1. Matthew Lester

    Matthew Lester
    Associate Professor, Rhodes Business School. Matthew Lester, BCom (Rhodes) CA(SA) H Dip Tax Laws (Wits), is an Associate Professor at Rhodes Business School. In 2001, he was the winner of the Vice-Chancellor's award for distinguished teaching. Apart from teaching at Rhodes, Matthew lectures to a wide range of South Africans on taxation and money matters. He also writes the weekly column ‘Tax Talk’ in the Sunday Times.

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    Budget 2017/18 – ‘The Great Pretenders?

    November 2016 marked the 25th anniversary of the death of rock star Freddie Mercury, ‘the Great Pretender.’ Back then the stigma of an AIDS death was such that not enough was made of the horror that is the slow and painful death from AIDS (even if you have all the money in the world!).

    Budget Warmup Cocktail

    It’s that time of year when everyone is speculating on what will happen on the National 2017/18 National Budget Speech.

    Tax deductible donations to universities-Yes or No?

    In February every year every university Vice-Chancellor writes to the alumni and friends of the university requesting donations.

    Prof Matthew Lester’s tequila-tax-double-dip cocktail. Whoop! Whoop!

    22 February 2017 is South Africa’s national budget day and there is a lot of doom and gloom in the press covering almost inevitable announcement from  Finance Minster Pravin Gordhan ‘ Personal Tax increase.

    South Africans are not very good at predicting the future

    This is a pity in the context of #FessMustfall as it is not very difficult to predict the consequences if #FeesMustFall were to succeed in achieving its objectives.