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Andrew Torre, Visa president for sub-Saharan Africa. Source:
How Africa's mobile revolution is reaching the unbanked

The continent's mobile banking revolution is only just beginning, and although payment systems are becoming more seamless, cash is still king in Africa

By Nicci Botha 20 Mar 2017

The race for the payments space
The race for the payments space

Long the bastion of institutionalism and trust, and therefore fairly resilient to disruption, banks are now in a war of adapt or die

By Nicci Botha 17 Mar 2017

Yoco's CEO Katlego Maphai
Yoco raises funding for expansion

South African fintech startup Yoco, which allows small businesses to accept card payments, has raised an undisclosed amount of funding

By Tom Jackson 3 Mar 2017

#DesignIndaba2017: Nedbank inspires clients to see money differently
#DesignIndaba2017: Nedbank inspires clients to see money differently

I had the pleasure of attending Nedbank's official launch of its new brand repositioning during the first day of Design Indaba. The bank's new tagline challenges clients and society to ‘see money differently'. And this it does

By Ann Nurock 2 Mar 2017

Known as the "Weekend Special", Des van Rooyen held the post of finance minister for all of four days. He is seen here with President Jacob Zuma. Source: Municipal Focus
Will Big Business step up to the plate to push growth?

The country's private sector doesn't usually flex its muscles when it comes to political matters, although it certainly showed its influence following the appointment of Des van Rooyen as finance minister

By Danette Breitenbach 1 Mar 2017

Peach Payments, Callpay launch EFT payment system for SA e-commerce
Peach Payments, Callpay launch EFT payment system for SA e-commerce

South African mobile payments startup Peach Payments has partnered secure payments solution Callpay to provide automated electronic fund transfers

By Tom Jackson 1 Mar 2017

Personal income tax hike predicted
Personal income tax hike predicted

PwC predicts a 1% increase for all personal income tax brackets except the lowest

By Danette Breitenbach 17 Feb 2017

Insuring your property
Insuring your property

For most of us, our homes are the largest and most valuable assets we will ever have. That it might be damaged or destroyed is an inevitable risk, and one that we need to guard against. For this reason, getting the right insurance is a facet of the property business than can never be overemphasised

By Richard Gray 17 Feb 2017

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Three ways leaders overcome a bad economy

A bad economy is often a self-fulfilling prophecy, but there are steps that business leaders can take to overcome the conditions and sustain their interests

By Boris Dzhingarov, Issued by Monetary Library 13 Feb 2017

#MiningIndaba: Bristow pulls no punches on mining's short-sightedness
#MiningIndaba: Bristow pulls no punches on mining's short-sightedness

Mining companies and government are equally responsible in their failure to weather the unpredictability of the industry

By Nicci Botha 7 Feb 2017

#MiningIndaba: A global economic snapshot
#MiningIndaba: A global economic snapshot

People should be buying gold on the back of a strong dollar and a recessionary economic environment

By Nicci Botha 6 Feb 2017

Source: Tanesco
The changing face of Africa's energy projects

African energy programmes in the face of global political and economic headwinds

By Nicci Botha 6 Feb 2017

Redressing inequality in SA through skills development and entrepreneurship
Redressing inequality in SA through skills development and entrepreneurship

Inequality emerged as a major theme at the 47th World Economic Forum in Davos, and remains a pressing concern globally and in South Africa

By Ryan Ravens 1 Feb 2017

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#WSF2017: Six key investment areas for Africa to achieve the SDGs - Jeffrey Sachs

Professor Jeffrey Sachs, director of The Earth Institute, addressed attendees at the sixth World Sustainability Forum, recently held in Cape Town, providing six key investment areas that he believes need to be a priority for Africa in order for the continent to meet the targets of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

By Sindy Peters 30 Jan 2017

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#BizTrends2017: Emerging trends in merchant payments

I recently met with Catharina Eklof and Victor de Koc from Mastercard to discuss some of the emerging trends in merchant payments

By Jessica Tennant 27 Jan 2017

The value blockchain can bring to business
The value blockchain can bring to business

Heralded as “the next internet” due to its revolutionary nature, the blockchain seems set on changing the way we do everything online

By Saurabh Kumar 26 Jan 2017

#BizTrends2017: Where tech is taking us
#BizTrends2017: Where tech is taking us

Technology touches just about every aspect of our lives. Here are some of what FNB's chief information officer, Peter Alkema predicts for 2017.

By Peter Alkema 11 Jan 2017

Samsung launches $150m early-stage startups fund
Samsung launches $150m early-stage startups fund

Samsung has launched its Samsung NEXT Fund, a $150 million venture capital investment fund aimed at supporting early-stage startups globally

By Tom Jackson 11 Jan 2017

#BizTrends2017: Technology and a lack of trust are disrupting the financial sector
#BizTrends2017: Technology and a lack of trust are disrupting the financial sector

Once upon a time, banks were entrusted to look after your money, but technology and a lack of trust has changed all that

By Danette Breitenbach 9 Jan 2017

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What you should know before buying life insurance online

The idea of life insurance has been around for decades, but thanks to the Internet, it's taken on a new look that has changed the way that we compare and purchase life insurance

By Boris Dzhingarov, Issued by Monetary Library 19 Dec 2016

Uber-Wesbank deal a boon to transport entrepreneurs
Uber-Wesbank deal a boon to transport entrepreneurs

It's been just over one year since Uber partnered with Wesbank in a R200m car rental deal, with the aim to fuel growth in the passenger transport industry

By Lauren Hartzenberg 15 Dec 2016

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Pop-up and prosper

With retail space becoming ever more expensive and the viability of long-term tenancy no longer what it was, the traditional shopping environment is undergoing a huge shift as retailers look to capitalise on the growing popularity of pop-up shops

By Morné Stoltz 12 Dec 2016

No more bricks and mortar as banks move into the virtual space
No more bricks and mortar as banks move into the virtual space

Mobile devices have simplified routine banking interactions and enabled customers to address their own needs anywhere and anytime, making banking processes almost ubiquitous

By Peter Alkema 9 Dec 2016

However you word it, Uber is a taxi company... UK ruling says
However you word it, Uber is a taxi company... UK ruling says

New technology has been disrupting traditional models of doing business for many years and legislation has struggled to keep up

By Sharon Snell 8 Dec 2016

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Social media sentiment shows why customer expectations matter

Brands that fail to meet customers' high expectations may see their market share slide. Marketing is a multi-billion rand exercise in setting expectations

By JP Kloppers 8 Dec 2016

Source: Business Live
SA drops in Paying Taxes Report ranking

South Africa has fallen 31 places from 20 out of 189 in the World Bank's Paying Taxes study

By Danette Breitenbach 6 Dec 2016

#AgriIndaba: Facilitating investment in African agriculture
#AgriIndaba: Facilitating investment in African agriculture

Foreign direct investment into Africa is indeed fraught with legal red tape, but there are platforms that help potential investors navigate their way through

By Nicci Botha 30 Nov 2016

#AgriIndaba: Investing in Africa is not for sissies
#AgriIndaba: Investing in Africa is not for sissies

A policy and legal environment that is conducive to doing business in Africa is critical to attract foreign direct investment

By Nicci Botha 30 Nov 2016

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Finding solutions to the growing chargeback challenge

Increasing sophistication in card fraud is reason for concern. Not only for banks, but most especially for online merchants, who are at risk of losing their ability to trade should they be implicated in repeat fraud attempts and excessive customer disputes

By Kyle Rozendo 25 Nov 2016

Four strategies to manage excess cash in your business
Four strategies to manage excess cash in your business

Most SMEs fall out of business due to liquidity problems. However, on the rare occasions when your business happens to have excess cash, the situation can be as depressing as the time when you are cash-strapped

By Boris Dzhingarov, Issued by Monetary Library 23 Nov 2016

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