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Lessons from Al Capone on taxpayers' rights to confidentiality
Lessons from Al Capone on taxpayers' rights to confidentiality

Al Capone, the infamous American mobster, was convicted of tax evasion as it was easier for the US Attorney General to secure a conviction for tax offences than comply with the evidentiary requirements of his other crimes. But what right does the South African taxpayer have for the information disclosed to Sars to be kept confidential?

By Graeme Palmer 11 hours ago

#StartupStory: Franc believes investing is for everyone
#StartupStory: Franc believes investing is for everyone

If you think that investing is only for the rich, you're absolutely wrong...

By Evan-Lee Courie 10 Feb 2020

#StartupStory: Disrupting short-term insurance in SA
#StartupStory: Disrupting short-term insurance in SA

Solvency, a black-owned insurance solution, launched in January 2020 and is set to disrupt the short-term insurance industry in South Africa...

By Evan-Lee Courie 6 Feb 2020

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How fintechs are making Africa a leading global innovation hub

In a continent where over 60% of the adult population is unbanked and the financial sector is considerably underdeveloped, fintech has been a welcomed revolution...

By Josephine Wawira 27 Jan 2020

Odette van der Haar, managing director of Publicis.
#BizTrends2020: Imagine the impossible

In order to stay in business, one needs to stay abreast with technology and remain up to date with the latest innovations...

By Odette van der Haar 24 Jan 2020

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#OrchidsandOnions: Corny but convincing

King Price's 'cultural appropriation' ad has the desired impact, and because of effective marketing, Alonso crash was a positive for Toyota...

By Brendan Seery 21 Jan 2020

Global investment trends of the next decade - and their impact on the property industry
Global investment trends of the next decade - and their impact on the property industry

The last 10 years have been somewhat of a rollercoaster; an era of disruption shaped by the fallout of the global financial crisis, strident technological advances influencing the way in which we live and work, numerous significant power and social shifts and influential emergent trends...

By Yael Geffen 20 Jan 2020

#BizTrends2020: Disrupting legacy African payments - going digital
#BizTrends2020: Disrupting legacy African payments - going digital

A country's payments system is probably not the first thing we think of when we think about the challenge of economic development. But payments are key to the bottom-up economic growth urgently needed...

By Murray Gardiner 17 Jan 2020

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#BizTrends2020: 2020 - Africa's year for digital disruption

A number of macro trends are delivering unhindered economic progress on the African continent, driving momentum and positioning Africa as a significant component of the world market...

By Geoffrey White 14 Jan 2020

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The real value of paid search and tracking the consumer journey

In the digital world, it's a given that paid search advertising is important, but only a few industries, except the finance and E-Retail sectors, are capturing the true value this channel has to offer. Most brands are missing a trick by not tracking the full customer journey says Michael King, managing director of Reprise Digital, an IPG Mediabrands company...

By Michael King 27 Dec 2019

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Caution: Sars wants its share of your Xmas gift from your employer

It's that time of year when many South African companies give their employees festive season gifts to thank them for their service...

By Yolandi Esterhuizen 11 Dec 2019

The rules are changing, money is opening up
The rules are changing, money is opening up

The eighth and final session for the year of Heavy Chef's Inspire Sessions series in collaboration with Discovery Business Insurance featured The Fintechnologists, Simon Dingle of Lettuce...

By Jessica Tennant 2 Dec 2019

#FMAdFocus2019: People, planet and profit
#FMAdFocus2019: People, planet and profit

The 2019 Financial Mail AdFocus Awards at the Houghton Golf Club in Johannesburg, was a glittering affair, but the industry showed it is much more than just glamour, as the winners demonstrated a clear commitment to purpose and giving back to the industry. None more so than the Overall Agency of the Year, Triple Eight...

By Danette Breitenbach 28 Nov 2019

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#OrchidsandOnions: Less toil and trouble?

Intriguing: Washing up liquid goes toe-to-toe with one of the big guns but thumbs down to Old Mutual, who has done little for its image in recent times...

By Brendan Seery 26 Nov 2019

Donations tax - determining the threshold
Donations tax - determining the threshold

Subject to any applicable exemption, donations tax is payable on the value of any property disposed of under any donation...

By Graeme Palmer 26 Nov 2019

Chantel Trotskie, senior CX sales manager at Oracle South Africa
Fighting financial crime with technology

Financial institutions are very much aware of how sensitive and pivotal this time of the year is for their business as customers deal with large amounts of cash...

By Chantel Troskie 21 Nov 2019

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South Africa 'cancels' Old Mutual after body arrives at offices for proof of death

South Africans want to "cancel" Old Mutual after a video showing a family dragging a body bag out of the company's offices in KwaZulu-Natal went viral on Tuesday evening...

By Shereesa Moodley 20 Nov 2019

#AfricaCom: Smartphone costs the biggest barrier to a digitally inclusive Africa
#AfricaCom: Smartphone costs the biggest barrier to a digitally inclusive Africa

The next technological evolution is advancing at an exponential rate and by leaving out some on this journey, we allow the current societal divides and inequalities to deepen...

By Sindy Peters 15 Nov 2019

Professor Hanlie Smuts
#AfricaCom: Beyond fintech, where humans and technology meet

Fintech is the trailblazer for interactions between humans and tech, and learnings beyond that journey can be extended to agriculture, education and healthcare...

By Nicci Botha 15 Nov 2019

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#AfricaCom: Future of digital financial services in Africa

According to the World Economic Forum, there are 700m people using digital financial services globally, of which half are in Africa...

By Nicci Botha 12 Nov 2019

Lee Naik, CEO of TransUnion Africa
Driving the fintech and regulation success story

Tell me if you've heard this one before. Somewhere in Africa, some savvy entrepreneurs come up with a potentially disruptive solution to a longstanding infrastructural challenge...

By Lee Naik 8 Nov 2019

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Complexities of loans between related parties

In this article we will provide a brief overview of the most common scenarios resulting in loans between related parties that we tend to encounter and look at what the key tax and legal considerations are...

By Hanno le Roux, Issued by Meredith Harington 5 Nov 2019

#EntrepreneurMonth: Make quick and easy payments to schools
#EntrepreneurMonth: Make quick and easy payments to schools

Karri Payments is an app that allows parents to make safe, quick and convenient payments to their childs' school, solving the problem of teachers acting as debt collectors...

By Evan-Lee Courie 31 Oct 2019

Expat tax exemptions: No double taxation
Expat tax exemptions: No double taxation

On 1 March 2020, an amendment to the foreign employment income exemption comes into operation. There have been misperceptions about those expatriates that will be affected by this change to the tax law...

By Graeme Palmer 18 Oct 2019

#StartupStory: Investmint connects business owners with investors
#StartupStory: Investmint connects business owners with investors

Run by two young entrepreneurs, Investmint is an online platform that connects businesses in need of loans with investors looking to invest by means of a loan...

By Evan-Lee Courie 17 Oct 2019

Is this the end of NRV for closing stock?
Is this the end of NRV for closing stock?

The Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) has for the second time in CSARS v Atlas Copco South Africa (Pty) Ltd, confirmed that the net realisable value (NRV) method is not a suitable method to value closing stock for income tax purposes...

By Joon Chong 14 Oct 2019

#StartupStory: HouseAfrica is changing the housing market in Africa
#StartupStory: HouseAfrica is changing the housing market in Africa

HouseAfrica is a Nigerian-based startup on a mission to make real estate investment accessible to everyone through technology...

By Evan-Lee Courie 9 Oct 2019

#StartupStory: Receive your digital receipts using Snapslip
#StartupStory: Receive your digital receipts using Snapslip

Snapslip Holdings is a South African digital receipting and analytics application...

By Evan-Lee Courie 7 Oct 2019

#FoodNextAfrica: How to whet the appetite of food investors
#FoodNextAfrica: How to whet the appetite of food investors

The global food and beverage business is brimming with innovation. Competition is stiff between FMCG giants and startups racing to get their latest product onto retail shelves and into the hands of consumers...

By Lauren Hartzenberg 30 Sep 2019

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Where are we with land reform?

Agricultural economist, Wandile Sihlobo says that come April 2020, the proposed change to the Constitution to allow land expropriation without compensation (EWC) may not happen...

By Nicci Botha 27 Sep 2019

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