Weekend Argus

The industry’s top experts offer their best advice, research, how-to’s, and insights

THE AMERICAN satirist PJ O’Rourke once suggested that a state of inebriation was proper for the festive season. “This drunkenness,” he said, “culminates on NewYear’s Eve, when you get so drunk you kiss the person you’re married to. ” O’Rourke was widely regarded as an expert in these matters. But that was in another age, […]

STAFF REPORTER A RAPIDLY growing number of South Africans are getting into financial trouble by “investing” in cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin and Ripple. Neil Roets, the chief executive of debt counselling company Debt Rescue, says he was amazed when people driven to the brink of bankruptcy because they had bought into get-rich-quick schemes involving cryptocurrencies […]

Optimism for better trading Despite tight house­hold budgets and muted economic growth prospects, retailers and trad­ers are optimistic for an im­proved trading outlook this year, according to Consumer Goods Council of South Af­rica (CGCSA) chief executive Gwarega Mangozhe. Mango zhe said consumers are still grappling with high debts which have affected dis­posable incomes available for […]

THOUSANDS of shoppers queued this week at the opening of one of the largest malls in South Africa, set in middle-class suburbia between Johannesburg and Pretoria. The Mall of Africa will house more than 300 shops, including global brands such as Inditex’s Zara, Hennes & Mauritz (H&M), Cotton On and Starbucks. They want to attract […]

THE price of petrol will drop by 45c/litre next week, the Energy department said yester¬day. From Wednesday, the whole¬sale price of diesel of 0.05 per¬cent sulphur will decrease 61c//, while diesel 0.005 percent sulphur would decrease by 60c//, the department said. The retail price of 95 and 93 petrol would decrease by 45c//. A major […]

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