SAICA offers three reputable professional accounting and business designations from a foundational to a strategic level of accounting and business competence –

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

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VIEWPOINT: GOLDEN HANDSHAKES Tax implications

Golden handshakes seem to be becoming increasingly popular at the moment. The Oxford Dictionary defines a golden handshake as ‘a payment given to someone who has been made redundant or retires early’. The term ‘golden handshake’ is not defined in the Income Tax Act. A ‘severance benefit’ is defined in section 1 of the Act.…

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VIEWPOINT: WIN AT FAILURE A lesson to learn

In business, there’s a story that lives on about  a mistake once made by Sheryl Sandberg, former Vice President of Global Online Sales and Operations at Google – not because of the error itself, but because of co-founder Larry Page’s response. When Sandberg realised she’d made a bad decision that would cost the company millions…

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INFLUENCE: Special feature: SME state of Play 2015

SME State of Play 2015 Special Report Of all SMEs, two-thirds will start at least two businesses, a third will start at least three, and 3% will valiantly launch at least ten. The 2015 SME report provides insight and guidance for SMEs in the realm of government policy, financial reporting and corporate governance, and offers…

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COVER STORY: BEST OF THE BEST

Congratulations to all our Top 35-under-35 candidates – you are all winners and leaders. After hundreds of entries, months of anticipation, a gruelling judging process and a difficult task to select only three category winners and one overall winner, we can finally announce who they are and why they were chosen. Hundreds of high-quality entries…

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VIEWPOINT: INVESTING Active versus passive

For every buyer there is a seller. Mathematically, this implies that the full universe of asset managers can only achieve the average return of the market. Add in fees, and actively managed investment funds should theoretically consistently underperform passive investments. However, the counter-argument is that there are some really good managers out there who generate…

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VIEWPOINT: IRELAND’S 150-YEAR-OLD Matchmaking festival

Lisdoonvarna, a little village in Ireland, has been celebrating the Matchmaking Festival since the mid-18th century. It started with a surgeon discovering the beneficial effects of its water and from there the popularity of the mineral springs would, with the harvest safely in, bring hundreds of bachelor farmers to town in search of a wife.…

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