Focus: Profile – Siyamdumisa Vilakazi – professionalising the public sector

Siyamdumisa Vilakazi AGA(SA) was seconded as CFO to the Ingonyama Trust Board (ITB) when the Minister of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development, Ms Thoko Didiza, had to put in place a new team to stabilise the troubled land entity. Siyamdumisa Vilakazi dreams of a society where ethical behaviour is normalised as opposed to corruption;…

Focus: Leadership Focus: 9 Trends that will shape work in 2023 and beyond

In 2022, business leaders faced an increasingly unpredictable environment, with evolving return-to-office policies, higher employee turnover, and burned-out employees (more than ever before, in fact). In 2023, organisations will continue to face significant challenges: a competitive talent landscape, an exhausted workforce, and pressure to control costs amid a looming economic downturn. How employers respond could…

Focus: Leadership Focus: When your feelings conflict with your leadership role

There are unwritten rules about the emotions you’re expected to show at work. These implicit ’feeling rules’ are so embedded in an organisation’s social fabric that we rarely notice them. However, there are times when there’s a conflict between how you feel and the emotions you’re expected to display. So how do you decide when…

Focus: Leadership Focus: AI here, there, in your strategy and everywhere

Forbes has identified ‘AI everywhere’ as a top technology trend for 2023 and beyond. As you may have witnessed in the past few months, developments by OpenAI’s ChatGPT are bringing this to reality, with generative AI set to change the way people and business do things. ‘AI everywhere’ refers to the integration of artificial intelligence…

Focus: The impact of technology on the audit practice

The advent of Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) technologies has presented both clients and auditors with massive opportunities and challenges which, if fully embraced, can completely change the face of the audit experience for both client and auditor. Much has been said about the 4IR and its disruptive impact on many industries, including the accountancy sector.…