Two alumni of the University of Johannesburg (UJ), Mr Simon Basson and Ms Mari-Louise Boshoff, are listed among the twelve candidates who earned a place on the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants’ (SAICA) prestigious Assessment of Professional Competence (APC) Honours Roll. They were also Accountancy@UJ Academic Trainees from 2018.
Their listing follows South African Institute of Chartered Accountants’ (SAICA) announcement on Friday, 14 February 2020 that 2 024 of 3 560 candidates who wrote the APC evaluation in November 2019 have successfully completed the test.
“The Department of Accountancy is extremely proud of the success of these Accountancy UJ alumni which is testimonial to the Department’s vison to produce ethical and critical thinking professionals for the 4th IR, says Professor Ben Marx, HoD of the Department of Accountancy.
SAICA’s commitment to its members and the public is that the CA (SA) designation is of the highest standard of excellence, able to meet the demands of the future market, driven by the skills of the 21st century. With this in mind, SAICA has implemented a number of interventions including more detailed analysis, candidate surveys and engagement with key stakeholders.
Among others, these engagements led to:
- Collaboration with a range of stakeholders including ABASA (Advancement of Black Accountants of Southern Africa) and AWCA (African Women Chartered Accountants);
- Professional Programme Providers making a number of changes to their offerings and interventions; and
- Training Offices becoming more aware of the need to expose trainees to a broader range of work environments (industries / types of clients) and to better develop the candidate’s critical thinking and judgement rather than simply their technical and numerical skills.