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Expect a salary increase of over 6%

By Isabelle Coetzee

South Africans can expect a benchmark salary increase of between 6% and 6.5% in 2018, said Chris Blair, CEO of 21st Century, the largest remuneration consultancy in the country. 

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Finance,Credit Cards,Debt

Childhood trauma can ruin your personal finances

By Isabelle Coetzee

 “It must be my fault,” you think while hopelessly staring at the remnants of your financial security. But you might be wrong. Your financial instability may be derived from childhood trauma, rather than an innate character flaw.

Childhood trauma can ruin your personal finances
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Financial News

Petrol price increase on the cards …again?!

By Danielle van Wyk

Motorists can brace themselves for what will be the second petrol price increase this year. Following shortly on the 72 cents increase experienced this month, May will bring a further 41 cents increase.

Petrol price increase on the cards …again?!
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Loans,Student Loans

How to fund your Postgraduate Studies

By Isabelle Coetzee

President Cyril Ramaphosa confirmed that fee-free higher education will be available to poor and working-class South Africans. This is a step in the right direction. However, what will happen to students who would like to pursue postgraduate studies?

How to fund your Postgraduate Studies
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Financial News

FNB enters the short-term insurance space

By Danielle van Wyk

FirstRand, the parent company of First National Bank (FNB), has been awarded a short-term insurance license. This comes during a time where the South African banking sector and insurance sectors have experienced cross-pollination, such as when Discovery entered the banking space.

FNB enters the short-term insurance space
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Tax,Financial News

This is what a 1% VAT increase looks like

By Isabelle Coetzee

On 1 April, Value Added Tax (VAT) increased from 14% to 15%. In the short term this seems like an insignificant change. But how much will 1% cost you over the next year?

This is what a 1% VAT increase looks like
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General,Banking

A realistic guide to claiming UIF

By Isabelle Coetzee

The Department of Labour (DOL) is quiet today. The lady at the front desk explains that their computers have been down since Friday, and even she seems annoyed by this. Usually the queue leaks out onto the street. A mass of tired fathers, impatient children, and frail women, wait together for the day.

A realistic guide to claiming UIF
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Financial News

Moody’s affirms South Africa’s credit rating

By Danielle van Wyk

This past weekend was off to a nerve-wracking start as Moody’s delivered their rating decision. A collective sigh of relief was then heard as South Africa’s rating grade was stayed and the outlook changed from negative to neutral.

Moody’s affirms South Africa’s credit rating
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Financial News

Drones: Fad or future?

By Danielle van Wyk

Drones have in many ways ushered in a new technological era with everyone from hobbyists to professional drone racers taking to it. It has allowed us a front-row seat to many events, enabled us to monitor environmental phenomena and in some cases simply spy on the neighbours.

Drones: Fad or future?
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Retirement planning,Investments

Estranged family fighting over your assets

By Isabelle Coetzee

Barely a week after your death your estranged relatives battle one another for ownership of your assets. Those dearest to you receive nothing while your nemesis becomes entitled to the bulk of your wealth. This is a train wreck. And, like 70% of the working population who pass away without a will, there’s absolutely nothing you can do about it now. 

Estranged family fighting over your assets
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Financial News,News

Land reform – a death grip or a helping hand?

By Athenkosi Sawutana

After the EFF and the ANC earlier voted to begin a process in Parliament to amend the Constitution so that land can be expropriated without compensation, the DA – the biggest party to oppose this motion – on Monday called it a bid to cause racial divisions and endanger property rights in South Africa.

Land reform – a death grip or a helping hand?
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