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HR Management Basics for the Small Business August 31, 2015By Madelein van der Watt. Figuring that they can’t afford to hire full-time human resources (HR) specialists and thinking that outsourcing this function is more pain than its worth, many SMEs deal with HR management by ignoring it as best as they can. But small businesses owners that want get to the best possible results …

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Seeking small business heroes August 5, 2015702, CapeTalk and Sage One are recognising and rewarding SA’s best small businesses The 702/CapeTalk Small Business Awards with Sage One are underway, with more than R1 million in prizes up for grabs for the winners and runners-up in the Western Cape and Gauteng. Share this:

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Sage Pastel Partner Payroll Advantage uses the cloud to empower your people August 1, 2015Sage Pastel Payroll & HR has launched the new Partner Payroll Advantage software solution to give growing businesses a more flexible and efficient way to process and manage their HR and payroll transactions. Share this:

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Sage Pastel Payroll & HR helps to drive growth for SMEs through its business partner programme July 27, 2015Sage Pastel Payroll & HR has grown its business partner network in South Africa to more than 1,000 companies, of which more than 200 have been formally accredited in its business partner programme. Most of these companies are fast-growing small businesses that help other SMEs to prosper by providing them with IT, accounting or payroll …

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How the South African government is addressing pay discrimination in the workplace July 14, 2015Is it unfair to pay two different employees a different wage or remuneration for the same work? It may seem like an obvious YES, but the answer is actually no. No, it’s not unfair to remunerate employees differently for the same work, but – and here’s the caveat – as long as these varying wages …

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3 Reasons to Switch From Applications to Platforms July 6, 2015Since 2008, the smartphone has transformed the way in which we see the world, communicate, spend our leisure time, and do business. The popularisation of smartphones (as well as other smart devices like tablets, watches, and other wearables) has meant that app use has increased 100-fold too; with users not only immersing themselves into social …

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The world of software is evolving from applications to platforms June 22, 2015By Philip Meyer, Central R&D Director for Sage AAMEA The consumerisation of IT and the rise of social media and mobile apps are changing employees’ expectations of the software that they must use to do their jobs every day. That means that payroll and HR software vendors and the enterprises that use their products must …

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5 Ways to Detect and Prevent Payroll Fraud June 10, 2015Payroll fraud is the unfortunate result of entrusting financial responsibilities to untrustworthy people. It includes such practices as: a payroll manager manipulating the system to pay him/herself through the profile of a ghost employee or a contractor the adjustment of expense claims, leave days, and overtime hours on behalf of employees in exchange for bribes …

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4 steps to meet the SARS Submissions deadline (29 May) May 20, 2015South African employers have until 29 May 2015 to file their annual PAYE reconciliation returns for the 2015 tax year (1 March 2014 to 28 February 2015). Since that deadline is just around the corner, if you haven’t yet made your SARS submissions, here is a checklist that should quickly and efficiently guide you through …

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Getting to grips with the complexities of employment contracts May 18, 2015An effective, flexible and understandable employment contract is the basis of a good employee-employer relationship. Let’s look at the basics of creating a sound employment contract. What is an employment contract? It’s a document that sets out the terms and conditions of employment between your business and an employee. It can be something as simple …

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Payroll processing guide for new business owners May 15, 2015Starting and growing your own business is an exciting and challenging undertaking. Entrepreneurship is not for the faint of heart, and the requirements for financial reporting and tax compliance can quickly bring those business owners fantasising about The Next Big Thing, back to reality. Whether you manage your own payroll process or have grown your …

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5 time-saving tools for SMEs May 14, 2015Entrepreneurs and small to medium enterprise owners have likely started their businesses because they are passionate about a particular industry and want to provide that sector with profitable innovation and jobs. The downside to entrepreneurship is the mountain of administrative tasks that can put a dampener on any business owner’s entrepreneurial spirit. Fortunately, there are …

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When software training isn’t just about the software April 29, 2015Making the decision to automate your payroll system for the purpose of streamlining your business processes will result in the need for some skills training. Since payroll processes form part of a much larger arm of your business (payroll, HR, employee management, remuneration, employer tax, etc.), it only makes sense then that the skills training …

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The benefits of automated systems in today’s business environment April 29, 2015Business process automation is the use of software, systems, and processes that require less human intervention than traditional processes (which require human handling or direct influence). Automation is most prominently used where processes need to be standardised and repeated; where the human element is removed so that there’s less risk of human error, or inefficiency …

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Why cloud-based software is better for business April 23, 2015When talk of “business in the cloud” began in the early 2000s, it may have seemed more like “head in the clouds”, since storing your company’s data in cyberspace (instead of “safely” on a physical server), and using shared services and converged infrastructure was difficult to grasp. Fortunately, businesses that have adopted a cloud-based practice …

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Five time-saving tools for SMEs April 18, 2015If you’re an owner or a manager of a small business, you’re probably frustrated by the amount of time you lose to everyday administration and how little time there is to stay up to date with current trends. But with the right smart technology in place, you can save hours every week that you used …

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The benefits of an automated payroll system April 14, 2015Employers are required to manage and process their employees’ salaries, leave days, taxes, and other employment-based information relating to remuneration. Processing this information manually (on a spreadsheet, for instance) is a lot more time-consuming and predisposed to human error than using an automated payroll system. However, there are a number of other benefits to installing …

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Employer Tax 101 April 8, 2015As an entrepreneur and business owner in South Africa, you are in the exciting position of generating employment opportunities for other South Africans and contributing towards skills development and even inspiring and supporting future entrepreneurs. From the outset, you’re encouraged to ensure that your accounting and taxes are in order so that you don’t incur …

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Extension for Compensation Fund returns gives SMEs some breathing space March 17, 2015By Madelein van der Watt, Development Manager Sage Pastel Payroll & HR. The Department of Labour has extended the deadline for Return of Earnings for employers registered with the Compensation Fund to 31 May this year. These returns are usually due by the end of March each year. Businesses — especially SMEs — who have …

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Win 1 of 8 Apple iPads and a Ford Ecosport with Sage Pay March 10, 2015It is easy to win with Sage Pay. Simply activate your Sage Pay account, process payments and stand in line to win 1 of 8 Apple iPads every month from March to October 2015 and one lucky Sage Pay customer will win Ford Ecosport. Sage Pay, together with Sage Pastel Payroll & HR, ensures you have the latest payroll technology at …

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Budget 2015 – 10 things you need to know March 4, 2015By Madelein van der Watt, Development Manager at Sage Pastel Payroll & HR. This article covers ten things you should know concerning the 2015 budget as per the budget speech by Minister Nene on 25 February 2015 1. Personal Income Tax Rate Increase For the first time since 1995, some South African taxpayers will have to …

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Sage Pastel Payroll & HR 2015/2016 Budget Commentary February 25, 2015South African employers must act fast to prepare their payroll systems and processes for the new tax brackets and calculations announced in Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene’s maiden budget speech. Companies have less time than usual to get ready for their first post-budget wage runs. Given that this is the first year since 1995 that government …

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Budget 2015 – crunch time for new Finance Minister February 19, 2015By Madelein van der Watt, Development Manager at Sage Pastel Payroll & HR. South Africa’s new Minister of Finance faces a baptism of fire when he presents his inaugural budget in less than a week from now (25 February, 2pm). He takes over responsibility for the budget at a time when government is under enormous …

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Nene wants your help before the 2015 Budget Speech February 12, 2015The 2015 Budget Speech is just around the corner and on 19 January 2015, Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene requested that South Africans submit their tips for the budget – to feel free to share their ideas on promoting the country’s economic growth. This announcement is packaged as the Budget Tips 2015 Campaign. The end of …

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Before the budget speech: National budget and how it works February 12, 2015We cannot talk about the Budget Speech without understanding the underlying process of how the budget is considered, tabled, and approved. The national budget – government earnings and expenditure – is a public issue, so the public have the right to know how the Finance Ministry plans to table the nation’s budget. The annual Budget …

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Predict how Minister Nene will slice the budget and win R10 000 February 12, 2015Competition closes at 14:00 on 25 February 2015 The upcoming budget announcement will affect us all, but an extra R10, 000 in our pockets would be great. Sage Pastel Payroll & HR is, therefore, offering a R10, 000 prize for predicting how Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene will allocate tax money to various government priorities in this year’s …

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2015 Annual Payroll Tax Update Seminar February 4, 2015The final changes to the laws that have an impact on payrolls and payroll administrators have just been promulgated and take effect from March 2015. The Annual Payroll Tax Update seminar, presented by Rob Cooper, will bring you up to date with all of the changes in their final form, including the fringe benefit for …

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Then and Now: How Tax Rates in SA have Changed February 2, 2015With South Africa’s 2015 Budget Speech fast approaching, and with last year recognised as the centenary of tax collection in South Africa (1914 – 2014), it’s worthwhile to take a few steps back into the history books and to explore the evolution of tax collection in South Africa. The early 20th century Before South Africa …

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South Africa’s new Minister of Finance: Who is Nhlanhla Nene? February 2, 2015On 25 May 2014, President Jacob Zuma committed to a reshuffle in the parliamentary executive, which saw Deputy Finance Minister, Nhlanhla Nene, rise to the position of Minister of Finance. Succeeding Pravin Gordhan, who held the Finance Minister title from 2009 to 2014, Nhlanhla Nene’s first major task would be to steer what President Zuma …

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The Budget Speech 2014 Review January 28, 2015The 2014 Budget Speech was delivered on 26 February 2014 by the former Minister of Finance, Pravin Gordhan, and focused primarily on how the government was executing on the National Development Plan, with a strong prioritisation of capital investment and infrastructure growth. He reiterated the treasury’s emphasis on “the transformation imperatives that will accelerate growth, …

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What are the Tax Rates in South Africa? January 28, 2015Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene has stated his intention to raise R44 billion over the next three years in order to stabilise the national budget and avoid a downgrade in the country’s ratings. One of the sources of these additional funds is likely to be direct taxes in the form of personal and company tax. He …

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Refer and Earn with Sage Pastel Payroll & HR January 26, 2015Sage Pastel Payroll & HR is proud to announce the launch of a referral programme that will result in one lucky customer winning R50 000. Each year, Sage Pastel Payroll & HR receives many referrals from its customers. “We feel this a great acknowledgement from our loyal clients. Their needs are clearly being met with our …

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5 ways holidays are happier with the right payroll partner December 1, 2014If you are using the right software for your human resources and payroll, you may be preparing for a stress-free December holiday knowing that your business is under control wherever you are. And if not, here are five reasons you need to choose a software partner that could make it easier for you to enjoy …

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Automated payroll makes leave pay a breeze November 13, 2014With the end of the year in sight, companies need to do the complex calculations necessary to determine their employees’ correct leave pay. Getting it right means following the dictates of the Basic Conditions of Employment Act (BCEA), which outline the rights of employees around annual leave and severance or notice pay. Doing the sums …

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Ritzy IT is the 2014 Sage Pastel Payroll & HR Business Partner of the Year November 12, 2014Payroll and HR solutions provider Sage Pastel Payroll & HR named KwaZulu-Natal based Ritzy IT as its overall business partner of the year. The award recognises Ritzy IT as Sage Pastel Payroll & HR’s best performing Business Partner in terms of the revenue and sales generated during the period 1 October 2013 to 30 September …

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Coming to grips with a turbulent and complex labour environment November 1, 2014Next year will bring with it even more change and upheaval in South Africa’s labour environment as organisations struggle to come to grips with the nuances of new and amended laws and regulations around equal work for equal pay and fixed-term contracts. That’s the word from labour economist Andrew Levy and presenter of the Sage …

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Four ways the cloud is transforming HR and payroll management October 13, 2014Cloud 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. That’s according to Anton van Heerden, Managing Director of Sage HR & Payroll. “With software solutions like Sage Pastel Partner Flex, there …

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Don’t miss the SARS deadline for interim PAYE reconciliations October 8, 2014You 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. The reconciliation submission season kicked off on 1 September and concludes on 31 October. Don’t panic if you are running behind – here’s what you need to …

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Research Unit hailed as 2014 Cape Talk Small Business Awards winner September 22, 2014Leather 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. The runner-ups are confectionery maker Sweet Temptations Toffees  and upmarket holiday home rental specialist Perfect Hideaways. The Awards aim to recognise and celebrate small businesses …

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Book Express clinches 2014 Radio 702 Small Business Awards September 18, 2014The 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. Book Express won against strong competition from 30 small businesses that Talk Radio 702 listeners nominated for the awards. The Awards aim to recognise and celebrate small businesses …

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A regulatory checklist for SMEs September 9, 2014If you’re running a small business, you might feel overwhelmed by the many regulatory bodies and requirements in South Africa. From labour laws and tax regulations to municipal bylaws, health and safety regulations and consumer protection laws, you’ll be spending a great deal of your time simply trying to comply with a range of legislative …

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SARS Interim PAYE Reconciliation September 1, 2014The 2014 Interim PAYE Reconciliation Season is now closed. If you have not yet submitted, follow these steps to ensure that your PAYE Reconciliation for the period 01 March 2014 to 31 August 2014 is submitted successfully. Complete your payroll processing for August 2014 and make a backup of your data. Process a Pay Period …

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Myth-busting the cloud for SMEs August 25, 2014South 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 of cloud computing, says Ivan Epstein, CEO of Sage Australia, Asia, Middle East and Africa. “The cloud promises to make the …

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Time is running out to prepare for interim PAYE reconciliations August 25, 2014SARS 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 your August payroll run. Here’s the low-down on what you need to do to get through the process with your sanity intact. …

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Winning the Talk Radio 702 Small Business Awards with Sage One helps Roof Rats to skyrocket its business August 20, 2014Gauteng-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. What’s more, the company has grown its headcount from 11 to 44 people in the past year– creating much-needed jobs in the process– and has expanded from a home business …

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702, Cape Talk and Sage One are seeking South Africa’s Best Small Business August 12, 2014The 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. The Awards give Talk Radio 702 and 567 Cape Talk listeners the opportunity to nominate small businesses …

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It is tax return time again for individual taxpayers July 25, 2014Are 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 looming deadline cause distress due to the possible penalties and fines for late submissions? This time of the year need not give you a headache. If you have …

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Sage simplifies online accounting and payroll for SMEs August 4, 2014Entrepreneurship 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 and operate efficiently, by providing software solutions to help businesses do just that. In keeping to this objective, Sage South Africa has …

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Sage makes HR & payroll solutions even more accessible with Flex subscriptions July 29, 2014Sage Pastel Payroll & HR has made their payroll and human resources (HR) solutions even more accessible and affordable with the Flex subscription model. Flex subscriptions allow SMEs to enjoy the benefits of automated payroll and HR software for a low monthly cost. There are no annual licence fees or upfront costs, meaning that you …

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Mobile apps put the power of Sage Pastel in your pocket July 22, 2014In 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. Sage Pastel has created new mobile apps for its Sage Pastel Payroll & HR and Sage Pastel Accounting desktop software that will help you to save time and …

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Getting the most from your payroll & HR July 18, 2014An automated payroll solution can help you to save time and money by reducing the paperwork associated with your weekly wage and monthly salary runs. But there’s more to running an efficient modern payroll and HR environment than paying your employees on time and printing payslips. Here are five ways to use your payroll software …

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Sage Pastel Payroll and HR Budget 2014/15 commentary February 26, 2014Let Sage Pastel Payroll & HR keep you up to date with the 2015/2016 Budget speech. Click here to see all the updates and to access free online tax tools. Some tax relief for tax payers in the 2014/15 Budget Speech announcement Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan delivered no surprises in his Budget Speech on 26 …

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SARS 8-point Interim PAYE Reconciliation Checklist September 1, 2012SARS has compiled a handy checklist that will make it easy for you to submit your declaration accurately and on time. Click here to view the 8-point checklist issued by SARS. During the PAYE Interim Reconciliation you are required to submit your Employer Reconciliation Declaration (EMP501) and Employee Income Tax Certificates (IRP5/IT3(a)s) for the six …

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Unemployment Insurance Fund Contributions – Remuneration Limit Increase April 2, 2012Effective 01 October 2012, employers must adjust their UIF contribution calculations to apply the new remuneration limit published by the Minister of Finance on 26 September 2012 (refer Government Gazette no 35715, dated 26 September 2012). When calculating the 1% contribution deducted from employees and the 1% contributed by employers, a new annual remuneration limit …

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Industrial Council Updates February 28, 2012Metal and Engineering Industries Bargaining Council (MEIBC) Effective 01 July 2012, wage rates for all workers employed in the Metal and Engineering Industries will increase by 7 to 8%. This increase is in accordance with the Industry Settlement Agreement published in September 2011. Visit www.meibc.co.za to view the new wage tables. Metal Industries Benefit Fund Administrators …

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