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COVER: Construction companies to adapt to a new normal

Times couldn’t be tougher for South Africa’s construction sector. Members of the JSE’s heavy construction index have performed poorly and many companies had to cut their workforce. Finweek contributor Larry Claasen looks at the different factors contributing to the slump and how companies are adapting to survive.

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Finweek Quiz #66

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MANAGEMENT: Complaining with a voice

The minister of Trade and Industry has published a Code of Conduct for the Consumer Goods and Services Industry (“the Code”). This has created a Consumer Goods and Services Ombud (“the Ombud”) and requirements for suppliers of goods or services to create and maintain a complaints-handling procedure. This ensures that complaining consumers have their issues raised and addressed.

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INSIGHT: What to do after the death of a loved one?

Are you prepared for the financial implications that follow the death of a loved one? Kelsy Moodley, Acturial Analyst at Alexander Forbes Financial Services, offers advice on the financial checklist to consider.

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BUSINESS: Five social media pitfalls SMEs should avoid

Steven Cohen, Managing Director for Sage One Accounting AAMEA, shares some insight on social media pitfalls that small business owners should try and avoid to successfully manage their social media accounts and social conversations with customers.

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MONEY: You can save up to 20% of car insurance

When it comes to getting the best deal on car insurance and finding a car insurance solution that fits your needs, you need to shop around, because rates and products vary from one insurance provider, writes Moxima Gama.

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MONEY: Vendor bidding is different to ghost bidding

When it comes to auctions, many people confuse the legal practice of vendor bidding with the highly unethical and illegal ghost bidding. This is mostly because people regard auction as bargain purchases.

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NEWS: Banking sector offers women’s health benefits

The banking sector partners with Department of Health and Metropolitan Health to offer women’s health benefits to address their specific health risks.

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BUSINESS: Franchise sector growing entrepreneurial base

Growth in the franchise industry makes it an attractive entrepreneurial investment.

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BUSINESS: Networking most powerful marketing for IT

Networking could be the single most important marketing tool in the IT sector. Successful networking depends on physically being in the market, among peers, mentors and industry leading experts.

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ENTREPRENEUR: Franchise sector to grow entrepreneurship

The franchise sector has a lower failure rate than start-up business. In this article, Gerrie van Biljon explains how franchising can grow entrepreneurship in South Africa.