Curated by Lezé

1 August 2023



Corporate Social Responsibility

Supporting Corporate Social Responsibility:

HRMASTER’s Initiative to Empower Youth

Free access to 142 soft skill courses on our Skillsmaster E learning platform

Today, making a positive impact on society through Corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiatives, is an integral part of doing business. To this end, HRMASTER, a provider of comprehensive HR solutions, is excited to announce free access to 142 soft skill courses on our Skillsmaster E learning platform. The aim is to uplift our unemployed youth and give them the tools for self improvement and resources to impact their own future. E learning

By identifying schools, educational institutions, and non-profit organizations working closely with unemployed youth, HRMASTER aims to make a significant impact in the communities they serve. Selected matriculants will be given access to these 142 online soft skill courses, setting them on the road to success.

How can you help

Participating companies have the opportunity to join HRMASTER in their CSR efforts by offering to cover the costs of these 142 online soft skills courses for some of these young people. There are several benefits to this for the companies that come on board with us.Benefits The company’s logo will be prominently displayed on the management dashboard, which will enhance their brand image by showing their commitment to making a positive impact on society. The management dashboard also allows companies to assign and track the training access provided, ensuring efficient use of resources.

Another benefit to joining us, is the opportunity to maximize the Skills Development Levy claim-back. And Skillsmaster will assist with this process.

HRMASTER’s commitment to corporate social responsibility is illustrated by this initiative to empower unemployed youth by providing access to these 142 soft skill courses. By joining us in this effort, companies can make a positive impact on society and boost their brand image.

Together we can change the future for the most vulnerable young people.

Join us

To sign up for the online learning platform or if you have any questions, please contact Deon Macauley.

Deon Macauley

072 440 7210



South Africa – SARS New USSD Service

SARS released a new USSD service on 20 March 2023 to assist taxpayers on PIT (Personal Income Tax) related services.
This service is free of charge and the taxpayer doesn’t need a smartphone or internet connectivity. Read here for more information.

The following services are offered via the USSD channel:

  • What is my tax number?
  • Account balance
  • Do I need to file a tax return?
  • eBooking

Here are the dates and criteria for the 2023 Filing Season:

Individual taxpayers (non-provisional): 7 July 2023 to 23 October 2023
Provisional taxpayers: 7 July 2023 to 24 January 2024

Have interest rates peaked?

Helpdesk Tips

How to process Bulk Uploads for Pay Rate details

Besides processing payroll input on the respective employees’ records, capturing payroll information can also be processed via the Bulk Actions Screen. Bulk entries can be uploaded to the Payrate details screen. The Pay Rates Screen defines the employee’s package details as well as the frequency of payment. Templates to update information to other selected screens, are also available. New required information can be captured on the template spreadsheet and uploaded from the Bulk Actions Screen.

Click on below instructions on how to process Pay Rate details via Bulk uploads.


How to process Pay Rate details via Bulk uploads


Please call our Helpdesk for your queries –
021 712 7333 or
WhatsApp us – 081 711 1276

How to view leave balances in hours

Employees are able to view their leave balances, accrual, max balance and leave value breakdown in hours once the company setting has been configured.
The Leave Balances Screen hosts the details of the employee’s leave entitlement including the leave accrual, leave balance and when the leave is due to expire.

Click below for directions on how to view leave balances in hours.


How to view leave balances in hours

Staff Bio

Meet Zihaad Davids

Meet Zihaad Davids, who reports to Nafeesa, the office manager at HRMASTER. He is a trainee payroll administrator and his responsibilities include payroll data capturing and making videos that explain how payroll works. Is he HRMASTER’s first TikTok star in the making?

Zihaad matriculated from Fairmount Secondary High School, in Grassy Park, in 2019.


He has 2 older brothers, one of whom is also married. Unfortunately Covid scuppered his tertiary education in IT technical support in 2020. He started working for Martin & East, on site, and then became a driver for Davison Boards. In March he started his career with HRMASTER. He is enjoying working at a desk, especially in this cold, wet weather.

Zihaad is married to his high school sweetheart, and he and his wife are looking forward to welcoming their first baby in a few months. They like outings to the beach and date nights. Soccer is his sport of choice, and he also enjoys exploring the southern parts of the city on his bicycle, with friends, and has completed 4 Argus cycle tours. Hopefully that stamina will help him when the new baby arrives.

Welcome to the HRMASTER family, Zihaad. We are glad to have you on board.

New Product Features

New enhancements

Expanded Search Function

No need to familiarise yourself with the menu structure, simply search for specific items – easily and quickly.

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The list of benefits includes:

  • New users to the system don’t need to get used to where each menu item is located, they can simply search for a term that they are familiar with – this will most certainly enable users to get up and running on the system much quicker and significantly improve user satisfaction.
  • In most cases, it will be much quicker to type in a partial name of a menu item to navigate to it rather than use the menus – even for experienced system users.
  • This new feature includes synonyms of the typical payroll “industry terms” given to various aspects that we may have named something different, e.g., customers coming from other payroll solutions may refer to payroll components as “wage types”. So, by searching “wage types”, our payroll components menu option will show in the search results.
  • It includes scenarios where a single admin form containing several functional setups, i.e., the Other Dropdowns screen. Users can search for something like “attachments” or “incident types”; and it will show in the search results to point to this form.
  • Custom forms have been included in the results so when a customer creates any custom form and names it accordingly, it will also show up in the search results.

With this enhanced search feature,

finding what you need will be faster and more convenient and will take your user experience to the next level.

Any questions or issues can be directed to


Our partnership with Biosyn and Floatpays is another way that Paymaster endeavors to deliver greater value to our clients.

Time Master

Building Trust between Employer and Employee

Unlock your payroll’s full potential and optimize your workflow management with Time Master’s powerful time and attendance features

Discover how Time Master can transform your workflow management

At Time Master, we understand the critical role of effective workflow management in running a smooth and efficient payroll system. In the next few newsletters, we will explore how Time Mater’s advanced time and attendance features can revolutionize your workflow management. Each newsletter will show a new feature, providing valuable insights and practical tips for optimizing your workflow.

From simplified leave applications to centralized warnings and overtime management, as well as streamlined staff movement and seamless payroll integration, we are dedicated to empowering you with the tools to enhance efficiency and productivity.

Feature 2: Centralized Warning/Overtime Screen

Manage warnings and overtime instances effortlessly. Our dedicated screen consolidates all warnings and overtime requests, enabling efficient decision-making and resolution.

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If you are interested in learning more about Timemaster’s Time and Attendance system, be sure to visit our website for more information. There you can find detailed articles, product reviews etc to help you make an informed decision about your time and attendance system. For more information on




simply click here.

Discover the benefits of Time Master’s Time and Attendance!

Free consultation

Contact Glen Coburn

+27 836791311.



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Paymaster Employee financial wellbeing

Financial stress is bad for your staff and your bottom line!

The best way Floatpays, in partnership with Paymaster, can help reduce debt is by providing on-demand access to earned wages through integration with Paymaster payroll. Employees can access their earned-but-unpaid wages through EFT, instant money vouchers, or prepaid vouchers. If you want to improve financial stability and increase happiness and productivity among your employees, reach out to us.
And for employers, Floatpays can help streamline the payroll process and reduce the administrative burden of managing a large, seasonal workforce.

As a Paymaster partner, Floatpays is already integrated into the Paymaster payroll system, so set-up is quick and easy! Get in touch with Ian Hurst at, +2782 898 5006, to book a free DEMO.

Book a demo

Ian Hurst

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Paymaster Updates

Welcome to the payroll news updates! Here, you will find the latest updates and information on all things payroll. We’ve got you covered from employee payroll and payroll tax to payroll management and payroll software.

You’ll find the weekly and Africa updates and resources to help you stay informed and on top of your payroll responsibilities and legislative changes you should know.

Weekly updates


  • Nextgen Payroll Reconcilliation Report | New parameter
  • South Africa | New ‘UIF Income Uncapped’ Component
  • South Africa | Updated Take-On Validations on Pension and Provident Funds
  • Ghana | Total Cash Emoluments including Overtime
  • Namibia | PAYE 5 Tax Certificate Enhancements

Africa updates


  • Egypt – Income Tax Table Update
  • Madagascar – Minimum Wage Update
  • Mauritius – NSF Ceiling
  • Tanzania – Skills Development Levy Amendments

Paymaster Announcement

HRm Announcement

Paymaster is excited to announce that it is now operating under the umbrella of HRMASTER. We’re expanding our services to include

  • Time and Attendance
  • SDL Reimbursement and e-learning
  • Additional HR services

If you attended our recent webinar, you might have heard about these exciting changes. But if not, we’re delighted to let you know that we’re expanding our services to offer you even more.

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But don’t worry, Paymaster will continue to offer the same great service you’ve come to expect. These changes won’t affect your relationship with us or the way you use our services. We’re simply enhancing our brand and offerings to better meet your needs.

We’re excited to help you take your business to the next level with our new services.

To learn more about these new services and how they can benefit your business, contact HRMASTER today.


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Paymaster Announcement

Free payroll knowledge

Welcome to our “Free Payroll Knowledge” Q & A series! We understand that payroll can be a complex and challenging task for small businesses, which is why we want to help. We’re excited to announce that our Q & A virtual sessions will take place twice a month, on a  Wednesday at 10:00-10:30. The series will be an open discussion format.

you ask any payroll question, we have the answer.

We will be announcing the details of each webinar on our social media channels, so be sure to follow us to stay updated. You can join the webinar using the link we will provide.





  • Wednesday
  • 21 June
  • 10:00


Schedule the next webinar

Register here

  • Wednesday
  • 5 July
  • 10:00

Who is this webinar for?

For payroll professionals increasing their skill base, or those new to this function. Or maybe you’re exploring Paymaster as a payroll option….this virtual series is aimed at all of you.

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