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“Services under Supervision” – What does this entail?

The clear indication by the FSB that it has no intention of extending the final date for passing the regulatory examinations has caused quite a flurry in the industry. Coupled with the recently released statistics on the percentage of representatives who still have to write the REs, there is indeed reason for concern. However, we […]

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So what are your plans?

A young woman brings home her fiancé to meet her parents. After dinner, her mother tells her father to find out about the young man. The father invites the fiancé to his study for a drink. “So what are your plans?” the father asks the young man. “I am a Torah scholar,” he replies. “A […]

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You be the Judge

Heyneke Meyer, unlike his predecessor, is careful with words. This must be a huge frustration for the media who, despite their dislike of Piet Helium, had the time of their lives writing about him and his quirky sayings. His promises, in particular, made him eat humble pie on more than one occasion. Meyer did not […]

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The new medical scheme fees tax credit

PwC South Africa publishes a monthly journal providing informed commentary on current developments in the tax arena, both locally and internationally. The April edition contains an informative article on the new treatment of medical expenses from a tax perspective. This is something that affects most of us, and with the time for completing tax returns […]

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Level 2 Regulatory Examinations

With only 8 weeks left before the cut-off date for level 1 exams, we turn our attention to the next level of REs.  The article below appears in the latest (April 2012) edition of FANews. We inserted further elucidation in italics where deemed necessary. What you need to know about RE Level 2 Charmaine Kock […]

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How not to complete your answer sheet

Candidates can save themselves a lot of despair (and money) by paying attention to a few basic rules when they write the exams.   This week, I saw a copy of an answer sheet, suitably amended so no details of the candidate is shown. He or she had coloured in up to three different answers […]

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Promotion of Southern Kings?

Jake White has, as usual, added his opinion on this controversial issue, and for once, I agree with him. We all know how big the gap is between the Vodacom Cup and the watered down version of the Currie Cup. This same difference applies to the Currie Cup and Super Rugby. How the powers that […]

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The real effect of Dividend Withholding Tax

The 30 April 2012 edition of GrayIssue, published by Allan Gray, removes a lot of the myths and hysteria surrounding the tax changes on dividends. The new Dividend Withholding Tax (DWT) replaced Secondary Tax on Companies (STC) on 1 April 2012. Investors are understandably concerned about the long-term impact of this tax and the real […]

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Afrikaanse REs – Gebruik van die Woordelys

Een van die bepalings en voorwaardes van die regulatoriese eksamens lees as volg: Kandidate mag nie enige van die volgende items in die eksamen lokaal inbring, of tydens die eksamen in hul besit hê nie: Ongemagtigde apparate, boeke, papier, elektroniese kommunikasie apparatuur of notas van watter aard ookal nie.   Dit geld ook vir die […]

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Where to tap

Ever heard the story of the giant ship engine that failed? The ship’s owners tried one expert after another, but none of them could figure but how to fix the engine. Then they brought in an old man who had been fixing ships since he was a youngster. He carried a large bag of tools […]

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