Columns 23.2.2018 10:20 am

Good and bad of VAT hike

It is noteworthy that South Africa’s VAT rate is below the average for both OECD countries and African countries.

Taxpayers had been holding their breath and crossing their fingers ahead of Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba’s budget speech on Wednesday, worried about potential VAT increases.

Good and bad of VAT hike
Good and bad of VAT hike

Good and bad of VAT hike

It is noteworthy that South Africa’s VAT rate is below the average for both OECD countries and African countries.

VAT hike inevitable, but the causes not
Editorials

VAT hike inevitable, but the causes not

Corruption, maladministration and inefficiency in the ANC-led government have siphoned off bucketloads of taxpayer money.
Warnings should be based on evidence
Editorials

Warnings should be based on evidence

There has been a spate of kidnappings, for ransom, in this country over the past months but evidence indicate they are purely acts of criminality.
Budget 2018: SA now needs to walk the talk
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Budget 2018: SA now needs to walk the talk

The measures proposed in the budget speech are likely to help SA avoid a downgrade by Moody’s, but will government be able to implement them?
Cyril strikes the right chord
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Cyril strikes the right chord

Ramaphosa emphasised in his Sona that expropriation was one of the measures his government would use to accelerate the redistribution of land to black South Africans.
Lifestyle audits long overdue
Editorials

Lifestyle audits long overdue

Had a system of lifestyle monitoring been in place then people would have been reluctant to stick their hands into the taxpayer cookie jar.
Well … just call it the ‘Gupta tax’
Editorials

Well … just call it the ‘Gupta tax’

Apart from the direct and indirect taxes, taxpayers also fork out for “hidden taxes” – such as the costs of education, private security, medical aid and insurance for property.
Writing’s on wall for the fallen
Columns

Writing’s on wall for the fallen

The nearest to social mingling is the exchange of photographs.
No compensation is unconstitutional
Editorials

No compensation is unconstitutional

The reality is that Lekota’s was the voice of reason in the midst of the euphoria after Ramaphosa’s announcement about land redistribution.
These are the ministers Eric ‘Cyril’ Naki would pick
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These are the ministers Eric ‘Cyril’ Naki would pick

Eric Naki tries his hand at considering who he’d pick in his ‘new dawn’ dream team if he were the new president.
Budget test for the ANC’s ‘new dawn’
Columns

Budget test for the ANC’s ‘new dawn’

The document tabled in parliament today is an ANC budget – and the ANC in its current form is incapable of uttering or applying sound monetary and fiscal policies.
Tax pain certain in today’s budget
Editorials

Tax pain certain in today’s budget

Ramaphosa’s first priority will be to fix the spluttering economy, the engine of any change, but which has not been firing on all cylinders for a long time.
Ramaphosa’s true test of courage is now upon him
Columns

Ramaphosa’s true test of courage is now upon him

It’s time for a purge, but will he have the commitment to see it through?
Opposition’s eyes on Ramaphosa
Editorials

Opposition’s eyes on Ramaphosa

Yesterday opposition parties quickly reminded the new South African president that talk is cheap and they would hold him accountable for his actions.
Are these the eight new ministers in Ramaphosa’s lean Cabinet?
Opinion

Are these the eight new ministers in Ramaphosa’s lean Cabinet?

When the Cabinet reshuffle does occur, it is a foregone conclusion that some departments will be collapsed and merged with existing ones
A story of pigs and troughs
Editorials

A story of pigs and troughs

The Gupta family and its stooges and propaganda arms were arrogantly peddling the narrative of white monopoly capital.
The Japanese lesson for SA
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The Japanese lesson for SA

Mr President and Business South Africa, consider lessons from the East.
Isn’t life just fab-u-lous!
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Isn’t life just fab-u-lous!

A tête-à-tête trading tit for tat over skinny cappuccinos.
Editorials

Proteas give fans reason to worry

With just over 15 months to go until the next World Cup in the United Kingdom, the depth of South African cricket is looking rather thin.
Teachers are this country’s future
Editorials

Teachers are this country’s future

We salute Marj Brown and all our other wonderful teachers.
The dirty truth about Jacob Zuma
Columns

The dirty truth about Jacob Zuma

Whatever Mbeki’s failings, he departed the presidential stage with dignity. Zuma, in contrast, displayed all the dignity of a wretched convict being dragged to the gallows.
Get the Super Rugby ball rolling
Editorials

Get the Super Rugby ball rolling

The Lions team looks slightly different to the team that lost their second successive Super Rugby final last year.
Cyril channels spirit of Madiba
Editorials

Cyril channels spirit of Madiba

Ramaphosa will have to undo the serious damage of the Jacob Zuma years.
What Cyril’s Sona must say
Columns

What Cyril’s Sona must say

To reignite economic growth, Ramaphosa will have to set out his economic plans in his State of the Nation address, covering some vital issues.
It’s a new dawn, but never, ever again a Zuma
Editorials

It’s a new dawn, but never, ever again a Zuma

Our new president, Cyril Ramaphosa, stands at the dawn of what could turn out to be a brand new day, metaphorically speaking, in the life of South Africa.
Mid-Week Reflections: ‘Eye of the Needle’ must give us astute Cabinet
Columns

Mid-Week Reflections: ‘Eye of the Needle’ must give us astute Cabinet

Van Rooyen, Mahlobo, Gigaba, Zwane, Dlamini, Mkhongi, Brown, Martins, Muthambi, Bongo, Maswanganyi, Mokonyane and other inept and corrupt ministers must go.

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