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Mandatory transparency in political party funding could jeopardise South Africa’s democracy

Mandatory transparency in political party funding could jeopardise South Africa’s democracy

That political parties should be transparent about their private funders would be a great win for democracy in South Africa. However, the law of unintended consequences must always be borne in mind. Parliament’s failure so far to adhere to our constitutional principle of the Rule of Law could well jeopardise future funding for opposition parties. […]

Debt Consolidation Loan vs Consolidating Debt via Debt Review

Debt Consolidation Loan vs Consolidating Debt via Debt Review

“Many consumers don’t necessarily know the difference between a consolidation loan and consolidating debt through debt review,” says Matthys Potgieter, spokesperson and debt expert at DebtSafe. When individuals hear ‘consolidating debt’ many automatically assume it refers to a ‘debt consolidation loan’ and that is why DebtSafe wants to set the record straight. Potgieter sheds light […]

Is wealth inequality a problem?

Is wealth inequality a problem?

Why is wealth inequality such a pressing moral problem? As in many other pieces by others, Professor Ben Turok (Daily Maverick, 26 July 2017) offered no explanation – it is merely accepted as fact. If wealth was gained because of force or fraud used against others, then the burden of proof rests on Professor Turok […]

Cartoon - Mogadishu

Cartoon – Mogadishu

My cake or yours? Exploring the mediation process

My cake or yours? Exploring the mediation process

Mediation is a structured, but flexible process. While each mediator has his/her own style, there is a certain structure that can be identified, and it is useful for parties to mediation and their legal representatives, to be aware of this structure beforehand so that they know what to expect.  The mediation process also varies depending […]

Why the cashless craze gets the thumbs-up

Why the cashless craze gets the thumbs-up

October 2017: The 2017 festival season has kicked-off, avoid the endless hassles associated with carrying cash and waiting in queues, leave wallets at home and simply go cashless – it’s safe! Shai Evians, CEO of Howler, an event-technology platform that consolidates event planning, management and financial control says cashless “is the way to go” and […]

Five rental property buying mistakes to avoid

Five rental property buying mistakes to avoid

16 October 2017: Once you have done research and made up your mind about going for high rental yields instead of high capital growth properties, the next step is to master the process of picking the right investment property. Praven Subbramoney, CEO of Private Bank Lending at FNB, says many inexperienced investors often get it […]

A hat trick for Datsun Go in Kinsey Report

A hat trick for Datsun Go in Kinsey Report

The annual Kinsey Report has – for the third time in a row – named Datsun Go as South Africa’s most affordable car. Brian Joss – The Kinsey Report, which is regarded as the most comprehensive survey on everyday motoring, covers vehicles available locally. The report surveyed parts pricing of 69 vehicles across nine segments […]

Final chapter a big gamble for Leeke and  Köhne at Carnival City Rally

Final chapter a big gamble for Leeke and Köhne at Carnival City Rally

The final chapter of the 2017 South African National Rally Championship is about to be written, and if there’s a happy ending for 21-year-old Richard Leeke Jnr, he will emerge as the youngest rally champion in the history of the local sport. Brian Joss – He has already written his name into the record books […]

812 Superfast Ferrari makes its debut at 70th anniversary celebrations

812 Superfast Ferrari makes its debut at 70th anniversary celebrations

The 70th Anniversary for the world’s most famous Prancing Horse was marked by the launch of the superfast 812 at the official Ferrari dealer-Scuderia South Africa, in Johannesburg, at the weekend. Brian Joss – During 2017, over 60 countries all across the globe will host events that will allow the marque’s customers to enjoy unique […]

The new skills that SMEs need to remain competitive

The new skills that SMEs need to remain competitive

16 October 2017: Small and medium enterprises (SMEs) need to look beyond their own balance sheets if they are to survive in an increasingly difficult market. This according to Shannon Smith, Partner at Mazars Durban, who explains that SMEs must access and analyse increasingly complex information about their businesses in order to remain competitive in […]

Cartoon - They need to come clean!!

Cartoon – They need to come clean!!

Cartoon: Two Guys - and confusing choices

Cartoon: Two Guys – and confusing choices

You'll feel right at home in the new Mazda2 Individual Plus

You’ll feel right at home in the new Mazda2 Individual Plus

It is hard to believe that Mazda and Ford have been divorced for three years. Since the split, Mazda’s product offering has grown in stature and quality.  Brian Joss – The current line-up consists of the Mazda2, Mazda3, CX-3, CX-5, MX-5 and the Mazda BT-50 (all reviewed), except the MX-5, which will be delivered to my […]

DoubleLocker: innovative Android malware with a cunning infection vector

DoubleLocker: innovative Android malware with a cunning infection vector

ESET researchers have spotted the first-ever ransomware misusing Android accessibility services. On top of encrypting data, the ransomware also locks the device. Detected by ESET products as Android/DoubleLocker, it is based on the foundations of a particular banking Trojan, renowned for misusing accessibility services of the Android operating system. However, DoubleLocker lacks the functions related […]

The Conundrum of Insurance Protection affordability

The Conundrum of Insurance Protection affordability

The opinion piece; “How my Financial Adviser changed my life” – southcapenet | Oct 11, 2017 refers. These types of stories have proliferated over the last few years and are indeed very scary as everyone today knows someone who has cancer, or has died of this terrible disease. The point of the piece also is […]

Cartoon - The Treasury Matrix

Cartoon – The Treasury Matrix

Taking the NHI debate to new levels

Taking the NHI debate to new levels

The concept of Universal Health Coverage (UHC) is a noble initiative and receives widespread support in South Africa. The World Health Organization (WHO) defines UHC as “Ensuring that all people have access to needed promotive, preventive, curative and rehabilitative health services, of sufficient quality to be effective, while also ensuring that people do not suffer […]

DHL Express highlights importance of managing customer experiences to stay ahead of competition

DHL Express highlights importance of managing customer experiences to stay ahead of competition

October 11, 2017: According to the latest report[2] by McKinsey & Company on customer experience, “Superior customer experience is increasingly being recognized as a competitive advantage for businesses, and it is becoming ever more important that a company differentiates itself by providing seamless customer experiences.” Fatima Sullivan, Vice President of Customer Service for DHL Express […]

Cartoon - T20 League Wash Out

Cartoon – T20 League Wash Out

How my Financial Adviser changed my life

How my Financial Adviser changed my life

When Lisa Ashton was diagnosed with Stage 2 Breast Cancer, she was only 35 years old. At the time, she was raising a young family, in a new home with her husband two children and a foster child. The emotional trauma of a cancer diagnosis in a family is distressing enough without having to deal […]

Avoid common pitfalls when buying or selling property

Avoid common pitfalls when buying or selling property

“Caveat emptor” (let the buyer beware) is a well-known phrase from contract law that often applies in property transactions. Buyers find themselves in a position where they know less about a property than the seller and the onus has been on them to inform themselves of the true state of the property they are about […]

What to expect when gaining or losing REIT status

What to expect when gaining or losing REIT status

By Mike Teuchert, National Head of Taxation at Mazars – 10 October 2017: The introduction of the Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT) legislation, which came into effect on 1 April 2013, has given rise to a substantial REIT industry. To date, there are just under 30 REITs listed on the JSE, with an overall market capitalisation […]