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COVID-19 Possible alternative futures for South Africa

The nature of the COVID-2019 pandemic reaches into every sphere of society – political, economic, social, technological, environmental and legal – necessitating careful consideration of the long-term consequences of our decisions in response to the pandemic and requiring alternative futures to be considered. The purpose of this article is to describe four possible alternative futures…

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Coronavirus accounting considerations

Coronaviruses are a family of viruses that can cause illnesses such as the common cold, severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) and Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS). In 2019, a new coronavirus was identified as the cause of a disease outbreak that originated in the city of Wuhan in China. The virus is now known as…

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COVID-19 crash What South Africa can learn from previous market crashes

The JSE ALSI recovered more quickly than the major US and UK indices during the last two crashes. The global economy was already on a fragile footing when a Black Swan appeared in January 2020 in the form of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). The impact of the disease and the fallout from countermeasures have jolted…

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COVID-19 lockdown and tax-and unemployment-related matters

The COVID-19 lockdown currently in place will have an impact on tax-related matters. This includes contact with SARS, returns and payments due to SARS, as well as disputes. It also has an impact on employers and their employees. While a lot of information was available at the time of writing of this article, it is…

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COVID-19: Measures to mitigate economic impact

COVID-19: Measures to mitigate economic impact In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, the President, on Monday 23 March, announced significant and far-reaching measures aimed not only at slowing the spread of the virus, but also at mitigating its effects. In this regard, it has become clear that the pandemic will have an adverse effect…

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Risk, Resilience and COVID-19

Risk, Resilience and COVID-19 Opinion by Vanessa Thurlwell of Mondial Risk and Business Consultants and Craig Kent, Head of Risk Management at Aon South Africa. South Africa made it to 5 March 2020 before our first official confirmed case of COVID-19 was announced by Health Minister, Zweli Mkhize. The case load is now rapidly increasing…

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Company taxation in the time of COVID-19 lockdown

Company taxation in the time of COVID-19 lockdown Jared Waters a Principal at Bravura Structured Solutions, highlights the potential complexities that could arise for Corporate South Africa amidst the country’s COVID-19 lockdown period.   President Cyril Ramaphosa announced South Africa’s nationwide lockdown for a period of 21 days in an effort to slow down the spread…

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Covid-19: Financial and Business Lessons

Covid-19: Financial and Business Lessons The year 2020 was earmarked to be the ’20-plenty’ year. A year filled with great expectations, abundance, growth, achievement and joy. The outbreak of covid-19 brought those expectations to a sudden halt. It almost feels unreal that a virus can have this significant impact on the entire world. The world…

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Covid-19 lockdown and tax and unemployment related matters

Covid-19 lockdown and tax and unemployment related matters Authors: Piet Nel and Juanita Steenekamp SAICA The Covid-19 lockdown currently in place will have an impact on tax related matters.  This includes contact with SARS, returns and payments due to SARS, as well as disputes.  It also has an impact on employers and their employees.  Whilst…

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Covid-19: Important Tax Related Matters

Possible tax interventions to mitigate the economic effects of the COVID-19 pandemic in the South African context SAICA made a submission to SARS on 17 March 2020, requesting the Commissioner of SARS to consider various aspects regarding tax compliance due to COVID-19. The Tax Administration Act, 2011 provides for the potential remission of penalties and…

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Feature: Tackling the cybersecurity skills gap and building ‘digital savvy’

More needs to be done if we are to ‘shift the dial’ in addressing the local cybersecurity skills shortage as well as the shortage of digital-savvy leaders for the next decade and the future world of work The pace of digitalisation and the growth of e-commerce and online activity gained further momentum globally during the…

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Feature: A changing world …

The world is entering a period of significant and exponential change, whether in the use, application and power of technology, climate change, or in the expected shift in the political and social sphere. We touch on some of these changing concepts and ideas Current changes have a fundamental impact on all aspects of modern life,…

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Cover Story: Mpho Mogoba- Be a prefect stranger

For me, success is bigger. It’s not just about me. I would consider myself successful if I have uplifted everyone around me and they have uplifted everyone around them. It’s about how many people you impact, and I try my best. If you want to change the world, start with one person. You have to…

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Feature: AGSA creating a network for the audit profession

AGSA’s work strengthens the country’s democracy, builds public confidence, and ultimately benefits the receiver of services, namely the people of South Africa. For this, they have a resilient organisation with a strong foundation of integrity, professionalism and technical excellence focusing on people and good internal governance The Auditor-General South Africa (AGSA) is the country’s supreme…

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Feature: When the digital worker absconds

What happens when the bot does not report for duty? In the mid-1980s, Arnold Schwarzenegger’s The Terminator provided an extreme exploration of what happens when humans lose control of the intelligent machines that they themselves have developed. In a less extreme example, during the infancy of Google’s geolocation technology, Google Maps, it frequently navigated travellers…

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Feature: Is it time to rethink POPIA?

Kevin Phillips considers the impact of remote working on South Africa’s now fully implemented Protection of Personal Information (POPI) Act. Has legal lag made it unworkable in the modern distributed workplace? The ‘legal lag’ phenomenon is not new. Laws have long struggled to keep up with rapidly advancing technology, but this gap is widening in…

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Feature: 4 mistakes small businesses can avoid ahead of the holiday season

The stakes are high for small South African businesses following the challenges in the last 18 months, which now include the potential risk of a fourth wave of COVID-19 infections later this year. This is a time you want to avoid making unforced financial errors in order to rebuild cash reserves and restore levels of…

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Focus: Focus on Ethics

Ethical leadership in the current South African landscapeThe business ideals of profit and shareholder wealth maximisation cannot be sustainable if ethics are not engrained in the DNA of the business operations. Kwena Maseko sees the dominance of ethics in current leadership discourses as an appreciation of ethics as the cornerstone of organisational leadership. But what…

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