Fight flu at work the old fashioned way this winter

With the scientific community still undecided on the effectiveness of flu vaccines, Dr. Lerato Motshudi of Alexander Forbes Health says there are other, proven, ways to reduce the transmission of influenza in the workplace this winter. There is equally as much evidence supporting the efficacy of flu vaccines in reducing the incidence and complications of […]

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Many financial intermediaries yet to pass Regulatory Exams

Latest statistics from the Financial Services Board (FSB) reveal that a shocking 51,34% of key individuals and 61,53% of representatives are yet to pass the Regulatory Exams. With just 10 weeks to go until the 30th June 2012 deadline, and confirmation from the FSB that there will be no further extension to the deadline, the […]

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2012 is a challenging year

Local economic update: April 2012 By Tendani Mantshimuli, consumer economist, Liberty Life South Africa’s economy grew by 3% last year and is expected to grow by 2.8% this year. South Africa being a small and quite open economy is prone to the fortunes of the global economy. For now the turmoil in the global market […]

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Intellectual Property protection needs in Africa

By Elaine de Beer – associate: ENS (Edward Nathan Sonnenbergs) The thought of Africa may conjure up images of disease, poverty, wars, famine and downwardly progressing economies. Indeed, Africa is sometimes regarded as a dark continent attracting only those in search of precious metals and hidden gems. It is, therefore, no wonder that outsiders at […]

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Grindrod Asset Management and Plexus Group merge interests

Grindrod Asset Management and the Plexus Group announced today that agreement has been reached to merge their respective asset management businesses, including Plexus Global Asset Management domiciled in Hong Kong. The merger has been agreed in principle, subject to signing of agreements and obtaining regulatory approval, and will see each business bringing in excess of […]

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Is liability management the future of retirement fund management?

There’s a strong chance that the financial services industry has been focusing on the wrong things all these years – concentrating on how well asset managers are performing while completely ignoring the question of whether the challenge of delivering adequate retirement incomes for members of retirement funds is actually being addressed. This is because addressing […]

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Back to business for listed property with real returns

Listed property in South Africa continues to deliver distribution growth beyond inflation. Over the past six weeks, nine counters – making up over 60% of the R155 billion SA Listed property sector – reported results for the six-month period to December 2011. Together, they delivered a market capitalisation weighted average distribution growth of 6.6%, compared […]

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Tax on savings

By Rowan Burger: Liberty Head of Retirement Reform There were some surprising announcements on the taxation of investments which will affect the way you structure your financial plan The recent tax changes announced in the budget speech provided some tax relief but a number of provisions are detrimental to savers. It is important that these […]

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Guest house and B&B owners encouraged to evaluate business risks during profitable ‘long weekend’ month

According to the Tourism Ministry, domestic tourism comprises of 70% of the tourism value in SA. April is particularly a profitable month for businesses in the hospitality and leisure industry as South Africans take advantage of the public, religious and school holidays and flock to various holiday destinations. Hospitality business owners should use this month […]

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Momentum named top administrator in SA healthcare

Momentum has been named as top administrator in SA healthcare, scooping the prestigious Diamond Arrow Award (highest rated) in the 9th Annual Professional Management Review (PMR) Africa National Healthcare Administrators’ survey. The PMR Awards celebrate excellence in South African business and are based on the results achieved in annual research surveys across a range of […]

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