Should the retirement age be raised to 70?

Business Live looks at whether the retirement should be extended to 70 years of age, based on a number of factors. South Africa’s population is ageing, with 8% of the total aged 60 or older. This percentage has been rising, and will continue to do so as life expectancy increases. Although the provincial life expectancy rates vary, […]

National Minimum Wage agreement

The recently concluded National Minimum Wage agreement at Nedlac represents a partial victory for the workers and also signifies the first step towards the attainment of a living wage. The NMW is a product of an arduous and ongoing struggle for a living wage by workers and their federation COSATU, since the 1980’s. The workers […]

Average salaries growing just above inflation?

Fin24 reports that the average South African salary grew just above the estimated rate of inflation, according to the BankservAfrica Disposable Salary (BDSI) data released on Wednesday. According to the index the average disposable salary grew 6.7% year-on-year, compared with the 7.3% y/y growth recorded for April 2016. BankservAfrica’s data shows that the average take-home salary in […]

The ins and outs of medical aid cover

It is crucial to understand your medical aid scheme’s prescribed minimum benefits to avoid any surprises in terms of co-payments. To provide lower-cost medical cover, most medical schemes offer plan options where co-payments apply for certain procedures. These procedures tend to be elective surgeries such as a colonoscopy or joint replacement and are clearly defined in the […]

UFS-Afrikaans case: Language, segregation and the Constitution

The removal of Afrikaans as a medium of instruction at the University of Free State was a violation of the Constitution, the Bloemfontein High Court heard yesterday. “Afrikaans has a right to survive. This matter is about the supremacy of the Constitution,” Johan du Toit SC, representing AfriForum, told a full bench of judges. In March, the […]