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April 2016

7 Tips to Help You Get Out of Debt

SavingMatters - Finance By April 15, 2016 No Comments

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By Mooi Gogo

Getting out of debt is the most decisive step you can make towards financial stability. In a typical year, the average consumer spends thousands of rands on debt from credit cards, car loans and mortgage payments.

Given that many credit cards have a 15 – 25 percent interest rate, consumers are wasting thousands of rands in interest each year.

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Mesmerising Chaos

TheSpectator - Sport By April 8, 2016 Tags: , , , , , , , , No Comments

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By Lunga Kupiso

With the conclusion of the World T20 World Cup in India, as the West Indies were crowned Kings and Queens of World Cricket in both the Men’s and the Women’s tournament, months after their U19 squad were crowned the Champions in Bangladesh, the island nation pulling the triple threat. Beyond that historical achievement, there is something quiet admirable to take from this tournament.

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If it quacks like a duck, it’s a pyramid scheme!

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By Manelisi Makasi

South African investors have benefited from an era (+15 years) of extra ordinary returns from the local stock market. The general sentiment from fund managers has been to caution against expecting the same levels of returns with some articulating that we can expect an era of low returns going forward.

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How can your teen learn good spending habits? Start with an allowance.

SavingMatters - Finance By April 8, 2016 No Comments

When teens are given control of money used for personal expenses, they learn the value of a dollar, and begin to understand financial responsibility. But for teens not yet old enough to get a part-time job, it can be tricky to figure out how much to give as an allowance.
It’s important to show teens how to stick to a budget and have a handle on their expenses. But it’s also a good idea to see that they have some money that isn’t earmarked for anything specific, so they learn how to make smart choices on their own.

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The Seduction of Chocolate

SpotlightAfrica - Entertainment By April 1, 2016 No Comments

 

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By Dr Zoe Lees

We have just been through Easter, which has special significance for some from a religious perspective, while the chocoholics amongst us are simply looking for an excuse to binge!

I thought I’d look up the origins of the Easter egg, and how this evolved into chocolate eggs. Not all are religious observers of Easter, but it seems that most around the world either buy chocolate eggs or decorate eggs at this time of the year.

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Are Stokvels still relevant?

SavingMatters - Finance By April 1, 2016 Tags: , , , , No Comments

 

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By Qiniso Ntuli

Stokvels are said to make up a multi-billion rand industry in South Africa. Stokvels are a form of collective saving where the participants contribute on a monthly basis for one purpose or another.

Let us take a look at some of the different types of stokvels that exist. A stokvel can be rotational or cumulative. In a rotational stokvel, the contributions are paid to a member on a rotational basis, normally monthly. For example, where there are 12 members, each member gets their lump sum on a certain month. This type of stokvel is one we find rather pointless but we shall elaborate further later.

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Misfiring Cylinders

TheSpectator - Sport By April 1, 2016 Tags: , , , , , , , , No Comments
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By Lunga Kupiso

The South African National Cricket Team touched ground at OR Tambo International Airport on March 29 2016 to happy wives, children and relatives. The players themselves were happy to be back at home for what will seem like a small break for most who have IPL contracts for the very lucrative Indian Premier League Tournament set to begin on April 9.

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Book Review: The 30th Candle

ReadAfrica - Book Reviews By April 1, 2016 Tags: , , , , , , , No Comments
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By Simphiwe Rens

Book Review: The 30th Candle

Author: Angela Makholwa

Captivating, thrilling and delightfully dramatic, are but some of the attributes I found myself confidently attaching to this page-turner by South African author Angela Makholwa. The 30th Candle is a novel exploring the lives of four girl friends who each bring a wholesome and emotionally-capturing layer to the narrative that Makholwa simplistically yet so elegantly unpacks.

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