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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Special feature: Mental Health – The cost of inaction

Mandy Muchnick unpacks the business implications of ignoring mental health issues in the workplace. In today’s fast-paced and demanding corporate landscape, businesses are increasingly realising the importance of employee well-being. While efforts to promote physical health have been a priority for decades, mental health has only recently gained the recognition it deserves. However, much attention…

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Special feature: Mental Health – Prioritise self-care to avoid mental health challenges

Despite significant advances in dealing with mental health challenges, the onus remains with everyone to understand what mental health is and what are the symptoms that one needs to look out for. It is unfortunate that misunderstanding and ignorance remain formidable barriers to the effective treatment of mental health disorders. A lack of physical symptoms…

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Special feature: Mental Health – A time feast gone wrong?

The world has become filled with idiosyncrasies. It has become a global village, yet very lonely. It has enabled technological communication, yet stunted basic human compassion. It has provided access to resources enhancing intelligence but harmed emotional intelligence. The statistics of mental health challenges are trending on social media and in the news and are…

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Feature: How CEOs shape success for entrepreneurs in South Africa

In an ever-evolving global landscape, entrepreneurship stands as a powerful catalyst for change, innovation, and economic progress. Nowhere is this more evident than in South Africa, where the significance of entrepreneurship goes far beyond business ventures; it shapes the fabric of society, drives economic growth, and addresses pressing challenges. The synergy between CEOs and entrepreneurs…

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Feature: The use of consultants in the public sector and the need for review

South Africa is faced with tough fiscal choices in an economic environment characterised by high inflation, subpar economic growth, and currently, with the ugliest record of income inequality and youth unemployment numbers. Some argue that we are on the edge of a precipice and these difficult choices cannot be deferred any further. A clear low-hanging…

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Feature: Scarcity of fund accountants in the retirement fund industry

With retirement reforms finally taking shape in South Africa, the demand for skilled professionals within the retirement fund industry is continuously on the rise. However, in engagements with industry stakeholders a concern was raised that South Africa is currently facing a significant scarcity of fund accountants within the sector. This article delves into the reasons…

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Profile: Hamman Schoonwinkel – Life in academia after life as an academic trainee

Hamman Schoonwinkel (29) is a chartered accountant and a lecturer in digital and leadership acumen at Stellenbosch University with a passion for both finance and the performing arts. He is also the chair of the SAICA Community of Best Practice for Digital Acumen. As an avid saxophone player, Hamman Schoonwinkel initially faced a tough decision…

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Profile: Joubert Spies – The (C)ooking (A)ccountant of South Africa

When you think about accountants, cooking is not something you would normally associate with CAs(SA). Enter Joubert Spies … Joubert Spies CA(SA) from Pretoria is not only a proud father of two and happily married to his high school sweetheart, Roné, but he is also one of the contestants in the popular kykNET cooking show…

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