It’s personal tax season again and millions of South Africans are busy filling out their tax returns. To avoid any delays in this widescale process, payroll departments across the nation must work quickly and in strict compliance with the law. Failure to do so could result in heavy penalties for their organisations. Arlene Leggat, a director at the South African Payroll Association (SAPA), says that, to satisfy all statutory obligations, not just tax regulations, payroll practitioners need to be suitably qualified. “Payroll plays a leading role in any organisation’s governance and compliance efforts. To reduce risk, employers must ensure their administrators are competent.” But how can they guarantee that this is the case? Practitioners Payroll practitioners should be driven by good governance practices and must stay abreast of current legal requirements. For example, the recent Protection of Personal Information (POPI) Act places an additional burden on businesses to carefully manage and protect any personal information they store or process about their workers. Practitioners must be aware of such developments and understand how to remain compliant with them in the course of their duties. According to Leggat, as compliance requirements increase, more companies are realising the importance of a professional designation. “SAPA is the recognised regulatory body for payroll practitioners in South Africa,” she says. “When companies hire outsiders, there’s no guarantee they’ll get someone who is competent in their field, and the risk of falling short in their legal obligations is growing year by year.” To be awarded one of SAPA’s professional designations, applicants must have the relevant qualifications and experience needed to perform their duties at junior, mid or senior levels. But even after becoming a member, they’re required to continually improve their payroll skills and knowledge. CPDs A core component of ensuring SAPA members understand good . . .
PIETERMARITZBURG, 19 JULY 2017 – Jeep Team OCR athletes, Thomas van Tonder and Jay Jay Deysel, were among the 70 athletes and 39 teams brave enough to accept the Beast Winter Challenge at the Wedge 4x4 Trail in MuldersdrifWt this past weekend. The Beast Winter Challenge offered two Obstacle Course Races (OCR), a 10km Polar Bear OCR and a 5km Snow Fox OCR, with both events featuring hill running, tough gripping, climbing, and crawling through numerous difficult obstacles, especially designed by elite OCR athletes. Van Tonder, never one to give up, hammered his way into the lead and stayed there, claiming a resounding first place in a time of 00:52:45. Jay Jay Deysel was in great form coming second in 00:58:59, with Wynand Louw in third in 01:04:05. Says van Tonder, “An awesome day of OCR, with Jeep Team taking top 2 podium spots at The Beast Winter Challenge. I am stoked with another win at The Beast.” Results – The Beast Winter Challenge – Polar Bear 10km Men 1. Thomas van Tonder 00:52:45 2. Jay Jay Deysel 00:58:59 3. Wynand Louw 01:04:05 Women 1. Nicole Baker 01:54:06 2. Ingrid Becker 01:56:11 JEEP TEAM NEWS MTB - Nissan TrailSeeker Gauteng Series Lionman – Pierre Smith This past weekend saw Jeep Team mountain biker, Pierre Smith, take part in the Lionman leg of the Nissan TrailSeeker Series at Mabalingwe Nature Reserve in Limpopo, after three months off from injuries. The Nissan Trailseeker Series races are tough and renowned for attracting the country’s top mountain bike elites, and this one was no different, playing host to 1921 riders. Says Smith, “It was so exciting to be back on the start line today, racing at the Nissan TrailSeeker Series at Mabalingwe. It was a super physical route with a lot of sand, rocky climbs and some scary downhills.” Smith competed in the challenging Marathon race, which covered 70km with 874m of elevation gain, and featured steep climbs, sharp turns and fast downhills. Smith crossed the finish . . .
What is the idea of Cape Cola? The idea behind Cape Cola is to make a change by changing the most popular soft drink and turning it into a drink which is still refreshing but more than that, it is locally sourced, ethically produced and made from natural ingredients. It is Cape Cola’s vision to give something back to South Africa’s society. Cape Cola is more than just a refreshing soft drink. The team has ambitious goals – of social and sustainable quality. Therefore, they have identified three core propositions for their Cola, activities, and vision. Natural Flavour Cape Cola consists of 98% natural ingredients. The 5 most important ingredients are real kola nut, lime, ginger, mate and for a special South African flavour, honeybush, giving you that unique flavoured taste of the cape. Beyond that, Cape Cola leaves out certain ingredients such as phosphoric acid, anti-foaming agents, and preservatives. In their opinion, these ingredients are not beneficial and shouldn’t be part of our daily diet, nor part of any consumables. Moreover, each bottle of Cape Cola contains only 5 grams sugar. Regional Rootedness Local is lekker! In terms of this project, they want to be part of the “good hope“ of our cape. This means, they only work with local companies who stand out with their fair and social attitude towards their suppliers and employees. Cape Cola’s partners include: Parceval (manufacture of our unique tincture) Fruition (wizard of our flavourful syrup) Picardie (source of our high-quality springwater) Patterson wine (adds the bubbles and fills the bottles) Together with their partners it is their objective to give something back to South Africans. Social Responsibility It is very important for Cape Cola that as a company they take on the responsibility to tackle the imbalance of social instability by supporting local communities and social projects. Currently, they are looking into several options to do so but nothing has . . .
Author: Mariana Stander, Director, Tax Consulting In the current economic climate, the possibility of retrenchment is becoming more of a reality for many South Africans. Employers need to understand the tax implications applicable to retrenchment packages to ensure that they leave the retrenched employees in the best possible financial position. Understanding the tax implications of retrenchment payments. The first thing employers need to know is that for an employee to qualify for a severance benefit, a lump sum must be paid out to them as a direct result from either of the following: Employment ended due to the employer having ceased trading; or Employment ended due to a reduction in staff numbers. Employees over the age of 55 or who have lost their jobs due to the incapability to perform their work (such as sickness or disability) will also qualify for the severance benefits. The second important thing is that the first R500 000 of a severance package is not subject to tax, as a once in a lifetime benefit (meaning once this has been utilised, any subsequent lump sums will be taxable). Any amounts above the R500 000 will be taxed at special tax rates applicable to severance benefits. Thirdly, it is very important to know that any pro-rata bonusses and leave pay paid at the time of retrenchment will not be considered to be part of the severance benefit and will be subject to normal tax rates. Utilising the special tax rates To qualify for the special lump sum tax table, the employer needs to submit a tax directive to SARS. SARS will calculate the applicable tax rate based on the tax directive, and the employer will pay out the nett amount to the employee. The employee needs to declare the severance pay on his/her income tax return. An important point for retrenched employees to remember is that a severance benefit cannot be conserved in the employer’s retirement fund or in a preservation fund. If the employee wants to invest their . . .
Thozamile Gwanya the CEO of Eastern Cape Rural Development Agency (ECRDA) commented around the importance of rural development when he delivered an inspiring speech at the 4th Annual Africa enterprise development & entrepreneurship investment agenda supported by Transnet in Sandton on the 21st and 22nd of June. The ECRDA also partnered and sponsored the event. Thozamile Gwanya unleashed the strategy of the ECRDA regarding rural industrialisation which has become part of the DNA of the organisation through its Enterprise Development programmes that they are running in the region. Rural development is the future of Africa – Yes urbanisation may have worked in other economies such as Europe, USA, China and Japan, however there is always a sentimental value placed to rural homes by Africans. Although they may migrate to urban areas, they still invest in rural areas; there is thus a need to focus more on rural development and industrialising these economies. “The face of development in Africa is different yet we replicate models that have worked for other economies which may not work for Africa” – Thozamile Gwanya commented. Following his comments Thozamile stated that most of the budgets are spent in urban development and rural development is often neglected. ECRDA’s defy all odds and has taken a simple approach as at the heart of its programmes is the furthering of economic potential for rural communities to use their land assets for improved income and wealth generation. Thozamile Gwanya challenged the traditional thinking of rural development which is positioned at the lower end of development planning and stated that it should be a priority for Africa. It is through this realisation that the ECRDA implemented the Rural Enterprise Development Hubs (RED Hubs) a programme with several projects in the Eastern Cape which saw the establishment of several cooperatives in the agricultural sector through partnerships with the private sector. ECRDAs RED . . .
KZN PR and brand communications agency, UrbanHouse Media, joined forces with Harcourts of Hilton to celebrate Mandela Day on Tuesday, 18 July. Members from both teams spent their 67 minutes sewing a selection of fun, bright and colourful fleece blankets for Thandi House Baby Home, situated in Pietermaritzburg. Established in 2009 by Mark and Rene Morcom, Thandi House Baby Home, is a safe haven for abused and unwanted babies and children, as well as a home for young girls faced with unwanted pregnancies. “Thandi”, meaning love, provides all its children with the care of a family that every child deserves. Taking place annually on Madiba’s birthday, Mandela Day calls on South Africans, and the rest of the world, to do something for 67 minutes on July 18 each year to make the world a better place. “We’re proud to be able to participate and in our small way make a difference to the lives of the children in care at Thandi House Baby Home. Mandela Day is a good reminder to take the time to give back, not just today but every day, and that is something we, at UrbanHouse Media, are passionate about,” says Director, Cindy Kidger. “A special thank you to Harcourts of Hilton for allowing us to join them today,” she said. Harcourts of Hilton owner, Andrew Line, paid tribute to his team for all getting involved and playing a part. “Mandela Day is about coming together to make a difference to those in need. It’s also about the team building and camaraderie that this day evokes, not just in my office, but around the country and we’re very happy to support that,” Line said. Thandi House Baby Home, a non-profit organization, does not receive any government funding and relies completely on the kindness and compassion of individuals and businesses in the Pietermaritzburg area to keep its doors open. For more information or to find out how you can help Thandi House Baby Home, visit www.thandihouse.com. “It’s in your hands to create a better world for all who . . .
(Oyster Bay) – Children in the Umzamowethu community used art to commemorate the former statesman on Mandela Day and learn about the humanitarian values for which Madiba was universally acclaimed. More than a hundred children from the local community were invited to take part in an initiative by the neighbouring Kouga Wind Farm, which saw them gather for a group art project at the Oyster Bay Community Hall. Guided by well-known Nelson Mandela Bay artists Bretten-Anne Moolman and Dolla Sapeta, the youngsters each received a mystery puzzle piece with basic outlines to colour in and decorate as they saw fit. After spending 67 minutes channelling their creative energies, the young artists signed their pieces and wrote a personal message on the reverse. These were then put together to reveal a large-format image of Madiba, complete with his inspiring words that “education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” Kouga Wind Farm community liaison officer Trevor Arosi said the wind farm had chosen to mark Mandela Bay by “promoting the legacy and ideals that Tata Madiba stood for, such as selflessness and strength in standing and working together.” He said the artwork was a tangible demonstration of the unique part that each individual played in creating “the bigger picture”. “It is extremely important that we teach our children about the founding values of our democracy, so that we can help them build a better future for themselves and South Africa as a whole,” said Arosi. The youngsters were also treated to a short educational theatre production, The Story of Madiba, in which an interactive mix of songs, drumming, dance and storytelling, in Afrikaans and Xhosa, was used to reinforce the message of forgiveness and serving others. Arosi said the wind farm would approach the municipality with a request to hang the artwork in the community hall as a reminder of Mandela’s legacy. The initiative is one of more than R6.5-million . . .
Unique takes on the latest trends will creatively merge into this year’s Décor District presented by Canvex featuring at Decorex Joburg – co-sponsored by Plascon and Caesarstone - which is taking place at the Gallagher Convention Centre from 9 to 13 August. Bringing this unmissable feature to life will be four of the area’s leading designers – Bockhaus Design, Décor Identity, Distinctive Interiors and Mia Bella Interiors – all of whom have been working the Canvex ‘Conscious Environment’ theme into their home-style installations. “We want to bring the element of social responsibility through environmental sustainability into the designs of the Décor District,” explained Kirsty Fonzari, Canvex Marketing Manager. “Each designer is encouraged to use locally sourced products, one of which is our locally woven Canvex wall canvas.” Commenting on their involvement in Decorex Joburg, Fonzari said: “Decorex is an invaluable platform for market engagement and product exposure in the décor, design and lifestyle arena. Here we can showcase the Canvex customised wall canvas and inherent sustainability features with a whole new audience.” Following their successful creation of the 2016 Man Cave at Decorex Joburg, stand design winners, Rolf and Ivette Bockermann of Bockhaus Design, will be returning this year to curate a fun and inspired sun room for the Décor District. “We wanted to do a space that is funky and eye-catching yet functional and comfortable,” said Rolf Bockermann. “This year we will be focusing on bold colours, but we generally adapt our style to suit customers’ tastes.” Pooling their creative talents, the Midrand-based husband-and-wife team bring in personalised décor and design using their South African-crafted bespoke products. “Our policy, where possible, is to re-use and upcycle our materials, ranging from old pallets to restoring vintage fridges,” he said. “We will be bringing this ethos into our Décor District design.” Returning for her . . .
Vencasa is proud to present a unique fragrance for the bedroom – ‘Sense’. The combination of over 40 different natural fragrances, with dominance of the unique sweet vanilla from Madagascar and the unique dark amber from Persia, create the right balance between relaxation and desire. Exactly what was missing in the bed room! Sleeping is not only about the right mattress and the right adjustable bed – it’s about the getting the environment perfect too. It includes the lighting, the sound, the texture, and of course, the fragrance. The use of scents for well-being and relaxation goes back thousands of years. The effect scents have on us is so great it can instantly change our state of mind. Hollandia has developed the ‘Sense by Hollandia’ to get you to the right state of mind to leave the day behind and relax. Pop into your local Vencasa-Tempur store for 'Sense' to get you to the right state of mind to leave the day behind and relax. They have aromatic candles, fragrant diffusers, sensual pillow spray, room spray and scented soaps. Vencasa has partnered with global and local experts to create the Vencasa Signature Collection for every sleep need. This includes mattresses, headboards, bases and frames, side tables, lamps, occasional furniture, ottomans, linen, pillows, towels and luxurious bedroom accessories, with several price points to accommodate their wide clientele. Vencasa is made for people looking for a high quality, yet affordable range of products. Available exclusively from Vencasa-Tempur stores. Priced from R249.00 - R1300.00. Vencasa brings the art of sleep to your 'casa', from the smallest to the most essential sensory detail. We invite you to 'come home' to Vencasa for the ultimate bedroom experience. Visit www.pharmaline.co.za/vencasa or call 0861 60 60 60 for more information, to shop, or for your nearest stockist. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Parable Fifteen’s new “Though the Storm” album is a more mainstream, radio-ready project than their debut album “Stories”. The sound and focus are tighter for the “Trust me” hitmakers. But their signature sound isn’t sanded away by the effort. The singles, “Helluva Ride”, and “Hello Someday” are two easy-to-digest country-rock songs that speak to the majority in an way that’s unique. Singer and Songwriter “Marc Skarda” proves he’s a sturdy Country Rock vocalist across the breadth of this project. With the addition of a seasoned rhythm section made up of Mali Sewell and Jason Andrew, While the album overall, polished and fresh, but themes of young love and heartache are dominant, bringing familiarity. It’s forever enlightening how the gifted Brothers are able to write about their own struggles in their lives and transform it into something so positive and uplifting. What “Blueprint” does is magnify the honesty that fans love .while simultaneously breathing new life into their career, making for a special project only a group of experimental, yet focused individuals as Parable Fifteen can achieve. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .