Is the accounting profession experiencing a crisis of credibility? Current events locally and internationally are demanding higher levels of accountability in the accounting and auditing professions. Unethical accounting and auditing practices in South Africa have reverberated globally, with the reputations of large accounting and auditing firms severely damaged by their links to public service corruption and financial misrepresentation by large multinational companies like Steinhoff.
No longer the stuff of science fiction - Artificial Intelligence (AI) is (almost) here and is here to stay. So, have you ever wondered what you would do if an AI had to injure, defame, infringe or steal from you?
How can South African businesses find economic value in the country's social challenges? Maritha Erasmus, CEO, Managing Transformation Solutions Holdings, was interviewed on this challenging topic. "There has never been a better time and opportunity for executives and senior management leading businesses in South Africa to find economic value in the country's immense and complex social problems."
Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) boasts many benefits, the most obvious being the ability to fast track obtaining a qualification. Many people today have extensive experience in their field but not the qualifications behind their name to back that experience. RPL offers a solution for those eligible candidates.
When it comes to Artificial Intelligence (AI), the law of copyright may be one step behind. Copyright is governed in terms of the Copyright Act which protects certain defined “works” including computer programmes, films, and literary, musical and artistic works. Up and until recently, these works have been created exclusively by humans. The advances in AI, however, have resulted in the possibility of an AI creating its own works with little, or even no, human input.
Enterprise Development is the act of investing time and capital in helping people establish, expand or improve businesses. In turn, it helps people earn a living, rise out of poverty and achieve long-term economic growth. Any business operating in South Africa today is faced with the task of addressing the B-BBEE codes, of which the largest point allocation is for Enterprise and Supplier Development.
Should women empower women or is it a man's job, you may ask. Can the disempowered empower themselves? In a world that belongs to men, as James Brown once sang, women are still critical players in the creation of balance & growth. It is proven that companies with women at the helm perform better. However, when so many doors remain closed to women (African women particularly), who needs to take responsibility for changing the status quo?
Read our exclusive cover story entitled EMPOWERING WOMEN | WHOSE RESPONSIBILITY? by Deon Oberholzer, CEO of Gestalt Growth Strategies as well a host of other topical management articles written by professionals, consultants and academics in the February/March 2018 edition of BusinessBrief.