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  • Helen Zille  Gallo Images Zille Launches Investment Website: Report

    A website showing the Western Cape's capital infrastructure investment and delivery in municipalities was launched by premier Helen Zille on Wednesday.

  • Mmusi Maimane  Gallo Images Small Businesses Will Rent For R1: Report

    Small, innovative businesses will pay R1 for rent under the DA in Gauteng, premier candidate Mmusi Maimane said on Wednesday.

  • Kitchen  Gallo Images Are You Sabotaging Your Own House Sale?

    Did you know that 32% of people don’t sell their homes because of clutter?

  • Graph  Gallo Images CPI Up In March

    The consumer price index (CPI) rose by 0.1 percent to six percent in March, Statistics SA said on Wednesday.

  • Zwelinzima Vavi  Gallo Images Vavi Denies Owing Numsa

    Cosatu general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi has indicated that he does not owe Numsa for its support to have him reinstated at the trade union federation, The Star newspaper reported on Wednesday.

  • Save energy  Getty Images How To Save Money In The Face Of Rising Energy Costs

    Opting for a more environmentally friendly approach to living has been in promotion for a number of years now. There are a number of benefits for adopting and incorporating other sources of energy into your day-to- day living, saving money being one of the biggest.

  • Farmers  Gallo Images Farmers Urged To Apply For Cattle Project

    North West livestock farmers have been urged to take part in the Industrial Development Corporation's Nguni cattle development project in the province.

  • 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.

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.