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24 May 2017
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23 May 2017
Tax resistance as a demonstration of tax morality
On the first day of the 2016 Tax Indaba, SARS Commissioner Tom Moyane called for “tax morality”.  There is a well-known saying, “be careful what you wish for”.  Fast forward to today, and “tax...
29 Mar 2017
Intellectual property tax and exchange control reform – the details revealed
One of the main surprises in the 2017 South African Budget Review was the announcement of what appeared to be a real shift in policy in respect of the tax and exchange control treatment of certain...
Exchange control relaxations for fund managers?
In the 2017 South African Budget Review, specific statements were made from a tax and exchange control perspective in relation to fund managers. We briefly consider below whether these statements...
24 Feb 2017
Tax administration developments ‘deeply disturbing’, Davis warns
Judge Dennis Davis, who heads Davis Tax Committee, set up in 2013 to assess South Africa’s tax policy framework, has added his voice to concerns about the state of tax administration in South...
23 Feb 2017
Budget 2017: Nasty surprises still coming on the tax front
Tax increases of R28 billion were announced in the 2017 Budget speech by the Minister of Finance, Pravin Gordhan, on Wednesday, 22 February 2017. While these are the tax increases that will take...
#Feesmustfall #Budget2017 #Gradtax?
Following the student protests that have rocked the country in recent years, Minister Gordhan announced several adjustments to university fees, and appointed a commission to assess the feasibility...
22 Feb 2017
Chamber notes Gordhan’s bemoaning of Section 54 stoppages
The Chamber of Mines of South Africa has described Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan as having done an effective job of maintaining fiscal discipline with a budget deficit of 3.1% in these most...
DoF: Pravin Gordhan: Address by Finance Minister, during the Budget Speech 2017, Parliament, Cape Town (22/02/2017)
I have the privilege to present our Government’s budget for the fiscal year 2017/18, and the framework for the next three years.
Gordhan weaves growth into radical economic transformation vision
A growing economy makes more rapid transformation possible, Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan argued in a 2017 Budget address set against the backdrop of sluggish economic performance, ongoing...
21 Aug 2016
SA: Hawks, SAPS brief Committee on high profile cases and handling of pre-election violent incidents
- The Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation (DPCI) and South African Police Service (SAPS) will this week brief the Portfolio Committee on Police on the recent high profile cases, on the...
01 Mar 2016
CoM: Chamber of Mines notes NERSA's approval of a 9.4% electricity increase for 2016/2017
The Chamber of Mines notes the approval of a 9.4% electricity tariff increase for 2016/17 by the National Electricity Regulator of South Africa (Nersa). This increase is the total granted to Eskom...
28 Feb 2016
DA: Prof Belinda Bozzoli says Budget 2016 does not solve university funding crisis
We welcome the R16.3bn emergency funding provided for Higher Education in the 2016 Budget. However so deep is the funding shortfall in this sector that even this significant amount fails to address...
26 Feb 2016
South Africa's budget promises will require buckets of political capital
The South African economy has been performing very poorly. Like other commodity exporters, export prices have weakened dramatically, company results have deteriorated and foreign and domestic...
25 Feb 2016
Numsa: Numsa statement on the Budget 2016
The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa is not disappointed with the 2016 Budget delivered by Pravin Gordhan, because the trajectory of the budget continued to sing to the tune of...
24 Feb 2016
Student financial aid scheme gets R5bn increase
The embattled higher education sector was on Wednesday allocated an overall expenditure budget of R68.7-billion for the 2016/17 period, an increase of seven percent on last year’s R64.2-billion....
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