BOOK REVIEW | Figure That!


by Rex Gibson | former editor of the Rand Daily Mail |

The South African Institute of Chartered Accountants (SAICA) has launched Figure That!, a book about the story of the Chartered Accountancy profession in South Africa.

The launch of Figure That! comes at a time when the profession is under severe scrutiny.

The profession has always been a symbol of integrity and a beacon of trust and inspiration. Suddenly a massive trust deficit appeared. It was not the first time that such an event had occurred, as this book attests. It certainly will not be the last time, as the events of 2017 indicate. What is certain, though, is that both the members of SAICA and the Institute itself must work unceasingly and timelessly to reconstruct and maintain the trust leadership of CAs(SA) in the South African economy. Heightened expectations of this profession will continue, insisting on accountability and keeping to the ethical high ground while ensuring that the interests of the public are always upheld.– Terence Nombembe | SAICA’s CEO (currently seconded to the Zondo Commission) |

It was a noble gesture by the profession that they allowed me to write the story as I saw it. If SAICA wanted a credible book, it needed to be written by a person who was independent of the profession.– Rex Gibson | author and former editor of the Rand Daily Mail |

In a highly competitive world, if the profession is to continue to attract exceptional young people, it must demonstrate through its story why the CA(SA) career is the one they should choose. I was also mindful of George Santayana’s comment: ‘Those who cannot learn from history are doomed to repeat it.’” – Johnson Njeke | Chairman of the Editorial Committee |

Figure That! is an entertaining must-read for all who have an interest in the Chartered Accountancy profession.

The book is available at SAICA ASA website |



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