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South African Private Banking and Wealth Management recognised in global awards

Published: Fri, 31 Oct 14

South African private banking and wealth management continues to excel and impress on a global scale, according to judges at this year’s Annual Global Private Banking Awards by Private Wealth Management (PWM) and The Banker Magazines – part of the Financial Times Group – held in Geneva ...
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Central African countries take decisive steps toward creation of green economy with focus on timber industry

Published: Fri, 31 Oct 14

The government of the DRC announces a $3 million contribution to kickstart the Fund for the Green Economy in Central Africa KINSHASA, DRC: The organizers of the Conference of Ministers of ECCAS (http://www. org) on the Fund for the Green Economy in Central Africa and the structural transformation of the economy ...
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No investigation into the FSB

Published: Fri, 31 Oct 14

The Financial Services Board (FSB) is aware of a media statement circulated on 30 October by Kadesh Consulting, which alleges that there is an investigation underway into amongst others, representatives from the National Prosecuting Authority, the FSB and the curator of Fidentia. The FSB notes that according to Australian ...
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Shanduka Foundation hosts Enterprise and Development Summit as SBU releases annual report

Published: Thu, 30 Oct 14

256 small business create 965 jobs and R78. 8 million in turnover Johannesburg: Since its establishment in 2004, the Shanduka Foundation – founded by Cyril Ramaphosa – has focused on enterprise development and education and has transformed the lives of thousands of South Africans through Shanduka Black ...
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A return to pre-crisis levels of global trade is unlikely but potential for growth exists

Published: Thu, 30 Oct 14

By Coface, the international credit insurer Following thirty years of unprecedented expansion, global trade is experiencing a period of radical change. Is the slowdown a cyclical phenomenon or long-lasting and structural? Global trade remains stricken by the adverse effects of the crisis Since the economic ...
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Centre of Entrepreneurship

Published: Thu, 30 Oct 14

Absa today announced that free access to basic communications technology, business support services, which include consultations, business facilities and infrastructural support at its Centre of Entrepreneurship in Newtown, Johannesburg has helped over 1500 entrepreneurs prosper their businesses. Absa’s ...
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Negative investor sentiment hits fixed interest portfolios

Published: Wed, 29 Oct 14

South African investors already jittery about global market volatility in the third quarter of this year were unnerved even further by the African Bank saga, which unfolded during the middle of the quarter. This resulted in the local Collective Investment Schemes (CIS) industry recording anemic net inflows of only ...
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Financial freedom to drive prosperity in Africa

Published: Tue, 28 Oct 14

Barclays Africa Prosper Report shows Africans would rather invest than spend money on luxury items to prosper To prosper, 53 percent of African respondents need to achieve financial freedom now and in ten years' time. Almost a third of African respondents would buy a computer or books to help them prosper ...
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Alcatel-Lucent and MTN Nigeria to boost connectivity in Africa’s most populous nation

Published: Tue, 28 Oct 14

Alcatel-Lucent and MTN Nigeria to boost connectivity in Africa’s most populous nation with ultra-broadband 100G fiber-optic data network. Network transformation will benefit a country with 275 mobile subscribers for every landline with an economy that relies on fast, dependable, high-capacity mobile broadband ...
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Safeguarding your heirs' inheritance

Published: Tue, 28 Oct 14

It is becoming increasingly evident that parents around the world would like to see their wealth passed down the family line from generation to generation, giving their children and grandchildren an advantage in life. Unfortunately, a serious lack of attention to effective wealth and business succession planning often ...
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Cautious optimism around growth in secured lending

Published: Tue, 28 Oct 14

The recently released National Credit Regulator (NCR) Consumer Credit Market Report shows growth in secured lending at an all-time high, while the rate of growth in unsecured lending has slowed. “We are pleased to note that the report, which focuses primarily on positive growth in the secured lending ...
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Breaking the low growth trap: Growth in the retail and consumer industry in a cold climate

Published: Tue, 28 Oct 14

Consumer and retail companies need to look to their own markets, and at their existing customer base, to find new and innovative ways to drive growth and make their companies more distinctive, says Richard Rawlinson, global Consumer & Retail specialist and Partner at Strategy&, part of the PwC network of firms ...
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Tanzania’s 2014-2025 energy reform Roadmap to success

Published: Mon, 27 Oct 14

The Ministry of Energy and Minerals has published an Electricity Supply Industry Reform Strategy and Roadmap for 2014 to 2025 By Laura Kiwelu, Senior Associate, Norton Rose Fulbright Tanzania DAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania: In its recent Investment Policy Review the OECD cited energy in Tanzania as a “critical ...
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Virtual currency opens window for financial crime

Published: Fri, 24 Oct 14

SA financial firms urged to combat financial crime with stricter measures South African banks and financial institutions need to heed the recent warning from SA regulators on the risks of using virtual currencies, as criminals find more complex and innovate ways to launder the proceeds of illegal activities. This ...
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The Momentum / UNISA Household Wealth Index 2nd Quarter 2014

Published: Thu, 23 Oct 14

The value of South African households’ net wealth increased strongly in the second quarter of 2014 (Q2 2014) despite lacklustre domestic economic growth. According to the Momentum/UNISA Household Wealth Index, South African households’ net wealth increased by 36. 4% on a quarter on quarter seasonally ...
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Liberty continues its African growth path as Stanlib Ghana officially launches

Published: Thu, 23 Oct 14

Liberty Holdings subsidiary, STANLIB Asset Management, has acquired 100% shareholding in Standard Bank Investment Management Services (SIMS) Ghana. The acquisition is in line with Liberty’s ambition to grow its investment and insurance business on the continent, with an initial focus on the high growth markets ...
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Better integrated reporting can enhance investment professionals’ analysis: PwC report

Published: Thu, 23 Oct 14

80% of investment professionals agree that the quality of a company’s reporting affects their perception of management quality. Nearly two-thirds of investment professionals (63%) say that the quality of a company’s reporting could have a direct financial effect on its cost of capital. These are just some ...
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The risk of governance failure: South Africa 2014

Published: Wed, 22 Oct 14

Article by Terrance M. Booysen, CEO, CGF Research Institute (Pty) Ltd A continent known for opportunity For many centuries Africa has been known as a continent where only the ‘toughest of tough’ survive. Whilst many of the first indigenous African inhabitants mastered their survival mechanisms ...
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PlexCrown Unit Trust Survey: Third Quarter 2014

Published: Wed, 22 Oct 14

Summary of retail rand-denominated unit trust and FSB-approved foreign collective investment scheme returns, fund ratings and management company ratings for the quarter ended 30 September 2014. The PlexCrown survey was done in collaboration with ProfileData and based on return data provided by ProfileData and market ...
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MTBSP Commentary from Kay Walsh, Deloitte Executive Lead in Economics

Published: Wed, 22 Oct 14

Facing the low-growth reality - additional measures proposed to reign in public debt While government spending has remained with the limits of the expenditure growth ceiling put in place in 2012/13, economic growth has consistently disappointed relative to National Treasury’s forecasts which has translated ...
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