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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XBRL EMBRACE IT NOW

Why XBRL? The US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) (www.sec.gov <http://www.sec.gov/> ) adopted a rule proposal on the 16th of May that makes compulsory the use of eXtensible Business Reporting Language (XBRL) for some regulatory filings within three years (Cummings 2008). Under the proposal, the 500 largest companies will begin filing XBRL attachments with their…

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THE LEADERSHIP ROLE OF THE CHAIRMAN: A THOUGHT LEADERSHIP ISSUE

The role of the chairman has been in the spotlight recently as a result of the high profile cases where the part played by management in alleged breeches of competition legislation is under scrutiny. Chairmen have played a leadership role in ensuring that the commitment of their companies to high standards of integrity is not…

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TECHNICAL: ACCOUNTING

IASB CONCLUDES FIRST ANNUAL IMPROVEMENTS PROJECT The International Accounting Standards Board (IASB) has issued Improvements to IFRSs – a collection of amendments to International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRSs). These amendments are the result of conclusions the IASB reached on proposals made in its annual improvements project, which were exposed for comment in October 2007. Unless…

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INDUSTRY NEWS: NEW COMPETITION LAW THREATENS ERRANT DIRECTORS WITH 10 YEAR JAIL TERM

Directors found guilty of anti-competitive behaviour could face up to 10 years in prison, warns Jean Meijer, competition lawyer at commercial law firm Bowman Gilfillan. “These are among several profound implications to emerge from the new Competition Bill.” Meijer says that the Bill creates criminal liability for price fixing, market division and collusive tendering. Thus:…

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STRAIGHT SHOOTING: Transformation Reigns

We continue to grapple with the pervasive shortage of qualified professionals and sound accounting skills across the country. The emigration of skilled professionals, coupled with an inadequate pipeline of qualifying Chartered Accountants are two of the pressing issues that the profession faces today. Dealing with both challenges is complex and is often beyond the reach…

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FINANCIAL PERFORMANCE MANAGEMENT

Financial Performance Management – new mid-market solutions offer an alternative to spreadsheet terror. Careful management of the financial performance of any organisation is critical to its success and long-term sustainability. In a dynamic marketplace, however, static reporting based on spreadsheets seldom delivers the agility necessary to remain competitive. Small and medium sized organisations are thus…

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ECONOMIC MARGINS

The individuals entrusted with the management of any company have numerous responsibilities, including providing returns to their capital shareholders and the monitoring and control of performance across divisions, and across the company as a whole. Management thus requires performance measures that allow for the assessment of performance across the company, and which at the same…

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NLRD: TRACKS INFORMATION FOR HR DEVELOPMENT IN SA

SAQA’s National Learners’ Records Database (NLRD), the first such system in the world, holds the key to tracking crucial information for human resource development in South Africa. It is the NLRD that underpins the publication of important information and research tools, such as SAQA’s second edition of “Trends in Public Higher Education in South Africa,”…

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