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19 Sep 2017
Mandatory rotation of auditors too late to prevent KPMG scandal

The KPMG fall-out after the Gupta-related entity audits and the South African Revenue Service (SARS) “rogue unit” report must be…

Mandatory rotation of auditors too late to prevent KPMG scandal

The KPMG fall-out after the Gupta-related entity audits and the South African Revenue Service (SARS) “rogue unit” report must be the biggest scandal so far in the South African audit profession.  On 15 September 2017 KPMG CEO Trevor Hoole, chief operating officer Steven Louw, chairperson Ahmed Jaffer and five senior…

15 May 2017
Never stop investing because of volatility

South Africa’s recent downgrades by rating agencies may put off some people from continuing to invest. This should not be the…

Never stop investing because of volatility

South Africa’s recent downgrades by rating agencies may put off some people from continuing to invest. This should not be the case, the market goes through periods of volatility and that’s never reason enough not to stay invested.

11 Jan 2017
WEF outlines top trends in global risks for 2017

Economic inequality, societal polarization and intensifying environmental dangers are the top three trends that will shape global developments over the…

WEF outlines top trends in global risks for 2017

Economic inequality, societal polarization and intensifying environmental dangers are the top three trends that will shape global developments over the next 10 years, the World Economic Forum’s Global Risks Report 2017 found. Collaborative action by world leaders will be urgently needed to avert further hardship and volatility in the coming decade.

30 Nov 2016
2016, a “Perfect Storm”

What are we to expect from 2017?  Below find an article in which Wayne McCurrie, Fund Manager at Ashburton Investments,…

2016, a “Perfect Storm”

What are we to expect from 2017?  Below find an article in which Wayne McCurrie, Fund Manager at Ashburton Investments, tells us that next year will be better than 2016.

27 Oct 2016
MTBPS 2016: The different shades of junk

Arthur Kamp, economist at Sanlam Investments, offers his views on Minister Gordhan’s budget announcement yesterday.

MTBPS 2016: The different shades of junk

Arthur Kamp, economist at Sanlam Investments, offers his views on Minister Gordhan’s budget announcement yesterday.

30 Aug 2016
The sad house

My husband and I have done a bit of house-hunting over the last few weeks.  While we’re looking for more…

The sad house

My husband and I have done a bit of house-hunting over the last few weeks.  While we’re looking for more space to accommodate my husband’s hobbies (collecting cars and motorbikes) and my book collection, we’re taking our time about moving house. During our outings with realtors to look at various…

11 Aug 2016
No, women can’t have it all – Women’s Month

As we celebrate Women’s Month, Christelle Colman, Chief Executive Officer of Europ Assistance South Africa says women “can’t have it…

No, women can’t have it all – Women’s Month

As we celebrate Women’s Month, Christelle Colman, Chief Executive Officer of Europ Assistance South Africa says women “can’t have it all.”

21 Jul 2016
Is food really that expensive in South Africa?

Well just how pricey is our food?  From this account, written by a fellow journalist who prefers to remain anonymous,…

Is food really that expensive in South Africa?

Well just how pricey is our food?  From this account, written by a fellow journalist who prefers to remain anonymous, (let’s call him M), we’re not badly off here when it comes to shopping at our supermarkets.  This is what he said in an email to friends and colleagues upon…

05 May 2016
Common Sense Isn’t Common

I recently spent a few days away at a trout fishing lodge in the Magaliesberg mountains.  The experience was enlightening…

Common Sense Isn’t Common

I recently spent a few days away at a trout fishing lodge in the Magaliesberg mountains.  The experience was enlightening and proved the often quoted saying: Common sense isn’t common.  

17 Feb 2016
What we expect from Budget 2016

The first question I always encounter when discussing budget previews is: Will we pay more tax?  The answer is a…

What we expect from Budget 2016

The first question I always encounter when discussing budget previews is: Will we pay more tax?  The answer is a definite ‘yes’.  PWC says there has been a rapid slow down in revenue collections since the Medium-Term Budget Policy Statement (MTBPS) was presented in October last year.