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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VIEWPOINT: SMEs into coffee shops

“POPI: It’s easy to miss the big picture ramifications for small businesses.” The new Protection of Personal Information Act (POPI) is an excellent piece of legislation when considered from a consumer point of view; and since we are all consumers, it is easy to miss the big picture ramifications for small businesses. The issue arises…

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A business banker inspired by entrepreneurs

Karl Kumbier heads up South Africa’s only niche bank that specialises in financial products and services for entrepreneurs. Now on a mission to double the bank’s market share, he wants the brand to better represent what its clients need from a business bank. Monique Verduyn spoke to him Karl Kumbier, CEO of Mercantile Bank, is…

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ANALYSIS: Mandatory rotation of audit firms

A new EU directive requiring rotation of auditors elicits a negative reaction in South Africa On 3 April 2014, The European Parliament approved the new EU Audit Regulation and Directive, which will require European-listed companies, banks and financial institutions to appoint a new auditor every ten years. This can be extended for a further ten…

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SPECIAL REPORT: Government funds available to small business

Afzal Khan attempts to address the lack of awareness of some governmental sources of soft capital Small medium entities (SMEs) are the building blocks of an economy. According to research performed in 2010,1 91% of the entities in South Africa are SMEs, of which 61% contribute to the country’s employment statistics. Of the 91%, 52–57%…

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LIFESTYLE: Motoring: VW Polo 1.2 TSi & Opel Meriva

VW  Polo 1.2 TSi Manufacturer specifications: Engine 1,2L / Four-cylinder Turbo Power 66 KW Torque 160 Nm 0–100 km/h 10,8 s (claimed) Fuel consumption Average 4,9L /100 km CO2 117 g/km Price From R191 600 New is a rather relative term and many have asked what’s new with the latest Volkswagen Polo. The recently launched latest…

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INFLUENCE: Succession planning for you and your firm

The Global Accounting Alliance recently undertook research to quantify and assess the attitudes and opinions that public accountants have toward business succession and continuity planning. In this article, Bridgitte Kriel looks at the responses of SAICA members to the survey In May 2014 the Global Accounting Alliance (GAA), in cooperation with the 11 member bodies…

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SPECIAL REPORT: Transformation a business imperative at PwC

Pule Mothibe entered the professional services industry just as the barriers for the entrance of black people into the business sector were being removed. Mothibe was also fortunate in that he joined a firm that had visionary leaders who already had a programme in place to advance and train black charterered accountants before it became…

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