Cover Story: Let’s get technical

A department headed up by a highly energetic and proactive team stands a great chance of being effective. As a hive of activity, the Standards Department of the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants (SAICA) is the technical engine room for the whole organisation and all its members. Its prime objective – to influence legislation…

QEII Results: The cream of the QEII 2012 crop

The cream of the QEII 2012 crop Keren Swanson, Allan Gray, trainee. Why you chose the CA(SA) route? I always wanted to be in the corporate sphere. There are few other degrees that come close to the opportunities that present themselves once you obtain your CA(SA) designation. Many business leaders are CAs(SA) and one immediately…

UP-TO-DATE: Sustainability website

Sustainability website It is indeed true that with time comes maturity. For instance, take a look at financial reporting by companies. It started out as simple book-keeping and has progressed to financial accounting using globally accepted standards that enable users to comfortably compare one company to another. Sustainability reporting was the next big move, with…

THE WORLD: THE WORLD IN 2050

The emerging economies are set to grow much faster than the G7 countries (France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the UK, the US and Canada) over the next four decades, according to a report released by PwC. Figures for average growth in GDP in terms of purchasing power parity (PPP) show Nigeria leading the way over the…

LIFESTYLE: Obituary

Richard Gray Cottrell Auditing and Accounting Stalwart passes on. It is with deep sadness that I came to learn of the passing of Rick Cottrell on 5 November 2012. He was 76. My memories of Rick are many and varied. I first met him during my Coopers & Lybrand days and it was during his…