Business News

  • Tuesday, October 15, 2019 – 10:49 Author:  Boston shines at CompTIA SA awards 2019 event which is aimed at recognising partner contributions to skills development. “CompTIA is the leading trade association for the global technology industry. We hold our partners to very high academic and mentoring standards”, so says Loraine Vorster, VP Business Development, Southern Africa/ANZ “The CompTIA South Africa …read more…

  • Tuesday, October 15, 2019 – 09:57 Author:  Data management plans (DMPs) are evolving as the technology that enables organisations to better analyse their data become more powerful and innovative. But what impact does this have on operations and the efficiency of managing the complexities of data in a changing regulatory environment? DataOps, an automated methodology to improve the quality and …read more…

  • Heading:  Monday, October 14, 2019 – 11:52    As a result of South Africa’s highly restrictive labour legislation employers threaten to close down their businesses. But it is not necessary for employers to take such drastic steps merely because the labour law interferes with their right to make business decisions. This is because every employer has the ability and opportunity …read more…

  • Monday, October 14, 2019 – 11:41 Author:  Intellectual intelligence (IQ) and technical ability are vital qualities to possess in the workplace. In fact, they can be seen as the entry-level requirements for any career. However, they aren’t the only key to succeeding in your chosen career. There’s a soft skill members of the workforce tend to overlook or ignore completely: …read more…

  • Monday, October 14, 2019 – 11:16 Author:  “It’s a myth that there is not a sufficient pool of women available to serve on South African boards,” said Prof Anita Bosch, Research Chair: Women at Work at the University of Stellenbosch Business School (USB). “As of July this year, South Africa has over 17 000 female SAICA (South African Institute for …read more…

  • Monday, October 14, 2019 – 09:40 Author:  We are all faced with various degrees of fears at some point in our lives and for others it may be an everyday battle. People experience different types of fears. They might be afraid of experiencing embarrassment, rejection, criticism or loss. And if you live in South Africa, chances are that you also …read more…

  • Monday, October 14, 2019 – 09:25 Author:  What do you do when problems arise in the workplace? HR specialist Lizanne de Jong talks about the best ways to ‘fix’ lingering problems. When we have a problem our typical reaction is to try and solve it immediately says de Jong. However, she explains that problem analysis is a necessary step in …read more…

  • Friday, October 11, 2019 – 13:17 Author:  South Africa has seen a surge of fraud related crimes happening within white-collar business sectors of the country. Fraud constitutes a serious economic crime and should not be treated as a normal theft issue. Company leaders must become more vigilant than ever to ensure that their company does not fall victim to the …read more…

  • Friday, October 11, 2019 – 10:18 Author:  For centuries product innovation has been important to business growth and expansion, although many businesses also thrived through low-cost or customer service based differentiation, often with little real innovation. With the introduction of the 4th Industrial Revolution, this is no longer the case. According to Talksure’s Head of Product, Sean Stringer, “This new …read more…

  • Do you work in skills development and training? Click here to register for a free account Friday, October 11, 2019 – 09:20 Author:  Whether you are a parent in the process of selecting a school for your child or your child is far from starting school, this is still something as a parent / you need to think about and …read more…

Finance News

  • Economic and business statistics in South Africa show that 34% of South African small and medium businesses are led by women. Research also shows that women continue to face barriers such as a lack of capital in order to succeed in business. In order to deal with this, a number of funding programmes have been …Read more…

  • POLOKWANE – Minister of Energy, Jeff Radebe announced the adjustment of fuel prices for May 2018  based on current local and international factors with effect from 2 May 2018. South Africa’s fuel prices are adjusted on a monthly basis, informed by international and local factors. Read more: Petrol likely to increase by 41c in May, …Read more…

  • At the time of writing (late February) it feels very much like 2010 could be the “year of investing dangerously”.Notwithstanding the hype around the Soccer World Cup, there are jitters around the market driven by local political issues (the pesky mine nationalisation issue and Eskom’s dangerous price hike mandate) as well as global concerns around …Read more…

  • Ideally, this ranking measures the wealth-creating ability of companies listed on the JSE for at least five years.In most cases it does: the internal rate of return (IRR) shows the total return on investment, measured by share price appreciation plus dividends (including special dividends) discounted back over five years – in this case, to year-end …Read more…

  • The return on Equity/Cost of Equity (RoE/Ke) table was introduced to the Top 200 survey in 2009 – in a bid to dig deeper into the value creation efforts by companies listed on the JSE.The initial feedback from readers was mixed.While appreciating the extra effort from the McGregor-BFA brains trust, a number of readers felt …Read more…

  • When it comes to investing, market watchers can probably say with some certainty that size doesn’t matter.Certainly, a big company (say, with a market capitalisation of R60bn) really has no better chance of satisfying an investor than a company that has a market capitalisation of R60m.So what’s the point of analysing the market capitalisation rankings?Admittedly, …Read more…

  • Well, if this is the “new normal” – the phrase coined to describe how investors should adjust to lower returns in the post-global financial crunch world – it’s not looking too bad looking at the performance of unit trust funds.It’s not all good, but certainly not bad, with most categories of unit trust funds giving …Read more…

  • Ebitda is arguably still the worst acronym in the ever-morphing lexicon of financial jargon.As one observer remarked: “It sounds like the sound frogs make at night.”Ebitda – or earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation – has increasingly become the key line in company income statements.With a host of factors – thanks to new accounting …Read more…

  • Figures in tables provided by McGregor BFA were calculated according to the principles and definitions below.Published consolidated audited financial statements received and analysed before end-January 2010 were used.For certain companies with financial year-ends towards the end of the calendar year statistics may thus refer to financial years that ended in 2008.Provisional or unaudited figures and …Read more…

  • There’s something distinctly “unsexy” – and quite surprising – about the top rankings in our latest McGregor-BFA weighted composite financial index.The top three sectoral rankings – non-life insurance, life assurance and general industrials – wouldn’t exactly be described as the JSE’s hot-to-trot sectors.But those so-called “sexy” sectors – pharmaceutical/healthcare, technology and the retailers – are …Read more…