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

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Elon Musk offers a prize of $100 Million for best ‘carbon capture’ technology.

Carbon capture is a broad mix of technologies with the same aim: collecting carbon dioxide so it does not escape into the atmosphere and contribute to global warming. Capturing planet-warming emissions is becoming a critical part of many plans to keep climate change in check. To date, little progress has been made on the technology…

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Living the Code

As a recognition that registered auditors may at times be exposed to imperfect situations, the code of conduct equips IRBA’s members to think through ethical complexity, by referring to its conceptual framework. The code requires RAs to be able to identify, evaluate and address possible threats to the achievement of the code’s fundamental principles. Professional…

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Cover Story: Tsakani Maluleke is charting change

South Africa’s new Auditor-General, Tsakani Maluleke (45), has her work cut out for her. But this dynamic young woman is motivated to make a success of her role and to continue the fight her predecessor, Kimi Makwetu, started for good governance in public finance and against rampant mismanagement and fraud. As a young girl, Tsakani…

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Public Sector: The onus to change the narrative

Those of us familiar with the public sector in South Africa know that there is an ongoing lack of responsibility in driving much-needed transformation across the various spheres of government. There are those who are in a position to effect change, but a number of obstacles hinder success. Also, those in need of aid have…

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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…

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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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Accounting for responsible leadership during challenging times

The technological disruption brought about by the onset of the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) has, in combination with the COVID-19 pandemic, created a profoundly changed reality and operating environment for companies and 2021 will continue to be dominated by technology and adaptability. Businesses are still trying to play catch-up from the staggering level of business…

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Profile: Driving the professionalisation of the public service

Garth Pretorius believes that 2020 brought about significant introspection not only for himself but for innumerable others. He found himself taking stock of where he was within his career and where he saw himself in the years to come, and ultimately he decided to take the leap and start something of his own. He decided…

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