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Business Times

Real-life figures show SA pensioners losing ground

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13 hour(s) ago

The typical South African pensioner is being paid just R3,559 every month

Business

Post Office staff feel the pinch

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14 hour(s) ago

Hundreds of Post Office courier freight division workers have been left stranded as the company struggles to pay their salaries on time

Business Times

Coke provident fund leaves only the dregs

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13 hour(s) ago

After 21 years of service at multinational beverage company Coca-Cola, Martin Laminie was paid out only R140,000 with which to ‘retire’

Business Times

Living annuities come with pitfalls to look out for

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13 hour(s) ago

Far more South African pensioners are opting to convert their retirement savings into living annuities than just a decade ago

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Cybercriminals are on the prowl

New technology creates opportunities for hackers to create havoc

Santam

Santam 1001 days: A milestone profile with SO WE TOO

20 day(s) ago

The vast majority of businesses don’t make it past 1000 days. Santam interviewed Raymond Rampolokeng, one of the co-founders of SO WE TOO, to hear about his business journey and ultimate survival tips.

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How to deal with ‘frenemies’ at work

Despite benefits of ambivalent relationships in the workplace, there is more to be gained from having as many positive ones as possible

Telecoms & Technology

Hacking is a big problem for small business, experts warn

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4 day(s) ago

Few small businesses in SA have the technologies needed to fend off cyber attacks, and may be grossly underestimating the risks they face

Retail & Consumer

NEWS ANALYSIS: Fashion retailers look abroad as golden era of consumption frays

Blackheath Shopping Centre in Randburg, north of  Johannesburg. Picture: JONATHAN WOOD
4 day(s) ago

SA’s dwindling economy and glacial employment prospects sees consumption boom taper off, writes Zeenat Moorad

Business

South African hotelier Liz McGrath dies

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5 day(s) ago

McGrath was one of very few women in the world to own three hotels, writes Sue Blaine

Management

Six ways managers can help workers be less stressed

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5 day(s) ago

Here’s how you can help your team cut through the chaos, reduce stress and make sure they accomplish their most important work

Telecoms & Technology

Should you insure yourself against cyberattacks?

BEWARE: Breaches by hacktivist groups often entail humiliating or vandalising a company, invariably for political aims because of its perceived moral or ethical transgressions.  Picture: THINKSTOCK
5 day(s) ago

Keeping in mind that last year, South African cybercrime losses were estimated at R5.8bn, perhaps now is a good time to consider insurance, writes Candice Sutherland

Management

Three tips for dealing with someone who talks too much

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6 day(s) ago

Here are some ways to counteract overtalking — without getting fired or losing a big account

Trade & Industry

Transnet Ports announces R9.65bn in infrastructure projects at Saldanha

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6 day(s) ago

Transnet National Ports Authority announces R9.65bn in infrastructure projects at Saldanha Bay, which will enhance ability to service offshore oil and gas industry

Financial Services

New standards increase risk for auditors

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6 day(s) ago

EY says quality and transparency will improve but auditors face greater exposure

Telecoms & Technology

Cell C allots R2.4bn for 4G expansion

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6 day(s) ago

Cell C’s clients in many areas, especially in Gauteng, complain about the network’s poor quality

Business

Zuma gives reasons for sending bill back

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6 day(s) ago

President cites concern over SA’s international trade obligations, excessive discretion given to the mineral resources minister, and inadequate public hearings

Economy

Team SA reassures delegates at Davos

President Jacob Zuma attends the World Economic Forum (WEF) plenary session on BRICS on Thursday.  Picture: GCIS
6 day(s) ago

Reserve Bank governor Lesetja Kganyago says the Davos team was realistic in presenting SA's challenges

Business Times Feed

Power cuts just part of the problem

Power lines.  Picture: REUTERS/ISSEI KATO
7 day(s) ago

Investors wary for a host of reasons, says chamber of commerce

Opinion

Expertise the key for independent directors

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The problem is not the King code, but the peculiar way it is applied

Business

SARS says Pillay probe at ‘advanced stage’

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3 day(s) ago

Deputy commissioner Pillay’s second suspension — the first was deemed unlawful by the Labour Court — remains in force

Energy

Water usage identified as important way to ease electricity crisis

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3 day(s) ago

Report comes as SA searches for quick fixes to address a crisis arising from breakdowns in Eskom’s ageing and poorly maintained fleet

Management

One-third of employees in SA do more than required, report shows

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4 day(s) ago

But at 27.8%, the percentage of employees who report a high intent to stay at their firms has fallen notably in the last year

National

Reveal trade secrets, minister tells foreigners

Lindiwe Zulu. Picture: PUXLEY MAKGATHO
4 day(s) ago

Foreign business owners in SA’s townships cannot expect to co-exist peacefully with local business owners unless they share trade secrets, says Lindiwe Zulu

Energy

SA on power alert, says Eskom

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4 day(s) ago

Utility warns power system remains vulnerable, meaning any extra load or faults in system ‘may necessitate load-shedding’ on Wednesday

Property

Residential property market shows ‘strengthening trend’

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5 day(s) ago

Estate agents blame significant stock constraints in the fourth quarter of 2014 for the slowdown

Energy

Power cuts escalated to bolster supply, says Eskom

Eskom acting group executive for group capital Dan Marokane briefs the National Council of Provinces' select committee on labour and public enterprises on Wednesday. Picture: TREVOR SAMSON
5 day(s) ago

Intensified power cuts necessary because of a shortage of generation capacity, says power utility

National

Post Office faces uncertain future

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5 day(s) ago

Government considers Post Office a critical player in economy, but dissatisfied customers using alternative methods of distributing mail

National

Post Office suffers almost R360m loss in previous financial year

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5 day(s) ago

Decline is less than a quarter of the estimated R1.3bn loss the Post Office auditors expect in the year to March 2015

Transport & Tourism

Road is still king of freight

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5 day(s) ago

Volumes are up more than 20% in the past decade and about 88% of all freight is transported by road, says the Road Freight Association

Industrials

Stimulus plan puts bonds in the limelight

FUTURE: Workers stand beside storage towers at Sappi’s Ngodwana wood mill in Mpumalanga on  Wednesday. Picture: BLOOMBERG
5 day(s) ago

Quantitative easing in Europe will make Sappi’s debt more enticing, ways analyst

National

Cape’s busy calendar is big business

A Mining Indaba poster at the Cape Town Convention Centre in February last year. This year’s event takes place there from February 9-12. Picture: SUNDAY TIMES
5 day(s) ago

Tourism Minister Derek Hanekom has said SA is fast becoming a global business events destination

Business

Unpaid debt down in 2014 as business liquidations fall

6 day(s) ago

Number of liquidated companies fell 13.1% year on year in 2014, with largest decrease seen in wholesale and retail trade, catering and accommodation, data show

Media & Advertising

Here’s what you really need to know about marketing to millenials

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6 day(s) ago

A staid and stagnant marketing strategy, like a staid and stagnant website, will serve neither the demanding millennial customer, nor any brand, writes Nicholas Barrenblatt

Opinion

Balance of power is shifting in e-commerce

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Peer-to-peer selling is revolutionising all our transactions

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