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Property market shows growth in 2013

The property market ended on a high in 2013, showing an increase in house prices, bond sizes and bank approval rates.

Nine tips to keep your credit score healthy

Only 53.3% of credit-active consumers in South Africa are in good standing. Is your credit record clear?

Banks continue to relax lending criteria

Highest number of bond approvals recorded last month since October 2008.

Sharp increase in single women buying homes

Women are changing the face of the historically male-dominated property market.

Increase in bond applications and approvals

Applicants appear to be downscaling as well as relocating -- mainly to Cape Town.

Could co-ownership work for prospective buyers?

The average house price is now over R800 000, which means it's not that easy for one person to buy a home. A possible solution? Co-ownership.

First-time buyers ‘return’ to property market

First-time buyers are making a steady return to the residential property market in South Africa, according to new statistics.

‘Perfect storm’ for prospective buyers

First-time buyers may find it more affordable to buy a home.

Renovating your house? Beware underinsurance

An insurance policy shouldn't be calculated on what you paid to buy, but on what it would cost to build the property to the same standard.

Self-employed? Don’t give up on buying property

If you are self-employed or run your own business, you'll know the frustration of having to jump through hoops to get a bond. It's not easy.

How credit can create wealth

Credit's reputation has taken a knock, following the sub-prime mortgage crisis in the United States and rising levels of indebtedness in South Africa.

Prices benefit from relaxed lending

Banks keep lowering their lending criteria and house prices keep going up.

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Constitutional Court ruling on restructuring dispute is good for employers

A judgment from the apex court empowers employers to change their workers’ contracts — without consultation

KZN officials cash in on ‘danger pay for Covid-19’

Leadership failures at Umdoni local municipality in KwaZulu-Natal have caused a ‘very unhappy’ ANC PEC to fire the mayor and chief whip

The living nightmare of environmental activists who protest mine expansion

Last week Fikile Ntshangase was gunned down as activists fight mining company Tendele’s expansions. Community members tell the M&G about the ‘kill lists’ and the dread they live with every day

Press Releases

Introducing the new CSIR strategy and identity

This will guide the research, development and innovation organisation in its pursuit to conduct research that enables a capable state

Itec serves up high-tech integrated surveillance system for family food company

The system includes facial recognition software and a thermal screening solution that will provide instant temperature screening of all employees

Transport Month

An infrastructure-led recovery will help to stimulate demand in the South African economy, which is vital post the Covid-19 pandemic

Limpopo’s Economic Recovery Plan to fight Covid-19 impact

Billions have been set aside to help farmers and industries get back on their feet as part of the Limpopo Socio-Economic Recovery Plan

Disrupt the corrupt

Whistle-blowers should be seen as real heroes in the fight against corruption and we need a change in culture for this to happen

Corporates: A force for good for a sustainable future

In order to see people and nature thrive what is required is a strong focus on partnerships – we cannot act alone anymore

Combatting wildlife crime in Southern Africa activity annual programme statement (APS) No. 04

Concept papers are sought for implementating activities, for a multi-faceted programme that aims to reduce poaching and illegal trade in wildlife

The financial decisions made during your life journey, and their impact on your retirement outcome

The longer you save towards retirement the larger your retirement savings are expected to be due to the effect of compounding interest

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