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Tuesday, July 16, 2013 - 08:07
Being unpopular can be the key to success

I frequently speak at investment conferences around the world, and get questions ranging from my outlook for a particular market to highly sophisticated investment concepts. One seemingly simple question asked by a...

July 2013
A call for greater collaboration

The low graduation rate of 15% recorded across South Africa’s 23 public universities revealed in the Department of Higher Education and Training’s (DHET) first annual report must be urgently addressed in order to...

July 2013
Official events only

Cyclesure is a short term insurance package, specially designed for all cycling enthusiasts, whether they are a recreational or a professional cyclist. lt covers all risks, both in South Africa and internationally....

Wednesday, October 30, 2013 - 10:19
Back to nature

World Environment Day was on 5th June 2013 and marks one hundred years of South Africa's battle against so-called 'Alien Invasives'. These plants strangle out South Africa’s natural flora are are a constant...

Wednesday, July 31, 2013 - 12:25
Sky bound

Cloud services and hosted services have been talked about for many years. “But it is only recently, since bandwidth has become more available and affordable, that such services are viable in South Africa,” says Paul...

Wednesday, July 31, 2013 - 12:23
Transfer notes

Joint owners of a piece or pieces of land may want, or need, to redistribute the land among themselves; and thus become individual owners of a defined portion of that land (or of a sectional title unit) in their own...

Wednesday, July 31, 2013 - 12:22
SARS workaround

There are provisions in the Tax Administration Act 28 of 2011, which allow the South African Revenue Service (SARS) to recover a taxpayer’s tax debt from a third party who either holds money for, or owes money to,...

Sunday, July 28, 2013 - 10:15
Longer the better

An investment horizon is the total length in time an investor is expected to hold a security or portfolio. Knowing an investor’s investment horizon aids in optimising the portfolio with enough risk assets. Gerbrandt...

Wednesday, July 24, 2013 - 10:02
Listing caution

The Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT) regime is set to usher in a new era for the listed property sector by affording certain tax advantages to qualifying entities and providing certainty in respect of the tax...

Wednesday, July 24, 2013 - 10:00
Making a mistake

Investors who believe that asset allocation is the most important consideration in their portfolio’s construction are possibly making a mistake. In today’s world, it looks increasingly clear that manager selection...

Monday, July 22, 2013 - 12:25
Own-label retail controversy

There was a bit of a stir in the British press recently, with certain companies complaining that the major UK supermarket chains are now using “get-ups” for their own-label products that are so similar to the get-ups...

Monday, July 22, 2013 - 12:23
Certificate caution

Concerns over home security have led many South African homeowners to install electric fences as an added layer of protection against burglars. But if they have not used the services of a certified installer they may...

Monday, July 22, 2013 - 12:22
Green office week

Estimates from the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) predict total paper consumption to rise from the current 400 million tonnes to between 450-million and 500-million tonnes by 2020. As a result, South African...

Saturday, July 20, 2013 - 02:16
At odds

A recent research survey undertaken by Torus Capital outlines a positive forecast for the property rental industry in South Africa for 2013 and beyond. Interestingly, the residential property rental market shows...

Friday, July 19, 2013 - 08:43
Due South

The North Gauteng High Court handed down an interesting trade mark judgment recently. According to Ilse Du Plessis (Director of IP at ENS), this is interesting because it touched on the vexed issue of the relationship...

Friday, July 19, 2013 - 08:42
Marsh to Africa

In 2012 Marsh acquired Alexander Forbes’ insurance broking businesses in South Africa, Namibia and Botswana, adding Uganda, Malawi and Zambia towards the end of the year. Further African acquisitions are likely during...

Thursday, July 18, 2013 - 02:16
Long term view

Over the past few years the attention paid to Africa as an investment destination has increased dramatically – more recently the continent has been given a major platform by various asset management companies. “Africa...

Thursday, July 18, 2013 - 02:16
Get ahead of the pack

The African continent is incredibly rich in natural resources with over half of the world’s gold reserves, 40% of the world’s platinum and 20% of the world’s uranium. While commodities markets are currently in neutral...

Wednesday, July 17, 2013 - 08:13
Cost factor

The carbon tax is to be introduced on 1st January 2015. It is probably the biggest change since the introduction of capital gains tax in 2001.
All South African companies – big and small; public and...

Wednesday, July 17, 2013 - 02:16
Avoiding conventional wisdom

Piet Viljoen, Chairman of RE:CM, says that with South Africa experiencing high levels of economic uncertainty, a robust investment strategy is crucial to defend clients against a number of market volatilities. “There...

Tuesday, July 16, 2013 - 08:05
Work ethic

Tracker's Men in the Making campaign is calling on businesses across the country to invite boys from grades 10 -12 into their offices and lives, for job shadowing and life mentoring activities.
Tracker...

Tuesday, July 16, 2013 - 08:04
Franchise and finance

The restaurant industry is a notoriously challenging one in which to operate. Yet, despite significant increases in food prices, electricity and gas, coupled with increased pressure on consumer discretionary spending...

Saturday, July 13, 2013 - 09:09
Benefit versus harm

There has been a lot of hype recently around new high-cost biologicals (pharmaceuticals derived from living organisms), and increasing debate as to whether the general public will be able to afford them.
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Saturday, July 13, 2013 - 08:49
Slap on the wrist

The Financial Services Board (FSB) and Old Mutual Life Assurance Company of South Africa have reached an agreement about prerequisites for the company’s outsourced broker consultant services (SERVCO model). This...

Saturday, July 13, 2013 - 08:32
Back into the fold

The Hollard Group is to acquire the business and all remaining shareholding interests in Etana Insurance. The proposed transaction is subject to regulatory and Competition Commission approval.
Etana is a...