STRAIGHT SHOOTING: Marketing 101

Our profession is a diverse one, which is evidenced by the myriad of activities in which our members are engaged; activities that include audit, accounting, taxation, financial management, general management, human resources, consulting, internal audit, operations … and the list goes on. And within each of these spheres, our members operate across industries and in…

SAICA NEWS: The Real Deal

The Chartered Accountant (South Africa) or CA(SA) designation is a very prestigious designation, and much sought-after. Not only does research support this conclusion, but if imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, and if the increasing incidence of persons that are not entitled to use the CA(SA) designation holding themselves out as such is anything…

SAICA ANNOUNCEMENT

Notice of the SAICA Annual General Meeting The Annual General Meeting of members of the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants (SAICA) will be held in Gauteng at The Theatre on the Track, 4A Kyalami Boulevard, Kyalami Business Park, 1 Monza Place, Kyalami Park, on 21 May 2009 at 09h00 to transact the following business:…

BOOK REVIEWS

What’s new on the reading circuit? THE CRUNCH: How greed and incompetence sparked the credit crisis Author: Alex Brummer Published by rh Business Books If this book was a thriller, it would be an exciting read leaving you tired but exhilarated at the end. Unfortunately it is not. It is in fact what has actually…

TECHNICAL: ACCOUNTING

URGENT AMENDMENTS TO TWO FINANCIAL INSTRUMENTS INTERPRETATIONS The International Accounting Standards Board (IASB) has published for public comment proposals to amend IFRIC 9(AC 442) – Reassessment of Embedded Derivatives and IFRIC 16(AC 449) – Hedges of a Net Investment in a Foreign Operation. The exposure draft has been issued with a 30-day comment period. This…

STRAIGHT SHOOTING: Quality is the cornerstone

Here in this good journal I have emphasised the changes to the Chartered Accountant (CA(SA)) qualification model ad nauseam over the past few months. I continue to emphasise that quality has been and will remain, the cornerstone of this profession. Those who claim a lowering of standards have yet to demonstrate to me a tangible…

TECHNICAL: ACCOUNTING

ADDITIONAL DISCLOSURES FOR FINANCIAL ASSETS In December 2008 the International Accounting Standards Board (IASB) published an exposure draft with proposals to require entities to provide additional disclosures on all investments in debt instruments, other than those classified in the fair value through profit or loss category with a 30 day comment period. Please take note…

SHARE REPURCHASES BY COMPANIES LISTED ON THE JSE

THE EFFECT ON MARKET CAPITALISATION The fact that South African companies have been allowed to repurchase their own shares as from 1 July 1999, has created new challenges for financial analysts as well as company accountants and auditors. For the financial analysts, it has introduced an additional complexity during the evaluation of company financial performance.…

SECTION 80A(c)(ii) OF THE INCOME TAX ACT:

Round-tripping between the draft version and the enacted version – part 1 In November 2006, section 103(1) of the Income Tax Act was abolished and replaced by a new Part IIA, containing sections 80A to 80L, which target impermissible tax avoidance arrangements. Section 80A(c)(ii) was introduced in the Revised Proposals on Tax Avoidance and Section…