May 2020 Issue

Finding your why With our country in lockdown already for many weeks, many of us feel that there is no real light at the end of the tunnel. Businesses and the economy are under immense pressure and the forecasts are looking bleak. To assist members in navigating this unprecedented times, SAICA has launched the ‘Leadership…

What good leaders do in a time of crisis

As part of SAICA’s Leadership in a time of crisis webinar series, CA(SA) and CFO of Discovery Health, Brett Tromp, shared his thoughts on what good leaders can do in a time of crisis. In good times, a leader’s role is straightforward: keep your company afloat, your staff employed, and your customers satisfied. It’s during…

The essential chartered accountant

On 25 March 2020 the South African government announced a nationwide lockdown in which only those categorised as ‘essential’ are permitted to go to work. The rest, the ‘non-essentials’, were ordered to stay at home. 2020 … The year the world was divided into two distinct categories: essential and non-essential services. I, Wadzanai Mabuto, a…

Turning crisis into opportunity

During lockdown, you may not be able to work in your business, and investor and entrepreneur York Zucchi shares expert tips on how you can work on your business. If there’s anyone who knows how tough running your own business is, it’s entrepreneur and investor York Zucchi. He’s not only supported SMEs in over 83…

The economic impact of COVID-19

SAICA hosted a webinar on 6 April 2020 where Annabel Bishop, Chief Economist for Investec Bank Limited South Africa, spoke about the effects of sub-investment grade status and the coronavirus on our country’s already struggling economy. SAICA is offering a ‘Leadership in a time of crisis’ webinar series as part of the Institute’s response to…

A Thought (or penny) to spare

While many have hunkered down literally ‘zooming’ across the net attending webinars, conference calls and Pilates classes from the comfort of their homes relatively safe from contracting the SARS-CoV-2 virus, fellow South Africans are facing an even bigger threat from the economic fallout created by the lockdown; the very tool deployed to prevent the spread…

Viewpoints: Springing back into shape

Speaker, Facilitator, CoachHow you respond in times of crisis could indicate your ability to manage your mental and emotional state. It may also indicate your ability to set aside the highs and lows of the moment and engage rational thinking processes before responding to a situation. Usha Maharaj CA(SA)Founder Meraki Evolution − Leadership & Women…

Viewpoints: Learning about blockchain

Blockchain SpecialistUnderstanding blockchain is daunting because the technology is quickly evolving and the general population has yet to experience how it will change our daily lives. Many enthusiasts have equated the current blockchain environment to the World Wide Web in 1997. Similarly, bitcoin and crypto are the forays into blockchain technology. But there is a…

Viewpoints: Growing in uncertain times

Organisation Development (OD) AdvisorWriting this piece is not easy. The doom portrayed by global media on COVID-19 apocalypse and the severe reality that has gripped our world and country have resulted in a substantially different future emerging. How are you growing as a leader in response to these unprecedented times? Paolo Giuricich CA(SA) Founder and…