On the 18th of August 2021, the Minister of Social Development, Lindiwe Zulu, published The Green Paper On Comprehensive Social Security And Retirement Reform (2021). It sets out the Government’s proposal for a mandatory, comprehensive retirement and social security system. 13 days later, on the 31st of August 2021, the Minister withdrew the controversial document without saying why.
If you would like to buy a property or two, please raise your hand. If you love wading through red tape and bureaucracy, please raise your hand. If you enjoy spending ages on hold and doing endless administration and filling out forms, raise your hand. If uncertainty and putting your life on hold gives you a thrill, raise your hand. If you only did so right in the beginning and the other statements leave you feeling dizzy, this article is for you.
It pains me to have to write this. I hope it will bring some hope to some of my clients and, to others, a sober warning about why not having insurance or going the self-insurance route may not be wise. Obviously, the loss of possessions is distressing, but these are material things and can be replaced. What causes me more distress is what the events leading up to the unprecedented looting and destruction will mean in the longer-term in terms of the disruption of people’s lives and the businesses involved.
FNB sent me a reminder to be careful about scams and what I should do if I encounter them. I am always grateful for their sustained efforts to combat these. It is sad that I have to write so often about them. They have become so common place, that people joke about the Nigerian General that is trying to overthrow the Government and needs your help whilst offering you handsome rewards.
In these blogs and in my discussions with clients the topic of cryptocurrencies has been raised on a regular basis. The fact is, whether you think this is a good investment opportunity or not, the South African Revenue Service (SARS) is sharpening its focus and intention to ‘mine’ it for tax revenue – as is within its rights. This is also not a new thing – SARS has been warning us for years.
The short answer is much sooner than you think you will need it! The challenge is that a 20-year-old appears to be healthy and sees cover as a grudge purchase. Young people often think that they are invincible. In their case, accidents are the biggest cause of death and disability. Adults who are faced with their own mortality often wake up to the fact that they may also leave others behind!