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: DOES SEQUENCE RISK MATTER?

The hard part of investing is discipline, patience and judgment. Investors need discipline to avoid the many unattractive pitches that are thrown [their way], patience to wait for the right pitch, and judgment to know when it is time to swing,’ says Seth Klarman, billionaire investor. Traditional financial planning is linear in nature, based on…

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VIEWPOINT: CORPORATE VS STRATEGIC PLANNING

When is planning not budgeting? The answer lies in the debate around current terminologies of corporate and strategic planning – which are fancy words for budgeting, or are they? I would define corporate planning as an operational function while strategic planning is more long term and not operational. Corporate planning (budgeting) So why would I…

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ANALYSIS: Should you belong to the consumer goods and services ombud

The Consumer Goods and Services Ombud was established to guide the consumer goods and services industry on the minimum standards of conduct expected when engaging consumers, and to assist the industry in resolving consumer disputes. The office of the Consumer Goods and Services Ombud (CGSO) is the consumer goods and services industry’s compulsory Ombud scheme, and…

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COVER STORY: A rare and inspirational role model

Mary Vilakazi’s career profited from training assistance from several quarters. Now she is intent on ‘paying it forward’ to help other young aspiring accountants replicate her achievement as CFO of a major listed financial services group. By Eamonn Ryan Mary Vilakazi CA(SA) is a rare example of a non-executive director being invited to move to the…

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Wild at heart

Like most endurance events, the end is not as important as the journey itself: the goal setting, the training, the start, the development and, of course, the finish. Yuven Gounden spoke to Bok Pretorius about this philosophy, which has its parallel in virtually any other challenge or business process When Cornelis (Bok) Pretorius completed his…

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SPECIAL REPORT: TECHNOLOGY

THE RISE OF THE MACHINE Leveraging disruptive financial technology The Internet of  Things Bitcoin facilitating an African financial revolution The IT expectation gap Technology to improve business processes Successful software adoption   IBM scientists have built a quantum processor-based computer that users can access through a first-of-a-kind quantum computing platform delivered via the IBM Cloud…

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