Author: Tamara OberholsterTamara Oberholster is a CFO South Africa senior writer, and has been responsible for bringing the ACCA Future of Audit Series to life. She is the former editor of Banker SA magazine and regularly writes for Acumen magazine, published for the Gordon Institute of Business Science, where she completed the Bloomberg Media Initiative Africa Executive Training Programme in Financial Journalism in 2017. When she’s not writing, Tamara enjoys pottering in her vegetable garden and taking far too many photographs of her cats.
Articles by Tamara Oberholster
Professionalise the public finance role, says CIGFARO president
Public sector audit issues can be solved through appointing the right people, says Peet du Plessis.
Influence is a critical leadership skill, says Prof Marwan Sinaceur
Professor Marwan Sinaceur believes the size of interactions should dictate the change strategy one employs.
NGO auditing is not to be underestimated and requires specific skills, says Nico Esterhuizen
CFO of JAM International says non-profit accounting holds subtle but important differences from its commercial counterpart.
10 Finance leaders share their insights into the future of audit
Can the audit profession restore trust? Will new technologies cannibalise jobs? Find out from the experts.
Banks should be agents of change, believes Chantal Korteweg
Chantal says banks are embracing their societal role, and prioritising issues such as diversity and inclusion.
Transfer pricing audits – the surprise multinationals want to avoid, says Michael Hewson
Graphene Economics founder says transfer pricing audits arrive years down the line, creating surprise risk exposure.
Audit firms must re-look their business model, says Ascendis Health CFO
CJ Kujenga says audit needs to add business value and to grapple differently with complexity.
“Is there a future for audit?” asks Doshex CEO
Doshex founder Alex de Bruyn believes blockchain technology will begin to replace external audit.
UK audit reform proposals have application elsewhere, suggests Sir Donald Brydon
Brydon Report author believes focus needs to be on restoring trust in capital markets globally.
Audit must change alongside business, says CEO of PwC Africa
Business is becoming increasingly complex, and audit needs to evolve accordingly, says PwC’s Dion Shango.
Plan ahead for audit firm rotation, advises Aspen Pharmacare Group CFO
Sean Capazorio says embracing mandatory audit firm rotation early was a strategic decision for Aspen.
Optimise before you digitise audit, advises Riaan Koppeschaar, Exxaro finance director
Digitisation offers massive benefits but requires strategic thinking and infrastructure investment, says Exxaro FD.
Africa needs to focus on auditing basics, says ACCA Africa Director
Africa faces similar auditing challenges to global counterparts, plus several of its own, says Jamil Ampomah.
Public sector audit should prioritise performance over mere compliance, says dtic CFO Shabeer Khan
Shabeer says the future of public sector audit is performance auditing, moving beyond a check-box mindset.
Smaller audit firms need a long-term vision, says PSTM’s Mokgadi Malematsa
Mokgadi Malematsa, director at PSTM, says smaller firms have a responsibility to prepare for opportunities.
Globally, the audit expectation gap needs to be bridged, says IRBA CEO
Imre Nagy says the future of financial reporting is comprehensive regulation and accountability.
Tech and governance must go hand-in-hand says KPMG’s Shamit Govind
Disruption is key; so too is governance, says the head of KPMG SA’s Emerging Tech Unit.
ACCA’s Pat Semenya says SA needs diversity in the audit space
Measures need to be implemented to open up the sector, says the head of ACCA Southern Africa.
Regulate auditors, but also directors, urges SNG Grant Thornton’s Victor Sekese
Accountability needs to encompass all role players – not just auditors, says SNG Grant Thornton CEO.
Digital transformation needs to be people-led, says PwC’s Nicholas Ganz
PwC partner Nicholas Ganz believes adaptability is key to delivering tomorrow’s audit.
Audit is but one element in the reporting ecosystem, says Deloitte’s Bonga Nyembe
Deloitte’s Bonga Nyembe believes identifying fraud and restoring trust are the responsibility of all stakeholders.
Auditors will need to provide climate reporting assurance, says EY’s Ajen Sita
Audit will play an expanded role in fraud identification and sustainability reporting, says EY Africa CEO.
Continuous monitoring is the future of audit, says Vodacom SA’s Sitho Mdlalose
Vodacom SA’s Sitho Mdlalose believes that digitalisation and increased business insight are key audit trends.
KPMG chairman Wiseman Nkuhlu says restoring audit trust is about carrots and sticks
Prof Wiseman says there should be consequences for unethical conduct and complicity in fraudulent activities.