25% tax on international branding services?
25% tax on international branding services?

Kenyan intellectual Prof. Patrick Lumumba, giving the Nelson Mandela Memorial Lecture on Tuesday, speculated that, were Mandela alive today, one of the many questions he would ask is why Africa as a continent is so adept at producing that which it does not consume, and consuming that which it does not produce. Many will automatically associate this with consumer products and mineral resources. However, it is equally applicable to services.

By Giles Shepherd 2 days ago

Are land reform and expropriation fears justified?
Are land reform and expropriation fears justified?

As much as the heated debate about the proposed amendment of South Africa's Constitution to allow for land expropriation without compensation has dented property investment confidence among the country's middle class, much of the insecurity and fear is based on misinterpretation and a serious lack of reliable data, says Rowan Alexander, director of Alexander Swart Property.

18 Jul 2018

CT cans Foreshore Freeway Precinct development RFP
CT cans Foreshore Freeway Precinct development RFP

Upon receiving legal advice, the City of Cape Town's city manager Lungelo Mbandazayo has taken the decision to cancel the Request for Proposals (RFP) for the development of the Foreshore Freeway Precinct.

18 Jul 2018

Tertius Troost, senior tax consultant, Mazars
How Sars may treat cryptocurrencies

The draft Taxation Laws Amendment Bill (TLAB) contains proposals made by Treasury on the tax treatment of cryptocurrencies.

By Tertius Troost 18 Jul 2018

Bill gives competition authorities teeth to tackle cartels, monopolies
Bill gives competition authorities teeth to tackle cartels, monopolies

Economic Development Minister Ebrahim Patel says the Competition Amendment Bill will equip competition authorities with the tools to probe anti-competitive behaviour by cartels and monopolies in the economy.

17 Jul 2018

Buying or selling property abroad? Why documentation authentication matters
Buying or selling property abroad? Why documentation authentication matters

At some point while buying or selling property overseas, one is bound to go through some frustration due to certain documentation being rejected as it has not been properly authenticated.

17 Jul 2018

Families are still required to carry unabridged birth certificates
Families are still required to carry unabridged birth certificates

Despite a recent announcement by the Department of Home Affairs that their modernisation drive would eliminate the need for unabridged birth certificates, parents travelling with children are still required to carry one.

17 Jul 2018

Consumers need to understand how PoPI will impact property transactions. Here's why
Consumers need to understand how PoPI will impact property transactions. Here's why

South Africa's main data protection law PoPI, enacted in 2013, will soon take effect once a date has been determined. Certain provisions of the Act relating to the establishment of the Information Regulator and regulations under POPI have, however, come into force.

17 Jul 2018

Treasury publishes draft tax laws bills
Treasury publishes draft tax laws bills

National Treasury has published the draft Taxation Laws Amendment Bill, (TLAB) and draft Tax Administration Laws Amendment Bill (TALAB) for public comment.

17 Jul 2018

Independence of environmental consultant under the spotlight
Independence of environmental consultant under the spotlight

Questions have been raised again about the independence and objectivity of Adriaan du Toit, the environmental consultant who compiled the report on which basis a West Coast prospecting application was recently granted.

By John Yeld 16 Jul 2018

Protection of Investment Act may deter foreign investment
Protection of Investment Act may deter foreign investment

The Protection of Investment Act of 2015, which was activated by a notice published in the Government Gazette, on Friday 13 July, has been criticised nationally and internationally for its approach with respect to a number of aspects. The European Union's Regional Chamber of Commerce and Industry stated that foreigners are hesitant to invest in SA for fear that there will be a lack of protection over their investment.

16 Jul 2018

FairPlay demands enquiry into SA sugar tariff debacle
FairPlay demands enquiry into SA sugar tariff debacle

The FairPlay movement has called for a public enquiry into the fiasco that saw a zero tariff for sugar being set and gazetted in South Africa last year, which allowed importers to bring in and stockpile sugar duty-free, "and which plunged the South African industry into a crisis".

16 Jul 2018

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Grayston Drive bridge collapse inquiry has completed its work

The Grayston Drive pedestrian and cyclist structural bridge collapse inquiry has completed its work and is awaiting the submission of written heads of arguments by legal representatives by 14 August, said the Department of Labour on Friday, 13 July.

16 Jul 2018