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SAIPA Notification: 10 April 2020
Dear Member,

As you know, on 9 April, President Ramaphosa announced that the current lock down period will be extended until 30 April. He emphasised that even though existing steps are working to slow the daily percentage increase in COVID-19 infections, it is critical to increase our efforts in order to avoid our country being completely engulfed by the pandemic.
We are navigating unfamiliar circumstances as a nation

South African Institute of Professional Accountants (SAIPA) fully support and appreciate our Presidents’ decisive and insightful leadership during this crucial time. We are, both nationally and globally, navigating unfamiliar circumstances of our time and applying learnings as they are presented.
Professional Accountants serving SMMEs

Small, Medium and Micro-Sized Enterprises (SMMEs), view professional accountants as a critical and integral part of their businesses beyond ensuring compliance to legislation. We deeply understand the disruption and impact our members and their clients are facing during this time with the extended lockdown. Professional accountants are trusted by and serve SMMEs by providing them with a range of accountancy, tax, business advisory, business rescue and other professional services. The increase in demand for these services, especially in relation to regulation updates and the way in which we are now required to work, have placed added pressure on professional accountants.
Member queries on “Essential Services”

As a result of these demands, there have been numerous queries from members regarding accountancy and tax services being declared as “Essential Services”. As a Professional Accountancy Organisation (PAO) representing over 10 000 Professional Accountants (SA), members can be assured that we are engaged in active and ongoing recommendations and requests to various government and other relevant organisations, to assist and support members.
Members must uphold integrity and maintain trust in times of difficulty

While these are challenging times for all, members are reminded that the foundation of the Profession lies in maintaining trust and credibility. As a result, SAIPA members are bound by the ethos of the Ethical Pledge and Code of Conduct, in delivering services to clients.

It has been brought to our attention that certain members have misrepresented their businesses and fraudulently obtained the essential service certificate issued by CIPC. Law enforcement is aware of this and actively working to stop this practice.

Bearing this in mind, while SAIPA is busy with reaching out to and engaging with various official bodies, members are firmly cautioned against taking any inappropriate actions to resolve challenges faced. These actions, when identified, could prove detrimental not only to the work already done and progress made on important recommendations, but will deny any potential benefits to fellow members as well.
We will endeavour to keep members updated as soon as developments become available.

As always, we wish you and your loved ones well during this challenging time.

If you have any questions on the above, please email connect@saipa.co.za

Kind regards,
Shahied Daniels
Chief Executive

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