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Will 2019 herald the crypto spring?
Will 2019 herald the crypto spring?

Despite 2018 being the so-called 'crypto winter' characterised by a dip in the Bitcoin price, cryptocurrency company Luno is gearing up for a positive year ahead...

7 hours ago

SABC 8 outraged over Bosasa funding allegation
SABC 8 outraged over Bosasa funding allegation

The so-called SABC 8 has outright rejected claims that it benefited from a R100,000 donation by state capture-implicated Bosasa to cover their living expenses while suspended by former SABC COO Hlaudi Motsoeneng...

23 hours ago

FNB enables QR code payments on its banking app
FNB enables QR code payments on its banking app

FNB has introduced QR code payments for consumers and sole proprietor businesses via the FNB Banking App...

1 day ago

OurCrowd partners 7thirty in launching global cannabis-tech VC fund
OurCrowd partners 7thirty in launching global cannabis-tech VC fund

Israel-based global investment platform OurCrowd has announced that it will invest and partner with 7thirty in developing a global cannabis technology venture capital fund...

1 day ago

Mark Schech, Innervation.
#BizTrends2019: Payments, engagement, partnership - African retail trends for 2019

With two key retail periods - Black Friday and festive season - now behind us, retailers are looking for new ways to increase revenue, grow market share, and boost profits...

By Mark Schech 2 days ago

Mboweni hosts second colloquium on SA economy
Mboweni hosts second colloquium on SA economy

Finance Minister Tito Mboweni says the second colloquium on the South African economy is a classic example of how the state, academia, private sector and other sectors of society can collaborate to achieve higher and more inclusive growth...

2 days ago

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Brand Finance releases report for the world's most valuable brands in 2019

Italian supercar manufacturer, Ferrari, has reclaimed the title of the world's strongest brand, having last held it in 2014, according to the latest report by Brand Finance...

2 days ago

The importance of good environmental, social and governance practices
The importance of good environmental, social and governance practices

The JSE is one of five exchanges in the world to be internationally recognised as a pioneer of a global initiative to enhance corporate transparency, performance on environmental, social and corporate governance...

By Shameela Soobramoney 3 days ago

Why regulation will help grow Bitcoin adoption
Why regulation will help grow Bitcoin adoption

Last week, the South African Reserve Bank (SARB) released its consultation paper on policy proposals for crypto assets after engaging constructively with many participants...

By Angus Brown 3 days ago

#BizTrends2019: The digitalisation of payment providers in 2019
#BizTrends2019: The digitalisation of payment providers in 2019

Corrie Bakker, head of strategy and business development for Africa at PayU talks about what we can expect in the payment provider front in 2019...

By Evan-Lee Courie 3 days ago

President signs tax bills into law
President signs tax bills into law

President Cyril Ramaphosa has signed into law three 2018 tax bills that give legislative effect to the tax proposals announced by the Minister of Finance in last year's annual National Budget Speech...

18 Jan 2019

#BizTrends2019: Private equity's African story
#BizTrends2019: Private equity's African story

What are the key issues and trends related to doing business in Africa in the private equity space?

18 Jan 2019

Reserve Bank Governor Lesetja Kganyago
Repo rate unchanged at 6.75%

The repurchase rate remains unchanged at 6.75% per year, says Reserve Bank Governor, Lesetja Kganyago...

18 Jan 2019

Is South Africa ready for a state-owned bank?
Is South Africa ready for a state-owned bank?

The proposed amendments to the South African Banks Act will pave the way for a state-owned bank to be established on equal footing with privately owned banks...

By Chantel van Zyl and Rui Lopes 17 Jan 2019

Mbhele in conversation with Bizcommunity at Design Indaba 2018.
Sydney Mbhele steps up as CEO for Sanlam brand division

NEWSWATCH: Sydney Mbhele, formerly the marketing and communications officer for the Liberty Group, will be chief executive of brand for financial services group Sanlam with effect from 1 April...

17 Jan 2019

Mobile payments boost Nigerian economy
Mobile payments boost Nigerian economy

Mobile penetration has significantly increased across Africa, with Nigeria remaining the largest mobile market of about 162-million subscribers and a penetration rate of 84%...

17 Jan 2019

#BizTrends2019: Integrated reporting - the end of annual financial statements?
#BizTrends2019: Integrated reporting - the end of annual financial statements?

Over the last six years, integrated business reporting has gained a significant amount of traction, with big corporates migrating from the traditional reporting method, which focuses on financial statements, to a more integrated framework of reporting that incorporates all aspects of the business...

By Faith Ngwenya 17 Jan 2019

Even a hard Brexit is better than uncertainty
Even a hard Brexit is better than uncertainty

With the March 29 deadline looming, the United Kingdom's departure from the European Union still shows no clear outcome...

By David Zahn 17 Jan 2019

Countdown to enforcement of amended SA expat tax law
Countdown to enforcement of amended SA expat tax law

The tax exemption on South African expatriates is set to change, with significant repercussions, for the many South Africans who are employed by companies abroad, from an SA tax liability point of view...

By Claudia Aires Apicella 16 Jan 2019

May lost the vote by a historic margin. PA
Theresa May Brexit deal hammered in parliament, but be wary of prospects of a new 'consensus' approach

Another day, another record. The 230 majority against the motion to approve Theresa May's withdrawal agreement on the UK's exit from the EU smashes pretty much any parliamentary record one cares to discover...

By Simon Usherwood 16 Jan 2019

Kumar Utpal is the regional sales manager for banking and insurance at In2IT
Why insurers need to get the balance between digital and legacy systems right

Many insurers have embraced digital transformation to provide customer-facing solutions, but just as many are still heavily reliant on old, legacy systems for long terms policies, which hinders this process...

By Kumar Utpal 16 Jan 2019

#BizTrends2019: How tech will impact the future of finance
#BizTrends2019: How tech will impact the future of finance

The Fourth Industrial Revolution isn't the future - it's the present...

By Adrian van der Merwe 16 Jan 2019

Kelly Preston, digital manager, SilverBridge
Digital: The way to go for insurance onboarding

A high level of service and improved customisation are key elements to better reflect the digital needs of today's customer, especially during the insurance onboarding process...

15 Jan 2019

Dr Petrus de Kock
Brand SA views World Bank 2018 report as call to action

Brand South Africa says it has noted the areas of concern expressed in the World Bank's Global Economic Prospects report, which indicates that South Africa's real GDP growth will expand by 1.3% in 2019...

15 Jan 2019

Make sure your SMME has enough insurance cover
Make sure your SMME has enough insurance cover

In planning for the year ahead, small business owners should review their insurance policies to ensure they are adequately covered against insurable risks...

14 Jan 2019

Dominique Collett, head of AlphaCode
#BizTrends2019: It's all about fintech

Innovations in the fintech space is showing no signs of slowing down. Here's what we can expect in 2019...

By Dominique Collett 14 Jan 2019

#BizTrends2019: The year disintermediation is put to the test
#BizTrends2019: The year disintermediation is put to the test

The writing of disintermediation has been appearing on the wall for a while now. It's a real phenomenon, enabled by technology...

By Riaan Bekker 14 Jan 2019

Fireworks illuminate the sky around a huge euro sculpture. Reuters/Kai Pfaffenbach
The euro at 20: An enduring success but a fundamental failure

New Year's Day 1999 saw the largest monetary changeover in history. On that date, just 20 years ago, 12 members of the European Union formally adopted a brand-spanking-new currency, the euro...

By Barry Eichengreen 11 Jan 2019

Who dares wins. Africa offers abundant prospects for venture capitalists
Who dares wins. Africa offers abundant prospects for venture capitalists

Africa is regarded as the next investment frontier as it presents massive opportunities for infrastructure, digital and social impact investment, among others...

By Clive Smith 11 Jan 2019

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