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Find opportunities, learn how to manage and grow a business

Published: Fri, 02 Sep 16

Free workshops and courses for attendees at the Small Business Expo and #BuyaBusiness expos SA’s most comprehensive small business and franchise event gets underway at the Ticketpro Dome in Johannesburg from 8-10 September, offering entrepreneurs and investors all the opportunities and information they need ...
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Reinventing your small business: Digital Disruption unleashes new opportunities

Published: Fri, 02 Sep 16

When people talk about ‘digital disruption’, they tend to focus on disruptive opportunities for technology start-ups and the threats they pose to established banks, retailers and media companies. As we celebrate the annual Small Business Friday, Small & Medium Businesses should also be carefully thinking ...
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What If SA is Downgraded? - Six Ways it Could Impact Your Wallet

Published: Fri, 02 Sep 16

By Melville du Plessis: Portfolio manager, Fixed Interest at Sanlam Investments Credit rating agencies assign credit ratings to borrowers such as sovereign nations, companies and banks. The credit rating reflects their assessment of creditworthiness – the probability that a borrower will be able to honour ...
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Sod turning ceremony to mark R11bn investment

Published: Fri, 02 Sep 16

Pretoria: The Coega Development Corporation (CDC) on Tuesday hosted a sod turning ceremony to mark the R11 billion investment by the Beijing Automobile International Corporation (BAIC) at the Coega Industrial Development Zone. Earlier in August, Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies announced the successful ...
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ASISA comment on Futuregrowth announcement

Published: Fri, 02 Sep 16

The Association for Savings and Investment South Africa (ASISA) has taken note of the position taken by Futuregrowth Asset Management to suspend loans to six State Owned Enterprises (SEOs) until the governance and decision-making of these entities becomes more transparent. Leon Campher, CEO of ASISA, points ...
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President Zuma arrives in China for G20 Summit

Published: Fri, 02 Sep 16

PRETORIA, South Africa: President Jacob Zuma has arrived in Hangzhou in the People's Republic of China, to attend the G20 Leaders' Summit. China presides over the work of the G20 this year and under its Presidency, has adopted an overarching theme of working "Towards an Innovative, Invigorated, Interconnected ...
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Eskom to engage asset manager Futuregrowth

Published: Fri, 02 Sep 16

Pretoria: Eskom will continue to engage asset manager Futuregrowth Asset Management, despite the body’s decision to suspend any additional loans to some of the country’s largest State owned companies. “Eskom notes the comments by local asset manager Futuregrowth Asset Management regarding investments ...
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Facebook CEO visits Nairobi to see Kenyan Innovation in Action

Published: Fri, 02 Sep 16

Zuckerberg is in Kenya to see how technology innovation is changing the country LONDON, United Kingdom: Facebook (Facebook. com) CEO Mark Zuckerberg is visiting Kenya this week on his first trip to Africa, using his time in the country to visit the iHub technology hub in Nairobi, meet with developers and partners, ...
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Brian Richard Golding fined R200 000 for Securities Services Act Contraventions

Published: Thu, 01 Sep 16

The Directorate of Market Abuse (DMA) referred a case against Mr Brian Richard Golding (“Mr Golding”) to the Enforcement Committee of the Financial Services Board. The referral relates to contraventions of section 75(1), read with 75(3) of the Securities Services Act, No 36 of 2004, and section ...
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SA elected as chair of SADC

Published: Thu, 01 Sep 16

Pretoria: South Africa has been elected as the chair of the Southern African Development Community (SADC). The 36th Ordinary Summit, which concluded on Wednesday in Swaziland, was attended by 15 Heads of State. “We equally wish to affirm our total commitment to carry out this huge responsibility to the ...
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Don’t bet against equities

Published: Thu, 01 Sep 16

By Adriaan Pask, Chief Investment Officer, PSG Wealth Market volatility and rising interest rates have spooked investors into allocating too great a weighting to their cash holdings. Although cash plays a strategic role in a diversified portfolio, it is not ideal to invest in cash in isolation. There are longer-term ...
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Standard Bank predicts Increased M&A Activity in African Telecom, Media and Technology

Published: Thu, 01 Sep 16

Standard Bank, Africa’s largest bank by assets, is partnering with international news and events provider TMT Finance for the inaugural TMT Finance Africa in Lagos 2016 Conference LAGOS, Nigeria: Standard Bank (StandardBank. com), Africa’s largest bank by assets, is partnering with international news ...
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Cape Law Society urges Hawks to expedite process in the Minister Pravin Gordhan matter

Published: Thu, 01 Sep 16

Recent media reports have highlighted an investigation by the Hawks against Mr Pravin Gordhan, the current Minister of Finance, and the speculation surrounding the motivation for the investigation. The Cape Law Society is concerned with the effect of threats of Minister Gordhan’s imminent arrest on the country’s ...
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Finance departments do not fear automation or artificial intelligence

Published: Thu, 01 Sep 16

New CIMA study shows that businesses in South Africa embrace robots and automation   Despite popular fears which range from job losses to doomsday scenarios, finance professionals welcome the rise of artificial intelligence, automation and robots, according to the latest survey by the Chartered Institute ...
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Comments on SARS Trade Data for July 2016

Published: Wed, 31 Aug 16

by Karl Götte, Head of Commercial Banking at Standard Bank   “The country’s trade balance for July 2016 narrowed to R5,2bn following June’s revised surplus of R12. 5 bn. The trade account’s year to date position has improved to R17,4bn when comparing it to July 2015 (Deficit ...
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Untapped Intra-Regional Trade Opportunities Key to boosting African Economies

Published: Wed, 31 Aug 16

CAPE TOWN, South Africa: Despite an average annual growth in exports of 8. 5% since 2010, trade between African regions remains low when compared to other parts of the world, according to The Africa Economic Outlook Report 2016 (1). Intra-regional trade accounted for 16% of Africa’s total trade in 2014 - mainly ...
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Committee satisfied with Transnet's Engineering Plant Visit, Calls On Dti to Enhance Manufacturing Sector

Published: Wed, 31 Aug 16

The Committee’s call comes after hearing that electricity supply, and sometimes costs municipalities charge, has a potential to constrain the manufacturing sector PRETORIA, South Africa: The Select Committee on Trade and International Relations has called on the Department of Trade and Industry (Dti) to find ...
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Global Launch of the Africa Human Development Report 2016, hosted by the United Nations Development Programme

Published: Wed, 31 Aug 16

Statement by H. E. Mr. Fumio Kishida, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan TOKYO, Japan, August 30: His Excellency Mr. Kenyatta, President of the Republic of Kenya, Her Excellency Dr. Dlamini-Zuma, Her Excellency Miss Clark, Administrator of UNDP, Distinguished Representatives, Ladies and Gentlemen, I ...
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Internet Society Study Points to Reasons for Slow Internet Growth in Africa

Published: Wed, 31 Aug 16

Launches “Promoting Content in Africa” at African Peering and Interconnection Forum in Tanzania DAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania: Internet access and availability are not enough to get people online, says a new Internet Society (InternetSociety. org) study released today at the African Peering and Interconnection ...
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You didn’t marry your bank, so shop around for better fees and service

Published: Wed, 31 Aug 16

Michael Bowren, CEO of financial comparison website Fincheck, says that since we don’t marry our bank, remaining loyal is unnecessary and shopping around presents an opportunity to not only save money but to get better service. “Just because you have been with the same bank since you were a kid, ...
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Funds Withheld:

The situation in which a ceding company retains a deposit of the premium due to reinsurer’s. It withholds a portion of the premiums due as a guarantee that a reinsurer will meet its loss and other obligations. Also referred to as deposits retained. Funds withheld is one way of putting the security in place for foreign reinsurance to be regarded as approved reinsurance under both of the Insurance Acts.
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