June 2020 Issue

Be at your best when life is at its worst I recently read an article of Mike Maddock’s on Forbes.com in which he tells the story of Professor Randy Pausch who was diagnosed with terminal cancer and decided to make his final lecture about the most important lessons he had learned in life. Pausch said…

Is intermittent fasting an option?

Dr Mitan Nana CA(SA)MCom (Wits), MBBCh (Wits),Medical Doctor based in Cape Town If you have been struggling with your weight or just wanted to shed a few kilos, then inevitably you would have tweaked your eating habits at some point. While some may have succeeded in maintaining a lower weight, many have failed, regressing completely…

One good shot always brings you back

Chantelle Usmar during the 2nd round of the Sanlam Cancer Challenge Finals 2018 held at The Gary Player Country Club in Sun City near Johannesburg, South Africa on the 9th October 2018.Photo by Shaun Roy / SPORTZPICS There’s a lot of talk that the golf course is a great place for striking business opportunities. Chantelle…

Rethinking the effectiveness of an audit

The Brydon Review This is the second of our series of articles on audit reform. SAICA encourages all those affected to be proactive in any discussions on audit reform. This will allow the profession to avoid a scenario where lawmakers make changes that will have undesired and unintended consequences, all in the name of being…

Property Practitioners Act 22 of 2019

The effective release date of the Estate Agency Affairs Act 112 of 1976 (EAAA) clearly indicates that it was outdated. There has been significant change in economies, business laws and regulations, banking and other industries in the last 43 years and the revision of this legislation could be said to be long overdue. The Property…

The future of the South African audit landscape, Part 1

This article highlights some of the key challenges in the auditing profession as well as some of the international developments that are taking place to address these challenges. The focus on COVID-19 should not divert attention from audit reform discussions that were aimed at enhancing audit quality as this could hamper the progress that was…

Marking your own homework?

Most auditors welcome the opportunity to assist their clients in implementing new financial reporting requirements. But while a certain measure of assistance may be reasonable, auditors need to be mindful that there will be a stage where the auditor has provided so much input into the process that by the time they audit the results,…

Perfecting my public speaking soft skill

Tawanda Mubvumbi CA(SA) shares how his Toastmaster journey has turned him from a shy public speaker to someone who will now confidently step up to the stage to have his say at any given opportunity. Roscoe Drummond once said: ‘The mind is a wonderful thing. It starts working the minute you are born and never…

Viewpoints: Relearning to lead

Leadership Advisor‘In a world that is constantly changing, there is no one subject or set of subjects that will serve you for the foreseeable future, let alone for the rest of your life. The most important skill to acquire now is learning how to learn’ – John Naisbitt. The COVID-19 pandemic has affected our environment…