The starting point in managing and controlling a group’s tax should be to define its tax strategy. Tax strategy is a plan of action, which an organization seeks to take to achieve its tax objectives. The Tax Director / Head of Tax (HoT) needs to set out the principal objectives, all of which should tie […]
The complexities of the current regulatory environment undoubtedly pose significant challenges for financial institutions, as regulators continue to expect management to demonstrate robust oversight, compliance, and risk management standards. Regulatory mandates, and other stakeholder demands, such as those stemming from customers, investors, and counterparties, are not likely to subside in the foreseeable future, but rather, […]
In this era of big data, there are increasing opportunities for collection, processing and analysis of vast and complex data sets about customers such as demography, behavior, transaction trends, economics etc. The ability to mine and utilize insights from analyzing these huge and complex data to create business value is generating significant interest to business […]
Analysis of the financial crisis revealed poor quality decision-making and poor quality oversight of risk by many bank Boards. The governance of many banks was at best fractured, at worst broken. Facing commercial, shareholder and regulatory pressures to improve their governance, most banks recognize the commercial advantages of good governance including: Improved strategic and day-to-day decision-making and risk management. Supporting […]
Advising Africa conglomerate, Dangote to help achieve ambitious expansion plans. Already one of the largest conglomerates in Africa, the Dangote Group continues to strategically expand its business lines and footprint across the continent. While its first listing on the Nigeria Stock Exchange only came in 2005, Dangote’s market cap reached US$25 billion at the end […]
What does the 4th Industrial revolution mean for African businesses? Technology is core to the 4th industrial revolution. It will also be at the heart of Africa’s growth in the next decade. The broader consequences to the African continent of these advances are greater automation, doing more with less, and economies which are net exporters […]
What trends have you seen in Private Equity deal-making in South Africa over the last 12-18 months? How would you describe activity levels? “Three primary trends and activity levels have emanated from the private equity (PE) industry in South Africa over the last 12 to 18 months, some of which bear a resemblance to deal […]
Many of the large gains in FDI inflows to Africa during the five year period to 2014 have been into the extractive industries, in particular, Zambia and Mozambique in Southern Africa; Uganda and Tanzania in East Africa and the Republic of Congo and Chad in Central Africa. The reliance of many African economies on the […]
The South African energy industry is being transformed by the Department of Energy’s (DoE) Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (IPP Programme). Many power purchase agreements (PPAs) have been signed between Eskom and Independent power producers (IPPs) and many more are expected to be. The energy generated by the IPPs supplements the energy generated by Eskom. […]
Barring certain exceptions, armed conflict and terrorism, policy uncertainty, macroeconomic instability and inadequate and corrupt legal systems in specific African countries, and regions, have historically tainted foreign investors’ perception of Africa as an investment destination. Subsequent to the 2008 financial crisis, however, Africa, with its high growth rates, burgeoning population, growing middle class, perceived improved […]
As the Internet of Things (IoT) rockets up the business agenda, technology firms are competing fiercely to stake out a leadership position in this burgeoning growth market. But success in the IoT space will take more than slick applications, connected devices and advanced analytics; it will also require a robust approach to security, privacy and […]
Public trust is a vital part of effective governance. However, recent studies by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) have shown a dramatic decline in public trust in national governments worldwide. This decline could have serious implications for governments around the world. One way to rebuild trust with the public is to open […]
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