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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Cover Story: Three CAs(SA) Scale Up Entrepreneurs To Triumph

We all know South Africa needs more entrepreneurs to ignite our economy and job creation, but access to finance is a major stumbling block to business success. Louw Barnardt, Dana Pretorius and Jacques Le Grange, founders of Outsourced CFO (OCFO), at just 30 years old have helped entrepreneurs raise over half a billion rand. And…

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APC: Lower pass rate confirms how tough CA(SA) qualification standards are

The results of the Assessment of Professional Competence (APC) – the final hurdle in the seven-year (minimum) chartered accountancy qualification journey – recently released yielded critical insight into the quality of newly qualified CAs(SA) being produced for business. While the results reflect a decline in the pass rate, which stands at 68% for the 2018…

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CPD: New long association rules for auditors long overdue?

The 2018 edition of the International Ethics Standards Board for Professional Accountants (IESBA) Code (renamed the International Code of Ethics for Professional Accountants (including International Independence Standards)) was completely rewritten under a new structure and drafting convention which makes it easier to navigate, use and enforce. The South African Institute of Chartered Accountants (SAICA) has…

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Viewpoint: Smart outsourcing for SMEs: Zama Khanyile CA(SA)

A strong finance function is integral to the long-term sustainability of a company. After all, financial information is a key consideration when external stakeholders make a decision about a company. But what happens in SMEs which by their very size and nature cannot afford to have a sufficiently staffed finance function that adds value to…

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Viewpoint: Less Soap Opera, More Action: Paul Plummer

As entrepreneurs we are much better off Breaking Bad (inactivity habits) than watching The Days of Our Lives pass by … Business ideas are like sand through the hour glass of our mind, and all be the movement of these little opportunity grains mesmerising. Unless you do something, you are really just watching time pass…

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