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Is oil as valuable as SA believes?

The recent gas discovery of approximately one billion barrels of oil equivalent in South African seas by French energy group, Total, has triggered widespread hope of a significant economic boost for the local economy. (more…)

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BUGDET 2019: Budget to prioritise political realities over fiscal discipline

Gavin Smith, head of Africa at devere Acuma, looks at his expectations of the February Budget Speech to be delivered by the Finance Minister later this month. (more…)

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M&A deal value down in 2018 but improvement expected in 2019

The South African economy’s dismal performance in 2018 – and the risk-off sentiment towards emerging markets in general –  resulted in poor M&A deal values in 2018, but 2019 looks set to offer an improvement in M&A activity in the country. According to the Global Transactions Forecast (Forecast) issued by global law firm Baker McKenzie […]

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Index reveals how anti-corruption efforts in SA and most countries stalled

The Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) 2018, released today by Transparency International (TI), the global coalition against corruption, is evidence of a world that has not come to grips with burgeoning corruption. This is true for South Africa, as it continues to languish with a score of 43, the same as the previous year, suggesting that […]

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President Ramaphosa addresses the pre-WEF breakfast (Image: russellrobertsphotography.com)

Davos to start against growing resistance to globalisation 

By Mark Appleton, head of multi asset strategy at Ashburton Investments.  It’s that time of year again where more than 3000 of the world’s top leaders including heads of state, central bankers and representatives from many of the world’s top companies converge on the little town of Davos, Switzerland for the annual World Economic Forum […]

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SA’s ranking on passport index remains stable

The South African passport remains stable in 2019 on the latest Henley Passport Index. South Africa, ranked 53rd globally, continues to occupy 3rd place in the Sub-Saharan Africa region, following the Seychelles, ranked 27th globally, and Mauritius, ranked 31st globally. Somalia, Libya, and Eritrea sit at the bottom of the index in Africa, each only […]

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Ipsos Poll: ANC at 61%

“With the next national election planned for May this year, voters are making up their minds about which party to support,” says a study by research services provider, Ipsos.  (more…)

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New research on profit shifting and corporate tax avoidance

The largest 10% of multinationals are associated with as much as 98% of an estimated R7 billion tax loss. A new SA-TIED research study estimates that South Africa loses about 7 billion ZAR a year due to profit shifting by multinational corporations; amounting to about 4% of total current corporate income tax receipts. While this […]

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