootcamp Cape Town calls for applications

Startupbootcamp (SBC) will be launching its new accelerator programme in Cape Town. Startups from around the world are invited to apply now...

2 days ago

FSB fines Assupol for contravention of insurance act
FSB fines Assupol for contravention of insurance act

The Financial Services Board (FSB) has fined insurers Assupol R500,000 for breaches of the Long-Term Insurance Act: Policyholder Protection Rules...

21 Apr 2017

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Mastercard introduces biometric shopping card

Mastercard has launched a biometric card that uses fingerprints to enable purchases, revealing that it had been piloting the card, a global first for the company, in SA...

21 Apr 2017

Living in La La Land
Living in La La Land

Is South Africa still an investors' dream or are we living in La La Land?

By Danette Breitenbach 21 Apr 2017

Panellists: Associate Professor Mills Soko, director: GSB; Mncane Mthunzi, president: Black Management Forum, Dr Sean Gossel, senior lecturer in finance at the GSB; and Nqabayomzi Kwankwa, United Democratic Movement (UDM) chief whip.
The sticky issue of radical economic transformation

Radical economic transformation. The nebulous term being liberally bandied about by politicians with little clarity on what it actually means.,,

21 Apr 2017

Barclays Accelerator reveals 2017 Africa programme participants
Barclays Accelerator reveals 2017 Africa programme participants

Thursday, 20 April 2017, saw the announcement of the top 10 companies selected for the Barclays Accelerator 2017 Africa programme...

21 Apr 2017

TransUnion releases Vehicle Price Index report
TransUnion releases Vehicle Price Index report

TransUnion released Q1 of the Vehicle Price Index 2017 today. The VPI report examines the link between the year-on-year increase in vehicle pricing for new and used vehicles...

20 Apr 2017

Banks need to be inquisitive to successfully ride the digital wave
Banks need to be inquisitive to successfully ride the digital wave

New technology, the demographic shift, unstructured data, digital labour, cyber security and digital identity are the disruptors that customers and banks face today...

20 Apr 2017

David Zahn, head of European fixed income at Franklin Templeton
How Theresa May's election gambit could strengthen her Brexit hand

UK prime minister, Theresa May's decision to call a snap general election for June 8, 2017 caught just about everybody off guard...

By David Zahn 19 Apr 2017

Co-working properties get the green light from alternative funders
Co-working properties get the green light from alternative funders

The rise of the shared economy is not only shifting how we work, but where we work...

By Gary Palmer 19 Apr 2017

Christo Wiese, chairman of Pepkor. Source:
Tapping into financial data gives a business' story meaning

Business giants like Raymond Ackerman and Christo Wiese may have been able to rely on gut feel, but business leaders today need to fine tune this with financial data...

19 Apr 2017

FNB awarded Best Retail Bank in Southern Africa by Banker Africa Awards
FNB awarded Best Retail Bank in Southern Africa by Banker Africa Awards

At the recent annual Banker Africa - Southern Africa Awards 2017, FNB was selected as the Best Retail Bank in Southern Africa...

18 Apr 2017

SARB's new loop structure allows foreign investment for startups
SARB's new loop structure allows foreign investment for startups

Local unlisted research and development companies can establish companies offshore in order to obtain foreign investment without prior approval...

18 Apr 2017

MTN accountant arrested for allegedly stealing more than R20m
MTN accountant arrested for allegedly stealing more than R20m

An MTN financial accountant has been bust for allegedly stealing R24m from the company, the Gauteng Hawks said...

By Naledi Shange 13 Apr 2017

MSCI 2016 index shows industrial sector drives SA property returns
MSCI 2016 index shows industrial sector drives SA property returns

MSCI has released the IPD South Africa Annual Property Index for 2016...

13 Apr 2017

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Tesco dives into red on accounting scandal

LONDON - Supermarket giant Tesco revealed on Wednesday that it fell into an annual net loss of 40 million due to a costly accounting scandal at Britain's biggest retailer...

13 Apr 2017

What junk status means for car owners
What junk status means for car owners

South Africa has been downgraded to junk status by Standard & Poor's and Fitch Ratings. The long-term effects of being downgraded will lead to higher interest rates...

13 Apr 2017

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Retailers shift away from Africa expansion

Africa is falling off the immediate radar of local retailers after the region posted its slowest growth rate in two decades in 2016, and with the outlook for 2017 looking as unpromising, most companies are changing their focus from expansion to improving customer experience...

By Colleen Goko 12 Apr 2017

S&P downgrades four listed insurers
S&P downgrades four listed insurers

S&P Global Ratings' axe has now fallen on four listed insurers following its recent decision to cut the government's foreign-currency rating to non-investment grade...

12 Apr 2017

SA students compete in KPMG International Case Competition
SA students compete in KPMG International Case Competition

A team of four top students from Witwatersrand (WITS) and University of Pretoria (UP) have headed to Lisbon to compete in the annual KPMG International Case Competition (KICC)...

11 Apr 2017

TC Chetty, South Africa country manager for the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS).
Junk status not good for Africa's overall growth

The recent credit rating downgrades will negatively affect Africa's two biggest economies - South Africa and Nigeria...

11 Apr 2017

Jes Staley, CEO: Barclays
Barclays, its CEO probed over whistleblower programme

Barclays and its CEO Jes Staley are under investigation after he attempted to uncover the identity of a whistleblower within the British financial giant...

11 Apr 2017

Naspers invests an additional R960m in Takealot
Naspers invests an additional R960m in Takealot

Takealot Online (Pty) Ltd today announced a R960m investment from Naspers, highlighting the media group's continued commitment to the online retailer and its confidence in the potential of South Africa's e-commerce sector...

11 Apr 2017

World Bank funds Land Bank project with focus on supporting emerging farmers
World Bank funds Land Bank project with focus on supporting emerging farmers

The Financial Intermediation Project and the resultant disbursement will enable Land Bank to sustainably scale up its sources of funding to benefit emerging farmers...

11 Apr 2017

Sachin Bansal, co-founder & executive chairman, Flipkart speaks during a press conference on ‘Model GST Law (TCS) for the e Commerce Sector’ in New Delhi on February 9, 2017 ()
India's Flipkart raises US$1.4bn from Microsoft, eBay, Tencent

MUMBAI, India: India's top e-commerce company Flipkart announced on Monday it had raised $1.4 billion in a record funding round that shores up the online retail giant in its fight against Amazon...

11 Apr 2017

Brent Curry
Why TFG partners with startups

Here, a Q&A with TFG CIO Brent Curry on the retailer's strategy for partnering with startups for mutual gain...

11 Apr 2017

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