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

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INFLUENCE: Annual reports more than compliance documents

The size of the annual report of all companies is ballooning, and not necessarily with more useful information. The communicative value of financial statements prepared using International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) is diminishing and they are becoming no more than compliance documents. Many national standard-setters, institutes and regulators around the world have undertaken work on…

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Are you POPI compliant?

Processing of personal information is widely defined in section 1 of the Protection of Personal Information Act 4 of 2013 (POPI) to include almost any activity in relation to personal information from the point of collection to the dissemination and destruction of such information. The conditions of lawful processing are stipulated in Chapter 3 of…

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VIEWPOINT: Alpha, beta … and gamma

Most of us are familiar that when it comes to investments, the essential elements are “alpha” and “beta”. Yet what about your “gamma”, otherwise called ”the value of financial advice”? Simply, alpha is the added value that active investment management brings on top of beta, which is simply what the market achieves. The active versus…

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INFLUENCE: New consolidation standard: Lessons learned so far

Why the need for a new standard? The global financial crisis highlighted the lack of transparency around off-balance sheet structures and the request for enhanced disclosures. This well-known event accelerated the IASB’s consolidation project that was already under way. The IASB’s consolidation project was initiated as a result of the perceived inconsistency between IAS 27…

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INFLUENCE: Plugging the pain-points that come with financial consolidation

Many growing organisations find themselves confronted by the bewildering reporting complexity of multiple entities, divisions, business units and cost centres in locations locally and across the world. This expansion very often far outstrips the collating and reporting capabilities of the legacy spreadsheet and standalone accounting applications currently in use. In addition, finance departments in most…

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UP-TO-DATE: Keeping you informed of business today

STRUCTURAL REFORMS NEEDED TO ADDRESS UNEMPLOYMENT South Africa’s endemic unemployment can be addressed through structural reforms that include improving the labour market environment and conditions of employment, International Monetary Fund (IMF) MD Christine Lagarde said in April. The IMF held meetings in Washington where representatives of member states were deliberating ways of achieving faster economic…

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