The top three skills finance professionals cannot go without in 2021 and beyond

The accountancy and audit industries are on the cusp of an automation transformation guided by the incredible growth of emerging technologies like robotic process automation (RPA) and artificial intelligence (AI). What’s more, the world is experiencing the most significant global recession since the 1930s Great Depression. The evolution of the finance function is perfectly timed…

4 predictions for digital finance in 2025

The digital transformation of the finance function has continued relentlessly throughout 2020. We’re already starting to see the paybacks from making small, incremental changes to financial workflows by adopting emerging technologies. The pandemic is accelerating the speed of change and catalysing more investment in end-to-end automation and remote working. Where will the digital transformation of…

The CFO rebooted

Bean counters? Hardly. Aided by technology, the CFO of the future plays an integral role in everything from business strategy to digitalisation. There was a time when the primary concern facing senior financial decision-makers was the company’s financial performance, usually considered from a rearview mirror perspective. That is changing as digital tools broaden the scope…

The art of unlearning and reimagining

COVID-19 is forcing us to have many conversations we probably should have initiated a long time ago − one of which is whether our education system needs to change. Author, futurist and strategy consultant Graeme Codrington recently spoke at a webinar on the future of accounting education, learning and professional development hosted by SAICA to…

A post-industrial era education model

Rob Paddock, founder of GetSmarter digital learning platform, explains micro credentialling and the need to provide a post-industrial era education model which offers affordable, accessible and quality education to all. We are living in a world of radical shift. And yet, our education system harks back to a bygone era. As part of its ‘Future…

The changing face of education

Kerryn Kohl, co-founder of 4thTalent, recently spoke about developing competence for the future world of work as part of a series on the future of education run by SAICA. Over the past few months, we have been pushed into a new way of being. Thanks to COVID-19 the digital revolution has been fast-tracked and, whether…

Tertiary education going online

Gareth Olivier, founder of CA Connect, speaks about what the tertiary providers of the future will look like and how they can remain relevant. While COVID-19 has forced countless companies and institutions to scramble their way online, last year CA Connect (through Milpark Education), drawing on a decade of experience in flexible accounting education, had…

Adopting a project-based approach to education

Sizwe Nxasana, founder of Future Nation Schools, recently spoke about his chain of affordable schools and whether his innovative methods can be adopted at tertiary and post-CA(SA) qualification levels. There is no denying that the education system in South Africa is deeply lacking. But innovators such as Sizwe Nxasana, founder of Future Nation Schools (FNS),…

Preparing to develop future CAs(SA)

Professor Alex van der Watt CA(SA) discusses the impact of CA2025 on the qualification process. The chartered accountancy qualification is constantly evolving. SAICA recently entered the final stage of its CA2025 project, an ambitious project that aims to completely overhaul the qualification process and competency framework to ensure it remains fit for purpose in a…