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FNB Connect wins another prestigious international award

FNB Connect wins another prestigious international award

13 December 2017: FNB Connect has been awarded for Innovation in Product Design at the prestigious 20th Financial Innovation Awards held in London recently. The Awards recognised FNB Connect for introducing the FNB ConeXis smartphones which have enabled access to digital banking. The accolades are bestowed to celebrate innovation, customer experience and most importantly, any […]

Security initiatives boost property prices

Security initiatives boost property prices

Living in South Africa, security is always a key concern for potential property buyers and tenants, says Robert Bell, Managing Director of Frankie Bells Real Estate. And yes, security does affect property prices. “The reason why buyers are so specific about buying in the sought-after areas is due to those communities taking a pro-active role […]

How government failed to privatise Eskom

How government failed to privatise Eskom

Government is preventing the private sector from being a solution to South Africa’s rising poverty and declining economy, despite the protestations of policy-makers and bureaucrats. This is very much the case when it comes to electricity generation and distribution. Currently, electricity is monopolised by the state-owned enterprise Eskom, which came under fire for the series […]

Book Review: South African Fishing Flies

Book Review: South African Fishing Flies

An anthology of milestone patterns Peter Brigg and Ed Herbst Struik Penguin Random House Review: Brian Joss Many years ago on a press junket for the launch of a new car we were taken to Dullstroom, Eastern Transvaal, now Mpumalanga, and on the programme was an introduction to fly-fishing. It was an interesting few hours […]

Should I involve my attorney in the mediation process?

Should I involve my attorney in the mediation process?

The decision to mediate, and when, can be a matter of strategic and fundamental importance in resolving a dispute and should be given full consideration in each situation. Even where mediation is prescribed, by court or contract, for example, a considerable amount of preparation, planning and strategy is required. This is where a legal representative […]

Festive season financial depression is real

Festive season financial depression is real

The festive season can be a taxing time for many people financially and with it comes an increased risk of depression. Dessy Tzoneva, a spokesperson for the South African Depression and Anxiety Group (SADAG), says although there are no specific local statistics situational stressors, such as financial challenges, are a large contributor to mental stress. […]

Book Review: 65 Years of Friendship A memoir of my friendship with Nelson Mandela

Book Review: 65 Years of Friendship A memoir of my friendship with Nelson Mandela

George Bizos PenguinRandomHouse Umuzi Review: Brian Joss The Ford Motor Company produced the F1, its first full sized bakkie while Porsche introduced the world to its production vehicle, the 365;  the Indian pacifist, Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi was assassinated in 1948; in 1960, police opened fire on a peaceful crowd, killing 69 people and wounding 186, […]

Book Review: Rule of Law

Book Review: Rule of Law

A memoir Glynnis Breytenbach with Nechama Brodie Macmillan Review: Brian Joss Cyril Ramaphosa, Deputy President and president-in-waiting has been ordered by the Pretoria High Court to appoint a new director of the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) in the place of Advocate Shaun Abrahams within 60 days. Although President Jacob Zuma and Abrahams have indicated their […]

Book Review: The Cull

Book Review: The Cull

Tony Park Macmillan Review: Brian Joss When Park first started writing his Africa thrillers many people dubbed him Australia’s Wilbur Smith but I’ve always known that he would be better than the celebrated writer who gave us the best-selling When The Lion Feeds, which was banned by the National Party. Park proves his class with […]

Book Review: Bare Ground

Book Review: Bare Ground

Peter Harris Picador Africa Review: Brian Joss Peter Harris is a lawyer and has written two non-fiction books: Birth, about the events leading up to South Africa’s first democratic election, and A Different Time, the story of the Delmas Four, the ANC activists who embarked on a mission that would take them to Death Row. […]

Book Review: Origin

Book Review: Origin

Dan Brown Bantam Review: Brian Joss Professor Robert Langdon, the world famous symbologist is back, this time in a race to reveal an “earth-shattering” secret before the zealots and  fundamentalists can stop it. The secret will answer the age old questions; Where are we going? Where did we come from? Computer genius, atheist and billionaire […]

Cartoon - Searching for Shaun

Cartoon – Searching for Shaun

Motorists expected to ramp up traffic fine payments ahead of festive season

Motorists expected to ramp up traffic fine payments ahead of festive season

11 December 2017 – Motorists are expected to ramp up the payment of their outstanding traffic fines before travelling to various parts of the country over the festive season. According to FNB Connect, the volume of payments through FNB’s Traffic Fine Payment Solution via FNB’s digital platforms has regularly shown a significant rise around the […]

How to ‘Jingle’ Your Christmas Day Budget

How to ‘Jingle’ Your Christmas Day Budget

Decorations are up, festive season ‘specials’ are mostly everywhere and Josh Groban is doing the shopping centre carol rounds. Face it: you either dread it or you love it, but one thing is for sure – you cannot shy away from the fact that Christmas Day is almost here. The big, financial question you have […]

Don’t be a phishing victim this holiday season

Don’t be a phishing victim this holiday season

Phishing, when criminals use a form of electronic communication to try and extract sensitive information like usernames, passwords and credit card details, is fast becoming one of the leading contributors of fraud. “And these fraudsters will be on the hunt this holiday season as people receive bonuses and do more online buying,” says Hendus Venter, […]

Communication eats culture for breakfast

Communication eats culture for breakfast

Tom Peters coined the term ‘culture eats strategy for breakfast’, suggesting that brilliant execution is more important than a brilliant strategy. In the same way, I believe that good culture has, at its core, healthy communication. Communication needs to be looked at in two parts: Transactional and Transformational. Transactional communication Transactional communication is the day-to-day […]

What to expect in the housing market in 2018

What to expect in the housing market in 2018

With much still riding on the outcome of the ANC elective conference later this month (16-20 December 2017) which, coupled with the Budget Speech in February next year (2018), will impact on business and consumer confidence and market sentiment in general, it is expected that South Africa’s residential property market will continue to maintain its […]

Safeguard your business from the seasonal slumps

Safeguard your business from the seasonal slumps

By Frank Knight, CEO of Debtsource – It’s been seen that time and time again the start of a new year can be a testing time for many South African businesses.  January is almost always the leanest month for most companies as they cope with poor cash flow and increased outstanding debtors. Those reliant on timely […]

Jaguar testing its new electric i-Pace ahead of it global launch

Jaguar testing its new electric i-Pace ahead of it global launch

One year on from showing the I-PACE Concept at the LA Auto Show, Jaguar is back in Los Angeles with a production prototype for final range and durability tests ahead of its official global reveal in 2018. Brian Joss – Potential customers have pressed the ‘I want one’ button on www.jaguar.co.za to place a deposit […]

Honda moves up a gear in robotic concepts

Honda moves up a gear in robotic concepts

Honda will unveil its new 3E (Empower, Experience, Empathy) Robotics Concept at CES 2018, demonstrating a range of experimental technologies engineered to advance mobility and make people’s lives better. Brian Joss – Expressing a variety of functions and designs, the advanced robotic concepts demonstrate Honda’s vision of a society where robotics and AI can assist […]

Don't let your guard down on holiday

Don’t let your guard down on holiday

So you’ve tested your alarm, briefed the house sitter, alerted your security provider that you are going away, cancelled the newspaper subscription and dropped the dogs off at the kennel. For many of us the stress is now over and all that is left is the welcome prospect of a warm sunny beach.  While you […]

Cartoon - Reading and Counting

Cartoon – Reading and Counting

BOKAMOSO | Six things we must do to get SA’s children reading

BOKAMOSO | Six things we must do to get SA’s children reading

This week we learned that 78% of our Grade 4 children are functionally illiterate. This means 4 out of 5 children aged 9-10 cannot comprehend what they read. The implication for South Africa’s future is chilling. We will never achieve the broad justice, equality and prosperity we seek while the vast majority of our primary […]