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Getting a mid-sized business ready for sale

Morgan Jones, Principal in the Corporate Finance team at Bravura, an independent investment banking firm specialising in corporate finance and structured solutions, outlines the imperative of exit strategy planning for owner-operators. (more…)

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Downgrades may lead to desperation and dishonesty

First Standard & Poor, now Fitch have rated the South African economy “junk” with huge ramifications for South African citizens, with the poorest of the poor being the worst affected. (more…)

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Financial inclusion remains ‘a work in progress’

On the surface, South Africa appears to be financially inclusive compared with other emerging markets: 70% of adults, for example, have a transaction account. However, it’s not nearly as inclusive as most mature markets, and serious and stubborn gaps remain, according to a new report by The Boston Consulting Group. (more…)

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Alma Nielsen- National Manager - Claims and Underwriting - LR

Telematics in vehicles – Big Brother isn’t watching you

The European insurance market introduced telematics about ten years ago and South Africa followed suit by introducing it into the local market. The insurance industry then faced the challenge of overcoming the stigma that telematics will become a ‘big brother’ initiative to spy on its clients. This is according to Alma Nielsen, National Manager Claims […]

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The topsy-turvy rand

The rand – which takes its name from the word ‘Witwatersrand’ – has to be one tough cookie.  It was born in 1961, when SA was declared a republic, replacing the SA pound as legal tender.  For a decade, the country had a fixed exchange rate for its currency, before the rand was pegged to […]

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Budget 2017- Sin taxes increase

The targeted excise tax burdens for wine, beer and spirits are 11 percent, 23 percent and 36 percent of the weighted average retail price, respectively. (more…)

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Budget 2017

Budget 2017 – Reform of SOC’s ‘especially important’

The reform of state-owned companies (SOCs) is an especially important part of the restructuring and strengthening of the economy, Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan said in his Budget Speech in parliament today. (more…)

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Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan

Budget 2017 – Transformation for growth

For South Africa to achieve sustained higher growth, radical transformation measures are needed. This is according to Finance Minister, Pravin Gordhan, who made his Budget 2017 speech in parliament today. (more…)

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