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Comments on SARS October 2016 Trade Data

Published: Wed, 30 Nov 16

by Karl Götte, Head of Commercial Banking at Standard Bank   “South Africa’s trade balance for October 2016 narrowed to a deficit of R-4. 4bn following September’s revised surplus of R6. ”   “The Business Confidence Index for the fourth quarter in 2016 dropped ...
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Impact of political uncertainty on growth in Europe in 2017

Published: Wed, 30 Nov 16

By Coface, the international trade credit insurance company     Economic growth and political risk are interconnected. A lack of progress in the improvement in economic conditions are likely to affect political risk, namely a rise in unemployment, inflation or income inequality that can provoke ...
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Trusts are still the best solution to protect your assets

Published: Wed, 30 Nov 16

Every day hundreds of people around the country get an unwelcome visit when a court Sheriff arrives at their home with the intent of removing their property – in most cases unlawfully so. Renier Nell, a director of accounting and tax firm Innovative Accounting Solutions, says that people can avoid ...
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African Countries should align AGOA and their Developmental Integration Agenda - Minister Davies

Published: Wed, 30 Nov 16

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa: The Minister of Trade and Industry, Dr Rob Davies has emphasised the importance of export diversification and industrialisation in Africa. He was speaking in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia where he was moderating the Africa Trade Week Panel Discussion on Africa Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) ...
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Securing financial well-being by using your bonus wisely

Published: Wed, 30 Nov 16

December is fast approaching and hopefully you will be lucky enough to receive a bonus. Michael Kirkpatrick of Alexander Forbes Retail, says that before you spend your bonus, you should consider what top–up savings and investment options are available. He adds that a bonus provides a great opportunity ...
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FSB warns on letter scam

Published: Tue, 29 Nov 16

The Financial Services Board (FSB) would like to issue an urgent warning to the public about a scam that solicits money from unsuspecting individuals. The approach of the scam is that a loan is offered to the public by an entity called Skeme Finance Group. After an individual has applied for the loan a fraudulent ...
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A sovereign downgrade: will SA’s crown topple?

Published: Tue, 29 Nov 16

By Frederick White and Mokgatla Madisha Sanlam Investments   On Friday, 25 November Fitch Ratings announced that the outlook attached to its BBB- ratings of SA foreign and local currency sovereign debt has moved from stable to negative, and warned that continued political instability could lead to the ...
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Business confidence drops back in the fourth quarter

Published: Tue, 29 Nov 16

After improving to 42 index points in the third quarter, the RMB/BER Business Confidence Index (BCI) fell back by four points to 38. This means a slightly bigger majority of the 1600 respondents, surveyed between 17 October and 21 November, are now unsatisfied with business conditions than during the third quarter ...
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South Africa commended for being a leader in investment reform

Published: Tue, 29 Nov 16

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa: The Secretary General of United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), Dr Kituyi has commended South Africa for leading the global debate on Investment Policy Reforms. The Africa Trade Week 2016 is a new Pan-African platform for advancing intra-Africa trade dialogue ...
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Britain won’t turn its back on Africa following Brexit

Published: Tue, 29 Nov 16

There is clearly a need in the aftermath of Brexit for there to be a degree of reassurance given to Africa that Brexit doesn’t mean that the United Kingdom is going to turn its back on Africa ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia: Brexit does not mean that the British government will turn its back on Africa, Lord Paul Boateng, ...
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First ever Africa Trade Week Opens in Addis Ababa

Published: Tue, 29 Nov 16

The Africa Trade Week is a historic event and the whole purpose of this week is to encourage fruitful and stimulating dialogue among all stakeholders ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia: The first ever Africa Trade Week opened in Addis Ababa yesterday with the Economic Commission for Africa’s David Luke, urging participants ...
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2016 a “perfect storm”

Published: Mon, 28 Nov 16

By Wayne McCurrie, Fund Manager at Ashburton Investments  A perfect storm is defined as a rare combination of circumstances which aggravates a situation drastically. Well I think that end 2015 / 2016 was a perfect storm for South Africa. We had, especially at the start of the year, a very rare combination ...
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Margaret Nienaber appointed Chief Executive Standard Bank Wealth

Published: Mon, 28 Nov 16

Johannesburg: Margaret Nienaber has been appointed Chief Executive, Standard Bank Wealth. Ms Nienaber has 19 years’ experience in financial services and will oversee Standard Bank’s Wealth division, which encompasses the Group’s Investments, Fiduciary and Insurance businesses, as well as its ...
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Minister Davies Arrives in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia to Attend the Africa Trade Week

Published: Mon, 28 Nov 16

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa: The Minister of Trade and Industry, Dr Rob Davies has arrived in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia to attend the Africa Trade Week 2016. Africa Trade Week 2016 is a new Pan- African platform for advancing intra-Africa trade dialogue among mutli-stakeholders. The main objective of the Africa Trade Week ...
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Don’t be afraid of the scary debt statistics

Published: Mon, 28 Nov 16

By Khanyi Nzukuma, Chief Executive Officer of Metropolitan Retail Debt has a bad name at the moment and understandably so. The current statistics from the Reserve Bank and the National Credit Regulator are really grim. They show South Africans to be among the most financially burdened people in the world with 11 ...
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5.64 million tax returns received

Published: Mon, 28 Nov 16

Pretoria: With the close of Tax Season 2016 last week, the South African Revenue Service (SARS) has received 5. 64 million returns, it said on Monday. “SARS received 5. 74 million returns by the close of tax season for non-provisional taxpayers on Friday, 25 November 2016,” said the revenue service ...
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Appeal Board rules on FAIS Ombud’s RVAF finding

Published: Fri, 25 Nov 16

In one of the most important findings by the Appeal Board of the FSB, an appeal against a finding by the FAIS Ombud was upheld. The Ombud's findings Some of the relevant findings by the Ombud include: The Appellant had rendered advice which was inappropriate. The Appellant was involved in the entire process ...
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Steps taken to address ratings agencies' concerns

Published: Fri, 25 Nov 16

Cape Town: President Jacob Zuma says government has taken steps to satisfy the concerns of ratings agencies in order to avert a ratings downgrade. The President said this when answering oral questions in the National Assembly on Wednesday. “I believe we have indeed done a lot, working together, to create favourable ...
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Proposed high tax exemption will negatively impact SA multinationals that have assessed group losses

Published: Fri, 25 Nov 16

Proposed tax amendments to SA’s controlled foreign company (CFC) rules will adversely impact South African multinationals with foreign subsidiaries that have assessed tax losses, warns PwC International Tax. The amendments which are intended to provide benefits for CFS that are in a loss-making position are ...
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R1.2 trillion income received in 2014/15

Published: Fri, 25 Nov 16

Pretoria: South Africa’s consolidated general government had a total income of R1. 2 trillion from operating activities in the fiscal year ended 31 March 2015, Statistics South Africa (Stats SA) said on Thursday. “This was R107 billion higher than the income received in the 2013/14 financial year ...
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