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Sars: Now we start picking up the pieces

The date is April 3, 2017. The venue is Linton House Auditorium at the South African Revenue Service (Sars) office in Brooklyn Bridge, Pretoria. At the podium is Sars Commissioner Tom Moyane. “Ladies and gentlemen,…

Why Ramaphosa got stuck on a train

It is obvious why President Cyril Ramaphosa got stuck on a train in Cape Town a few weeks ago: Passenger Rail Agency of SA (Prasa) chair Khanyisile Kweyama states in one of the first paragraphs…

Reflections on the road to May 8

I suppose I should ask myself why I am still astonished when politicians act surprised about occurrences that are commonplace for ordinary citizens. After all, the campaigns we see in an election year show politics to…

Does your financial advisor know everything?

For many people, going to see a financial advisor for the first time is a lot like making an appointment with the dentist: they brace themselves for a measure of discomfort. This is because the…

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A better quarter despite the uncertainty

Monday was April Fools’ Day, so investors might have struggled to believe that returns improved in the first quarter even as the local economic outlook is unclear with Eskom keeping us in the dark. Meanwhile,…