What does the VAT increase mean for you?

The 1st of April 2018 saw the introduction of the new 15% VAT rate. Government has projected an estimated R22.9 Billion increase in revenue as a result of the increase, with the hope of mitigating its impact through an increase in social grant entitlements and zero-rated items.

But what are the implications of VAT during the transitional period? Can 14% still be applicable and under what circumstances?

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The Minister of Finance announced an increase in Value Added Tax (VAT) from 14% to 15% effective from the 1st of April 2018.

Our services are subject to VAT and, therefore, the VAT increase will apply.

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Property owners in the Metro are still coming to grips with the recent General Valuation Roll (2017) released by the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality (NMBM).

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A brutal reality of the world today is the developing worldwide risk (and industry) of cybercrime. Our reality rotates around data innovation and it is our reliance subsequently which is focused by digital crooks.

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Wills Estates

Get your FREE Will and Testament this Will’s Week 11-15 September.
Email to book your consultation.

The only way to ensure that your post-death wishes are given effect to and that people you deem unworthy do not inherit from your estate is to draw a valid Will before your demise. If you do not have a valid Last Will & Testament, your nett estate will be distributed in terms of the Intestate Succession Act 81 of 1987.

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The Domestic Violence Act 116 of 1998

Stories of abuse, abduction of women and children, and domestic violence have been trending on social media over the past few weeks. The focus of this article is therefore on the serious social evil – domestic violence. This article strives to set out how you can use the provisions of Domestic Violence Act to protect yourself against domestic violence.

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Victory for property owners in latest SCA ruling

In the recent ruling of the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality v Amber Mountain Investments, the Supreme Court of Appeal (“SCA”) addressed the question of whether the seller of immovable property could be held liable for the advance payment of the full annual property rate, or only for the payment of municipal rates calculated until transfer takes place. This SCA decision was handed down on 29 March 2017.

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Should you belong to the Consumer Goods & Services Ombud?

The Code of Conduct (Code) for the Consumer of Goods and Services (CGS) industry became effective in 2015. The Code provides for the establishment and powers of the Consumer of Goods and Services Ombud (CGSO) to guide the industry on the minimum standards of goods and services expected when engaging consumers and to assist the industry in resolving disputes arising from complaints about non-compliance with the Code and the Consumer Protection Act 68 of 2008 (the Act) by participants (businesses) in the CGS industry.

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SAFETY: Tips for Women and Girls

We asked  Atlas Security Community Development Manager (Port Elizabeth) and Ambassador for Women Empowerment, Bernadette Nel- Naude to help us with some important safety tips.

Here are some of her key pointers to staying aware and limiting your vulnerability to attacks.

  • First and most important thing to remember is that there is no such thing as asking for it, it’s 100% the rapists fault.
  • The best thing that we can do as women is to raise men who respect women.

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