Governance form versus function

One of the most persistent challenges relating to governance is the tendency to focus on form rather than substance. In line with King IV, it’s time finally to accept that governance is not an end in itself, but a tool for delivering outcomes, says Parmi...

PoPI: Don’t kill the goose that lays the golden egg

As they currently stand, the draft regulations relating to the Protection of Personal information Act (PoPI) could significantly harm a key driver of inclusive economic growth – direct marketing. By David Dickens, CEO of the Direct Marketing Association of South...

Get the benefits from governance reporting

The first reports and disclosures in line with King IV principles are beginning to appear. King IV is effective in respect of financial years starting on or after 1 April 2017. It would appear that certain organisations still require a deeper understanding of the...

Turnaround time at SARS

With the annual tax filing season underway, the South African Revenue Service (SARS) seems to be pulling all the stops to get back on track and to collect taxes in an efficient and effective way. This is according to Ettiene Retief, chairman of the National Tax and...

SME opportunity in changing legal landscape

Small and medium law firms in South Africa have the unique opportunity to harness their agile decision-making and more efficient cost structures to take advantage of realities in the profession such as disaggregation, legal process outsourcing and stratification, in...

Tax non-compliance status may be inaccurate

SARS replaced the Tax Clearance Certificate (TCC) system with the enhanced Tax Compliance Status (TCS) system on eFiling in April 2016. The new TCS system is aimed at improving tax compliance as taxpayers can better manage their TCS and remedy any non-compliance...