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

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ANALYSIS: Audit quality: The global quest for the best indicators

‘Audit quality indicators’ are emerging as a means of evaluating audit quality and providing more transparency about audits and audit firms – to the benefit of the firms themselves and to support boards and audit committees in discharging their oversight responsibilities. By Constance Kawelenga and Willie Botha The adoption of two separate International Standards, namely…

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LEAD: Top 35-under-35: MEET THE FINALISTS

    Sponsored by:  Abed Tau, 28, Director of Thamani (Pty) Ltd and Co-founder of Tuta-Me (Pty) Ltd  Abed Tau is a co-founder of Tuta-Me  – call it the Uber of tutors. It’s South Africa’s very first on-demand tutoring edu-tech start-up and has recently been named second-best tech start-up in South Africa by Hack Jozi, City…

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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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