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Small Business Owners: Don’t Overlook Your New Compliance Requirements!

Small business has limited resources and optimising these resources is a balancing act. Part of this balancing act includes the role of compliance. These requirements have increased as new laws are rolled out along with other regulations, such as BEE … Continue reading

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Worker Burnout: Too Much Work and Unclear Goals

“‘Burnout’, n. ‘Physical or mental collapse caused by overwork or stress’” (Oxford Dictionaries) Two issues have come to the fore in terms of staff experiencing burnout – bosses who work too many hours, and conflicts in terms of duties performed. … Continue reading

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Companies: What is an Alternate Director? A Curious Role…

“‘Alternate director’ means a person elected or appointed to serve, as the occasion requires, as a member of the board of a company in substitution for a particular elected or appointed director of that company” (Companies Act) Situations can arise … Continue reading

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How You Can Detect Fraud in Your Business

Few things are as devastating to a business’ reputation as internal fraud – it undermines staff morale and creates a new uncertain relationship with stakeholders such as suppliers, investors and compliance authorities. News bulletins and newspapers all talk of the … Continue reading

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SARS – Important Update on VAT for E-Services from Foreign Suppliers

This has been causing waves since SARS stated its intentions of making electronic services subject to VAT last year. Now the final regulations have been published and are effective from 1 April 2019. Of significance is the change in the … Continue reading

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Tax and Solar Energy Plants: Your Business Can Deduct the Costs Upfront

“If only there was some kind of an infinite power source that was free to use all day every day…” (Anon) In a recent binding ruling, SARS confirmed it will allow the cost of solar power units. The capital costs … Continue reading

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Employers – Need Reducing Staff Conflict With Employee Rights?

The Companies Act gives directors wide powers to manage the organisation – the Act states “The business and affairs of a company must be managed by or under the direction of its board”. In a recent case a furniture company ran … Continue reading

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Quick Wins to Get Our Economy Going Again

“I approach every problem with optimism” (Nelson Mandela) The mood of optimism that pervaded a year ago is rapidly fading – the Business Confidence Index is on a steady decline. Every 1% rise in business confidence results in 0.5% growth in … Continue reading

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Small Businesses: Make The Most of Your Tax Breaks!

“There are two systems of taxation in our country: one for the informed and one for the uninformed.” (U.S. Judge Learned Hand) Whether you have recently started a new venture or have had a small business for a while don’t … Continue reading

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Sugar Tax: Good for the Taxman, Bad for the Sugar Industry

“If governments tax products like sugary drinks, they can reduce suffering and save lives. They can also cut healthcare costs and increase revenues to invest in health services” (World Health Organisation) The Sugar Tax was introduced last April and has … Continue reading

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