Will South Africans really have ‘free healthcare’?

June 2023 On June 12, the National Assembly passed the National Health Insurance (NHI Bill) aimed at creating universal access to healthcare services in South Africa. But, in GTC’s estimation, South Africa is, unfortunately, light-years away from meeting our healthcare objectives, with many more questions than answers – many of which still seem unresolvable… Click here and here to read the full articles.  

Quarterly market performance reveals volatility despite positive returns

May 2023 South Africa experienced a promising market performance during the first quarter of 2023, with various asset classes showing positive returns.  However, these favourable outcomes mask underlying challenges that are expected to persist in the near future. Click here to read the full article. Click here to listen to the interview on Power 98.7

Morningstar award nomination 2023

Recognising excellence on a large playing field – GTC’s Capital Plus Fund of Funds shines Late in February 2023, at an industry award ceremony hosted by Morningstar, a global well respected independent investment research company,  announced the nomination of GTC’s Capital Plus Fund of Fund in their ‘Best Moderate Fund Allocation’ category. Morningstar provides data and research insights on a wide range of investment offerings, including managed investment products, publicly listed companies, private capital markets, debt securities, and real time global market data. An award nomination would recognise funds and asset managers that have served their investors well, by delivering strong risk-adjusted performance for investors in 2022, reports Mr. Tal Nieburg, Managing Director of Morningstar South Africa. The Morningstar manager research team use a qualitative overlay against the Morningstar’s quantitative methodology to determine finalists, each of whom should be “Commended on...
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South Africa on FATF grey list

South Africa has been grey listed by the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) after considering protection mechanisms employed against ensuring South Africa is not used as a money laundering, terror funding, or proliferation financing jurisdiction.  What does that mean to us in reality? The FATF is a global inter-governmental body, that promotes policies of good governance and sets international standards relating to the combating of money laundering, terrorist financing, and the financing of the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction and biological weapons.  There are currently 39 members of the FATF: 37 jurisdictions (including South Africa as a member state) and two regional organisations (the Gulf Cooperation Council and the European Commission). 22 countries, including South Africa, currently appear on the FATF grey list for not having adequate controls in place to efficiently combat and report on these “nefarious“ practices. ...
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PMR interview with GTC – Award winners for 5 consecutive years

Interview with Johan Hattingh – CEO of PMR and Gary Mockler – CEO of GTC. Johan Hattingh: Morning Gary. For the readers – Gary Mockler is the CEO of GTC. Congratulations on this year’s PMR Arrow Award. GTC has won the top-ranking Diamond Award of Excellence for the past five years. Additionally, over the last five GTC has the highest score of any company in your category. We’d like to know some more about you guys.      So specifically, who is GTC, where did you come from, and is GTC an acronym for a longer name? Gary Mockler: Whew, a short question which requires a longer answer. We used to be Grant Thornton Capital, integrally part of the global audit practice – Grant Thornton.  In fact, we pre-date Grant Thornton Capital. In 1991 we started our business as part...
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South African medical aid increases

Medical aid scheme increases in South Africa 25 August 2022 Medical schemes typically increase their contributions in January each year.  The Covid pandemic disrupted this routine, and many schemes deferred their 2022 increases, with the biggest open medical scheme, Discovery, first deferring its increases from January to May 2022, and then until October.  While the January to May 2023 increases have not yet been announced, Discovery has confirmed a 7.9% increase in October.  Other schemes increased their contributions earlier in the year, although many were also deferred.  The October increases will almost certainly be followed by scheduled increases in January 2023, says Jill Larkan, Head of Healthcare Consulting at leading financial and wealth advisory business GTC.  “Interim increases are administratively expensive and disruptive, and we suspect schemes will return to the traditional January increase date from next year”. Jill Larkan...
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