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What will Finance Minister Tito Mboweni's 2020 Medium Term budget offer?

Published: Thu, 22 Oct 20

South Africa's economic recovery plan The plan is aimed at fast-tracking the recovery of the economy from the devastation caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. It outlines government's plan to revive the economy with short and long-term interventions. If the plan is executed as presented, it is expected to ...
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It's all about Software-as-a-Service (SaaS)

Published: Thu, 22 Oct 20

What is SaaS eCommerce? SaaS stands for Software-as-a-Service, is a software licensing and delivery model in which software is licensed to a user, it’s a way of delivering services which can be accessed via the internet. SaaS applications run on a provider’s servers; eCommerce platforms allow ...
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Introducing Insure Cloud, your SaaS short term insurance platform

Published: Thu, 22 Oct 20

Stepping into the market   During the pandemic COVID-19 many industries along with the insurance sector experienced a time of uncertainty followed by a sudden change and growth in technological and digital space. The heavy reliance on web-based tools and services for our day-to-day interactions; proved ...
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Ultra-High Net Worth Families Remain Committed to ESG Investment Approach in Post COVID-19 Market Environment According to Stonehage Fleming Report

Published: Tue, 20 Oct 20

83% of respondents that apply ESG principles to their investments have not altered their approach despite impact of COVID-19   Cape Town, 20 October 2020: Research from Stonehage Fleming, one of the world’s leading international family offices, has found that ultra-high net worth (UHNW) families ...
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POSITIONING SOUTH AFRICA FOR A GREEN RECOVERY

Published: Fri, 16 Oct 20

Following the devastating impact which the Covid-19 pandemic has had on South Africa and the world, governments, corporates, and citizens collaborate to focus on a green economic recovery. This is a result of the pandemic being inextricably intertwined with global environmental issues such as biodiversity loss, climate ...
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Call for actuaries to collaborate with government to rid South Africa of “wicked problems”

Published: Wed, 07 Oct 20

As the world continues to grapple with the “wicked problems” created by the Covid-19 pandemic, governments able to efficiently mobilise their diverse talent pools appear to be presenting their citizens with better outcomes than those unable to do so, according Lusani Mulaudzi, President of the Actuarial ...
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Wealthy families support the fight against COVID-19

Published: Wed, 07 Oct 20

New research from international family office Stonehage Fleming has revealed that the COVID-19 pandemic is leading to a significant shift in the key priorities of many wealthy families. This finding and others is contained in Stonehage Fleming’s report, ‘Four Pillars of Capital: a time for reflection. ...
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HOW UNCLAIMED MONIES CAN CONTRIBUTE TO ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT OBJECTIVES

Published: Mon, 05 Oct 20

By: Elio E’Silva, Head of Direct Corporate Solutions, Alexander Forbes Prescribed assets for retirement funds have been discussed extensively as a potential source of funding for state-owned entity (SOE) debt as well as the country’s developmental imperatives. This raises concerns about the possible ...
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SANDWICH PANELS: A Burning Issue - Understanding the Risk

Published: Thu, 17 Sep 20

Sandwich Panel related fires have resulted in major property damage and business interruption losses over the years. What are Sandwich Panels? Sandwich Panels or Composite Panels are structures made up of three layers: a low-density core and a thin metal or plastic skin-layer bonded to each side. Over ...
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Want to withdraw retirement funds on emigration? National Treasury and SARS say try again in 3 years' time

Published: Wed, 09 Sep 20

            by Joon Chong, Partner & Wesley Grimm, Associate at Webber Wentzel   The National Treasury published the Draft Taxation Laws Amendment Bill, 2020 (Draft Tax Bill) for public comment. One ...
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THE NETHERLANDS - CORPORATE PAYMENT SURVEY 2020

Published: Wed, 09 Sep 20

This study is the very first Coface survey on corporate payment experience in the Netherlands. Originally, this survey had been conducted between February and early-March 2020 (the first quarter of 2020, Q1 2020), with 301 participating companies located in the country. However, at the end of the survey period, COVID-19 ...
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Will Europe remain a renewable energy powerhouse after the pandemic?

Published: Wed, 09 Sep 20

Global renewable energies: continued ascension despite the COVID-19 pandemic   Paris, September 8, 2020 – The COVID-19 health crisis has had a negative impact on short-term global renewable energy development, and challenges remain in the medium- to long-term, according to a recent Coface study. ...
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Why female investors are on the rise

Published: Wed, 26 Aug 20

Research shows that certain gender-based qualities give women a natural advantage in long-term investing. Stonehage Fleming Investment Management in South Africa reported a 35% rise in female investor clients over the last four years. Client Portfolio Analyst, Marietjie Geldenhuys, agrees that women naturally possess ...
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SOUTH AFRICAN WOMEN’S INDIVIDUALISED FINANCIAL JOURNEY

Published: Mon, 24 Aug 20

Balancing work and home life has always been challenging, but our new normal has had an even greater impact on our personal lives, affecting our families, livelihoods, well-being and health. As women in South Africa, the impact has been even greater. According to the National Income Dynamics Study Coronavirus Rapid ...
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MANAGING ABSENTEEISM AND MEDICAL INCAPACITY DURING A PANDEMIC

Published: Mon, 24 Aug 20

By Anton Engelbrecht, Alexander Forbes Health Management Solutions   Employers need to formulate new strategies to manage employee productivity as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic and lockdown regulations. Scientists are still studying the effects of the coronavirus in the medium to long term, ...
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Transformation Collection During COVID-19

Published: Wed, 12 Aug 20

While COVID-19 has created havoc on society, this change can contribute to positive opportunities in the way we do business within an enterprise moving forward. Rapid Collect can assist SME's and Enterprises with their collection and payment solutions digitally. Our integrated web based systems will ...
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LESSONS FROM ROBINHOOD TRADING FRENZY

Published: Tue, 11 Aug 20

Lockdown boredom boosts risky derivatives trading   11 August 2020: Stock trading is no longer the exclusive club of the old, rich and financially astute. Whether it is down to an ever increasingly astute consumer or lockdown boredom, the amount of people taking to direct equity trading platforms is fueling ...
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Making saving a priority this Women’s Month

Published: Tue, 11 Aug 20

By Mandy Porter, Alexander Forbes senior financial adviser   Women could live to up to eight years longer than men according to research by the World Health Organization. As a result, women need to save more, for longer, to provide for a dignified retirement. Research by Stellenbosch University’s ...
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Coface reports a positive net income of €11.3m for the second quarter 2020 and continues to implement its strategic plan

Published: Tue, 04 Aug 20

Turnover for the first semester: €725m, down 0. 6% at constant FX and perimeter Client retention and new business achieve record levels, with a positive net production of €33m First effects of re-pricing are now visible (+0. 2%) Revenues from services progress by 7%, including information services ...
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Liberty Drives Hope - and places the needs of ordinary South Africans at the core

Published: Fri, 31 Jul 20

It was a desperate cry for help on Facebook. When Karen Denny, Divisional Executive for Liberty’s Digital Marketing team, first read it, her heart sank. An elderly woman had anonymously poured her heart out, searching for help after she was sexually assaulted by a relative. The woman’s family and friends ...
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