On the 2nd of March 2015 South Africa sent off the four winners of its Newcastle United competition, together with Sias du Plesis, on a flight to go and watch their favourite football team in action in the UK.

After arriving in London town and having a little bit of time to freshen up, the winners were whisked off to Newcastle and taken to St. James' Park stadium for a VIP tour. The group were also given the opportunity to meet some of the Newcastle United first team members and to attend one of their training sessions.

For the winners, the highlight of the trip was to see their favourite NUFC players battle it out against Manchester United. Unfortunately, Ashley Young's last-minute goal earned Manchester United a precious 1-0 victory at Newcastle United to keep their team in pole position for a top-four finish in the Barclays Premier League.



With the Southern Peninsula of Cape Town being victim to the devastating fires over the past week, communities have joined together in support of those who have been fighting non-stop to get the blaze under control. Fire fighters and volunteers are working through the night to extinguish the fires in the Noordhoek, Muizenberg, Tokai and Hout Bay areas and are in dire need of essential items to continue with their efforts.

The situation calls for individuals, communities and companies to work together to provide support to the brave firefighters. South Africa is calling on everyone to get involved and provide much needed support to the people out in the fields doing their best to extinguish the fire.


Clean your home for less

Branded cleaners and detergents can easily eat into our grocery budget faster than we think. But there is another way to save on the laundry detergent, fabric softener, glass cleaners, stain removers, shower, wood polish… When you’ve run out of cash for detergents and groceries before payday, here are some of the solutions that can save you a packet while keeping your home hygienic and clean all month through.


5 Money Trends for 2015

With 2015 in full swing, we look at new technologies and trends in the finance industry that could have a huge impact on 2015. With the increase in use of smart devices like smart phones and wearables, it is becoming easier and more convenient for us to make online, digital transactions.


Avoid a post-festive season debt hangover

Growth in retail sales volumes are already higher in the fourth quarter this year than they were in the same period last year, according to the results from Stellenbosch University’s Bureau for Economic Research’s latest festive season retail survey. These results indicate that despite tougher economic conditions, South Africans are flocking to the malls over the festive season.

Those who receive a year-end bonus or 13th cheque should aim to save a portion of it and shop with caution this year. While the extra income is always welcomed during one of the most expensive periods of the year, those receiving a year-end bonus or 13th cheque can easily find themselves overspending and incurring unnecessary debt.


Free Budget Template

As the cost of living continues to rise, it is important for us to know where our hard earned money goes and what our major monthly expenses are. Creating a budget is a good way to manage your personal finance to ensure that you are not living above your means and that you are not caught short of money at the end of the month.

Download our free Budget Template (Requires MS Excel) and start 2015 with your financial health in mind.


Beware of Fakes!

As financial fraud activities are on the rise in South Africa, we have to be careful not to fall for these ever increasing scams and cons. There is an increase in fraudsters using the names and logos of reputable lenders and banks in order to cheat you out of your hard-earned cash. is just one of the companies that these criminals are using to target consumers attempting to get your money.

These scammers send out unsolicited emails and SMS’s and sometimes even call people, promising loans and other financial products. But the victims end up having to pay various amounts of money over to the scammers, and never receive the loan funds.

Here are some top tips to help you avoid falling for a scam and ensure that if you are looking for a loan, you are dealing with the REAL


Avoid a financial hangover this festive season

The end-of-year is the time when most people choose to relax, enjoy a little time off and reward ourselves for all the hard work we have put in during the year. Here are 10 tips on how to keep the festivities from turning into a financial hangover for you.

1. Plan your holiday spend

Set a budget and stick to it so you can keep track of everything you spend. It helps to identify where you can cut down in order to have more money available for special treats during the season.

Drawing up a budget is the first step. Stick to this if you want to remain in control of your finances. Be realistic about what you'll have left after your regular monthly expenses. List all your additional seasonal expenses and make sure you know where the money for all this will come from and where you should cut back if you need to.

2. Plot your retail route

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