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Cecil Kilpin | December 2019 Newsletter

By |2020-01-22T11:08:21+02:00Dec 18th, 2019|Business, Finance + Economics, Goverment, Newsletter, Tax|

Annual Inflation Continues to Fall A recent report from STATSA states that annual inflation eased further in November, falling to 3,6% from October’s 3,7%. This is the third successive month of disinflation, which means that the pace of price increases is slowing down. November’s reading is the lowest since December 2010 when the rate was 3,5%. The highest rate recorded since December 2010 was 7,0% in February 2016. Since the end of 2016 inflation has been on a downward trend and has remained firmly within the South African Reserve Bank’s 3%–6% monetary policy range since April 2017. Housing and utilities, miscellaneous goods and services, and food and non-alcoholic beverages were the biggest contributors to the 3,6% increase in November 2019. Food and non-alcoholic beverages’ inflation [...]

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Cecil Kilpin | September 2019 Newsletter

By |2019-09-20T13:46:49+02:00Sep 18th, 2019|Business, Finance + Economics, Goverment, Newsletter|

Economic Policy Paper for Public Comment The Minister of Finance, Mr Tito Mboweni, is calling on members of the public to make comments on a paper titled: “Economic transformation, inclusive growth, and competitiveness: Towards an Economic Strategy for South Africa”. The paper, prepared by the National Treasury, is an attempt to translate the broad outcomes of inclusive growth, economic transformation, and competitiveness into specific programmes and draw on a range of domestic and international literature to support these policy priorities. This paper considers the contribution of specific growth reforms that can achieve the outcomes of economic transformation, inclusive growth, and competitiveness. The paper draws on the National Development Plan to outline six themes and the contribution of growth reforms within each theme that prioritize economic transformation, inclusive growth, and competitiveness. The themes include: Modernizing [...]

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Cecil Kilpin | December 2018 Newsletter

By |2019-02-19T14:23:18+02:00Dec 7th, 2018|Finance + Economics, Goverment, Newsletter, Tax|

Economy Grows By 2.2% Good news to end 2018 as the South African economy grew by 2,2% quarter-on- in the third quarter of 2018, bringing to an end the country’s second recession since 1994. Higher contributions to growth in a number of industries – most notably in manufacturing, transport as well as finance and business services – were enough to lift economic growth back into positive territory. The rise in economic activity in the third quarter follows two consecutive quarters of negative growth, which is a widely recognised indicator of recession. The economy slumped by 2,6% in the first quarter of 2018 and a further 0,4% in the second quarter.   Key facts from the third quarter 2018 GDP release: Expenditure on GDP increased by [...]

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Cecil Kilpin | November 2018 Newsletter

By |2018-11-20T11:52:07+02:00Nov 2nd, 2018|Business, Finance + Economics, Goverment, Newsletter, Tax|

The 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) The 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development were adopted by 193 world leaders in September 2015 at the United Nations General Assembly: “Transforming our World: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development” [known as Agenda 2030]. They officially came into force on the 1 January 2016. South Africa is one of the member states of the United Nations. The 2030 Agenda consists of four parts: Vision and principles Goals and Targets Means of implementation Follow up review mechanism Vision and principles: Countries that have committed to the 17 SDGs have until 2030 to achieve 3 overarching goals which underpin the Agenda. They are: To end extreme poverty To fight inequality and injustice To fix climate [...]

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Cecil Kilpin | August 2017 Newsletter

By |2017-08-14T10:14:41+02:00Aug 3rd, 2017|Business, Finance + Economics, Newsletter, Tax|

SARS PUBLISHES DRAFT TAX AMENDMENT BILLS National Treasury and SARS have published, for public comment, various tax amendment bills. Together with the 2017 Draft Rates, Monetary Amounts and Amendment of Revenues Laws Bill published on 22 February 2017, these three draft Bills give effect to the tax proposals announced in the Budget Review. The two draft Bills released include most of the more complex and administrative tax proposals but exclude the proposals dealt with in the 2017 Draft Rates Bill, such as: changes to the personal income tax brackets, rates and excise duties and the introduction of the Health Promotion Levy (the proposed sugary beverage tax).Some of the key tax proposals contained in the 2017 Draft bills are: A higher fringe benefit exemption for bursaries [...]

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