Leaders never quit

To enter a trainee contract as a prospective CA(SA) is rigorous and not for the faint-hearted. It has taken long hours, mental anguish and tears to get this far! To ride on a mountain bike from Cairo to Cape Town will take blood, sweat and tears. Some will even say it is madness. What do…

SPECIAL REPORT: The rise of integrated assurance

What is integrated reporting assurance all about? By Mark Hoffman Following the gathering momentum behind the integrated reporting initiative, it was not long before the debate regarding how to go about obtaining the necessary assurance over integrated reporting ensued. The International Integrated Reporting Council (IIRC) in August 2014 released an insightful discussion paper entitled “Assurance…

LEAD: The New High Performance Manager

Management as an art, not a science, particularly in today’s dynamic workplace, writes Anthia Falekkos One of the many definitions of a manager is a “person who is responsible for controlling and administrating an organisation or group of staff”. This definition in the current workplace and economy describes a role that is redundant. The new…

VIEWPOINT: Secure your financial future

“A few wrong decisions on seemingly minor choices can actually have a significant impact on your overall financial health.” In the fast-paced world of professionals, financial planning can often fall to the bottom of the priority list while they are trying to strike the right balance between work and life. However, it is critical that…

LEAD: Profile: Proud educator of CAs(SA)

Professor Akbar Bootha’s fulfilling career includes lecturing young people from less advantaged backgrounds, but his own children are also making their mark in the accountancy profession. Lynn Grala spoke to him Picture for a moment young boys or girls living in a rural community under the most difficult circumstances imaginable – on the one hand…

ANALYSIS: Tightening the screws

IF PASSED, AMENDMENTS TO THE REPORTABLE ARRANGEMENT PROVISIONS WILL HAVE RETROSPECTIVE EFFECT FROM 16 JULY 2014 AND FAILURE TO REPORT COULD INCUR A HEFTY FINE, WRITES DAN FOSTER The reportable arrangement (RA) provisions are under renewed focus since the issue of a draft notice of reportable and excluded transactions and the publication of proposed amendments…

LEAD: Building emotional capacity for change

Niel Rall gives an overview of the processes involved in building emotional capacity for change in business teams We live in a rapidly changing business environment. Change forces such as globalisation and technology continuously accelerate the pace of change and business has to cope with challenges created by change in order to remain competitive. This…