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

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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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Special Report – Education nation

Education is defined by the Oxford Dictionary as “the process of receiving or giving systematic instruction, especially at a school or university”.1  Former president Nelson Mandela put it more simply by declaring that education is “the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world”. At the moment South Africa is definitely not…

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Special Report – It’s not just about the numbers

So you’re a CA(SA). You’ve studied for years and you’re a highly qualified professional with lots of workplace experience to boot. Why on earth would you consider adding a notoriously expensive and demanding MBA to your already impressive qualifications? Well, for starters, you’d be learning to apply management concepts, enhance your consultancy skills, advise businesses…

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