VIEWPOINT: Sleeping under the stars

For 2014, as a family, we decided to really give camping a go. Just wanting to do something different. Over the years we have collected gear but decided to stock up and offer camping the opportunity to prove itself. Even got a SUV for more space. Honestly, it’s difficult to explain what camping does for…

ANALYSIS: IFRS 9 Long heralded, much delayed

Darrel Scott discusses the long heralded, yet much delayed, IFRS 9: the International Accounting Standards Board’s longer-term answer to the lessons learned from the financial crises of 2008 At its February meeting, the International Accounting Standards Board (IASB) tentatively decided that the mandatory effective date of IFRS 9 Financial instruments will be for annual periods…

VIEWPOINT: The riches of sports

“A massive percentage of professional sportsmen go insolvent within five years of their professional retirement.” A massive percentage of professional sportsmen go insolvent within five years of their professional retirement. Of course, rock stars and celebrity actors seldom wait for retirement before blowing their fortunes too. The apparent reason is lifestyle – but the real…

ANALYSIS: Financial services bulletin

Yusuf Dukander highlights key technical, regulatory and industry dashboards impacting financial institutions in South Africa and globally IFRS 9 FINANCIAL INSTRUMENTS PROJECT (REPLACEMENT OF IAS 39) The IASB recently issued a discussion paper for macro hedging, separate to its amendments to hedge accounting which was added to IFRS 9 in November 2013 making three important…

VIEWPOINT: Motivate through the middle

“Few things can help an individual more than to place responsibility on him, and to let him know that you trust him.” Booker T Washington While watching runners race around a track recently, I was struck by the burst of energy with which they sprinted from the start, and then again by the sudden spurt…

LIFESTYLE: Gadgets

LG G3 Smartphone simply better The latest from LG, the G3, breaks new ground with its ultra-high-resolution QHD screen. Featuring a 5,5″ screen with a resolution of 2560 x 1440, the LG G3 has the sharpest, most colour-accurate screen on any smartphone to date. A laser-guided optically stabilised camera promises fast, sharp pictures. The screen…

UP-TO-DATE: Keeping you informed of business today

2014 Anti-Bribery and Corruption Survey ENSafrica recently conducted an extensive anti-bribery and corruption survey among their clients to gauge perceptions regarding corruption threats, as well as the levels of anti-bribery compliance amongst corporates in South Africa. The results are staggering! Nearly 50 per cent of companies feel they are highly exposed to bribery in Africa.…