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Pascale Butcher
Keeping the cash, flowing - Meredith Harington

[Pascale Butcher] An important fundamental common to every business is the management of profitability and cash flow. It is critical to understand the difference between them and the fact that profitability and good cash flow do not necessarily coincide...

Posted 21 days ago | Like
Rikus Visser
Are you surfing in shark infested water? - Meredith Harington

[Rikus Visser] By now most of us have received an email that requires one to click on a link to update your banking details. Hopefully we are all aware that these are scams and that no South African bank will ask you to update any banking details via an email...

Posted 1 month ago | Like (1)
Johann Nortje
Johann Nortje
[Finance & Insurance] Yet another bank has to be bailed out and this time it’s the African Bank. If you’re one of the shareholders, you most probably have either sold your shares by now or are trying to get them sold.
Posted 1 month ago | Like
Desiree Goodwin
Are you working smart to avoid the pitfalls in completing your tax return? - Meredith Harington

[Desiree Goodwin] The 2014 tax season is now in full swing. Here are the ways in which you can complete your return and some areas to be careful of...

Posted 2 months ago | Like (1)
Graham Turnbull
[Money Matters] How to avoid that penalty on your RA

[Graham Turnbull] We invest in a retirement annuity to ensure we can live comfortably in retirement - but what happens when a penalty promises to take a massive chunk out of your savings?

Posted 4 months ago | Like
Brett Bowes
Government and private sector after 20 years of democracy

[Brett Bowes] We are enjoying 20 years of democracy so it is a good time to take an objective look at transformation as a partnership between government and the private sector.

Posted 5 months ago | Like
Ross Pennell
South Africa faces a shrinking economy

South Africa faces a shrinking economy[Ross Pennell] Policymakers at the recent International Monetary Fund (IMF)/World Bank meetings highlighted the fact that several countries, including South Africa, are faced with the problem of having to tighten monetary and fiscal policies.

Posted 5 months ago | Like
Laurence Hillman
Retirement reforms and making provision

[Laurence Hillman] In South Africa, it would be normal if you had to work your entire life and still end up in debt - an uncertain future exacerbated by the average debt-to-income ratio of 80% and the fact that three out of four people will cash in their retirement fund when they change jobs, often to pay off previously incurred debt.

Posted 5 months ago | Like
Pascale Butcher
Outcompeting the competition - Meredith Harington

Outcompeting the competition - Meredith Harington[Pascale Butcher] Have you ever walked through a mall or down the street and been confronted with a new product that is exactly the same as yours and you had that "oh no, not another one" feeling?

Posted 5 months ago | Like
Graeme Palmer
Foreign suppliers of electronic services must register with SARS

Foreign suppliers of electronic services must register with SARS[Graeme Palmer] Advances in technology have seen a significant increase in e-commerce transactions where goods and services are supplied to South African consumers through the medium of the internet. The Value Added Tax Act requires VAT to be charged on these transactions at the standard rate of 14%.

Posted 6 months ago | Like
Chantelle Dreyer
Gloom as feeble economy sheds thousands more jobs

Gloom as feeble economy sheds thousands more jobs[Chantelle Dreyer] The impact of weak economic growth is being increasingly felt as thousands of jobs disappear and employment prospects dissipate.

Posted 7 months ago | Like
Peter Meredith
Taxes are certain - What can an entrepreneur do? - Meredith Harington

[Peter Meredith] While well ahead of Africa, and placed competitively worldwide, most South African entrepreneurs would consider they pay too much tax.

Posted 7 months ago | Like (1)
Michael Stein
Fixed amount penalties for non-compliance under Tax Admin Law Act

Fixed amount penalties for non-compliance under Tax Admin Law Act[Michael Stein] The Tax Administration Laws Act 28 of 2011 is a fascinating and far-reaching piece of tax legislation that affects all taxpayers and tax practitioners. For instance, Chapter 15 of the Act deals with administrative non-compliance penalties, which comprise fixed amount penalties and the percentage-based penalty.

Posted 8 months ago | Like
Arthur Kamp
Forward-looking SARB backs its forecasts

Forward-looking SARB backs its forecasts[Arthur Kamp] The general expectation was that the South African Reserve Bank (SARB) would hold interest rates steady. After all, domestic demand is soft, credit extension growth has been modest and the core inflation rate has been stable at 5.3% for the last four months of data up to December 2013.

Posted 8 months ago | Like
Kay Schröder
SA, Germany investment treaty cancelled

SA, Germany investment treaty cancelled[Kay Schröder] In an attempt to overhaul its foreign investment protection regime, SA gave notice to cancel its Investment Protection Treaty with Germany. Subsequently, on 23 October 2013 the draft Promotion and Protection of Investment Bill was published for public comment.

Posted 10 months ago | Like
Wade Witbooi
Changing landscape of unit trust industry

Changing landscape of unit trust industry[Wade Witbooi] 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.

Posted 11 months ago | Like
Ross Pennell
Five reasons why South African residents should invest offshore

Five reasons why South African residents should invest offshore[Ross Pennell] South Africa is currently the largest economy and the most attractive for foreign investment in Africa - but for how long?

Posted 12 months ago | Like (2)
Republicans, democrats, shutdowns and your investment

Republicans, democrats, shutdowns and your investment[Santhiran Naidoo] 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.

Posted 1 year ago | Like
Erika van der Merwe
Getting innovative about funding

[Erika van der Merwe] 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.

Posted 1 year ago | Like
Nico Coetzee
The costs of education: making your sums

[Nico Coetzee] 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.

Posted 1 year ago | Like