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JP Landman
SA property sector to become more investor-friendly

The long-standing pattern has been that if local financiers buy, foreign investors will be sure to follow. It is therefore imperative for the industry, with both private sector and government players, to create an inviting and enabling environment for investors on home shores...

By JP Landman 20 Nov 2014 12:10

Export credit can bridge infrastructure funding gap
Export credit can bridge infrastructure funding gap

International banks, investment funds and other investors are turning to Africa for infrastructure investment returns that promise to be higher than those in developed markets...

By Frances Okosi 12 Nov 2014 12:38

Vision 2030 requires leadership and courage
Vision 2030 requires leadership and courage

Cape Town's socio-economic challenges cannot be overcome through narrow, sectarian politicking.

By Chris Whelan 12 Nov 2014 08:54

Reasons for decline in generational family wealth
Reasons for decline in generational family wealth

Approximately 70% of second-generation families squander assets received from an estate transfer.

By Carien Strauss 12 Nov 2014 08:27

New withholding tax on interest soon into operation
New withholding tax on interest soon into operation

With the new withholding tax on interest soon coming into operation on 1 March 2015, preparations by affected parties for the tax should be well under way.

By Graeme Palmer 7 Nov 2014 07:59

Alternatives to bank loans for financing small enterprises
Alternatives to bank loans for financing small enterprises

If you're a South African entrepreneur or small business owner looking for financing to start or expand a business, you have probably become accustomed to banks and venture capital firms slamming the door in your face.

By Steven Cohen 31 Oct 2014 08:38

Subrogation entitles insurer to certain rights
Subrogation entitles insurer to certain rights

After your insurer indemnifies you in terms of your policy of insurance, your insurer has certain rights. One of those rights is the right of subrogation, either by common law or in terms of the insurance policy.

By Jayne Cross 21 Oct 2014 07:16

Debt collection and flight, fight or freeze concept
Debt collection and flight, fight or freeze concept

The scientific notion of flight, fight or freeze describes responses triggered by the perception that we are under physical or mental threat. This concept has percolated the legal fraternity over the years and it recently shared the spotlight with advocate Barry Roux and Gerrie Nel in the Oscar Pistorius trial.

By Keolebogile Mugabe 16 Oct 2014 11:23

Ke nako! Shifting to a green economy
Ke nako! Shifting to a green economy

Ke nako (It's time) was the buzz phrase top of mind during the months preceding the 2010 FIFA World Cup. In 2014 this phrase once again rings true, but for a new zeitgeist: it's time for business to get on the green wave.

By Sindy Peters 7 Oct 2014 10:17

UDZ tax incentive extended for six years
UDZ tax incentive extended for six years

In 2003 the Urban Development Zone (UDZ) tax incentive was introduced under section 13quat of the Income Tax Act, 1962 to promote urban renewal in demarcated areas.

By Graeme Palmer 26 Sep 2014 09:01

Concerns about reduction in interest deduction limitation rate
Concerns about reduction in interest deduction limitation rate

Interest deduction limitation provisions have been enacted in terms of s23N of the Income Tax Act, No 58 of 1962, which apply to so called 'reorganisation and acquisition transactions'.

By Andrew Lewis 26 Sep 2014 08:56

Tax consequences on improvements on land under a sub-lease
Tax consequences on improvements on land under a sub-lease

The South African Revenue Service (SARS) was recently called upon to make a ruling on the income tax consequences for the lessor, lessee and the sub-lessee of land, arising from an obligation on the sub-lessee to effect improvements on the land under a sub-lease in circumstances where no express obligation for improvements was placed on the lessee by the main lease.

By Graeme Palmer 17 Sep 2014 07:54

Special Economic Zone Act will attract foreign investments
Special Economic Zone Act will attract foreign investments

New investor incentives and benefits from the Special Economic Zone (SEZ) Act 2014 in South Africa will attract further domestic and foreign direct investment to South African industrial and special economic zones.

By Chris Mashigo 8 Sep 2014 11:29

Changes in Taxation Laws Amendment Bill in spotlight
Changes in Taxation Laws Amendment Bill in spotlight

The draft 2014 Taxation Laws Amendment Bill (TLAB) brings with it some important proposed changes to the formula that employers use to calculate the fringe benefit value of their contributions to employees' defined benefit funds.

By Rob Cooper 8 Sep 2014 10:44

Choosing the right financial advisor is crucial
Choosing the right financial advisor is crucial

The best way to secure financial freedom is to devise, implement and manage a sound, tailor-made strategy with an independent financial adviser (IFA). But choosing the right IFA, a professional who will manage your money and help you meet your long-term objectives, is not always easy.

By Greg Stockton 5 Sep 2014 09:17

Marion Scher
Write reports people will actually read

I was recently asked to coach two young women whose sole job was to prepare their company's annual general report. That was all they did...

By Marion Scher 3 Sep 2014 05:52

Danette Breitenbach
Eugene... the new face of banking radio?

Radio has long been the battlefield for banking. Over the past couple of years the banking sector, because of some guy called Steve, became even more competitive.

By Danette Breitenbach 29 Aug 2014 08:02

Parties to a statutory merger must consider tax consequences
Parties to a statutory merger must consider tax consequences

The purpose of this article is to discuss aspects of the relationship between the provisions of the Companies Act, No 71 of 2008 and the Income Tax Act, No 58 of 1962 (ITA) in relation to statutory mergers.

By Justine Krige 29 Jul 2014 07:28

Myles Wakefield
The reality of property

There is a valuable, but not easy, lesson property investors must learn about their asset...

By Myles Wakefield 21 Jul 2014 12:00

Taxpayer must prove that a transaction is exempt
Taxpayer must prove that a transaction is exempt

A taxpayer bears the burden of proving that an amount or transaction is exempt or otherwise untaxable.

By Graeme Palmer 21 Jul 2014 07:27

Vietnam offers attractive investment opportunities
Vietnam offers attractive investment opportunities

Vietnam offers a compelling investment opportunity for the next decade. Home to 92 million people, the Vietnam population boasts a 97% literacy rate.

By James Gilfillan 18 Jul 2014 12:24

Section 75 introduced significant changes to Companies Act
Section 75 introduced significant changes to Companies Act

In the interest of ensuring that the integrity of board decisions are not compromised by directors' personal financial interests, section 75 of the Companies Act 71 of 2008, has introduced some significant changes to the provisions of its predecessor, the Companies Act 61 of 1973 (the old Companies Act).

By Nozipho Bhengu 18 Jul 2014 09:57

Mobile payment methods support socio-economic development
Mobile payment methods support socio-economic development

Mobile money has fast-tracked socio-economic development in emerging markets and, promoted freedom of choice and enterprise development, but how long before regulations throttle financial inclusion?

By Desere Orrill 17 Jul 2014 10:24

New Act not clear about position of secure creditors in business rescue
New Act not clear about position of secure creditors in business rescue

In liquidation the position of secured creditors is clear; their security is protected in liquidation, their secured asset is realised for their benefit - only the surplus after their claim is paid falls into the remainder of the estate for the benefit of other creditors, and they have voting power by value only to the extent that their claim is not covered by their security.

By Richard Marcus 11 Jul 2014 14:17

Janine Lazarus
The JSE lends its financial muscle to messaging

With the growing focus on corporate governance and transparency, and with organisational reputation cited as the number one risk to companies, it never fails to amaze me how some people...

By Janine Lazarus, Issued by Janine Lazarus Media Consultancy 10 Jul 2014 11:17

Luigi Marinus
Stock markets at record highs while growth is down

The South African economy is under strain: After growing by just 1.9% in 2013, it proceeded to shrink in the first quarter of 2014. Expectations are that the economy will grow by only 2% this year - and that's if we're lucky.

By Luigi Marinus 3 Jul 2014 09:36

Graham Turnbull
[Money Matters] Investing in property... or equities?

This is the third in a series of Q&As aimed at providing guidance to you in your personal finance issues.

By Graham Turnbull 2 Jul 2014 07:42

Bank on change in Africa
Bank on change in Africa

I have been part of the 'banked' segment of civilization since I was five years old. I have tried it all, from savings to home-loans, vehicle finance to credit card...

By Cobus van Zyl 1 Jul 2014 11:49

Impact of fiscal amendments on taxation of risk policies
Impact of fiscal amendments on taxation of risk policies

The National Treasury released the first batch of fiscal amendments on 10 June 2014. One of the most significant amendments relates to the way in which risk policies will be taxed in the hands of long-term insurance companies.

By Emil Brincker 26 Jun 2014 11:58

Graham Turnbull
[Money Matters] Taking your money offshore?

This is the second in a series of Q&As aimed at providing guidance to you in your personal finance issues.

By Graham Turnbull 25 Jun 2014 07:16

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