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)].






Special Report – SAICA’s successes in professional development

South Africa’s National Development Plan (NDP) focuses on education as one of its priorities to address the issue of transformation and growth in the country. Some of the NDP’s priorities are: Eradicate infrastructure backlogs. Provide one million learning opportunities through community education and training centres. Improve the throughput pass rate to 80 per cent by…

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Special Feature – ITC Results

The South African Institute of Chartered Accountants (SAICA) is delighted with the excellent results of the Initial Test of Competence Exam (ITC) released on Friday 28 March 2014 The ITC (previously known as Part I of the Qualifying Examination, QE) is one of the prerequisites for registration as a prospective chartered accountant [CA(SA)]. The examination…

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COVER STORY: A leader who inspires and is inspired

As a young student, Alex van der Watt had dreamt of becoming a captain of industry after he graduated. But a weekend away with friends changed all that. He had completed his articles at PricewaterhouseCoopers two years previously and was enjoying some time out with friends when someone who would later become a colleague suggested…

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ANALYSIS: VAT amendments proposed in the 2014 budget speech

Proposed amendments to the Value-Added Tax Act of 1991 were announced by the Minister of Finance during the budget speech. As anticipated, the Minister of Finance did not announce an increase in the standard 14 per cent rate of VAT in the latest budget speech. The following amendments have been proposed, however: Section 11(1)(e) of…

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VIEWPOINT: Habitual overconfidence

One of the most common behavioural biases is the tendency to be overoptimistic. Like the children in Garrison Keillor’s Lake Wobegon who are all above average, we tend to overestimate our own skills and chances of success. This overestimation, in turn, leads to overly positive self-evaluations, which are often unrealistic – resulting in overconfidence. Confidence…

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VIEWPOINT: Stepping ahead by stepping aside

An unexpectedly shrewd observation I heard from Lord Sebastian Coe at the Discovery Leadership Summit held recently in Sandton really got me thinking. Considered one of the best middle-distance runners of all time, the British Olympic champion set 12 world records over four distances, achieving four gold and three silver medals in the Olympics and…

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