Ten years ago, 52-year-old John Stephens’ eyesight started deteriorating. People looked blurry and letters were indistinct. He first blamed his fuzzy vision on astigmatism, the middle-aged eye disorder. But it was far worse than that. Today, Stephens is completely blind yet he hasn’t let that stop him from achieving his dreams. Despite having to adjust to new ways of working because of his condition, he is continuing his studies and is elevating his skills as an accounting technician. Stephens shares his journey into darkness and back into the light.
Johannesburg, 29 January 2017 - Subsequent to the board meeting held in December 2017, the International Auditing and Assurance Standards Board (IAASB)’s Data Analytics Working Group (DAWG) issued a feedback statement to inform stakeholders of the key messages received in response to their outreach activities. This article provides an overview of this feedback statement.
Johannesburg, Tuesday 23 January 2018 – In terms of education, one of the biggest drawbacks of South Africa’s rapid urbanisation is that, because of intellectual migration, good teaching becomes concentrated in the urban areas—leaving leaners in rural provinces exposed to ‘low quality’ teaching. This is particularly true in the Eastern Cape, where matric passes were the lowest in the country for the eighth year in a row.