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Wednesday | 16 September | 2020 Pay attention to your finances now

By Nico Strydom The Covid-19 pandemic and the ensuing lockdown has had an enormous influence on many people’s financial position and has, among others, resulted in people increasingly incurring debt. According to Neil Roets, CEO of Debt Rescue, the past three months have seen a rapid increase in the number of consumers with a large burden of debt, compared to  … Read more

Wednesday | 09 September | 2020 SA is being targeted by cyber criminals

By Nico Strydom The Covid-19 pandemic and concomitant lockdown have once more highlighted the matter of cyber security. According to experts people that work from home instead of in their workplaces become easier victims of cyber crime. Cyber security was already a huge problem in South Africa before the Covid -19 pandemic. According to a report by the consulting company  … Read more

Wednesday | 09 September | 2020 Use the discount for 60-plussers

By Emsie Martin You never thought the day you would be classified as elderly would arrive so soon. The lockdown put most people a few months and even years back financially and now is a good time to know where you will qualify for discounts for the elderly. You should be grateful for this because where younger people will have  … Read more

Friday | 14 August | 2020 Covid-19: This is how SARS wants to make tax affairs easier

By Nico Strydom The Covid-19 pandemic and resultant isolation period also have an influence on this year’s tax season. This year the South African Revenue Service (SARS) will assess a great number of taxpayers automatically. SMSs have already been sent out to more than three million taxpayers, which means that their provisional tax returns are already available on the SARS  … Read more

Friday | 14 August | 2020 Property: Now is not a bad time to buy

By Dr Eugene Brink It may sound like sales talk, but now is really not a bad time to buy residential property – provided you can and if you want to. Covid-19 has admittedly harmed the economy greatly due to people losing their jobs and their income. Numerous individuals will also now want to sell their houses because of financial  … Read more

Wednesday | 12 August | 2020 What is gobbling up my data?

By Marli Naidoo Data is expensive in South Africa. If you’re not careful, you can use up quite a few GBs in an hour. Videos use the most data, especially if it is in high definition. For instance, if you use a 4 k screen, you can easily use 3 GB or more per hour. The best way to watch  … Read more

Thursday | 06 August | 2020 Do you have an emergency fund in place?

By Wilma Bedford With the recent and still ubiquitous Covid-19 crisis that has caused the biggest economic slump since the Great Depression of 1933, many people are grateful for an emergency fund that currently carries them through, but many were caught unawares and regret not having made provision. Many individuals’ financial position was of such a nature that providing for  … Read more

Thursday | 30 July | 2020 Your first house – is now a good time to buy?

By Essie Bester The Covid-19 pandemic and the question whether you are still going to have a job undoubtedly cause many people a lot of financial stress. However, it is also true that the South African home market is now offering the most favourable buying conditions  in years. With interest rates at their lowest in 47 years and house prices  … Read more

Wednesday | 29 July | 2020 Auto-assessments to taxpayers – Here’s how it works

By Essie Bester The South African Revenue Service (SARS) will start making auto-assessments as from 1 August. This process is nothing new. It was instituted in 2019 for a limited number of taxpayers. This year it will only be used to accommodate a greater number of taxpayers. How do you know if you will be assessed automatically? Edward Kieswetter, the  … Read more

Friday | 17 July | 2020 Earn some extra cash on the side (without having to work online)

By Marli Naidoo Some extra cash is always welcome, and most people can do with something to do on the side after hours. There are many South African who urgently have to augment their salaries, but some of them don’t feel comfortable to work online, or don’t have the necessary funds to take a course or acquire expensive equipment. The  … Read more

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