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Building relationships through corporate partnerships

Published: Fri, 30 Sep 16

Johannesburg: A Global Comparator Research: Why firms value the CFP® certification study, conducted by Financial Planning Standards Board (FPSB), shows the positive impact CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER ®/CFP® professionals have in financial services firms. Key findings found that 69% of firms said that CFP® ...
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SA Mining Industry continues to face tough times in wake of subdued commodity prices, mounting cost pressure and regulatory uncertainty

Published: Fri, 30 Sep 16

Companies had no choice but to cut back on new developments, re-focus on profitable production rather than maximum production and to save costs JOHANNESBURG, South Africa: 2016 marked another challenging year for SA’s mining industry in the wake of subdued commodity prices, an increase in short-term volatility, ...
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Avoid that broke feeling: six ways to manage money in your business

Published: Fri, 30 Sep 16

By Steven Cohen, Head of Sage One International (Africa, Australia, Middle East and Asia)   One of the hardest things to get right as an entrepreneur is managing the financial side of your business. Over the years, I’ve spoken to many Small & Medium Business owners from around the world about ...
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What lies behind the new, evolving set of governance guidelines looming on the fiduciary’s horizon?

Published: Thu, 29 Sep 16

Cape Town: Fiduciaries may wonder why a new set of King governance guidelines will be released on 1 November this year, but the answer is really quite straightforward: the King IV Report and Code is simply an evolutionary step that maintains relevance, assesses where we are, and points the way forward. Corporate governance ...
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Corporate entrepreneurship and innovation - twin forces for growth and prosperity in difficult times

Published: Thu, 29 Sep 16

With South African business facing ongoing challenges posed by the drought, dwindling levels of consumer spending, reducing margins and the risk of a ratings downgrade, there has never been more demand for ‘corporate entrepreneurs’ - particularly in businesses that have annual turnovers of between R300 ...
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From Muddling to Miracle: The path to maintaining SA’s credit rating

Published: Thu, 29 Sep 16

Dr Adrian Saville, Chief Strategist, Citadel   I have previously referred to the South African economy as just muddling along – we aren’t shooting the lights out, but we haven’t sunk into the depths of a recession. But wouldn’t it be awesome if we could break out of our no-growth ...
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Africa tables position on AGOA

Published: Thu, 29 Sep 16

Pretoria: African Trade Ministers have tabled the continent’s position in the 15th Africa Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) Forum, says the Department of Trade and Industry. The position is on the report titled, “Beyond AGOA: Looking to the future of the US - Africa Trade and Investment,” issued ...
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Alexander Forbes announces African Rainbow Capital as its strategic empowerment shareholder

Published: Thu, 29 Sep 16

African Rainbow Capital to acquire 10% of wholly-owned subsidiary Alexander Forbes Limited for net proceeds of R678 105 000 settled in cash Investment in AFL accelerates Alexander Forbes’ vision to continue to build a globally distinctive pan-African financial services organisation Investment ...
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Joint Statement 7th South Africa – United States Annual Bilateral Forum 28 September 2016

Published: Thu, 29 Sep 16

The Forum meets annually to review cooperation between the two nations across a range of sectors PRETORIA, South Africa: The Department of International Cooperation and Relations hosted the United States Mission in Pretoria for the 7th Annual Bilateral Forum (ABF), on 28 September 2016. The Forum was co-chaired ...
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Coface announces plan to increase agility and evolve to more efficient capital model

Published: Wed, 28 Sep 16

Coface, the international trade credit insurer, has announced plans to become the most agile global trade credit partner in the industry and to enhance its capital-efficient business model. Xavier Durand, CEO of Coface, said building on Coface’s long-standing reputation, its technical expertise and ...
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City of Ekurhuleni and Mastercard Help Ratepayers Pay Their Bills Using Their Smartphones

Published: Wed, 28 Sep 16

The metro is the first local government authority in the world to offer ratepayers Masterpass as a payment option   Budapest, Hungary: More than 900,000 ratepayers in the City of Ekurhuleni can now pay their municipal bills online with their smartphones, using Masterpass, the global digital payment service ...
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South Africa retains pole position for auditing and reporting standards for seventh year in a row

Published: Wed, 28 Sep 16

Johannesburg: The Independent Regulatory Board for Auditors (IRBA) has welcomed the news that South Africa has been ranked yet again as the world’s number one for auditing and reporting standards, making it the seventh consecutive year that the country holds this position. As the audit regulator, the ...
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The Digital-Ready Bank - What the African banking market can (and should) learn from Europe

Published: Wed, 28 Sep 16

By Darrel Orsmond, Industry Head: Financial Services at SAP Africa CHALLENGE: According to a 2015 KPMG report, banking penetration is as low as 36% in some of the larger African economies. SOLUTION: Digital Transformation can drive adoption of banking services by enabling banks to develop and deploy tailored, customer-focused ...
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Despite Positive Developments Over Last Decade, Challenges Remain for Morocco’s Agribusiness

Published: Tue, 27 Sep 16

By Coface, the international trade credit insurance company   In Morocco, agriculture has long been both the strength and weakness of its economy. The strength is that it has been a growth driver, while the weakness is its high volatility. During this period, the volatility of the agricultural sector ...
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Manufacturing income up by 9.4% in 2014 says Stats SA

Published: Tue, 27 Sep 16

Pretoria: Statistics South Africa (Stats SA) on Monday released the manufacturing industry report which indicates that total income for the industry increased by 9. 4% per annum. “Stats SA today released the manufacturing industry 2014 report which indicates that the total income for the manufacturing industry ...
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FNB customers make R276 million savings from using mobile Vouchers & Coupons

Published: Tue, 27 Sep 16

Johannesburg: FNB’s customers have made a cumulative saving of R276 million from using discounts via the bank’s Vouchers & Coupons which are available on the FNB Banking App and redeemable electronically at various retailers. Johan Moolman, CEO of eBucks, says “There are different ...
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Long-term performance: Are 5 years enough?

Published: Mon, 26 Sep 16

By Carl Roothman, chief executive of retail business at Sanlam Investments Cape Town: It used to be safe to tell clients to compare the performance of equity funds over three to five years, but it seems this yardstick needs to be rescaled. For example, comparing value and growth managers over periods shorter than ...
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The IRBA announces timeline for public participation process around mandatory audit firm rotation

Published: Mon, 26 Sep 16

Johannesburg: The Independent Regulatory Board for Auditors (IRBA) has confirmed today that its investor and public participation process around the new requirements for mandatory audit firm rotation (MAFR) will open on October 25 when it will issue the proposed new requirements. Written responses must be submitted ...
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FSP loses second appeal against FAIS Ombud ruling

Published: Mon, 26 Sep 16

The Ombud made a determination on 30 March 2012, holding the appellants liable for the repayment of the amount invested. An appeal was upheld by the Appeal Board on 26 February 2014. In terms of the order, the matter was remitted to the Ombud for investigation of certain aspects which, according ...
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The cash flow conundrum: How visual reporting can help

Published: Mon, 26 Sep 16

By Charles Teversham, Managing Director of Sage Intelligence   Starting a small business is almost like leaping out of a plane without a back-up parachute. It’s exciting, but at the same time, quite risky. There are several reasons why 80% of small businesses in South Africa fail within the first ...
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