Accounting for Sustainability: A South African Case Study by Chantyl Mulder CA(SA)

By Chantyl Mulder, CA(SA) and SAICA Executive Director Business is changing. Traditionally companies have only been interested in the bottom line, but with the global rise in focus towards sustainability, business leaders’ have turned their focus away from their sole fixation on financial performance to one that encompasses progress on an environmental, social and governance…

The Forward-Looking Accountant

Technology is taking over some routine tax and accounting tasks. This means accountants now need to make the move to trusted business advisors. William Reeb and Dominic Cingoranelli asked an important question in their book Becoming a trusted business advisor: how to add value, improve client loyalty, and increase profits, namely if accountants can name…

We will never stop improving

No year can ever be the same as the previous year − we will always perform new enhanced procedures, we will always improve the template working papers, and we will always improve on what we did last year  There are not a lot of words that make me smile, but then there are some that…

The stereotype trainee

Life is interesting … In everything we do we get placed in a box with a label on it − you are an introvert or extrovert, socialite or socially awkward, silent or talkative. In the same way, as a trainee you get a label, but it depends on you in which box you will end…

4IR and Data

A previous article on the technologies of the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) explained that each of these technologies produces and uses data. The types of data collected vary from personal profiles on social media sites to health and fitness data, to purchase histories, etc. All companies use data to tailor their services to customers. Data…

Filing Season 2020 bringing in some changes

Earlier this year, the South African Revenue Services (Sars) announced that in light of its PAYE 2024 project, the focus, from the 2020 Filing Season and beyond, would shift from PIT (personal income tax) filing season to the employer reconciliation filing season. At the time, it appeared that this would just mean more focus on…