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)].






The public sector needs trainee accountants that make a difference

The public sector provides trainee accountants with a diverse range of opportunities to hone their skills. There is usually minimal interest from accounting students to pursue careers as CAs(SA) in the public sector, especially in a government department. I did not plan to serve articles at National Treasury, however, my being in the public sector…

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GRAP 21 defines non-cash-generating assets for assessing impairment

Recent reports by the Auditor-General of South Africa state that there are municipalities that fail to timeously submit financial statements for audit purposes. Without dwelling much on the reasons for such failures, it is public knowledge that these municipalities rely significantly on the support of external service providers to compile and submit annual financial statements.…

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Accountants are vital to anti-corruption Compliance

Tough and far reaching new anti-corruption laws mean that companies have to be more vigilant than ever. The local and global anti-corruption landscape is changing rapidly. Chartered accountants, either in business or in the profession, have to keep abreast of new developments to ensure that they play a meaningful role in the prevention of corruption…

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Conceptual changes to Lease Accounting

The IASB and FASB jointly tackle the anomalies in lease accounting. The International Accounting Standards Board (IASB) and the United States Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) released a second exposure draft on lease accounting in May 2013. IAS 17 LEASES IAS 17 Leases currently allows a company to classify its leases as either a finance…

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VIEWPOINT: Investing to preserve purchasing power

Offering a prudent balance between reward and risk, ‘real return funds’ take the middle road. Real return funds are often overlooked in investment portfolios for being ‘too boring’ or ‘too slow to deliver spectacular returns’. Nonetheless they may be highly suitable for investors with a medium- to long-term investment horizon. The temptation is always there…

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