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Cecil Kilpin | June 2022 Newsletter

By |2022-06-10T11:47:27+02:00Jun 9th, 2022|Business, Environmental, Finance + Economics, Goverment, Newsletter, Tax|

Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) versus Friedman Doctrine and the SME The Friedman doctrine is a theory advanced by economist Milton Friedman which holds that the social responsibility of a business is to increase its profits. This approach views shareholders as the economic engine of the organization and the only group to which the firm is socially responsible. decide such matters for them. The Friedman doctrine has been very influential in the corporate world. The World Economic Forum, on the other hand is a staunch supporter of ESG which in its simplest form promotes that a corporation exists for benefit of all stakeholders. Stakeholders is a broad term, but from a corporation’s perspective this would include inter alia [...]

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Cecil Kilpin | June 2018 Newsletter

By |2022-01-21T09:48:55+02:00Jun 8th, 2018|Business, Finance + Economics, Newsletter, Tax|

Estate Plan Review While it makes sense to review one’s estate plan on annual basis there are some key events which should ring a bell for an estate planner to revise their estate plan immediately. The following are some key events: Divorce The Wills Act states that except where expressly otherwise provided, a bequest to a divorced spouse will be deemed revoked if the testator dies within three months of the divorce. This provision is to allow a divorced person a period of three months to amend their Will, after the trauma of a divorce. Should one fail to amend their Will within three months after divorce, the deemed revocation rule will fall away, and the divorced spouse will benefit as indicated in the Will. [...]

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Cecil Kilpin | November 2017 Newsletter

By |2022-01-21T10:39:42+02:00Nov 3rd, 2017|Business, Finance + Economics, Goverment, Newsletter, Tax|

"REVIEW: MEDIUM TERM BUDGET POLICY SPEECH" Overview There was not much good news, with revenue shortfalls projected in 2017/18 to be R50 billion, R69 billion in 2018/19 and R89 billion in 2019/20. So, a collective shortfall over the next three years of over R200 billion, with limited detail on how to fund it. There is mention of the sale of state assets to fund the SAA bailouts etc. There appears to be no concrete plan of action besides the possible sale of some Telkom shares.We appear to be stuck in a low growth trap, with limited vision for a way forward. There is immense political pressure to act in accordance with the wishes of key political figures and it appears that only a radical change [...]

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