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Chinese economy set for 2016/17 slowdown

Published: Mon, 29 Aug 16

By Coface, the international trade credit insurance company   China’s ongoing structural reforms have shifted to a greater focus on services and consumption, making the country’s two-speed economy even more evident. The divide between the country’s winning and losing sectors is linked ...
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Education as a business opportunity at SA’s small business and franchise show

Published: Mon, 29 Aug 16

The educational sector is booming, with a range of innovative new education-related business opportunities emerging to support childhood learning, say participants in the upcoming #BuyaBusiness and Small Business Expo in Johannesburg. Now more than ever, parents are willing to invest in their children’s early ...
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The IRBA announces measures to strengthen auditor independence and enhance investor protection

Published: Mon, 29 Aug 16

Johannesburg: The Independent Regulatory Board for Auditors (IRBA) today announced that it will begin a process to implement Mandatory Audit Firm Rotation (MAFR) for audit firms to strengthen their independence from their clients. The Board’s decision to pursue MAFR is also aligned to its objective to ...
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Andrew Darfoor appointed Group Chief Executive of Alexander Forbes

Published: Mon, 29 Aug 16

The board of directors has announced that Andrew Darfoor has been appointed Group Chief Executive of Alexander Forbes, with effect from 1 September 2016. Sello Moloko, Executive Chairman of Alexander Forbes, says Darfoor was appointed following an extensive executive local and international search ...
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What power do women have over finances?

Published: Mon, 29 Aug 16

On average women tend to outlive men, according to the World Health Organisation (WHO) it is often by up to ten years, they have longer breaks away from work due to maternity leave and generally earn between 15% - 17% less – all these challenges negatively impact a woman’s ability to save effectively for ...
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Young entrepreneurs are redefining the rules of business

Published: Mon, 29 Aug 16

…and established companies must keep up   By Anton Van Heerden, EVP and Managing Director, Sage South and Southern Africa   Young entrepreneurs are building the future of our country. That’s why I was interested to see the results of Sage’s new Walk With Me report ...
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University of Venda financial wing takes off

Published: Mon, 29 Aug 16

Thohoyandou: The University of Venda (Univen) has become the first historically black university in South Africa to establish a commercial wing to tackle its financial challenges. Communications Minister Faith Muthambi on Friday officially unveiled the Univen Innovative Growth Company (UIGC) at an event held in Thohoyandou, ...
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2016 Finalists for Africa’s Leading Youth Entrepreneurship Award

Published: Mon, 29 Aug 16

The Anzisha Prize – Breaking New Ground in Innovation and Representation The Anzisha Prize applauds outstanding youth entrepreneurs between the ages of 15 and 22 for effecting change through innovative, people-centred solutions across Africa. GAUTENG, South Africa: African Leadership Academy (AfricanLeadershipAcademy ...
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Financial Services Industry Celebrates Financial Planning Week 2016

Published: Fri, 26 Aug 16

Johannesburg: According to the 2016 Global Consumer Survey (GCS) issued by the Financial Planning Institute of Southern Africa (FPI), only 27% of South Africans believe that they are knowledgeable about finance and financial matters. However, 74% of South Africans consider building a savings plan to be a top priority ...
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Government unlocks potential for township economy

Published: Fri, 26 Aug 16

By Lutando Ndamase Cape Town: Minister in the Presidency responsible for Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation, Jeff Radebe, has launched EZASE-KASI Business Fridays, a massive campaign aimed at supporting township economies. Speaking at the programme’s launch in Cape Town on Friday, the Minister said ...
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Sugar tax delayed?

Published: Fri, 26 Aug 16

Various practical realities may delay final implementation of sugar tax to 2018, says Deloitte Johannesburg: Adopting a sugar tax by April 2017 may be unattainable due to various practical realities, with a more realistic start date 2018, says Deloitte. A proposal was made in the February 2016 Budget to introduce ...
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Here from the future: financial advice to your younger self

Published: Fri, 26 Aug 16

French jetski champion Franky Zapata, famous for his aerobatic exploits with a water-powered jet pack known as the Flyboard[1], has released the Flyboard Air, which allows him to fly freely through the air on a flat board up to a maximum height of about 3 kilometres. He’s now in the Guinness World ...
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Newly elected mayors should focus on small business growth, says Sage

Published: Fri, 26 Aug 16

South Africa’s newly elected mayors and municipal officer bearers should move quickly in making investments and creating policies to support Small & Medium Businesses in their towns and cities – with a focus on helping every small enterprise from the hawker selling fruit to the restaurant owner and ...
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President has full confidence in Minister Gordhan

Published: Fri, 26 Aug 16

Pretoria: President Jacob Zuma has expressed his full support and confidence in Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan, and has emphasised the fact that the Minister has not been found guilty of any wrongdoing. This comes after concerns were expressed by individuals and organisations in society about the reported ...
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Coface Greece Country Risk and Business Climate Assessment

Published: Thu, 25 Aug 16

By Coface, the international trade credit insurance company     Strengths Support from the international financial community, possible debt relief at the end of 2018 World’s leading ship owner Tourism Weaknesses Very high public debt Quality ...
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Blockchain – will this be trade and commodity finance’s Uber?

Published: Thu, 25 Aug 16

By Steve Chemaly and Rohan Isaacs (ZA) Norton Rose Fulbright South Africa Inc. Uber’s success is that it made it as easy to order and pay for a ride as clicking a few buttons. It created a multi-billion dollar market that didn’t exist just a few years ago. Blockchain is a payment technology ...
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What do currency valuations mean for investors?

Published: Thu, 25 Aug 16

              Danie Venter, Advisory Partner, Citadel                   Many South African investors were recently introduced to Nomura Holdings Inc. ’s new iPhone index ...
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Young African thinkers from all over the continent come together to celebrate International Youth Day at the AU Headquarters

Published: Thu, 25 Aug 16

The two-day intense brainstorming and idea-generation that served as a precursor to the Youth Day focused on implementation of Agenda 2063 ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia: The Africa Union Commission hosted the International Youth Day celebrations under the theme, “Youth Leading Sustainability towards the Realization ...
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Economic moats: protecting competitive advantages

Published: Thu, 25 Aug 16

By Mikhail Motala, Equity Analyst, PSG Asset Management   A moat is the sustainable competitive advantage that enables a business to consistently deliver excess returns on capital. The protection of these excess returns is imperative to any company’s long-term success. For this reason, we evaluate ...
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How women can invest to sustain their future

Published: Wed, 24 Aug 16

Albert Einstein declared compound interest to be the eighth wonder of the world. “He who understands it, earns it … he who doesn’t … pays it,” the renowned physicist once said. With research showing that women live longer than men in developed and emerging economies, and that they are ...
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