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Cecil Kilpin | December 2020 Newsletter

By |2020-12-03T11:17:10+02:00Nov 30th, 2020|Business, Finance + Economics, Goverment, Newsletter|

(extract from the World economic forum’s “The Great Reset”) The COVID-19 crisis has highlighted many ways to do business more responsibly once it recedes. The cost of continuing with business as usual after COVID-19, without shifting investment from polluting fossil fuels to clean renewable energy, will only lead to further crises, according to a letter sent on behalf of more than 40 million health professionals to the leaders of G20 countries in May 2020. The letter asked that as governments devise massive stimulus packages in the wake of the pandemic they prioritize clean air, clean water, and a stable climate - in ways that build resilience to future health crises while at the same time creating more sustainable jobs. According [...]

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Cecil Kilpin | October 2020 Newsletter

By |2020-12-03T06:33:24+02:00Oct 30th, 2020|Business, Finance + Economics, Goverment, Newsletter, Tax|

A Social Partnership To Boost Confidence, Restart The Economy And Conduct Urgent Reforms (Extract from the Medium Term Budget Policy Statement) The economic recovery plan was developed through extensive consultations between government, business, labour and civil society. It has two broad components. A range of immediate and short-term measures will be taken to rebuild confidence, kick-start the economy and continue to mitigate the effects of the pandemic. And structural reforms will promote faster, more inclusive growth and employment over the medium to long term. Many of these reforms are drawn from government’s long-term structural reform agenda as outlined in the discussion paper that the National Treasury released in 2019 – Economic Transformation, Inclusive Growth, and Competitiveness: Towards an Economic Strategy for South Africa. Parliament approved [...]

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Cecil Kilpin | September 2020 Newsletter

By |2020-12-03T06:34:21+02:00Oct 1st, 2020|Business, Finance + Economics, Goverment, Newsletter, Tax|

Economic Overview The economic effects of the coronavirus crisis have been extensive and a recovery to pre-pandemic levels will take several years. Current forecasts from the IMF show global gross domestic product (GDP) contracting by about 4.9% this year, although the general economic outlook has improved somewhat. Second quarter GDP outcomes for most economies have been massively negative, as expected. At this stage, third and fourth quarter recoveries for 2020 are expected to be robust. However, the pace of growth into 2021 could be modest, depending on control of new virus outbreaks, the extent of supply and demand losses, and future growth in investment and productivity.   The Covid-19 outbreak has had major health, social and economic impacts, presenting difficulties in forecasting domestic and global [...]

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Cecil Kilpin | August 2020 Newsletter

By |2020-12-03T06:35:15+02:00Aug 31st, 2020|Business, Finance + Economics, Goverment, Newsletter, Tax|

CIPC Releases A Directors Quick Reference Guide CIPC has released a quick reference guide designed to highlight specifically, although not exclusively, critical issues of the Companies Act No. 71 of 2008 that a director should be aware of. The central message of this guide, which is divided into 10 basic markers, is that a director of a company when acting in that capacity: must not cause harm to the company; must always act in the best interests of the company; and must ensure that there is no conflict of interest between the director and the company   A director differs from a shareholder in terms of function; power and authority and is legally distinct from the company itself. A person can act in different capacities, [...]

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Cecil Kilpin | July 2020 Newsletter

By |2020-12-03T06:37:24+02:00Jul 31st, 2020|Business, Finance + Economics, Goverment, Newsletter, Tax|

Donations made to the Solidarity Fund The deduction available for donations increased. To alleviate the cashflow difficulties of employees where their employers contribute to the Solidarity Fund on their behalf, Government is proposing a special relief measure by temporarily increasing the current 5% tax limit in the calculation of monthly PAYE of the employee. An additional limit of up to a maximum of 33.3% for three months or 16.66% for six months, depending on an employee’s circumstances, will be available.   This will ensure that the employee gets the deduction that is in excess of 5% much earlier than under normal circumstances and will therefore not have to wait until final assessment to claim a potential refund, provided the donation is made to the Solidarity [...]

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Cecil Kilpin | June 2020 Newsletter

By |2020-12-03T06:40:36+02:00Jun 29th, 2020|Business, Finance + Economics, Goverment, Newsletter, Tax|

The Protection of Personal Information Act 4 of 2013 (POPI) On the 17th of June, President Ramaphosa signed the final enabling legislation to finally give effect to POPI with effect from 1st July 2020. Although it comes into full force, businesses have until the end of June 2021 to comply with the ACT.     The key aims of the POPI ACT is as follows: To promote the protection of personal information processed by public and private bodies; To introduce certain conditions so as to establish minimum requirements for the processing of personal information; To provide for the establishment of an Information Regulator to exercise certain powers and to perform certain duties and functions in terms of this Act and the Promotion of Access to Information Act, 2000; To provide for the issuing of [...]

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Cecil Kilpin | June 2020: Supplementary Budget

By |2020-12-03T06:46:30+02:00Jun 26th, 2020|Business, Finance + Economics, Goverment, Newsletter, Tax|

Liduma lidlule!The storm shall pass! The purpose of the supplementary budget is obviously due to the historic nature of this pandemic and economic downturn. A second adjustments budget in October will be tabled together with the Medium‐Term Budget Policy Statement. The Budget Does Two Things:First, it brings an Adjustments Appropriation Bill and a Division of Revenue Amendment Bill to the House. These Bills ask Parliament to approve the response package for COVID‐19.   Second, it lays a path for the direction the president gave us on 21 April to “not merely return our economy to where it was before the Corona virus, but to forge a new economy in a new global reality” This Supplementary Budget sets out a road-map to stabilise debt, by improving spending patterns, and creating a foundation for economic [...]

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Cecil Kilpin | May 2020 Newsletter

By |2020-12-03T06:49:20+02:00May 30th, 2020|Business, Finance + Economics, Goverment, Newsletter, Tax|

DIRECTOR’S ROLE AMIDST THE COVID 19 PANDEMIC The director’s role has without a doubt become more onerous amidst the Covid-19 pandemic. However, the Companies Act makes provision for operating in a virtual world, which includes, inter alia: A signature or an initial on a document may be made by or on behalf of a person by the use of an electronic signature or an advanced electronic signature. Proxy forms, annual financial statements, prospectuses and annual reports may be lawfully created, signed, retained and sent electronically Meetings of shareholders and directors respectively may be conducted entirely by electronic communication The definition of “present at a meeting” includes a “virtual presence” or representation by electronic proxy   Directors and officers are required to be cognisant of corporate legislation pertaining to their office, and [...]

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Cecil Kilpin | Further Tax Measures To Combat The Covid-19 Pandemic

By |2020-12-03T06:51:32+02:00Apr 29th, 2020|Business, Finance + Economics, Goverment, Newsletter, Tax, Vat|

  In line with the President’s address to the nation on 21 April 2020, the Minister of Finance has provided more detail on the second set of measures that aim to assist individuals and businesses through the pandemic. The interventions include:     Skills Development Levy Holiday: From 1 May 2020, there will be a four-month holiday for skills development levy contributions Fast-Tracking of Value-Added Tax (VAT) Refunds: Smaller VAT vendors that are in a net refund position will be temporarily permitted to file monthly instead of once every two months, thereby unlocking the input tax refund faster and immediately helping with cash-flow Three-month Deferral for Filing and First Payment of Carbon Tax Liabilities: To provide additional time to complete the first return, as well as cash flow relief [...]

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Cecil Kilpin | April 2020 Newsletter

By |2020-12-03T06:54:42+02:00Apr 27th, 2020|Business, Finance + Economics, Goverment, Newsletter, Tax|

*IMPORTANT: This article is based on an extract from a draft government document.   Risk-Adjusted Strategy For Economic Activity Though the national lockdown has shown early evidence on how it has successfully helped to flatten the curve and limit the spread of Covid-19, there are numerous risks if the lockdown is lifted too quickly or without any strategy. Below is an excerpt given by government discussing evidence from the 1918 Spanish Influenza with regards to long-run economic consequences: "On the one hand, NPIs constrain social interactions while they are in place, and thus necessarily depress any type of economic activity that relies on such interactions. On the other hand, because the pandemic itself has severe economic consequences, by reducing the severity of the pandemic, NPIs [...]

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