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REGULARS: HEALTH


20 September 2017


Psychological distress in working South Africa Mental health is a challenge that some 30% of people struggle with at some stage in their lives. The personal, family, business, and social costs are significant. Stigma, access to care, rates of trauma, and other challenges remain. Employers can do much to help and will help themselves in the process Mental health is a complex consideration and it is not easily or simply defined. Sigmund Freud’s definition, ‘the capacity to...More

MOTORING: MERCEDES GLC COUPÉ


20 September 2017


In the past few years, Mercedes-Benz have been losing out on a section of the SUV market. That has all changed with the launch of the GLC: a midsized SUV that competes with vehicles like the BMW X3, Audi Q5 and Volvo XC60. But Mercedes did not stop there – they also went ahead and launched the coupé version of the GLC, which competes with the BMW X4. The centre of the oversized grill houses the large three-pointed Mercedes-Benz star. The headlights stretch towards the rear w...More

ANALYSIS: THE DATA ANALYTICS ‘TALENT CRUNCH’


20 September 2017


As the demand for analytical skills increases, so the supply becomes a growing issue and this is bound to continue into the foreseeable future. South Africa, for several reasons, is simply not training enough people to perform advanced analytics Small and medium-sized businesses have been the most impacted by this issue – but they need not be if they are willing to embrace the realities of the current market situation. Changing their mindset from ownership to access: that is,...More

FEATURE: STAYING ON THE CURVE II


20 September 2017


Unpacking technology imperatives for chartered accountants How will the maturation of data science combined with advancements in artificial intelligence revolutionise the role of the CA(SA)? Last month we ventured into the future by touching on disruptive technologies and how they are helping to shape (or in many cases reshape) our profession. In this, the second instalment, I intend delving deeper into the application of advanced data analytics and artificial intelligenc...More

VIEWPOINT: FINANCIAL PLANNING FOR FAMILIES


20 September 2017


Many South Africans are faced with the situation of having to financially support not only their own children but their parents or other family members too. While it is always done with good intentions, this group of people can make the mistake of neglecting their own financial well-being by prioritising their family’s needs. In these types of scenarios, it is critical not to underestimate the value of proper financial planning. Being responsible for family members can cause ...More

VIEWPOINT: NOW IS THE TIME TO IMPLEMENT!


20 September 2017


Why is now the time to implement B-BBEE in your business? For quite a number of reasons. In these articles, this year we have discussed some important technical issues to keep in mind when deciding on a B-BBEE strategy. We said that although B-BBEE inherently remains a ‘grudge purchase’ for most, if the intent is to ‘do it right’, there is no reason to fear the process. We looked at the definition of a broad-based ownership scheme and said that especially for smaller an...More

October 2017


20 September 2017


In the Industrial Revolution of the late 18th and early 19th centuries, one new force changed everything. And according to McKinsey, today our world is undergoing an even more dramatic transition as a result of the union of four fundamental disruptive forces – urbanisation, accelerating technological change, an ageing population and greater global connections – any of which would rank among the greatest changes the global economy has ever seen.   It is estimated tha...More