Business News

  • Heading:  Monday, January 28, 2019 – 15:26 Employees who are seen as trouble makers, eccentrics, disruptive, disagreeable, pushy, non-compliant, independent or who merely refuse to ‘suck up’ to the boss often find themselves on the wrong side of the exit door. In the absence of statutory guidance case after case has confirmed the old principle that the employer is entitled …read more…

  • Monday, January 28, 2019 – 14:24 It has become an accepted fact that there is a shortage of women within the STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) professional fields. Apart from simply recognizing this fact, fortunately there are many programs as well as individuals who are actively trying to change this status quo. One of these professionals, who is leading …read more…

  • Monday, January 28, 2019 – 13:45 The Gauteng Provincial Health Department is on a recruitment drive to attract about over 80 new medical staff. The vacancies are made up of various specialist categories such as 15 medical specialists, 20 medical officers, 10 registrars, 8 clinical psychologists, diagnostic radiographers, 8 occupational therapists, 8 physiotherapists and 10 pharmacists. This brings the total …read more…

  • Monday, January 28, 2019 – 10:55 Traffic officers are hailed as heroic professionals because of the skills they have that bring order on the roads. Reports have indicated that there is a critical shortage of traffic officers in the road safety industry. Traffic departments and agencies are severely understaffed which creates a significant problem as road casualties are in the limelight. Traffic …read more…

  • Monday, January 28, 2019 – 10:21 In previous articles we explain how employees are an asset to your business. Customers are the other side of the success coin. If not for them, where would the money come from? Shockingly surveys reveal that nearly 66% of customers change brands because of bad service. Why? The reason is simply that because of …read more…

  • Friday, January 25, 2019 – 13:36 Boston City Campus & Business College now offers an enhanced Tourism learning experience to students wanting to enter a career within Travel and Tourism starting in February 2019. The Higher Certificate in Tourism and Travel Management Practice is accredited by the Council on Higher Education (CHE), and Boston carries institutional accreditation with the British …read more…

  • Friday, January 25, 2019 – 12:53 Brain health is set to take centre stage in 2019 with research showing that nutrition, sleep and stress management are among the most important factors influencing mental wellness. Health expert, Vanessa Ascencao, says there’s an increasing global focus on brain health while an informal survey of popular health books shows that those on mental …read more…

  • Friday, January 25, 2019 – 11:13 Only three percent of the population really understands the enormity of the technological revolution and its impact on the world of work. This is according to the European digital academy, Growth Tribe, in their video The Digital Skills Gap and the Future of Jobs 2020. The video helps employees understand what to expect and …read more…

  • Friday, January 25, 2019 – 10:55 Communications Deputy Minister Pinky Kekana has challenged learners to start thinking about developing software that could be used to help improve government services. Kekana on Thursday unveiled various digital services at Louis Trichardt Secondary School in Limpopo. “We… [have a shortage of] software developers, hence the developers must come from [your generation]. The apps, …read more…

  • Friday, January 25, 2019 – 09:29 Employee “intrapreneurs” could hold the key to unlocking innovation for South African business faced with the twin challenges of growing local productivity and jobs, and keeping pace with rapid global technology advancement and the demands of increasingly sophisticated consumers. President Cyril Ramaphosa, in his opening address to the SA Investment Conference last month, highlighted …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…