Press Releases

Below you will find all Mazars South Africa's press releases. Read up on the latest developments....

The seven trends changing performance management forever

Some high profile companies, including General Electric, Adobe, Netflix and Intel recently announced that they were abandoning the traditional annual performance appraisal system, leading many to assert that performance management systems are heading towards extinction.

Travel Agents and Tourists beware of fraud risks

The number of international tourists arriving in South Africa has surged by 18,7% in the last quarter of the 2015/16 financial year, compared to the previous year, according to the Department of Tourism’s annual report. Domestic tourism numbers are also on the rise with this number likely to grow substantially over the next two years, according to the report. Unfortunately, the rise in tourism has also led to a substantial increase in the instances of fraud in this sector.

Preference shares – debt or equity?

With our deteriorating business environment and increasing insolvencies, businesses are looking to obtain the cheapest finance possible. One very common type of financing that is used is the issue of preference shares. The problem that always raises its head with these is how does one classify preference shares? Is it debt or equity, or both and if so how should the allocation be determined?

New B-BBEE comission highlights need for accurate certification

The Broad-based Black Economic Empowerment (B-BBEE) commission, founded to investigate and deal with fronting, fraud, and other B-BBEE transgressions, this week commented on the nearly 100 cases that it had received since April this year. Commissioner Zodwa Ntuli has described some of the cases as ‘traumatising’, and again emphasized that the commission would take a hard stand against companies found in violation of B-BBEE codes. In light of this, businesses should partner with an accredited and reputable B-BBEE verification agency to ensure that their B-BBEE status is evaluated and reported accurately.

The upcoming Special Voluntary Disclosure Programme (SVDP)

Tax authorities worldwide have articulated concern about what they regard as widespread tax avoidance arising from tax residents holding assets in and earning income in countries other than their country of residence and failing to declare such income and assets to the tax authorities in their country of residence.

Some light on legislation regarding direct offshore investment

Exchange rate fluctuations over the past six months have resulted in Rand depreciation and Rand appreciation of approximately 20% either way. This ebb and flow has led to many financial planners advising investors to transfer money offshore. While this is a very important step in portfolio diversification, investors should weigh up all of the factors when dipping their toes into offshore waters.

Business Rescue and liquidation - not an interchangeable process

The number of liquidations for South African businesses decreased by 1.1% to 177 in May compared with May 2015, according to Statistics SA data. While this could be a result of business rescue becoming available to more companies in financial distress, it is important for business owners to understand that business rescue and liquidation are seldom interchangeable processes.

Mazars opens new Gauteng hub in light of business growth

Mazars, the internationally represented organisation specialising in audit, accounting, tax and advisory services, has officially opened its new Gauteng premises located in Melrose Estate, Johannesburg – an ideal location in the epicentre of South Africa’s business powerhouse.

Four common pitfalls to avoid when drafting a will

Your Will is the only valid and legally enforceable instruction left behind to express the wishes and estate division guidelines of a deceased. To ensure that the remaining family members and beneficiaries are not left in a perilous situation and that the wishes of the deceased are honoured, it is essential to avoid common pitfalls at drafting stage.