Lead: A keen balancing act

Vanuja Maharaj – an achiever at work, devoted wife and mother at home When you are the youngest female business executive of colour in the Auditor-General’s Office (AGSA), based in the KwaZulu- Natal (KZN) Business Unit office, carving out your niche is a challenge at first. But if you are passionate about what you do…

Lead: Profile: Introducing Professor Nirupa Padia

Meet Professor Nirupa Padia – the new Head of the School of Accountancy at the University of Witwatersrand (WITS). Professor Nirupa Padia is the Head of the School of Accountancy at the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits). She is the first black female Associate Professor in Auditing. Prof Padia, a Chartered Accountant, passed the qualifying…

LEAD: Women defining transformation

Transformation within the profession can be likened to metamorphosis. It is not an overnight affair – we all know that. Each stage has been unique in its development and has held its own experiences and challenges. Once the challenges have been conquered it means progress has been made and ground has been taken. It means…

July 2013

In recent months numerous high profile ethical failures have featured in the media. It is “normal” for frustrated readers to question where accountability lies for the rampant damage that large-scale unethical behavior impacts on society. Many eyes turned toward our leaders, from the heads of government to CEOs of corporates. Universal demand for ethical leadership…

Lead: LIFESTYLE: Motoring and Travel

Mercedes 350 CLS Shooting Brake This is a totally new breed of car from Mercedes Benz, a four-door coupé with a twist – as it’s also a station wagon. This new concept design ensures the CLS Shooting Brake stands out from the crowd. Its front end is almost identical to the conventional CLS design, including…

Lead: Profile: Introducing Godfrey Mongatane CA(SA)

Introducing Godfrey Mongatane CA(SA) These words by America’s first black president echo the sentiments and drive of Godfrey Mongatane, a proud recipient of The South African Institute of Chartered Accountants (SAICA) Thuthuka Bursary Fund (TBF). Mongatane is a technical learning manager at the Office of the Auditor-General, and a recently qualified chartered accountant CA(SA). The…

LEAD: Cover Story: The quiet listener

The quiet listener who’s made a big noise in business Sizwe Errol Nxasana is a man who has used his CA(SA) qualification to the maximum. If he had to do it all again, he says he would choose the CA(SA) path “many times over”. “It teaches you how any business works, and it has enabled…

INFLUENCE: Special Feature: Financial Services

Making the most of extended SAM timelines Since the end of 2012, when it became apparent that the implementation of Solvency II will be delayed past its planned 1 January 2014 date, there have been growing concerns and different views across the South African insurance industry about how Solvency Assessment and Management (SAM) would be…

DEVELOP: ANALYSIS

OFFSHORE INVESTMENT in the spotlight As governments target offshore structures for tax avoidance, their other advantages come to the fore. Offshore structures. There was a time when South Africans who didn’t have them, wanted them, and when those who did, couldn’t talk about it. In recent years, however, more relaxed exchange controls allow greater flexibility…