Business News

  • Friday, August 16, 2019 – 11:13 Author:  The newly launched Pace Commerce and Entrepreneurship School of Specialisation in Jabulani, Soweto, is set to address skills shortages and create a skilled labour force. “These schools will also assist in addressing skills shortages in Gauteng by creating skilled labour for the economy that will respond to the Transformation, Modernisation and Re-Industrialisation strategy …read more…

  • Friday, August 16, 2019 – 09:36 Author:  A gift is something that we willingly give to another, without the expectation of payment. Society and religions have created or set aside special days where gift-giving is expected and, of course, enjoyed by all. Cindy Glass, Owner and Co-Founder of Step Up Education Centres says, “These gifts often involve the buying of …read more…

  • Friday, August 16, 2019 – 09:10 Author:  For many, wellbeing in the workplace means physical health: ergonomic furniture, a fitness centre and healthy choices in the cafeteria. But while these things are vitally vitally important, they don’t make up the full story. Isla Galloway-Gaul, Managing Director of Inspiration Office, an Africa-wide office space and furniture consultancy said that many organisations …read more…

  • Thursday, August 15, 2019 – 14:35 Author:  This is because today’s modern mothers are “feeling overwhelmed and unsupported during the transition from motherhood to working mother.” As the founder of KD Strategies, Kalnisha Singh understands the challenge of balancing a professional career with being a hands-on mom. Her opinion differs from the negative statistics though; she believes that motherhood can …read more…

  • Thursday, August 15, 2019 – 14:10 Author:  Even with increased use of technological communication methods, such as emails, phone calls, and video conferencing, workplace meetings are still one of the best places to get live feedback, exchange information, collaborate, plan projects and make decisions that will impact the organisation’s bottom line. “Over the past decade, meetings have gotten a bad …read more…

  • Thursday, August 15, 2019 – 09:43 Author:  January 2019, the then Minister of Higher Education, Minister Naledi Pandor indicated that the Department of Higher Education and Training will support President Cyril Ramaphosa’s bold plan to create 257 000 job per annum by promoting entrepreneurship in the post-school sector. Events such as the annual Poster and Pitch Competition is a catalyst for …read more…

  • Do you work in skills development and training? Click here to register for a free account Wednesday, August 14, 2019 – 15:53 Author:  Due to the fact that our economy is contracting (as, inter alia, indicative by the most recent unemployment numbers) we at Maccauvlei Learning Academy came to the realisation that most businesses are feeling the ‘pinch’ in this …read more…

  • Wednesday, August 14, 2019 – 15:17 Author:  Author of The Slight Edge, Jeff Olson writes about success as follows: “We celebrate that dramatic discovery, the big breakthrough that catapults the hero into a new place. In other words, we buy lottery tickets. The truth of breakthroughs and lucky breaks is that, yes, they do happen – but they don’t happen …read more…

  • Do you work in skills development and training? Click here to register for a free account Wednesday, August 14, 2019 – 14:37 Author:  The Full-time MBA programme of the University of Stellenbosch Business School (USB) has been ranked as the top programme in Africa in its category by Eduniversal, an international education rating agency with its head office in Paris, …read more…

  • Wednesday, August 14, 2019 – 14:08 Author:  If you want to be a great writer there are certain language rules you need to follow. Learn from the experts and refine your writing skills. Poor writing can lead to misunderstandings and miscommunication. This could be detrimental to your business relationships. Business communications specialist Isabella Strong shares 4 keys to writing clear …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…