Four ways the cloud is transforming HR and payroll management
13 October 2014

Cloud computing and mobility bring a range of powerful benefits for HR and payroll managers, enabling them to become more efficient while offering their employees and the business a better quality of service.... more


Don't miss the SARS deadline for interim PAYE reconciliations
8 October 2014

You now have less than a month to meet the deadline for the SARS interim PAYE reconciliation submissions for the period 1 March 2014 to 31 August 2014... more


Research Unit hailed as 2014 Cape Talk Small Business Awards winner
22 September 2014

Leather goods manufacturer Research Unit has beaten stiff competition from 30 finalists to win the Cape Talk 567 Small Business Awards with Sage One, powered by Sage Pastel and Sage VIP... more


Book Express clinches 2014 Talk Radio 702 Small Business Awards with Sage One
18 September 2014

The Talk Radio 702 Small Business Awards with Sage One, powered by Sage Pastel and Sage VIP, has named Book Express as the Gauteng winner for 2014... more


A regulatory checklist for SMEs
8 September 2014

If you’re running a small business, you might feel overwhelmed by the many regulatory bodies and requirements in South Africa... more


Time is running out to prepare for interim PAYE reconciliations
25 August 2014

SARS kicks off its interim PAYE reconciliation submission season on 1 September, which means you have only a few days left to prepare all mandatory information and update your business' payroll system before ... more


Myth-busting the cloud for SMEs
25 August 2014

South African SMEs are enthusiastically embracing cloud-based applications such as Dropbox and Google Apps. Though the market is becoming more sophisticated, there are still a few myths that prevail about the risks and benefits ... more


Winning the 702 Small Business Awards helps Roof Rats to skyrocket its business
20 August 2014

Gauteng-based roof cleaning company, Roof Rats, has quadrupled its business since it won the Talk Radio 702 Small Business Awards with Sage One in 2013. ... more


702, Cape Talk and Sage One are seeking South Africa's Best Small Businesses
12 August 2014

The Talk Radio 702/ 567 Cape Talk Small Business Awards with Sage One, powered by Sage Pastel and VIP, have started and the annual search for small businesses with big dreams, great passion and enormous potential has begun... more


Sage simplifies online accounting and payroll for SME's
4 August 2014

Entrepreneurship and the further development of small businesses are essential in ensuring South Africa's economic growth and future success. Sage South Africa has always been passionate about assisting small businesses to be successful... more


Sage makes HR & payroll solutions even more accessible with Flex subscriptions
29 July 2014

Sage Pastel Payroll & HR has made their payroll and human resources (HR) solutions even more accessible and affordable with the Flex subscription model... more


It's tax return time again for individual taxpayers
25 July 2014

Are you one of those super-efficient individuals that submitted your tax return immediately when the season opened on 1 July 2014 or do you procrastinate, letting the... more


Mobile apps put the power of Sage Pastel in your pocket
22 July 2014

In a world where we have become pros in managing our personal lives from our mobile devices, we should expect similar convenient solutions for our professional lives... more


Getting the most from your payroll & HR solution
18 July 2014

An automated payroll solution can help you to save time and money by reducing the paperwork associated with your weekly wage and monthly salary runs... more


Learn to inspire and get the most from your employees
14 July 2014

Best-selling author and leading management consultant, Ian Mann, defines management as the art of getting people to do what needs to be done while keeping them happy and motivated in the process... more


Media Statement
29 May 2014

Sage Pastel is conducting an investigation into the allegations made this week about a data security issue in its Sage Pastel Xpress, Sage Pastel Partner, Sage Pastel Partner Payroll and Sage Pastel Payroll 5in1 software packages... more


Connected Services lightens the workload of HR and payroll managers
14 May 2014

If you are an HR manager or payroll administrator at an SME, you can now ease your ever-increasing workload with Connected Services from Sage Pastel Payroll & HR... more


2014 SARS Employer Filing season now open
30 April 2014

As a South African employer, you are required to reconcile and submit PAYE, UIF and SDL contributions for the period 01 March 2013 to 28 February 2014... more


My Payroll Online enhanced with free support, multi-user log-in
15 April 2014

Sage Pastel Payroll & HR has added new features to My Payroll Online to make it easier for entrepreneurs and small businesses to manage their payrolls using the software... more


Sage Pastel Payroll & HR infographic offers insights into South Africans’ perceptions of the new budget
26 March 2014

South Africa’s first-ever live infographic – created by Sage Pastel Payroll & HR – shows that few South Africans were surprised by the announcements made in Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan’s budget speech on 26 February... more


How did the Budget Speech affect the tax credits for medical scheme contributions? People older than 65 will also be subject to the medical aid tax credit system.
04 March 2014

Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan delivered his Budget Speech on 26 February, favouring consistency and steadiness over change and fireworks ahead of the national election on 7 May... more


Sage Pastel Payroll & HR Budget 2014/15 commentary:
Some tax relief for tax payers in the 2014/15 Budget Speech announcement

27 February 2014

Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan delivered no surprises in his Budget Speech on 26 February, favouring consistency and steadiness over change and fireworks ahead of the national election on 7 May... more


R10,000 up for grabs as Sage Pastel Payroll & HR helps SA prepare for the new tax year
19 February 2014

Sage Pastel Payroll & HR is creating South Africa’s first-ever live infographic and you can win R10,000 by helping to build it... more


Technology drives SARS efficiency in collecting greater revenues
3 February 2014

In 2013 South African Revenue Services collected taxes amounting to R814-billion, an increase of 9.6 percent on total revenue received in 2012... more


Sage Pastel My Payroll Online develops online software solution for SARS Employment Tax Incentive claims
31 January 2014

Payroll and human resources software specialist Sage Pastel Payroll & HR has an online payroll solution offering businesses efficient, simple and cost-effective payroll administration and identification of employees who qualify for the SARS ETI (employment tax incentive) introduced by Minister of Finance Pravin Gordhan... more


Employment tax incentive to increase jobs offers employers paye rebates
15 January 2013

The Employment Tax Incentive (ETI) initiative devised by the Minister of Finance as part of the Wage Subsidy proposed in 2010, is being promulgated and will become effective from 1 January 2014... more


SARS Employment Tax Incentive comes into force in January 2014
06 December 2013

The Employment Tax Incentive (ETI) initiative devised by the Minister of Finance as part of the Wage Subsidy proposed in 2010, is being promulgated and will become effective from 1 January 2014... more


Sage Pastel Payroll & HR National Business Partners win awards
04 December 2013

Payroll and HR software developer and solutions provider Sage Pastel Payroll & HR has named Outsourcing Solutions as its overall business partner of the year... more


Sage Survey Reveals Challenges And Solutions For Payroll Administration In SA SME Companies
19 November 2013

The 2013 Sage Business Index (SBI) survey globally interviewed more than 11 000 SME business decision-makers, revealing that SMEs generally agree that excessive Government bureaucracy and legislation top the list of the least favourable aspects of doing business... more


Self service leave tool ensures efficient leave planning and processing
19 November 2013

With the end of the year in sight companies face the administrative burden of making the complex calculations related to determining the correct leave pay due to employees... more


Sage Pastel Wins Accounting, Payroll And HR Software Categories at the 2013 Channelwise Awards
19 November 2013

Sage Pastel, comprising Sage Pastel Accounting and Sage Pastel Payroll & HR, racked up impressive achievements this year in the software category of the fourth annual Channelwise Awards... more


Automated Payroll Software ensures leave pay is a breeze and complies with BCE act
11 November 2013

The end of the year is in sight and companies face the administrative burden of making the complex calculations related to determining the correct leave pay due to individual employees... more


Keep employee performance reviews short and frequent
31 October 2013

Staff performance reviews are critical in most businesses yet unpopular with the majority of managers who would probably admit... more


Companies should submit interim reconciliations by end October to avoid SARS penalties
10 October 2013

All companies, small, medium and large, have to submit their SARS interim reconciliation returns for the period 1 March to... more


Smartphone software application simplifies payroll and HR for companies and employees
26 September 2013

We live in an era where most individuals, everyday use their smartphone to call, sms, WhatsApp, Facebook you name it... more


Avoid penalties by being prepared for the SARS interim PAYE reconciliation period
02 September 2013

All RSA companies are required to submit their SARS interim PAYE reconciliation that is due from 01 September - 31 October 2013, including their employee tax certificates and EMP501 reconciliations for the period 01 March to 31 August 2013... more >


Avoid penalties by being prepared for the SARS interim PAYE reconciliation period
02 August 2013

The bi-annual company tax return season opens on 1 September 2013 and it makes sense for companies to prepare their mandatory information in August to avoid SARS e@syFile rejections and late submission penalties... more >


Payroll subscription software offering helps small businesses
02 August 2013

Subscription is here, making it affordable for start-up and SME businesses to automate their payroll... more >


System for the seamless integration of payroll with accounting saves businesses time and money
18 July 2013

Accurate and easily available monthly income statements and balance sheets are critical for the success of any business... more >


It’s tax time again, individuals need to submit their IT12 returns for 2013
11 July 2013

With the official launch of the Tax season on 01 July 2013, taxpayers once again need to file their tax returns within the SARS deadlines if they are to avoid fines or penalties... more >

Connected Services a major boost for company payroll and HR administration
24 June 2013

Connected Services enables SME companies to extend their desktop payroll with an online solution that eases the growing burden of HR Managers and Payroll Administrators... more >


All South African companies need to submit SARS annual reconciliation by 31 May 2013
24 May 2013

Companies need to ensure that they are geared to provide SARS with their annual PAYE reconciliation submission before the end of May... more >


Online Payroll Software: The smart system for businesses
30 April 2013

Businesses can now pay their employees weekly, fortnightly or monthly with the Sage Pastel My Payroll Online system developed by Sage Pastel Payroll & HR... more >


2013 SARS Employer Filing season opens
02 April 2013

SARS has announced the annual PAYE reconciliation submission season for the period 01 April – 31 May 2013... more >


Sage Pastel Payroll business accelerates in Africa
13 March 2013

Pierre Badenhorst, international head of department of Sage Pastel Payroll & HR Africa, says the company is strongly focused on the African continent, outside the borders of South Africa, as economic growth spurred by development and technology enhancements has increased the demand for business software solutions... more >


Gordhan delivers a safe no surprises budget with some relief for taxpayers
27 February 2013

Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan delivered a safe, no real surprises budget today (Wednesday 27 February) with R7 billion personal tax relief, being 2.5 billion less than in the previous tax year 2012/13... more >


Local Business Software Leader Softline announces name change
4 February 2013

Softline, a provider of business management software to small and medium sized companies, today announced that after months of planning they will be rebranding and will be referred to as Sage  South Africa, effective immediately... more >


Sage Pastel Payroll & HR Along With Sage Netcash Launches In-Application Payroll Security Functionality.
24 January 2013

Sage Pastel Payroll & HR’s delivers increased business efficiency and cost savings for the SME businesses... more >


The New Era Of Payroll Software Has Arrived
24 January 2013

Connected Services – Get the best of both worlds (Desktop and Cloud)... more >

Retaining skilled personnel in a tough economy essential for entrepreneurial business success
25 November 2012

The shortage of skills in South Africa, particularly in the current tough economy, underlines the importance of retaining skilled employees in small entrepreneurial businesses... more >


Tips for companies when selecting a payroll software solution
15 November 2012

View 10 tips for companies when selecting a payroll software solution... more >


Pastel Payroll boosts Lerato House charity initiative
05 November 2012

Lerato House, a Pretoria-based holistic empowerment programme for young girls between the ages of 11 and 19 who are at risk of abuse, affected by prostitution or victims of trafficking, has received a boost from payroll and HR software solutions provider Pastel Payroll... more >


Softline Pastel Payroll launches Pastel My Payroll solution in the cloud
01 November 2012

Payroll and HR software specialist Pastel Payroll, part of the Softline Group and Sage Group plc, has launched an online payroll solution offering businesses efficient, simple and cost-effective payroll administration... more >


Automated Payroll Software ensures leave pay is a breeze and complies with BCE Act
15 October 2012

The end of the year is in sight and companies face the administrative burden of making the complex calculations related to determining the correct leave pay due to individual employees... more >


Employers to pay attention to compulsory employment equity returns
09 October 2012

Companies have until 15 January 2013 to compile and electronically submit their annual employment equity returns to the Department of Labour. The deadline for manual reports has already passed... more >


New remuneration limit impacts on UIF contribution calculations
04 October 2012

A new remuneration limit published in the Government Gazette after being approved by Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan directs employers to adjust their UIF contribution calculations to comply with the new limit from 01 October 2012... more >


Small businesses celebrated by 702 and Softline Pastel
14 September 2012

Jenneth`s Hair and Beauty Studio was named the winner of this year’s 702 Small Business Awards with Softline Pastel in an awards ceremony held at the Michelangelo Hotel in Sandton last night... more >


The SARS Interim PAYE Reconciliation season is open for all SA businesses
03 September 2012

SME companies should brace themselves for the interim PAYE reconciliation that is due from 01 September 2012 to 31 October 2012... more >


Formal training a most important component for career advancement
03 September 2012

Many of the business/management graduates majoring in Human Resources that emerge from South African Universities as well as school-leavers, enter the workplace without having undertaken any hands-on, formal training in business technology and HR and Payroll software... more >


Outstanding service shines a spotlight on SA’s best small businesses
20 August 2012

The 702 Small Business Awards with Softline Pastel are back and once again, consumers are asked to nominate businesses that have provided them with excellent service... more >


Softline Pastel Payroll wins 2012 Development Achiever Award for Banking and Financial Services Category
6 August 2012

Payroll and HR software solutions provider Pastel Payroll has won the Banking and Financial Services category in the 2012 Achiever Awards to honour excellence in skills development and commitment presented by the South African arm of international natural resources and commodities conglomerate BHP Billiton... more >


HH Accounting boosts services through Pastel Payroll channel programmes
6 August 2012

Helen Mclean launched HH Accounting in Port Elizabeth in 1990 as a part-time business. She later signed up with Softline Pastel’s Accounting and Payroll channel programmes and “never looked back”... more >


Technology and payment options revolutionise Pastel Payroll’s channel structures
6 August 2012

The conventional channel structure is being revolutionised by technology in an ever-evolving environment that requires channel partners to adapt to ongoing change and add value in new ways... more >


Companies have just four weeks left to prepare before the SARS interim PAYE Submissions start
1 August 2012

Employers have just four weeks to prepare before the SA Revenue Services interim pay as you earn (PAYE) submission season commences on 1 September... more >


Changes to basic conditions of employment act will impact on employers and employees
27 July 2012

Proposed amendments to the Basic Conditions of Employment (BCEA) Act are likely to lead some major changes for both employers and employees... more >


Tax season now open for taxpayers to submit their IT12 returns for 2012
06 July 2012

Tax season 2012 has been officially launched. To avoid fines or penalties, individuals need to file their tax returns within the SARS deadlines, for the period 01 March 2011 to 29 February 2012... more >


Payroll software updates essential for metal and engineering industries wage and benefit fund increases
27 June 2012

Wage rates for workers employed in the metal and engineering industries are to increase by seven to eight percent, according to the recent Government Gazette published by the Department of Labour... more >


Pastel Payroll’s Connected Services is here to stay
22 June 2012

Payroll and HR software specialist Softline Pastel Payroll has a Connected Services division that enables SME companies to extend their desktop payroll with an online solution that will ease the growing burden of HR managers and payroll administrators... more >


Deadline looms for skills development claims
1 June 2012

Companies and organisations paying Skills Development Levies (SDL) to the South African Revenue Services can claim back up to 70% of the levies they have paid in terms of the SDL Act... more >


Tough economic conditions demand lucrative payroll software solution
25 May 2012

Payroll software specialist Softline Pastel Payroll, part of the Softline and Sage Group plc, believes SME businesses in current tough business conditions need comprehensive but affordable payroll solutions with full features and functionality... more >


Tough economic conditions demand out-of-the-box payroll software solutions and channel incentives
25 May 2012

The tough economy demands out-of-the-box channel programmes and incentives from business software solutions providers... more >


HR Software critical for both companies and staff
21 May 2012

Effective Human Resource Management (HRM) software enables management to focus on the outputs and information derived from the software rather than the inputs, which lays a strong foundation for companies to achieve far-reaching benefits... more >


Outsourcing payroll carries advantages for SME companies
12 April 2012

Running a legally compliant payroll department has become an increasingly difficult and time-consuming task for SME companies as mushrooming legislative requirements have resulted in a confusing heap of legal requirements contained in six Acts governing tax, HR and payroll... more >


SARS employer filing season lies just around the corner
20 March 2012

SARS will soon announce when the annual PAYE reconciliation submission season is to commence. The likelihood is that it will begin on the first working day of April (Monday April 2) and extend until the last working day of May... | more >


Pastel Payroll’s connected services offers companies the best of both worlds using the internet and desktop
16 March 2012

Payroll and HR software specialist Softline Pastel Payroll has a Connected Services division that enables SME companies to extend their desktop payroll with an online solution that will ease the growing burden of HR managers... | more >


Medical aid tax credits bring equality into the tax system
12 March 2012

Good news for employees countrywide is that the new medical aid tax credit system that replaced the capping system from the beginning of March this year, will ensure that they all receive equal benefits... | more >


Cultural fit vital when assessing new candidates for employment
27 February 2012

Of all the elements that need to be considered if a company is to be able to select the best candidate for a specific position, the most difficult to gauge or judge correctly is the culture fit... | more >


Gordhan delivers a safe no surprises budget with some relief for taxpayers
22 February 2012

Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan delivered a safe, no real surprises budget today (Tuesday 22 February) with R9.5-billion personal tax relief achieved by increasing the personal tax brackets. This brings the primary annual tax rebate for individuals under the age of 65 to R11 440, for individuals aged between 65 and 75 to R6 390 and those aged 75 and older to R2 130... | more >


Softline Pastel Payroll launches lucrative “five in one” payroll solution
10 February 2012

A ground-breaking comprehensive payroll solution which offers users a single solution that includes all of the features and functionality that usually have to be purchased in add-on modules with conventional payroll solutions, has been launched by payroll software specialist Softline Pastel Payroll, part of the Softline and Sage Group... | more >


Automated Payroll Software processing essential in today’s complex business environment
10 February 2012

SME companies today have to deal with no less than five separate Acts of Parliament and more > than 77 tax codes, which makes lawful operation a highly complex and ongoing issue for company administration and management.... | more >


Automated Payroll Software simplifies UIF processes and ensures compliance
7 February 2012

The Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF) Act is important to both employers and employees alike but like most legislation applying to employment, it can be complex and difficult to for companies to administer and for employees to claim benefits. Automated payroll software systems simplify the processes and ensure fair treatment for both... | more >


Formal Training a most important component for career advancement
17 January 2012

Many of the business/management graduates majoring in Human Resources that emerge from South African Universities as well as school-leavers, enter the workplace without having undertaken any hands-on, formal training in business technology and HR and Payroll software... | more >


A new seeding swim for the annual aQuelle Midmar Mile
17 January 2012

A new seeding swim for the annual aQuelle Midmar Mile that takes place at the Midmar Dam resort in Kawzulu Natal on the 11th and 12th February next year, has been introduced in the Gauteng area... | more >


Keep employee performance reviews short and frequent
23 November 2011

Staff performance reviews are critical in most businesses yet unpopular with the majority of managers who would probably admit they find conducting reviews a tedious task. However, with proper planning and the use of payroll and HR software, performance reviews can be a simple, quick, valuable and motivational experience for managers and employees... | more >


Formal SETA Accredited Training helps both employers and staff
17 November 2011

Companies are well advised to send their employees to SETA-accredited training institutions as not only do they benefit from having better qualified, more > motivated employees, they can also recover some of their investment in SDL payments... | more >


Automated Payroll Software ensures leave pay is a breeze and complies with BCE Act
1 November 2011

The end of the year is in sight and companies face the administrative burden of making the complex calculations related to determining the correct leave pay due to individual employees.... | more >


SARS implements new procedures and processes to protect taxpayers from fraud on SARS accounts
14 October 2011

SA Revenue Services has implemented new fraud prevention procedures and processes regarding the way in which taxpayers’ banking detail changes will be implemented.... | more >


Making informed decisions is critical for successful internal company recruitment
30 September 2011

HR managers and line managers who play a recruitment role for companies need support and assistance to make informed decisions when recruiting new employees.... | more >


Payroll software eases burden as Employment Equity Reporting deadline looms
16 September 2011

The manual Employment Equity Reporting deadline of 03 October 2011, set by the Department of Labour for companies intending to manually lodge returns and reports on their employment equity status, is drawing nearer.... | more >


Pastel Payroll Partner programmes definitely a “deal”
08 September 2011

Partner programmes are definitely a deal for payroll and HR software specialist Softline Pastel Payroll. Channel manager Laurica Kok says the company’s channel, which has a national footprint of partners, has shown “exponential growth over the past four years”.... | more >


Small businesses win big rewards in Johannesburg
07 September 2011

Dancing Divas was named the winner of this year’s 702 Small Business Awards with Softline Pastel in an awards ceremony held at Primedia Place in Sandton last night.... | more >


Compulsory new e@syFile software from SARS streamlines interim PAYE reconciliation
31 August 2011

SME companies should brace themselves for the Interim PAYE Reconciliation that is due from 01 September 2011 to 31 October 2011. Employers are required to fully reconcile and submit their employee tax certificates and EMP501 Reconciliation for the period 01 March to 31 August 2011, by the end of October 2011... | more >


Deadlines for individual taxpayers and employers are looming
30 August 2011

The manual Employment Equity Reporting deadline of 01 October 2011, set by the Department of Labour for companies intending to manually lodge returns and reports on their employment equity status, is drawing nearer... | more >


Awards recognise small businesses
02 August 2011

The annual Small Business Awards on Talk Radio 702 with Softline Pastel was launched this week with the aim of rewarding small businesses that are doing great things.... | more >


Is there a future for recruitment agencies? Yes there is if they embrace new technology
27 July 2011

Technology has radically changed the world of business. It has also affected the recruitment industry and traditional recruitment agencies face a limited future unless they embrace the changes that are being driven by technology.... | more >


Pastel Payroll’s connected services offers companies the best of both worlds using the internet and desktop
20 July 2011

Payroll and HR software specialist Softline Pastel Payroll has a Connected Services division that enables SME companies to extend their desktop payroll with an online solution that will ease the growing burden of HR managers... | more >


Bi-Annual employers’ PAYE Tax Reconciliation season now looms for the SME companies
18 July 2011

SME companies should brace themselves for the bi-annual PAYE tax reconciliation process which starts early in September 2011. The closing date is yet to be confirmed by SARS, but speculation is that employers will have until the end of October 2011 to complete their submissions.... | more >


Search is on for the HR personality of the year
24 June 2011

Payroll and HR software specialist Softline Pastel Payroll, part of the Softline Group and Sage Group plc, has launched a drive to find the South African HR personality of the Year. . | more >


It’s tax time again: Filing season for individual taxpayers starts on 1 July
20 June 2011

Millions of South African taxpayers will soon have to turn their attention to requesting their income tax return forms from South African Revenue Services and once these are received, completing and submitting them when the new 2011 Tax Season filing season for individuals opens on 1 July. | more >


Use HR and Payroll Software to Detect "Phantom Employee" Fraud
06 June 2011

The real value of payroll and HR software should never be underestimated, particularly as a means of detecting and pinpointing “phantom employee” theft and fraud. | more >


Companies missing the June 3 Paye reconciliation deadline will be penalised by SA Revenue Services
23 May 2011

The June 3 deadline for companies to submit their annual PAYE reconciliations to the South African Revenue Services (SARS) looms and according to some statistics released by SARS recently only about 50 000 of the 260 000 companies registered have so far lodged reconciliations since the submission season began on 4 April. | more >


Payroll, Payslip and HR Management Software are critical for success
23 May 2011

Payroll and the payslip constitute a most important interaction between employers and employees. It is an area that holds potential for friction and dispute. Bakeries, which are production and quality driven, need to have tried and tested payroll, payslip and HR management (HRM) software systems and procedures in place. | more >


Successful, sustainable HR management means keeping it simple
9 May 2011

The benefits of good Human Resource Management (HRM) are hugely significant but it requires a change in beliefs, particularly the idea that using software to strategically manage human resources merely creates administrative red tape that hampers company performance. | more >


Job-seekers urged to control their profiles and content on social media sites
20 April 2011

The explosion in the use of social media such as Facebook and Twitter and even more > business aligned Internet sites such as LinkedIn can have serious impacts on job-seekers and recruitment agencies. | more >


Payroll software can simplify and Speed up auditing process for SMEs
1 April 2011

Payroll software also has an important role to play in the overall accounting and auditing process for SME companies. | more >


Outsourcing is an option that carries many advantages for Small and Medium Companies
24 March 2011

Running a legally compliant payroll department has become an increasingly difficult and time-consuming task for SME companies as mushrooming legislative requirements have resulted in a confusing heap of legal requirements contained in six Acts governing tax, HR and payroll .... | more >



Watch out for company car changes in the new tax year

19 March 2011

A significant change resulting from the recent budget speech announcement by the Minister of Finance, Pravin Gordhan, is the manner in which the value of company cars will be determined. The budget speech also addressed travel allowances and the importance of keeping a detailed logbook. .... | more >


New software download required for companies to submit PAYE reconciliation from April
17 March 2011

SARS has announced that the new annual PAYE reconciliation submission season will start on 4 April this year and end on 3 June.... | more >


Softline Pastel Payroll software sees strong growth in Africa
02 March 2011

With business partner representation in 18 African countries, payroll and HR software developer Softline Pastel Payroll is extending its international business and providing focused sales and support infrastructure through a well-established business partner network.... | more >


Small business success hinges on systems and technology
28 February 2011

Making a success of a small business is not an easy task, requiring focus, dedication and hard work. It is therefore imperative that SMEs use technology to ensure that they can deal effectively with the legislative requirements attached to financial, tax and labour matters -- one of the factors that play a role in the survival of SMEs... | more >


Balanced budget speech also emphasises employment and job creation
24 February 2011

Minister of Finance Pravin Gordhan delivered a balanced Budget Speech yesterday (Wednesday 23 February) in which individual tax rates remain unchanged but tax brackets have been increased... | more >


Balanced budget from Gordhan but watch out for company cars and allowances
23 February 2011

Minister of Finance Pravin Gordhan delivered a balanced budget speech today (Wednesday 23 February) in which individual tax rates remain unchanged but tax brackets have been increased. Good news for individual taxpayers was personal income tax relief totalling R8.1- billion, a third income tax rebate of R2000 for individuals older than 75 years and an increase in the monthly limits for Medical Aid deductions from R670 to R720 for principal members and first dependants and from R410 to R440 for each additional dependant... | more >


Job-seekers benefit from recruitment agency expertise
23 February 2011

Most employers have a good grasp of the benefits of using a professional recruitment agency and by and large know what they can expect in terms of services and added-value. For individual job-seekers, particularly those entering the formal job market for the first time it is not quite as cut and dried.... | more >


SARS appoints employers to collect outstanding submissions, penalties
31 January 2011

South African Revenue Services (SARS) has personal taxpayers with outstanding returns and penalties firmly in its sights with the introduction of the ITA88 “Agent Appointment” notification that will appoint companies to electronically collect outstanding penalties from employees and pay the amounts over to SARS.... | more >


HR software delivers far-reaching benefits for SME companies and staff
28 January 2011

With HR software, companies can achieve far-reaching benefits by focusing on the outputs and information derived from the software rather than the inputs.... | more >


Imminent deadline for electronic employment equity returns
12 January 2011

Companies that haven’t submitted their Employment Equity reports manually by 01 October 2010, still have until 15 January 2011 to submit their reports electronically.... | more >


Your personal brand is king when it comes to getting the top jobs and keeping them
11 January 2011

Individuals seeking new or improved employment positions often do themselves a disservice by failing to recognise that they in themselves constitute a brand and that by “branding” themselves correctly they seriously increase the chances of getting the job that they desire, or excelling at their existing job... | more >


7 Payroll & HR tips for getting it right
01 January 2011

PAYROLL SOFTWARE is an absolute necessity in today’s technology-driven business and even more > so with SARS actively encouraging employers to file electronic returns...... | more >


Good growth year for Pastel Payroll Channel Partners
07 December 2010

Outsourcing Solutions, a specialist financial software services provider based in Johannesburg is Softline Pastel Payroll’s Channel Partner of the Year for 2010, winning a cash prize of R15 000 as well as Payroll and HR software valued at R50,000..... | more >


People management essential for productive personnel
29 November 2010

Any business that hires, pays and dismisses employees is practising “employee management” and the most common and essential elements of this field are Human Resources, Recruitment and Payroll..... | more >


HR Recruitment and Payroll Administrators play a key role in management of employees
24 November 2010

Any business that takes on, pays and dismisses employees is practising Employee Management. The key issue, however, is to ensure this is done correctly and therefore it is practical to highlight three of the most common, but essential, fields within Employee Management - Human Resources, Recruitment and Payroll.... | more >


Consumer Protection Act demands a lot of homework for most companies
22 November 2010

The Consumer Protection Act (CPA) which is due to come into effect on 31 March next year (2011) is complex legislation that will have an impact on everybody, holding serious ramifications for all individuals, companies and organisations that sell products or provide services.... | more >


Softline Pastel scoops ChannelWise Financial and Management sofware awards
15 November 2010

Softline Pastel, comprising Pastel Accounting and Pastel Payroll, scored major success in the software category of the inaugural ChannelWise Awards, winning the management software vendor section and the financial software vendor section by a substantial margin from the rest of the competitors... | more >


Channel feedback, co-operation and incentives crucial - Pastel Payroll
15 November 2010

Feedback from channel partners is invaluable, and leads to greater all-round success, according to Softline Pastel Payroll Services and Channel Director Laurica Kok.... | more >


Culture fit vital when assessing candidates for employment
11 November 2010

Of all the elements that need to be considered if a company is to be able to select the best candidate for a specific position, the most difficult to gauge or judge correctly is the culture fit.... | more >


Automated Payroll Software ensures leave pay is a breeze and complies with BCEA
8 November 2010

The end of the year is in sight and companies face the administrative burden of making the complex calculations related to determining the correct leave pay due to individual employees.... | more >


Payroll software: getting it right in an increasingly complex legislative environment
3 November 2010

PAYROLL SOFTWARE is an absolute necessity in businesses which these days are predominantly technology driven, especially with SARS actively encouraging employers to file electronic returns.... | more >


Companies only have a few more > days to complete their first ever Bi-annual PAYE Tax Reconciliation
22 October 2010

SME companies should brace themselves for the first bi-annual PAYE tax reconciliation process due by the end of October... | more >


Payroll is a Business-critical Software Solution for SMEs
08 October 2010

Company payrolls have to operate within the regulations laid down by no fewer than six Acts of Parliament, including the Income Tax Act, the Basic Conditions of Employment Act and the Labour Relations Act, a situation which leads wise companies to take great care when selecting a payroll software solution... | more >


Small Business Wins Big Rewards
08 September 2010

Molobi Enterprises was named the winner of this year’s 702 Small Business Awards with Softline Pastel in an awards ceremony held at Primedia Place in Sandton last night... | more >


Companies Get Two Months to Complete First Ever Bi-annaul PAYE Tax Reconciliation for Employers
01 September 2010

SME companies should brace themselves for the first bi-annual PAYE tax reconciliation process which starts tomorrow (1 September) and closes at the end of October 2010... | more >


Cloud, SaaS and Virtualisation are Real Opportunities for the Channel
30 August 2010

The Cloud, Virtualisation and SaaS (software as a service) all present opportunities for channel partners to grow their businesses, according to Laurica Kok, channel manager at payroll and HR software specialist Softline Pastel Payroll... | more >


Not much time left for Companies to meet Employment Equity Returns Deadline
5 August 2010

The manual Employment Equity Reporting deadline of 01 October 2010, set by the Department of Labour for companies intending to manually lodge returns and reports on their employment equity status, is drawing nearer..... | more >


Business Now Recognising the Importance of Motivated, Qualified Contact Centre Employees
22 July 2010

Perceptions of contact centre personnel and their status in organisations are undergoing a paradigm shift as companies recognise the importance of call centres to the success of their brand and business.... | more >


Payroll Software can Simplify and Speed Up Auditing Process for SMEs
16 July 2010

Payroll software also has an important role to play in the overall accounting and auditing process for SME companies. Auditors in particular, will find the payroll software system of great value by quickly providing accurate information and answers to questions or queries that may arise during an audit.... | more >


Individual Tax Season Kicks off for Millions of Taxpayers
13 July 2010

The 2010 tax filing season has begun for millions of South African taxpayers. From 1 July taxpayers are able to request their income tax returns from the South African Revenue Service (SARS) and submit the returns manually by post or electronically (online using eFiling)... | more >


Pastel Payroll provides Channel partner advice in difficult times
04 June 2010

Thinking out of the box and sustainability are key factors for channel partners surviving lean economic times. In a slow economy, channel partners can’t continue to do the same thing every day and expect to achieve different results,” says Laurica Kok, channel manager at Payroll and HR software specialist Softline Pastel Payroll... | more >


Pastel Payroll Develops Affordable HR Software System for SME Companies
31 May 2010

Any business that is taking on, paying and dismissing employees is practising Human Resource Management. The key issue, however, is doing this correctly, which is the motivation behind Softline Pastel Payroll’s introduction of a new automated HR software solution specifically for SME businesses.... | more >


Payroll is Business-Critical so Take care When Selecting a Software Solution
25 May 2010

In today’s increasingly legislated environment where company payrolls have to operate within the regulations laid down by no fewer than six Acts of Parliament, including the Income Tax Act, the Basic Conditions of Employment Act and the Labour Relations Act, wise companies will take great care when selecting a payroll software solution. ... | more >


Employers Need to Provide Right Environment for School-Leavers and Graduates to Succeed
25 May 2010

Many of the matriculants entering the job market today find it very difficult to adapt to a formal working environment. Lindi Dickinson, head of Pastel People Placements in Pastel, a division of Softline (Pty) Ltd, says employers should be seriously looking at providing... | more >


Outsourcing the Payroll Carries Many Advantages for Small and Medium Companies
18 May 2010

Running a legally compliant payroll department has become an increasingly difficult and time-consuming task for SME companies as mushrooming legislative requirements have resulted in a confusing heap of legal requirements contained in five Acts governing tax, HR and payroll...... | more >


Employer Tax Submission Deadline Looms Closer and Closer
18 May 2010

Employer Tax Submission deadline is looming in South Africa’s rapidly changing tax environment where SA Revenue Services has phased out manual systems for electronic on-line systems...... | more >


Social Media | All business can benefit
14 April 2010

Sumay Dippenaar, marketing manager at Softline Pastel Payroll

In South Africa Social Media Marketing is still quite a new and somewhat unfamiliar concept for many businesses..... | more >


Setting Goals, Incentives and Fair Rewards are Key to Channel Success
7 April 2010

Goal-setting, incentives, empowerment and fair reward for performance are critical to successful channel partners’ businesses, according to Laurica Kok, channel manager at payroll and HR software specialist Softline Pastel Payroll for the past five years.... | more >


New SARS Employer Tax Filing Season is just around the corner
21 March 2010

Companies need to be on the ball as the preparation season for employers to collate the additional information fields required by SA Revenue Services in the 2010 Employer’s Filing Season is just around the corner.... | more >


Implement Electronic Logbook Solution to Claim for Travel Expenses
15 March 2010

Taxpayers who claim a deduction for business travel must, if they haven’t already done so, urgently implement and maintain a detailed logbook that records all of their travel, both personal and business.... | more >


Formal SETA Accredited Training Helps both Employers and Staff
15 March 2010

Companies are well advised to send their employees to SETA-accredited training institutions as not only do they benefit from having better qualified, more > motivated employees, they can also recover some of their investment in SDL payment... | more >


Successful Staff Recruitment and Retention needs a Scientific Approach
01 March 2010

Recruitment and retention of the right employees is one of the most difficult and critical aspects of the HR function in companies and organisations both large and small. Fortunately there are new ways for agencies and companies to select the right employees and retain them.... | more >


Some Budget Relief for Individual Taxpayers while SME Businesses Have Work To Do
17 February 2010

In his maiden budget speech Minister of Finance Pravin Gordhan enhanced his popularity on Wednesday 17 February by announcing a practical Budget which provides tax relief for individuals totalling R6.5-billion and does away with SITE tax with effect from 1 March 2011... | more >


Taking the Mystery out of HR Management
27 January 2010

It is time to change ingrained perceptions of Human Resource Management, such as the belief that (a) implementing HR software and (b) placing a strategic focus on HRM will result in a layer of red-tape and adversely affect a company’s operational success. ... | more >


SARS gives SME companies and taxpayers a break on mandatory employee information
22 January 2010

National Payroll and HR software specialist Softline Pastel Payroll, which provides training for up to 30 000 learners a year at its four academies in Durban, Cape Town, Johannesburg and Pretoria, is now formally accredited with the SETA for Finance, Accounting, Management Consulting and other financial services... | more >

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