The annual office year-end party is usually where some of the craziest communication of the year takes place. Colleagues are usually beyond drained and exhausted at this time of the year and yet over-jubilant and excited at the same time. Add in to this equation free food and booze and we often see a terrifying communication cocktail in which employees often commit career suicide and take far more than just a day to recover!
By John French 4 Dec 2013 09:34
Bank guarantees feature regularly, and are very often perceived as 'standard' or 'template' documents in respect of which little if any negotiation is encountered insofar as legal drafting is concerned.
By Yaniv Kleitman 29 Nov 2013 11:17
Research shows that the most stable economies in the world, including Switzerland, Finland and Singapore, share a common trait - they have invested heavily in developing the SME sector in their respective nations. As a result of their special focus on helping small businesses to grow, they have managed to encourage innovation, create more jobs and decrease their crime and poverty levels.
By Abram Molelemane and Anton Ressel 27 Nov 2013 08:45
We all know the basics on wills - why they are important, who should draft them and what can happen when you don't have one... but what actually happens when the estate has to be administered?
By Tanya Lochner 14 Nov 2013 09:58
A new Companies Act became operative in our law on 1 May 2011. This Act introduced some novel provisions into our law - among them business rescue.
By Eric Levenstein 8 Nov 2013 08:47
The expansion of the retail unit trust industry has been quite robust, from offering two funds in 1965, to 107 funds in 1996, and more recently, investors have approximately 1000 unit trust funds from which to select.
By Wade Witbooi 31 Oct 2013 11:41
Dear marketer, about that SMS you sent me...
By Keanan Reis 25 Oct 2013 07:00
South Africa is currently the largest economy and the most attractive for foreign investment in Africa - but for how long?
By Ross Pennell 21 Oct 2013 09:48
For the past few weeks we have seen an increasing number of reports on the US government shutdown, budget impasses, defaults, democrats, republicans and the like. While these issues are played out on a foreign continent, they have far reaching implications and could possibly represent significant changes in the global economic environment.
By Santhiran Naidoo 18 Oct 2013 08:38
If we can get back to "business as usual" soon in the United States, then the damage from the fiscal impasse can be limited. Should that be the case, then Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of 1,6% is forecast for the US in 2013 from 2,2% last year with expectations of a pick-up into 2014 of 2,3%.
By Craig Pheiffer 17 Oct 2013 10:30
Using words to soothe or shout isn't always that easy, because the receiver can't hear you. But in front of an audience, be it a presentation, press conference or a televised interview, your voice and face says it all.
By Marion Scher 16 Oct 2013 07:05
You may have complied with all the requirements of creating a valid trust, but how effective, practical and up-to-date is the trust deed?
By Trinette Hartley 2 Oct 2013 06:57
Who still takes three pages in the newspaper for their financial statements? The newspaper does, of course - and sometimes the statements contain nuggets of more interesting information - not strictly financial.
By Anton Harber 2 Oct 2013 05:28
According to the Supreme Court of Appeal in Raubenheimer v Raubenheimer, your will is the most important document you will ever sign.
By Tiny Carroll 30 Sep 2013 11:01
The most telling bit of information released about SA Express last week, was on page 165 of the Annual Report of the Department of Public Enterprises: "No impairment for the current year for South African Express (SAX) has been provided as the current year net asset value is not available." Impairments are changes in the value of an asset, which are obviously impossible to specify if one does not know what the value of the asset was at the start and end of the period.
By Rob Baker 30 Sep 2013 09:19
South Africa's young yet lively venture capital ecosystem is building momentum, with the increased availability of funding mechanisms for innovation being one important driver of this growth.
By Erika van der Merwe 27 Sep 2013 10:23
The next generation of tenderpreneurs is waiting in the wings, and we should all be very worried.
By Anton Ressel 26 Sep 2013 07:48
By Erika van der Merwe 19 Sep 2013 10:52
One of the most important goals we can save towards is our children's education. With a realistic estimate of South African university fees currently sitting at between R35,000 and R50,000 a year (excluding living expenses), most of us will need to save in advance to finance these considerable amounts.
By Nico Coetzee 19 Sep 2013 10:42
Provisions in the Tax Administration Act, 2011 (TAA) which relate to the compulsory repatriation of foreign assets are some of the most far-reaching in our tax laws. The TAA allows the South African Revenue Service (SARS), for the purpose of collecting a tax debt, to apply to the High Court for an order compelling a taxpayer to repatriate foreign assets.
By Graeme Palmer 19 Sep 2013 10:16
The Absa Group recently ranked fourth among the top ten most valuable South African brands in the Brand Finance South Africa survey. The study was conducted by Brand Finance in partnership with Brand South Africa and Brand Africa. The Absa brand is currently valued at approximately R14.9-billion.
By Donvay Wegierski 12 Sep 2013 14:02
For some people the only purpose of a business is to make money for shareholders. For others there might be some underlying social investment - such as creating jobs or providing a better quality of life - but one thing is certain: without profit, no business is sustainable.
By Paddy Hartdegen 11 Sep 2013 08:41
How to move one's business offshore is a popular topic among entrepreneurs, but the decision is not as easy as many seem to think.
By Adrian Dommisse 10 Sep 2013 10:35
As leading economists and governments continue to warn of bleak economic times ahead, financial experts believe that Qualifying Recognised Overseas Pension Schemes, or QROPS, can help UK expatriates be comparatively resilient through tough economic conditions.
By Ross Pennell 9 Sep 2013 14:04
Will it work? What impact will it have on sports sponsorships? In this article, however, the question is asked: Will such a ban be constitutional?
By Gaelyn Scott 6 Sep 2013 06:31
Last year, the JSE rallied 34% over the last year and a half, and the market continues to hit new highs this year. This is at severe odds with the state of both the global and South African economy. In fact, it appears that there is a disconnect between the real world and the investment world and leads one to wonder what is going on?
By Geoff Blount 4 Sep 2013 08:33
South Africa has a mobile penetration of roughly 118% - which means that 50 million people are wielding close to 59 million cell phones. Yet despite the implementation of RICA, mobile churn (where users buy and discard SIM cards) is still increasing.
By Jed Hewson 3 Sep 2013 17:05
While foreign direct investment (FDI) into Africa dipped somewhat over the past two years, it is forecast that it will increase by more than 10% in 2013. Investment into Angola, Mozambique and South Africa appears to be the most prominent, according to the African Economic Outlook 2013 report.
By George Ferreira 31 Aug 2013 12:25
The objective of estate planning is to provide a client with a measure of certainty that his/her objectives for the accumulation, protection and eventual devolution of assets will be met. Within this very broadly stated objective, a client's marital status and marital property regime impact on almost every aspect of their estate and financial planning.
By Tiny Carroll 29 Aug 2013 11:09
High net worth individuals (HNWI's) and trusts have been on the South African Revenue Service's (SARS) radar for some time. Reforming the manner in which South African (SA) trusts are to be taxed in future featured in both the 2012 and 2013 Budget speeches.
By Johan van der Walt 28 Aug 2013 08:03
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