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Business welcomes Black Industrialists Programme

Published: Fri, 05 Feb 16

The Black Industrialists Programme aims to build a more inclusive economy Pretoria: Business has welcomed the Department of Trade and Industry’s Black Industrialists Programme that is aimed at expanding the industrial base and injecting new dynamism with the inclusion and participation of black industrialists ...
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Investing $1 in promoting trade yields huge results for exports and growth, ITC study finds

Published: Fri, 05 Feb 16

Geneva: Just one dollar more spent on helping companies to develop and improve their export activities and trade can generate an increase of US$ 384 in a country’s gross domestic product (GDP) and US$ 87 worth of additional exports, according to a new study published by the International Trade Centre (ITC). ...
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Turning a Deaf Ear to the FAIS Ombud

Published: Fri, 05 Feb 16

There appears to be two kinds of respondents involved in FAIS Ombud determinations: those who attempt to defend themselves, and those who follow a strategy akin to the Lindesfarne song from which the title of this article derives. It is evident that many advisers who do respond to an invitation from the Ombud to state ...
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5 Digital Trends that Will Change Your Life in 2016

Published: Thu, 04 Feb 16

      Kate West, Digital Learning Manager at Shift ONE Digital     The digital space is always shifting, expanding, creating room for more. Our newsfeeds are inundated daily with fresh influxes of ICT-related information, and every week brings new advances ...
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January 2016 market snapshot

Published: Thu, 04 Feb 16

By Shaun Ruiters, head of retail strategy and client solutions at Sanlam Investments Cape Town: As trade opened for 2016, markets stumbled at the starting blocks. Trades in Chinese stocks were suspended after a 7% rout triggered the circuit breaker, as investors responded to fears around slowing GDP growth in China ...
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Investing just got more interesting: how to spice up your share portfolio

Published: Thu, 04 Feb 16

A new boutique investment firm with exceptional customisation capabilities has just been launched. Spun out of the private client division of Cannon Asset Managers, private client share portfolio business BayHill Capital has the flexibility to customise the shares it purchases on a client-by-client basis, allowing ...
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Government to hold consultations on Small Business Act

Published: Thu, 04 Feb 16

Pretoria: The Department of Small Business Development is holding a nationwide stakeholder consultation process on certain legislation. The consultation process seeks to solicit inputs from the department’s stakeholders on the review of the National Small Business Act, read with the National Small Business Amendment ...
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SA's shifting retail landscape underpins property prices

Published: Thu, 04 Feb 16

Strategically-located, upmarket niche shopping complexes in Cape Town are contributing to the upswing in prices of nearby residential property and to the sales of both new and existing sectional title units. This is according to Pam Golding Properties MD Laurie Wener, who cites several examples of the impact of small-scale, ...
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Three risks to monitor in 2016: Weak growth, political tensions and company debts in emerging economies

Published: Wed, 03 Feb 16

The message at the Coface annual Country Risk Conference in Paris is that cautious approach to evolving country risks will be necessary in 2016. “In an environment of soft global growth, forecast by Coface to be 2. At the forefront are the political tensions gaining ground in both advanced and emerging ...
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SONA 2016: President Zuma to report back

Published: Wed, 03 Feb 16

By Chris Bathembu On Thursday, 11 February, President Jacob Zuma will deliver the State Of the Nation Address (SONA) to the National Assembly and the South African people. Since the President delivered the last SONA in February 2015, government has made many strides in the implementation of the programmes outlined ...
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Black Industrialists Programme pushing for inclusivity

Published: Wed, 03 Feb 16

Pretoria: The Black Industrialists Programme is set on generating more black industrialists as well as to create greater inclusivity in the economy, says Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies. Speaking at The New Age breakfast briefing on Wednesday, Minister Davies said government has been talking about the need ...
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Transfer Pricing documentation to become compulsory for large taxpayers

Published: Wed, 03 Feb 16

Transfer Pricing documentation to become compulsory for large taxpayers and the proposed additional record keeping requirements appear onerous, warns PwC International Tax Transfer pricing documentation for large taxpayers will soon be compulsory, rather than simply preferred best practice. However, the additional ...
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Standard Bank Drives their Digital Transformation Strategy in Partnership with Digital Skills Academy

Published: Tue, 02 Feb 16

Standard Bank has signed an industry partner agreement with the international Digital Skills Academy, in line with the bank’s strategy to step up its digital transformation and digital innovation capabilities. The agreement, the third local partner agreement signed with Digital Skills Academy, will see Standard ...
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Investors now get onshore tax breaks plus offshore exposure – db X-trackers

Published: Tue, 02 Feb 16

Government’s tax-free savings (TFS) dispensation has added further impetus to the growth of db X-trackers, the range of JSE-listed exchange traded funds that track the performance of leading offshore indices. db X-trackers are one of the few investment platforms that qualify as tax-free savings instruments ...
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Four ways to lose money

Published: Tue, 02 Feb 16

John Kennedy, Director: Wealth Planning, Citadel When making investments, there are four key risks – irrespective of an investor’s age – to understand and be aware of which if managed correctly should help you to avoid permanent loss of capital. Firstly, there is integrity risk which ...
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Voice your ideas on government spending

Published: Tue, 02 Feb 16

Pretoria: Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan is inviting the public to voice their views on the economy and what issues they would like government to highlight in next month’s Budget Speech. In a statement on Monday, the Minister called on the public to submit their ideas on the three things that government does ...
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2015: the sprinters, the pedestrians and the tumblers

Published: Tue, 02 Feb 16

By Selwyn Pillay, head of Sanlam Multi Management Cape Town: At Sanlam Multi Management, we believe that one year is too short to draw a meaningful conclusion on how a particular asset class or fund is performing. It is, however, still interesting to witness how different asset classes, and styles of investing, ...
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Parliament is ready to host the SONA

Published: Tue, 02 Feb 16

Pretoria: Parliament is ready to host the State of the Nation Address (SONA) that will be delivered by President Jacob Zuma next week, Secretary of Parliament Gengezi Mgidlana, said on Monday. “The SONA is an important event constitutionally and we want to emphasise what the Speaker [Baleka Mbete] said that ...
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Can South Africa avoid junk status? (Part 1)

Published: Mon, 01 Feb 16

    Jac Laubscher, Economic Advisor Sanlam Ltd     The question that is probably receiving the most public attention at the moment is whether South African sovereign bonds will be downgraded to below investment grade (junk bond status) by one or more of the major credit ...
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SA gets closer to digital TV

Published: Mon, 01 Feb 16

Pretoria: South Africa is a step closer to realising its goal of migrating to digital television. Monday marks the start of the dual illumination period which Communications Minister, Faith Muthambi described as ‘truly exciting’. “The picture is now coming together; from gazetting the Broadcasting ...
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