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Paulina French

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Paulina 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.

‘A difficult time for ordinary South Africans’ as mid-term budget is released

Wednesday afternoon, 25 October 2018, saw newly-appointed finance minister, Tito Mboweni deliver a sobering report on the reality of South African finances. Paulina French...

Zeroing in on VAT

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...

Calling for financial accountability from SA’s Church

South Africans have been privy to the devastating scandals of state-capture and the massive mismanagement of corporate finances frequently uncovered in our country.  Paulina...

Taxation: A time for balance

In April 2018 the Davis Tax Commission released its report. The Commission was implemented by former Minister of Finance, Pravin Gordhan. Tax - and...

The Davis Tax Committee — No April Fools’ Joke

April saw the first increase in VAT since 1993 in South Africa and also the Closing Report of the Davis Tax Committee appointed in 2013 by the then Minister of Finance, Pravin Gordhan to study SA's tax policies  This increase in VAT will especially affect the most poor in society as Paulina French and Ricardo da Silva SJ, conclude.

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Calling for financial accountability from SA’s Church

South Africans have been privy to the devastating scandals of state-capture and the massive mismanagement of corporate finances frequently uncovered in our country.  Paulina...

Bosasa liquidation will leave directors financially unscathed and employees reeling

The pitiful shenanigans of Bosasa bosses as revealed at the Zondo Commission have forced the company's directors to cease operations. But why liquidate a company that is not technically insolvent? Paulina French thinks that directors opted for liquidation to ensure they aren't left in financial tatters, themselves; regardless of the devastating consequences for their employees.

Education in South Africa — a persisting divide

For South African parents the new school year, inevitably, brings a hike in school fees, that will place even more strain on their already...

Women remain unheard

After a week that saw multiple violent crimes against women, Paulina French asks what the men in our churches are doing to...

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