Special Feature: Accounting Software

Governing IT through Strategic Alignment Many businesses find themselves stuck in the technology gap: what company boards expect from IT governance is often far removed from what IT departments comprehend as the business’s needs. Boards cannot rely on IT to understand their business needs and to bridge the technology gap, but must use business strategy…

LIFESTYLE: A personal touch

EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO LIVE A STYLISH LIFE For your next trip to Durban opt to stay at the St James on Venice Luxury Boutique Hotel. There is an old proverb that says ‘it is a sin against hospitality to open your doors and darken your countenance’. And nowhere is this taken more to heart…

In Support of Sound Accounting Practices

The fascinating story of South Africa’s first deaf Chartered Accountant. She refused to let her deafness get in the way of her dreams, amitions and philosophies. The main tenet behind Yann Martel’s bestseller, Life of Pi, is that one needs adversity in order to enable one to survive. Readers were in awe of how the…

Special Feature: SPECIAL REPORT ECONOMY

Africa’s Economic Evolution Many pathways, some of them dead ends, weaved Africa’s economic story – a story of investment, unlocked natural capital, complex adaptive process and competitive struggle for survival, with modest accumulation. What we are left with is today’s mix of medieval-with-modern economic modes. Underperformance is the leitmotif of contemporary state-dominated economies. Nonetheless, Africa…

Investing with Him VS her?

Investing with Him VS her? Investing is historically a male-dominated industry; therefore it’s logical that there are significantly more male fund managers than female fund managers. Yet statistically, female and male fund managers approach decision-making differently. But how does this affect the return I earn? If I’m comparing the results of two funds which are…

Cover Story: Facing The Giants

In 2011 the landmark merger between SizweNtsaluba VSP and Gobodo Incorporated formed the largest black-owned and managed auditing and accounting firm in South Africa. September 2012 witnessed the birth of SekelaXabiso, the country’s second largest black-owned and managed practice, when Xabiso Chartered Accountants and Sekela Consulting joined forces. South Africa’s corporations and public sector companies…

Adaptability & Perseverance

What influenced your decision to become a CA(SA)? I first heard about the profession from my friend in high school. Her father was a CA(SA). I always had a passion for accounting – I used to maintain the monthly household files for my parents from a young age, and I excelled in accounting at high…