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Is 2020 the year when we finally let go of our unhealthy relationship with cash payments and usher in a new era of financial and digital inclusion? Widespread access to digital and financial services is a cornerstone of a healthy 21st century economy.
July is savings month in South Africa. This is a month where national savings awareness campaigns are run to look at fostering a culture of savings for South Africans. Historically, post the Global Financial Crisis of 2007-2008, the South African household savings ratio (the income saved by households during a certain period of time), has also mostly remained in negative territory.
Offering a retirement fund to your employees may not be mandatory, but it positions you as a people-centric company. The ways in which companies approach top talent can vary from sector to organisation to country, but one thing remains consistent – an attractive value proposition is the best way to attract and retain the best talent.
The Savvy Investor’s Pocket Guide is a self-improvement guide that identifies the common mistakes people make when dealing with their finances and sets out how to rectify them. It highlights how one can achieve financial independence by cutting back on some expenses, like luxury cars, and the benefits of starting to save as young as possible.
The thing with resolutions is we all make them, and we all break them. But it needn’t be so. The trick is you must look back to go forward, especially with the inevitable New Year’s resolutions. Taking stock of your previous year’s achievements, failings, and surprises helps sort out what it is you want to accomplish in the coming year. Focus on the specifics.
The South African economy has a secret weapon: stokvels. If harnessed correctly, investments in stokvels could significantly bolster the economy. The following statistics, provided by the National Stokvel Association of South Africa, are mind-blowing: at present there are 11.4 million South Africans who are members of stokvels; around R44 billion is pooled collectively by ordinary people in stokvels; and it is saved by 820,000 stokvels.
On 9 August 1956, over 20,000 women of all races and ages from every corner of South Africa marched together towards the Union Buildings in Pretoria. These brave women were marching in protest against the pass laws that proposed even further restrictions on the movements of women.
A financial relationship built on consensus will put you on the path towards long-term financial security. Planning for retirement is difficult enough on your own, but getting two people to agree on a lifelong strategy to prioritise expenditure whilst saving for the future can be exceedingly difficult.