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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Audits of legal practitioners’ business accounts

Audit requirements relating to the business accounts of legal practitioners have now been clarified. In October 2019, the Companies and Intellectual Property Commission (CIPC) issued a notice of the withdrawal of the non-binding opinion pertaining to Regulation 28(2)(a) of the Companies Regulations 2011 to the Companies Act 2008. This opinion applied to legal practitioners who…

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Professional scepticism explained

Following another spate of corporate governance and audit failures both locally and internationally, lack of professional scepticism is a phrase frequently quoted in the media. This article attempts to clarify the concept of professional scepticism and how auditors can practically apply this.   The misconception The media seems to use the blanket statement ‘lack of…

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Viewpoints: Collars and caps

Wealth Advisor‘Collars and caps’ may sound like the dress code for a country outing. But when the VIX (volatility index) hit a record high of 83% in March 2020, it was time for ‘circuit breakers’. COVID-19, a black swan, was the uninvited guest to the investment party. Mike Lledo CA(SA)IndependentFinancial Services Consultant Unprecedented volatility The…

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Viewpoints: The unexpected consequences of leadership decisions

Business Innovator and CatalystAs leaders, our decisions are powerful. They have ripple-like effects, both positive and negative, that in large we cannot always anticipate. I offer no insight as to how to be a better oracle when making decisions but merely offers anecdotal macro trend information on some of the unexpected consequences of the global…

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Viewpoints: COVID-19 survival tips for entrepreneurs

Financial Consultant & CoachAs South Africans, we are used to facing multiple challenges and conquering those challenges. We are warriors. We are strong. We are survivors. We were hit hard but we will fight this. We will come out stronger than before. Ronel Jooste CA(SA)Director at FinanciallyFiTLifeand author, speaker and radio talk show host Cash…

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Viewpoints: The evolution of the CFO

Social Enterprises AdvisorIt feels like fortuitous timing, writing this piece as the world is coming to term with the impact of the COVID-19 outbreak. I reflect below on the tremors across industries and my personal reflection as a CFO in the mid-2010s. One thing is certain – CFOs have shed the traditionalist roles of the…

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Professional accounting designations for SANRAL

When the Auditor-General South Africa (AGSA) releases its annual audit outcome reports, state-owned companies (SOCs) are usually accused of being run poorly and not sticking to good governance guidelines. The numerous challenges CFOs of these organisations face – including basic upskilling of their teams to enhance the finance capabilities required to produce financial information (financial…

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