Disguised remuneration settlement opportunity in the UK

The new measure will introduce a loan charge on disguised remuneration avoidance schemes that remain unpaid on 5 April 2019. These types of schemes (including contractor loans) are used by employers and individuals and seek to avoid paying income tax and NICs. This is usually done by utilising a loan or other payment from a […]
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Cyril’s backers crack the Rand’s multi-month slump

With the two-horse ANC presidential race beginning to lean in favour of Cyril Ramaphosa, the market is starting to price in his victory and the Rand is firming up. This was compounded with the news that South Africa managed to dodge a bullet when Moody’s decided to postpone our credit rating downgrade until the political […]
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South Africans involved in Commission probe of UK church

A group of South Africans have become involved in the shocking disappearance of R6-million over in the UK, TimesLive reports. This disappeared from the coffers of a UK church and its associated charity. The two-year investigation under the auspices of the British Charity Commission has caused a divide in the congregation. The key flashpoint currently […]
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WEEKEND THINKING: Don’t do as I say; do as I do …

Last week we visited the Palace of Westminster, or Houses of Parliament, where British politicians work and meet. Certainly one of the most famous must-sees of the beautiful old building is Big Ben, which of course is not the watch, but the clock. And old Ben is now in the process of undergoing a “facelift”. […]
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South African court doubles Oscar Pistorius’s prison sentence

A South African appeal court has more than doubled the former Paralympian Oscar Pistorius’s prison sentence for murdering his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp. The supreme court of appeal (SCA) increased Pistorius’s sentence from six years in prison to 13 years and five months. Pistorius killed Steenkamp, a model and law graduate, by firing four bullets from […]
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What you need to know before visiting the Margaret River area in Australia

While the area is quite popular for its beaches, famous landmarks and beautiful natural wonders, it boasts a huge following of wine-loving travellers to its amazing wineries. If you are looking to see as much as possible then make sure to travel there during Australia’s months of summer – which usually begin in December and […]
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What you need to know before visiting the Margaret River area in Australia

While the area is quite popular for its beaches, famous landmarks and beautiful natural wonders, it boasts a huge following of wine-loving travellers to its amazing wineries. If you are looking to see as much as possible then make sure to travel there during Australia’s months of summer – which usually begin in December and […]
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Wellington’s Cuba Street in New Zealand

There are few towns and cities that can boast a street as an icon. Such a street is Cuba Street in Wellington. Cuba Street lies in the middle of the central business district (CBD) and runs approximately a kilometre from east to west. It provides much entertainment to all visitors. It has been described as […]
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On a lighter note:- Five things you should never say to a South African

We’ve all been there – you meet someone for the first time and that moment they realise you’re South African, they suddenly start spouting random comments on your ethnicity, childhood, experiences or just ask the most annoying questions ever. Here are a few of the most common things people say that annoy South Africans. “Where […]
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My affair with the Countess from Sweden – Pieter de Lange

I have always had this boundless enthusiasm for exciting and interesting automobiles. I blame it on my Van der Vyver genes from my mother’s side. My dear granddad, Oupa Benjamin, had to look after a second-hand car dealership in Badplaas all these years ago when I was still a young boy and I was allowed […]
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