Nadia Solomon


The ultimate financial guide for South African graduates!


If you are not planning to get married anytime soon and If your rent contribution is anywhere near R2000, you can continue to live happily with your parents. Not only that, but you certainly do not need to move to a fancy apartment that will cost you a fortune in rent. This will keep your parents happy and will save you money. But wait! What about that GTi or any other fancy car you were planning to buy. How can you afford to purchase your dream car when you don’tRead More

Apple iPhone Xs – South African rand vs US dollar pricing


iStore has released its pricing for the new iPhone Xs and Xs Max in South Africa. Customers will be able to pre-order the iPhone Xs and iPhone Xs Max from 21 September. They will be available in stores starting 28 September 2018. The prices start at R21,999 for a 64GB iPhone Xs, and go up to R31,999 for a 512GB iPhone Xs Max. Apple’s new devices sport powerful A12 Bionic processors and high-resolution OLED displays, and the price range is not a surprise – as the iPhones are aimed at the top-endRead More

Dear Grade 12 pupil: Let’s talk about your matric pass


Dear Grade 12 pupil IF YOU passed, congratulations. If you failed, try again — it‘s not the end of the world, and many young people have bounced back from failure and made a success of their lives. If you passed well, with one or more distinctions, well done; you have worked hard for this achievement and I salute you. Now, we need to talk. Passing Grade 12 in South Africa is actually quite easy, and it means very little. The standards are low and the marks are adjusted upwards forRead More

Ramaphosa holds the aces in countdown to South African elections


As South Africa’s ruling party battles to bounce back from a succession of scandals and extend its quarter-century monopoly on power in next year’s elections, it has a key advantage: a wounded opposition. By forcing the unpopular Jacob Zuma to stand down as president in February, the ANC deprived the Democratic Alliance and Economic Freedom Fighters of their biggest electoral asset. The DA has also been dogged by infighting in its Cape Town stronghold, while the EFF is facing allegations that it received funds illicitly diverted from a failed bank.Read More


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WITH ITS EFFECTIVE GIG-BASED DESIGN & ENDLESS FEATURES TO ENSURE QUALITY WORK, THE EMERGING PLATFORM AIM TO CREATE MANY JOBS IN SOUTH AFRICA Quick Jo is an all-new local South African online marketplace and it has proudly announced that it is bringing a wide range of employment opportunities for the South African people. Freelancing is on the rise worldwide and this emerging platform will fill in the gaps in the local market, while also enabling the talented local people to find work online. Moreover, Quick Jo empowers aspiring entrepreneurs to connectRead More

Do Good Grades Predict Success?


Paul Kimelman lives in Alamo, Calif., and is C.T.O. of the Texas-based microcontroller company Luminary Micro. He is the sort of blog reader we are very fortunate to have. He writes to us now and again with such interesting queries that they’re worth putting up on the blog in their entirety. Here’s his latest: I was speaking with a colleague the other day and he was remarking on an accomplishment I have had in my field (of microprocessor design). He assumed I had been a straight-A student all through school. When I notedRead More

Book smarts vs. Street smarts

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In a series of posts, called readers choice, I write on whatever topics readers submit. [Note: Polarizing questions are silly since rarely in life do you have to have truly binary choices. Both is often an option. But they are fun: so please assume someone took my lunch and refused to give it back until I picked a side. Also see: The false dichotomy of false dichotomies] There is no doubt in my mind street smarts kicks book smarts ass. To be street smart means you have situational awareness. You can assess the environment youRead More

The End of Stuttafords


Department store Stuttafords, the 159-year-old “Harrods of South Africa”, is closing down, victim of a global shift to online retail and a domestic economic slump that has put brands such as Ted Baker and Gap beyond its customers’ reach. Mirroring the fortunes of once-mighty department stores in Europe and the United States, the doyenne of the South African high street during apartheid and the two decades since applied for protection from creditors in October. However, attempts to revive its fortunes proved futile and creditors voted in June to wind upRead More

I’m so Perfectly Posh & Poor

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If you’re living a luxury lifestyle, drive a flashy car, live in an upmarket apartment or big house with a minus bank balance, then yes, you are Posh and poor.  Unfortunately this is the reality  of most South Africans today.  Spend your money wisely.

30 day financial diet

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People love to brag on howmuch they spend. are we able to begin bragging on howmuch we save?   This 30 day financial diet will make your bank account look fat.   With hundreds of challenges out there, I think South Africans could do with this one. Whether you are a high income earner or scrape through with your monthly salary, it is necessary to cut down on a few unnecessary expenses. For those who will join me please tag at least 10 friends that would either support or joinRead More