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Liezel Visser
7 Investment terms defined for the novice investor

A few terms that might assist you in making acquaintance with the somewhat daunting, but always interesting world of investing...

By Liezel Visser 29 Jul 2015 14:17

Arthur Kamp
SA Reserve Bank follows through on its promise

The South African Reserve Bank's Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) followed through on previous forward guidance and hiked its repo rate by 25bps...

By Arthur Kamp 24 Jul 2015 16:31

Carey van Vlaanderen
Criminals are targeting SMEs to file fraudulent tax returns

It is a well-known fact that attackers like to find low hanging fruit in order to get into an organisation's juiciest targets...

By Carey van Vlaanderen 22 Jul 2015 07:56

New rules applicable to income protection policies

As of the latest tax year, companies are still struggling to come to grips with the consequences of the changes...

By Rob Cooper 22 Jul 2015 06:44

Choosing an insurer for your business: What to consider
Choosing an insurer for your business: What to consider

Much like car insurance, business insurance companies are a dime a dozen...

By Sophie Baker 20 Jul 2015 12:35

Unpacking tax changes to income protection policies rules
Unpacking tax changes to income protection policies rules

As of the latest tax year (starting 1 March 2015), companies are still struggling to come to grips with the consequences of the changes to the rules in respect of premiums paid to income protection policies...

By Rob Cooper 17 Jul 2015 13:51

Cloud is the next big leap in the evolution of accounting software
Cloud is the next big leap in the evolution of accounting software

Over the past 20 years, we've seen the business software market evolve at a rapid speed, moving from basic DOS-based solutions with text-based interfaces to...

By Steven Cohen 10 Jul 2015 07:35

Killing two birds with one stone
Killing two birds with one stone

In securing the Above the Line (ATL) business of a client in Africa, and a major local client, Switch has a launched itself squarely into the advertising space...

By Danette Breitenbach 2 Jul 2015 14:18

The death of the annual report... As we know it
The death of the annual report... As we know it

We all want a greener, more sustainable world, yet the process of going green still seems to instil fear in some people. Good designers, on the other hand, embrace the move towards sustainability. Not only does green thinking lead to creativity and innovation, ultimately it's good for business, which to us means happy clients...

By Sam Bainbridge 2 Jul 2015 14:00

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Sustainability: a lever for growth

Sustainability is becoming more and more about business as companies realise that it can be a lever for growth...

By Danette Breitenbach 30 Jun 2015 07:30

Tanya Lochner
National Treasury intends to close RA tax loophole

In the foreseeable future retirement annuities will no longer fall outside of your estate for estate duty purposes, so bear that in mind when you do your clients' estate planning.

By Tanya Lochner 23 Jun 2015 16:19

6 Things to consider before investing abroad
6 Things to consider before investing abroad

When it comes to making investments, you have a lot of different options...

By Charles Mburugu 22 Jun 2015 12:36

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Maintaining your reputation while making decent profits from M&A

The average tenure of an accountancy practice client has been declining steadily. However, many practices have not built this reality into their strategic planning or their day-to-day assumptions...

By Dr Mike Sweeting 11 Jun 2015 12:43

Ajen Sita, CEO of EY Africa
Keeping Africa's star on the rise

The continent is at a crossroads, and if the current "Africa Rising" narrative is to sustain itself, critical choices have to be made in order to continue its economic growth, according to the EY Africa Attractiveness Survey...

By Nicci Botha 4 Jun 2015 08:10

Innovation is the name of the game
Innovation is the name of the game

The future success of the insurance industry - and, in fact, all industries - will be driven by innovation. So much so, that we need to conceive of the chief information officer as the chief innovation officer...

By Robert Boccia 3 Jun 2015 09:59

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Internet enables companies to penetrate important market segments

Uber, the on-demand transport business, is now the world's most valuable travel start-up, valued at more than $40bn. In fact, it has the potential to become the most highly valued private company in the world. All of this with no fleet of its own...

By Patrice Rassou 26 May 2015 09:29

Betting the farm on untested tech
Betting the farm on untested tech

While a plethora of new payment solutions are coming to market, businesses should be cautious about moving to new solutions just for the sake of it...

By Jonas Thulin 25 May 2015 10:33

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Provisions in Act can defer payment of CGT

If a person disposes of an asset during the current tax year, but only becomes entitled to payment in future tax years, the Income Tax Act, 1962 provides that the amount is deemed to have accrued to that person during the current tax year...

By Graeme Palmer 25 May 2015 06:49

Madelein van der Watt
Overview of the basics of employer tax

By starting a business, you're helping to create jobs, contributing towards skills development, and even inspiring other entrepreneurs...

By Madelein van der Watt 25 May 2015 06:31

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[African Utility Week] The evolution of the utility

The focus of the third and final keynote session at the African Utility Week was on bridging the gap between the lack of Africa's utility infrastructure and the fully-integrated smart cities of the future for the continent to live up to its projected rate of economic growth...

By Nicci Botha 15 May 2015 06:14

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Application to amend statement of grounds of assessment denied

Judgment was delivered by the Tax Court in the matter between ABC (Pty) Ltd v Commissioner for the South African Revenue Service (SARS) on 8 December 2014. The matter concerned, among other things, an application by SARS to amend its statement of grounds of assessment...

By Heinrich Louw 29 Apr 2015 13:05

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Tour packages are subject to VAT

The Cape Tax Court recently held that tour packages supplied by local tour operators (TO's) to foreign tour operators (FTO's) are subject to VAT at the standard rate and not the zero rate...

By Chris Eagar 29 Apr 2015 10:49

Practical finance plan may put land reform on track
Practical finance plan may put land reform on track

The Agricultural Business Chamber (Agbiz) and the Banking Association South Africa's (Banking Association) model to finance land reform is currently in the spotlight...

By Derick van der Walt 1 Apr 2015 12:35

How many JSE-listers do you think beat the last downturn?
How many JSE-listers do you think beat the last downturn?

Of the more than 1,000 companies surveyed in our research, just a handful of JSE-listed companies managed to sustain and grow earnings between 1997 and 2013...

By Dr Adrian Saville 20 Mar 2015 07:23

Unreasonable delays can prejudice taxpayers
Unreasonable delays can prejudice taxpayers

In a recent judgment, Ackermans Limited v Commissioner for the South African Revenue Service (SARS), the Gauteng High Court was asked to review and set aside a SARS decision to raise additional assessments...

By Graeme Palmer 19 Mar 2015 07:37

Discourse of environmental issues has been hijacked
Discourse of environmental issues has been hijacked

Sustainability is not about being 'green'. It encompasses economic, environmental and social conditions and with regulatory requirements comes the opportunity for improvement...

By Melissa Baird 18 Mar 2015 07:33

Tax benefits of public-private partnerships
Tax benefits of public-private partnerships

It is becoming commonplace for government to enter into arrangements with a private party where the government provides land for the construction or improvements to buildings by the private party without parting with ownership of the land...

By Graeme Palmer 13 Mar 2015 07:39

How to choose a bank
How to choose a bank

Now that you've decided to start your own business, you're going to need a bank account for it. Sounds easy, right? Until you realise you have multiple options and no idea which is the best fit for you. Here are some things to consider before you make your decision...

By Sophie Baker 12 Mar 2015 10:40

Why focusing on matric results isn't the solution to SA's education woes
Why focusing on matric results isn't the solution to SA's education woes

When interventions made to raise the levels of mathematics skills and knowledge among South African learners fail to bear fruit, it's understandable that many are quick to feel that we are in a state of crisis...

By Christina Watson 9 Mar 2015 11:25

SCA clarifies relationship between VAT vendor and SARS
SCA clarifies relationship between VAT vendor and SARS

The basic principle of VAT is that a vendor must account to the South African Revenue Service (SARS) for output tax on taxable supplies made after deducting any input tax incurred by him...

By Graeme Palmer 9 Mar 2015 10:10

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