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Accounting Technician [AT(SA)], Associate General Accountant [AGA(SA)] and Chartered Accountant [CA(SA)].

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Valuable business lessons learnt from COVID-19

Is it really all doom and gloom? What are the lessons, if any, that we can take from nearly a full year of restrictions on trade? As I write this, we are in the midst of a second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic. Businesses that needed a busy festive season or, alternatively, those that needed…

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From Cashless to Digital: The COVID-19 Tipping Point

COVID-19 has been a catalyst for the global adoption of cashless payments, with the disruption expected to effect lasting changes in the way people spend. While consumers had already begun to embrace digital payment options prior to the pandemic, the health crisis has rapidly accelerated the adoption rate with more consumers seeking safer, contact-free payment…

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Covid Alert SA App now available

Join the COVID ALERT SA community. Slow the spread of COVID-19. Stay Safe, protect loved ones, your community and all of South Africa. Let’s work together to save lives. The COVID ALERT SA app gives you the power to slow the spread of COVID-19 in South Africa and to keep yourself, your loved ones and…

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COVID-19: Data and technology empowering business travellers

As South African corporates gradually return to the boardroom, road warriors are longing to take back to the skies and resume business negotiations, build relationships, and discuss new business opportunities. Although business travel is permitted in South Africa, the pandemic has kept everyone on their toes with regulations changing frequently. As consulting firm McKinsey put…

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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…

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KPMG CEO calls for strengthening of South Africa’s CA pipeline

Ignatius Sehoole KPMG CEO calls for strengthening of South Africa’s CA pipeline KPMG South Africa CEO Ignatius Sehoole has called for more vigilance than ever in South Africa’s accounting sector, as the Covid-19 crisis poses a unique challenge to the business environment. He calls on the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants (Saica) to aid…

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The future of investment

The new normal is redefining the new investment landscape, but is it really that bleak for Africa? There is plenty of cynicism and negativity when it comes to South Africa and investment in its future. The recent downgrade by Moody’s was felt particularly keenly in light of the COVID-19 national lockdown and the inevitable economic…

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COVID-19 and retirement funds

We are living in unprecedented times, and the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting everyone differently: we are in the same storm but not in the same boa. The lockdown following the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic is resulting in significant financial strain. Many employers are unable to pay salaries or have been forced into a position…

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COVID-19’s impact on student learning

The arrival of the novel coronavirus has received much media attention coverage over businesses, vulnerable communities and the economy. This article highlights a few critical aspects of how COVID-19 has impacted CAs-in-training from the perspective of Wits School of Accountancy lecturers. COVID-19 first hit South Africa in March 2020. Wits took the decision to bring…

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Advice: Reimagining the Risk Management Framework – closing the gap, effecting solutions

In her interview with a fashion and lifestyle South African Magazine, The Gentleman Quarterly (GQ)1, a seasoned economist, and a broadcaster, Refilwe Moloto asks a rather poignant question when she inquired, how do you make yourself indispensable when the entire world’s broke? Moloto was asking this question as she was reflecting on her experience when…

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Recommend: Ethics to the rescue Part 1

What is clear is that business rescue practitioners are required to always act with a high degree of integrity and honesty. This applies before the commencement of business rescue proceedings, during those proceedings, after the adoption of a business rescue plan, and often after the company is taken out of rescue Given the importance of…

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Recommend: Common errors in the auditor’s report

The auditor’s report is the final audit product that users of financial statements and the general public interact with, and therefore it is important that the auditor’s report accurately reflect the outcome of the audit in accordance with the appropriate standards and requirements The IRBA Inspections Findings Report 2020 indicated that certain recurring deficiencies have…

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Advice: What will it take to get the SME sector back on its feet?

SME development has been on the agenda since the days of the Mandela presidency – and yet, South Africa’s small businesses continue to founder. Their precarious state has been placed under even more pressure by unforeseen events such as the pandemic lockdowns and July riots, and, with our unemployment rate now standing at more than…

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Advice: A community of solvers coming together to make a difference

As a community of solvers, PwC Africa has strengthened its societal purpose strategy in response to unprecedented change Many organisations need to refocus in response to technological disruption, climate change, fractured geopolitics, and the continuing effect of the COVID-19 pandemic, among others. There is now a sense of urgency with regard to successfully responding to…

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Viewpoints: What is a DAO?

A decentralised autonomous organisation (DAO) is essentially a very large vending machine living on the blockchain. It only does what it is programmed to do, with no possibility for human intervention. DAOs allow anyone with an idea to coordinate, pool funds, and even create tokens that represent their share within the organisation Monica Singer CA(SA)…

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Viewpoints: Emerging patterns

As professionals start to return to the office after a prolonged period of working from home, there is a new curiosity about the meaning we ascribe to our work and how this fits into our revised frame of the world. Some interesting patterns are emerging, and we consider what they mean for sustained personal growth…

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On strategy: SAICA’s strategic management process

Strategy formulation and risk management Environmental scanning To assist with strategic planning, SAICA management conducted a comprehensive environmental scan and diagnostic review. Its purpose was to understand SAICA’s current internal state and the external environment, the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, and to identify key internal and external issues facing SAICA. The external environment scan…

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