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Gary Palmer, CEO, Paragon Lending Solutions
In a downturn economy, there are deals to be had - but at what price?

Alternate lending, including fintech offerings, have a vital role to play in the future of our economy. But in the current environment, there is a cautionary tale for both want-to-be lenders and consumers...

By Gary Palmer 12 Aug 2019

Herman Lombard, founder and executive director of African Unity,
African market wide open for innovative insurers

Escalating urbanisation, a rising middle class and a growing younger population create significant opportunities for insurers to enter this largely untapped African market...

8 Aug 2019

Climate change emerging as a legal liability risk for lenders in SA
Climate change emerging as a legal liability risk for lenders in SA

Legal liability for climate change is an emerging risk for lenders in South Africa - a risk that is by no means limited to projects in the fossil fuel industry...

7 Aug 2019

Bank of Baroda slapped with R400k fine
Bank of Baroda slapped with R400k fine

The Prudential Authority (PA) has issued the Bank of Baroda a R400,000 administrative sanction for non-compliance with certain provisions of the Financial Intelligence Centre Act (Fica)...

7 Aug 2019

Retirement can either mean a loss of identity and social relations, or freedom from a dictated schedule. Shutterstock
Perceptions about retirement can inform whether black South Africans save or not

Every person who is younger than retirement age is encouraged to plan and consistently save for retirement. However, few individuals actively plan for their retirement...

By Bomikazi Zeka 7 Aug 2019

Under President Jacob Zuma the economy didn’t recover as much as it should have from the global financial crisis. Shutterstock
South Africa's finances are in bad shape. It's running out of time to fix them

South Africa's public finances are in a perilous state. There are four main reasons for this...

By Seán Mfundza Muller 6 Aug 2019

Minister of Trade and Industry, Ebrahim Patel
Trade partnerships must be aligned to the AfCFTA

Trade partnerships should be aligned to the African Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA), Trade and Industry Minister Ebrahim Patel said...

6 Aug 2019

Electricity pylon. Wikimedia Commons
Lessons to be learnt from Ghana's excess electricity shambles

Access to energy plays a critical role in economic development. But bad government policies have affected energy security in many developing countries...

By Samuel Asumadu Sarkodie 5 Aug 2019

#CEM19: Once you've lost consumers' trust, how do you re-establish it? KPMG responds
#CEM19: Once you've lost consumers' trust, how do you re-establish it? KPMG responds

Ignatius Sehoole, CEO of KPMG SA's honest keynote presentation at the 8th annual CEM Africa Summit was a highlight for many. He said, "We know where we are, we know how we got here, and we have started our journey of renewal. Our ongoing task is to re-establish trust of the SA business community and society." Here's how they're doing so...

By Leigh Andrews 5 Aug 2019

Kingsley Williams, chief investment officer, Satrix
Investment lessons from a drought

Just over a year ago, there was only one topic of conversation in Cape Town - water shortages, the level of the city's reservoirs and how, if something drastic was not done, the city would hit Day Zero...

2 Aug 2019

Sars suspends three executives
Sars suspends three executives

The South African Revenue Service (Sars) has suspended three senior executives who face disciplinary action over serious misconduct allegations...

1 Aug 2019

Sasfin Bank sanctioned for non-compliance
Sasfin Bank sanctioned for non-compliance

The Prudential Authority (PA) has imposed administrative sanctions on Sasfin Bank for non-compliance with certain provisions of the Financial Intelligence Centre (FIC) Act...

1 Aug 2019

South Africa's blindspot when it comes to protecting themselves
South Africa's blindspot when it comes to protecting themselves

A recent report by FMI revealed that many people are blindsided to the cost of becoming injured or falling ill; which can impact any emergency saving they might have in place, if saving at all...

Issued by MiWayLife 31 Jul 2019

Essential resource for trustees released
Essential resource for trustees released

An essential resource for trustees of retirement funds, the Essentials of Retirement Fund Management includes commentary and legislation in a concise and informative style that will appeal to all tiers of trustees...

Issued by LexisNexis 31 Jul 2019

Africa is championing the flexible workspace revolution
Africa is championing the flexible workspace revolution

Franchise opportunities - Africa's economy will grow faster than any other continent's over the next five years and flexible working is a huge part of that future...

Issued by GO Content Lab 31 Jul 2019

S12J has a sunset clause. Image source: Getty/Gallo
TLAB impacts on Section 12J tax incentive

The 2019 Draft Taxation Laws Amendment Bill (TLAB) has been released and contains proposed amendments to certain elements to the Section 12J tax incentive...

31 Jul 2019

Image source: Getty/Gallo
New-generation accountants: More than just numbers

A new breed of accountant is emerging. Molded by digital technology and new regulations, these new-generation financial professionals are carving out a place for themselves as strategic business advisors to their companies or clients...

By Pieter Bensch 31 Jul 2019

Paying for your sins - why enforcing tax laws on churches could be problematic
Paying for your sins - why enforcing tax laws on churches could be problematic

The case of self-proclaimed prophet Shepherd Bushiri and his wife, who were arrested by the Hawks earlier this year on charges of fraud and money laundering, has cast the spotlight on tax laws relating to churches and religious institutions, and whether any loopholes that exist are being exploited...

30 Jul 2019

Tax Indaba is back!
Tax Indaba is back!

The Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) will participate at the Tax Indaba 2019 which takes place at the Sandton Convention Centre, in Johannesburg, from 26-30 August...

Issued by CIMA 30 Jul 2019

Securing sustainable business growth in post-election SA is a question of strategy and customer experience
Securing sustainable business growth in post-election SA is a question of strategy and customer experience

Applying the lessons of customer-centricity perfected by the Big Tech giants like Google and Amazon and strategically applying these in our own context is key to building long-term and sustainable business success...

By Grant Sieff, Issued by UCT Graduate School of Business 30 Jul 2019

Why dispute resolution mechanisms are a must for creditors
Why dispute resolution mechanisms are a must for creditors

The 2008 Companies Act introduced the concept of business rescue into our company law, where a business rescue practitioner is required to compile a plan which creditors will vote to accept or reject. For the success of the business rescue, the concept of creditor "buy in" is required...

30 Jul 2019

SMME funding - The practical answers
SMME funding - The practical answers

Annie McWalter, CEO of SAICA Enterprise Development, comments on some of the ways in which SAICA has mobilised the chartered accountancy profession to addresses some tough issues hampering sustainable SMME development...

By Lia Labuschagne, Issued by SAICA 30 Jul 2019

Image source: Getty/Gallo
Growing SMEs through financing partnerships

Partnerships between fintech start-ups and conventional banks can advance the financial inclusion small to medium sized enterprises (SMEs) need for sustainable economic and social development...

30 Jul 2019

Kevin Lings, chief economist at Stanlib
SA investors need to fall out of love with equities

South Africa's equity market capitalisation equates to more than 200% of the country's gross domestic product (GDP), the highest proportion in the world and a level that is simply not sustainable...

29 Jul 2019

Fitch downgrades SA's investment rating
Fitch downgrades SA's investment rating

Credit rating agency, Fitch, has affirmed South Africa's long-term foreign and local currency debt ratings at 'BB+' and to also revise the outlook to negative from stable...

29 Jul 2019

Carolina Minio-Paluello, global head of solutions, Lombard Odier
Green bonds are helping investors take action against climate change

Climate change is one of the most pressing sustainability challenges investors are facing today. It presents a systemic risk that is very difficult for investors to diversify away...

By Carolina Minio-Paluello 29 Jul 2019

Boris Johnson. Image CNN
Boris Johnson: what first speech as prime minister suggests is in store for Britain

Boris Johnson's speech outside Number 10 Downing Street - his first as prime minister of the United Kingdom - was always going to be noteworthy...

By Simon Usherwood 26 Jul 2019

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VAT on foreign electronic services will be hard to collect

The South African Value Added Tax Act Amended Regulations state that foreign suppliers of more than R1m pf "electronic services" over the preceding 12 month period are obliged to register for VAT in South Africa...

26 Jul 2019

Community members in Zandspruit west of Johannesburg block roads after their illegal electricity connections were removed. EPA/Kevin Sutherland
Ramaphosa should focus on inequality rather than squeezing poor people

South Africans are still to see what the new dawn promised by its President Cyril Ramaphosa will bring, or if it will even break...

By David Dickinson 26 Jul 2019

SA's maturing green energy sector attractive for investors
SA's maturing green energy sector attractive for investors

Since government launched the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP) in 2011, green power projects have become increasingly appealing investments...

25 Jul 2019

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