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Debarment and Treating Customers Fairly

Published: Wed, 26 Jul 17

The necessity for a process to ensure that those who fall foul of the fit and proper requirements are not allowed to practice was never in question. In particular, the bad apples need to be discarded. Unfortunately, the application and execution of the debarment process should possibly be regarded as one of the failures ...
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the dti and FNB sign pledge to improve access to finance for Black Industrialists

Published: Wed, 26 Jul 17

The Minister of Trade and Industry, Dr. Rob Davies together with First National Bank (FNB) Chief Executive Officer (CEO) for Public Sector Banking, Mr Kgosi Ledimo have signed a pledge that will improve access to finance for Black Industrialists (BI) to fast-track accelerated economic transformation at a ceremony ...
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News tax legislation amendments for 2017

Published: Wed, 26 Jul 17

By Natalie Napier, Partner at Hogan Lovells specialising in Tax law   Following the 2017 Budget presented before Parliament on 22 February 2017, the draft tax legislation for the specific tax proposals was released on 19 July 2017 for comment. Some of the more notable amendments are as follows ...
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Political uncertainty leads to drop in M&A deals in Africa this quarter

Published: Wed, 26 Jul 17

Baker McKenzie’s latest quarterly Cross-border M&A Index shows that there were 17 inbound M&A deals in Africa in the second quarter (Q2) of 2017. The 17 inbound deals reflect a 48% drop from 33 deals in Q2 2016. On a quarter-by-quarter basis, inbound deal volume also dropped - by 45% - from 31 deals ...
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Gulf Cooperation Council Banks Urged to Fine-tune Liquidity Management

Published: Wed, 26 Jul 17

By Coface, the international trade credit insurance company Weak energy prices and lower government spending across the GCC region put pressure on lending opportunities Despite current business conditions, GCC to register solid loan growth of 4. 9% in 2017 Banks more selective in granting ...
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Why I love FAIS

Published: Fri, 21 Jul 17

By Tamara Jacobsen: Director- Applied Learning Academy The provisions of the Financial Advisory and Intermediary Services Act, 2002 (FAIS) have been in place for more than a decade now. Financial advisors, planners, consultants and agents who deal with insurance, medical schemes and/or investment products must ...
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New Banking and Finance head at Bowmans

Published: Fri, 21 Jul 17

Project finance and infrastructure legal expert Shamilah Grimwood is the new Head of Banking and Finance at pan-African law firm Bowmans. Announcing her appointment, Bowmans Chairman and Senior Partner Rob Legh said Grimwood’s extensive experience in South African and other legal markets stands her in good stead ...
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ABSIP hosts stockbroking summit to advance transformation

Published: Fri, 21 Jul 17

JOHANNESBURG: Stockbroking, that veritable link between individuals and the stock market, has for years been one of the untransformed sectors in the country. However, through a summit themed” Breaking down barriers to Transformation in the Stockbroking Industry”, the Association of Black Securities and ...
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CPD Revisited

Published: Fri, 21 Jul 17

A reader recently wrote: I provide training on behalf of a registered medical scheme to accredited brokers on medical scheme benefit options, underwriting and processes. I recently attended a broker training session at the Council for Medical Schemes (CMS) and was awarded 4 CPD (Continuous Professional Development) ...
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Investment Summit to give an inside view from fund management houses

Published: Fri, 21 Jul 17

Allan Gray is bringing a group of international and local investment houses together to debate investment insights in a new one-day event, aimed at helping investors to protect and grow their wealth. The world is a scary place for investors. Global stock markets are at all-time highs, political leadership is in question ...
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Sanlam Private Equity acquires majority stake in JAB Dried Fruit Products

Published: Fri, 21 Jul 17

Cape Town: Sanlam Private Equity (SPE) has acquired a 60% interest in the dried fruits and nuts processing business, JAB Dried Fruit Products (Pty) Ltd. JAB Dried Fruit Products was founded by the Barnard family in 1979 in Nelspruit, Mpumalanga and has since grown into a significant processor and marketer of dried ...
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Comments due soon on South African International Arbitration Bill

Published: Thu, 20 Jul 17

Comments and submissions by interested parties on South Africa's International Arbitration Bill, approved by the South African government in March 2017, are due by 28 July 2017. The notice calling for comments, and information on how to submit comments, is available here. The Bill has already progressed through ...
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SACU welcomes UK commitment to continued trade

Published: Thu, 20 Jul 17

The Southern African Customs Union (SACU) Trade Ministers have welcomed a commitment by the United Kingdom to avoid disruptions as it withdraws from the European Union (EU). “SACU Ministers have welcomed the UK’s intention to avoid disruption for its trading partners as it withdraws from the EU. “The ...
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Public comment sought on draft tax laws

Published: Thu, 20 Jul 17

Treasury and the South African Revenue Service (SARS) have published the 2017 Draft Taxation Laws Amendment Bill (TLAB) and the 2017 Draft Tax Administration Laws Amendment Bill (TALAB) for public comment. “Together with the 2017 Draft Rates and Monetary Amounts and Amendment of Revenues Laws Bill (Rates Bill) ...
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Government actions speak louder than action plans

Published: Wed, 19 Jul 17

By Cas Coovadia is Managing Director of the Banking Association South Africa The Banking Association South Africa notes the “Inclusive Growth Action Plan” announced last week by Minister Gigaba. However, the solutions to slow growth, rising debt, SOE underperformance and low confidence lie in policy ...
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Coface Announces Results of Asia Corporate Payment Survey

Published: Wed, 19 Jul 17

Coface’s latest annual payment report surveyed 2,795 corporates in the Asia Pacific region focusing on eight markets: Australia, China, Hong Kong, India, Japan, Singapore, Taiwan and Thailand. The survey also traced the evolution of corporate payments in 11([1]) industry sectors. “2017 is set ...
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FPI Financial Planner of the Year

Published: Wed, 19 Jul 17

We would like to add our congratulations to the following top eight entrants who have successfully advanced to the second round of this year’s FPI Financial Planner of the Year Award. Craig Torr, CFP® - Crue Invest (Pty) Ltd in Pinelands Dirk Groeneveld, CFP® - Client Care in Port Elizabeth Francois ...
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Twin Peaks making grim progress

Published: Wed, 19 Jul 17

In the early days of “The Pill” the UCT rag magazine, Sax Appeal, reported on a new book by the Pope titled: “The pill’s grim progress. ” No doubt, the same scepticism accompanies the Twin Peaks legislation in some quarters. On 13 July, the Minister of Finance released a blueprint of ...
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Eight contenders chosen for second round of the FPI Financial Planner of the Year Award

Published: Tue, 18 Jul 17

The Financial Planning Institute of Southern Africa (FPI), would like to congratulate our top eight entrants who have successfully advanced to the second round of this year’s FPI Financial Planner of the Year Award. To proceed to round two, entrants had to submit a portfolio of evidence which contained a detailed, ...
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The Big Drive 4 Financial Freedom

Published: Tue, 18 Jul 17

The Financial Planning Institute (FPI), and in support of IOSCO’s World Investor Week taking place from 2-8 October 2017, will embark on a roadshow, between Johannesburg and Cape Town from 27 September - 18 October 2017. Assisted by our network of CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER® professionals, we will actively ...
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