INSIGHT: Mixed feelings about the Retail Distribution Review

Law 5

According to the Financial Services Board, the Retail Distribution review ensures the fair outcomes to customers and has broader benefits for the financial sector. However some experts dispute the value of having too much regulation.

MANAGEMENT: Solutions for SMEs to move money


SMEs are looking for solutions to help them streamline the end-to-end movement of money. This will ensure efficiency by automating manual processes, and align their businesses with the demands of a mobile and digital economy.

BUSINESS: Focus on supply chain excellence

Meeting 6

Businesses should focus on transforming their supply chains, while the Department of Trade and Industry work on revising B-BBEE codes.

BUSINESS: Resilience and appetite for growth in SMEs

Winning success

SMEs in South Africa have an appetite for finance and growth, despite current economic conditions.

BUSINESS: Limited access to market restricts growth of SMEs


Public and private sectors must help SMEs gain access to market for them to grow by being part of a broader supply chain.

OPINION: Government to translate SME talk into action


In South Africa, we have much to do to get SMEs on the path to success so that they can help create jobs and grow the economy, says Steven Cohen, MD of Sage One.

INSIGHT: Local franchise sector to continue boom in 2015


The flourishing franchise sector is set to continue making a major contribution to the economy in 2015. The franchise sector is critical for economic growth and job creation.

BUSINESS: Potential growth the basis for financing SMEs


Potential growth, rather than achievements, should be the basis for financing SMEs in future. This indicates a shift away from traditional criteria for assessing creditworthines

MANAGEMENT: SA businesses guard against liability risks

Business risk

With the introduction of the new Companies Act, South African businesses are guarding against negligent decisions that lead to liability risks.

BUSINESS: Reasons to take your small business into the cloud


SME adoption of the cloud is sure to explode as bandwidth increases, connectivity costs fall, and a new generation of digital entrepreneurs move into business, according to Ivan Epstein of Softline and Sage AAMEA. He gives five reasons to take your small business into the cloud.