MONEY 101: What to do when you lose your job


Losing a job is a life-changing event. You need to make sure you have alternative sources of income until you can find a permanent position. having savings available in cash, or in an investment product that allows for easy withdrawal makes a difference.

MONEY: What the new credit act means for consumers


After three years of consultation, amendments to the National Credit Act amendments, have been implemented. Some experts say the Department of Trade and Industry, has done its best to address some loopholes in the act but more will still need to be done. Buhle Ndweni shares some insights on what these new implementations mean for the consumer.

INVESTMENT: Avoiding “too good to be true” scams


Simon brown unpacks two investment scams. Any offer of quick wealth should be viewed with scepticism, especially if it comes from a stranger cold-calling you.

NEWS: Restoring dignity through home ownership


Over seven million people in South Africa do not have ownership of property they have lived in for decades. The Free Market Foundation’s Khaya Lam project seeks to change that.

COVER: The future of wealth in Africa

This article originally appeared in the 24 April - 30 April 2015 edition of Finweek. Click on the image above to download.

Technological innovation that enhances intelligence, reduces costs and accelerates performance capability will create value 10-times faster than 100 years ago, writes Merle O’Brien.

MONEY 101: Dread disease and disability cover is vital


Dread disease and disability insurance is not something you can do without. You need to ensure you are covered in the case of you suddenly suffering from a serious illness or becoming permanently disabled.

NEWS: Consolidation answer to the platinum problem?

Mining Rustenburg

The platinum industry is facing rocky waters. With the current price and over supply, the various companies need to find different ways to stay profitable. David McKay asks if consolidation is their best solution.

INSIGHT: The Great Trek southwards

Parade of Sail in Cape Town, South Africa, at the start of Race 4 to Geraldton, Western Australia, in the Clipper 11-12 Round the World Yacht Race.

Despite some outlandish costs, property is still booming in The Western Cape. While the area is beautiful and scenic, this is not the only reason people are drawn there. Glenda Williams speaks to experts about why more and more people are moving south.

ENTREPRENEUR: Sanitary solutions for schoolgirls in need

Sue Barnes

In many South African households, sanitary towels and tampons are not affordable for individuals. According to Unicef, one in 10 schoolgirls in Africa miss school for four to 10 days to avoid the humiliation of being on their period. However, Sue Barnes, the founder of Subz Panties and Pads has found a solution, writes Finweek journalist, Shandukani Mulaudzi.

COVER: Construction companies to adapt to a new normal

This article originally appeared in the 17 April - 23 April 2015 edition of Finweek. Click on the image above to download.

Times couldn’t be tougher for South Africa’s construction sector. Members of the JSE’s heavy construction index have performed poorly and many companies had to cut their workforce. Finweek contributor Larry Claasen looks at the different factors contributing to the slump and how companies are adapting to survive.