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Thursday, April 16, 2015 - 16:49
Reportable list

The Commissioner for the South African Revenue Service (SARS) issued a public notice in the Government Gazette on 16th March 2015, listing reportable arrangements and excluded arrangements for purposes of the...

Thursday, April 16, 2015 - 16:48
Six things to consider

Whether you’re getting married, divorced, become a parent, property owner, landed the job of your dreams or starting your dream business, life happens. With these changes, you’ll face varying degrees of financial...

Thursday, April 16, 2015 - 16:46
Going further…

The 2015 budget speech left little room for celebration. Personal income tax is up, fuel levies are up, as are sin taxes. Most of us have little or no control over these spiralling expenses and our budgets gasp as we...

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Standard guide

Most people understand the importance of a will, but many people overlook a very important element; the appointment of an executor. An executor is someone who you nominate to carry out the instructions of your will...

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Managing right

When you have been left money by a relative, or someone has put money or property in a trust for you, it’s most beneficial to have professional administration specialists managing the estate. Administrators who work...

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Marriott sense

1. Invest for income and let the capital take care of itself. The value of a business is based on the income or earnings it can generate. Only through increasing its income can the value of a business increase, a...

Thursday, February 12, 2015 - 11:02
No time for austerity

Greece’s ongoing debate about the best way forward has now played out at the ballot box, although many uncertainties remain. On January 25, Syriza, an extreme left-wing party led by Alexis Tsipras, won the biggest...

Thursday, February 12, 2015 - 10:41
Sweet conflict

BMJ Investigation reveals extensive network of links between UK public health scientists and sugar industry.


Industry engagement with public health greater than previously known.  Public health...

Tuesday, January 13, 2015 - 14:58
Credit Card offer

On 18th December 2014 I got a strange call from a gentleman by the name of Keoagile Mosime, allegedly from ‘First National Bank’, and I initially thought it might be a scam. To me he sounded as he were calling me from...

Monday, December 29, 2014 - 09:23
JSE advisory

In response to an upsurge in customer complaints and enquiries regarding the marketing methods and claims made by companies/agents that these software programs are required in order to invest on the Johannesburg Stock...

Monday, December 29, 2014 - 09:21
Extending delivery

The MMI Holdings Limited’s (MMI) acquisition of CareCross Health Group, including a majority share in Occupational Care South Africa (OCSA) (first announced in June 2014) has been finalised with regulatory approval...

Monday, December 29, 2014 - 09:18
Winners and losers

Financial markets have been dominated by the collapse in the oil price over the past few weeks. The fall in the oil price is partly due to lower-than-expected demand because of slower global growth. It is easy to forget that China’s nominal...

Monday, December 29, 2014 - 09:13
Misshapen risk

A persistent midriff bulge, otherwise known as central obesity, is linked to a heightened risk of a sudden, and often fatal, malfunction of the heart’s electrical circuitry, suggests research published online in the...

Monday, December 29, 2014 - 09:10
Worse than salt

Added sugars in processed foods are likely to have a greater role in high blood pressure and heart disease and stroke, than added salt, say doctors in an analysis of the published evidence in the online journal Open Heart.
Dietary guidelines...

Monday, December 29, 2014 - 09:05
Festive thieves

Statistics from the Institute for Security Studies, published in December 2013, reveal that the number of cases of house burglaries is greater when the occupants are away on holiday. As a result, it is important that...

Thursday, December 25, 2014 - 10:34
Slow reaction

According to the Road Traffic Management Corporation (RTMC) around 40 people die on South Africa’s roads a day, costing the economy more than R300bn a year. Over the 2013 Christmas period alone, 1 376 South African...

Thursday, December 25, 2014 - 10:31
Client centric model

MMI Holdings Limited (MMI) and Imara Holdings Limited (Imara) announced today the acquisition of stock broking firm Imara SP Reid by MMI for R120 million. The acquisition is subject to regulatory and Imara shareholder...

Thursday, December 25, 2014 - 10:29
December volatility

Investors hoping for markets to be quiet leading up to December have been disappointed. A number of headline-grabbing events caused volatility in the markets. The oil price has fallen to fresh five-year lows of below...

Friday, December 19, 2014 - 17:24
Over a barrel

We’ve been as surprised as anybody by the speed of the decline in the price of oil, but there’s a saying in the oil sector, attributed to various commentators over the years: “The cure for high oil prices is high oil...

Friday, December 19, 2014 - 17:18
Cost control

The December period brings with it the closing of schools and companies alike. Often meaning that the whole family gets to spend quality time together. Getaways are planned to ‘bucket list’ destinations and family...

Friday, December 19, 2014 - 17:16
To do list

The holiday season is upon us! That means sun, fun and a little well-deserved rest and relaxation. Falling ill or sustaining an injury isn’t something that we like to think about during the festive season but accidents can happen.
Here are a...

Thursday, December 4, 2014 - 10:56
Horrific charges

It is hard to find a more predatory banking practice than occurs in foreign exchange transactions in the South African banking system*. First National Bank (FNB) has been asked to explain how it can justify total fees...

Tuesday, November 11, 2014 - 18:58
Follow up on the price of t-shirts

I never expected I’d have a follow up on this. But, of the T-shirts mentioned in the story three-for-the-price-of-two it turns out one of the garments was faulty. Woolworth’s was not keen to replace it, suggesting it...

Tuesday, November 11, 2014 - 10:12
Terrible trio

While the release of South Africa’s crime statistics for the year to March 2014 by the National police commissioner caused heated debate from many political and private sector spokespeople, there is no denying the...

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Close call

Who should act as trustee for a family trust? A family member, a professional independent trustee, or both? This is one of the biggest decisions to be made in estate planning – and it’s a decision which can have...