Focus: The Code of Professional Conduct Purpose, impact and complexities

Despite the robust Code of Professional Conduct within the accountancy profession locally and internationally, the reputation of the accountancy profession has received backlash over the years with a number of corporate failures and accounting scandals. Some more well-known corporate failures locally include Steinhoff where accounting irregularities were identified by the auditors that resulted in the…

Profile: Hamman Schoonwinkel – Life in academia after life as an academic trainee

Hamman Schoonwinkel (29) is a chartered accountant and a lecturer in digital and leadership acumen at Stellenbosch University with a passion for both finance and the performing arts. He is also the chair of the SAICA Community of Best Practice for Digital Acumen. As an avid saxophone player, Hamman Schoonwinkel initially faced a tough decision…

Profile: Merger between RSM South Africa and Ngubane Johannesburg

The beginning of August this year saw the merging of two significant firms in the South African accounting industry, RSM South Africa and Ngubane Johannesburg. The combined business, trading as RSM South Africa, will now have annual billings in excess of R300 million and over 370 staff. The merger will accelerate both businesses’ ambitions to…

Profile: Ebrahim and Aarifah Tootla – Double the expertise, double the love

In a world where numbers and spreadsheets often hold the key to financial success, there’s a unique story that beautifully weaves together not only the intricacies of balance sheets but also the delicate threads of love and companionship. Meet Ebrahim Tootla and his wife Aarifah – a power couple whose journey is a testament to…

Focus: Digitisation must be a priority for CFOs

CFOs are uniquely positioned to become critical drivers of digital transformation. The digital revolution coupled with new business pressures resulting from the global pandemic have reshaped the role of the CFO in organisations of all sizes and across all sectors. <!doctype html>   Where once the CFO’s primary focus was on reporting historical financial performance,…

Profile: Moses Tshitangano – Transforming Limpopo’s Treasury

Moses Tshitangano took a leap of faith and is developing future CAs(SA) for the under-resourced province. Training offices give aspiring chartered accountants the opportunity to gain practical experience and apply their theoretical knowledge in real-world scenarios, enabling them to develop professional competence in financial regulations, tax laws, accounting standards, and auditing procedures. They learn how…

Focus: THE FUTURE OF AUDIT – Transformation that will define the sector in the next five years

While the internal audit function has undergone significant transformation, the rapid pace of change is set to accelerate in the foreseeable future. Richard Walker, Advisory Director at BDO South Africa, sheds some light on some key industry trends that have emerged and some key areas of transformation we can expect to see defining the sector…