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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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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Focus: Is combined assurance the answer to the integrated reporting trust gap?

According to PwC’s 24th Annual Global CEO Survey for 2021, CEOs were ‘extremely concerned’ about the spread of misinformation. At its core, misinformation reflects today’s historically low levels of trust. In order to protect stakeholder trust, boards must take a broader and more holistic approach in identifying and managing risk. One such approach to risk…

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Focus: What is preventing another Steinhoff from happening in this country?

Or a Tongaat, an African Bank, an Eskom, an SAA − the list goes on. It is a question that should be top of mind of those who are employed and are seeking employment, those who have invested hard-earned money in banks and large corporations, and those who are saving for the future, as well…

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Focus: The fault of the auditor again?

Worldwide financial markets have been rocked in the past few years by corporate scandals and the very first question is: ‘Where was the auditor?’ However, the question should rather be: ‘Where were the guardians of governance?’ In performing an audit, the auditor is heavily reliant on the internal controls and governance implemented by the organisation.…

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CA(SA) Profile: Turning finance into a strategic business partner

Robyn Vilakazi is a seasoned public sector financial management professional who has spent her career serving citizens Robyn Vilakazi first learnt about the chartered accountancy profession in high school because of her strong maths and accounting skills. ‘I come from a working-class background, and I had no prior exposure to careers in finance. People said…

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CA(SA) Profile: Called to make a difference

The COVID-19 pandemic brought Sarah Cromhout’s international work experience to an abrupt halt – but opened a door that allowed her to help some of the poorest families in the rural Eastern Cape An empty boardroom with four phones placed on the floor. That’s what Sarah Cromhout found when she started her first day of…

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CA(SA) Profile: An ethical leader on the road less travelled…

In an era in which our country’s leaders are often exposed for their lack of integrity, it is refreshing to spend some time in the company of a man who values integrity both in business and in his private life. Mandie Wentzel spoke to Ignatius Sehoole, CEO of KPMG South Africa Shortly after Valentine’s Day…

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Feature: Mobile money surges in Africa

The surge of mobile payments in Africa following the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic has seen the rise of financial technology unicorns on the continent. Using your mobile to pay for goods, services, send and receive money has become easier and more secure than ever Flutterwave, ChipperCash, Interswitch, Paga and OPay are five African financial…

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Feature: Understanding special risks insurance

Brokers and insurers across South Africa are mobilising to help their clients to register their Sasria claims as the country counts the cost of losses and damage due to the 9−19 July 2021 civil commotion The civil commotion that tore through areas of KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng in July 2021 caused damage to business and individual…

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Feature: POPI Act shines a spotlight on cybersecurity

With the grace period for compliance with the Protection of Personal Information (POPI) Act coming to an end, it is critical for organisations to ensure security measures are taken to protect and secure the integrity and confidentiality of clients’ personal information in its possession or under its control. This is especially true for accountants who…

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Feature: Why is the ‘why’ so important?

This is custom heading element with Google Fonts We probably all know about (or have experienced) burn-out. It’s that state of mental, emotional and physical exhaustion. But what is brown-out? When you experience burn-out, you feel overwhelmed, battle sleeping, have not energy and just generally are unable to cope with things you used to cope…

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