The Master’s Offices which deal with liquidations and deceased estates has been in the media recently over poor management and service delivery. Chief Master advocate Martin Mafojane writes that the Master’s office is confident it has turned the corner

The Master’s Offices are responsible for the administration of liquidations and deceased estates as well as the registration of trusts.

This often translates into us serving the most vulnerable members of our communities – the widowed and children in particular. In recent weeks, many media articles have reflected negatively on the services at Master’s offices around the country, particular those in Johannesburg, Gqeberha and Cape Town.

Some of the articles concentrated on the current Special Investigating Unit (SIU) investigation into allegations of fraud and corruption against certain officials, but most focused on deceased estates administration, poor management and lack of service delivery by the Master’s offices.

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Absa Group is in talks to sell part or all of its asset-management business to Africa’s largest insurer, a deal that could create a firm with more than R900 billion in assets, according to people familiar with the matter.

South Africa’s third-largest lender is in discussions with both Sanlam and partner African Rainbow Capital Investments about a deal, said the people, who asked not to be named because the discussions are private. No decision has been reached and an agreement may not be concluded, they said.

A combination of the Absa business with the Sanlam-owned equivalent would become one of the country’s largest money managers, behind the state-owned Public Investment Corporation. The negotiating parties see room for further growth as the sector is otherwise populated with a number of small players, the people said.

Absa and Sanlam declined to comment. ARC, the investment vehicle of South African billionaire Patrice Motsepe,

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At the top of your Microsoft Office apps on Windows you’ll find the new Microsoft Search box. This powerful tool helps you quickly find what you’re looking for, from text to commands to help and more. Let’s take a look at what it can do for you.

Note: This feature is currently rolling out to Microsoft Microsoft 365 customers who are part of the Office Insiders program. If you’d like to be among the first to try this feature out, join the Office Insider program.

Get started quickly

Click the Microsoft Search box, or press ALT+Q, and before you even type anything Search will recall recently used commands and suggest other actions you may want to take based on what you appear to be doing. If you’re using a business edition of Microsoft 365 you will also see

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Sharing OneDrive or SharePoint files with external users (guests) allows you to securely collaborate with people outside your organization such as your business partners, vendors, clients, or customers — with or without a Microsoft 365 subscription, OneDrive, or SharePoint account.

The recipients’ experience depends on the settings you select when creating the sharing link, and the account they use to view the file.

If you haven’t shared files in OneDrive or SharePoint before, see these articles first:

Create a link accessible to anyone who receives it  

If you want anyone who receives the sharing link to be able to access the content, select Anyone with the link option in Link settings. The recipients won’t need to have a Microsoft 365,  OneDrive, or SharePoint account and can access the content without having to enter a passcode or sign in. 


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Install Office 2016 on a PC

Remember a one-time purchase version of Office is licensed for one install only.

  1. Depending on your browser, select Run (in Edge or Internet Explorer), Setup (in Chrome), or Save File (in Firefox).

    If you see the User Account Control prompt that says, Do you want to allow this app to make changes to your device? select Yes.

    The install begins.

    Window showing progression of Office install

  2. Your install is finished when you see the phrase, “You’re all set! Office is installed now” and an animation plays to show you where to find Office applications on your computer. Select Close.

    Follow the instructions in the window to find your Office apps. For example depending on your version of Windows, select Start and then scroll to find the app you want to open such as

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The first step in moving your business from G Suite to Microsoft 365 is to sign up for a subscription.

  1. Go to and choose For business.

  2. Choose See plans & pricing, and then Small Business. For customers moving from G Suite, we recommend Microsoft 365 Business Standard.

  3. Choose Buy now.

  4. Under Your order summary, enter the total number of people you want to use Microsoft 365, choose a monthly or annual billing plan, and then choose Next.

  5. Under Tell us about yourself, enter your contact information, and then choose Next.

  6. To prove you’re not a robot, type your phone number, choose Send Verification Code, type the code that was sent to you, and then choose Verify.

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Already set up and ready to go? See Explore Skype for Business or Join a Skype for Business meeting.

Sign in on your PC

  1. Click the Sign In button.

  2. Type in your password.

  3. Check the Save my password box to autosave your sign in info, or leave the box unchecked if you don’t want to save it.

  4. Click the Sign In button again to complete the sign in.

Sign out on your PC

  1. Click the arrow next to the Show Menu icon
    show menu arrow

  2. Select File.

  3. Choose Sign Out.

Close and re-open:

  • To keep Skype for Business running, close your main window by clicking the

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