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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The essential chartered accountant

On 25 March 2020 the South African government announced a nationwide lockdown in which only those categorised as ‘essential’ are permitted to go to work. The rest, the ‘non-essentials’, were ordered to stay at home. 2020 … The year the world was divided into two distinct categories: essential and non-essential services. I, Wadzanai Mabuto, a…

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The economic impact of COVID-19

SAICA hosted a webinar on 6 April 2020 where Annabel Bishop, Chief Economist for Investec Bank Limited South Africa, spoke about the effects of sub-investment grade status and the coronavirus on our country’s already struggling economy. SAICA is offering a ‘Leadership in a time of crisis’ webinar series as part of the Institute’s response to…

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A Thought (or penny) to spare

While many have hunkered down literally ‘zooming’ across the net attending webinars, conference calls and Pilates classes from the comfort of their homes relatively safe from contracting the SARS-CoV-2 virus, fellow South Africans are facing an even bigger threat from the economic fallout created by the lockdown; the very tool deployed to prevent the spread…

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Viewpoints: The cost of staying with the old

Business AdvisorResistance to change is human and normal – but when change is needed, it can also be a recipe for disaster. This is especially true when it comes to the software systems that keep our businesses running. Kevin Phillips CA(SA)CEO of IDU Group What do people really want? Terry Pratchett suggests it is ‘only…

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Viewpoints: Springing back into shape

Speaker, Facilitator, CoachHow you respond in times of crisis could indicate your ability to manage your mental and emotional state. It may also indicate your ability to set aside the highs and lows of the moment and engage rational thinking processes before responding to a situation. Usha Maharaj CA(SA)Founder Meraki Evolution − Leadership & Women…

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Viewpoints: Learning about blockchain

Blockchain SpecialistUnderstanding blockchain is daunting because the technology is quickly evolving and the general population has yet to experience how it will change our daily lives. Many enthusiasts have equated the current blockchain environment to the World Wide Web in 1997. Similarly, bitcoin and crypto are the forays into blockchain technology. But there is a…

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Viewpoints: Growing in uncertain times

Organisation Development (OD) AdvisorWriting this piece is not easy. The doom portrayed by global media on COVID-19 apocalypse and the severe reality that has gripped our world and country have resulted in a substantially different future emerging. How are you growing as a leader in response to these unprecedented times? Paolo Giuricich CA(SA) Founder and…

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William Ngobeni’s inspirational 15-year journey to success

William Ngobeni’s road to qualify as a CA(SA) been an exceptionally long and windy one. In February this year, he finally passed the qualifying exams after over a decade of stops and starts. SAICA applauds him for his courageous effort to persevere and succeed. William Ngobeni grew up in the small village of Lefiswane in…

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From scholarship kid to CA(SA)

Bongani Ngubeni’s tale is as inspiring as it is heartwarming. The CA(SA) qualification is a symbol of pride and prestige for many, but for Bongani Ngubeni, it carries extra significance: it’s a sign that he has fulfilled his dream of creating a secure and stable life. Having grown up in the Village of Hope, a…

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