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Data Protection

2021-12-06T12:49:50+02:00

Data Protection Since the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic, many auditors and their clients have been working remotely, resulting in much more client data being exchanged on technological platforms. Not all platforms are secure, which creates a greater threat of data security breaches. The damage caused by data breaches is unpredictable and audit firms may incur considerable losses in this regard. Audit firms should, therefore, take all the necessary steps to protect the data they process, including personal information processed, in terms of the Protection of Personal Information Act, 2013. Professional requirements The International Standard on Quality Control 1 (ISQC [...]

Data Protection2021-12-06T12:49:50+02:00

Significant Risk Assessment

2021-09-19T17:16:27+02:00

Newsletter April Significant Risk Assessment Risk assessment is a crucial step during any audit, and involves a great deal of judgment by the auditor, especially when it comes to determining which of the risks identified are significant. Many auditors grapple with this, and end up simply including the presumed significant risks of revenue recognition and management override of controls, per ISA 315 and 240, instead of truly applying their mind to the circumstances of each audit client and adequately justifying the risk assessment on file. This article attempts to break this important assessment down into simple [...]

Significant Risk Assessment2021-09-19T17:16:27+02:00

Auditing of Compliance with Financial Reporting Frameworks – The Presentation Assertion

2021-02-22T13:59:41+02:00

Auditing of Compliance with Financial Reporting Frameworks – the Presentation Assertion Audit regulators are reporting that financial statement disclosure deficiencies have increased substantially over the past few years. It is crucial for auditors to realise that they need to have a sound understanding of the financial reporting framework applied by the entity and perform thorough audit procedures to determine whether the financial reporting framework has been correctly applied. This does not merely require the completion of a disclosure checklist, but also the verification of recognition and measurement, in terms of the financial reporting framework and reporting responsibilities placed [...]

Auditing of Compliance with Financial Reporting Frameworks – The Presentation Assertion2021-02-22T13:59:41+02:00

Newsflash: IFAC Practice transformation action plan

2020-06-22T16:58:02+02:00

Newsflash: IFAC Practice transformation action plan Welcome to the Fast-Future We will not recognise the accountancy profession in the next 10 years. Actually, the fact of the matter is that it will probably be in the next five years. —Barry Melancon, President & CEO, American Institute of CPAs and CEO, Association of International Certified Professional Accountants We live in a dynamic, fast-paced world. Accenture predicted that advances in robotics would automate, or eliminate 40% of basic accounting roles by 2020. Within 10 years, robots [...]

Newsflash: IFAC Practice transformation action plan2020-06-22T16:58:02+02:00

Newsflash: COVID-19 and force majeure

2020-06-22T08:45:46+02:00

Newsflash: COVID-19 and force majeure Will the coronavirus (COVID-19) constitute a force majeure event under South African law? The answer to that is that it depends on the circumstances. The virus has been declared a pandemic by the World Health Organisation and is causing unprecedented economic chaos internationally, owing to the closure of businesses and consequent disruption of global supply chains. On a local level, it is disrupting retailers, restaurants, service providers such as taxi services, and local businesses. These disruptions may make it [...]

Newsflash: COVID-19 and force majeure2020-06-22T08:45:46+02:00

Subsequent events – COVID

2020-05-20T15:29:40+02:00

SUBSEQUENT EVENTS – The Topic We All Jumped to with the COVID Virus Lockdown, without Reading the Standard Subsequent events — the topic we all jumped to when the COVID-19 virus hit and the lockdown became a reality. How difficult can it be? Look at your adjusting and non-adjusting events and move on. And, of course, this strategy may be applied to all engagements not completed yet. Thank God, you say, the completed engagements have fallen outside the net. Not true. A scenario which was seldom relevant in the past, and hardly ever received any attention, has now hit us without us [...]

Subsequent events – COVID2020-05-20T15:29:40+02:00

ETHICS – Rotten to the core?

2018-09-06T08:51:46+02:00

ETHICS - Rotten to the core? Have you wondered why the auditing profession is in such a sad state? Maybe we should start with some serious introspection and fundamental changes. Not only the IRBA Public Inspections Report 2017, but also multiple auditing scandals in the media showed that independence was the root cause of most audit deficiencies recently. Firm culture needs to be revamped drastically to start changing this around. Leadership must set a good example and communicate principles of quality and ethics to enable staff to function optimally. Build high performance teams through trust, integrity [...]

ETHICS – Rotten to the core?2018-09-06T08:51:46+02:00

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