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Auditor independence under the spotlight

“Professional skepticism is about auditing the time, mindset, attitude and related questions about how management has scouted the transactions and applied judgments and assessments within disclosures in the financial statements as well,” says Ken Siong, technical director of the International Ethics Standards Board for Accountants (IESBA). “It’s…

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Added by CFO South Africa on September 11, 2017 at 19:00 — No Comments

Shareholders speaking out on auditor appointments

“What is clear is that the shareholders are beginning to make their voice heard at AGMs regarding the necessity for firm rotation to end excessively long relationships,” says Bernard Agulhas (pictured), CEO of the Independent Regulatory Board for Auditors (IRBA). “Where audit committees may feel a 20-year, 50-year or…

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Added by CFO South Africa on September 7, 2017 at 15:00 — No Comments

Real empowerment remains elusive, says IRBA’s top brass

“More focus should be given to long-term career prospects, including equity partnerships and senior management and executive responsibility. Transformation is not about the de-racialisation of the overall profession; it is about financial inclusion, ownership and access to markets and opportunity,” says Bernard Agulhas (pictured), CEO of the Independent…

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Added by CFO South Africa on March 15, 2017 at 15:00 — No Comments

Public hearing about audit rotation in parliament

A public hearing on the IRBA’s measures to strengthen auditor independence and contribute to the efficiency of capital markets will be held in parliament on 15 February. The IRBA will present its annual report as well as the MAFR proposals to the Standing Committee on Finance (SCOF) during this time.

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Added by CFO South Africa on February 11, 2017 at 8:00 — No Comments

IRBA full steam ahead with mandatory firm rotation

Despite many CFOs rejecting mandatory audit firm rotation (see our recent interviews and articles on this matter by visiting our MAFR dossier), the Independent Regulatory Board for Auditors (IRBA) is continuing at full steam, with MAFR in South Africa set to kick in on 1 April…

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Added by CFO South Africa on January 28, 2017 at 8:00 — No Comments

Longer tenure mulled for joint-audits: IRBA CEO Bernard Agulhas

The mandatory audit firm rotation (MAFR) that will be introduced in South Africa next year might include incentives for Big 4 firms to partner with smaller, black-owned competitors. The Independent Regulatory Board for Auditors (IRBA) is considering to allow auditors to stay with the same client for a longer period, provided…

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Added by CFO South Africa on October 5, 2016 at 8:00 — No Comments

Only nine out of 353 South African audit partners are black

Out of the 353 audit partners which sign off on the financial statements of all JSE-listed companies, only nine are black African and over 90 percent are audited by a few firms. That is according to Bernard Agulhas, CEO of the Independent Regulatory Board for Auditors (IRBA),…

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Added by CFO South Africa on September 10, 2016 at 11:30 — No Comments

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