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Paulina French

Show BioHide BioPaulina is a Chartered Accountant who spent a number of years working for an international auditing firm and with a major retail bank. She is married with two daughters. On the birth of her second daughter she left the corporate world and became a full-time mom. She spent a few years doing some consulting work and previously worked at the Jesuit Institute.

13 posts

Women remain unheard

by (~4 min read)

After a week that saw multiple violent crimes against women, Paulina French asks what the men in our churches are doing to change patriarchal ways of thinking and acting. She commends Bishop Phalana of Klerksdorp for starting a conversation about overcoming ge... More »

‘I need South Africa as much as it needs me’

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Despite vigorous appeals from South Africa’s president, its uncertain and rapidly declining economic and political outlook is driving many citizens to emigrate. Paulina French has been mulling over her reasons for staying, despite attractive opportunities abro... More »

Calling for a tax revolt is immoral

by (~8 min read)

Helen Zille, the previous leader of the Democratic Alliance, South Africa's largest opposition party, provoked a social media storm when she threatened to initiate a "tax revolt" if the country's corruption history wasn't timely tackled. Paulina French investi... More »

Education in South Africa — a persisting divide

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For South African parents the new school year, inevitably, brings a hike in school fees, that will place even more strain on their already limited finances and increase the inequality gap. Paulina French looks at school fees, 2018 Matric results and the Presid... More »

A sting in the SAA tale

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The national carrier may be forced to ground to a halt if the latest messages hailing from Treasury are anything to go by. Paulina French looks at the ever-growing flights of fancy at SAA, in search of a redemptive wing of hope but the tale just seems to be bl... More »

Zeroing in on VAT

by (~6 min read)

There has been much talk of zero-rated VAT following the unprecedented increase to 15% earlier this year, just as Nhlanhla Nene the now ex-Minister of Finance took to the helm of the national coffers. Paulina French has been following the complex and technical... More »

Taxation: A time for balance

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In April 2018 the Davis Tax Commission released its report. The Commission was implemented by former Minister of Finance, Pravin Gordhan. Tax – and wealth tax particulalry – is a complex issue. However, at the very heart of tax issues is the question Paulina F... More »

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