MANAGEMENT: Risks SME owners should be managing

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SME owners should take a disciplined approach to managing the risks their businesses face. Risk management is a balancing act.

INSIGHT: Outlook for MTN

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Market analyst, Shaun Murison provides insight on MTN ahead of the announcement of their interim results.

MANAGEMENT: White men still dominate SA’s private sector

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Stella Nkomo from the University of Pretoria explains why white men still dominate top positions in South Africa’s private sector. This article originally appeared in The Conversation.

MANAGEMENT: The expanded audit opinion

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Auditors, in collaboration with clients, are now looking at different aspects of the organisation when preparing audit reports. Revisions call for more informative opinions from auditors as their roles and financial reporting is changing.

NEWS: New car sales on the back foot

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Car sales declined 6.1% in July 2015. Even though sales look bleak, they are doing well considering current market conditions.

INSIGHT: Europe- Back to business

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Following negotiations about a possible “Grexit” and the agreement to offer Greece a third bailout, the rest of the eurozone shows signs of economic improvement. However, prospects for the euro do not look so bright given that interest rates in the US are likely to rise.

INSIGHT: Cloud technology key for global competitiveness

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Cloud technology can help improve productivity and has been beneficial in global expansion strategies for small and medium-sized businesses.

BUSINESS: Closing the curtain on counterfeiting

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Sales of counterfeit goods are a concern to businesses worldwide, which lose up to an estimated €26.3bn. Counterfeiting has caused over 518 000 direct and indirect job losses.

INSIGHT: Pan-African expansion not simply replicable

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Companies planning on expanding in Africa must realise that simply implementing a “cut and paste” approach does not always work. Every African country is different.

INVESTMENT: Little margin of safety in South African equities

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Novare Investments’ economic report for the second quarter of 2015 reveals that the South African economy risks further weakness. There is little margin of safety in the local equity market.