#AfricaMonth

Subscribe to industry newsletters

The rise of the Asian middle class impacts investment decisions. Image source: Getty/Gallo
Why demographics matter in investment decisions

What's happening in the world can impact the economic value chain. So, it's something successful long-term investors spend a lot of time thinking about...

1 day ago

Image source: Getty/Gallo
Intra-continental growth vital for African development

African countries have been urged to focus on improving intra-continental trade if significant economic growth is to be tangible...

22 hours ago

What the actual F(acebook)?
What the actual F(acebook)?

In an age of multiple digital opportunities, why is it that so many businesses still choose to focus their attention on Facebook alone?...

By Chloe-Simone Hofmann, Issued by Pistol + Honey 14 May 2019

New Chair of CIMA Western Cape elected
New Chair of CIMA Western Cape elected

The Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) has announced that Adrian Smith ACMA, CGMA, has been elected as Chair of the Western Cape Branch...

Issued by CIMA 14 May 2019

Riccardo Spagni
Three trends reshaping blockchain as we know it

What's hot in blockchain technology right now? It's a question I get asked a lot. And people often think I'm being snarky when I tell them my answer can change practically every day...

By Riccardo Spagni 13 May 2019

Legislation can guard against political interference and maladministration. Bakhtiar Zein/Shutterstock
Stronger laws can keep politicians from meddling in financial decisions

For governments to function optimally, there must be a good relationship between politicians and administrators. This "political-administrative interface" is a key theme of public administration, both in theory and in practice...

By Tania Ajam 13 May 2019

Unpacking the draft Conduct Standard for Banks...
Unpacking the draft Conduct Standard for Banks...

The draft Conduct Standard - published for public comment on 3 May 2019 - aims to introduce requirements applicable to banks, mutual banks and co-operative banks that promote the fair treatment of financial customers of banks...

By Dawid de Villiers, Johann Scholtz and Jessica du Toit 10 May 2019

Forum challenges African businesses to dive into the Blue Economy
Forum challenges African businesses to dive into the Blue Economy

African businesses are being challenged to wake up to the economic, social and environmental power of the Blue Economy...

10 May 2019

Africa's big 5 keys to financial transformation, inclusion
Africa's big 5 keys to financial transformation, inclusion

With mobile money continuing to dominate the continent's commerce growth, opening doors to business to everyone from a rural farmer to an entrepreneur, and cross-border seeing inter-country transactions on the rise, the continent is making a play to be the world's biggest e-commerce opportunity...

9 May 2019

How will digital assistants change the way finance works?
How will digital assistants change the way finance works?

How many times have you visited a company's web site, only to be greeted by a small pop-up window asking, "How can I help?"

By Sarah George 9 May 2019

Can AI be trusted to make investment decisions?
Can AI be trusted to make investment decisions?

We can't ignore the impact of AI (artificial intelligence) on investments any longer. AI is here to stay, and brings with it a whole new way of doing business. The World Economic Forum 2019 was dominated by AI, and our industry has not been left unaffected...

By Leigh Köhler 7 May 2019

First UWC student to win ESSA medal
First UWC student to win ESSA medal

UWC's Tina Fransman has won the 2018 Economic Society of South Africa (ESSA) Founder's Medal for Best Economics Master's Thesis in South Africa...

7 May 2019

Small business innovation and growth
Small business innovation and growth

Despite the small to medium enterprise (SME) sector's contributing commitment to growing and supporting the country's SMEs, these firms continue to face an extremely hostile business environment...

Issued by Eskilz College 7 May 2019

sarahjohnson1 via
The cost of smoking your socks

Dr Helen Weber, Medical Adviser at Sanlam, explores the health implications of cannabis and vaping, and the additional cost of insurance to underwrite these risks...

By Dr Helen Weber 6 May 2019

Savings rate drops to all-time low, reveals underlying issues
Savings rate drops to all-time low, reveals underlying issues

The Investec GIBS Savings Index hit an all-time low in 2018 of 56.6 in the first quarter of the year...

6 May 2019

Using tech to reduce fraud in the insurance sector
Using tech to reduce fraud in the insurance sector

Fraud is rife in the insurance sector as a whole, from short- and long-term insurance to medical and health insurance...

By Kumar Utpal 6 May 2019

Comprehensive overview of medical malpractice insurance in SA
Comprehensive overview of medical malpractice insurance in SA

A comprehensive overview of medical malpractice insurance in SA has now been published by Natmed under the title Understanding Medical Malpractice Insurance in South Africa...

By Donald Dinnie 3 May 2019

None of South Africa’s political parties are offering middle class black people a home. shutterstock
South Africa's black middle class is battling to find a political home

South Africa's black middle class is growing numerically - and growing politically restive. But does it see the world differently from others? Does this translate into voting behaviour?

By David Everatt 3 May 2019

Image source: Getty/Gallo
#AfricaMonth: Fintech driving African economies across traditional sectors

African economic growth has in general been driven by public infrastructure investment and the expansion of services to a largely underserviced population. However, fintech is increasingly receiving attention from both private and public sector...

3 May 2019

Image source: Getty/Gallo
6 Sars audit tips for the captured

What should Edward Kieswetter's first actions be now that he has taken over the reins at South African Revenue Service (Sars)?

By Jean du Toit 2 May 2019

Access to finance is consistently listed as the biggest obstacle for start-ups Africa. Wikimedia Commons/The Wot-If? Trust
#AfricaMonth: Entrepreneurship funds in Africa: distinguishing the good from the bad

Entrepreneurs have a pivotal role to play in Africa's unemployment crisis. Today over a third of the continent's young workforce (those aged 15-35) are unemployed...

By Aubrey Hruby 2 May 2019

Sars brings in tech to fight illicit trade
Sars brings in tech to fight illicit trade

The South African Revenue Service (Sars) has embarked on a number of strategic initiatives to curb revenue leakages emanating from illegal and unethical practices in the illicit economy.

30 Apr 2019

Johannesburg’s economic hub, Sandton, lies right next to the sprawling and extremely poor Alexandra township.
Paul Saad/Flickr, CC BY-NC-ND
Why South Africa should seriously consider taxing its wealthy citizens

It's well-established that South Africa has one of the most unequal income distributions in the world...

By Ingrid Woolard 30 Apr 2019

2019 Business Innovation Awards entries open with two new categories
2019 Business Innovation Awards entries open with two new categories

Following overwhelming responses from entrepreneurs, the FNB Business Innovation Awards (FNB BIA) have been extended to include two more categories, and now represent the entire business landscape in South Africa...

29 Apr 2019

Sindi Mabaso-Koyana
Revised Chartered Accountancy Sector Code: Now open for public comment

The Department of Trade and Industry has gazetted the revised Chartered Accountancy Profession Sector Code (CA Charter) for public comment, in an attempt to grow and empower the number of black people in the profession...

29 Apr 2019

Janina Slawski, principal investment consultant, Alexander Forbes Investments
An increasing exposure to China in indices - what does it mean for investors?

Investors would generally hope that the index they choose to invest in passively, or to use as a benchmark for an active manager, will capture the desired economic exposure that they are seeking...

By Janina Slawski 29 Apr 2019

Elias Masilela
More carrot less stick needed in investment choices

Forcing retirement funds to invest in certain prescribed assets is likely to have unintended consequences. It's likely to worsen the already fragile confidence in the economy...

26 Apr 2019

EPP completes R1.45bn equity raise
EPP completes R1.45bn equity raise

JSE-listed Polish retail company EPP has successfully completed an equity raise of R1.45bn, equating to approximately €90m...

26 Apr 2019

Arun Babu, digital and technology leader, Deloitte Consulting Africa
Forecasting in an age of digital disruption

"Prediction is very difficult, especially about the future," Nobel prize winner Niels Bohr famously said. He was talking about his chosen field, physics, but as any CFO will tell you, the sentiment applies just as aptly to the world of finance...

By Arun Babu 26 Apr 2019

SA Bank of Athens repositioning as Grobank
SA Bank of Athens repositioning as Grobank

Against the background of South Africa's rapidly evolving and expanding banking landscape, where digital solutions and low-cost operating models have become some of the top challenges, the former South African Bank of Athens has repositioned itself as a new banking entity - Grobank...

Issued by Grobank 25 Apr 2019

US President Donald Trump
Trump's crackdown on Iran's oil exports could backfire badly - with serious risks to global economy

The US has unnerved the world oil market by ramping up the pressure in its long-running dispute with Iran. It has announced that, after May 1, it won't renew the exemptions given to eight countries that enable them to buy Iranian oil...

By Nafis Alam 25 Apr 2019

US National Security Advisor John Bolton sees China as a threat to Washington in Africa. EPA-EFE/Shawn Thew
US still sees Africa as important. But it must learn from past mistakes

In December last year the US National Security Advisor, John Bolton, gave a speech at the Heritage Foundation in Washington DC, in which he outlined the Trump administration's new Africa strategy...

By Maria Ryan 24 Apr 2019

Show more