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South Africa’s crypto companies are being forced to migrate due to a lack of regulation

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The biggest cryptocurrency fraud that took place in 2020 was a rude awakening for South Africa’s regulator and not everyone is waiting to see how it all plays out. As major financial hubs such as Singapore rewrite laws and regulations to entice crypto firms, and the United Kingdom government faces calls to start embracing virtual currencies, South Africa’s rapidly growing transactions say they are being forced to relocate their headquarters refers to speculation. About potential state regulation.

A lack of monitoring and restrictions on marketing to potential consumers are to blame for the dissatisfaction. Revix, a Cape-Town-based company that specializes in currency bundles, is relocating its headquarters to the United Kingdom and establishing a second site in Germany to support its expansion. Luno is Africa’s largest digital currency platform, with offices in London and Singapore.

In an interview, Sean Sanders who is a Revix Chief Executive Officer noted that South African regulators have been very sluggish in regards to regulation in the industry, and that leads to firms going overseas. In an unregulated environment, a consumer is entitled to be skeptical of their platform. With Elon Musks’ investing $1.5 billion and billionaire hedge-fund managers endorsing the currency, digital currencies are becoming increasingly popular on a daily basis. Bitcoin reached a high of more than $58,000 last month before reversing some of its gains, establishing itself as a hedge against inflation risk just as concerns about price pressures grow.

The recent year has been very important and challenging for the crypto-industry and the friendly regulatory framework in South Africa created a good environment for the companies to operate in the country. However, the lighter regulations resulted in troubles for not only brokerage companies that provide people with service, but for the crypto betting companies in South Africa who are now concerned about their activities as well. However, in a watershed moment for the sector, a suspected Ponzi scam in South Africa may have led investors to lose up to $1.2 billion in the world’s most renowned cryptocurrency.

Scam of the Year

Mirror Trading Holdings was put into contractionary territory and blockchain experts have since called it the world’s greatest crypto crime of the year. The company is said to have amassed over 23,000 bitcoin from investors, and its CEO is said to have gone to Brazil. Earle Loxton, CEO of Digital Currency Index, a company he founded with the help of former FirstRand Ltd. CEO Michael Jordaan stated that South Africa has a terrible history of pyramid and Ponzi scams, and crypto was the natural new structure for this. Regulation is welcomed by honest operations because it allows their clients to invest with trust, particularly at the organizational level.

South Africa may frustrate its entrepreneurs, but it is viewed as a forerunner in the industry in comparison to the rest of the continent since authorities and businesses are collaborating on suggestions. Plans to regulate the industry in Nigeria have been put on hold until operators create a bank account in the West African country. According to Brandon Topham, head of compliance at the Finance Sector in South Africa, the goal for South African authorities is to improve consumer rights rather than corporate security. In the next two months, he expects more offers.

Regulatory momentum

South Africa’s main banks have all endorsed regulatory attempts to establish a framework for crypto belongings, but their approaches to sector players are currently divided. Standard Bank Group Ltd has not prohibited crypto-asset businesses from all of the operations while FirstRnad’s first national bank has no financial connections with digital forex or dealers, according to emailed responses.

According to Sanders, South Africa’s crypto businesses find it difficult to remote on Facebook and Twitter since they are unregulated. As a result, their growth possibilities are hampered. The claims that the lack of policy has harmed South Africa’s revenue collection function, since relocating head offices necessitates paying tax in many nations.

According to Luno CEO Marius Reitz, the lack of a legislative framework had made it impossible for crypto platforms to maintain bank accounts. As a result, buyers will find it extremely difficult to purchase Bitcoin using their local fiat currency. There are indications that things are moving to the correct path. The regulator has issued draft regulations that would allow crypto assets to be classified as financial products. However, Sanders warns that doing so risks overlooking crypto’s novelty appeal.

South Africa appears to be going the other way as some of the more advanced market pioneers and innovators in this space. It appears that authorities are being laid by applying hundred-year-old securities laws to the innovative bitcoin asset class.

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Navy Destroys 14 Illegal Refineries, Confiscates N2.7bn Refined Products

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Troops of the Nigerian Navy conducting Operation “Dakatar Da Barawo” confiscated crude oil and other illegally refined products worth N2.7billion in June.
This is contained in a statement issued by the Director of Information, Naval Headquarters, Commodore Adedotun Ayo-Vaughan in Abuja.
“The various NN platforms deployed for ‘Operation Dakatar Da Barawo, Calm Waters 11’ and Tripartite Joint Border Patrol, have continued to sustain aggressive patrols to curb the menace of crude oil theft and illegal oil bunkering.
“Accordingly, several Illegal Refining Sites (IRS), metal storage tanks, wooden boats, dugout pits and ovens were destroyed between June 13 and June 19”.
He said five suspects were and the operatives destroyed 14 Illegal refining sites.
The Navy also said that 80 storage tanks, 22 wooden boats, 40 ovens, two-speed boats, a tanker, truck, barge and a Toyota Sienna car were recovered during the various operations during the period.
Similarly, Navy ship VICTORY in Cross River intercepted and impounded three wooden boats laden with drums of suspected illegally Refined Petrol (PMS) around Ikang channel, suspected to be transported to Cameroon.
However, the Navy said, the boats, as well as the products, were taken into custody.
Ayo-Vaughan said,”Forward Operating Base (FOB) Bonny in Rivers” also intercepted two wooden boats laden with about 400,000 litres of suspected stolen crude oil at Iwokiri.
The wooden boats and products, he said, were destroyed.
Similarly, he said, the Navy ship SOROH in Bayelsa intercepted a wooden boat laden with about 60,000 litres of suspected illegally refined AGO.
Subsequently, the boat and contents, he added was destroyed.

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FAAC: Federal, States, LGs Share N680.780bn May Revenue Allocation

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The Federation Account Allocation Committee (FAAC) has shared May 2022 Federation Revenue Allocation to the federal, states and local government councils to the tune of N680.783billion.
This is contained in a communiqué issued at the end of June 2022 FAAC meeting held in Abuja.
According to the communiqué, the N680.783billion total distributable revenue comprised distributable statutory revenue of N385.004billion, distributable Value Added Tax (VAT) revenue of N198.512billion and Electronic Money Transfer Levy (EMTL) revenue of N97.267billion.
In May, 2022, the total deductions for cost of collection were N36.996billion and total deductions for transfers and refunds were N186.672billion.
The balance in the Excess Crude Account (ECA) was $35.377million.
The communiqué confirmed that from the total distributable revenue of N680.783billion; the Federal Government received N229.563billion, the state governments received N241.824billion and the local government councils received N175.942billion.
The sum of N33.454billion was shared to the relevant states as 13percent derivation revenue.
Gross statutory revenue of N589.952billion was received for the month of May, 2022.
This was lower than the N635.037billion received in the previous month by N45.085billion.
From the N385.004billion distributable statutory revenue, the Federal Government received N185.197billion, the state governments received N93.934billion and the local government councils received N72.419billion.
The sum of N33.454billion was shared to the relevant states as 13percent derivation revenue.
In the month of May, 2022, the gross revenue available from the Value Added Tax (VAT) was N213.179billion.
This was higher than the N178.825billion available in the month of April, 2022 by N34.354billion.
From the N198.512billion distributable Value Added Tax (VAT) revenue, the Federal Government received N29.777billion, the state governments received N99.256billion and the local government councils received N69.479billion.
The Federal Government received N14.590billion; the state governments received N48.634billion and the local government councils received N34.043billion from the N97.267billion Electronic Money Transfer Levy (EMTL).
According to the communiqué, in the month of May, 2022, Companies Income Tax (CIT) and Value Added Tax (VAT) recorded considerable increases, Import Duty increased marginally while Petroleum Profit Tax (PPT) and Excise Duties decreased marginally.
Oil and Gas Royalties decreased significantly.

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FG Hands Over Licences To 57 Marginal Oil Field Investors, ‘Morrow

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The Federal Government has announced that the successful investors in Nigeria’s 57 marginal oil fields for the 2022 bid round would get their various Petroleum Prospecting Licences, tomorrow.
On May 31, 2021, the defunct Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) issued letters of award to investors for the production of crude oil from 57 marginal fields.
Last January, the Nigerian Upstream Petroleum Regulatory Commission (NUPRC) announced that a total of 128 awardees emerged as successful bidders in the bid round and had made complete and part payments for signature bonuses in the oil fields.
It also disclosed at the time that 33 awardees did not make payments during the 45 days window given to successful bidders to pay the required signature bonuses for the oil fields and as such had lost their awards to suitably qualified reserve bidders.
Providing updates on the bid round in Abuja, last Saturday, the Chief Executive, NUPRC, Gbenga Komolafe, announced that the successful awardees would get their licences by Tuesday.
He said, “In fulfillment of the promise made early this year, the NUPRC will on Tuesday in Abuja, issue Petroleum Prospecting Licences to successful awardees of marginal fields in the 2020 bid round, pursuant to the provisions of the Petroleum Industry Act 2021.
“It will also unveil the implementation template for the host communities’ development trust for commencement of the provisions under Section 235 of the PIA, 2021, to positively impact against restiveness in the host communities.”
Komolafe said implementing the development trust would guarantee seamless operations, boost investors’ confidence and provide enabling environment for sustainable improvement of the country’s hydrocarbon resources.
“These will mark the conclusion of some of the most urgent and critical tasks inherited by the commission when it was inaugurated in October, 2021, after the signing into law of the PIA 2021,” he stated.
The commission had in March this year informed all participants in the 2020 marginal field bid round programme that it had put all necessary machinery in place to progress the bid round exercise to conclusion in line with the PIA 2021.
In furtherance of that resolution, the commission constituted an in-house work team to distill and address the concerns of awardees with a view to close out issues affecting multiple awardees per asset and formation of Special Purpose Vehicles by awardees in line with the respective letters of award.
“Awardees were therefore enjoined to avail themselves of the resolution mechanism provided by the commission in the overriding national interest,” Komolafe stated.
He added, “The successful coordination and resolution of the issues culminated in the emergence of the successful awardees that would be handed over licences on Tuesday.”

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