It is exciting to know that you can turn a brand-new leaf as it is the first month of a new year. In fact, it is the ideal time to clear your mind and to start thinking about clever ways to do a few things differently this year. One of the most important things to consider is how to find some financial stability.

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Accountants control the floodgates of prosperity in Africa, but it is by our integrity and effort that we earn the right to open them.

Author: Bongani Coka, Chief Executive of the South African Institute of Professional Accountants (SAIPA)

With the Chinese economy slowing, commodity prices falling and the global economy stagnating, worldwide investment opportunities are scarce. But the last decade has seen a rising wave of optimism over Africa’s growth potential, and global investors are keen to uncover its riches. To realise its prosperity, Africa must first confront the obstacles that prevent investors from committing themselves.

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Self-employed individuals that have taken a brave decision to leave their jobs and start a business should avoid mistakenly overlooking the financial benefits of having adequate life insurance.

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A good solid partnership is one of the key elements to winning any cricket game.

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The festive season has come and gone, unfortunately it left some in a desperate position. It is rather unfortunate that some consumers do not plan for the New Year during the festive season and find themselves having to borrow for essentials such as school uniform, registration fees, stationery, transport money, food etc.

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Chartered Building Surveyor, Anil Singh Rana, associate project manager for UK-based Capital Property and Construction Consultants, was recently awarded the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) Mentor of the Year 2016.

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Cape Town – Luxity is one of South Africa’s newest tech start-ups that aims to give everybody a chance to sport a stylish Louis Vuitton handbag, a pair of luxurious Gucci sunglasses or some trendy Louboutin’s at affordable prices.

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St Martins children’s home in Glenwood recently received a little more festive cheer with a donation of R12 000 in shopping vouchers to the home.

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A positive outlook on a tough year for business

According to National Treasury, the GDP growth rate is forecasted at an estimated 1.3% for 2017. The outlook points to a tough year ahead for business; however, there are a few trends that promise a positive narrative for businesses during the year.

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Centurion – Bidvest Facilities Management, a member of the Bidvest Group,  recently achieved a Level One Contributor status in an Empowerdex B-BBEE report with an AAA+ overall score and a 51% Black Owned Designated Group Supplier rating.

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