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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Advice: On strategy – A passion for entrepreneurship

I have always been intrigued by ‘strategy’, the 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 am exploring the different approaches of different business leaders (all chartered accountants) to strategy. I had a virtual…

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Advice: Augmented Auditor 4.0 Audit is dead, assurance is the new orange

Auditors will be augmented with technology towards becoming Augmented Auditors 4.0 (Audit 4.0) if the profession wants to remain relevant. As a profession, auditors currently find themselves somewhere between Audit 2.0 and Audit 3.0, with many still relying on outdated tools in a modern business environment. Given the volume of transactions which businesses process daily,…

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Ways to enhance professional ethical identity

The Professional Ethical Choice Model described here is one of the experiential learning tools used on SAICA’s mentoring programme, Development of the model A former chair of the Health Professions Council of South Africa’s (HPCSA) Ethics Committee, Professor Charles Malcolm, shares a story of how he came up with the idea of using a method…

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Advice: Finding your own North Star

The post-qualification journey of a CA(SA) makes available a broad landscape of career choices. Beyond the well-structured boundaries of TIPP (Training in Public Practice) and TOPP (Training Outside Public Practice) lies unmapped territory which we must navigate by looking to ourselves for co-ordinates. As we add the title of cartographer to our list of credits,…

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A passion for the public sector

As the accounting profession in South Africa evolves, the sector is welcoming new talent into its ranks. SAICA’s numerous training programmes are evidence that the industry is churning out fresher, younger minds as it continues to grow. But with so many opportunities to work in the lucrative private sector, why would a young professional choose…

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Ethical conduct starts with personal values

When asking a school child what values his/her school embraces, he/she will quickly tell you: respect, honesty, fairness, responsibility, acceptance, excellence … We all develop personal values from a very young age, and these values are personally embedded in who we are, where we come from, what we have experienced, and how we see the…

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Old Mutual on building CA(Libre)

In February 2020, Old Mutual launched OM CA(Libre) – a programme aimed at building a community around the more than 250 chartered accountants employed across Old Mutual Limited − to enhance their sense of belonging and to build a shared purpose, values and identity. Built on the foundations of a long and admirable focus on…

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Cloud accounting software market growing significantly

Cloud adoption and the business growth it enables will be critical for growth in a global post-COVID-19, recovery. According to Verified Market Reports, the global cloud accounting software market is forecast to grow at a significant rate, growing at 8,5% in the forecast period 2019−2025. While the forecast was made in 2019, the market, global…

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