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African oil & energy sector fuelling global investor growth, says DHL

Published: Wed, 30 Jul 14

CAPE-TOWN, South-Africa: While Oil and Gas activity in West Africa is nothing new, it is the activity in East Africa which is creating a stir amongst exploration companies and of course, their suppliers. This is according to Steve Harley, President, DHL Energy Sector (http://www. com), who says that while Angola and ...
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PwC announces investment to accelerate Africa growth opportunities

Published: Wed, 30 Jul 14

JOHANNESBURG, South-Africa: PwC (http://www. pwc. com) has today announced it is increasing its investment in Africa and building closer links between PwC UK and PwC Africa, to meet increased demand for professional services as trade activity between the two regions grows. The investment is part of PwC’s ongoing ...
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Barclays Africa on track to meet growth commitments, achieves strong financial momentum

Published: Wed, 30 Jul 14

Salient features Diluted headline earnings per share (HEPS) increased 10% to 720,7 cents. Headline earnings in SA increased 6% to R5,1 billion and by 34% to R1,0 billion outside of South Africa. Barclays Africa Limited acquisition remained earnings enhancing Pre-provision profit increased 5% to R13,4 billion ...
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Five biggest debt mistakes

Published: Wed, 30 Jul 14

Often at times, consumers can feel overwhelmed with the amount of repayments they have to make on a monthly basis. Many people are paying off things such as a mortgage, tertiary education, vehicle repayments and credit cards. Research shows that debt can be properly managed; however, it is the classic mistakes that ...
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Tax free savings accounts

Published: Wed, 30 Jul 14

Heinrich Louw, Senior Associate, Tax, Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr An overhaul of the current retirement dispensation and the promotion of savings has been on the cards since at least the 2012 Budget when the Minister of Finance announced that a series of discussion papers would be released on these matters. It was revealed ...
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Emergency funds - just how necessary are they?

Published: Wed, 30 Jul 14

By Cathy Lammas, Business Development Manager, Glacier by Sanlam Let’s face it, an emergency fund is the least sexy part of an investment portfolio. Until one has the financial muscle of a really good share portfolio, with lots of fat built into it or a home loan with ready access to extra cash, one ...
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Global growth momentum is picking up, but SA growth momentum is losing steam

Published: Wed, 30 Jul 14

Commentary by Maarten Ackerman, portfolio manager at Citadel The world is well positioned to slowly move back to trend-like growth over the next few years. A sustainable growth environment coupled with moderate policy normalisation should support company earnings going forward. Many global equity markets reached ...
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The Risks of Risk Profiling

Published: Wed, 30 Jul 14

How effective are current risk profiling techniques? Do they achieve their aim (to determine a suitable investment strategy) or are they being undertaken simply to tick the boxes in terms of compliance? Patrick Barker, Private Client Portfolio Manager at Cannon Asset Managers, explores these issues and looks at alternatives ...
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Can you claim against a surety if the debtor is in business rescue?

Published: Sat, 26 Jul 14

By Riza Moosa, Director Norton Rose Fulbright South Africa Every suretyship securing a company’s debts should specifically preserve the creditor’s rights to recover from the surety despite discharge of the principal debt in a business rescue plan. And every business rescue plan should, if possible, ...
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Becoming a mom – how will your business cope?

Published: Sat, 26 Jul 14

Cape Town: After spending time, energy and money building up a successful business, taking the decision to start a family can be a scary one for prospective ‘momtrepreneurs’. What will happen to the business if you take time off? Will your clients be prepared to wait around? Will a competitor seize the ...
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Young professionals: should you join the rat race or go solo?

Published: Fri, 25 Jul 14

Cape Town: You’ve just qualified as a young doctor, lawyer, accountant or other professional. The question is now – should you start sending out résumés? Or are you feeling brave? Venturing out on your own and starting a solo practice is not for the faint-hearted, but it is immensely rewarding ...
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Investing: Getting back to basics

Published: Fri, 25 Jul 14

By Leigh Köhler, Head of Research, Glacier by Sanlam Most of us are less conscientious about our financial affairs than we should be and the question whether we have saved or invested enough usually only crops up when we are confronted by a major life event – be it buying our first car or house, our ...
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Actis substantially exits Alexander Forbes through a successful Listing

Published: Fri, 25 Jul 14

London: Actis, the global pan-emerging market private equity investor, has substantially exited from Alexander Forbes Group Holdings Ltd, one of South Africa’s leading diversified financial services companies. Actis has sold a 9% stake, in an oversubscribed offer through the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE), ...
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It’s tax return time again for individual taxpayers

Published: Thu, 24 Jul 14

Are you one of those super-efficient individuals that submitted your tax return immediately when the season opened on 1 July 2014 or do you procrastinate, letting the looming deadline cause distress due to the possible penalties and fines for late submissions? This time of the year need not give you a headache. ...
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Downgraded to A4[1], Brazilian economy gears towards a year of adjustments in 2015

Published: Thu, 24 Jul 14

International credit insurer Coface says Brazil has not taken advantage of its buoyant economy of the past to undertake the reforms needed to modernise its infrastructure and improve the country’s business climate. Due to the World Cup and presidential elections, the business calendar will be shorter in Brazil ...
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Commission on "Orphan" Policies

Published: Thu, 24 Jul 14

What happens to the commission of intermediaries who resign, or whose contracts with product providers are cancelled? The latest FAIS Ombud newsletter contains an example which throws some light on the subject. Ombud Case study: Are You Getting What You Paid For? This Office has, in the past few years, experienced ...
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Nigeria has the potential to become a major economic force in the coming decades - McKinsey report

Published: Thu, 24 Jul 14

The report finds that Nigeria has the potential to expand its economy by roughly 7. 1 percent per year through 2030 LAGOS, Nigeria: There is no disguising the challenges that Nigeria is facing. The world is well aware of the concerns around terrorism and Nigeria’s ongoing struggle with poverty. However, there ...
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Orange and Emmaüs International launch their 5th African mobile telephone recycling facility in Abidjan

Published: Thu, 24 Jul 14

as part of its ongoing commitment to encouraging recycling of mobile devices, launched in 2005, Orange promotes the creation of partnerships in Africa that aim to support the implementation of local initiatives 140 tonnes of waste have been processed and 30 jobs created since 2010 through the Orange-Emmaüs ...
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Africa’s oil & gas sector continues to show substantial growth, despite regulatory uncertainty and corruption

Published: Wed, 23 Jul 14

PwC’s ‘Africa oil & gas review’ analyses what has happened in the last 12 months in the oil & gas industry within the major African markets JOHANNESBURG, South-Africa: The challenges facing oil & gas companies operating in Africa continue to be diverse and numerous fuelled by fraud, ...
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Unlocking value for first-time home owners

Published: Wed, 23 Jul 14

For most people, buying a home is the largest and most exciting investment that they will make. It is an emotional experience as a home means security and is the heart of the family – a place to call home. According to Carel Grönum, managing executive of Home Loans at Absa, “We are putting the customer ...
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