Ten holiday safety tips

The holiday season is upon us and with it comes excitement, happiness and holidays. The holiday season does however come with additional risk in terms of crime. Criminals capitalise on the fact that we tend to let our guards down at this time of the year as we get side tracked by the festivities after […]

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Old Mutual Investment Group questions if global economy has reached escape velocity levels

The global economy is possibly poised for an extended recovery period, with the US showing the way and the Eurozone still having quite a way to go. This is according to Old Mutual Equities Strategist, Graham Bell who, speaking at the Old Mutual Investment Group Q3 investment briefing today, said that the global growth run-rate […]

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FedGroup Iteke Learnership programme to create role models out of Beneficiaries

Following the success of Brinny Mphogo, the first graduate of FedGroup’s Beneficiary Care Education Trust Programme, FedGroup has launched Iteke, an adjacent Learnership Programme. Inspired by the success of Brinny, Iteke will challenge Beneficiaries to shape a future for themselves and in doing so, build role models out of them. Iteke: Challenge yourself In Sepedi, […]

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Fair reimbursement of healthcare providers NHI

Establishing a fair playing field for reimbursing public and private healthcare providers, such as hospitals, is key to ensuring that the proposed National Health Insurance (NHI) system would work efficiently. Speaking at the Hospital Association of South Africa (HASA) Conference in Cape Town, Director of the Economics of Social and Health Care Research Unit at […]

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SME challenges in SA

The recently released 2013 / 2014 World Economic Forum’s (WEF) Global Competitiveness Report has revealed that South Africa ranks significantly lower than other emerging economies when it comes to factors relating to business development and expansion. According to Nazeem Martin, MD of Business Partners Limited, while many countries can learn from the strength of South […]

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Increasing medical cover to 30% of population would relieve public healthcare sector

If medical scheme membership increased from 17% to 30% of the population, it could help relieve pressure on the public health system, according to Barry Childs, CEO of CareGauge and Lighthouse Actuarial Consulting. Speaking at the Hospital Association of South Africa’s (HASA) 19th annual conference in Cape Town, Childs outlined ways for the private healthcare […]

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Does the RA trump all?

By Hugo Malherbe, Product Specialist: PPS Investments The Retirement Annuity (RA) offers you a very attractive tax benefit: A portion of your total annual RA contribution may be claimed back from the taxman. RA contributions for the tax year February 2014 are tax deductible for the greater of 15% of non-retirement funding income (income not […]

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Informed financial decisions with financial advice

Changing lifestyle and family structures, increased product complexity and choice, as well as an ever-evolving savings and investment environment is resulting in many South Africans seeking greater access to financial advice, in order to make more informed and sound financial decisions. That is according to Andrew Bradley, CEO of Old Mutual Wealth, an advice-led, wealth […]

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The cheque is in the mail

In the recent case Stabilpave (Pty) Ltd v South African Revenue Services (SARS) the taxpayer (Stabilpave) was due a tax refund of R728 474 plus interest. The banking details of the taxpayer were not available to SARS and they therefore posted a cheque for the refund. The cheque was stolen by a Mr Mtima, who […]

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Medium Term Budget Speech comments

SA Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan presented the Medium Term Budget yesterday (23 October 2013). Below are some comments on the various issues the Budget in SA deals with: Overall AJ Jansen van Nieuwenhuizen, Tax Partner, Grant Thornton Johannesburg says: “The specific mention that the Minister made this afternoon of the particular measures to deal with […]

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