Covid-19 mutations dampen Xmas cheer

Covid-19 mutations dampen Xmas cheer

Earlier, President Cyril Ramaphosa delivered a difficult truth - Covid-19 is far from over, with cases spiking in different parts of the country. Earlier this month, President Cyril Ramaphosa delivered a difficult truth – Covid-19 is far from over, with cases spiking on the Garden Route, Eastern Cap

  Jackie Cameron
Golden visas: not just plan B for South Africans

Golden visas: not just plan B for South Africans

South African, Chinese citizens have been among those at the front of the queue for property investments and visa opportunities in Portugal. South African and Chinese citizens have been among those at the front of the queue for property investments in Portugal, partly to snap up a piece of sunny Med

  Jackie Cameron
Prisoners at front of Covid-19 vaccine queue – SA govt priority list

Prisoners at front of Covid-19 vaccine queue – SA govt priority list

Covid-19 vaccines have been described as the great weapon that will end the war against the pandemic. But, SA can only expect mass roll out from mid-2021, health ministry officials and advisors said at a webinar earlier this week.People who live in overcrowded settings – including in prisons and inf

  Jackie Cameron
Corrupt corporates pay up; now for a serious Eskom shake-up

Corrupt corporates pay up; now for a serious Eskom shake-up

Ramaphosa needs to continue with a long-overdue shake up of the state entities that are sucking up taxpayers’ funds and this starts with Eskom.President Cyril Ramaphosa’s corruption crackdown is bearing fruit. More than 100 people have been arrested since September and corrupt multinationals have be

  Jackie Cameron
Be kind: your business depends on it – Faith Popcorn, Jon Foster-Pedley

Be kind: your business depends on it – Faith Popcorn, Jon Foster-Pedley

Jackie Cameron spent a pleasurable hour on Zoom in the company of characterful world-leading futurist Faith Popcorn and Dean Jon Foster-Pedley. Covid-enforced rules of engagement have given us all rare glimpses into other people’s lives that otherwise would have been unlikely. This week I was fortun

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Time to look at value again? Asset manager Piet Viljoen back on form

Time to look at value again? Asset manager Piet Viljoen back on form

Piet Viljoen built a reputation as an asset management rock star at Investec before starting his own firm – to deal with his mid-life crisis, he told me with a wry smile at the time he took the plunge into entrepreneurship by launching RECM. Viljoen has stubbornly stuck to his value style of stock s

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V-day for UK – and SA

V-day for UK – and SA

Britain’s health secretary Matt Hancock was overcome with emotion as one of the first men, named William Shakespeare and incredibly from the same area as the 16th century playwright, received a Covid-19 vaccine. Tuesday has been dubbed V-day, a play on D-day – the Normandy landings that started the

  Jackie Cameron
Covid-19’s devastating impact on sports

Covid-19’s devastating impact on sports

As cricket cancellation highlights, Covid-19 has had a devastating impact on sports: from professionals to school talent.England’s cricket tour of South Africa came to an abrupt halt on Monday as an SA player and hotel staff members tested positive for Covid-19. This is a disappointment not only for

  Jackie Cameron
Finding tax-saving, job-creating opportunities in 12J investments

Finding tax-saving, job-creating opportunities in 12J investments

12J investments are appealing more and more to South Africans incentivised to look beyond domestic assets for investment opportunities.A daily diet of headlines on corruption and economic contraction has incentivised many South Africans to look beyond domestic assets for investment opportunities. Ra

  Jackie Cameron
Menacing Malema: why the kid gloves?

Menacing Malema: why the kid gloves?

Julius Malema is known for stirring up racial tension for political effect. Now he is encouraging his supporters to attack police officers.Julius Malema is known for stirring the pot of racial tension for political effect. He has told us he isn’t anti-white, which is why he hires white lawyers to fi

  Jackie Cameron
‘Tis the season to be jolly…cautious’

‘Tis the season to be jolly…cautious’

Full taxis, no social distancing, sloppy mask-wearing: perhaps it's time to heed the call of the UK's prime minister to be 'jolly cautious'. With Covid-19 spiking up in parts of the country, there are fears restrictions will be tightened, leading to further job losses and business closures. The Orga

  Jackie Cameron
Meet the unsung hero working to fix Eskom for all of us

Meet the unsung hero working to fix Eskom for all of us

Energy expert Chris Yelland investigated and exposed that Eskom employees were fabricating reports about levels of pollution to keep regulators happy.As many as 20,000 people a year are dying prematurely because of toxins spewing out of Eskom coal-powered stations. That’s the number of people, rough

  Jackie Cameron
Rules against money-laundering don’t work in SA – ask Zuma’s friends

Rules against money-laundering don’t work in SA – ask Zuma’s friends

I recently helped a relative with a small payment of the equivalent of one month’s salary towards a property deposit for a home in the UK. The lawyer refused to take my money unless it came via a bank account. Furthermore, I had to explicitly demonstrate this money was earned legally.In South Africa

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Corruption-busting: Tales of hope amid industrial-scale graft

Corruption-busting: Tales of hope amid industrial-scale graft

Giving us hope is the small army of corruption busters. Take the story of Stephen van Coller, who has actively worked at rooting out corruption at EOH.Under Zuma the state was repurposed to serve a group of cadres, rather than the people of SA. This has been highlighted by the DA’s Shadow Minister f

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SA financial stability report overtaken by events

SA financial stability report overtaken by events

The South African Reserve Bank (Sarb) released a 104-page financial stability report on Tuesday in which it highlights that the country’s financial system has demonstrated resilience in the face of the unprecedented shock of Covid-19 containment measures. This was published on its website at best tw

  Jackie Cameron
Ratings agency hits give Tito extra ammo to kill off SAA

Ratings agency hits give Tito extra ammo to kill off SAA

After drawing attention to the economic pain that will emanate from two ratings agency downgrades, Mboweni asked what should be done about SAA? After the opposition Democratic Alliance produced long lists of politicians, retired officials and spouses enjoying flight freebies on taxpayers’ backs at t

  Jackie Cameron
Ratings downgrades: wake-up call for SA

Ratings downgrades: wake-up call for SA

Ratings agencies took analysts and the government by surprise at the start of the weekend. South Africa plunged deeper into junk territory after Moody’s Investors Service joined Fitch Ratings in lowering the country’s credit ratings to a level worse than in 1994 (full details, here). The National Tr

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Is tide turning on SA exchange control, offshore investing?

Is tide turning on SA exchange control, offshore investing?

The circular recently issued by the Sarb that reclassified ETFs referencing foreign assets as domestic assets caught everyone by surprise. Recently the South African Reserve Bank (Sarb) went unnoticed when it released Exchange Control Circular Number 15/2020 – with the exception of someone with a ke

  Jackie Cameron
It’s a game of musical chairs for auditors, says corruption whistleblower

It’s a game of musical chairs for auditors, says corruption whistleblower

Accountants and auditors have played a central role in the state capture story that characterised the Jacob Zuma presidency – yet they have largely remained out of the spotlight in the crackdown on corruption. KPMG, which had deep ties with the Gupta and Zuma families, is a notable exception.Whistle

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