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Times Media wants to hold the winning content cards

Times Media Group's full-year results showed healthy improvements in earnings - particularly in the broadcast and content space.

Treasury vows to nail 'parasitic'microlenders after Bridge collapses

It was bound to happen. The wheels are coming off investment schemes offering depositors apparently guaranteed returns at multiples of market rates.

Deductions from grants not child's play

The National Credit Regulator (NCR) and the Treasury should act together to stop debit orders being processed against child grants, say civil society organisations.
Rob Rose

Red fear: journalists and regime change

It's a common refrain from halfwits and crooks that the press is unaccountable and sensationalist, a third force bent on abusing its self-appointed position as the fourth estate.

Treasury vows to nail 'parasitic'microlenders after Bridge collapses

It was bound to happen. The wheels are coming off investment schemes offering depositors apparently guaranteed returns at multiples of market rates.

Deductions from grants not child's play

The National Credit Regulator (NCR) and the Treasury should act together to stop debit orders being processed against child grants, say civil society organisations.

Times Media wants to hold the winning content cards

Times Media Group's full-year results showed healthy improvements in earnings - particularly in the broadcast and content space.

Hard-pressed Bridge opts for business rescue

IN THE wake of African Bank's dramatic collapse, a second notable unsecured lender has sounded the alarm and looks to be in trouble.

Treasury vows to nail 'parasitic'microlenders after Bridge collapses

IT was bound to happen. The wheels are coming off investment schemes offering depositors apparently guaranteed returns at multiples of market rates. One this week applied for business rescue, slashing returns and leaving investors uncertain about the safety of their capital.

Times Media wants to hold the winning content cards

TIMES Media Group's full-year results showed healthy improvements in earnings - particularly in the broadcast and content space.

Deductions from grants not child's play

THE National Credit Regulator (NCR) and the Treasury should act together to stop debit orders being processed against child grants, say civil society organisations.

Robotic cheerleading squad showcases sensor technology

A TEAM of cheerleading robots made their dancing debut in Tokyo this week as creator Murata Manufacturing demonstrated its cutting-edge sensor technology.

King stakes crown on his vision

IF I take off my shirt, you will see I am full of scars left by business decisions, says Mervyn King.

Best known for writing the ...

It's square, but the suits should like it

IT'S hard to say which was braver: producing an almost square phone, or calling it "Passport", as if to symbolise BlackBerry crossing the border into a happier future.

It's chowdown in pizza wars

THE return of Pizza Hut to South Africa could spark a pizza war, but local players say they have a war chest to defend their turf.

Irish example may have swayed Scots

A FRIEND assured me the real decider in the Scottish independence referendum was not the threat by the Royal Bank of Scotland et al to relocate to friendlier climes south of the border; not even the warning by retailers that the price of everything would increase 16% was enough to push the Scots into the "no" camp.

Making an impact is what's important

What is more important to you: fame or fortune?

Class-action storm brewing on the horizon

IN the wake of the unsuccessful bid to form a class action for affected consumers in the R699-car-scheme, and with murmurs of a class action being ...

Close to home but in the lap of luxury

Polished DiamondsAfrican hotels have upped pampering levels to lure elite holiday-makers, writes Katrina Manson

Five banks score big in Alibaba IPO

ALIBABA Group Holding's underwriters raked in $261.2-million (about R2.9-billion) in fees after completing the largest initial public offering in history.

Jimmy Choo puts best foot forward for listing

BRITISH luxury shoe brand Jimmy Choo said this week it would float on the London Stock Exchange.

'The future of housing is in rentals'

GERALD Leissner's interest in lower-end residential property was tickled by his 12-year stint as a director of the Johannesburg Housing Company. ...

Drink to keep up with Joneses

THE world's most expensive cocktail has gone on sale in London for nearly £9000 (about R165000), about as much as the price of a new family car.

Gordhan plans a PPC comeback

KETSO Gordhan is planning a comeback as chief executive of PPC after his shock resignation this week following a boardroom dispute.

It's not all about location after all

FIFTY years in the property game will teach you a few things. It might even make you a maverick.

Gerald Leissner, 72, has surfed the rise ...

PPC board antics cry out for shareholder activism

SO WHAT can we expect from the traditionally reticent club of institutional shareholders in response to the seemingly utterly distressing corporate governance situation at PPC?

Altron's shares take a beating

INVESTORS dumped Altron shares on Thursday after a disappointing trading update for the six months to August dashed hopes of higher full-year earnings.

No sustained recovery on cards

THE controversy that has dogged Net1 since it won the R10-billion, five-year SA Social Security Agency (Sassa) contract to distribute grants in 2012 has prevented the share price from reaching the sort of levels many analysts had expected.

Absa, FNB shake off Capitec

CAPITEC, the country's newest bank, is losing its shine as the cheapest bank, according to the latest research by Solidarity Research Institute ...

JPMorgan tops banking table

JPMORGAN was the top performing investment bank in the first half of the year, making $11.5-billion (about R128.5-billion) in revenue and ranking first for both its fixed income and deals advisory businesses, data showed this week .

New-look protection bill will not chase away foreign investment - DTI

A CONTROVERSIAL bill designed to protect foreign investors should be heading for parliament next month following an eight-month consultation process.

Apple roasted as 'bendable' new iPhone 6 hits problems

APPLE CEO Tim Cook called the introduction of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus last weekend the "best launch ever". He may have spoken too soon.

AngloGold unfazed by flop, says Pityana

Saving FaceChair spins shareholders' rejection of proposed split as positive feedback and a vindication of leadership

Nuclear deal with Russia 'not only up to Zuma'

THERE is no need to panic about a secret nuclear energy deal President Jacob Zuma may or may not have signed with the Russians, says AngloGold Ashanti chairman Sipho Pityana.

Cell giants own a cow, others enjoy the cream

SHOULD South Africa's cellphone operators extend their offerings beyond telecommunications and into a broad range of value-added services such as financial services, media and e-commerce, or should they be low-margin "dumb pipes" over which third-party service providers extract the real profit?

Workers hack firms in revenge

EMPLOYEES with an axe to grind are increasingly using internet cloud services and other computer tools to hack their current or former companies' systems, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Homeland Security Department said.

Foreign interest in SA property remains strong

BUSINESS in Gauteng and leisure in the Western Cape are driving the majority of purchases of South African property by foreigners. ...

Red fear: journalists and regime change

IT'S a common refrain from halfwits and crooks that the press is unaccountable and sensationalist, a third force bent on abusing its self-appointed position as the fourth estate.

What is yield in property?

A PROPERTY'S yield is very much like interest earnings. It tells you the annual return you are getting (current yield) as well as the likely return (forward yield) you will get on your investment every year.

How to protect your intellectual property

IT always amazes me how often organisations, big or small, labour under the misconception that they have no intellectual property rights. If you operate a business, irrespective of the size or industry in which you operate, you are sure to have intellectual property of some sort.

Salary delays fuel crisis at Post Office

THE cash-strapped SA Post Office has gone cap in hand to the Treasury for permission to raise emergency funds after it failed to pay staff on time this week.

Bond King walks out of Pimco

BILL Gross, one of the bond market's most renowned investors, is leaving Pimco, the investment firm he founded and with which his name is synonymous, for rival asset management firm Janus Capital Group.

Businesses are not coming back to the CBD

ARROWHEAD Properties CEO Gerald Leissner has spent much of his life trying to save the CBDs of South Africa's major cities. As part of the Central Johannesburg Partnership, in particular, the then-boss of Ampros battled in vain during the 1990s to keep big companies in the inner city.

PPC tumbles after Gordhan's exit

KETSO Gordhan, the CEO of cement maker PPC, quit abruptly. He was appointed at the start of last year. After the group cited clashes between him and the board its share price had its worst daily fall in nearly six years.

Nation of shopkeepers is at the end of a long road

FOR Napoleon, it was enough to insult the English by calling them a nation of shopkeepers. Superfluous to claim they adulterated the victuals too, though Tesco has admitted to the financial equivalent.

Eye in the sky spies on tax dodgers

THE Argentinian government has used drones to catch out wealthy tax evaders who did not declare mansions and swimming pools.

The boring not always the safest

SO that was a nice caning stocks took this week. About time too. Question is: do you ride the glum mood and bail, or do you buy the dip? It depends on your stomach for risk.

European bourses give JSE a late shot in arm

SOUTH African stocks edged up on Friday, snapping a four-day losing streak as technical factors and a recovery in European share prices gave the market a late lift after it was in the red for most of the session.

Aurora liquidators want Motala to repay R3m

LIQUIDATORS of Aurora Empowerment Systems, which stands accused of running Pamodzi Gold's Grootvlei and Orkney mines into the ground, are now claiming R3-million from former liquidator Enver Motala.