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Highs and lows - the class of 20202020 was a tough year for education. Nowhere is this more apparent than in the matric results that the Department of Basic Education released earlier this week. They show a dip of 5.1% as the pass rate fell to 76.2%. While not surprising considering the serious and direct impact the Covid-19 pandemic has had on education, what is worrying is that the number of learners who are passing grade 12 with bachelor passes remains low at just 36.5%. More significantly, that number is not enough to support the country's dire skills shortage as the majority of those who do achieve bachelor passes do not perform adequately in 'gateway' subjects like mathematics to truly aid the country's economic growth and development by entering occupations of high demand, says the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants (Saica). 24 Feb 2021 Read more

The pandemic of the missing middleAs we begin a new year, many of us start the year with new hopes, dreams and goals. With 2020 and its many challenges behind us, we look forward to 2021 with the hope of new beginnings and a better future for all. However, one pandemic has been with us for several years, and if we do not make concerted efforts to address it, it will continue to plague us for many years to come. It is the pandemic of the 'missing middle'. 16 Feb 2021 Read more

What can small businesses learn from Covid-19 in South Africa?As we all know, Covid-19 has had a devastating effect on the world economy. Although markets have recovered quite well since 2020, small businesses in South Africa and around the world have arguably been the worst hit. 15 Feb 2021 Read more

Tackling compliance: A key focus area for small businessesCompliance, one of the most essential and often overlooked business functions for small business owners. For many entrepreneurs, the primary concern is revenue generation and ensuring profitability for their company, however, business compliance is a legal requirement not often prioritised due to business owners being unaware of their responsibility to maintain the compliance status. Covid-19 has forced many small business owners to adapt and or repurpose their business strategies to adjust to the changing environment and the importance of compliance and operating business compliantly has become more apparent. 12 Feb 2021 Read more

#SustainableSA - showing citizens how to make the SDGs theirsSAICA launches #SustainableSA, a project that will provide focused monthly information on the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), so all South Africans can join the journey and take action. 21 Dec 2020 Read more

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