emeraldJSE AltX-listed DVT Holdings has acquired 100% of Cape-based Emerald Consulting for an unspecified sum of cash and shares. Emerald Consulting is one of South Africa's leading providers of software and related services to the legal sector, with five out of the seven largest South African legal firms on its books. "We have known Emerald for a few years and they are a stable company, performing strongly within their chosen sector," says DVT CEO Chris Wilkins. "They fit in very well with our strategy of growth through entering niche markets with specialised solution providers."

dollar_redYet another reason for firms to make better use of their existing technology in the next two years is that the current exchange rate is about to make imported technology products substantially more expensive. Our currency has weakened by some 45% in the past few months, and unless the Rand strengthens, we could see a similar increase in prices of imported products once forward cover runs out. Most affected will be hardware products - which are nearly all imported, as well as the international software brands such as Microsoft Office, operating systems, databases, anti-virus software, and digital dictation.

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After many years of no price increases, the Deeds Office has increased its search pricing as of 27 October 2008, and the new fees of office are published in Government Gazette No. 31458. The price for information regarding the daily transfer of property (transfers) has doubled from R0.50c to R1.00 per property and document copies have increased from R3.00 per page to R4.00 per page. Previously, enquiries relating to a person, property, or deed were priced according to volume. Low volume users (<100 searches per month) were charged R3.00 per search. High volume users were charged R1.00 per search. The new price from DeedsWeb is now fixed at R2.00 per search, regardless of volume. Schedule of fees.

With South Africans starting to return to work at the end of the holiday season, there’s nothing more likely to destroy the warm afterglow of a great trip overseas than coming home to an astronomical cellphone bill after being caught in the roaming trap.

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