La Niña – Storm damage insurance claims – be warned


Recent storms in South Africa not only wreaked havoc in the streets of Bloemfontein and Gauteng but also sent the short-term insurance sphere spinning. Physical damage to cars and property is evident and the financial implications for short term insurance policy owners can be far-reaching as the industry receives a flood of claims, which are […]

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South Africa avoids downgrade – economists comment

Standard & Poors (S&P) Global Ratings ratings yesterday evening said it had lowered the long-term local currency rating on the Republic of South Africa to ‘BBB’ from ‘BBB+’ and affirmed the ‘A-2′ short-term local currency ratings. (more…)

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South Africa avoids downgrade as S&P maintains rating

Standard & Poors (S&P) Global Ratings ratings this evening said it had lowered the long-term local currency rating on the Republic of South Africa to ‘BBB’ from ‘BBB+’ and affirmed the ‘A-2′ short-term local currency ratings. (more…)

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Medical industry warned about data breaches

According to the recent 2016 Mid Term Budget Policy Statement (MTBPS), the national health insurance grant will be increased by R9 million to fund the strengthening of health information systems in the Western Cape and KwaZulu-Natal. While this is incredibly positive, when healthcare organisations digitise patient information and records or adopt new technology it is […]

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Arthur Kamp

S&P downgrade: remember the rand debt is two notches above junk

Arthur Kamp, investment economist at Sanlam Investments, says that as fixated as we are with the possibility of a downgrade to sub-investment grade by ratings agency Standard and Poor’s (S&P), all may not be as gloomy as predicted. (more…)

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New HIV Vaccine Efficacy Study Begins

The first HIV vaccine efficacy study to launch anywhere in seven years is now testing whether an experimental vaccine regimen safely prevents HIV infection among South African adults. (more…)

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Lerato Mataboge

Advancing outward investments part of SA’s strategy towards industrialising Africa

South Africa’s promotion and facilitation of outward investments is an important element that contributes in advancing industrialisation priorities for Africa. This was said by the Acting Chief Executive Officer of Trade Invest Africa, Ms Lerato Mataboge at the Africa Industrialisation Day celebration in Pretoria yesterday. (more…)

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Economies make progress in simplifying tax compliance on business

Economies around the world continue to make progress in simplifying and reducing the burden of tax compliance on business, according to the latest edition of Paying Taxes 2017, a report by the World Bank Group and PwC. (more…)

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Planning and saving for your holiday

Having a holiday to look forward to is one of life’s many pleasures. Who doesn’t look forward to their summer holiday – or any holiday, for that matter? Alexander Forbes Financial Planning Consultant Mark Hawes says people often start thinking about the next holiday within the first week of getting back – if not on the […]

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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. (more…)

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A sovereign downgrade: will SA’s crown topple?

On Friday, 25 November Fitch Ratings announced that the outlook attached to its BBB- ratings of SA foreign and local currency sovereign debt has moved from stable to negative, and warned that continued political instability could lead to the downgrade of the sovereign to sub-investment grade. The company expects the political risks facing the country […]

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