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New preferential procurement regulations – radical shift in enforcing BBBEE?

In his State of the Nation Address in 2017, President Jacob Zuma noted the intention of the South African government to influence the behaviour of the private sector and to drive economic transformation.

Financial advisors licensing changes

"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.

Finance industry getting to grips with innovation

A large majority of global banks, insurers and investment managers intend to increase their partnerships with FinTech companies over the next 3 - 5 years and expect an average return on investment of 20% on their innovation projects, according to a new PwC report Redrawing the lines: FinTech’s growing influence on Financial Services.

Municipal debtors management critical

Managing the debtor book is critical to ensuring stable cash flows for any municipality, and has great impact on its ability in delivering services to its constituents.

Fair & responsible remuneration critical

Executive remuneration has become a symbol of inequality in today’s global economic order. Shareholders are becoming more active in demanding that executive pay is more closely linked to results and stakeholders want a broader focus on the context in which the organisation operates.

Business failures set to blow as economy tanks!

Few people realise that the largest source of business funding in South Africa is provided by private companies themselves. Businesses extend credit to their customers and obtain credit from their suppliers, usually in the form of short-term funding which lasts for 30 to 60 days per transaction.

SAICA WEIGHS IN ON IRBA’S REPORT

On 16 March 2017, the Independent Regulatory Board for Auditors (IRBA) released its Public Inspections Report, 2016, following shortly after the International Forum of Independent Audit Regulators’ (IFIAR) 2016 Survey of Inspection Findings on 3 March 2017.

Hassle-free IT acquisition

There is no denying that information and communication technology (ICT) is business critical in the fast-paced and increasingly connected society we live in today - however, procurement of the needed solutions and equipment too often still becomes a negotiation over cost and demonstrating value.

Optimism among SMMEs for future growth

The South African Institute of Chartered Accountants (SAICA) has for the past three years run a survey among small and medium enterprises, both to learn how SAICA members can better serve the sector, and to offer relevant research findings to policymakers in government seeking to stimulate small business development.

Are businesses geared for growth?

Every successful business owner will tell you that ‘cash flow is king’ and effective working capital management is essential for any successful business to survive, as it provides a business with the cash flow to fund its day-to-day operations. Working Capital can be funded by the business itself or by external funders.
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