Manuel Rodrigues, CFO of African Operations and MD of Escolha Do Povo (EDP) Mozambique, has been announced as the overall winner of the 2020 Top 35-under-35 chartered accountants [CA(SA)] award. The 34-year-old always wanted to change the world but realised soon enough it’s not about the world as a whole, but rather about growth in small underprivileged communities. He therefore changed his philosophy of changing the world to changing their world, and he has certainly succeeded...

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How do you mould a finance professional to be ethical in practice and not just in theory? When managing the development of finance professionals, what is the role of educational institutions? Morality is a dual education process... which factors should mentors consider when developing young accountants? Mandi Olivier, CA(SA) and SAICA’s Senior Executive: Professional Development, tells us about how SAICA is committed to instilling ethics in aspiring accountants to ensure the future of the profession.

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14.10.20 Pt 2 - Donald Trump is not only the President of the USA, but he may be the greatest troll of all time. When a political figure plays "gay anthems" at his rallies, shouldn't we celebrate that we live in a world where that can happen? Don't worry, people are going to die, but also be happy because not everybody dies at the same time. We conclude with episode 6 of 'Be Accountable'.

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Given the recent accounting and auditing scandals, the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants have increased its focus on ethics training in the pre- and post-qualification education space. Jeanne Viljoen, Project Director at SAICA elaborates on what SAICA is doing to address this issue.

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A pleasure shared is a pleasure doubled is the message Chantyl Mulder, CA(SA) and SAICA’s Executive Director: Nation Building, wants to share with the corporate world. As the world looks to heal after a crippling pandemic, why are SAICA so committed to the UN's 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)? The numbers are in... collaboration is king, both for the bottom line and for society.

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11.08.20 Pt 2 - If you keep secrets, does it matter to you who gets hurt? Is there such a thing as the 'bro code'? Julius Malema seems to think Vaseline is important for the relationship citizens share with the ruling party. Calling some people ''emotionally wonky" is tough, but fair.

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Where do your tax rands go and how can we track the money trail in the public sector? The Auditor General’s report on audit results for local government - released on 1 July 2020 - showed only 8% of municipalities received clean audits. This reveals how vital strong internal controls, appropriately skilled staff and ethical conduct are in ensuring effective service delivery. Natashia Soopal, the Project Director: Public Sector at SAICA, joins Gareth Cliff to emphasise the need to professionalise the public sector finance professionals.

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08.07.20 Pt 2 - Let's solve this now... is Liberace the king of the gays, because no human has ever looked that good while being sequence laden? The masks we wear are so that we don't spread the Covid in our throats. What happens if OJ's glove fits on his deathbed? If you are broke, cheer yourself up and say it in Yiddish... "I'm not broke, I'm mechula!"

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Why is it so important for Public Sector financial offices to be professionalised? Are accountants just bean counters or is interpretation of data and a range of other soft skills important to master the task of balancing the books? What is a 'clean audit' and how can one take proactive measures to achieve this financial clean bill of health? Gareth Cliff speaks to Inge Muller, CFO and CA(SA) on SANRAL, on why she is passionate about professionalising the SANRAL finance office through SAICA’s Associate General Accountants and Accounting Technicians designations. This is a position she’s held for the past 17 years.

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Whether you call them “bean counters” or “those that crunch the numbers”, you can’t get past the importance of efficient accountants. If you run a business, have a voice in hiring of staff, or as an accountant yourself, do you know the benefits of belonging to a professional body? Introducing Be Accountable - brought to you by SAICA, the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants. SAICA is the foremost accountancy body in South Africa and one of the leading Institutes in the world. In this episode, Gareth Cliff speaks to Robert Zwane - SAICA’s Senior Executive: National Projects, Nation Building.

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