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Investigation to throw light on tax refunds
Investigation to throw light on tax refunds

The investigation by the tax ombud into tax refunds will determine whether Sars has been withholding refunds to boost tax revenue artificially...

1 day ago

Demarcation regulations: In whose best interests?
Demarcation regulations: In whose best interests?

Are the demarcation regulations a means to erode private healthcare ahead of NHI, or is opposition just insurance companies protecting their bottom line?..

1 day ago

Coal's Makhado site. Source: Coal of Africa
Coal of Africa exec fined, suspended for insider trader

Coal of Africa's COO has been fined R350,000 for insider trading by the FSB) and was subsequently suspended by the company pending an internal investigation...

3 days ago

One stop shop to make doing business easier
One stop shop to make doing business easier

Investors have lauded the launch of the Invest South Africa One Stop Shop (InvestSA OSS), saying it will go a long way in easing the way business is done in South Africa...

3 days ago

Andrew Torre, Visa president for sub-Saharan Africa. Source:
How Africa's mobile revolution is reaching the unbanked

The continent's mobile banking revolution is only just beginning, and although payment systems are becoming more seamless, cash is still king in Africa...

By Nicci Botha 20 Mar 2017

Audit firms unhappy with MAFR decision
Audit firms unhappy with MAFR decision

Further work needs to be done to understand the effect and consequences of mandatory audit firm rotation that the IRBA has decided on...

By Linda Ensor 20 Mar 2017

Dube Tshidi, FSB executive officer
FSB's transition to FSCA shifts focus to customers and efficiency

The switch from FSB to FSCA requires a different mind-set and approach both within and out of the body...

By Dube Tshidi 17 Mar 2017

The race for the payments space
The race for the payments space

Long the bastion of institutionalism and trust, and therefore fairly resilient to disruption, banks are now in a war of adapt or die...

By Nicci Botha 17 Mar 2017

SA doing well on the entrepreneurship front, report says
SA doing well on the entrepreneurship front, report says

South African entrepreneurs have overcome slow GDP growth rate and Big Business competition to produce some of the most successful enterprises on the continent...

16 Mar 2017

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Setting growth projections from your marketing plan

Setting realistic growth projections is one of the most important and challenging aspects of running a business. One of the issues is that future growth rates will be profoundly impacted by your marketing plan. Unfortunately, too many businesses fail to make realistic projections...

By Ryan Kh 16 Mar 2017

Credit life insurance regulations to come into effect in August
Credit life insurance regulations to come into effect in August

The credit life insurance industry has until August 2017 to align with the final Credit Life Insurance Regulations, the Department of Trade and Industry (dti) said on Tuesday, 14 March 2017.

15 Mar 2017

Fraud, waste and abuse - why healthcare is so expensive
Fraud, waste and abuse - why healthcare is so expensive

Some of the most significant contributors to soaring healthcare costs are fraud, waste and abuse...

15 Mar 2017

Launch event of the Old Mutual Black Distributor's Trust Infinitum Initiative
Old Mutual initiative aims to further drive transformation

Old Mutual Black Distributor's Trust has launched Infinitum Initiative, an incubation programme that aims to further boost transformation in the financial services sector...

15 Mar 2017

Airline shares hit by blizzard as flights canceled
Airline shares hit by blizzard as flights canceled

NEW YORK, US: Airline shares tumbled on Monday ahead of an expected blizzard in the US Northeast that caused the cancellation of thousands of flights...

15 Mar 2017

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Auditing profession must look beyond the numbers for real transformation

IRBA outlines its concerns around the slow pace of transformation of the financial services sector before parliament...

15 Mar 2017

Disability claims hit assurers
Disability claims hit assurers

A spike in disability claims has hit the profits of all SA's life assurers hard over the past year, because of the economic downturn and a change to tax rules...

14 Mar 2017

Tax ombudsman asks to probe delayed refunds
Tax ombudsman asks to probe delayed refunds

Tax Ombudsman Judge Bernard Ngoepe has written to Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan, asking for permission to launch a probe into whether "systemic problems" SARS are the reason for widespread delays in the payment of refunds...

13 Mar 2017

Insurance rivals go head-to-head in aid of charity
Insurance rivals go head-to-head in aid of charity

The King Price family arrived to work this morning to find an empty throne – their king (mascot) has been abducted by one of its (green with envy) competitors over the weekend...

13 Mar 2017

The China syndrome: Africa, the East and mining
The China syndrome: Africa, the East and mining

Over the past decade, South Africa has experienced an insatiable demand from China for raw material and commodities to fuel its manufacturing industries...

13 Mar 2017

South African odyssey: Part 2
South African odyssey: Part 2

Mark Mobius' take on the sluggish SA economy and the investment potential of the consumer sector...

By Mark Mobius 13 Mar 2017

South African odyssey: Part 1
South African odyssey: Part 1

Emerging markets heavyweight, Mobius Mark Mobius, visited South Africa recently and says, after a very rosy start, the country's economy has all but stalled...

By Mark Mobius 13 Mar 2017

Crowdfunding's growing impetus in Africa
Crowdfunding's growing impetus in Africa

Peer-to-peer business lending is the third-largest finance model in Africa, totalling $16m in volume in 2014 and 2015, and it's growing in popularity...

10 Mar 2017

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Insurance vital, but no magic bullet to fight drought in Africa

More developing countries urgently need insurance to cushion their farmers against weather extremes that can worsen poverty, but it is no magic bullet to ward off the escalating impacts of climate change, experts say...

By Alex Whiting 10 Mar 2017

Andrew Lapping, chief investment officer, Allan Gray
Allan Gray defends 'good value' Net1

Allan Gray has defended its decision to invest in Net1 UEPs, the controversial parent company of social grants distributor CPS...

By Hanna Ziady 10 Mar 2017

NCR warns about pawning vehicles for loans
NCR warns about pawning vehicles for loans

The National Credit Regulator (NCR) is concerned about the rising number of consumers who pawn their motor vehicles in order to obtain loans...

10 Mar 2017

CiTi joins Helen Zille on mission to Singapore, Japan
CiTi joins Helen Zille on mission to Singapore, Japan

The Cape Innovation and Technology Initiative (CiTi) is joining Western Cape premier, Helen Zille, on a working visit to Singapore and Japan...

10 Mar 2017

Source: Africa Business Communities
Building business around the customer

In an era of rapidly emerging new technologies customers' preferences are deeply interlocked with the use of new digital innovations...

By Peter Alkema 9 Mar 2017

The value of rewards in building consumer trust online
The value of rewards in building consumer trust online

Trust, throughout the e-commerce ecosystem, was the number one topic taking up headspace for those in the industry...

By Carlos Simões 9 Mar 2017

Afgri pursues Bank of Athens' SA stake
Afgri pursues Bank of Athens' SA stake

Afgri is seeking to acquire the South African portion of Bank of Athens. The deal would give Afgri, which has long been a financier of farmers in partnership with the Land Bank, a banking licence...

By Colleen Goko 8 Mar 2017

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