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New payment infrastructure designed to meet modern financial demands

By: Schalk Burger     9th February 2018 A new payment architecture and infrastructure is being designed to provide the transactional capabilities necessary to allow for new and faster financial services, says South Africa-based automated payments clearing house BankservAfrica CEO Chris Hamilton. BankservAfrica has renewed its... 

Solar-asset marketplace using cryptocurrency, blockchain to monetise solar energy

By: Schalk Burger     9th February 2018 SUNEX, a new South African cryptocurrency representing the value of power produced and dispatched from the bearer's solar photovoltaic (PV) panels, helps to support and accelerate the rollout and use of PV solar renewable-energy technologies, says Sun Exchange co-founder and CEO Abraham... 

New Southern Africa payment infrastructure being designed 

1st February 2018 Southern African payment clearing utility BankservAfrica and the regional banking community are working together to design a new payment architecture and infrastructure that will help to lower interbank transaction costs and allow new services to be offered, with a special focus on improving... 

New Southern Africa payment infrastructure being designed
New Southern Africa payment infrastructure being designed

Capitec is solvent – SARB 

By: News24Wire      30th January 2018 The South African Reserve Bank (SARB) said on Tuesday that Capitec is solvent, well capitalised and has adequate liquidity. Responding to a damning research report from Viceroy Group into Capitec, the SARB told Fin24 in an emailed response to questions that the bank meets all prudential... 

Capitec is solvent – SARB

Capitec shares fall sharply after research group says loan book overstated

By: African News Agency      30th January 2018 Shares in Capitec Bank tumbled as much as 20 percent on Tuesday after US researcher Viceroy said it had done extensive due diligence and compiled evidence suggesting the company must take significant impairments to its loans which would likely result in a net-liability position. The lender said... 

Capitec shares fall sharply after research group says loan book overstated

Trade expectations improve – Sacci

By: Anine Kilian     17th January 2018 Amid an improving business mood, the South African Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s (Sacci’s) latest Trade Conditions Survey for December saw the Trade Expectations Index (TEI) for the next six months retaining a level well into positive territory, at 60 index points. This is one point higher... 

KPMG appoints new chairperson

By: Anine Kilian     17th January 2018 Auditing firm KPMG South Africa has appointed University of Pretoria chancellor Professor Wiseman Nkuhlu chairperson and Ansie Ramalho independent director. Both individuals will assume their roles on March 1.   Nkuhlu has over 30 years' experience working in both the public and private sectors... 

New app-based bank to launch in South Africa late 2018

By: African News Agency      16th January 2018 A new app-driven bank is set to launch in South Africa after getting a provisional licence from monetary authorities, the institution said on Tuesday. Bank Zero, a 45 percent black-owned mutual bank founded by veteran bankers Michael Jordaan and Yatin Narsai, is set to launch in the fourth... 

New app-based bank to launch in South Africa late 2018

Ramaphosa to lead South African delegates at World Economic Forum

By: Dylan Slater     10th January 2018 Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa, who is also the recently elected president of the incumbent African National Congress, will lead a South African delegation to the forty-eighth edition of the World Economic Forum’s yearly meeting, which will be held in Davos-Klosters, in Switzerland, from... 

Ramaphosa to lead South African delegates at World Economic Forum
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Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa

Steinhoff says will have to restate 2015 financial statements

By: African News Agency      2nd January 2018 Beleaguered retailing group Steinhoff International Holdings said on Tuesday its 2015 financial statements, in addition to the 2016 accounts, could no longer be relied upon. In a statement, Steinhoff, which was engulfed by an accounting scandal last month, leading to the resignation of CEO... 

Steinhoff says will have to restate 2015 financial statements

Dutch regulators to probe Deloitte over Steinhoff debacle

By: African News Agency      22nd December 2017 The Dutch Authority for the Financial Markets (AFM) was investigating auditing firm Deloitte over the alleged accounting irregularities that led to the share price of South African multinational retailer Steinhoff collapsing, it emerged on Friday. David Maynier, an MP from opposition party,... 

Dutch regulators to probe Deloitte over Steinhoff debacle

Alternative fuel and vehicle technologies viable, necessary for SA

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     15th December 2017 Different fuel and vehicle technologies will be required for a successful and sustainable transition to a low-carbon future, and how the transport sector evolves amid growing global demand for energy will have a significant impact on efforts to address climate change, indicates energy giant Shell... 

Blockchain set to change transactions, information flow and business processes

By: Schalk Burger     8th December 2017 Trust is the underlying factor supporting financial systems – from the value of currency and financial transactions to public spending. Similarly, trust underpins almost all information transfers, and money is a medium that allows people to communicate value throughout an economy, says financial... 

Blockchain set to change transactions, information flow and business processes

Last day of share trading for Datatec as Aim-listing cancellation takes effect

By: Dylan Slater     7th December 2017 Thursday was the last day that shares of international information and communications technology company Datatec could be traded on London’s Aim, as the company’s cancellation of its listing will take effect on Friday.  

CIPC collaboration with banks to extend to BEE certification

By: Nadine James     1st December 2017 Company registration and business licensing organisation, the Companies and Intellectual Property Commission (CIPC) reports that companies will soon be able to attain black economic empowerment (BEE) certificates from South Africa’s four main banking institutions. CIPC commissioner Advocate Rory... 

Landmark projects help Esor to improve performance in tough market

By: Dylan Slater     17th November 2017 Despite challenging market conditions and a deteriorating market environment for the six months ended August 31, JSE-listed civils and construction group Esor recorded a “significant improvement” in its finances, with profit before tax of R3.1-million, compared with a loss recorded in February.... 

SA lacking global competitiveness

By: Marleny Arnoldi     17th November 2017 Local legislation, including stringent policy frameworks, continues to prove cumbersome for the South African construction sector, particularly owing to the necessity to conduct socioeconomic- and environmental-impact assessments, as well as obtain approval from the respective government... 

SA lacking global competitiveness
SOCIOECONOMIC BENEFITS Authorities would do well to accelerate the pace of affordable housing delivery, such as Reconstruction and Development Programme housing

African models boost construction development

By: Marleny Arnoldi     17th November 2017 Owing to various African countries’ having secured sovereign funding for construction projects that are being planned or in the process of implementation, these countries have the potential to promote rapid gross domestic product (GDP) growth, says consultancy firm WSP.  

African models boost construction development
VISHAAL LUTCHMAN There is a lot more awareness around projects, and legislation, and people are more vocal about the impacts of development projects on their circumstances

South African rail operator rebrands, expands offering

By: Mia Breytenbach     10th November 2017 Following the investment by the Pan-African Infrastructure Development Fund 2 (PAIDF2), managed by Pan-African fund manager Harith General Partners, in South African locomotive and rail operator Sheltam Group in June, the company has launched several initiatives to enhance its offering to the... 

South African rail operator rebrands, expands offering
NEW FACE New initiatives for Sheltam Group include the rebranding to Traxtion

Saftu, Outa call for independent judicial inquiry at Sars

By: Sane Dhlamini     8th November 2017 The South African Federation of Trade Unions (Saftu) and the Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (Outa) on Wednesday called for Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba to appoint an independent judicial inquiry into tax administration and governance at the South African Revenue Service (Sars). This follows... 

Saftu, Outa call for independent judicial inquiry at Sars
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Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba

Nonkululeko Nyembezi appointed as first black woman to chair Alexander Forbes

By: African News Agency      1st November 2017 South African financial services group Alexander Forbes on Wednesday announced the appointment of veteran business executive Nonkululeko Nyembezi as the new independent nonexecutive chairperson with effect from January 1, 2018. Nyembezi will become the first woman to chair the board in the... 

Continued volatility impacts on energy and chemicals company

27th October 2017 Continued volatility in the macroeconomic environment, particularly the stronger rand and low oil price, has adversely impacted energy and chemicals company Sasol’s financial performance, says Sasol CFO Paul Victor. 

Continued volatility  impacts on energy and  chemicals company
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RECORD PRODUCTION Sasol showed great resilience and character through delivering record production volumes at Secunda Synfuels

UCT’s business school to participate in UN programme research council

By: Mia Breytenbach     27th October 2017 The University of Cape Town’s (UCT’s) Graduate School of Business (GSB) has been named as one of nine leading universities to be part of a partnership with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) to develop a research agenda that will better leverage private investment to finance the... 

Family-owned businesses outperform peers, report shows

By: Mia Breytenbach     27th October 2017 Family-owned companies have outperformed broader equity markets in every region and sector, according to the Credit Suisse Research Institute’s (CSRI’s) ‘The CS Family 1000’ report, which reviews the investment case for family-owned companies. The financial performance of family-owned companies... 

Credit default index offers visibility of pressures faced by consumer segments

By: Schalk Burger     27th October 2017 Consumer credit multinational Experian South Africa’s local consumer default index is a highly accurate tool to assess the economic pressures on different segments of the population, says Experian South Africa MD Simon Russell. The index functions as a business and policy formulation tool, and... 

Credit default index offers  visibility of pressures faced  by consumer segments
SIMON RUSSELL The index is based on more than one-billion points of data and is one of the most detailed views available in an emerging market

Gigaba’s maiden MTBPS receives mixed reviews

By: Sane Dhlamini     26th October 2017 Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba’s maiden Medium-Term Budget Policy Statement (MTBPS) has received mixed reactions, with many organisations calling out its lack of attention to detail. Gigaba MTBPS was delayed by Economic Freedom Fighters MPs who objected to him delivering the budget on the basis... 

Gigaba’s maiden MTBPS receives mixed reviews
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Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba

Businesses must take action to drive inclusive growth in Africa

By: Robyn Wilkinson     20th October 2017 There is a need for a new social narrative that balances generating profits with building social capital to drive inclusive economic growth in Africa, says management consultant IQbusiness CEO Adam Craker.  

Businesses must take action to drive inclusive growth in Africa
ADAM CRAKER South Africa must focus on building a strong home economy if it is to be a participant in regional or continental growth

Clarifying sustainability reporting imperative for modern business

By: Robyn Wilkinson     20th October 2017 A clear and shared sustainability reporting framework is integral for enabling companies to demonstrate a positive impact on not only the economies but also the societies and environments in which they operate, says independent international organisation Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) CE Tim... 

Clarifying sustainability reporting imperative for modern business
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DRIVING GROWTH GRI is assisting SMEs in Africa to gain access to global value chains by building their capacities for corporate sustainability management and reporting

Digital disruption to drive financial inclusion in Africa

20th October 2017 Digital disruption in the financial services sector is likely to gain further momentum and lead to exciting new business models that will facilitate financial inclusion in Africa, says advisory services provider Deloitte Africa financial services industry leader Roger Verster. 

Digital disruption  to drive financial  inclusion in Africa
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DIGITAL DISRUPTION Mobile wallet solution m-Pesa is now available in ten countries and has a customer base of about 30-million active users

New security solution effective for African banks

By: Robyn Wilkinson     20th October 2017 Technology solutions providers Mint Management Technologies and Microsoft are finalising the first version of an anti-money-laundering (AML) solution to help protect African financial institutions from illegal activities without enforcing cumbersome administration processes on clients. 

New security solution  effective for African banks
PRIORITISING PROTECTION Countries are finding it increasingly difficult to participate in the global economy if they are not engaged in some form of anti-money laundering programme

IDC will invest in infrastructure that unlocks industrialisation

By: Keith Campbell     20th October 2017 The Industrial Development Corporation (IDC), South Africa’s development finance institution which exists to fund entrepreneurs and projects in the industrial sector, also seeks to use investments in infrastructure to free up industrial development opportunities. This was highlighted by IDC... 

Chamber helps Italian companies prosper in S Africa

By: Robyn Wilkinson     13th October 2017 Networking events and exhibitions are integral to fostering partnerships between Italian and South African companies, says Italian-South African Chamber of Trade and Industries secretary general Mariagrazia Biancospino. 

Pan-European bank celebrates 45 years in SA

By: Robyn Wilkinson     13th October 2017 Pan-European banking and financial services provider UniCredit will celebrate 45 years of successful service in South Africa this year, having provided support for European companies entering African markets from its Johannesburg-based representative office since 1972. 

Pan-European bank  celebrates 45 years in SA
FAR-REACHING NETWORK Headquartered in Milan, UniCredit has a unique Pan-European network that provides expertise to 25-million clients globally

WWF, AfDB partner on Africa Nationally Determined Contributions Hub

By: Mia Breytenbach     13th October 2017 Conservation organisation the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) and the African Development Bank (AfDB) have collaborated to advance the work of the Africa Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) Hub in addressing the impacts of climate change on the continent. The AfDB Climate Change and Green... 

WWF, AfDB partner on Africa Nationally  Determined Contributions Hub
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FOCUS AREA The Africa Nationally Determined Contributions Hub focuses on fostering of long-term climate action

SA weighs market opportunities as utility-scale battery storage prospects improve

By: Mia Breytenbach     13th October 2017 Following the release of an energy storage techno-economic study ‘The South Africa Energy Storage Technology and Market Assessment’, advocating that South Africa requires market preparation to take advantage of growth opportunities in the stationary and mobility value chains of energy storage,... 

SA weighs market opportunities as utility-scale  battery storage prospects improve

Hedderwick resigns as Long4Life COO

By: Anine Kilian     6th October 2017 Kevin Hedderwick has resigned as COO and executive director of JSE-listed Long4Life to pursue personal interests. Hedderwick, who was previously CEO of Famous Brands, joined Long4Life in May. 

UK unveils post-Brexit bilateral commitment to South Africa

By: Keith Campbell     6th October 2017 British International Trade Secretary (equivalent to Minister in South Africa) Dr Liam Fox announced on his recent visit to South Africa that his country’s export credit agency, UK Export Finance, has increased the funds available to South African enterprises buying British goods and to British... 

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