Minimum wage versus a fair salary

South Africans consider a fair salary to range from R6 380 to R10 121 per month, with an average across all groups of R6 953. This is the finding from the Human Science Research Council’s (HSRC’s) recently-published social attitudes study in which the...

Joburg housing policy and the cobra effect

Something all politically-conscious South Africans often forget is that the road to hell is paved with good intentions, writes Martin van Staden, a legal researcher at the Free Market Foundation (FMF). Whether the intention is to achieve easier access to housing,...

Cryptojacking goes mainstream

In addition to malware, a newer and bigger threat to the safety, security and value of cryptocurrencies has emerged: in-browser cryptojacking that hackers use to target the newer less-well known currencies such as Monero, Coinhive and Zcash. These low-profile...

VAT increase drives inflation up

Statistics South Africa (StatsSA) reported on 23 May that consumer price inflation increased from 3,8% year-on-year (y-o-y) in March to 4,5% y-o-y in April. The latest reading ended a 12-month decline in headline inflation, following the introduction of a 1 percentage...

Fake Facebook sites take phishing lead

In the first quarter of 2018, Kaspersky Lab’s anti-phishing technologies prevented more than 3,7-million attempts to visit fraudulent social network pages of which 60% were fake Facebook pages. The results, according to the Kaspersky Lab report, “Spam and...