Accounting iNDABA

SAIPA Accounting iNdaba 2020

Hindsight > Insight > Foresight

Last year, SAIPA held its first ever Accounting iNdaba in Cape Town as a platform for finance & accounting practitioners to engage on the future of their profession, impacted by radical, disruptive technologies. The event was a resounding success.

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As our first virtual conference, the Accounting iNdaba 2020 aims to keep you COVID-safe, coming to you live in the security of your own home. But it’s no TV show. Rather, you’ll experience a fully-interactive event that puts you at the centre of the excitement.

  • Watch presentations by some of the industry’s foremost thought leaders
  • Learn to leverage the power of Big Data, data analytics and AI to become the trusted business advisor of the future today
  • Discover how to operate effectively in a virtualised world of business
  • Network online with highly qualified professionals and decision makers
  • Get the added bonus of downloadable workshops and sessions
  • Benefit from our sponsor and exhibitor promotions
  • Earn up to 6 hours of CPD points by attending
Date: 4 November 2020
Time: 09:00 – 16:30
Venue: Your phone, tablet or browser. It’s our first virtual conference!
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Date: 5 November 2020
Time: 09:00 – 12:00
Venue: Your phone, tablet or browser. It’s our first virtual conference!
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We’re also making a major announcement about SAIPA and the future of the Professional Accountant (SA). Hear it first at the iNdaba!


Package Price (R) VAT (R) Total (R)
Early-bird special (until end of September only) 700.00 105.00 805.00
SAIPA member 950.00 142.50 1 092.50
Non-member 1 500.00 225.00 1 725.00
Trainees and Students 300.00 45.00 345.00


Our line-up stars some of the most sought-after presenters in the industry today.

Daniel Susskind

Dr Daniel Susskind explores the impact of technology, particularly artificial intelligence, on work and society. He is a Fellow in Economics at Balliol College, Oxford University, where he teaches and researches. He is the co-author of the best-selling book, The Future of the Professions, and the author of A World Without Work (January 2020), described by The New York Times as “required reading for any potential presidential candidate thinking about the economy of the future”. His TED Talk, on the future of work, has been viewed more than 1.5 million times.

Previously he worked in the British Government – as a policy adviser in the Prime Minister’s Strategy Unit, as a policy analyst in the Policy Unit in 10 Downing Street, and as a senior policy adviser in the Cabinet Office. He was a Kennedy Scholar at Harvard University.

Prof Lumumba

Prof. Patrick Loch Otieno Lumumba

Professor PLO Lumumba is the Founder of the PLO Lumumba Foundation and a consultant with Lumumba and Lumumba Advocates, a member of the Africa Justice Group (AJG). He is an Advocate of the High Courts of Kenya and Tanganyika and a certified mediator. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Certified Public Secretaries of Kenya FCPS (K), a Fellow of the Kenya Institute of Management (FKIM) and Honorary Fellow of the African Academy of Sciences (FAAS). He is the Chairman of Farafina Investment Group in Monrovia, Liberia and Economic Strategic Growth and Development Initiative for Africa based in Nigeria.

He has authored several books on diverse subjects. With several speeches on diverse subjects delivered in and outside Africa, Lumumba is recognized as one of the leading public speakers in Africa and the African in Diaspora. He is the founder of several organizations including the PLO Lumumba Foundation, a charitable organization that has been in operation since 1990. He has also been twice recognized as one of the 100 most influential Africans.

Arthur Goldstuck

Arthur Goldstuck is an acclaimed writer, analyst and speaker on technology trends. He was awarded SA’s Distinguished Service in ICT Award in 2013, and named ICT Ambassador by ORT SA in 2019 for his mentorship services.

He is author of 19 books and editor-in-chief of South Africa’s longest-running online consumer technology magazine, He writes a weekly tech trends column for the Sunday Times, South Africa’s largest-circulation newspaper.

He is founder of World Wide Worx, leading groundbreaking high-tech market research, and presents his insights to audiences around the globe, from CES in Las Vegas to Mobile World Congress in Barcelona to AfricaCom in Cape Town.

Faith Ngwenya

Faith Ngwenya is the Technical & Standards Executive at the South African Institute of Professional Accountants (SAIPA) – one of the country’s leading accountancy institutes, representing and supporting its members to fulfil the increasing demands of businesses in South Africa’s growing economy by equipping the Professional Accountant (SA) with the latest knowledge, techniques and accreditation required to render key services.

Her current position involves, amongst other things, providing technical support to professional accountants; commenting on proposed new or amendment to legislation and accounting standards; and lobbying with government on behalf of professional accountants and SMEs.

Faith represents SAIPA at various international and national stakeholder meetings such as International Federation of Accountants (IFAC), Pan African Federation of Accountants (PAFA), Small and Medium-sized Practitioners, Edinburgh Group; World Bank Technical Group of Doing business in SA, Association of BEE Professionals (ABP), South African Revenue Services (SARS); Companies and Intellectual Properties Commission (CIPC); and the Accounting Standards Board (ASB).

She holds BCom, BCom Honours, and Masters in Accountan­cy degrees; is Professional Accountant (SA) a qualified Chartered Certified Accountant (ACCA) and a member of the Institute of Directors (SA).

Prof. Hanlie Smuts

An Associate Professor at the University of Pretoria, with excellent management experience in the ICT industry, Professor Smuts is a strong proponent of business performance optimisation through digital transformation.

Prof. Rashied Small

SAIPA’s own Executive of Thought Leadership, Professor Small is the Institute’s champion for anticipating future trends and developing programmes that effectively prepare our members for them. He brings a wealth of insight to the iNdaba’s stage.

Prof. Tankiso Moloi

Tankiso is enthusiastic and passionate leader with interest in Global Financial Stability. Prior to his current role of a full-time Professor and the Head of Postgraduate Studies in Accountancy at the University of Johannesburg, he had previously been employed by the University of South Africa as a Director of Enterprise Risk Management and as a full-time Professor in the Department of Financial Governance, Anglo-American Kumba Iron Ore as a Chief Accountant Performance Reporting and a Chief Accountant Integrated Risk Management, and Statistics South Africa (Stats SA) as a Chief Financial Economist, Senior Financial Economist and Economist.

He has obtained a PhD in Finance, an MCom in Accounting, an MSc in Financial Management, an MA in International Relations and World Order, an Honours BCom in Accounting, a BCom in Accounting & Economics and a Programme for Management Development. he is a Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA), Associate Chartered Management Accountant (ACMA) and a full-time member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA), he is also a Professional Accountant (SA) and a full-time member of the South African Institute of Professional Accountants. Furthermore, he is a Charted Risk Analyst (CRA) with the International Academy of Financial Management.

His Research interest is in strategic global financial stability in the form of governance (corporate), enterprise risk management and assurance. Since his appointment in academia and research, Tankiso Moloi has published more than 50 research outputs in the form of articles (academic papers) and conference presentations / proceedings. His research work has appeared in international IBSS / ISI / Scopus peer reviewed and accredited journals. Locally, his research peer reviewed work has appeared in the Department of Higher Education and Training (DoHET) accredited journals. He has attended and presented in several international conferences.

Adv Rory Voller

Adv Rory Voller

Adv Rory Voller is the Cabinet appointed Commissioner of the Companies and Intellectual Property Commission (CIPC) of South Africa. The CIPC is the Registrar and regulator of Company and Intellectual property legislation.

He was a member of the legislative drafting team for both the New South African Companies Act and the Regulations, the Companies Amendment Act as well as the Intellectual Property Amendment Act on Traditional Knowledge.

Adv Voller holds a BA (Law), LLB, LLM (Commercial Law Masters – Specialisation), from the University of Kwazulu – Natal as well the University of South Africa and is an admitted Attorney and Advocate of the High Court, Transvaal Provincial Division.

He previously practised as an attorney.

He is a panel member on the Take-Over Regulation Panel (TRP) on Mergers and Acquisitions, a board member on the Anti- Money Laundering council, a member of the Financial Reporting Standards Council and the Ministerial Specialist Committee member of the Company law and Intellectual Property law committees. He is also appointed to the King Committee on Corporate Governance. He has also been elected to the Executive Committee of the Corporate Registers Forum, a body of Global Company Registrars.

As Head of the Intellectual Property Office of South Africa, Adv Voller also sits on the BRICS Heads of IP offices Committee made up of Brazil, Russia, India and China

He has presented and represented the CIPC at numerous National and International conferences including Singapore, Brazil, Romania, Malaysia, China etc.

Adv Rory Voller

Ettiene Retief

Ettiene is registered with SARS as a tax practitioner and registered as a FSCA (previously the FSB) compliance officer, certified as an Independent Reviewer (SAIPA). He holds membership with the Institute of Directors, the South African Institute of Professional Accountants, and the Centre of Tax Excellence, Institute of Financial Accountants (UK), Institute of Public Accountants (Australia), and Institute of Certified Public Accountants (Ireland).

With more than two and a half decades of experience as a practicing financial accountant, accounting officer, and tax practitioner, Ettiene was a partner of, and the financial director for an accounting and tax advisory firm based in Johannesburg from 2000 till 2009, where he was involved in compliance and providing advice to numerous large corporate in a number of key industries.

Since 2011, Ettiene has been an evaluator for the SAIPA annual Tax Thesis competition (previously Norton Rose Fulbright, and Deneys Reitz), evaluating thesis submissions at Honours, Masters, and Doctoral levels.

He has also held the position the chief editor and co-author of the Practical Tax Handbook for SMMEs (2003 – 2010); technical editor for SAIPA’s Professional Accountant and Tax Professional magazines/journals (since 2010); a regular speaker at update and training seminars, and regular contributor to various publications and media. He has also been a guest lecturer at the University of the Witwatersrand for the Tax Honours programme, since 2017.

Ettiene was the chief editor and co-author of the Practical Tax Handbook for SMMEs (2003 – 2010); technical editor for SAIPA’s Professional Accountant and Tax Professional magazines/journals (since 2010); a regular speaker at update and training seminars, and regular contributor to various publications and media.

As Chairperson of the National Tax and RCB/Stakeholders (SARS and National Treasury) Committees (since 2006) managing stakeholder relationships; member of the Technical and Standards Committee of the South African Institute of Professional Accountants (2004 – 2016) – he regularly comments on new and draft legislations and regulations, before Parliament’s Standing Committee on Finance, National Treasury, and SARS.

He has served as a member of the South African Institute of Professional Accountants Disciplinary/Appeals Committee, appointed to the Appeals panel as from 2014, and as from 2019 appointed to the Investigation Committee.

Ettiene has recently been appointed as a member of the SAIPA Centre of Future Excellence.

Adv Rory Voller

Maphuthumane Masilela

Maphuthumane is a senior consultant with a verifiable track record of results driven delivery of initiatives; successful in building key strategic relationships, influencing and a leader. He has over 21 years of experience within the realms of Project Management, System Development and Data Analysis and Reporting with over 5 years of management consulting experience at Ernst & Young Advisory Services where he performed management roles in auditing, project governance, process improvement and data analysis.

He also represented Ernst & Young and guest lectured (for 2 consecutive years) at the University of Pretoria to IT Masters Students. The basis of the representation was the significant contributions made where he had performed a Project Governance Review of National Treasury assessing a major project against ITIL, King III Code, Prince II and COSO.

In his current role that he plays at the CIPC he has been leading and managing all aspects of Phase 2/3
of the iXBRL (inline eXtensible Business Reporting Language) Programme Implementation and managing a number of international and local service providers linked to updates to Phase 2/3 implementation of the iXBRL and Reporting systems and also the development and delivery of updates to the CIPC taxonomy based on the 2019/2020 IFRS and GRAP standards updates. He also manages relationships consisting of 24 software service providers, a number of governmental
and non-governmental regulators and CIPC internal stakeholders. Because CIPC has been a leader in terms of implementing the disruptive iXBRL standard in South Africa at scale, provision of operational customer support was strategic to informing longer term strategic planning towards improving the implementation. To promote the iXBRL implementation, he planned change
management activities that would increase visibility of the implementation internally and externally to the organisation.

Adv Rory Voller

Sharon Carson

Sharon runs an independent management consulting company, specialising in IT Governance, IT Risk Management, IT Audit, Risk Management, Internal Audit, Programme Assurance, Business Process Reengineering and more recently focussing on Financial Reporting Controls (mini-SoX) in response to the most recent JSE regulations.

Sharon implemented all the financial systems in the Mr Price Group over 20 years ago, converting 9 divisions from various software to a single platform in just 9 months, while redesigning all the Back-end systems, Point of Sale and the integration. She set up the Mr Price Head Office in Chile as well. Sharon was subsequently CFO of the Hirt & Carter Group, where she was involved in centralising all the Finance processes and changed the profitability of the business by redesigning the product costing and integrating the systems. She has also worked with Deloitte and EY over the years.

Sharon is passionate about empowering staff through training and mentoring, and feels strongly about focusing on the “human” element in this digital age, since it is people that can develop relationships, not machines. We are in the business of providing value adding services to our clients, so culture and relationships matter.

Adv Rory Voller


Francois is a qualified CA(SA) with an M.Com. Francois is also certified as a CISA, CGEIT and ISO 27001: Lead Implementer.

Francois has 25 years experience in accounting and IT governance, risk and compliance, having worked for PwC as a Senior Manager for 20 years in the Advisory division and then running his own business. Since the start of this year, Francois is permanently employed as IT Risk Manager at a major South African retailer. In this role, he has to be flexible and adaptive on a daily basis as technology changes and businesses are seeking to implement new digital opportunities in a rapid manner. Coupled with this is ever increasing dependency of businesses on IT systems and emerging IT risks such as cyber attacks on businesses.

Francois joined the ISACA South Africa Chapter board in April 2017 in the Treasurer portfolio and plays an active role in board and member events. Francois sees himself as a perpetual learner and has a passion for consuming any new information whether it be accounting, technology, news, current events or entertainment related..

As well as other expert speakers to be announced nearer the time.

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