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The effect of the new Auditor's Report on smaller entities

14 March 2016
The new auditor reporting requirements are not just going to affect the audits of listed entities. This article highlights some of the considerations for smaller entities in terms of the requirements applicable to all entities and those that may be applied on a voluntary basis.

Companies Act – business’ best friend or worst enemy?

15 October 2015
So many articles have been written on the Companies Act, 2008 starting years before its implementation in May 2011, and still continuing up to this day.  When our clients read these articles or consult with us on the “new” Act we are often asked what the purpose of all of this is and where all of this regulation is going. 

Ratification of Loans and financial assistance granted under Section 45 of the Companies Act No 71 of 2008

25 September 2015
Let’s start by looking at the provision of Section 45, as to who the section applies to. Section 45 of the Companies Act No 71 of 2008 applies to direct or indirect assistance to:

Review or Audit?

25 September 2015
Before 2008, all companies had to be audited – irrespective of size, shareholding, etc. The new (or actually not so new anymore) Companies Act 2008 is more flexible.

Financial assistance to group companies

25 September 2015
The new Companies Act, 2008 has introduced a few principles that are aimed at preventing abuse of corporate structures to the disadvantage of others.

Review or Audit

25 September 2015
The Companies Act 2008 brought at least two alternatives to the traditional audit: Firstly, some smaller companies have no requirement at all, leaving shareholders with the ability to choose their own level of assurance, if any. For others, the concept of an “independent review” of the financial statements has been introduced.

Effect of the Companies Act on the auditors report

25 September 2015
In South Africa, auditors are required to issue audit reports in line with International Standards of Auditing (ISA) and International Standards on Review Engagements (ISRE) ensuring uniform application of assurance service reporting across the world.

Audit and the new Companies Act

25 September 2015
With the implementation of the new Companies Act, many questions have been raised regarding the new audit requirements that were mandatory in the 1973 Companies Act. Here are some of the questions raised regarding the new Companies Act as well as answers to these questions. Hopefully this will shed some light on what is now required.

King III and the SME

25 September 2015
In contrast to King I and II codes, King III effective from 1 March 2010 applies to all entities regardless of the manner and form of incorporation or establishment and whether in the public, private or non-profit sectors.  The principles have been drafted so that every entity can apply them and, in doing so, achieve good governance.  In South Africa all companies

Sustainability Reporting – Is This Relevant to Small and Medium Enterprises (“SME’s”)

25 September 2015
Sustainability Reporting is defined in the Global Reporting Initiative Sustainability Reporting Guidelines (“GRI Guidelines”) as “… the practice of measuring, disclosing and being accountable to internal and external stakeholders for organisational performance towards the goal of sustainable development”.