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Spares Warehouse – What is factoring? Spares Warehouse – What is factoring?

Factoring, receivables factoring or debtor financing, is when a company buys a debt or invoice from another company. Factoring...

5 Major mistakes independent retailers should avoid 5 Major mistakes independent retailers should avoid

When your business is small, local and bespoke, you are able to roll with the economic punches. You are agile, flexible and can...

At 50, how relevant is the Krugerrand? At 50, how relevant is the Krugerrand?

It’s survived apartheid, the shifting fortunes of gold, and still features strongly in our collective psyches ...

How to fix South Africa How to fix South Africa

Leaders are talking about how to repair what Jacob Zuma has broken. But while change must come, we dare not turn a blind eye ...

Corked or creamy: should you invest in wine? Corked or creamy: should you invest in wine?

If local wines are fetching top prices at auction, does it follow that wine makes a good investment? Sceptics and believers ...

One on one with … Sipho Pityana One on one with … Sipho Pityana

AngloGold Ashanti Chairman and ANC stalwart Sipho Pityana needs no introduction. As convenor of the Save South Africa campaign ...

When lightning strikes a vehicle When lightning strikes a vehicle

What happens when lightning strikes a vehicle? The answer, gleaned from anecdotal observations...

Pravin Gordhan says SARS lacks accountability Pravin Gordhan says SARS lacks accountability

In a shocking revelation of the parlous state of relations between Treasury and the South African Revenue Service (SARS) ...

South Africa South Africa's Improving Global Competetiveness

Global Competitiveness is an important issue – it is a measure of how the World Economic Forum positions a country in terms of ...

State approved Guptas’ raid on mine rehab fund State approved Guptas’ raid on mine rehab fund

It took barely 24 hours for the Department of Mineral Resources to sign off on Tegeta Exploration and Resources’ request to ...

Gordhan promises belt-tightening but ministers spend, spend Gordhan promises belt-tightening but ministers spend, spend

Ministers continue to spend millions on luxury cars despite Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan’s promises of restraint and ...

The deep ugly cunning of the Zuma cabal The deep ugly cunning of the Zuma cabal

Zuma is a wily beast, slouching ungainly like a hyena along the dark edges of government ...

Overpricing is where the real leakage is, Treasury Overpricing is where the real leakage is, Treasury

"It means without adding a cent, the government can increase its output by 30%-40% - Kenneth Brown ...

Investing offshore: the case for emerging markets Investing offshore: the case for emerging markets

The rise of emerging markets has transformed the global economy. It has also significantly affected the way investors have ...

Operating costs and net loss rise R1bn in SAA’s final result Operating costs and net loss rise R1bn in SAA’s final result

SAA tabled provisional financial statements for 2014-15 in Parliament on Thursday last week. They were provisional because the ...

Competitive yes, but still lagging Competitive yes, but still lagging

SA has jumped two places on the rankings in the World Economic Forum’s global competitiveness survey ...

Wits named one of the world’s best 200 universities Wits named one of the world’s best 200 universities

The University of the Witwatersrand has made it into the top 200 in the World University Rankings 2016-17 for the first time ...

No strings attached: why the wealthy are renting No strings attached: why the wealthy are renting

In this access-and-experience-over-ownership generation, there are more start-ups servicing the rental rather than ownership ...

The rise of Hlaudi Motsoeneng and the fall of the SABC The rise of Hlaudi Motsoeneng and the fall of the SABC

I JOINED the SABC in 1996, the same time as Hlaudi Motsoeneng. I was based in Cape Town and Motsoeneng ...

Ignore the good news at our peril Ignore the good news at our peril

No other country with such a young median age has as much wealth as SA. None ...

ON THE MONEY: SA will pay a high price for Brexit ON THE MONEY: SA will pay a high price for Brexit

BRITAIN’s referendum on Thursday on whether to "Brexit" the EU is crucial for South Africans. The EU is SA’s most important ...

Malls of the future should make shopping cheaper Malls of the future should make shopping cheaper

SHOPPING malls as we know them will in future become redundant as more people move to purchasing goods online, and office ...

Business conditions improve for first time in a year Business conditions improve for first time in a year

OPERATING conditions among private firms improved for the first time in a year during May, driven mainly by a resurgence in new...

It’s appropriate that South Africans rally behind Gordhan It’s appropriate that South Africans rally behind Gordhan

Shaun Abrahams, South Africa’s National Director of Public Prosecutions, has stepped into some torrid waters ...

SA’s economy drops into third place in Africa SA’s economy drops into third place in Africa

SA’s struggling economy is now not even the second-largest in Africa anymore‚ says KPMG‚ citing data from the International ...

SA credit downgrade – braced for impact SA credit downgrade – braced for impact

On 4 December 2015, the international credit rating agency Standard & Poor’s (S&P) revised SA’s credit outlook to negative ...

Volatile markets: our perspective on recent falls in equity Volatile markets: our perspective on recent falls in equity

Equity markets across the world have seen sharp falls, particularly over the past month. At the time of writing, in the UK and ...

Zuma forced into Nkandla about-face Zuma forced into Nkandla about-face

HOSTILITY at the last African National Congress (ANC) executive committee meeting could have influenced President Jacob Zuma ...

How PR can help small businesses grow How PR can help small businesses grow

How PR can help small businesses grow. Make use of this cost-effective tool...

What ghost convinced Zuma to do the flip-flop? What ghost convinced Zuma to do the flip-flop?

The first was inspired by the decision of President Jacob Zuma to fire Nhlanhla Nene as finance minister and replace him with ...

Show your staff you care Show your staff you care

How to show your staff that you value them as much as you value your customers...

SA on the brink of junk status SA on the brink of junk status

THE one notch downgrade to SA’s credit rating by Fitch Ratings, had been widely expected....

Foreign investors see the writing on the wall Foreign investors see the writing on the wall

TALKING to foreign fund managers about SA is sobering. I spent last week doing that in New York. Billions of dollars that were ...

How we got to the Agoa cliff edge How we got to the Agoa cliff edge

FOOT-DRAGGING by South African government officials and complex technical disputes combined with powerful US industry lobbies ...

ON THE MONEY: Regulations threaten JSE monopoly ON THE MONEY: Regulations threaten JSE monopoly

THE Economic Freedom Fighters’ (EFF’s) march to the JSE last week was something to behold. Media pictures showed JSE ...

Student protesters expose fatal political divide Student protesters expose fatal political divide

As they marched towards the seats of political power in Pretoria and Cape Town last week, the #FeesMustFall protesters ...

The education vs experience debate The education vs experience debate

Does experience make up for the lack of a qualification, or does a qualification provide something that experience can't?...

Wat Sakeslimmes Reg doen Wat Sakeslimmes Reg doen

Droom jy van 'n eie onderneming of wonder jy hoe om jou onderneming se deure oop te hou in moeilike ekonomiese tye? 'n Paar...

3 Steps to getting it right with Facebook marketing 3 Steps to getting it right with Facebook marketing

When it comes to branding, social media is giving smaller businesses the chance to compete with the big guys...

Absa to pay back interest overcharges Absa to pay back interest overcharges

BARCLAYS Africa Group’s Absa Bank has had to pay back millions of rand to customers in arrears after miscalculating interest ...

Debunking common myths about running a business Debunking common myths about running a business

Here are five common misconceptions about running a business, along with some hard-hitting truths...

How to win customers for life How to win customers for life

Winning your customers' attention and staying in touch is key to encourage loyalty...

Play to your strengths in your business Play to your strengths in your business

Ensure that you're doing what you do best, and leave the rest to others...

ON THE MONEY: SA needs transparency about wealth ON THE MONEY: SA needs transparency about wealth

THE Piketty fever that has struck SA is no bad thing. Thomas Piketty is a serious social scientist, who has done meticulous ...

Ways to generate office happiness Ways to generate office happiness

Research has shown that contented employees are productive employees...

A hunger for E-Commerce A hunger for E-Commerce

South African businesses and consumers alike have a growing appetite for online sales...

When passion turns into a career When passion turns into a career

These days, it's very common to find young women holding down two jobs or leaving the comfort of a stable job to venture into...

Tax experts against rising SARS aggression Tax experts against rising SARS aggression

THE South African Revenue Service (SARS) is adopting more aggressive tactics to extract information from taxpayers as it ...

SA might ride misery wave until better days in 2020s SA might ride misery wave until better days in 2020s

IT ISN’T rigor mortis but something that comes close to it — a persistence of major themes despite many cross-currents and ...

The Rand: Darkest Just Before Dawn The Rand: Darkest Just Before Dawn

The JP Morgan Emerging Market Currency Index is down 4.3% for August and 12.7% year-to-date. What is causing these ...

Arcelor Mittal South Africa to close mills, review largest plant Arcelor Mittal South Africa to close mills, review largest plant

ArcelorMittal South Africa (ACLJ.J) is planning to shut two mills and is reviewing operations at its largest plant, it said on ...

SA seals mining jobs deal, proposes platinum plan SA seals mining jobs deal, proposes platinum plan

South Africa's mining industry, unions and the government signed a broad plan on Monday to stem a wave of job losses triggered ...

ON THE MONEY: NDP set for welcome renaissance ON THE MONEY: NDP set for welcome renaissance

THE National Development Plan (NDP) has been through a period of neglect. The terms of the commissioners expired in May and ...

South Africa South Africa's state giants hobble economy

The state-run corporations that have shaped South Africa's economy and been part of its every day life for nearly a century ...

Rand plunge creates inflation fear factor for Sarb Rand plunge creates inflation fear factor for Sarb

The SA Reserve Bank (Sarb) will be keeping a careful eye on the rand on Monday, while analysts speculate on a further interest ...

ON THE MONEY: Racism in banking remains an issue ON THE MONEY: Racism in banking remains an issue

Transformation in the financial services industry is in a worse position than it was 10 years ago. When the financial services ...

CEO at 25 CEO at 25

Boitumelo Mmakou speaks to South Africa's youngest patent holder, Ludwick Marishane (25), who invented the internationally...

Maimane: ‘Suspend visa regulations with immediate effect’ Maimane: ‘Suspend visa regulations with immediate effect’

Maimane on Friday led a protest outside the Department of Home Affairs in Pretoria against demanding the suspension of ...

Why SA Why SA's most expensive home costs R450m

Cape Town - Justifying the hefty price tag of $35m (about R450m) for South Africa’s most expensive single family home ...

THICK END OF THE WEDGE: Will two-term Zuma have last laugh? THICK END OF THE WEDGE: Will two-term Zuma have last laugh?

Before he leaves us, as I am sure he will, President Jacob Zuma is going to play a game. To be honest, it’s his due ...

Hackers rob SA of 1 billion data points - IBMHackers rob SA Hackers rob SA of 1 billion data points - IBMHackers rob SA

Cyber crime is costing South African industry a fortune as data leaks hamper business growth, says a study that seeks to ...

Malema’s tender trial struck off roll Malema’s tender trial struck off roll

ECONOMIC Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema walked out of court on Tuesday after his trial — on fraud charges ...

ANC lekgotla skips over hard truths ANC lekgotla skips over hard truths

THE private and public sectors do not view the question of job creation and retention in the same way, African National ...

Jobs disaster looms in SA Jobs disaster looms in SA

South Africa is heading for a deeper jobs crisis, and unemployment is set to rise to new levels, as companies in the mining ...

Zuma should have prepared himself to pay back Nkandla money Zuma should have prepared himself to pay back Nkandla money

Jacob Zuma should have prepared himself to pay back the money spent on the upgrades to his Nkandla residence - Mac Maharaj

MPs shocked at Nkandla: a R260m monument to waste MPs shocked at Nkandla: a R260m monument to waste

THE mind-boggling waste of taxpayers‘ money at Nkandla was laid bare yesterday when MPs toured the sprawling estate ...

Eskom pulls plug on bonuses, AGM set for August Eskom pulls plug on bonuses, AGM set for August

Eskom employees missed out on bonuses this year, spokesperson Khulu Phasiwe confirmed on Monday, adding that its AGM will take ...

BEE gains weight in state tender proposals BEE gains weight in state tender proposals

GOVERNMENT tenders up to R10m will in future be evaluated only 50% on price and 50% in terms of black economic and women’s ...

Afford a dignified funeral Afford a dignified funeral

Funerals, unlike weddings, do not need to be fashionable where the latest decor trends are on display. Focus on the basics ...

Starbucks is coming to SA Starbucks is coming to SA

STARBUCKS, the world’s largest coffee chain, will soon open stores across South Africa after the New York Stock Exchange ...

SA’s future – negative or positive? SA’s future – negative or positive?

SA, Nigeria and Kenya are cited as the three most important economies with the potential to be the driving force for the growth ..

Lessons of a Greek tragedy that SA needs to learn fast Lessons of a Greek tragedy that SA needs to learn fast

THE situation in Greece will remind Greek citizens of ancient Odysseus, who had to sail his ship through a narrow channel ...

Omar al-Bashir saga: Obligations abandoned Omar al-Bashir saga: Obligations abandoned

CABINET’s decision to allow Sudan’s President Omar al-Bashir safe passage in and out of SA confirms that foreign policy under ...

State to appeal High Court’s Bashir judgment State to appeal High Court’s Bashir judgment

THE government is set to appeal the High Court judgment that found it should have arrested Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir ...

Black Economic Empowerment: Just how big is BEE? Black Economic Empowerment: Just how big is BEE?

SINCE it took root in our political and economic lives, the success of black economic empowerment has been impossibly ...

Mac Cosmetics’ triumphs with social media strategy Mac Cosmetics’ triumphs with social media strategy

Mac cosmetics’ has been revealed as the runaway social media leader in the fashion retail sector...

Bashir fallout set to intensify Bashir fallout set to intensify

PUBLIC Protector Thuli Madonsela is set to be drawn into circumstances surrounding the government’s failure to arrest Sudanese ...

Lucky Montana: No passenger himself Lucky Montana: No passenger himself

PRASA CEO Lucky Montana has been living in a bizarre, high-octane bubble for almost a decade, with 24-hour security and ...

ONE Good Reason to be on the Web ONE Good Reason to be on the Web

These days your presence on the internet is probably your most important tool to market your business - on mobile and desktop ...

The Consumer Protection Act and buying defective products The Consumer Protection Act and buying defective products

When you’ve bought a defective product, it is comforting to know that in terms of the Consumer Protection Act (CPA) you as the ...

Where is Omar al-Bashir? Where is Omar al-Bashir?

THE High Court in Pretoria on Sunday extended its earlier ruling barring Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir from leaving the ...

Exchange controls: Now is the time to declare Exchange controls: Now is the time to declare

THE HSBC files have introduced a new layer of wealth into SA society: a significant number of high net worth individuals who...

Job market in slow lane, but there is hope Job market in slow lane, but there is hope

SOUTH African companies will be maintaining staff levels rather than hiring more workers in the coming quarter — cold comfort ...

Fifa bribery scandal: How Sepp soothed SA Fifa bribery scandal: How Sepp soothed SA

Officials from SA’s 2006 World Cup bid committee were in possession of signed affidavits confirming that three members ...

Give them the celeb treatment… And get red carpet rewards in Give them the celeb treatment… And get red carpet rewards in

If Oprah Winfrey walked into your store today would you treat her any differently to your other clients?

End is nigh for world’s most secret fiefdom End is nigh for world’s most secret fiefdom

IT HAS been called "the day that Fifa has long dreaded" — the day that decades of graft and a level of ostentatious excess ...

Sassa: Tender mystery Sassa: Tender mystery

THERE is growing mystery surrounding SA’s multi billion-rand social grant tender, to be announced in October ...

Why you can Why you can't ignore YouTube

It's the second largest search engine in the world, so it should definitely be on your radar in 2015…

ON THE MONEY: Oddities of foreign exchange probe ON THE MONEY: Oddities of foreign exchange probe

The commission last week announced a probe into allegedly colluding traders pursuing a price-fixing strategy, apparently ...

Finalists in the Financial Mail Top Analyst Awards 2015 Finalists in the Financial Mail Top Analyst Awards 2015

Financial Mail has announced the finalists for the annual Top Analyst Awards. Celebrating outstanding excellence in the ...

How to tighten cash flow management in a difficult economy How to tighten cash flow management in a difficult economy

Here are 10 tips from Donovan Marais, Channel Manager at Sage Pay, about how you can accelerate the flow of money into ...

Eskom: It Eskom: It's downhill all the Way

If the cost of Electricity continues to rise at the rate of the past few years, by 2030 the average household in South Africa...

"Momtrepreneurs" Taking Charge of Their Careers "Momtrepreneurs" Taking Charge of Their Careers

Female entrepreneurs are increasingly reshaping the global entrepreneurial landscape. According to the Women-owned Businesses1 ...

Parts of Eskom must be sold, says ANC Parts of Eskom must be sold, says ANC

THE African National Congress (ANC) has decided that part of Eskom must be sold to raise funds to keep the lights on ...

GROWTH AND INTEREST RATES: Limit to what policy can do GROWTH AND INTEREST RATES: Limit to what policy can do

SA’S ECONOMIC growth has underperformed over the past five years largely because of local factors and, to a smaller extent ...

Gordhan furious as SARS row rages on Gordhan furious as SARS row rages on

CO-OPERATIVE Governance and Traditional Affairs Minister Pravin Gordhan has hit back at attempts to impugn his integrity ...

When Family Businesses Spread their Wings When Family Businesses Spread their Wings

Family businesses have an excellent reputation amongst entrepreneurs, and for good reason – they are robust and agile, and can ...

LUXURY SUBURBS: Still takers at the top end LUXURY SUBURBS: Still takers at the top end

THOUGH SA’s ultra-expensive residential hotspots have not necessarily produced the same level of capital growth as their more ...

Is pumped storage the answer to electricity woes? Is pumped storage the answer to electricity woes?

STORAGE is the golden fleece of the energy business. If science could find a way to store large amounts of electricity in a ...

THE HEALTH ISSUE: Beyond bags of sugar THE HEALTH ISSUE: Beyond bags of sugar

THE Coca-Cola Company has long been in the firing line of the anti sugar, quinoa crowd. Over the past few years ...

Google’s Mobilegeddon Algorithm is Live ... Google’s Mobilegeddon Algorithm is Live ...

Google launched its most feared algorithm update a few days ago. The seriousness of this update is evidenced by the fact that ...

World Bank economist affirms support for Eskom will continue World Bank economist affirms support for Eskom will continue

The World Bank will continue to offer financial and technical assistance to struggling power utility Eskom, the bank’s Africa ...

WESTERN CAPE: Good hope again WESTERN CAPE: Good hope again

FORMER Democratic Alliance shadow finance minister Tim Harris has set himself an ambitious agenda. Armed with a R68m budget ...

ON THE MONEY: The real Eskom story is: the money ON THE MONEY: The real Eskom story is: the money

Brian Molefe appointed as CEO of Eskom. His appointment underlines that fact that Eskom is not just key to the economy ...

GAUTRAIN: Probe steams ahead GAUTRAIN: Probe steams ahead

THE OFFICE of the public protector has increased the scope of its investigation into the political handling of the cost ...

Maimane frontrunner to lead DA as Zille bows out Maimane frontrunner to lead DA as Zille bows out

DEMOCRATIC Alliance (DA) parliamentary leader Mmusi Maimane has emerged as the most likely successor to DA leader Helen Zille ...

DEINDUSTRIALISATION: How we got to this point DEINDUSTRIALISATION: How we got to this point

TRADE liberalisation, which kicked off in the dying days of apartheid and involved slashed import tariffs, proved a huge shock ...

Share price increase widens wealth inequality gap Share price increase widens wealth inequality gap

In the third week of March, global markets reached new highs, only to recede slightly during the last week of the month ...

ON THE MONEY: Easy way to foster retirement saving ON THE MONEY: Easy way to foster retirement saving

OUR pension reform process is flying in the opposite direction to that of the UK, the source of so much inspiration for our ...

SET-TOP BOXES: Last year’s war SET-TOP BOXES: Last year’s war

Successive communications ministers have left SA so far behind the curve converting to digital TV ..

Avoid making foolish business mistakes Avoid making foolish business mistakes

Starting a business is a daunting task, and growing the business, or even just keeping it afloat, can be even more overwhelming ..

ON THE MONEY: The perils of information overload ON THE MONEY: The perils of information overload

HAS anyone actually read the dense documents you sign whenever obtaining financial advice and buying investment products?...

ECONOMY: The curse of stagnation ECONOMY: The curse of stagnation

DISINVESTMENT occurred in nearly all sectors of the economy last year. And unless the private sector can regain the confidence...

ESKOM: Still in the dark ESKOM: Still in the dark

ESKOM’S board is unable to answer many crucial questions about the sudden suspensions of its four top executives, which has...

Cosatu to oppose Eskom price hike Cosatu to oppose Eskom price hike

THE Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) will oppose Eskom’s application to raise electricity tariffs 25.3% from ...

12 local marketing tips to get the word out 12 local marketing tips to get the word out

Most people are too busy making a living to make really big money. That's why dedicated salary-earners stay wage slaves and why...

Why businesses fail. Hint: The customer isn Why businesses fail. Hint: The customer isn't always right

If Harry Selfridge's 1909 maxim 'the customer is always right' still holds true in your business, you may very well be setting...

Think out of the box to construct your portfolio Think out of the box to construct your portfolio

Just as the sales of clothes are driven by fashions and fads, the performance of assets and asset classes are often driven by ...

TAX REGIME: Revolt in the air TAX REGIME: Revolt in the air

SA taxpayers have been pushed too far — especially by the current administration and its spending habits. The wall of ...

ON THE MONEY: Measuring black ownership on JSE ON THE MONEY: Measuring black ownership on JSE

THERE has been much bluster recently about just how much of the JSE’s market capitalisation is owned by black people. The JSE ...

Structure of economy needs to be transformed, says Nene Structure of economy needs to be transformed, says Nene

A COMPETITIVE and "friendly" landscape for business is crucial if the structure of the economy is to be transformed, Finance ...

FARMS: Land in hot water FARMS: Land in hot water

AGRICULTURAL experts have panned government’s plan to cap farm sizes at 12 000ha and ban foreign ownership as politically ...

Rand falls as trade deficit widens Rand falls as trade deficit widens

A WIDER than expected January trade deficit saw the rand lose more than 1% on Friday on concerns that the current account of ...

TOWNSHIP ENTREPRENEURS: Learning goes both ways TOWNSHIP ENTREPRENEURS: Learning goes both ways

A NEW drive by government and the private sector is on to develop township entrepreneurs. But if the experience of one ...

FAMILY WEALTH: Beware of pitfalls FAMILY WEALTH: Beware of pitfalls

The belief that wills and trusts are enough to sustain the legacy of wealthy families is misguided: poor family governance ...

SAA in about-turn on Kalawe charges SAA in about-turn on Kalawe charges

A formal disciplinary inquiry against Mr Kalawe is to commence "in due course", the national carrier has said ...

Tread carefully when considering a character reference Tread carefully when considering a character reference

The do's and don'ts when giving a character reference of a past employee - what you should and the employee should know!

Energy a ‘challenge’, not a crisis, says Zuma Energy a ‘challenge’, not a crisis, says Zuma

SOUTH Africa’s energy woes are a "challenge" but not a crisis and the government knows how to address it, President Jacob Zuma ...

Entrepreneurs more than just a virtual reality Entrepreneurs more than just a virtual reality

I recently bought a copy of Forbes magazine to read on the long flight back home for the first time in years. Gracing the ...

ZUMA’S ECONOMIC TRACK RECORD: Steady descent ZUMA’S ECONOMIC TRACK RECORD: Steady descent

Under Zuma, SA’s economic trajectory has been one of steady descent ...

Business proposes time zones to lift power burden Business proposes time zones to lift power burden

The SA Chamber of Commerce and Industry has proposed that South Africa be divided into four time zones to help alleviate ...

An elderly man’s open letter to SA An elderly man’s open letter to SA

How incredibly arrogant it seems for me to write this, but these are desperate times. From what I read and hear, SA is heading ...

ECONOMY: Too dark to shop? ECONOMY: Too dark to shop?

SINCE Eskom revealed in January that it expected load shedding to occur on 70% of days over the next three months, economists ...

Manufacturing activity picks up strongly Manufacturing activity picks up strongly

ACTIVITY in the manufacturing sector picked up strongly last month as production returned to normal following the festive ...

ESKOM: Matona’s mission ESKOM: Matona’s mission

THERE's little argument about what is currently the toughest job in the country: being the CE of Eskom ...

ON THE MONEY: Problem is not the top 1% of society ON THE MONEY: Problem is not the top 1% of society

The current global anxiety over inequality focuses on how we can use taxes to redistribute, and so make the worst off ...

E-tolls: Motorists set to pay much less E-tolls: Motorists set to pay much less

Free passes under e-toll gantries and a decrease in the monthly amount motorists with e-tags will pay. This is the early New ...

Team SA reassures delegates at Davos Team SA reassures delegates at Davos

SA’s weak economic growth fundamentals were one of the biggest worries for existing and potential foreign investors, as well ...

PRIVATE SCHOOLS: What is the attraction? PRIVATE SCHOOLS: What is the attraction?

IS SA’s middle class rejecting the country’s public school system? Education experts have been pondering this question amid ...

Solar power to reach its zenith Solar power to reach its zenith

The installation of rooftop photovoltaic panels is on the rise, but South Africa is not as solar-friendly as it could be ...

ESKOM: Switching the blame ESKOM: Switching the blame

SOME of Eskom’s former executives have opted to set the record straight after President Jacob Zuma blamed the utility’s woes ...

How to get noticed at work How to get noticed at work

Françoise Gallet shares expert advice on how you can finally get recognised at work. Ever felt 'invisible' at work - that your...

How greed sank a huge SA Shipping deal How greed sank a huge SA Shipping deal

Fame and fortune were on the horizon - then it all went pear-shaped. South African Enterpeneur Bernard Jacobs, who developed...

ECONOMIC VIEWPOINT: Where there’s a will ... ECONOMIC VIEWPOINT: Where there’s a will ...

IN JANUARY 2010, SA was preparing to host the soccer World Cup and hoping that Eskom would be able to keep the lights on ...

Eskom says system is stable Eskom says system is stable

Eskom hopes the need for rolling blackouts will not arise on Monday as most businesses resume operations after the festive ...

China will not take path of ‘Western colonists’ in Africa China will not take path of ‘Western colonists’ in Africa

China will not follow the path of "Western colonists" in Africa, its foreign minister said during a five-nation tour of the ...

Health and Lifestyle: The cost of obesity Health and Lifestyle: The cost of obesity

The rapid rise in lifestyle-related illnesses has become as much a developmental issue as it is a public health scare ...

DA: What’s going on with Eskom? DA: What’s going on with Eskom?

The Democratic Alliance on Sunday said it was concerned with a lack of clarity about the current state of South Africa's power ...

Eskom misses yet another Medupi deadline Eskom misses yet another Medupi deadline

POWER utility Eskom has failed to make its deadline of December 24 to synchronise the first 600MW unit of the new Medupi power ...

SA industry turnover rises more than 4% in third quarter SA industry turnover rises more than 4% in third quarter

SOUTH African industries generated an estimated total turnover of R1.96-trillion in the third quarter, an increase of 4.2% ...

New heights for SA art New heights for SA art

The Strauss & Co auction produced an overall sale record of R60 million. The sale of a selection of works briefly grouped ...

LOCAL GOVERNMENT REFORM: Pravin’s big challenge LOCAL GOVERNMENT REFORM: Pravin’s big challenge

THE 2016 municipal election campaign will turn on two related issues: poor service delivery and the persistent financial ...

Series of revelations about Eskom are an embarrassment Series of revelations about Eskom are an embarrassment

AT THE risk of incurring reader fatigue, we must be allowed another shot at shaming Eskom management into the proper ...

Retailers want Eskom to review move to weekend load-shedding Retailers want Eskom to review move to weekend load-shedding

RETAILERS are complaining that they are having to bear the brunt of Eskom’s load-shedding over successive weekends during ...

EDITORIAL: Playing chicken with the oil price EDITORIAL: Playing chicken with the oil price

THE recent dive in the oil price has been dramatic even by the standards of today’s volatile markets. It’s now down around 40% ...

Deputy president faces e-toll challenge Deputy president faces e-toll challenge

DEPUTY President Cyril Ramaphosa has been given the task of steering the government’s approach to e-tolling, it emerged on ...

MPC: World events secure a breather MPC: World events secure a breather

The steep decline in the international oil price has delivered an early Christmas present to the domestic economy, relieving ...

SA will be living on the edge - Eskom CEO SA will be living on the edge - Eskom CEO

Speaking for the first time on the subject of load shedding at his inaugural interim results announcement, Matona said: ...

Industry ‘must cut 10% of power usage’ Industry ‘must cut 10% of power usage’

ESKOM on Sunday declared a "power emergency" for large industrial customers, requiring them to immediately reduce their ...

DERBY DERBY'S COUNTY: Spare the rand a thought

FOR all the credit it gets for its communication, the Reserve Bank throws a curve ball every once in a while, surprising the ...

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AFTER having had a solid investment-grade credit rating for years, SA’s ratings momentum has turned negative ...

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Trustees, financial advisers and consultants were setting themselves up for phase one in a range of reforms to streamline the ...

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ESKOM yesterday warned of power outages for most of this week as the state-owned utility started load shedding for the second ...

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Numsa to address threats of expulsion Numsa to address threats of expulsion

A political analyst says despite its strength in numbers, Numsa is wise to tread carefully with trade federation Cosatu ...

Unemployment data put jobs in spotlight Unemployment data put jobs in spotlight

JOBS — or rather the lack of them — will come into focus tomorrow when Statistics SA releases unemployment data for the third ...

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IN THE wake of Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene’s austere budget last week, rating agencies are keeping a keen watch on SA with ...

South Africans slip down Forbes rich list South Africans slip down Forbes rich list

The two richest South Africans who made the latest Forbes 400 list of the world’s wealthiest people have dropped down in ...

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Sanral does a U-turn on Gauteng e-toll panel Sanral does a U-turn on Gauteng e-toll panel

IN a significant climb-down, the South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) and the Department of Transport will now ...

Oil heads for 4-year low Oil heads for 4-year low

Brent crude oil fell below $88 a barrel on Monday, its lowest in almost four years, after key Middle East producers signalled ...

The independent trustee: Why the big fuss? The independent trustee: Why the big fuss?

Some offices of the Master of the High Court (‘the Master’) refuses to register newly created South African trusts if there ...

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SA has about 242-billion gross tons in situ coal resources and reserves, of which about 66billion tons of coal resources ...

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Thinking of venturing into a business partnership? Make sure it's the right fit. If you run a small business, forming a strateg...

New Sarb governor: I will not disappoint New Sarb governor: I will not disappoint

Newly appointed SA Reserve Bank governor Lesetja Kganyago on Monday vowed not to let the country down ...

Tariff hike for Eskom ‘will be just the start’ Tariff hike for Eskom ‘will be just the start’

The National Energy Regulator (Nersa) has granted Eskom a 12.69% rise in electricity prices for next year, double the rate of ...

Gauteng ANC punts fuel levy over e-tolls Gauteng ANC punts fuel levy over e-tolls

THE African National Congress (ANC) in Gauteng has rejected electronic tolling on Gauteng highways in its current form ...

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SA no 4 in Africa governance rankings SA no 4 in Africa governance rankings

Governance in African nations is improving at a slower pace and economic improvements are contributing less to its progress ...

10 Must-See Videos from Stanford Business School 10 Must-See Videos from Stanford Business School

On the unpredictable road of entrepreneurship, it can be immensely helpful to receive guidance and advice from those who have ...

New Zuma claims pushing ANC into corner New Zuma claims pushing ANC into corner

Pressure mounted on President Jacob Zuma yesterday after details emerged of how he allegedly accepted a bribe from a “fixer” ...

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As from 30 April 2015 the amended B-BBEE codes come into effect. As an entrepreneur these new codes provide a wealth of ...

Regulator goes after timeshare contracts Regulator goes after timeshare contracts

The National Consumer Commission (NCC) is of the view that timeshare contracts that last in perpetuity are in breach of the ...

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THE Treasury’s package of measures for dealing with Eskom is like the curate’s egg — it is good in parts. The Treasury has ...

SA a while away from 3% growth SA a while away from 3% growth

THE worst of the economic challenges that are harmful to growth — such as strikes — may be over for now but it will still be a ...

SA blue diamond sold for R302m SA blue diamond sold for R302m

London-listed Petra Diamonds sold a rare blue diamond found at its mine in South Africa for $27.6 million (R302 million) ...

African Bank post mortem: Is there life after death? African Bank post mortem: Is there life after death?

African Bank’s poor performance has dominated the news recently. It seems the current credit cycle proved too deep for African ...

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WHITE, coloured and Indian youth have overtaken their black African counterparts in acquiring skills in the past 20 years ...

Hospitality industry is ‘nervously optimistic’ Hospitality industry is ‘nervously optimistic’

THE HOSPITALITY industry was looking ahead to a busy holiday season and was “nervously optimistic” about its growth in the ...

Higher US rates ‘likely to cause rand weakness’ Higher US rates ‘likely to cause rand weakness’

HIGHER interest rates in the US, expected from the middle of next year, could cause further rand weakness, requiring SA to ...

Cape chamber: Cut power demand Cape chamber: Cut power demand

Reducing demand for electricity is the quickest and cheapest way to relieve the crisis and rising tariffs, the Cape Chamber ...

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IT APPEARS “real traction” in the government’s stalled infrastructure programme is finally imminent and construction firms ...

Retirement savings: no need to panic Retirement savings: no need to panic

Retirement funds were this week urged to allay fears among members about retirement reform, including the changes to the law ...

ANC takes new aim at Madonsela powers ANC takes new aim at Madonsela powers

PUBLIC Protector Thuli Madonsela’s powers in relation to Parliament and the executive have come under fire from the African ...

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