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Competition Commission is looking for precedent setting excessive pricing case

Published: Tue, 25 Apr 17

By Nick Altini, Partner in the Competition Practice at Baker McKenzie in Johannesburg   The South African Competition Commission recently referred a supplier of the main ingredient in bricks used in the construction of affordable housing to the Competition Tribunal for charging excessive prices. The Commission ...
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African innovation drives global insurance industry first for diabetes

Published: Tue, 25 Apr 17

Johannesburg: South Africa-based insurtech leader AllLife Group today announced a landmark agreement with Royal London, the UK’s largest mutual life, pensions and investment company. Leveraging AllLife’s pioneering technology platform, Royal London will transform life insurance for many of the 4. 5 million ...
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Building on success: The 2017 FIA Awards survey is underway

Published: Tue, 25 Apr 17

The 2016-17 Global Competitiveness Report ranks South Africa 11th out of 138 countries for our financial market development. In a report card that even the toughest parent would be proud of we scooped first place for financing through our local equity markets; second place for financial services’ ability to ...
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Make “protectionism” work for you

Published: Tue, 25 Apr 17

By the Ashburton Investments Portfolio Management Services Team How do you invest in global financial markets when they react daily to the whims of a man with one hand on his twitter feed and the other on a nuclear arsenal? At the moment, you cannot pick up a newspaper, open a website or turn on the television ...
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SA keen to ensure certainty, continuity with UK

Published: Mon, 24 Apr 17

Pretoria: Government’s priority is to ensure that there is certainty and continuity in the trade and investment relationship between South Africa and the United Kingdom as a result of Brexit, says Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies. Speaking at the British Chamber of Business dialogue on the UK-South Africa ...
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SA Law Society elects new Co-Chairpersons

Published: Mon, 24 Apr 17

Caption: David Bekker (left) and Walid Brown, Co-Chairpersons, Law ...
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Associated Compliance Protection of Personal Information Act Series: Part 7

Published: Fri, 21 Apr 17

Protection of Personal Information Act (POPIA) – Security Safeguards   Over the last seven months the POPIA articles have dealt with responsibility, processing, purpose, further processing, information quality and transparency or openness. Now that you have established the reason and purpose ...
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Government welcomes FDI report

Published: Fri, 21 Apr 17

Pretoria: Government has welcomed A. T. Kearney’s 2017 Foreign Direct Investment Confidence report, which indicates that South Africa is the 25th most attractive destination for foreign direct investment (FDI), the first from the African continent. In a statement on Thursday, the Government Communication and ...
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France’s Presidential Election: The Closer We Get, the Less We See

Published: Fri, 21 Apr 17

By Coface, the international trade credit insurance company On May 7th 2017, French voters will elect a new President to succeed Francois Hollande. Less than two weeks before the first round, according to the latest polls, there is still uncertainty. For the first round of the elections, the main ...
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Message from the Junkyard

Published: Fri, 21 Apr 17

By Richard Rattue, Managing Director, Compli-Serve   As we are all aware South Africa was recently downgraded to ‘junk’ status by two of the three major ratings agencies amid allegations of poor macro governance and related matters that are beyond this article. As a compliance professional ...
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Proposed Central Reporting Requirements for Over-the-Counter Derivatives

Published: Fri, 21 Apr 17

Trade Reporting Obligations Board Notice in terms of section 58 of the Financial Markets Act (Act 19 of 2012) The Registrar of Securities Services hereby publishes the draft Trade Reporting Obligation Board Notice for a second round of public consultation. This notice has been drafted in terms of section ...
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Investors Eye Turkish Referendum Outcome Amid Uncertainties

Published: Wed, 19 Apr 17

By Coface, the international trade credit insurance company   Chart: Turkey’s Contribution of GDP Components (% points)   Turkey’s referendum ‘Yes’ vote over the weekend now paves the way for 18 amendments to the constitution that have long been sought by the ruling ...
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R&D spending in SA shows signs of recovery

Published: Tue, 18 Apr 17

Pretoria: Science and Technology Minister Naledi Pandor says government aims to double the investment in Research and Development (R&D) from the 2014/15 figure of 0. 77% to 1. 5% of GDP by 2020. “This means doubling the 2014/15 investment of R29 billion to roughly R60 billion a year by 2020,” the Minister ...
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Adding energy to your investments

Published: Tue, 18 Apr 17

By Richard Robinson, Investment Manager at Ashburton Investments The cyclical sectors which include consumer cyclicals, basic materials, financial services and energy have a considerable correlation with different phases of the business cycle. The defensive sectors such as consumer staples, communication services, ...
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Solid results for PSG Konsult

Published: Thu, 13 Apr 17

Independent financial services provider PSG Konsult has delivered a solid 16% growth in recurring headline earnings per share and 25% return on equity. “The current business environment is challenging with a poor equity, fixed income and currency capital markets backdrop. Shareholder, insurance float ...
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Private equity a bright light in Africa’s economic future

Published: Thu, 13 Apr 17

New research shows private equity activity in Africa will inject billions of US dollars of sustainable investment over the next five years. Private equity deals in Africa are growing from a low base equivalent to 0. A growth engine: Trends and outcomes of private equity in Africa, commissioned by global law firm Baker ...
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Sanalm Investments Market Update: March 2017

Published: Wed, 12 Apr 17

                  Carl Roothman, chief executive of retail business Sanlam Investments           Cape Town: South African economic data released during March were mixed. Statistics SA reported ...
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Iza Wealth (Pty) fined R50 000 for Collective Investment Schemes Act Contravention

Published: Wed, 12 Apr 17

The Registrar of Collective Investment Schemes (the Registrar) referred a case against Iza Wealth (Pty) Limited (the Respondent) to the Enforcement Committee of the Financial Services Board. The referral related to a contravention of section 65 of the Collective Investment Schemes Act, 45 of 2002. The Registrar ...
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Bowmans advises on high-profile competition matters recognised at the Global Competition Review Awards

Published: Wed, 12 Apr 17

Pan-African law firm Bowmans advised or was associated with three matters that were recognised as winners at the 7th Annual Global Competition Review (GCR) Awards held in Washington on Wednesday, 28 March 2017. The GCR Awards recognise the best competition and antitrust matters of the year based on votes by members ...
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One time when ‘too good to be true’ is true

Published: Tue, 11 Apr 17

There is an estimated R20bn due to as many as 3. 5 million South Africans in pay-outs from financial services policies, which have not been claimed. The unclaimed benefits space is getting a long overdue disruption. Deidre Wolmarans, Head: Life Events Solutions at Metropolitan, says that most of the money is residuals ...
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