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September 19, 2018

Watching the Serena debacle caused me to reflect on my own experiences as a coach. It brought to mind this quote, by Theodore Roosevelt:
“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is...

April 23, 2018

SAICA requires Training Offices to communicate and EXPLAIN the training regulations and changes to the regulations to trainees. At the end of each year, the training regulations are updated/amended for implementation in the following year. Three related documents are communicated by SAICA:

- A marked up version of the new regulations, indicating changes ma...

October 26, 2016

The focus of today’s post will be the conduction of a meaningful analysis. When you are working or writing an exam, it is easy to feel overwhelmed when you are requested to identify why one department or company is performing better than another, especially when you have a limited amount of time and a wealth of information at your disposal.

For an analysis...

October 24, 2016

Today we will be looking at writing with the correct tone. As a future professional, it is important that you have the ability to convey a message in the right tone. In order to understand this, it is important to understand when tone typically becomes an issue:


• When you feel very passionate about a matter such as pollution or animal welfare. If you are...

October 18, 2016

Today I would like to share one of the best sources of information. The website tracks all indicators imaginable for any country. It covers all the basics such as interets rates, GDP and inflation. It also provides significant detail on items such as wages per industry, rankings (ease of doing business, competitiveness, corruption), disposable income, hou...

October 17, 2016

In today's APC preparation segment, we will be looking at which indicators and news you need to be tracking in order to illustrate your competence. The task: PA(C) 1: Identifies and evaluates critical factors in the economic, social, legislative, regulatory and political environment that impact on business and the financial decisions of an entity describe...

October 11, 2016

Today we will be looking at how to conclude a question. Again it may seem simple, but many trainees do not conclude based on the information that they have provided. Also, there is a big difference between providing an answer and concluding. Here are some examples:

1. If a question enquires whether or not certain services can be accepted, the conclusion sh...

October 10, 2016

The main aim of the daily APC advice is obviously to help everyone pass the APC exam in November. But most of the skills that I will be focusing on will benefit anyone who is currently studying towards becoming an Accountant, doing CIMA, or any other business degree. Report writing skills is an area that tests various professional skills, hence the focus...

October 7, 2016

With the APC exam coming up soon many trainees are still uncertain about a a number of items, how to address and answer questions or simply fine tuning their skills. I have been inundated with queries and although I will do my best to address them all individually I know that many other trainees will be struggling with the same concepts or questions. In o...

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