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Legislative developments in the South African mining sector

Published: Fri, 26 Feb 16

By Charles Young, partner and head: Mining Sector Group; Claire Tucker, partner and head: Public Law & Regulatory Practice; and Wandisile Mandlana, senior associate, at Bowman Gilfillan Africa Group (South Africa) The news that regulatory and policy certainty in the mining sector is a top priority for the Department ...
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Why is this insurance giant contemplating an SA exit?

Published: Fri, 26 Feb 16

              Justus van Pletzen, CEO of the FIA                 Over the past few days a story has emerged of a giant global insurance brand re-thinking its role in South Africa and ...
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Dti to host economic research conference

Published: Fri, 26 Feb 16

Pretoria: The Department of Trade and Industry (dti) will host the inaugural Economic Research Advisory Network (ERAN) Conference next month. “The conference will provide a platform for collaborative thinking and discuss potential and real economic issues that hamper industrial development and economic growth ...
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Liberty produces a solid increase in earnings with strong net customer cash flows

Published: Fri, 26 Feb 16

Financial Highlights Net customer cash inflows are R15. 2 billion BEE normalised return on equity 19. 5% BEE normalised operating earnings up 7% Assets under management (AUM) R668 billion up 6% BEE normalised group headline earnings up 4% BEE normalised headline earnings ...
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Budget 2016: Encouraging for SMMEs but more detail needed

Published: Fri, 26 Feb 16

By Anton van Heerden, Executive Vice-President and Managing Director, Sage South & Southern Africa   The South African government is well aware that the small, medium and micro enterprise (SMME) sector is the key to unlocking job creation and economic growth over the next decade and a half. The National ...
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AFRICA CEO FORUM AWARDS 2016 will honour CEOs and companies that have shaped year in Africa

Published: Fri, 26 Feb 16

PARIS, France: The AFRICA CEO FORUM 2016 will be taking place in Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire on 21 and 22 March. The event has become the international Forum of reference dedicated to the development of the private sector in Africa and this year, for the fourth time, the achievements of CEOs and ...
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Chinese Project Financing Complex

Published: Thu, 25 Feb 16

By Coface, the international trade credit insurance company   Although China has announced strong investments in Latin America, the investments are sometimes viewed with a high level of distrust concerning China´s capacity to deliver. The “made in China” Hualong 1 nuclear reactor ...
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Budget Speech 2016 – Absa Infographic

Published: Thu, 25 Feb 16

Whilst far less austere than anticipated, the 2016 National Budget serves as a stark reminder that consumers will have to do more with less and financial discipline will be crucial in the year ahead as they deal with the rising cost of living. Minister Pravin Gordhan’s 2016 National Budget has introduced the ...
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Budget 2016 - Tough balancing act

Published: Thu, 25 Feb 16

Pretoria: The 2016 National Budget was tabled under a difficult global economic environment, with South Africa experiencing low economic growth, Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan said on Thursday. Responding to a question at a post-budget briefing, Minister Gordhan said economic conditions are tough. “It’s ...
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Budget 2016 - All about debt stabilisation and a social compact

Published: Thu, 25 Feb 16

By Arthur Kamp, Economist, Sanlam Investments   This Budget was always going to boil down to the implementation of measures to show a credible path back to debt stabilisation. As far as the top-line numbers go the decline in the consolidated government budget deficit to 2. 4% of GDP by 2018/19 from a deficit ...
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Consumers likely to welcome unchanged personal tax rates and popularity of Tax-free Savings Accounts

Published: Thu, 25 Feb 16

Cape Town: Unchanged personal income tax rates and R5. 5 billion in personal income tax relief are most likely a welcomereprievefor many struggling South African consumers, says Karin Muller, Head of Growth Market Solutions at Sanlam. Commenting on the 2016 National Budget, Muller says while consumers will ...
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Business owners should heed changes in income tax laws

Published: Thu, 25 Feb 16

Cape Town: The 2016 National Budget brings a number of changes to tax laws such as higher inclusion rates for individuals and companies regarding capital gains tax, higher fuel levies, an increase in transfer duty on property sales of more than R 10 million and higher rates of tax deductibility for contributions to ...
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Special Voluntary Disclosure Programme for offshore assets and income

Published: Thu, 25 Feb 16

In the 2016 Budget Speech, the Minister of Finance announced a Special Voluntary Disclosure Programme to give opportunity for non-compliant taxpayers to voluntarily disclose offshore assets and income. With a new global standard for the automatic exchange of information between tax authorities providing SARS with ...
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Not out of the woods yet

Published: Thu, 25 Feb 16

Lesiba Mothata, Chief Economist Investment Solutions   It is not always accurate to look at market reaction to the Budget and infer investor sentiment towards the outcome. The 2016 National Budget is, however, unique and was heavily anticipated. South Africa is at a crossroads and needs to demonstrate ...
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Budget Speech 2016 - The impact on retirement funds and consumers

Published: Thu, 25 Feb 16

Any mention of tax changes is guaranteed to make most people sit up and listen to the national budget speech but Karin Muller, the Head of Growth Market Solutions at Sanlam says it’s important to understand the budget as a whole because it affects our everyday lives.   You can find her soundbyte ...
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South African national budget 2016 - a review by Norton Rose Fulbright South Inc.

Published: Thu, 25 Feb 16

It was not clear what we expected from the 2016 budget speech which made it such a keenly anticipated event. The recent changes in personnel at the office of the Minister of Finance made it impossible to predict what Minister Gordhan’s priorities would be since his tenure in office has been so short. There was ...
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PwC Tax Comment on the 2016 Budget Review

Published: Wed, 24 Feb 16

Personal Income Tax   A surprise announcement in the Budget Review was the increase in the CGT inclusion rate for individuals (from 33. 3% to 40%), companies (66. 6% to 80%) and trusts (66. 6% to 80%). This narrows the arbitrage between capital and revenue gains for companies and trusts almost to the point ...
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2016 Budget Review: Notes from the lock-up in Parliament, Cape Town

Published: Wed, 24 Feb 16

By Lesiba Mothata, Chief Economist at Investment Solutions Tax hikes is the main lever the Finance Ministry has used to respond to the challenges faced by South Africa. Debt accumulation, while the Treasury remain committed to keeping it within sustainable levels, has intensified with projections ...
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Budget 2016 - Buying time for SA

Published: Wed, 24 Feb 16

A fair budget will buy South Africa some time before the next credit reassessment, allowing for the possible staving off of a downgrade. Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan has tabled a budget which aims to achieve a reduced budget deficit of 2. 4% of GDP by 2018/19 while not over-burdening individual taxpayers ...
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Will Minister Gordhan’s Budget be enough to prevent a further sovereign downgrade for South Africa?

Published: Wed, 24 Feb 16

By Marc Joffe, CEO of Global Credit Ratings   The broad reaction of Global Credit Ratings (GCR) to today’s budget speech is that it was a pragmatic approach by the Minister of Finance, Pravin Gordhan, against a backdrop of subdued economic growth, twin deficits, and a rising trend of government debt ...
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