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

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On strategy Shoprite’s strategy in the time of COVID-19

With a background in financial management and business valuations, I have always been intrigued by ‘strategy’, that thing that ultimately sets a company apart from the next and probably, together with strong leadership, the main driver behind sustained value creation. In a series of interviews, I will be exploring different business leaders’ (all chartered accountants)…

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How getting creative can help you in a crisis

‘Collaboration, community and creativity are our best hopes for the future.’ This is according to Port Elizabeth artist Duncan Stewart, who spoke about developing and enhancing your inherent creativity as a tool to future-proof yourself at SAICA’s ‘Leadership in a Time of Crisis’ webinar series. ‘I suspect it’s a bit of a risk on SAICA’s…

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Optimism among finance leaders about reopening

As work sites slowly start to reopen, CFOs are optimistic they can keep their customers and employees safe. As COVID-19 restrictions continue to slowly lift in some countries while others remain in lockdown, PwC’s latest COVID-19 CFO Pulse report reveals a sense of optimism among finance leaders about their companies’ ability to reopen safely. Seventy-five…

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Increased cybersecurity awareness during the pandemic

With companies making use of increased mediums of technology to conduct work-related activities, the emphasis on cybersecurity has intensified. However, while there may be a number of security measures in place, the end-user will always remain the most vulnerable target. Creating a culture of cybersecurity awareness is therefore a key component to help combat cyber…

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Covid-19: South African Businesses Must Predict Cashflow During Crisis

The modern world is facing a unique and unprecedented time. Lockdown and social distancing measures have been introduced across the globe, with South Africa implementing some of the strictest. The South African government closed most businesses on March 27th in a bid to curb the spread of Covid-19 — a business confidence index has fallen…

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Investing during COVID-19

At SAICA’s ‘Leadership in a Time of Crisis’ webinar series, Investec’s chief investment strategist, Chris Holdsworth, shared insights on how the pandemic is shaping investment strategie. As if there isn’t enough to worry about during the COVID-19 pandemic, many people have seen their investments tank over the past few weeks. Chris Holdsworth explained how he…

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Viewpoints: How to delegate more effectively

Speaker, Facilitator, CoachAs a leader, mastering the art of delegation is paramount in order to grow and scale your influence at work. Being unable to delegate effectively will limit your ability to successfully lead a team and increase your impact at work Usha Maharaj CA(SA)Passionate about women empowerment and human potential The fears and failures…

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Material misstatements identified during the audit. What is the cost of compliance?

If a provision of legislation is interpreted and applied correctly but the results have unintended consequences that obscure the overall intent of the legislative provision … is the legislation achieving the desired result? A topic that is regularly debated among professionals in both the public and private sector space is whether regulations, when interpreted and…

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Auditor-General’s enhanced powers a vote of confidence

The enhanced powers of the AGSA are a vote of confidence in the auditing/accounting industry. This is a clarion call to all our peers to support both these amendments and other critical professional tools that will ensure wholesale clean administration to benefit the most vulnerable and deserving in our society, and one way for us…

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Reporting responsibilities of public sector audit committees

As part of the value chain of advising accounting officers and accounting authorities, the Auditor-General of South Africa (AGSA) has evaluated the role that audit committees play in terms of improving the financial management of departments that they serve in. Members often find themselves as members of a public sector audit committee, be it in…

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Who wins? The lawyers or the accountants?

When it comes to the financial statements, the accountants always win … But why do they win? The purpose of the financial statements is to faithfully represent the economic phenomena underlying transactions and events. Faithfully representing the economics of transactions and events means that the principles in the Standards of GRAP that describe relationships and…

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SAICA’s mentoring programme in support of others

A profession is only as good as the quality of the individuals that make it up and their shared capacity to work and learn together. That is the philosophy that inspired leadership development and coaching experts Joanne Searle CA(SA) and Matt Shelley (a certified master coach with the Institute of Management Consultants and Master Coaches…

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How Thuthuka changed my life

Zanele Maduna CA(SA) (28) is currently a senior fund accountant at BNP Paribas in Jersey in the Channel Islands but says she is transitioning from corporate life to full-time entrepreneurship. ‘For the past three years, I have been building No Valo Holdings, which consists of the No Valo Learning Centre providing coaching support for students…

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The Starkeys working to live, not living to work

Unlike most people, CAs(SA) Richard and Yvonne Starkey decided to work hard on creating the lifestyle they both craved rather than fancy titles and big salaries. ‘We live in a random little country in Eastern Europe. We are a bit different, in fact, most people think we’re a bit odd,’ laughs Richard. ‘In fact, there…

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Building customer-centric culture

Last month, we briefly looked at the power of entrepreneurial skills development and concluded that entrepreneurial skills development is crucial in improving your business operations and that learning new skills to better your business is one of the keys to success. This month we look at yet another crucial side of the business journey, namely…

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