Rare honour bestowed upon SAIPA chairperson

SAIPA is proud to announce that the Chairperson of the South African Institute of Professional Accountants (SAIPA), Mr. Saleem Kharwa, has been appointed by the Public Interest Oversight Board of the International Federation of Accountants (IFAC) to serve on the IFAC International Accounting Education Standards Board for the period 1 January 2008 to 31 December 2010. This is a very rare honour that is preserved for eminent persons in the accounting industry that play an important role in the advancement of the profession. His appointment affords South Africa and the African continent well deserved recognition for contributions made to the advancement of accounting in developing and developed countries.

Saleem Kharwa is an esteemed academic and practicing accountant who has made a major contribution to the advancement of accounting in Southern Africa, diligently devoting much of his time and expertise to inculcating an accountancy culture in historically disadvantaged communities. He is Head of the Department of Financial Accounting at the Durban University of Technology (DUT), a member of the Council of the DUT, a member of the Senate of the DUT, Chairperson of the Examinations Audit Committee, and an Assessor of New Programmes for the Council on Higher Education. Furthermore, he is the Chairperson of SAIPA, and a Executive member of the Board of the Eastern Central and Southern African Federation of Accountants (ECSAFA).

During his time as Chairperson of SAIPA he radically restructured the Institute and placing it on a course where it is increasingly well equipped and positioned to eradicate the inequalities that still exist in the accountancy profession. Through his principled leadership and guidance the Institute has re-established itself as a very important player in the overall accountancy profession.

Within his community he consistently and unreservedly contributes time, energy and financial resources to improve the livelihood of those who have suffered the ravages of apartheids disastrous attempts at social engineering, and to mitigate the consequences of natural or manmade disasters. As a member of the Board of the Al Ansaar Foundation, he has been instrumental in setting up one of the most viable and successful community organisations, establishing as founder member a highly influential community radio station, Radio Al Ansaar.

On behalf of the accountancy profession in South Africa and the accounting education in particular, we congratulate Mr Kharwa on his appointment to the IAESB.

Shahied Daniels

Chief Executive
South African Institute of Professional Account