HR Indaba Africa 2019: Learn more about SAICA's Associate General Accountant (AGA(SA) designation

SAICA's Adri Kleinhans explains why they are participating in this year's event.

How long has SAICA been around and what the vision behind it?

The mission of SAICA , which was was formed in 1985, is to serve the interests of the chartered accountancy profession and society, by upholding professional standards and integrity, and the pre-eminence of South African CAs nationally and internationally, by: Delivering competent entry-level members; Providing services to the members to maintain and enhance their professional competence thereby enabling them to create value for their clients and employers: Enhancing the quality and information used in the private and public sectors for measuring and enhancing organisational performance; Running and facilitating programmes to transform the profession and to facilitate community upliftment; and Fulfilling a leadership role regarding relevant business-related issues and providing reliable and respected public commentary

How do you differentiate yourselves from competitors in your space?

SAICA, South Africa’s pre-eminent accountancy body, is widely recognised as one of the world’s leading accounting institutes. SAICA plays a significant role in the nation’s highly dynamic business sector through its goal of strengthening the country’s economy.

Why has SAICA signed up as a partner for the HR Indaba?

We would like to introduce the attendees to the SAICA Associate General Accountant (AGA(SA) designation, which was re-launched in August 2015. Questions have been asked by Associate General Accountants (AGAs) and potential AGAs with regards to the functions that an AGA can perform. 

SAICA provides three accountancy and business designations that are the mark of accounting and financial excellence: CA(SA), AGA(SA) and AT(SA). All three of which our code of professional conduct and continuous professional development, equipping members and associates with the tools to uphold the highest level of professionalism, discipline and performance at the relevant business level.

What would you say is the biggest challenge facing the HR profession?

Provide their existing staff, who have demonstrated the interest and the potential, an opportunity to gain entry into, and achieve upward mobility within, a credible professional designation. Promote education, training and retention of key professionals in their companies, and  Contribute towards an increased supply of scarce skills by creating more professional opportunities for prospective professionals.