In our cash-strapped society, which is now also experiencing a technical recession, South Africans are constantly looking for smarter ways to save and spend. With the pressure mounting to get more for less, consumers are becoming increasingly wary of their spending and saving habits.


The issue of fraudulent activity in South Africa isn’t a small one and there’s no doubt that it is increasing. The recent 2018 Global Economic Crime and Fraud Survey conducted by PwC South Africa, has delved into the issue and uncovered that the global average rate of reported economic crime is listed as 49%. And in the case of South Africa? We’re sitting at 77%, making us the country with the highest instances of economic crime in the world.


It’s official - South Africa is in a technical recession. It’s the first time since 2008 that the country has again slipped into recession and the result is some serious financial strain. While this now has people rechecking budgets, cutting costs and recalculating their finances, the question on everyone’s minds is “How will this affect me on a daily basis?” 


There’s no doubt that you’ve had numerous people telling you how to achieve that so-called “summer body”, but at the end of the day, good health is what it’s all about. Making a move away from unrealistic expectations is something everyone should be focusing on. As long as you’re leading a healthy lifestyle, that’s what counts. The main way to transform your life and start feeling healthier and happier? Spring clean your diet.


Can you feel that? It’s warmer, brighter and the mood is lifting; spring is in the air! Many people use milestones like the start of a new season as an opportunity to reorganise and declutter their homes, garages, desks and wardrobes. As we knock on September’s door, there’s no better time to make changes in your life, so here are four classic spring cleaning tips from bsmart.


Many people see the start of spring as a welcome change from the cold, dry winter weather, but with the warmth and springtime breeze comes airborne pollen and mould spores, which can wreak havoc for allergy sufferers. Allergens - like pollen, dust and mould - send the body’s immune system into overdrive, leaving allergy sufferers feeling stuffy, blocked up, congested and uncomfortable.


When looking back on the history of women in South Africa, one thing is very clear: their fierce determination and grit is almost palpable. Whether fighting to cast a vote alongside male counterparts, standing strong and unwavering when others don’t believe or marching against social injustice; the women of South Africa deserve to be celebrated.


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