Brand South Africa and InvestSA embark on an investment promotion roadshow
Brand South Africa and InvestSA embark on an investment promotion roadshow

Brand South Africa in collaboration with the Department of Trade and Industry's InvestSA will be embarking on an investment promotion roadshow to Switzerland, Germany, France and India from 19-30 March 2019.

Issued by Brand South Africa 1 day ago

Winners of the 2019 SA Professional Services Awards
Winners of the 2019 SA Professional Services Awards

Honouring professional excellence drawn from two main categories, namely the built environment and commerce law and management, the fourth annual South African Professional Services Awards (SAPSA) was held at Montecasino on 14 March 2019.

2 days ago

The IFC wants to hear from small businesses in South Africa - take the survey!
The IFC wants to hear from small businesses in South Africa - take the survey!

In collaboration with Kantar, the IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, is asking small business owners in South Africa to share the challenges and opportunities they face through an online survey.

Issued by Kantar TNS 2 days ago

Britain’s opposition Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn in Parliament on March 14, 2019. Corbyn called for the Brexit referendum in 2016 – expecting it to fail. Reuters TV via REUTERS
3 days, 3 key votes - and no end in sight for Brexit

  • On March 12, the British Parliament overwhelmingly rejected - for a second time - a Brexit plan worked out by Prime Minister Theresa May.
  • A day later, the lawmakers voted against a "hard Brexit" - one without any approved plan.
  • Then, on March 14, British lawmakers voted 412 to 202 to delay an exit from the European Union, which had been planned for March 29. They also voted not to call a second referendum to allow the British people to accept or reject Prime Minister May's Brexit plan.

2 days ago

Africa's heightened appeal as a trade and export destination
Africa's heightened appeal as a trade and export destination

With average annual growth for sub-Saharan Africa forecast at 8% until 2023 - a positive outlook following the downturn between 2015 and 2017 - the continent is looking increasingly attractive as a trade and export destination.

15 Mar 2019

#SeamlessSA: Strategic partnerships key to seamless payment ecosystem
#SeamlessSA: Strategic partnerships key to seamless payment ecosystem

Strategic partnerships between payment services are crucial in ensuring that the payment ecosystem is seamless. This was the main message of Robyn King, the lead industry relations at Payments Canada, who spoke at the 2019 Seamless Southern Africa event in Cape Town this week.

By Maroefah Smith 15 Mar 2019

Image source: Getty/Gallo Images
Why the insurance industry needs actuaries more than ever

The insurance industry is gearing up for one of its most radical financial reporting changes in the last two decades, but they are running out of time to interpret and apply these new requirements to their contracts and reporting.

15 Mar 2019

Tanzania’s capital, Dar es Salaam. The country is known for its budgetary problems. Shutterstock
Developing countries would benefit from improved tax collection. What can help

The ability to raise revenues from taxes - called "fiscal capacity" - is a crucial aspect for the functioning of any state. Being able to tax citizens, and collect revenues efficiently, is a cornerstone of state formation and survival. Secondly, greater fiscal capacity implies greater access of the state to resources needed to provide public goods and services.

By Roberto Ricciuti & Antonio Savoia 15 Mar 2019

First-of-its-kind short course in Protection of Foreign Investment in Africa to be launched in May 2019
First-of-its-kind short course in Protection of Foreign Investment in Africa to be launched in May 2019

The Protection of Foreign Investment in Africa - a first-of-its-kind short course in foreign investment law on the continent - could help investors make the most of increasingly attractive opportunities in Africa.

Issued by Enterprises University of Pretoria 14 Mar 2019

National Assembly approves Division of Revenue Bill
National Assembly approves Division of Revenue Bill

The National Assembly has approved the Division of Revenue Bill and the Financial Matters Amendment Bill.

14 Mar 2019

Bridget King, director, finance & banking at Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr
New financial law aligns SA with global markets

The revised draft of the Financial Matters Amendment Bill contains an update of the South African Insolvency Act, aligning it with the new laws that regulate the trading of over-the-counter (OTC) derivatives.

14 Mar 2019

Boring bankers vs sexy fintech
Boring bankers vs sexy fintech

A bank is a place that will lend you money if you can prove that you don't need it, the comedian Bob Hope has been quoted as jokingly saying.

By Dalene Sechele-Manana 13 Mar 2019

Allan Reid, director and mining sector head in the corporate & commercial practice at Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr
Ramaphosa's sunrise industry starts to shine

Although there are still challenges facing the South African mining sector, regulatory certainty and President Cyril Ramaphosa's administration could spell a new dawn for the industry.

By Allan Reid 13 Mar 2019