The results of the Part I of the Qualifying Examination (QE I) – a critical measure to becoming a Chartered Accountant [CA(SA)] – released today by the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants (SAICA) yielded interesting information about South Africa’s tertiary landscape.

Johannesburg, Friday, 17 December 2010 - Young women dominated the first national SAICA/Pastel Accounting Olympiad – the country’s premier inter-school accounting competition. Learners from Limpopo and KwaZulu-Natal were named joint national winners of the inaugural Olympiad which aims to recognise young accounting talent and encourage interest in accountancy.

Johannesburg, Monday, 29 November 2010 – Jeanine Poggiolini, a project manager with the Accounting Standards Board, has been appointed to serve as a member of the International Public Sector Accounting Standards Board (IPSASB) of the International Federation of Accountants.

Johannesburg, Thursday, 25 November 2010 – Thuthuka, an innovative education upliftment initiative, has received a R4,2m donation to fund 250 candidates on their final stretch to qualifying as chartered accountants [CAs(SA)]. The cash injection – from the SETA for Finance, Accounting, Management Consulting and other Financial Services (Fasset) – will cover the tuition costs of 200 Gauteng and 50 Western Cape aspiring chartered accountants on the Thuthuka programme. The sponsorship equates to almost R17 000 per student for tuition costs per year.

Johannesburg, Wednesday, 24 November 2010 – Due the imminent changes in the legislative framework, non-public companies will not be required to be audited. Instead, in terms of the new Companies Act, such enterprises will have an option between an audit and an independent review of their financial statements.

Johannesburg, Tuesday 23 November 2010 – The University of Johannesburg (UJ) honoured Chantyl Mulder with the prestigious Ellen Kuzwayo Council Award for her contribution to education and transformation on Friday evening.

Johannesburg, Thursday, 14 October 2010 - Volunteer chartered accountants help young black entrepreneurs build their businesses through strategic advice and mentorship. Successful young black entrepreneurs and their chartered accountant mentors are playing a critical role in fostering economic prosperity.

Johannesburg, Thursday, 18 November 2010 - South Africa’s accountants appeal for more learners to study and achieve in mathematics to meet South Africa’s desperate skills needs and join the financial professions.

The global economic meltdown had an impact on every facet of our lives. From the investment community’s perspective, the recession triggered an element of concern among members of the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants (SAICA) regarding the risk to their equity investments. However, the question about ‘risk to one’s investments’ is actually one that should always be asked, regardless of the economic climate”, says Ewald Müller, Senior Executive: Standards at SAICA.

Johannesburg, Thursday, 4 November 2010 - South Africa’s chartered accountants have played a significant and dominant role in earning the country first place worldwide for the strength of its Auditing and Reporting standards in the World Economic Forum’s competitiveness report 2010/2011.
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