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

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Focus: ETHICS IN ACCOUNTING From rules to roles

If you want to get the most out of your insurance rewards programme, speak to a chartered accountant. While I, a philosophy graduate, was patting myself on the back in February, proudly slurping my hard-earned Kauai peanut butter bomb, my accounting colleagues had already rocketed to Diamond status, were flying overseas for pennies, and basically…

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Focus: Organisational risks – Why should ethics feature prominently?

The majority of organisations in the modern era understand the importance of risk management and hence make some effort to manage it. The obvious dimensions of organisational risk are financial, legal, operational, information technology, human resources, and marketing risks. These are usually acknowledged and frequently managed in a structured manner. Often overlooked, however, is the…

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Focus: Moral regeneration needed to rebuild ethical leadership

We need to find pragmatic ways of working through our social ills and creating a more desirable society. But how do we do this? Lulama Qabaka of The Ethics Institute has a few suggestions. A man promised his children he would buy them new toys at the end of the month because he knew he…

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Focus: The Code of Professional Conduct Purpose, impact and complexities

Despite the robust Code of Professional Conduct within the accountancy profession locally and internationally, the reputation of the accountancy profession has received backlash over the years with a number of corporate failures and accounting scandals. Some more well-known corporate failures locally include Steinhoff where accounting irregularities were identified by the auditors that resulted in the…

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Viewpoints: Embracing ethical artificial intelligence (AI) in the world of audit and accounting

The integration of AI in auditing processes and financial analysis has undoubtedly brought numerous benefits, but it also raises critical ethical considerations that must be addressed. Ethics has always been at the core of the accounting profession, guiding auditors and accountants to act with integrity, objectivity and independence. With the introduction of AI, these principles…

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Viewpoints: Elevating trainee performance

Navigating the intricate landscape of trainee management can be challenging. This article highlights effective, science-backed strategies to enhance communication, foster motivation, promote autonomy, and encourage continuous learning. Read on to explore how these approaches can revolutionise your training methods and guide your trainees towards excellence. As a performance coach, I understand that managing trainees can…

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Viewpoints: The power of gender audits in closing the leadership divide

Despite making up nearly half of the total employed population, women only fill 28% of managerial roles worldwide, according to a report by the World Economic Forum (WEF). The report suggests it will take 136 years to achieve gender parity in economic participation at our current rate. A gender audit can offer invaluable insights and…

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Special feature: Mental Health – Five nutritious foods to combat chronic stress in the workplace

In today’s fast-paced work environment, chronic stress has become a prevalent issue due to long hours and demanding schedules. This lifestyle often leads to detrimental health effects, particularly in relation to employees’ dietary choices, as time constraints push them toward unhealthy options. Chronic stress can arise from various sources such as work pressure, relationship problems,…

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Special feature: Mental Health – Sound mental health is critical when coping with dread disease

A diagnosis of cancer or another dread disease is a devastating blow, not only for the patient but also for their family and loved ones. The diagnosis itself, the trauma of going through treatments and the bereavement of losing someone all take their toll on mental well-being. Depression, anxiety and mental illness frequently go hand…

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