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Mboweni sends the right signal?

Finance minister Tito Mboweni’s new economic strategy paper is a refreshing, much needed breath of fresh air for an economy struggling for oxygen. The paper is replete with common sense proposals all aimed at achieving the economic growth South Africa desperately needs. We have been stumbling along a low-growth path of high taxes, kilometres of red-tape, wealth redistribution, and anti-individualism for far too long. If Mboweni’s paper can be taken as a true step in a new direction, a direction of more individual freedom, South Africa will see green shoots of recovery almost immediately.

South African economy contracts 3.2% q-o-q in 2019 Q1

tructural reforms urgently needed as annual growth drops to 0% y-o-y. Statistics South Africa (StatsSA) reported on June 4 that the South African economy contracted by 3.2% quarter-on-quarter (q-o-q) during the first quarter of 2019 – the biggest decline in 10 years.

Asset emigration?

Investing offshore has nothing to do with patriotism. In the recent past, articles speaking about financial emigration and 'rushing offshore' have painted a picture of Afro-pessimists and skittish investors. Nothing could be further from the truth.

Consumers to stretch their Rands as economy slows

The Reserve Bank’s decision to hold rates, even with the recent instability in stock and currency markets, will help consumers to plan ahead when managing their finances.

Consumers mirror government’s debt habits

Both the South African government and its citizens are forced to allocate more of their resources towards debt rather than to education or housing. This creates a challenge to maintain healthy finances, leading to empty pockets and frustration.

2019 Budget Prediction

As an election year, a second State of the Nation Address (SONA) will probably be held during June 2019 wherein the newly elected government will present their programme of action for the 2020 financial year. The SONA address that was delivered by President Cyril Ramaphosa on Thursday 7 February 2019, accordingly reflected on the Medium Term Strategic Frameworks designed and implemented in the past five years.

Good news for consumers as lower inflation forecasts reduce risks of...

With a unanimous decision, members of the Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) of the South African Reserve Bank (SARB) voted on 17 January to keep interest rates unchanged, in line with analyst expectations. This follows an interest rate hike of 25 basis points (bps) in November 2018, which brought the repo and prime lending rates to 6.75% and 10.25%, respectively.

Reasons the SARB may pause its interest rate hiking cycle in...

Members of the Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) of the South African Reserve Bank (SARB) meet from 15 to 17 January to decide a suitable interest rate stance that sees inflation settle in the middle of the 3% – 6% target range.

A bumpy ride for the rand in 2019?

Few currencies matched the rand’s turbulence in 2017, with factors such as Trumpenomics, the firing of finance minister Pravin Gordhan and the appointment of Cyril Ramaphosa as ANC president, contributing to the R2.04 price swing during the year.

Emigrating? – ensure your tax affairs are in order

While South African citizens temporarily working overseas are still subject to South African tax laws, individuals who wish to permanently emigrate to a new country need to ensure that they follow the correct steps to enable them to take their savings with them and avoid running up against unnecessary tax problems down the line. 
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