Business News

  • Do you work in skills development and training? Click here to register for a free account Tuesday, May 21, 2019 – 14:48 Author:  In February 2019, Minister Naledi Pandor of the Department of Higher Education and Training, promulgated the National Skills Development Plan to improve the skills development in terms of Section 9(4) of the Skills Development Act. The NSDP …read more…

  • Heading:  Tuesday, May 21, 2019 – 13:23  Even where it has been proved beyond any doubt at arbitration that an employee has committed an extremely serious offence, the employer will not have discharged its legal duty to prove that the employee deserved to be dismissed. Schedule 8 of the LRA indicates that an employee may be dismissed for gross offences …read more…

  • Do you work in skills development and training? Click here to register for a free account Tuesday, May 21, 2019 – 11:50 Author:  Professor Emeritus Mohseen Ebrahim of the School of Religion, Philosophy and Classics and Senior Professor at REGENT Business School, Durban has recently been appointed Honorary Consul of Seychelles by the Seychelles President, Mr Danny Faure. South African …read more…

  • Tuesday, May 21, 2019 – 11:14 Author:  One of the challenges we face from an HR perspective is how to empower women in the workplace. After all it is not uncommon for a female graduate to be placed in a new job, work hard and fast, be promoted, meet a partner, start a family and go on maternity leave. Returning …read more…

  • Tuesday, May 21, 2019 – 10:50 Author:  Education is evolving and technology is the main catalyst behind this transformation. Like many other sectors ‘customization’ seems to be the central theme and objective of these changes. “Technology allows us to give a more personalised experience in the classroom, ” explains Yolandie Venter ,a strategic marketer at the Academic Institute of Excellence. …read more…

  • Do you work in skills development and training? Click here to register for a free account Tuesday, May 21, 2019 – 10:02 Author:  Some people will feel that sales comes naturally to them and others will believe that they couldn’t sell wood to a paper mill. “The truth is” says Sunjveer Panday the Gold Winner of the Contact Center World …read more…

  • Tuesday, May 21, 2019 – 09:32 Author:  If you google “What’s the difference between being assertive and aggressive” the first answer you will get is: Assertive people state their opinions, while still being respectful of others. Aggressive people attack or ignore others’ opinions in favour of their own. Passive people don’t state their opinions at all. As you can see, it’s essential to build …read more…

  • Monday, May 20, 2019 – 12:15 Author:  Considered a scourge in the job market, the act of CV fraud is the attempt of a job applicant to submit false information as fact. Qualification fraud, in particular, has featured significantly in media reports in the last few years as high-ranking individuals from the corporate and public sectors were found to have …read more…

  • Monday, May 20, 2019 – 11:05 The benefits of women in the workplace are even greater than originally thought, according to a new study by the International Monetary Fund. If countries with low gender equality improved their equality ratings, they could see their economies grow by an average of 35% (South Africa was ranked 19th in terms of the 2018 …read more…

  • Monday, May 20, 2019 – 09:45 Author:  What all employers need to know about the next generation’s preferences around NextGen work. If you are an employer that recruits and hopes to retain younger workers, you need to think about work models beyond the traditional 9-to-5 workplace. The workplace has evolved, and it is no longer a one-size-fits-all. The shift towards …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…