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May 2007
Tell teacher

Since independent schools operate their businesses in a free market environment without government involvement they can see no harm in competing for resources, especially for teachers. Their success clearly depends on...

May 2007
Job hitch

Miseducation and unemployment are two of South Africa’s most pressing problems. Both result from government domination and control of processes that should be guided by supply and demand. Young people are unfortunate...

May 2007
Big budgets at stake

With big budgets at stake and a wide selection of educational bodies available, it is important to know the key attributes to look for when selecting a quality corporate learning provider which is able to deliver...

May 2007
Stock Exchange


 

The FTSE/JSE All Share Index gained 10,4% during the past quarter, 23,4% over six months and 37,6% during the past year. The All Bond Index gave a return of 1,6% over the past three months, 7,3% over six months and 5,6% over...

May 2007
PUTS in perspective

Property Unit Trusts (PUTs) give investors the opportunity to buy units in a portfolio of properties, which are traded on the JSE Securities Exchange. But just how are their prices determined and what should investors...

May 2007
No commodity cycle call

How well do active equity managers protect South Africans from the commodity cycle? And what other options do investors have, asks David Crosoer of Glacier by Sanlam?

“South African investors remain...

May 2007
Three strikes and you are out?

South African investors who have benefited from the glorious bull market since 2003 have had two wake-up calls over the past year. In May last year and then this year February local equity and bond markets fell...

May 2007
Another record inflow

Collective Investments net inflows reached a record R27,6 billion in the first quarter of this year as both retail and institutional unit trust investment soared. This was well ahead of the previous all time peak of...

May 2007
Essential part

Global equities have had a bad press in the 21st century. The markets began on a technology-fuelled high and slid downwards, as measured by the major indices for the next three years until the gloom created by the...

May 2007
Provocation success

Readers will be well acquainted with the Roman Law pauperian action, which attributes strict liability to the owner of a domesticated animal that has caused damage to a human being.

Ownership forms the...

May 2007
Avoid a backfire

According to the latest statistics no less than 17 014 motor vehicles were stolen last year. And while this emphasises the importance of adequate insurance, it also begs the question as to where these cars end up, and...

May 2007
Worker needs

Unemployment has been a regular fixture in the South African economy since at least the mid-1970s. According to the latest labour force survey approximately 4,2 million potential workers are unemployed in SA, which...

May 2007
Remorseful day

A court judgment in March ruled that an expiry date on an offer to purchase a property is inserted solely for the benefit of the potential buyer, which he or she can choose to waive should the offer be accepted after...

May 2007
Advice from Absa

In its constant efforts to maintain high security features around Internet and cellphone banking, Absa urges all customers to guard their identity and personal information with extreme care at all times.

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May 2007
Stiff lesson

Charles Pillai, the Ombud for Financial Services Providers, has determined against South African Home Loans (Pty) Ltd, ordering the company to pay an unemployed Isipingo Hills widow, Saroja Naidoo, the outstanding...

May 2007
Annual check up

Bad attention to detail could find you out of pocket when it comes to short-term insurance claims if you do not update your policies from time to time, at least every year.

Edward Gibbens, Santam’s...

May 2007
Gripes – when R1 049 is R1 248

It isn’t surprising VodaCon has so many subscribers. For one thing there’s no where else to go (except for a competitor who is pulling the same tricks) and for another the company forces people to keep buying new...

May 2007
All round solution

Too many South Africans reach retirement age with little or no retirement provision. The state ends up looking after these people through the social old age grant and by looking after their health through state...

May 2007
Airline windbag

South Africans are often encouraged to complain about poor service rather than meekly accept it – but how seriously are our complaints taken once we make them? How many companies actually have formal processes for...

May 2007
Customer care less

I don’t think people really know what the term ‘Customer Care’ actually means. They probably think it is some sort of clever deflecting mechanism to sterilise and freeze any complaint being voiced. It is supposed to...

May 2007
Share in misfortune

With a name like ‘Computershare’ you’d think everything would be computer-based with transactions, queries and general business being handled at electronic speed.

Not so. Call the help line and you get...

May 2007
Is anybody out there?

There’s a clutch of articles presented here around the vague topic of call centres, customer care and automated answering systems. They are published not to solve anything, but just so you know you are not alone in...

May 2007
Taylor’s Rule

Reading between the lines, it is evident that only dire new events (oil or global financial shock) could possibly be capable of diverting the Reserve Bank from its long likely rate plateau of 9% (keeping prime at 12.5...

May 2007
Call to account

Many of South Africa’s estimated 54 000 retirement fund trustees are in urgent need of training to assist them in meeting their obligations to help stop the on-going misappropriation of money belonging to members and...

May 2007
In proportion

The Old Mutual South Africa Unclaimed Shares Trust (UST) has completed its programme of sales of a total of approximately 53.9 million shares, achieving an average price before expenses and tax of R24.04 per share...

May 2007
On the table

The National Treasury announced proposals on 13th March 2007 regarding the revision of the tax-free portion of lump-sum benefits payable upon retirement.
However, Old Mutual’s Solly Keetse emphasises that...

May 2007
Reckless, not wreckless

The cost of vehicle insurance has been on the up and up for several years now (by as much as 10%-20% annually in some cases), fuelled by increasingly reckless driving, traffic congestion due to the growing number of...

May 2007
On the rebound

Life industry attracts over R50 billion in new business last year

The long-term insurance industry attracted a whopping R50,2 billion in new individual life business last year, a 14% increase over the R44...

May 2007
News round up

After a much appreciated display at OR Tambo International Airport (or whatever name it goes by these days) in December, it has transpired that FedEx has cancelled its order for ten A380 Freighters and replaced it...

May 2007
Of juristic persons and suretyships

The final portions of the National Credit Act 2005 come into force 1st June 2007, specifically the sections affecting the manner in which credit agreements are entered into and regulated (most sections had come into...