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Achieving mental wellbeing during Covid-19

Achieving mental wellbeing during Covid-19 As part of Saica’s Leadership in a time of crisis webinar series, clinical psychologist Navlika Ratangee spoke about how to achieve mental wellbeing during the Covid-19 crisis. You can still watch this webcast for free here. The South African Institute of Chartered Accountants (Saica) understands that the outbreak of Covid-19…

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COVID-19 crisis points to the need for robust succession plans

COVID-19 crisis points to the need for robust succession plans Institute of Directors in Southern Africa 28 April 2020   Scene of Public indoor with barrier tape .Closing building during coronavirus COVID-19 epidemic concept Although it’s recommended in King IV, succession planning is often neglected because it’s an uncomfortable subject. The COVID-19 crisis should act…

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Will the COVID-19 crisis close the wage gap?

Will the COVID-19 crisis close the wage gap?  Internationally, there is a growing trend to reduce executive pay in response to the current COVID-19 crisis. South Africa is following the trend, with several private sector companies voluntarily announcing reductions and donations in executive pay, among them Woolworths, EOH, FirstRand, Vodacom and Sibanye. The South African…

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The economic impact of COVID-19

The economic impact of COVID-19 SAICA hosted a webinar on 6 April 2020 where Chief Economist for Investec Bank Limited South Africa, Annabel Bishop, spoke about the effects of Sub-investment grade Status and the Coronavirus on our country’s already struggling economy. The South African Institute of Chartered Accountants (SAICA) is offering a Leadership in a…

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Practical steps during and after the Covid-19 lockdown for business recovery (and growth)

Practical steps during and after the Covid-19 lockdown for business recovery (and growth) Right now, most owners of small and medium size (“SME”) businesses have been out of business for three weeks. Some have been able to continue paying their employees, their rent, their utility bills, their creditors – others have not. With another two…

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Viewpoints: Blockchain for the energy industry

Distributed ledger technology has the potential to improve efficiencies for utility providers by tracking the chain of custody for grid materials. Beyond provenance tracking, blockchain offers unique solutions for renewable energy distribution. There are several use cases including real-time data management, moving carbon credits, and renewable energy certificates. Monica Singer CA(SA) Blockchain Evangelist for Consensys…

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Viewpoints: The operationalisation of ESG reporting

It might have been possible a decade ago to ignore climate change, but the recent catastrophic record temperatures, floods, droughts and forest fires on steroids confirm beyond doubt that our planet is experiencing system failure. Kurt Sartorius Climate change activist, Professor of Accounting at University of University of the Witwatersrand Climate change and corporate emissions…

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Viewpoints: Real self-care is key to mental wellness

Self-care can take many different forms, but some common examples are getting regular exercise, eating a healthy diet, getting enough sleep, practising meditation or mindfulness, and spending time with friends and family. But did you know that self-care extends far beyond these well-known areas? Usha Maharaj CA(SA) Executive and Leadership Development Coach; passionate about women…

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Feature: Defining ethics and mental wellness in our business and personal lives

‘Goodness is about character – integrity, honesty, kindness, generosity, moral courage, and the like. More than anything else, it is about how we treat other people’ – Dennis Prager Let’s define ethics Ethics are knowable, yet because ethical situations involve two or more entities and happen across time, there are many aspects to consider when…

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Feature: Digital innovation and transformation advancements advancements crucial for both students and universities

What do students and campuses of the future need in an increasingly constrained and competitive environment? The World Economic Forum’s (WEF) Global Social Mobility 2020 report placed South Africa 80th out of 82 countries for access, equity and quality of education. According to this report, it will take nine generations for a South African born…

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Focus: How is your mental health?

It’s been called ‘the silent pandemic’: the growing prevalence of mental ill-health, which has been following an upward trajectory since the remote working and social distancing policies that were implemented to keep COVID-19 at bay heightened our sense of anxiety and isolation. Difficult as it was to adapt to these unfamiliar circumstances, the move to…

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Recommend: Why SMEs should consider integrated reporting

In a country like South Africa, the term ‘employee benefits’ means so much more than the cost-to-company incurred during that period − it embodies not only today’s food for breadwinners’ families but also the promise of a better tomorrow through the education of our youth, who hold the nation’s dreams and aspirations. It seems that…

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