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  • Health insurance  Getty Images Evaluating Your Current Health Insurance Plan

    Life is ever-changing and your health insurance plan should fit your lifestyle. There are numerous reasons as to why regularly evaluating your health insurance plan is of key importance - when assessing your current health plan, consider its relevance, affordability and practicality.

  • Mine workers  Gallo Images AMCU To Discuss New Wage Offer

    Labour union Amcu and platinum producers are expected to meet on Tuesday following a new wage offer for striking mineworkers.

  • Striking mine workers  Gallo Images AMCU Negotiations To Resume

    Negotiations between platinum producers and union Amcu are expected to resume on Tuesday following a new wage offer tabled for the striking mineworkers.

  • Sweet, Sweet Money (Bury photocuisine Corbis)5 Biggest Candy-Eating Holidays (And Other Facts)

    With sugar levels sure to go into overdrive this Easter weekend, we count down the five biggest candy-loving holidays by money spent, and check out some other interesting facts about Easter...

  • Insurance quotes  Getty Images Compare The Price Of Insurance Quotes

    Choosing the right insurance company needs to be a calculated, well-informed decision. When doing this, the most valuable weapon in your arsenal would be expert, up-to-date, cost-comparing services that are relevant, competitive and time-saving.

  • Zwelinzima Vavi  Gallo Images Cosatu Condemns Threats Against Vavi: Dlamini

    Cosatu president Sidumo Dlamini on Wednesday condemned those who threatened to "dump" general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi if he campaigned for the ANC.

  • Audit  Gallo Images Hedge Fund Regulations Published: Report

    Draft regulations and a related explanatory memorandum for hedge funds were published for public comment on Thursday, the Financial Services Board (FSB) and Treasury said.

  • Bheki-Ntshalintshali,-Sdumo-Dlamini-and-Zingiswa-Losi  Gallo Images Vavi Back And Working

    Cosatu general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi is back to doing the trade union federation's work and campaigning for the ANC, its president Sidumo Dlamini said on Wednesday.

You and Your Business
  • Online  Anatoliy Babiy\Getty Images Fresh Content Ideas For Your Online Presence

    Many small business owners perform the role of maintaining their enterprise’s online presence, which generally includes the website or blog, and social media channels like Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.

  • Customer Service   Getty Images Customer Service 101

    Perhaps I’m just getting grouchier but on the whole it seems as though the level of customer service in South Africa is going from dismal to downright appalling...

  • Thinking  Tomas Rodriguez Corbis Increase Your Productivity

    No one person can do everything, and understanding how to pick your tasks is a key step towards making the best use of your time. Make these choices second nature before starting your tasks to make 2014 one of the most productive yet.

  • Getty Images   Getty Images  Top Reads For Small Business Owners In 2014

    Every year a plethora of new business management books hit the shelves, all claiming to contain the secrets to entrepreneurship success.

  • Wallet with cards  David Cole\Rex Features 10 Most Common Money Management Mistakes

    Most people need to be reminded of the basic wealth building skills. Here are some of the most common causes for people having a poor relationship with their finances. If you follow these steps you will systematically get your finances on track.

  • Home  John Lund\Blend Images\Corbis 8 Things To Consider Before Buying Property

    When entering into the property market people often make the mistake of not considering their lifestyles before they make the purchase. For example, they may get caught up in the aesthetics of a home with a sweeping staircase and forget that an aging parent may be moving in with them.

  • Cash in wallet  Ocean\Corbis When Money’s Too Tight To Mention

    You have worked hard to get to where you are. You own designer gear, a hot hatchback and a trendy condo. You may eat out in the best restaurants and your peers look up to you because you are moving places. 18 months ago life looked rosy, so you owed the bank a fair amount of cash but you could easily afford the repayments.

  • Bar Graph  Shutterstock All About Inflation And Interest Rates

    Terms like consumer price index, inflation targeting, purchasing parity and repo rates makes most peoples head spin.



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Bizarre Business
  • Man Throws Away Winning Lottery Tickets  Associated Press Man Throws Out $1.25m Lottery Tickets

    A US citizen residing in Pennsylvania accidentally threw out lottery tickets worth $1.25 million between them after he read the numbers incorrectly, the New York Daily News reported.

  • Man Fakes Deaths For R4.2 Million  Wikimedia Commons Man Fakes Deaths For R4.2 Million

    A former Australian funeral director has this week been accused of faking deaths for large insurance pay-outs totalling R4.2 million.

  • Faberge Egg  NIKOLA SOLIC.Newscom.RTR R340 Million Faberge Egg Sold For R140K

    A scrap metal dealer in the States was delighted to discover that the ornate egg he’d purchased for a steal at an antique market was actually worth a small fortune.

  • Spanish Village Going For Free  Santi Palacios.Demotix.Corbi Spanish Mayor Giving Village Away For Free

    A 15th century hamlet comprised of 12 crumbling stone houses, is on the market at a price literally anyone could afford... but there's a catch.