On Tuesday, China pledged to invest $14.7bn in South Africa and grant loans to Eskom and SAA. While this investment brings the country closer to President Ramaphosa’s target to raise US$ 100 billion in foreign direct investment, some argue that China’s intentions are not what they seem.
The Group continued to develop increasingly relevant products and services to a broader South African customer base. The financial results improved off the back of better risk management processes, while the advances book has stabilised off better new business volumes, notwithstanding the difficult economic conditions experienced during the reporting period.
"It’s inevitable that currently authorised financial services providers are going to have to change their business models to adapt to a revised licensing framework,” says Thulani Dyasi, who works in the Banking and Financial Services Regulatory Practice Group at pan-African law firm Bowmans.
S12J refers to a section of The Income Tax Act. This section allows an investor to deduct the full cost of their investment into an approved s12J company against their taxable income. This benefit is available to individuals, companies and trusts and can be utilised against normal income as well as Capital Gains tax.
South African listed retailers have been going through a difficult period of late. Not only have the retailers been faced with extremely tough economic conditions, but many retailers have also meaningfully slowed down their space expansion (especially within urban areas), which has been a significant driver of growth in the past.
In a boon for the property market, the Supreme Court of Appeal has ruled that municipalities that demand property sellers pay many months of rates, fees and charges prior to issuing a rates clearance certificate to transfer the property, may no longer do so.
The JSE has published for comment proposed amendments to its Listings Requirements to strengthen the regulation of primary listings and secondary listings. The proposed changes take account of the public comments raised during the consultation process that kicked off in September 2018 after the JSE released a consultation paper (Paper) on 'possible regulatory responses to recent events surrounding listed issuers and trading in their shares'.
The last quarter of 2018 can be described as the worst period that investors have experienced since the global meltdown of the financial markets in 2008/9. When these moments of market correction occur, astute investors sit tight while others panic and make irrational decisions.
Shareholders affected by the odd-lot offer will receive R276.48c per share, to be paid out in the next few weeks. Nedbank has set the price at which it will buy back shares from the hundreds of thousands of Old Mutual shareholders who received equity in the bank as part of the break up of Old Mutual Plc.