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Increasing numbers of ‘digitally wary’ South Africans being drawn into e-shopping

Published: Fri, 24 Jun 16

E-commerce may be taking the world by storm, but South Africans remain wary of shopping online, with only three million making regular use of electronic shopping trollies to meet their daily requirements. But, with online purchases expected to near R10 billion in 2016, indications are that changing socio-economic ...
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Brexit: what would it mean for investors?

Published: Thu, 23 Jun 16

By Colin McQueen, Senior Portfolio Manager at Sanlam Four On the 23rd of June, UK voters will decide whether to leave or remain in the EU. The run-up to this referendum has caused some concern in markets – most visible in the weakness of the pound sterling, and a pause in the pace of economic activity in ...
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Referendum in Venezuela: Light at the End of the Tunnel?

Published: Thu, 23 Jun 16

By Coface, the international trade credit insurance company     In early June, the Venezuelan national electoral council accepted the petition on Maduro recall referendum handed over by the opposition on 2 May. 8 million signatures were collected, six times more than was needed to trigger the ...
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20% Return Guaranteed: Fact or Fiction?

Published: Thu, 23 Jun 16

By Pierre Muller, Advisory Partner, Citadel   There have been many scams recently where high investment returns of 20% to 30% per year are promised to investors. With consumers feeling the pinch of the current, challenging economic environment, the promise of such lucrative returns is most appealing. But, ...
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AFC receives US$150 million from KfW Development Bank

Published: Thu, 23 Jun 16

LAGOS, Nigeria: Africa Finance Corporation (AFC) is pleased to announce its acceptance of a US$150 million 15 year loan facility from KfW [Development Bank] (KfW). The loan agreement was signed today in London by Andrew Alli, CEO of AFC, and Jan Martin Witte, Head of Division for Infrastructure, of KfW. The funds ...
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Africa's average rate of productivity growth falls to 1.7%

Published: Thu, 23 Jun 16

Strong GDP growth in Africa has masked disappointing productivity, according to ICAEW's latest Economic Insight: Africa Q2 report. Over the last 15 years trade and investment have buffered the continent against the global financial crisis. However, according to the accountancy and finance body, this has hidden ...
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Law Society urges government to ensure a climate for free and fair elections

Published: Thu, 23 Jun 16

The Law Society of South Africa (LSSA) urges Government and political parties to take concrete actions to ensure that the climate in the country during the weeks leading to the local government elections on 3 August 2016 is such, that members of the public feel they can cast their votes freely without threats of intimidation ...
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FSB warns the public against OffshoreEast Private Wealth Managers

Published: Thu, 23 Jun 16

The Financial Services Board (FSB) warns the public to act with caution when dealing with OffshoreEast Private Wealth Managers. The FSB has received information that a South African based client had fallen victim to investment fraud after being approached directly by the above mentioned entity and purchasing some ...
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T+3 settlement cycle change from T+5

Published: Wed, 22 Jun 16

Q&A with William Ball, Sanlam Private Wealth regarding what T+3 is as well as its benefits for investors. In 2013, the JSE embarked on a multi-year initiative with a view to introducing some changes that would ultimately benefit investors. The initiative, known as T+3, is aimed at moving the settlement for equity ...
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SA and Poland discuss cooperation in agriculture

Published: Wed, 22 Jun 16

Pretoria: Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Senzeni Zokwana on Monday met with the Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Jacek Bogucki of Poland. The bilateral meeting was aimed at initiating discussions towards agreements on cooperation in the field of agriculture between the two ...
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China’s Economy: Rebalancing Challenges

Published: Tue, 21 Jun 16

By Coface, the international trade credit insurance company     In China, the provision of sales on credit terms continued to be common business practice in 2015. Average credit terms offered rose to 66 days in 2015, up from 63 days in 2014. With the country’s structural rebalancing ...
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New York State grants another BitLicense

Published: Tue, 21 Jun 16

By Kathleen A. Scott, Sr. Counsel Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP On June 13, 2016, the New York State Department of Financial Services (“NY DFS”) announced that it had issued a BitLicense to XRP II, LLC (“XRP”), an affiliate of Ripple Labs, Inc. (“Ripple”) ...
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Don’t lock in permanent losses

Published: Tue, 21 Jun 16

By Anet Ahern, CEO at PSG Asset Management   Reading the title of this piece, the discomfort sets in immediately. We don’t like thinking of losses, never mind permanent ones. And we don’t need a behavioural expert to tell us that when it comes to investing, we feel the pain of losses (or ...
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Ministry clarifies reports on Broadcasting Digital Migration policy

Published: Tue, 21 Jun 16

Pretoria: The Ministry of Communications says it is concerned about the misinformation and innuendos being peddled in the media regarding the Broadcasting Digital Migration policy, some of which are unfortunately attributed to Minister Blade Nzimande, a member of Cabinet. In a statement on Tuesday, the Ministry said ...
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Re-registration of a company restores existing MPRDA rights

Published: Tue, 21 Jun 16

By Denushka Naidoo, Associate Norton Rose Fulbright South Africa Inc. The Supreme Court of Appeal settled the debate surrounding the interpretation and relationship between s56(c) of the Mineral and Petroleum Resources Development Act 2002 and s73(6A) of the Companies Act 1973 by declaring ...
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Lonmin’s swift ascent a lesson in operational leverage

Published: Mon, 20 Jun 16

By Shiraaz Abdullah Sanlam Private Wealth Late last year Lonmin was on its knees begging shareholders for a lifeline – again. Without the equity raised, the company would have been unable to pay its impending debts and in all likelihood not continued to exist in its current state. After the aforementioned ...
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CIMA and Global Compact Network UK launch human rights guidance

Published: Mon, 20 Jun 16

The Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA), The American Institute of CPAs (AICPA) and the Global Compact Network UK have published guidance aimed at helping Chartered Global Management Accountants (CGMAs) and finance professionals across the world support their organisations in upholding human rights ...
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Sage supports government’s call to grow South African entrepreneurship

Published: Mon, 20 Jun 16

Sage, the global market leader for integrated accounting, payroll, and payment systems, has welcomed the call for South African government to support entrepreneurs and grow a sustainable Small & Medium Business sector in the country. Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan told delegates at a recent Nando's ...
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Bowman Gilfillan Africa Group's Energy and Infrastructure expertise recognised across Africa

Published: Mon, 20 Jun 16

Bowman Gilfillan Africa Group has been highly ranked across Africa in IFLR1000′s recent research into the energy and infrastructure markets. This reaffirms the group’s position as a leading pan-African legal services provider to corporates, financial institutions and the public sector across Africa. The ...
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How to do things differently in Savings Month

Published: Mon, 20 Jun 16

With Savings Month starting in a few days, the poor savings record of South Africans will once again be in the spotlight. Grappling with a lowly National Savings Rate of 15. 4% of GDP, the country has been trying numerous ways to get more citizens to save or invest. In spite of the efforts, many people still find ...
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