Finance Trends 2018

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'Massive' infrastructure spending needed in Africa, says report

Economic growth in Africa picked up steam last year and is set to accelerate strongly in 2018, but "massive investments" are needed in infrastructure, the African Development Bank (ADB) said Wednesday, 17 January...

2 days ago

VAT hike on the cards, but it won't be easy for Gigaba

With the budget deficit projected to widen from 3.1% to 4.3% of GDP in the current fiscal year and tax revenue expected to fall R50.8bn short of earlier estimates, the Treasury is gripped by the challenge of finding new income streams. Many citizens believe, or fear, it will find them by raising taxes.

By Sunita Menon 2 days ago

South Africans trading cars for bitcoin on the rise

As South Africans are itching to get their hands on bitcoin, there's been an increase in swops and bitcoin-only sales on, says Claire Cobbledick, head of core at Gumtree...

3 days ago

Bitcoin bombs, cryptocoins crash on regulation fears

PARIS, France: Bitcoin, the best known of hundreds of 'virtual' coins, slumped on Tuesday to a six-week low below $12,000 as analysts blamed a rush by various jurisdictions to regulate the sector...

3 days ago

McKinsey strongly denies corruption allegations concerning Eskom and Trillian point by point

Global consultancy McKinsey has strongly denied allegations that it was involved in corrupt efforts to milk Eskom of hundreds of millions of rand...

By Linda Ensor 3 days ago

Former Mbeki advisor appointed KPMG chairperson

KPMG South Africa announced the appointment of a new chairperson and independent director on Wednesday...

By Nico Gous 3 days ago

What's in store for South Africa in 2018?

For South African investors, rand appreciation against the US dollar played a major role in investment performance during 2017...

By Luke McMahon and Shawn Phillips 3 days ago

How corporate SA can transition towards customer centricity and embrace the global paradigm

If your company is not thinking about embracing the global paradigm towards customer centricity, you should spend your remaining profits building a time machine to review the moments that lead to your demise...

By Matthew Westaway 17 Jan 2018

What the amended B-BBEE Sector Codes mean for your industry

The long-awaited amendments to the Financial, Agricultural and Construction Sector Codes were announced recently - but what changes do these codes mean for companies in 2018...?

17 Jan 2018

Investment into African tech startups hit record high in 2017

Investment into African tech startups hit the highest levels since records began in 2017, with 159 startups raising in excess of $195 million...

17 Jan 2018

Where fintech is going in 2018?

Bitcoin and cryptocurrencies were the hot topics in 2017, and will continue to be headliners this year, while there will be a number of other interesting developments around fintech in 2018...

By Dominique Collett 17 Jan 2018

Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi's Alliance Ventures to invest $1bn in startups

Automotive alliance, Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi, has launched a new corporate venture capital fund that plans to invest up to $1bn to support open innovation over the next five years...

17 Jan 2018

Green bonds are taking off - and could help save the planet

The "tragedy of the horizons," a term coined by Canada's Mark Carney, governor of the Bank of England, has been haunting the financial sector ever since climate change began posing serious threats to the planet...

By Olaf Weber and Vasundhara Saravade 17 Jan 2018

Trusts aren't what they used to be

Trusts have long been the silver bullet for estate planning, but the way in which our living situations, financial planning, tax and legal provisions have changed over the past few decades...

By Ettiene Retief 17 Jan 2018

Bitcoin Cash may spell end of Bitcoin

Digital currency Bitcoin will "die a horrible death" in 2018, killed by its rival sister, Bitcoin Cash...

16 Jan 2018

Bank Zero granted provisional mutual banking licence by Sarb

If its application is granted final approval by the South African Reserve Bank (Sarb), Bank Zero will become the country's fourth mutual bank...

16 Jan 2018

10 lessons from a successful crowdfunding campaign

After about 45 days of extreme effort, intense co-ordinating, crazy ideas and good luck, we managed to complete the most successful rewards-based crowdfunding campaign in South Africa to date with Sugarbird Gin...

By Rob Heyns 16 Jan 2018

Sars' 2017 Tax Statistics identifies "PITfalls"

The 10th annual edition of the tax statistics for South Africa provides data on the key trends in tax revenue collections and highlights the role the tax system plays in contributing to South Africa's fiscal health...

By Des Kruger and Wesley Grimm 16 Jan 2018

Why choosing the right insurance formula is essential to mining projects

The turnaround in the mining and resources sector was predicted by the World Bank in early 2017...

15 Jan 2018

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Steinhoff investors ask to join Dutch lawsuit

The Dutch Investors Association (VEB) says it has been approached by many South African-registered Steinhoff shareholders interested in participating in its class action against Steinhoff.

By Ann Crotty 12 Jan 2018

NRD Capital acquires Mike's Kitchen restaurant chain

NRD Capital, a US-based private equity firm that specialises in franchise investments, has cemented its entry into the African market with its acquisition of the 45-year-old South African family restaurant chain, Mike's Kitchen. The deal marks the company's first acquisition on the African continent.

10 Jan 2018

Different approaches to bitcoin in Asia

TOKYO - From clampdowns to a warm embrace, regulators in Asia have taken very different approaches to dealing with the bitcoin phenomenon. Here are the developments in a few key markets.

8 Jan 2018

US broadcaster faces $13.3m fine for airing undisclosed paid ads

WASHINGTON - US regulators on Thursday announced a record $13.3m fine against a major television company for airing promotional content without telling viewers it had been paid to air it.

22 Dec 2017

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