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Who is South Africa’s finance minister, Pravin Gordhan?

21 January 2016

Pravin Gordhan is South Africa’s current Minister of Finance; a position he also held previously from 2009 to 2014. In the middle of December 2015, when President Jacob Zuma announced Pravin Gordhan as South Africa’s third finance minister in less than a week, Gordhan became the redeemer of the South African economy and was dubbed “the most powerful person in South Africa” by journalist John Matisonn.

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Job hunting? Here’s some tips for the New Year

08 January 2016

If you're serious about getting a new job, begin by thinking about your personal brand and how you will position yourself in the market. Make sure that your CV is concise, up-to-date, and professional.

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Invest in training your employees – 6 ways it will pay off for your business

08 December 2015

By Sandra Swanepoel, Managing Director, Sage HR & Payroll

In a difficult economic climate, the training and education budget is often one of the first areas of the business to suffer cutbacks. After all, training can be expensive, takes people away from the work they’re paid to do and often delivers benefits that can be hard to quantify.

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An update on retirement reforms

01 December 2015

According to National Treasury, government will be proceeding with the tax reform enacted in 2013 and 2014 for equity between high and low income taxpayers, by extending the tax deduction benefit to provident fund members subject to a limit. This is achieved by harmonising the tax treatment of all contributions to retirement funds, irrespective of whether they are provident, pension or retirement annuity funds.

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What South African labour law says about leave and absence from the workplace

12 November 2015

By Madelein Taljaard (van der Watt), Development Manager at Sage HR & Payroll – Pastel Division

Dealing with absent employees can be one of the most frustrating parts of managing your workforce when you are trying to run a tight ship. This is especially true if you’re running a small business where there isn’t anyone else to pick up the slack when a key team member is away on planned or unplanned leave.

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