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Identity Theft

The recent case where a client’s account was stripped of R62 000 after her cell phone SIM card was cloned, caused quite a stir in the media. The bank was, obviously, quick to defend its security measures, and time will tell what really happened. How aware are we of possible threats? The poll conducted since […]

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Astute Enquiry regarding Tax Status of FSPs

We received some very emotional correspondence on this issue. The crux of the matter appears to be the wide application by SARS to what it terms a “Personal Service Provider”. The request from Astute explains it as follows: ‘Personal Service Providers’ are specific types of employees in the Income Tax Act no. 58 of 1962 […]

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Study Material for the RE's

It appears that a lot of questions we receive every day are based on hearsay, speculation or inappropriate reference to available resources. At the risk of sounding like a recording, we have to stress that you cannot prepare correctly, or properly, unless you know what you will be tested on. The 8 Qualifying Criteria(QC) for […]

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Why are Level 1 questions not Industry specific?

A number of candidates complained that the Level 1 REs contain questions not related to their sector of the industry. It is common knowledge that the Level 2 REs will be product specific. I discussed this with our question development team. The basis for setting any question is the qualifying criteria, and the applicable legislation. […]

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The Mother of all Collapses…

A brave decision by Proteas skipper, Smith, paid out more than they bargained for. The play on words “paid out” is deliberate as I think it was a gamble on a pitch which is known to be flat and always produces runs. It may have been calculated as the thought to rather bowl in an […]

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Mixed Fortunes in Super 15 and Cricket Disappoints

Gareth Anscombe This is the first Super season after a World Cup year, and it is exciting to see so much new talent coming to the fore, both here and overseas. The Bulls will testify to this, given 20-year old Gareth Anscombe’s sterling performance against them. The Lions, too, have some very promising youngsters who […]

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Hostile Proteas Evens Contest

On day 2 of the 1st test against the Black caps the Proteas managed to regain most of the lost ground conceded during day 1 with what can only be described as a display of the highest quality swing bowling and aggressive short pitched bowling the Kiwi’s would have experienced in quite a while. The […]

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Rugby Colours & Onto the real deal

I could not help thinking of Donavan’s memorable song “Colours” when contemplating this column. While the Bulls hogged the lime(?)light for obvious reasons, a few other factors related to hues also raised some eyebrows, and some cards. Was Hougaard’s red card justified? With my limited knowledge, perhaps the new white card would have been more […]

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Super Rugby & African balance restored…

Super Rugby Round 2 – Will some Fallacies be Exposed? by Paul Despite rigorous pre-season training, the walking wounded, after the warm-up matches and last week’s first round bouts, must delight the medical profession far more than it does rugby fans. Stormers Vs Sharks The contest between the centres, and particularly JP Pietersen and Juan […]

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Clinical Proteas strike first & Super 15 Bonus Drought

Pitched online – by Bobby The Proteas followed up their T20 series win beautifully to claim first blood in the first of three ODI’s. The win, thanks to a calculated and clinical display led by skipper AB, applies more pressure on the Black Caps and the huge wins they had against Zimbabwe suddenly seems a […]

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