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Stock picks for 2015

Published: Tue, 09 Dec 14

Sanlam Private Wealth’s must-have stocks for next year Sanlam Private Wealth is excited to share its Stock picks for 2015. This year’s list of must-have stocks for the year ahead is a collaborative view from a range of business leaders within the Sanlam Private Wealth team, including: Alwyn ...
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Sukuk: South Africa accessing Islamic debt capital markets

Published: Tue, 09 Dec 14

By Rashaad Sujee, Associate Norton Rose Fulbright South Africa The South African government issued its debut $500 million sukuk in 2014. The sukuk was four times oversubscribed, highlighting the appetite for this product. There have been a number of sovereign backed sukuks of this nature across the Muslim world ...
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Islamic Finance: What is it?

Published: Tue, 09 Dec 14

By Rashaad Sujee, Associate Norton Rose Fulbright South Africa Islamic finance transactions are based on Shariah (Islamic law). For an Islamic finance structure to be Shariah compliant it cannot contain elements of riba (interest), gharar (uncertainty), maisir (gambling) or investment in prohibited industries ...
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The Retail Distribution Review - more than just a nip and tuck

Published: Tue, 09 Dec 14

The Retail Distribution Review proposals released in November 2014 are so far reaching they can be described as a structural reform of the financial services industry, the largest in a decade, says Richard Rattue, managing director of Compli-Serve. “RDR is ushering in the age of advice, in contrast to the age ...
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Five financial lessons from 2014 that affect your debt

Published: Tue, 09 Dec 14

2014 presented a number of financial lessons that South African consumers can take into the New Year, says Wikus Olivier, debt counsellor at DebtSafe. “These made a significant impact on the ability of South African’s to adequately address their debt. ” Fuel under Fire “Looking back at ...
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Liberty sharpens its focus on Africa as it prepares for next growth phase

Published: Tue, 09 Dec 14

Liberty has announced a number of organisational changes that will enable the group to fast-track the implementation of its growth aspirations into Africa and other chosen markets. Liberty intends to continue its business line and geographic diversification path by focusing on its core capabilities. Liberty ...
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Management Changes at BancABC

Published: Tue, 09 Dec 14

Atlas Mara, in consultation with the Board of Directors of BancABC, has identified a highly-qualified team led by Simbarashe Ronald Pfende JOHANNESBURG, South-Africa: ABC Holdings Limited ("BancABC") (http://www. Dzanya, Group COO, will be stepping down from their roles at BancABC at the end of the year ...
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National Credit Act: Creditor can take judgment if consumer defaults under debt re-arrangement

Published: Tue, 09 Dec 14

By Riccardo Petersen, Associate Norton Rose Fulbright South Africa The appeal court has reaffirmed that a credit provider can proceed and take judgment against a consumer who defaults on any obligation under a debt re-arrangement that was agreed between the consumer and the credit provider or ordered by a court ...
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Regulatory update: Get up to speed before year-end

Published: Mon, 08 Dec 14

By Richard Carter, head of product development, Allan Gray There is a lot going on in the regulatory space. Between retirement reform, on the one hand, and the so-called ‘Twin peaks’ model of financial regulation on the other, it is challenging to keep on top of the changes that are imminent and those ...
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All companies are “average”

Published: Mon, 08 Dec 14

Geoff Blount, Managing Director of Cannon Asset Managers, argues that over the long term company performance tends to be average and is driven more by economics than other factors. As humans, we generally like to think we are above average, especially corporate management teams. So stating that all companies are “average” ...
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Business rescue and sureties

Published: Mon, 08 Dec 14

By Aslam Moosajee, Director Norton Rose Fulbright South Africa The latest appeal court decision of New Port Finance Co v Nedbank reinforces our view that every suretyship securing a company’s debts should specifically preserve the creditor’s rights against a surety despite discharge of any part ...
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Absa exceeds fundraising target and contributes R120 000 to children’s orphanage

Published: Mon, 08 Dec 14

Absa Business Banking in Gauteng have exceeded their committed target towards uplifting orphans’ lives at the Orlando Children’s Home in Soweto by more than R20 000. In April of 2014, the Absa Business Banking team set themselves an ambitious fundraising target of R100 000 per annum for the next three ...
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CIMA South Africa launches new global management accounting principles to drive better organisational decision making

Published: Mon, 08 Dec 14

Principles informed by global research and insight from CEOs and CFOs, regulators, other professionals in 20 countries across 5 continents CIMA, Chartered Institute of Management Accountants, in South Africa has launched the new Global Management Accounting Principles , which were developed by CIMA and the AICPA, ...
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New Innovation Lab in East Africa to Expand Digital Financial Services

Published: Thu, 04 Dec 14

MasterCard Labs for Financial Inclusion launching in East Africa with funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to develop financial services that help people build better future PURCHASE, NY, United States, 3rd December 2014, /African Media Agency (AMA)/- Across East Africa, millions of people living ...
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WhatsApp your contract

Published: Thu, 04 Dec 14

By Nerushka Deosaran, Associate Norton Rose Fulbright South Africa A recent court decision (Spring Forest Trading v Ecowash) potentially allows contracting parties to sign their contracts by way of a data message (which includes emails and other communication platforms such as WhatsApp, BBM and social media) ...
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Is South Africa teetering on the edge of a fiscal abyss?

Published: Wed, 03 Dec 14

    Jac Laubscher, Group Economist Sanlam       One is increasingly hearing the comment that South Africa is teetering on the edge of a fiscal abyss. The question is whether or not this is a realistic perception of the state of the government’s financial ...
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Liberty Group’s Chairman bids farewell after 11 years of service

Published: Wed, 03 Dec 14

After more than 11 years of service, Liberty Group today announces that its chairman and non-executive director, Saki Macozoma, has resigned, with effect from 31 December 2014. Macozoma joined the Liberty Group in 2003 and became the Chairman in 2007. He has been a part of the turnaround journey the company ...
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Nedbank awarded SA Bank of the Year

Published: Wed, 03 Dec 14

In the most significant accolade among many for Nedbank this year, the bank has just been named 2014 South African Bank of the Year by leading global banking publication, The Banker, a member of the Financial Times company. “We are deeply honoured as this award shows the progress we have made in building towards ...
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Old Mutual to increase its Africa footprint by further $1-billion in sustainable investments

Published: Wed, 03 Dec 14

Cape Town: The Old Mutual Investment Group, which is the largest private sector investor in Africa, has embarked on a capital-raising programme to increase its investment in sustainable projects on the continent by a further $1-billion over the next two years. 1 billion in Pan African investment beyond SA, is already ...
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SA students believe financial education at basic school level is necessary – survey

Published: Wed, 03 Dec 14

A survey conducted among South African students has revealed that 90% of the respondents feel they would handle their finances with more confidence if they had been taught about financial planning while at school. This follows a confidence level of 67% being recorded among respondents when they were asked how confident ...
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