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January 2014
Bad medicine

Millions of patients taking effervescent, dispersible and soluble medicines containing sodium are at greater risk of cardiovascular events compared with patients taking non-effervescent, dispersible and soluble...

January 2014
Identifying the threat

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) issued a “Global insurance industry statement” in November to re-affirm commitment by participating organisations to reduce the impact of human activity on climate...

Friday, January 31, 2014 - 03:16
Foreign option

In a move to encourage more private investors to embrace currency derivatives, the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE) is expanding its Quanto derivatives range to include a currency contract based on the Euro/Dollar...

Thursday, January 30, 2014 - 03:16
Reducing risk

According to the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, when the entire value chain of agriculture is taken into account, the sector contributes about 12% to South Africa’s gross domestic product and...

Thursday, January 30, 2014 - 03:16
2 new for 10X

10X Investments says it has made two new appointments that “will raise the company’s profile and presence among trustees, employers and financial advisors.”

Steven Nathan, the company’s Chief Executive...

Wednesday, January 29, 2014 - 03:16
Discovering the truth

With most medical schemes having already reported their annual member contribution increases for 2014, many South Africans may be wondering whether their affiliation to their current scheme is still worthwhile. Often...

Tuesday, January 28, 2014 - 03:16
Looking east

“Investing in a multitude of markets and companies as we do within the Templeton Emerging Markets Group means that at any given point in time it may appear to some that they are underperforming or outperforming any...

Monday, January 27, 2014 - 03:16
Important tool

The recent crime statistics report show that the theft of motor vehicles and motorcycles decreased by 2.5% during 2012/2013. This is by far the smallest decrease recorded since 2006/07 (the year of the security guard...

Monday, January 27, 2014 - 03:16
Optimising economies of scale

The private healthcare industry is faced with challenges that include optimising economies of scale, weathering economic storms, and a population with a high burden of diseases, compounded by regulations such as...

Friday, January 24, 2014 - 17:49
Record business continues

During the 3rd quarter of 2013 total assets under Collective Investment Schemes management swelled to R1.43 trillion, another record high, with R57 billion of net inflows for the quarter - the second largest quarterly...

Friday, January 24, 2014 - 17:46
Copy cats

There has been a dramatic surge in identity theft and business fraud in Gauteng with the number of cases under investigation more than doubling between 2012 and 2013, according to private investigations company,...

Friday, January 24, 2014 - 17:43
Just one pill

Advances in science mean that HIV/AIDS can now be viewed as any other managed chronic condition, giving people living with the disease access to life, disability and severe illness cover for their businesses and...

Friday, January 24, 2014 - 17:41
Tide is turning

Latest statistics from South African insurers reveal that the fight against HIV/AIDS is gaining traction, with people affected by the disease returning to work after shorter periods of time and AIDS related deaths...

Monday, January 20, 2014 - 03:16
A brave fight

A year ago this month, residents in St Francis Bay, a seaside village some 90 kilometres south of Port Elizabeth, fought bravely, without fire engines and pressurised water, until support arrived, to stop raging fires...

Saturday, January 18, 2014 - 03:16
No manhole covers

South African municipalities should consider implementing risk reduction strategies to control the increasing problem of vandalism and theft which cost the City of Johannesburg, for example, an estimated R3.6 million...

Friday, January 17, 2014 - 03:16
Copycat economic killers

The authorities seem to have gone on the offensive on the issue of counterfeits. In the run-up to Christmas, the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) called on South Africans not to buy counterfeit goods, even if...

Friday, January 17, 2014 - 03:16
Global trend

The growing global trend towards specialisation in the financial services industry has led to Sanlam’s BlueStar business model going from strength to strength, the company says, with 40% of the group’s financial...

Thursday, January 16, 2014 - 03:16
Sunny disposition

According to the National Development Plan (NDP), South Africa’s population is predicted to rise to as much as 68 million people by 2030. This places a growing demand on public services and infrastructure, and will...

Thursday, January 16, 2014 - 03:16
Topping up

The retirement annuity (RA) offers an attractive tax benefit, since a portion of the total contribution in any given tax year is tax deductible.

Says Camilla Edwards: Legal Advisor, PPS Investments, “This...

Wednesday, January 15, 2014 - 12:04
A flicker of hope

Ever since the global financial crisis of 2008 the world’s advanced economies, that led the way into the crisis, have struggled to get back to their pre-crisis performances. Having spent the last five years recovering...

Wednesday, January 15, 2014 - 03:16
Nothing hasty

One of the biggest errors amongst South African investors is that they make decisions based on emotional factors, rather than logic and reason.

As Anil Jugmohan, an investment analyst at Nedgroup...

Monday, January 13, 2014 - 12:53
No quick fix

The current challenges in South Africa’s education system can only be overcome if there is direct consultation with principals, teachers, parents and other interested stakeholders in the industry, says the Principal...

Monday, January 13, 2014 - 12:52
International expansion

Sanlam Emerging Markets (Proprietary) Limited (SEM) and Santam Limited recently announced that they have entered into a series of transactions to align their interests in current and future short-term insurance...

Monday, January 13, 2014 - 12:51
Strains far fromover

“R603 million is the value of claims that we have paid out to clients in the first 11 months of 2013, in respect of payment defaults on the domestic market,” says Luke Doig, Senior Manager, Economics, at Credit...

Monday, January 13, 2014 - 12:46
Feedback on FNB Support

Last October I published an article about FNB’s smartphone services. I have since collected further information about what to do in the event the device is faulty. The short answer is that all clients of the bank have...