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Standard Bank SARS Trade data commentary

Published: Fri, 29 Apr 16

“The country’s trade balance for March 2016 came in at a surplus of R2. 9bn from February’s deficit of –R1. 1bn. This was not in line with market expectations. “The economic landscape currently presents numerous challenges for consumers and businesses. The challenges ...
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Latest Enforcement Committee Orders

Published: Fri, 29 Apr 16

The Enforcement Committee of the FSB recently published interesting details of two settlement cases. Magnum Opus It appears that Magnum Opus Investment Managers administered a collective investment scheme without being duly licenced, or being authorised as agents of a registered collective investment scheme. “The ...
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FSB warns the public against TradingBanks

Published: Fri, 29 Apr 16

The Financial Services Board (FSB) warns the public against conducting financial services business with TradingBanks domiciled in British Virgin Islands, purporting to be a registered entity.   TradingBanks is not authorised to render financial services in South Africa and are not representatives ...
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Earthquake in Ecuador: Disaster weighs on the economy already affected by the fall in oil prices

Published: Fri, 29 Apr 16

By Coface, the international trade credit insurance company   On April 16, the Pacific coast of Ecuador was hit by a devastating earthquake, the worst in nearly 40 years. The damage is substantial nearly 2000 buildings were damaged and more than 24 000 survivors are living in shelters. The human toll is high: ...
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What business owners can learn from batman

Published: Thu, 28 Apr 16

Today, if Bruce Wayne–aka Batman – was walking among us, he would be the 73rd richest man in the world, boasting an estimated net worth of around $11. 6 billion, says Neo Kgantsi, Portfolio Manager at Sanlam Private Wealth. ” Alfred Pennyworth (valet): “It's not just your name, sir! ...
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The advantages of using rolling returns over a three- to five-year cycle

Published: Thu, 28 Apr 16

With the myriad of data available to investors when selecting which fund best suits their investment profile, it is difficult to know which data point to use. Rolling returns, however, give a clearer track record of how a fund has performed and potentially how it will perform in the future. Brian du Plessis, director ...
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Vanessa Marques adds new dimension to company secretarial services at CGF

Published: Thu, 28 Apr 16

We are excited to welcome Vanessa Marques as the latest member to join CGF’s team of Lead Independent Consultants. Vanessa has a wealth of experience within the company secretarial field which she garnered through her career spent at the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (‘JSE’), as well as a host ...
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Ins and outs of Islamic Banking

Published: Thu, 28 Apr 16

It’s been over a decade since some of South Africa’s leading commercial banks introduced Islamic Banking services but despite the progress, there are still numerous misconceptions about this alternate form of banking. CEO of FNB Islamic Banking, Amman Muhammad says South Africa is one of many ...
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Legal audits provide trustees with peace of mind

Published: Thu, 28 Apr 16

Jan Dawid Luttig, Fiduciary Specialist at Citadel Investment Services   In an ever-evolving family trust landscape, complacency and inertia could spell disaster for the best-laid investment and estate planning strategy. Revelations in the latest global scandal unearthed in the Panama Papers has ...
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Vantage Capital provides N$80 million debenture funding to leading Namibian hospitality and property-owning group

Published: Wed, 27 Apr 16

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa: Vantage Capital (www. VantageCapital. co. za), Africa’s largest mezzanine fund manager, announced yesterday that it has provided a debenture facility of N$80 million (R80 million) to United Africa Group (“UAG”) (www. na), an established hospitality and property-owning ...
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Pros and cons of the new IFRS lease accounting standard

Published: Wed, 27 Apr 16

By Rorisang Mongoato Norton Rose Fulbright South Africa Inc. Lessee financial reporting will be significantly affected by a new IFRS lease accounting standard that will be effective from 1 January 2019. The new rules will affect almost all leases of movable and immovable assets save for certain leases such as leases ...
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Crossing borders to procure coal – Coal Baseload IPP Procurement Programme

Published: Wed, 27 Apr 16

By Jackie Midlane, Malibuye Cossie and Raghemah Hendricks  Norton Rose Fulbright South Africa Inc. On Wednesday, 20 April 2016 the Minister of Energy issued a determination setting out what bidders can expect to see in the request for proposal under the coal baseload cross border independent ...
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All roads lead to Giyani for Freedom Day

Published: Wed, 27 Apr 16

Pretoria: The town of Giyani in Limpopo will be a hive of activity on Wednesday when South Africa celebrates Freedom Day. Government Communication and Information System (GCIS) Acting Director General Donald Liphoko said the day serves as a platform to promote unity and a common agenda of building a united and ...
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SOCs must support re-industrialisation, localisation

Published: Wed, 27 Apr 16

Cape Town: Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown says supporting re-industrialisation is critical for state-owned companies as it will help to bolster growth and transform the economy. Tabling the department’s Budget Vote at the National Assembly on Tuesday, the Minister said when it comes to shareholding ...
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How to sell the need for a new business system to your boss

Published: Tue, 26 Apr 16

By Keith Fenner, Vice President, Sage X3 International   If you’re a Chief Information Officer or a line manager in your business, you’ll probably know when your manual business processes and legacy business systems are standing in the way of your organisation’s growth, agility, and efficiency ...
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Eight easy steps to financial freedom

Published: Tue, 26 Apr 16

- Make every step count -   Financial freedom is not based on whether you are rich or not, but rather living within your means. A famous proverb says that the borrower becomes the lender's slave. JOHANNESBURG: As we celebrate Freedom Day this April, why not find a reason to celebrate more ...
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Ethical leadership is the cornerstone of good governance says Deloitte

Published: Tue, 26 Apr 16

Recent debacles have reminded us of the potential consequences of an unhealthy corporate culture and the fact that good corporate governance remains the cornerstone of effective and ethical leadership. For example, poor ethical leadership played a significant role in the failure of Royal Bank of Scotland, ...
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Why taking a long-term view is key to successful investing

Published: Mon, 25 Apr 16

By Anet Ahern, CEO, PSG Asset Management   Investors may have had sleepless nights over the past year about the ability of so-called growth investments to ever show positive returns again. They may worry about how they are going to protect and grow their savings. Fund managers who apply a proven valuation-based ...
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SA, Iran to increase non-oil trade investment

Published: Mon, 25 Apr 16

Pretoria: South Africa and Iran have agreed to increase non-oil trade and investment to a billion dollars by 2020. This emerged on Sunday after talks between President Jacob Zuma and Iran's counterpart President Hassan Rouhani. Speaking during the South Africa-Iran Business Council, President Zuma said the ...
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Impact of new lease accounting standard on loan agreements

Published: Mon, 25 Apr 16

By Rorisang Mongoato Norton Rose Fulbright South Africa Inc. Corporates often choose to lease long term assets instead of buying them for a number of reasons – there may be tax benefits to leasing the asset and not buying it and leases offer more flexibility in terms of adjusting for technology and capacity ...
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