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The future of investment

The new normal is redefining the new investment landscape, but is it really that bleak for Africa? There is plenty of cynicism and negativity when it comes to South Africa and investment in its future. The recent downgrade by Moody’s was felt particularly keenly in light of the COVID-19 national lockdown and the inevitable economic…

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COVID-19 and retirement funds

We are living in unprecedented times, and the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting everyone differently: we are in the same storm but not in the same boa. The lockdown following the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic is resulting in significant financial strain. Many employers are unable to pay salaries or have been forced into a position…

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Ethics in a time of crisis

If there is any situation that is going to show your true colours, it’s a crisis. At SAICA we are passionate about helping our members, and we want to arm you with all the information you need to navigate your way through the COVID-19 crisis successfully and with integrity. As part of our ‘Leadership in…

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How getting creative can help you in a crisis

‘Collaboration, community and creativity are our best hopes for the future.’ This is according to Port Elizabeth artist Duncan Stewart, who spoke about developing and enhancing your inherent creativity as a tool to future-proof yourself at SAICA’s ‘Leadership in a Time of Crisis’ webinar series. ‘I suspect it’s a bit of a risk on SAICA’s…

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The future of work

As part of SAICA’s ‘Leadership in a Time of Crisis’ webinar series, Willem van der Post CA(SA), CEO of xTech.Capital, shared some thoughts on what the workplace of the future will look like, especially in a post-coronavirus world. The new normal. It’s all everyone’s talking about. But what exactly does it mean? I’m not a…

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Optimism among finance leaders about reopening

As work sites slowly start to reopen, CFOs are optimistic they can keep their customers and employees safe. As COVID-19 restrictions continue to slowly lift in some countries while others remain in lockdown, PwC’s latest COVID-19 CFO Pulse report reveals a sense of optimism among finance leaders about their companies’ ability to reopen safely. Seventy-five…

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Increased cybersecurity awareness during the pandemic

With companies making use of increased mediums of technology to conduct work-related activities, the emphasis on cybersecurity has intensified. However, while there may be a number of security measures in place, the end-user will always remain the most vulnerable target. Creating a culture of cybersecurity awareness is therefore a key component to help combat cyber…

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Investing during COVID-19

At SAICA’s ‘Leadership in a Time of Crisis’ webinar series, Investec’s chief investment strategist, Chris Holdsworth, shared insights on how the pandemic is shaping investment strategie. As if there isn’t enough to worry about during the COVID-19 pandemic, many people have seen their investments tank over the past few weeks. Chris Holdsworth explained how he…

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What good leaders do in a time of crisis

As part of SAICA’s Leadership in a time of crisis webinar series, CA(SA) and CFO of Discovery Health, Brett Tromp, shared his thoughts on what good leaders can do in a time of crisis. In good times, a leader’s role is straightforward: keep your company afloat, your staff employed, and your customers satisfied. It’s during…

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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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SAICA Disciplinary Report Quarter 1 2020

Overview of the disciplinary process All member complaints received by SAICA are referred to the designated officer and allocated to the Legal and Discipline Unit staff for case management. All cases in which SAICA has jurisdiction are prepared for submission to the Professional Conduct Committee (PCC). The PCC is an independent committee chaired by either…

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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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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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How to save a company from the impact of COVID-19

How to save a company from the impact of COVID-19 By John Evans CA(SA) – RS Advisors   Johannesburg, 17 April 2020 – The global outbreak of Coronavirus and the subsequent national lockdown announced by President Ramaphosa in March 2020 have undoubtedly impacted many companies. John Evans from RS Advisors, and a member of the…

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Business Rescue: Economic Remedy For Covid-19?

Business Rescue: Economic Remedy For Covid-19? By Professor Raj Rajaram The COVID-19 virus has ruthlessly battered the world’s economy and its citizens’ health. The timing of the virus infection and the subsequent lockdown could not have been worse for South Africa. Our economy, already grappling with low GDP growth and high levels of unemployment, suffered…

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SAICA Training Offices and Covid-19

SAICA Training Offices and Covid-19   We have received many queries relating to the impact of the Covid-19 lockdown on training offices and the training programme, such as what to do in relation to assessment, providing exposure and tracking core hours, the possibility of extensions or suspensions to contracts and whether SAICA has considered some…

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Free Webcast: COVID-19 Technical Update

Free Webcast Series: SAICA Leadership in a time of crisis series Webcast # 7: COVID-19 Technical Update (Thursday, 9 April 2020 15h00 – 17h00)   Who Should Attend Members, associates and non-members interested in technical developments related to Covid-19.   Overview The webcast will provide delegates with updates on the COVID-19 implications on IFRS, tax…

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Risks emerging from Covid-19

Risks emerging from Covid-19 Authored by: Gillian Le Cordeur, IRMSA CEO As we navigate our way through this crisis, that not only South Africa but the entire World is dealing with, The Institute of Risk Management South Africa (IRMSA) Executive Committee has highlighted many risks and opportunities associated with the COVID-19 pandemic. It is of…

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The effect of COVID-19 on year-end audits

The effect of COVID-19 on year-end audits   Author: Hayley Barker Hoogwerf , SAICA Project Director: Assurance as author for this article Can year-end audits be postponed till the end of the isolation period, or is it mandatory that they continue even during the quarantine? In answering this question, it is first important to understand the relevant…

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COVID-19 Possible alternative futures for South Africa

The nature of the COVID-2019 pandemic reaches into every sphere of society – political, economic, social, technological, environmental and legal – necessitating careful consideration of the long-term consequences of our decisions in response to the pandemic and requiring alternative futures to be considered. The purpose of this article is to describe four possible alternative futures…

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Coronavirus accounting considerations

Coronaviruses are a family of viruses that can cause illnesses such as the common cold, severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) and Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS). In 2019, a new coronavirus was identified as the cause of a disease outbreak that originated in the city of Wuhan in China. The virus is now known as…

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Risk, Resilience and COVID-19

Risk, Resilience and COVID-19 Opinion by Vanessa Thurlwell of Mondial Risk and Business Consultants and Craig Kent, Head of Risk Management at Aon South Africa. South Africa made it to 5 March 2020 before our first official confirmed case of COVID-19 was announced by Health Minister, Zweli Mkhize. The case load is now rapidly increasing…

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Company taxation in the time of COVID-19 lockdown

Company taxation in the time of COVID-19 lockdown Jared Waters a Principal at Bravura Structured Solutions, highlights the potential complexities that could arise for Corporate South Africa amidst the country’s COVID-19 lockdown period.   President Cyril Ramaphosa announced South Africa’s nationwide lockdown for a period of 21 days in an effort to slow down the spread…

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Covid-19: Important Tax Related Matters

Possible tax interventions to mitigate the economic effects of the COVID-19 pandemic in the South African context SAICA made a submission to SARS on 17 March 2020, requesting the Commissioner of SARS to consider various aspects regarding tax compliance due to COVID-19. The Tax Administration Act, 2011 provides for the potential remission of penalties and…

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Public Sector Information for COVID-19

SAICA has a dedicated public sector division to support members in the public sector. This page contains all information relating to COVID-19  that impacts the work of  members working in or doing business with the public sector. For all other public sector related support, please refer to the Public Sector webpage –   Compliance documents…

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