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An important update regarding the two-pot retirement system

National Treasury and the South African Revenue Service (SARS) provided important feedback at the recent sitting of the Standing Committee on Finance as part of the parliamentary process regarding the much anticipated two-pot retirement system.

Regulation 28 and the paradox of choice

In February 2022, Finance Minister Enoch Godongwana amended the maximum offshore investment limit for Regulation 28 retirement funds from 30% of assets to 45%. But data shows that most funds haven’t maximised their exposure to the new limit, begging the question: why?

Retirement planning and the consequences of early withdrawals

Finding the right balance between short-term financial needs and your retirement prospects is possible with careful consideration of the various implications and good planning. Some people don’t want to stop working, while others can hardly wait to switch to a lower gear. Either way, there’s no escaping the necessity of planning for retirement.

A checklist for SA fintech companies preparing to take wing

A growing number of South African fintech companies have developed market-ready products and are considering how to expand beyond the relatively small domestic arena. In doing so, they face a list of new issues. These include how to raise funds for growth, how bringing in international funding will affect their local Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment (B-BBEE) status, and how they will be affected by changing regulations in the pipeline.

Budget 2023 | SA Finance Minister Enoch Godongwana’s Speech

The 2023 Budget was tabled to Parliament on 22 February 2023 by South African Finance Minister Enoch Godongwana.

New legislation spells name change for pension funds tribunal

The financial services dispute resolution landscape is being radically reshaped to ensure a consistent framework across the financial services sector whilst providing for quick and cost-efficient review of an aggrieved party’s grievance. Along with the proposed amendments is a name change for our office, which will be renamed the 'Retirement Funds Ombud'

Keeping up to date with the office of the pension funds...

The Office of the Pension Funds Adjudicator (OPFA) is a statutory body established to resolve disputes in a procedurally fair, economical and expeditious manner. The adjudicator's office investigates and determines complaints of abuse of power, maladministration, disputes of fact or law and employer dereliction of duty in respect of pension funds.

National Treasury sheds light on its thinking around retirement reform

In a recent conference, National Treasury Acting DG Ismail Momoniat explained National Treasury’s views on the two-pot retirement system, governance of umbrella funds and changes to Regulation 28. Ismail Momoniat, Acting Director-General at National Treasury (NT), addressed the recent Pension Lawyers Association Virtual Conference in May 2022 with an update on retirement reform developments.

Creating a legacy for your beneficiaries

Estate planning involves structuring and managing your assets while you are alive, and putting measures in place to ensure your wishes are carried out after you pass away. It also ensures that there are no unexpected surprises your family will have to deal with.

Can employers withhold a pension?

The law is clear about how pension pay-outs are handled, and the circumstances that can prevent them. The Pension Funds Act offers employers and employees with clear insights and guidelines around how retirement funds are paid out, and what processes need to be followed in the event of a dispute.


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