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UNDERSTANDING AFRICA

Africa’s economic performance over the past decade has outstripped any other period. It is now the second fastest growing region in the world with a rapidly expanding consumer base that is highly attractive to
foreign investors. Middle market businesses have an advantage over larger organisations as they are more nimble, and often subject to fewer restrictions.

As business in Africa is developing, so is RSM’s representation across the region. We offer a full range of services that can help you take advantage of the myriad of investment opportunities in this vast, resource-rich land of opportunity.

RSM Academy – Prepared for global business

19 June 2019
A key element of RSM’s global strategy is to empower and develop our people so that they can serve our clients in increasingly innovative and complex ways. For our people to achieve this in today’s global economy, working as international teams based on trust and understanding is critical in delivering our brand promise, The Power of Being Understood.

RSM's Global Capabilities

12 June 2019
From new trade rules to talent migration, from big data to cyber threats, the world is changing at an unprecedented pace. But upheaval also means opportunity, if you’re prepared.

The aftermath of Storm GDPR in Africa

23 May 2019
The adoption of data protection principles across Africa is still in its infancy, and consequently, most organisations were not fully compliant with the GDPR when it came into effect last year.

Balance for Business

7 March 2019
This year’s theme for International Women’s Day is #BalanceforBetter, and the organisers have emphasised that balance is not a gender issue, it is a business issue. A blog by Jean Stephens, CEO of RSM International.

Issue 89 - IFRS News in Brief

18 February 2019
Breaking IFRS news from the past month; including publications, deadlines, announcements, comment letters from RSM, and decisions by the IASB.

RSM posts record revenues as consulting services power growth

28 January 2019
RSM has reported record global revenues of $5.37 billion for 2018

Issue 88 - IFRS News in Brief

18 January 2019
Breaking IFRS news from the past month; including publications, deadlines, announcements, comment letters from RSM, and decisions by the IASB.

2018 RSM World Conference staged in Toronto

29 October 2018
Harnessing the power of RSM’s people to drive innovation and transformation in the middle market

RSM appoints new Global Leader for Quality and Risk

22 October 2018
RSM, the leading global network of audit, tax and consulting firms focused on the middle market, has appointed Marion Hannon as its Global Leader for Quality and Risk. Marion Hannon will oversee the continuous focus on audit quality across the network.

Issue 85 - IFRS News in Brief

22 October 2018
Breaking IFRS news from the past month; including publications, deadlines, announcements, comment letters from RSM, and decisions by the IASB.

Investing in our people to deliver success

26 September 2018
The theme for this year’s RSM World Day is ‘Putting Our People First’, based around our belief that through the development of our diverse talent we can create a culture of innovation, in which our people thrive and drive growth for our clients.

International VAT Update: June 2018

5 June 2018
Breaking VAT news from RSM's experts around the world, including updates from Portugal, Norway, UK, Italy, Australia, Canada, South Africa and Malaysia.

Re-imagining business models for GDPR and a data-driven age

4 June 2018
A blog by Jean Stephens, CEO. 2018 has been an eye-opener when it comes to protecting customer data. From middle market businesses to large corporations, cybersecurity and simple human error pose an increasing risk. With the EU’s General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) having come into effect last month, how can middle market businesses and fast-growing companies use this change to benefit them?

Issue 80 - IFRS News in Brief

10 April 2018
Breaking IFRS news from the past month; including publications, deadlines, announcements, comment letters from RSM, and decisions by the IASB.

Giving globalisation meaning: re-emerging markets and the road to reglobalisation

13 March 2018
Reglobalisation will belong to those countries that adapt to the onset of the Fourth Industrial Revolution, those that understand globalisation’s pros and cons, and not those hiding behind walls of protectionism. Those who want to succeed must create business-friendly ecosystems, well-established and transparent market rules and steadfast connections to transnational economic networks.

Key strategies for business leaders in the changing global economy

13 March 2018
Leaders need to carry out careful, strategic planning to meet the many challenges they face. Cautious engagement seems the wisest path. They must partner with the right advisors, research individual markets carefully, anticipate policy shifts and adapt to them more swiftly and effectively than their competitors.

People, progress and pressing the case for diversity

7 March 2018
On this International Women’s Day, achieving gender parity should not be our only goal. Equal opportunity is the bedrock of a free and fair society. We participate in society as individuals, and as a network, so it is our responsibility to contribute to it. To achieve more we all need to proactively and continuously press for progress, and bring about a world where parity, diversity and inclusion become standard and are embraced as critical elements to our business success and are part of societal norms.

GDPR webinar: a roadmap to help African businesses deliver compliance

15 February 2018
RSM’s Risk Advisory and GDPR specialists delivered a webinar on 28 February covering the through crucial steps to help businesses in Africa prepare for GDPR. Please contact us for a copy of the recording.

Issue 77 - IFRS News in Brief

3 January 2018
Breaking IFRS news from the past month; including publications, deadlines, announcements, comment letters from RSM, and decisions by the IASB.

NAFTA, Brexit and the future of the middle market

8 December 2017
Middle market businesses need to prepare for the shifts of international commerce. At the same time the US President is seeking to change NAFTA, the UK is seeking to exit the largest trading bloc in the world, the European Union. The threat of renegotiated trade deals brings a risk of increased tariffs on exports and stricter regulations.

BEPS and beyond: tax issues to watch out for

16 November 2017
When it comes to tax affairs, the biggest fear among clients is of committing an offence by accident. This article outlines a number of key tax areas to watch out for, including BEPS, US tax reform and the Paradise Papers. 

Bob Dohrer reappointed to IAASB Board

6 November 2017
RSM is delighted to announce that Bob Dohrer, RSM’s Global Leader for Quality and Risk, has been reappointed for a second three-year term to the International Auditing and Assurance Standards Board.

Mapping out your approach to BEPS

16 October 2017
A guest blog by Rob Mander, International Tax Services, RSM . The international tax systems of the last decade haven’t kept up with the changing nature and pace of multinational groups of companies. In a world where so much business is conducted across borders, it is important that legislation and, more specifically, tax authorities have sufficient sight of the global allocation of income within multinational organisations.

RSM wins prestigious ‘Network of the Year’ Award

5 October 2017
RSM, the world’s sixth largest network of independent audit, tax and consulting firms, has been recognised as the Network of the Year at this year’s The Accountant and International Accounting Bulletin Awards.  Specifically, the judges commented on the success of the network’s new global brand, and the achievements over the past two years that have resulted in a stronger, better positioned and more understood network. They also praised RSM’s focus on its foundation of quality whilst at the same time building new areas of strength.

Innovation through collaboration

19 September 2017
Successful companies, particularly those in a growth phase, share a common characteristic: the dedication and commitment of their employees. 

RSM launches International Tax InfoMap and a global Innovation Competition

19 September 2017
The theme of RSM World Day 2017 is ‘Innovation Through Collaboration’. To mark the occasion RSM has combined its expertise from across the network to create its interactive International Tax InfoMap. The tool is designed to help internationally ambitious businesses respond to the latest developments in international trade.

The gig economy isn’t holding back and the middle market shouldn’t either

29 August 2017
With companies like Deliveroo and Uber bedding into our lives, the gig economy has revolutionised the way people are working and therefore the way workplaces are structured. Middle market businesses need stay ahead of the curve, using their strengths to their advantage where large corporations can’t, by reacting and revisiting their business practices to adhere to this new way of working.

Collaborative leadership drives change: a regional conference round-up

3 August 2017
We have just completed our regional conference season, with gatherings in Seoul, Dubai, Panama City, Malta and finally Johannesburg. Here, RSM International's CEO, Jean Stephens, shares her reflections from the conferences and how the different economic challenges are influencing the work we do with our clients

RSM expands footprint in Africa and Eastern Europe

6 July 2017
RSM, the world’s sixth largest network of independent audit, tax and consulting firms, has expanded its presence in both Europe and Africa through the addition of new member firms in Serbia and Mozambique.

Cyber threat has no borders

15 May 2017
The ransomware cyber-attack that took place in May 2017 was unprecedented in scale and affected more that 230,000 computers in 150 countries. The indiscriminate attack on hospitals and government agencies exploited known vulnerabilities in old systems of Microsoft Windows operating systems. Cyber security now supersedes all technology risks for businesses, and this attack shows many have not yet responded to the threat. Some markets boast sophisticated technology and regulations, while others have restricted access to digital infrastructure. No matter where you look, however, there is one constant. In the arms race between cyber criminals and experts, neither party ever draws far ahead.

5 key considerations for effective business interruption coverage

28 April 2017
Most key business processes are now automated and built on technology. Consequently, disruptions from a cyberattack can lead to significant lost sales and productivity, recovery costs and reputational harm. Accounting for business interruption costs is almost as important as mitigating the breach itself, especially as exposure is only expected to increase in the future.

Be bold for change on International Women’s Day

8 March 2017
International Women’s Day is an opportunity to celebrate how far the world has come in the fight for gender equality but also to reassess our approach.

RSM helps NGO re-establish financial control

2 March 2017
RSM was engaged by a Department for International Development to provide forensic audit and system security audit services support to the corresponding national audit office (NAO) following the discovery that over 500 lines of accounting entries had been deleted from the financial system. 

RSM World Day 2016

1 November 2016
RSM World Day is a very special event in RSM’s busy calendar. This year, staff around the world celebrated our fifth RSM World Day – and yet again – our member firms pulled out all the stops to make it a huge success. This magzine shows the highlights.

RSM achieves 6% fee income growth and moves to 6th in the worldwide ranking

3 February 2016
RSM, the adviser of choice to entrepreneurial growth-focused organisations globally, is pleased to announce a 6% increase in global fee income, to US$4.64 billion, for the financial year ending 31 December 2015. RSM has also moved up one place in the global ranking and is now the 6th largest global network of independent audit, tax and consulting firms.

RSM Reporting - Issue 25

25 November 2015
In this issue we report on the IASB’s endeavour to publish a new Conceptual Framework, which is approaching a successful completion.

A day to be proud

26 October 2015
Today, 26 October 2015, is a defining day for RSM and the partners and staff of each RSM member firm as we come together under one name and brand – RSM.

Introducing RSM

23 October 2015

Cybersecurity takes centre stage

30 April 2015
A guest blog by Thilen Pillay, Manager – Risk Advisory Services, RSM Betty & Dickson (Johannesburg)

RSM World Day Magazine 2014

5 October 2014
Read all about the RSM World Day social and charitable activities from RSM firms around the globe.  

Transfer Pricing News: Secondary adjustments again deemed to be treated as dividend or capital contributions in South Africa

16 September 2014
Since April 2012 secondary adjustments were treated as deemed loans, but this caused a lot of uncertainty and practical problems. This may be the reason that the Taxation Laws Amendment Bill, 2014 (Draft), includes that secondary adjustments shall now be treated as deemed dividends or capital contributions, depending on the facts and circumstances of the case.

Nigeria – on the cusp of greatness?

24 July 2014
When we added our member firm in Nigeria, SIAO Partners to our network in September 2013, I heard about the Nobel Prize-winning Nigerian playwright and poet, Wole Soyinka, who once said: “…there are prospects for a new Nigeria, but I don’t think we have a new Nigeria yet.” Thinking about Nigeria again for this blog I considered this quote. 

RSM World Day Newspaper 2013

5 October 2013
Read all about the RSM World Day social and charitable activities from over 70 countries around the globe.  

RSM continues to strengthen African representation by admitting the 5th largest firm in Nigeria

4 September 2013
RSM, the seventh largest global network of independent audit, tax and advisory firms, has further strengthened its presence in Africa with the admittance of SIAO Partners, Nigeria’s fifth largest accounting firm by revenue, to the network.

Africa - The Last Frontier of the World Economy

4 June 2013
Once dismissed as an economic backwater beset by political turmoil, Africa has become an attractive market for globally active companies seeking long-term profitable growth. Our latestTalking Points article, by RSM’s economic consultant David Bartlett, looks at the drivers behind Africa’s robust growth and discusses the continent’s long term outlook.

RSM World Day 2012

5 October 2012
One day, one focus, one network. On 20 September 2012, RSM brought together its accounting network of 32,000 colleagues across 700 offices in 94 countries as part of RSM World Day. It was a celebration of the growth and success of RSM and it was an opportunity to showcase the capabilities and expertise of the intergrated network, around the world.

RSM network connects for day of global celebrations

19 September 2012
On 20 September 2012, RSM will bring together its accounting network of 32,000 colleagues across 700 offices in 94 countries as part of RSM World Day – a celebration of the growth and success of the integrated network and an opportunity to showcase its capabilities and expertise around the world.

Africa marches forward: Could it be on the verge development breakthrough?

3 September 2012
Following the incredible events of the Arab Spring, a wave of change continues to sweep through Africa. Reading this article in the Wall Street Journal I was reminded of how dynamic the socio-political situation is across this continent.

Guest post: Occupational fraud and the auditor’s role – a view from South Africa

22 August 2012
Below is a thought-provoking guest post on auditors role in fighting fraud and corruption from Morne Pienaar, Internal Audit Manager at RSM Betty & Dickson in South Africa. In South Africa it is nearly impossible to read the news without seeing headlines regularly highlighting incidences of fraud, nepotism and corruption.

Guest Post: RSM in South Africa celebrate Nelson Mandela Day

26 July 2012
I am delighted to share with you this touching and inspiring story from a group of trainees from the Johannesburg Office of RSM Member Firm in South Africa, RSM Betty & Dickson.

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Regional Office

RSM Africa P.O. Box 1734 2125 Randburg Johannesburg

T: +27 11 329 6000

Regional Leader Clive Betty

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