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How to compare investment fees

It’s a matter of deciphering the acronyms, but the crouton in the financial alphabet soup is the EAC

The finance minister details a plan to ‘rebuild the ancient ruins’

​It’s not often that Bible verses and Dickens are quoted in the same speech, especially when the speech is to outline the medium-term budget

Mboweni targets water crisis

The finance minister has vowed to tackle rampant corruption and municipal dysfunction

High fees erode your investments

New middlemen mean today’s investors are paying more fees than previous generations

Online tax hurts the poor

Shutting down mobile and internet services is costing several African countries millions of dollars

Fees can reduce retirement savings

Small differences in fund management fees can be an investment killer in the long term

Africa is fertile ground for fintech

With so many unbanked citizens and alternative approaches to money, there’s plenty of room for innovation

In for a penny, in for a pounding

Although the individual increases are not large, they add up to a real squeeze.

Eskom rewards bosses for fine job

The lights are going out but the power utility defends its generous pay to its executives.

Political risk claims lower in 2014

State insurer Sasria saw an increase in profit last year despite platinum workers downing tools for five months.

Litigation centre comes of age

Nicole Fritz and Priti Patel's young institution has recently scored major victories in protecting the rights of people in Southern Africa

Investors barred from savings party

Hedge funds are being excluded from the treasury's plan for a tax-free savings account.

Bank on the future of phones

The potential of mobile-linked banking transactions is huge – but they must be cheap.

African Bank will beat ‘junk’ rap

Analysts say the company’s biggest shareholders cannot afford to let it fail.

Chasing the e-tail a costly investment

Online shopping is increasing rapidly in South Africa, but financiers need deep pockets.

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Pay-TV inquiry probes the Multichoice monopoly

Africa’s largest subscription television operator says it is under threat amid the emerging popularity of global platforms like Netflix and Amazon Prime

​No apology or comfort as another Marikana mother dies without justice

Nomawethu Ma’Bhengu Sompeta, whose funeral will be held this weekend, was unequivocal in calling out the government for its response to the Marikana massacre

Covid-overflow hospital in ruins as SIU investigates

A high-level probe has begun into hundreds of millions of rand spent by the Gauteng health department to refurbish a hospital that is now seven months behind schedule – and lying empty

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