Category: Business advice

  • Here are some ways to save time in the working day

    South Africa ranks among the countries with the longest average working hours per week. The average worker in South Africa works approximately 42.5 hours per week (or 8.5 hours a day) according to findings by the University of Oxford. For employers who have to multitask and focus on various tasks in rapid succession, cutting out […]

  • 10 tips for excellent cash flow management

    Are you sitting down? Let us share a frightening statistic with you. In a report published by FinFind in November 2020, it was found that 42.7% of small businesses in South Africa were forced to shut down during the first 5 full months of the lockdown. The research data was comprised in a survey of 1489 businesses across all main sectors of the economy, and so must […]

  • Korporatiewe beheer – Finansiële jaareinde

    Die finansiële jaar van ’n maatskappy staan bekend as die rekenkundige periode. Ingevolge artikel 27 van die Maatskappywet No. 71 van 2008 (“die Wet”), het elke maatskappy wat geregistreer is ingevolge die Wet ’n finansiële jaareinde. Hierdie datum word vervat op die Kennisgewing van Inkorporasie-dokument van ’n betrokke maatskappy. Die eerste finansiële jaareinde van ’n […]

  • How the VAT increase affects your business

    Consumers and suppliers have by now had an opportunity to familiarise themselves with the increased Value-Added Tax (VAT) rate of 15% since 1 April 2018. There are however many technical considerations related to the increase that remain unclear. One such an uncertainty is with regards to deposits paid prior to the effective date of the […]

  • Why it is important to know the value of your business

    A properly considered business valuation can be the first step in many essential business processes and activities. Although there are many examples, these might include procurement of a buy and sell policy or facilitation of a business restructuring process, for instance. Initiating negotiations during a sale of business transaction, probably remains the most common business […]

  • Keep your business growing

    Having a successful business means ensuring that it continues to grow. Without growth, your business will eventually run dry and stagnant. But with the added responsibility of maintaining your business and keeping things running smoothly, it can be difficult to know where to look for business growth. 1. Look for cost savings This point is […]

  • Take care of your biggest asset

    I recently dreamt that I was at a conference and the topic was “SHOULD EMPLOYEE COSTS BE CAPITALISED AS AN ASSET OR EXPENSED?” Now that is obviously NONSENSE but let us consider it for a moment. The single biggest cost of some businesses is employee costs You cannot do all the work yourself Your quality […]

  • 5 Common small business money mistakes

    Of all the roles, a small business owner takes on, often the most challenging is managing the business’s finances. You can improve your chances for success – and your profitability – by being aware of and steering clear of these common small business money mistakes.  Insufficient Cash Insufficient cash is one of the leading causes of […]

  • Three financial tips for small business entrepreneurs

    Here are three things which small business owners should consider implementing to improve their chances for long-term success. Do Not aim to match or beat prices offered by competitors  Price may win among big retailers that include, as well as countless other larger businesses in a variety of categories – but smaller businesses know all too […]

  • Ten tips for small business owners during tough financial times

    When the economy is slow, small business owners struggle to survive, many for the first time. Financial problems consume valuable time and business resources, yet must be dealt with proactively. Also make use of your financial advisor or your banker; they have the expertise and knowledge regarding your business and its financial well-being. In tough […]

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IC Marais

Professional experience:

IC Marais is a certified CA (SA) with public sector and private sector technical knowledge based on 5 years’ Public Sector accounting, auditing and financial management experience and 5 years audit, tax and accounting experience. Detailed knowledge of private and public sector accounting and auditing standards (GRAP, IPSAS, IFRS, IAS, ISA) and public sector financial legislation (MFMA, etc.)

He enjoys the outdoors, hunting and fishing.


Professional experience:

In 1995, Schalk started as a trainee at Warner and Newton (which became Moores Rowland in 1997 and then Mazars Moores Rowland in 2007) in Bloemfontein. In 1998, Schalk was appointed as manager at Moores Rowland, where he became a partner in 2003. Schalk received his Postgraduate Certificate in Advanced Taxation in 2006 and in 2009 he received his Certificate in the Administration of Estates.


Professional experience:

Cedric started as a trainee at Warner and Newton (which became Moores Rowland in 1997 and Mazars Moores Rowland in 2007), Bloemfontein, in 1986. After completion of his articles, he joined the Special Investigations Division of the Department of Finance (SA Revenue Services) as a senior inspector from 1990 to 1991.


Professional experience:

Lucha started her career as a tax inspector at the Inland Revenue Department of New Zealand. After this she worked in commerce in Canada, Mexico and the United States.

On her return to South Africa, she completed her CA training contract with us and has been with Newtons ever since. She became a Partner in 2012.

Apart from her CA(SA) qualification she also holds a postgraduate certificate in Advanced Taxation (2005) and has the overall responsibility for training as our Training Officer.