23 August 2017

Shoprite bucks the recession as it gains market share

Shoprite says it’s gained market share over the past year, with 31.9% of the South African market. It credits below average price inflation and subsidising of...

BHP Billiton eyes a shale sale as it benefits from higher commodity prices

BHP Billiton has benefited from a recovery in commodity prices, cutting debt and lifting its dividend 177% for the year to end June...

Allan Gray is dead wrong - Naspers CEO earns his salary, and then some

Bob Van Dijk engineered the Naspers investment into Frankfurt listed Delivery Hero, generating a rapidfire R1.5bn profit for the group. He, too, is behind the hugely...

Restructured Imperial confident it can weather the economic storm

Imperial Holdings has reported record revenue and operating profit for its 2017 financial year. However, growth was muted, with revenue up just 1%, while operating profit...

Dummies' guide to Bitcoin: readers' burning questions answered

We've received a number of questions on Bitcoin and Ethereum from readers and we've decided to answer some of those queries in this 'dummies guide'.

Group Five swings into a loss vindicating shareholder action

Group Five has had a torrid year, marred by the departure of key executives and a boardroom shake-up engineered by its shareholders. It’s now reported a...

Voluntary offshore disclosures: Final SARS deadline fast approaches

The window period for taxpayers to disclose their offshore assets and income to the South African Revenue Service (SARS) as part of its special voluntary disclosure...

Merged property group predicts strong distribution growth

Newly-merged property giant NEPI Rockcastle expects distributable earnings per share for its 2017 year to be about 17% higher than last year’s pro forma distribution of...

22 August 2017

Sasol maintains hedges as it weighs up oil price and currencies

Sasol’s cost-savings programmes show early results as the oil and chemicals group prepares for low oil prices and volatile currencies.

South African mines hold back AngloGold’s first-half production

AngloGold Ashanti’s South African operations have detracted from a positive first-half at its other mines across the globe. It says it's taken decisive action to stem...

Guptas 'sell' ANN7, New Age to Zuma defender Mzwanele Manyi for R450m

The Gupta family has announced that it's decided to sell its media outfits, The New Age and ANN7, to Manyi for a combined R450m.

Growth at ADvTECH schools slows as families emigrate

ADvTECH says enrolments haven’t been as strong as expected in its Schools division due to the difficult economic climate and an unsettled socio-political environment.

African Rainbow boosted by rising commodity prices

African Rainbow Minerals expects to report a strong turnaround in its 2017 financial year results. Notwithstanding the rand’s strength against the dollar over the year...

OUTA: Time to block state capture, not its opponents like Makhosi Khoza

The Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (OUTA) is concerned that the ANC is moving to block opposition to state capture.

Community - Why you can’t afford not to have a tax-free savings account

Most South Africans use money market or fixed deposit accounts for their saving needs. Some people invest in unit trusts to put away part of their...

21 August 2017

Gordhan vindicated: Court affirms FinMin can't aid Gupta-bank matter

A court has confirmed what was probably already obvious: that a FinMin can't interfere or step in with the relationship between a bank and its client.

Aveng punished as it pushes out the release of its 2017 results

Aveng has again incurred the wrath of investors, who pushed the construction group’s shares more than 7% lower at their worst on Friday after it postponed...

Afrox shares rally on profit forecast

African Oxygen has had a pretty good 2017 financial year as it increased volumes, benefited from operational efficiencies and earned more interest on money in the...

Khoza's firing as accountability committee boss exposes ANC underbelly

The Zuma-supporting ANC's torching of democracy was never more blindingly obvious than in its firing of outspoken party rebel Makhosi Khoza.

Pan African buffeted by currency headwinds

Pan African Resources has felt the full effect of the rand’s relative strength over the past year as the currency gained ground against the dollar and...

Cash-flush ARB ups dividend despite revenue pressure

RB Holdings is feeling pressure from all sides: limited spending on infrastructure has constrained growth at its Electrical Division, while weak consumer confidence...

18 August 2017

Standard Bank boosts earnings as it keeps a check on costs and bad debts

Standard Bank’s had a pretty good first half, growing headline earnings 12% despite currency headwinds from its operations outside of SA. Strip those out, and profit...

Truworths battens down the hatches as consumers struggle

After a tough 2017 financial year, Truworths says sales have continued to come under pressure over July and into August. And it doesn’t expect a let-up...

Crunch time for ANC as KwaZulu-Natal court battle gets under way

The ANC in KwaZulu-Natal is the boss, but of late it's had the need to feel out some possible allies very publicly. Its message has been...

Youth unemployment crisis - Jonas begs government and private sector to reconcile

Mcebisi Jonas says South Africa's 70% youth joblessness is begging the government and the private sector to get over their mistrust.

Exxaro triples its dividend as coal markets improve

Higher prices and strong demand for coal from Eskom’s Medupi Power Station have boosted Exxaro’s first-half earnings as its Grootgeluk mine met the increased requirement.

Harmony benefits from higher production, fewer fatalities

Harmony Gold says it has delivered on its strategy to produce safe profitable ounces and increase margins. And it met the safety target in the last...

#WengerOut - Dangote's first order of business to fire Arsenal boss if he buys club

Nigerian billionaire Aliko Dangote's first order of business if he succeeds in buying English Premier League football club Arsenal will be to fire the manager, Arsene...

17 August 2017

Indigestion over Famous Brands update

The market pushed shares in Famous Brands almost 8% lower yesterday after the group reported flat sales from its restaurant chains in Africa and the Middle...

Op-Ed: Marikana – Five Years of Injustice

On the fifth anniversary of the Marikana Massacre on 16 August, it is timely to recall the actions and inactivity of our President and Deputy Present...

Zama zamas demand mining permits from Minerals Minister Mosebenzi Zwane

Illegal miners, organised under the banner of Mining Affected Communities United in Action (MACUA), took to the streets of Pretoria on Tuesday and marched on the...

City Lodge hopes for economic recovery to boost rooms

City Lodge is hoping for a catalyst that will improve consumer and business sentiment and kick-start the economy after it reported a fall in room occupancies...

Naspers shares soar as Tencent results smash analysts' expectations

Tencent Holdings posted a quarterly profit that surpassed all estimates as its marquee title Honour of Kings drove a 54 percent surge in gaming revenue.

Italtile predictions of a tough 2017 ring true

South Africans are holding back on home renovations due to the tough economic climate, putting pressure on Italtile’s bottom line.

Emira continues to reduce office exposure

Emira Property Fund says solid performances from its portfolio of industrial and retail properties have helped cushion weaker conditions in the office sector.

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