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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INTRODUCING THE NEW GENERATION

Why the New Generation column? The placement, development and empowerment of the new breed of Chartered Accountant CA(SA) represents a material percentage of employment nationally. It is clear that this generation, with their specific way of dressing, communicating and acting are entering our corporate world and climbing the corporate ladder at a fast pace. Having…

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IS THIS THE END OF THE WORLD AS WE KNOW IT?

In September 2001 the International Accounting Standards Board (IASB) added to its agenda the performance reporting project (later renamed the financial statements presentation project) with the aim of enhancing the usefulness of information presented in the income statement. In April 2004 the US Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) joined the IASB in working on this…

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LOST IN BEE VALUATION

In the 2003 film Lost in Translation, Bill Murray’s character experienced an acute culture shock when confronted with the differences between American and Japanese culture. This feeling must be shared by financial managers when forced to navigate the jargon surrounding the valuation of Black Economic Empowerment (BEE) transactions. Yet, it is critically important for the…

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GOOGLE: GREAT STAFF PRACTICES = STRATEGIC DECISION MAKING

What is the purpose of business? How does management meet that purpose? Most people would probably answer ‘increasing shareholder value’ and proceed to a convoluted explanation of increasing productivity, while gearing up, cutting costs and gaining market share. Michael Porter, in his paper ‘What is strategy? (Harvard Business Review, Nov-Dec 1996)’, states that a major…

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TECHNICAL: AUDITING

NEW REQUIREMENTS FOR THE AUDIT OF GROUP FINANCIAL STATEMENTS The International Auditing and Assurance Standards Board (IAASB) issued new requirements designed to enhance the quality of audits of group financial statements. International Standard on Auditing (ISA) 600 (Revised and Redrafted) – Special Considerations – The Audit of Group Financial Statements (Including the Work of Component…

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