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Monday, March 17, 2014 - 16:18
Bit of a problem

The amended Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment (B-BBEE) Codes published on 11th October 2013 will prove problematic to the current BBBEE status of many South African businesses. This is according to John Botha,...

Monday, March 17, 2014 - 13:15
Worsening conditions

Last year saw a significant increase in the number and value of credit insurance claims received by Coface South Africa year on year, according to Gerhard Buitendag, collections manager of Coface South Africa....

Monday, March 17, 2014 - 11:57
Start thinking now

“Proposed changes to insurance accounting standard must be tackled as a board level issue,” says Mark Danckwerts, Partner, Financial Services – Insurance at KPMG. These proposed changes to the accounting standard are...

Wednesday, March 5, 2014 - 11:37
Only choice: to pay or not to pay

MultiChoice has announced it will raise the cost of DStv on 1st April 2014, and subscribers are very unhappy. It is not just the price increases for most of the packages; it is the limited choice, despite the name. I...

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...

Tuesday, January 7, 2014 - 11:13
Always seek advice

As South Africa continues to strengthen its trade ties with countries like China, Germany, Japan and the United Kingdom, it is becoming increasingly important for exporters and importers to get to grips with the...

Sunday, January 5, 2014 - 12:47
New telematics system should help

Being a haulage company owner is not an easy feat. Fuel price increases, an unstable Rand, fraying road network infrastructure and a continuously escalating risk of hijacking plague the South African industry....

Sunday, January 5, 2014 - 12:34
Repeat performance

Little more than a year after Gauteng was battered by hailstorms on 22nd October and 8th November 2012 leaving thirteen people dead, another freak storm smashed through many Gauteng suburbs on 11th November 2013 with...

Sunday, January 5, 2014 - 12:27
Funds have R72 billion capacity

 Since the financial crisis in 2008 there has been consolidation at a steady pace in the South African hedge fund industry, with the concentration of hedge fund assets managed by the larger managers increasing....

Saturday, January 4, 2014 - 13:55
Inundated with water

Mutual & Federal, registered over 2400 claims, since the recent hailstorms in Gauteng and the Western Cape floods.

“We have been inundated with claims since the first day of the disastrous Western...

Saturday, January 4, 2014 - 13:27
Better risk management is key

In the run up to Christmas, small businesses often experience a welcome last minute rush from customers willing to pay cash for goods which could lead to larger than usual amounts of cash on premises. In turn, small businesses are slightly more...

Saturday, January 4, 2014 - 13:26
Security measures

Regrettably, many people in South Africa still fall prey to such fraudulent activities arguably owing to either lack of consumer awareness or too many messages communicated in the market - some of which are confusing or information heavy.
On...

Friday, December 13, 2013 - 19:34
Watch out for the fine print!

Renting out to earn extra income during the holidays? Here’s what you need to know

The summer holidays are around the corner and a lot of people are gearing up for a well-deserved break. For an ever-...

Tuesday, November 26, 2013 - 18:01
Fear factor

If you are diagnosed with a dread disease, such as cancer, money is the last thing on your mind. The reality, however, is that the financial implications stretch far beyond the cost of the treatment you will need. Not...

Tuesday, November 26, 2013 - 17:59
Taking away liberty

The Pension Funds Adjudicator is requesting the Financial Services Board (FSB) to look into ‘causal event charges’. These are imposed by long-term insurers when retirement annuity members wish to transfer their assets...

Tuesday, November 26, 2013 - 17:56
Your lifestyle may depend on it

With an average 11 000 road accidents every year on our roads causing death, disability and serious injury – and leaving countless families without breadwinners – it is critical that South Africans are financially...

Tuesday, November 26, 2013 - 17:54
Stricken by strikes

The number of man-days lost due to strikes has averaged 3.4 million for the nearly two decades since democracy. That is the average: the actual number fluctuated wildly from less than 1 million to over 12 million in...

Tuesday, November 26, 2013 - 17:52
Analysis of claims

According to the World Health Organisation, more people die globally from cardiovascular diseases than any other cause - 17 million people each year - and this is set to soar to 23 million over the next 17 years. In...

Tuesday, November 26, 2013 - 13:35
A review of the special risks involved

The hospitality industry has insurance needs that are not always catered for by the normal standard commercial offering in the market.

As Denleigh Wilensky, Executive Director of Hospitality Industrial...

Tuesday, November 26, 2013 - 13:31
Middle man muck up

The international community has recently been shocked to learn of alleged bribery in the pharmaceutical sector taking place in China, with both GlaxoSmithKline and Alcon, the eye care division of Novartis, being...

Tuesday, November 5, 2013 - 18:11
Easy to buy – a real pain to repair

I often receive emails of crowing self-adoration from FNB, with lots of “exciting news” about smart devices and their new .DOT branches it is establishing. But it seems to be like everything else in South Africa: the...

Tuesday, November 5, 2013 - 18:10
Adcorp’s Employment Index, September 2013

Adcorp is South Africa’s largest listed employment agency. Each year more than 200 000 people find work through its extensive national network of subsidiaries and associated companies. Adcorp’s databases provide...

Tuesday, November 5, 2013 - 18:09
Art of value

‘We don’t know how to buy stocks by metrics. We know that Burlington Northern will have a competitive advantage in years; we don’t know what the heck Apple will have. You have to understand the company and its...

Wednesday, October 30, 2013 - 11:41
Positive for equities

Over the past few years, the Eurozone seems to have been lurching from one crisis to another, with no apparent prospect of a resolution. Just as the authorities manage to snuff out a crisis in one market, a new one...

Wednesday, October 30, 2013 - 11:40
Broader opportunities

Franklin Templeton Investments says that its Templeton Africa Fund and Templeton Global Aggregate Investment Grade Bond Fund, both sub-funds of its Luxembourg-registered SICAV range, Franklin Templeton Investment...