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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Creating an ethical training environment

Training offices play a critical role in developing future SAICA members and associates. For a long time, the emphasis of the training programme has been on providing an opportunity for trainees to practise and demonstrate technical competence while developing as professionals. The amended training programme competencies in 2016 started to place more emphasis on professional…

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Towards better ethical decision-making

Ethical decision-making rooted in the fundamental principles, supported by the decision-making framework known as the conceptual framework, and informed by efforts to address the five sources of bias produces a better result, insulates the decision-maker from questionable conduct, and is superior to an ‘I know best’ approach. There is a school of thought commonly held…

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Leaving a legacy

People who changed the profession Whether they were driving transformation or working to instil a culture of ethics, the pioneers who shaped the accounting profession in South Africa have one thing in common: their passion for the industry spurred them to do all they could to ensure it is world class. Every industry has its…

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Thato tackles transformation

Thato Tsotetsi is forging a dynamic and exciting career while passionately playing her part in re-shaping the South African economic landscape. In 2020, advertising industry history was made when Joe Public United became the largest black-owned independent advertising agency in South Africa. It was a big moment for the members of Ikhamva Lakusasa, a newly…

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SAICA’s internal values and ethics

SAICA’s principal purpose is the enhancement of the relevance, values, competence and influence of its members in South Africa and abroad, and to contribute to economic and social development in South Africa as documented in its constitution. To achieve its purpose, SAICA has adopted as one of its fundamental and enduring long-term ancillary objects for…

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Digital technology transforming the role of the CFO

Today’s CFOs are transforming into real-time analysts and they are part of a C-suite force leading the digital transformation agenda in their organisations. Until a few years ago, digital transformation was not high on the agenda for most finance chiefs. Though they recognised that IT was important, most CFOs thought of digital as a technology…

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An online learning solution

As a result of COVID-19, education has changed dramatically in a short period of time. Many contact university programmes have had to adapt their teaching and learning pedagogies to online, technology-driven delivery methods. Daylan Staude, senior lecturer and taxation subject head in the Department of Accounting at the University of Fort Hare (UFH), has embraced…

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A philanthropic mantra or core business imperative?

Every type of inequality is magnified and exposed through COVID-19, which makes this Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) even more relevant and urgent right now. Its socio-economic impact on the poorest and most vulnerable of our society is expected to last for years beyond the pandemic and requires a specific and intentional focus by leaders across…

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Building ethical professionals

The SAICA mentoring programme, which started in 2017, is aimed at developing and maintaining an ethical professional culture. One of the perennial challenges for professional bodies has been how to ensure ethical behaviour of their members to protect clients and the public and to protect their members at the same time. High-profile ethical breaches have…

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