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Forced localisation will only add to unemployment crisis

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While we acknowledge the positive structural reforms currently underway by government – most notably the lifting of the self-generation threshold to 100MW – command control plans of enforced localisation stand to undo any potential positive upsides of other reforms.

PODCAST | Building the Constitutional Court

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A discussion about the early years of building South Africa’s Constitutional Court and what was required to establish its legitimacy and authority.

PODCAST | Take note, SARS will now start issuing estimated assessments

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An interview with Gigi Nyanin, Project Director, Tax Publications and Thought leadership, South African Institute of Chartered Accountants (SAICA), and Dr Ivor Blumenthal, CEO, ArkKonsult, discussing the auto assessments that the South African Revenue Service (SARS) introduced in August 2020 which provided them with the ability to file income tax returns on behalf of taxpayers.

PODCAST | Break out of the inbox with smart brand messaging

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An interview with Desiree Gullan, Executive Creative Director, Gullan and Gullan Digital, and Dr Ivor Blumenthal, CEO, ArkKonsult, discussing why in the digital era, it’s never been more difficult for brands to break through the deluge of information and penetrate consumer’s ever decreasing attention spans.

PODCAST | Is there a future without B-BBEE?

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An interview with Monde Ndlovu, Head Advocacy and Thought Leadership, Black Management Forum (BMF), and Dr Ivor Blumenthal, CEO, ArkKonsult, discussing how all stakeholders in society have a particular role to play in fusing the scientific, the craft and artistic perspectives of transformation in the South African economy.

PODCAST | Arbitrators can be taken to task

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An interview with Ivan Israelstam, Chief Executive, Labour Law Management Consulting, and Dr Ivor Blumenthal, CEO, ArkKonsult, discussing whether either party can take a CCMA arbitrator’s conduct on review to the Labour Court if they are able to prove that the arbitrator, in making their award, has materially broken a rule.

Budget Speech 2021 – taxpayers key takeaways

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Taxpayers were listening very closely as Tito Mboweni delivered his annual budget speech. Taxpayers can however breathe a sigh of relief as no increases in tax rates will be incurred despite a year of national lockdown and the roll out of the vaccine.

Low rates remain positive for SMEs heading into 2021

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The South African Reserve Bank’s decision to keep the repo rate unchanged at a record low of 3.5% and prime lending rate at 7% eases pressure on the ailing economy and debt burden for businesses and consumers.  This will help to support SMEs who continue to struggle financially due to the persistent impact of COVID-19, while trying to recover as quickly as possible.

PODCAST | Uberising software development

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An interview with Nick Durrant, CEO, Bluegrass Digital, and Dr Ivor Blumenthal, CEO, ArkKonsult, discussing how staff augmentation is fast becoming the buzzword in the app development job market, attracting more businesses to hire remotely.

PODCAST | Myeni, Kwinana testimony highlights need for professional directors

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An interview with Parmi Natesan, CEO, The Institute of Directors in Southern Africa (IoDSA), and Dr Ivor Blumenthal, CEO, ArkKonsult, discussing the importance of corporate governance, accountability, skills and independence for directors, so that they can fulfil their duties, in the light of the recent testimony by Dudu Myeni and Yakhe Kwinana at the Zondo Commission.

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