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Viewpoints: Flexing your adaptability muscles

One of my favourite business success stories from 2020 (yes, there were plenty!) was Granadilla’s almost overnight pivot from a swimwear company to a fresh produce delivery service. It’s a masterclass in creating value out of chaos by acting quickly and decisively Kevin Phillips CA(SA) CEO of IDU Group Granadilla’s leadership realised that with the…

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Viewpoints: Blockchain in institutional capital markets

Blockchain technology has fundamentally changed the way financial institutions are exchanging value and building market infrastructure. Here’s a closer look at how this new technology is transforming capital markets and the specific benefits for a wide range of market participants Monica Singer CA(SA) Blockchain Evangelist for Consensys For issuers Blockchain provides significant benefits to issuers…

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Viewpoints: Honey, you’re right again!

Warwick Business School has recently confirmed that women investors outperform their male counterparts, and by no less than 1,8 % per annum on average. Over 30 years, that’s double your money! Mike Lledo CA(SA)IndependentFinancial Services Consultant The wealth is growing Women now control a third of the world’s wealth, according to the Boston Consulting Group…

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Viewpoints: Tips for women education

I left the corporate world after more than a decade in 2015 to pursue my entrepreneurial aspirations. Today I have five businesses – wellness, guesthouse, financial consulting and training, travel marketing, and now also a spa. I gladly share some tips from my experiences Ronel Jooste CA(SA)Director at FinanciallyFiTLifeand author, speaker and radio talk show…

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Advice: Creating a ‘cute and fluffy’ training environment

Are training offices prepared to re-evaluate their structure to incorporate the ‘cute and fluffy’, thereby creating a friendlier, more supportive work environment for trainees while ensuring efficient and effective performance? If we talk to trainees in the audit environment, be it in small, medium, or large firms, the environment is often described as unsupportive, hard,…

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Advice: Unleash your innovation and pursue your entrepreneurial goals

As a profession anchored in the principles of acting in the public interest and empowered to make a valuable contribution in shaping communities, economies and society, SAICA encourages members to make a difference by creating employment and other opportunities for the youth and people of this country Entrepreneurship (including social entrepreneurship) is important because it…

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The economies that will bear the brunt of COVID-19’s fallout

While the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has had a severe economic impact on just about every country in the world, there will inevitably be nations that will have to endure significantly more severe economic fallout in the years to come.  While the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has had a severe economic impact on just about every country…

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Advice: On strategy – In conversation with Garrick Bowker

Implementing strategy in a family-owned private company In a series of interviews, I explore the approaches of different business leaders (all of them chartered accountants) to strategy. This month I was in conversation with Garrick Bowker, CEO of the Tavcor Motor Group Tavcor is a family-owned private company employing 300 people with dealerships in Port…

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Viewpoints: Hybrid organisations

Organisation Development ConsultantTalking to people about their experiences of the pandemic and working from home has yielded interesting data and polarities. Businesses that employ remote workers and have offices with workers present daily represent a hybrid workforce. The vital data will shape hybrid working models as people re-imagine physical ‘offices’ Paolo Giuricich CA(SA)Founder and ownerof…

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Viewpoints: What are non-fungible tokens (NFTs)?

Blockchain SpecialistWhile non-fungible tokens (NFTs) are simply a way to transfer information (data), they provide various benefits because they are created on blockchain networks Monica Singer CA(SA)Blockchain Evangelistfor Consensys Characteristics of NFTs NFTs have the following characteristics: Unique: The hallmark trait of non-fungible tokens is that they are unique and this can be verified on…

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Viewpoints: How to delegate more effectively

Speaker, Facilitator, CoachAs a leader, mastering the art of delegation is paramount in order to grow and scale your influence at work. Being unable to delegate effectively will limit your ability to successfully lead a team and increase your impact at work Usha Maharaj CA(SA)Passionate about women empowerment and human potential The fears and failures…

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Advice: On strategy – In conversation with Sharonne Adams

Strategy and leadership are intertwined In a series of interviews, I explore the approaches of different business leaders (all of them chartered accountants) to strategy. This month I was in conversation with Sharonne Adams, Business Executive at the Auditor-General of South Africa (AGSA), who heads up their Western Cape region Sharonne started the conversation by…

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Allow people to contribute within their space

In a series of interviews, I explore the approaches of different business leaders (all chartered accountants) to strategy. This month I was in conversation with Akash Singh, CEO of Sigma International, a global management consultancy busines. Tapping into his extensive experience in business strategy and strategic plan development, Akash shared some valuable insights on strategy…

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Get engaged!

Do you feel like you are speaking to a robot during your online meetings – speaking to a series of letters? Have meetings become mundane and disengaged? Let’s bring back the engagement into meetings using a range of online technology   The basics It should be standard virtual meeting etiquette, that everyone on the meeting…

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Strategy in practice

In a series of interviews, I explore the approaches of different business leaders (all chartered accountants) to strategy. This month I was in conversation with RACHEL NKGODI, deputy group chief financial officer at Alexander Forbes During our conversation, Rachel Nkgodi highlighted various important and practical aspects relating to strategy. The practical aspects of strategy Strategy…

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Advice: On Strategy

LOOK AFTER YOUR PEOPLE FIRST In a series of interviews, I explore the approaches of different business leaders (all chartered accountants) to strategy. This month I was in conversation with Elmar Conradie, CEO of Safair. AUTHOR | Christiaan Vorster CA(SA), SAICA Regional Executive   Throughout my interview with Elmar Conradie, it was apparent that he…

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Viewpoints: The key to women’s success

Speaker, Facilitator, CoachFollowing decades of research and spend on women empowerment, women still hold fewer leadership positions and earn less than their male counterparts. In keeping with the reflective theme of International Women’s Day on 8 March 2021, let us #Choosetochallenge the key to women’s success Usha Maharaj CA(SA)Passionate about women empowerment and human potential…

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Viewpoints: Decentralised finance (DeFi)

Blockchain SpecialistDeFi represents the infrastructure such as lending platforms and exchanges required to innovate upon the traditional financial systems. It is a broad term for various financial applications that utilise cryptocurrency or blockchain technology to solve problems that exist within the traditional financial system Monica Singer CA(SA)Blockchain Evangelistfor Consensys Decentralised finance (DeFi)refers to the shift…

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Viewpoints: Mission possible: budgeting in 2021

Business AdvisorA cornerstone of financial planning and budgeting, the financial year, has arguably come to the end of its lifespan. Today, we are hearing from CFOs that even quarterly budget cycles are not frequent enough to course correct in the face of rapid, unexpected change Kevin Phillips CA(SA)CEO of IDU Group Today, forward-thinking CFOs have…

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Viewpoints: Time to be active

2020 was about ‘circuit breakers’, ‘black swans’, the Volatility Index at new records, and every single asset class (equities, bonds, property, gold, oil) turned into a rollercoaster ride. Nothing was left unscathed. ‘Be greedy when others are fearful,’ said Walter Buffett. This was the time for active investment management! Mike Lledo CA(SA)IndependentFinancial Services Consultant Actives…

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Viewpoints: Can accountants be innovators?

Innovators are people who start something new, who are creative and who bring excellent new ideas to life. Innovators are referred to as the ‘red people’ and accountants are ‘blue people’. Is that true or can accountants be innovators? Ronel Jooste CA(SA)Director at FinanciallyFiTLifeand author, speaker and radio talk show host People will often say…

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Viewpoints: Thriving at work post covid-19

Speaker, Facilitator, CoachWho would have thought that thriving at work post COVID-19 would be an issue? Businesses have had to evolve and transform in order to survive. And as business rewrites its ‘new normal’ and navigates ‘business unusual’, employees need to consciously do the same. Usha Maharaj CA(SA)Passionate about women empowerment and human potential Thriving…

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Viewpoints: Explaining tokenisation to six-year-olds

Blockchain SpecialistWhat is a blockchain-based ‘token’? It can be tricky to wrap one’s mind around concepts such as the tokenisation of financial assets, token fractionalisation, and how smart contracts behave in certain scenarios, even for seasoned DeFi (decentralised finance which does not use intermediaries) industry practitioners. Monica Singer CA(SA)Blockchain Evangelistfor Consensys Chances are you haven’t…

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Online assessment during COVID-19: The role of educators and students

Being an educator in South Africa is truly inspiring, as we facilitate learning and development for our students in the post-school space and assist them in developing their competence (this includes knowledge, skills and attributes) in the professional accounting arena. The development of these competencies is what builds capacity and improves our economic outlook over…

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On strategy: An interview with Michelle Olckers

I have always been intrigued by ‘strategy’, the thing that ultimately sets a company apart from the next, and probably, together with strong leadership, the main driver behind sustained value creation. In a series of interviews, I explore the approaches of different business leaders (all chartered accountants) to strategy. This month I had the privilege…

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Viewpoints: Pivoting: The new buzz word

Financial Consultant & CoachPivoting became an essential survival tool for multiple entrepreneurs, businesses and employees whose income was impacted in this time. Despite all the negativity, it was inspiring to witness the creativity and future success stories that arose as a result of pivoting. Ronel Jooste CA(SA)Director at FinanciallyFiTLifeand author, speaker and radio talk show…

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Viewpoints: Millennials – you have hit the jackpot!

Wealth Advisor‘Compound interest is the Eighth Wonder of the World. He who understands it earns it’ – Albert Einstein. ‘My wealth has come from a combination of living in America, some lucky genes, and compound interest’ – Warren Buffett. Time is your jackpot! Mike Lledo CA(SA)IndependentFinancial Services Consultant ’Affluent millennials are economically optimistic but afraid…

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Advice: When can losses on shareholders’ loans be claimed as a tax deduction?

When operating in a distress economy such as we find ourselves in these days, it is an inevitable consequence that shareholders will find themselves disposing of companies for less than they paid for them, whether the companies were formed or purchased by those shareholders. But when can losses on shareholders’ loans be claimed as a…

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Advice: On strategy – A passion for entrepreneurship

I have always been intrigued by ‘strategy’, the thing that ultimately sets a company apart from the next and probably, together with strong leadership, the main driver behind sustained value creation. In a series of interviews, I am exploring the different approaches of different business leaders (all chartered accountants) to strategy. I had a virtual…

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Advice: Augmented Auditor 4.0 Audit is dead, assurance is the new orange

Auditors will be augmented with technology towards becoming Augmented Auditors 4.0 (Audit 4.0) if the profession wants to remain relevant. As a profession, auditors currently find themselves somewhere between Audit 2.0 and Audit 3.0, with many still relying on outdated tools in a modern business environment. Given the volume of transactions which businesses process daily,…

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Viewpoints: Supplementary budget 2020

TAX Specialist On 24 June 2020, Finance Minister Tito Mboweni tabled a supplementary budget necessitated by the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic and economic downturn. This budget introduced adjustments to the original budget tabled in February 2020 and formalised the two tax bills which provide relief to taxpayers in response to COVID-19. Furthermore it sets…

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Viewpoints: Adjusting our sails to COVID-19

Leadership Advisor‘The pessimist complains about the wind. The optimist expects it to change. The leader adjusts the sails.’ So says leadership expert John Maxwell. How are we responding to the COVID-19 crisis? Is our leadership style still excellent? Are we maintaining a purpose-driven focus? Our world is reeling from the far-reaching effects of a pandemic…

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Viewpoints: Retail Central Bank Digital Currency (CBDC)

Blockchain SpecialistCentral banks have an opportunity to keep pace with technological change and enable the evolution toward the future of money. With COVID-19 and the risk that banknotes could be infected, digital payment solutions are increasingly top of mind and what citizens want. A major vulnerability today is that depositors could lose their deposits due…

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Viewpoints: Fresh start

Organisation Development, (OD) Consultant Writing feels refreshing and freeing. Re-entry from a significant time in our global history is creating many opportunities to redefine our collective paths, expectations of our chosen work and associated societal norms. Our insights come with huge responsibilities. As COVID-19 is spreading rapidly and affecting every facet of our lives, we…

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Viewpoints: Call for women to step up

Speaker, Facilitator, CoachDecades into the gender diversity era, women remain underrepresented in leadership positions and continue to earn a fraction of their male counterparts. Projecting the current trends, according to the World Economic Forum, it may take up to 202 years to close the gender pay gap. True diversity in every respect (gender, race, culture,…

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Viewpoints: The unexpected consequences of leadership decisions

Business Innovator and CatalystAs leaders, our decisions are powerful. They have ripple-like effects, both positive and negative, that in large we cannot always anticipate. I offer no insight as to how to be a better oracle when making decisions but merely offers anecdotal macro trend information on some of the unexpected consequences of the global…

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Viewpoints: COVID-19 survival tips for entrepreneurs

Financial Consultant & CoachAs South Africans, we are used to facing multiple challenges and conquering those challenges. We are warriors. We are strong. We are survivors. We were hit hard but we will fight this. We will come out stronger than before. Ronel Jooste CA(SA)Director at FinanciallyFiTLifeand author, speaker and radio talk show host Cash…

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Viewpoints: Learning about blockchain

Blockchain SpecialistUnderstanding blockchain is daunting because the technology is quickly evolving and the general population has yet to experience how it will change our daily lives. Many enthusiasts have equated the current blockchain environment to the World Wide Web in 1997. Similarly, bitcoin and crypto are the forays into blockchain technology. But there is a…

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Viewpoints: Why I love entrepreneurship

Financial Consultant & CoachConsidering the current state of the economy and challenges in South Africa, more people turn to entrepreneurship. Some because they want to, others because they have to because of retrenchments, unemployment and financial strain. Entrepreneurship can provide a solution to many challenges though Ronel Jooste CA(SA)Director at FinanciallyFiTLifeand author, speaker and radio…

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Viewpoints: Design thinking for entrepreneurs

Social Enterprises AdvisorIs there a more opportune time than now to talk about entrepreneurship in South Africa? There are several opportunities related to global problems needing local solutions, for example as climate change, increased proliferation of technology, and new ways of working. Cracking these problems require creative problem-solving and thinking outside of the box. Priya…

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Viewpoints: Adversity is hi-octane fuel for entrepreneurship

Business Innovator and CatalystAdversity is one of the most powerful forces driving progression, innovation and entrepreneurship. Depending on your approach it’s either an insurmountable obstacle or a ramp for your successful trajectory. It will force you to choose to bring out the best or the worst in you. Paul Plummer CA(SA)Founding Member of Blackslope There…

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Advice: Challenging the state on impact investing

Paolo Giuricich CA(SA) Founder and owner of smarter EQ A while back terms like ‘Fourth Industrial Revolution’ (4IR) and ‘gig economy’ were foreign to us. Today, these are overused terms. The practicalities of this ‘future’ are with us already and require us to respond appropriately to survive in business. For centuries, people have been performing…

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Academia or corporate – who’s more satisfied? A millennial analysis

Retaining millennials is becoming an increasing problem for employers throughout the world. High employee turnover disrupts an organisation’s productivity levels and also has a negative impact on financial performance. By reducing employee turnover, organisations are able to be more competitive in the market. Studies have shown that employee turnover disrupts productivity-related outcomes and has a…

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Vulnerability in Leadership – A Characteristic That Shouldn’t be Overlooked.

In society, conventional wisdom holds that it is difficult to lead or negotiate or make demands from a position of perceived weakness. Leaders tend to adopt more of a stern, sometimes tyrannous attitude as a means to be taken seriously. Therefore, people, especially leaders, are expected to never show vulnerability. It now turns out that…

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SPONSORED CONTENT: Ghost employees could cost you your business

The occurrence of ghost employees on a company’s payroll system ranks as the most difficult type of payroll fraud to detect, particularly in larger companies where no proper controls exist. Over time, this can pose a serious threat to the organisation’s profitability and sustainability, declares CRS Technologies general manager Ian McAlister. “A ghost employee is…

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We can all lead change

South Africa is facing a crisis of confidence from inside the country and internationally. SAICA and the Accountancy profession are no exception. When organisations, communities, or societies face intractable challenges, the cries for leadership can be deafening. Often these cries reflect the longing for individuals who possess special talents and attributes to inspire their organisations…

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Investments in venture capital companies not looking so attractive anymore

National Treasury yesterday released the draft bills for public comment, which once approved will serve to effect the legislative amendments announced as part of the 2019 Budget Review. Of interest to the individual taxpayer and especially one whom has surplus funds available for investment is the proposed changes to cap the tax deduction available in…

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How SARS helps leverage your investment back into SA’s economy

By Darryn Faulds, Fund Manager at MeTTa Capital Negativity around South Africa Inc. has been building for some time with questions swirling over the performance of the country’s economy, its struggling equities market, corporate scandals as well as heated politics. Amid strained performances for many stocks on the JSE, a growing chorus of commentators have…

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Opinion piece: Legacy modernisation is crucial to business survival

By Yamini Gajapathy, Head – Modern Application Services –South Africa, Wipro Limited When considering application modernisation and management, corporates face the challenge of striking the right balance between cost, quality and time to market. The fundamental aim of application modernisation is to create new business value from existing applications, which were designed to perform a…

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SOE boards: It matters who gets appointed and how they get appointed

Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng, during his address at The Directors Event in Sandton, highlighted the issue of board and other leadership appointments in the public sector.  “I think we should begin to think about tests that people must be subjected to before they can be elevated to positions of high responsibility,” he said. “It is…

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Ramaphosa’s success plan for SA’s business and government sectors

Authored by: Marisa Jacobs, Director at Xpatweb President Cyril Ramaphosa shared an optimistic lookout on the future for the Business and Government sectors within South Africa, at his State of Nation Address (SONA) on 20 June 2019. During the address, President Ramaphosa continuously encouraged Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) confirming that they continue to build a…

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ITC Results: Transformation initiatives are paying off

Despite chartered accountancy being one of those fields that faces a critical skills shortage, the Department of Higher Education and Training’s Top 100 scarcest skills in the country notes that there continues to be a shortage of chartered accountants entering the profession. Moreover, 70% of those in the chartered accountancy profession are white. With the…

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Cover Story – Leading from the heart

From managing a large retirement fund to ensuring safer skies in the country, Thomas Kgokolo, interim CEO of Air Traffic Navigation Services (ATNS), is passionate about creating a positive impact in corporate South Africa through good governance and sustainable leadership. Read the full article here. Watch the video interview below:

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Leadership – The power to make or break

Today’s leaders have a far wider mandate than yesterday’s ‘number crunchers’ with an influence that extends beyond just their company. This is evident in the vast cases of corruption and poor governance in corporate South Africa that have tarnished the integrity and credibility of our finance profession. However, the profession can rebuild trust at lightning…

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Focus: Leadership – Practical ways to ensure your business enjoys the benefits of gender equality

Gender equality is not about being politically correct and keeping the peace – it’s proven to be a factor in whether or not societies thrive and has been identified as a business competitive advantage. Your business needs to ensure you’re enjoying the benefits of improved gender parity to give you the best chance at sustainable…

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Better board-committee communication will mitigate risk

By George Williams, Director of Risk Advisory Services at BDO Audit committees are an organisation’s primary resource for oversight of the financial reporting process, the audit process, the company’s system of internal controls and compliance with laws and regulations. However, recent corporate failures, and some of the revelations emerging from the Zondo Commission of Inquiry, indicate…

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Travel allowances – This is what you need to know

Travel allowance is granted to employees who travel for business purposes and it is granted to finance a portion of an employee’s transport costs. Many payroll professionals, however, struggle to come to grips with the South African Revenue Service’s (SARS) travel allowance system, and employees are notoriously lax when it comes to recordkeeping of their…

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Thorough background screening checks vs. online searches – a digital predicament we shouldn’t be caught up in

The evolving digital world and resultant online presence of the population is no doubt changing the way people engage and how business is conducted – but also what information can be sourced online, prior to such engagement taking place. While available online information may give previously unknown insights, is it enough to truly know who…

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Understanding the importance of asset allocation and stock selection

Andrew Möller, Director and Chief Executive Officer, Citadel One of the oldest debates in investment circles is whether asset allocation or stock selection is the main driver of portfolio performance. As with the active versus passive debate, however, any successful investor will have realised by now that it is foolish to be in either camp,…

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SA economy a ticking time bomb unless we achieve policy certainty

Business investment is dependent on political and policy stability and time is running out The South African economy is in desperate need of a boost and business holds the key. But before businesses will start committing to the significant investment that the domestic economy needs, policy certainty is crucial. This was the overall sentiment from…

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SARS improving service delivery – 2019 tax return filing season: what this all really means

SARS released its notice today announcing the up-coming 2019 tax return filing season for individual and trust taxpayers. Various changes have been announced which according to SARS will make it simpler and more convenient for taxpayers to file their tax returns. The 2019 tax season will start on 1 July 2019 where taxpayers use eFiling…

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Opinion piece: Financial services and the cloud – what’s the next big challenge?

By Felix Antonysamy – Business Development Manager, Banking for Africa, Wipro Limited In the South African context, financial services companies have been slow in adoption of cloud services however, the last year or two has seen a significant shift in this mindset, with all South African banks steadily moving their infrastructure to the cloud. It…

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Significant changes in the pipeline – taxation of expats in South Africa

By Joon Chong, a Partner and Wesley Grimm, an Associate (assisted by Jayshall Vassen) at Webber Wentzel Some South African tax residents working abroad, often referred to as “expats”, are grumbling about changes to the Income Tax Act, 1962 (the Act) which comes into effect on 1 March 2020. Expats who may have previously benefitted from not…

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Opinion Piece: Not embracing the cloud can dull your competitive edge

By Hemant Harie, Managing Director at Gabsten Technologies 30 May 2019 Digital transformation is essential if any organisation is to remain relevant today and future proof their foundation. Cloud platforms and services are part and parcel of this, and there is a general understanding that organisations ‘must’ migrate to the cloud. However, despite this, many…

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Recommend: IFRS 17: Before Accepting Your Sustainability Assurance Engagement

Are you aware that the Independent Regulatory Board for Auditors (IRBA) has developed and issued South African Assurance Engagements Practice Statement (SAAEPS) 1, Sustainability Assurance Engagements: Rational Purpose, Appropriateness of Underlying Subject Matter and Suitability of Criteria? The IRBA seeks to elicit feedback on implementing SAAEPS 1 by 15 December 2019. Read the full article…

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