The Southern African Institute of Government Auditors (SAIGA) which is celebrating 34 years of its existence will host its Second Annual Conference at the Protea Fire & Ice Marriot hotel in Pretoria from the 14th to the 15th of September, 2022.

The conference, which is sponsored by the South African Institute of Professional Accountants (SAIPA), under the theme “Step up the Mark”, will host several key speakers and amongst those who will be participating at the event is the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs, Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma who will deliver a key note address on matters of good cooperative governance in the public sector. 

Dr Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma was appointed as the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs from the 30 May 2019. She was Minister in The Presidency: Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation from 27 February 2018 to 25 May 2019.

The SAIGA Chief Executive Officer, Russel Morena, says that this year’s theme is a step up to the previous conference theme “Citizens Come First”, which aimed to strengthen capacity building in the public sector and assist in providing clean governance and quality service delivery that leads to happy citizens. 

“This year, our call to action to the auditing and accounting professionals is to up their standard. It is also a call to the professionals and professional organisations in the auditing and accounting field to act and carry out their responsibilities and duties with integrity, objectivity, professionalism, due care, and confidentiality.”

Morena says the main objective of the conference is to provide a platform for accounting and auditing professionals to engage on various topics which impact the industry. 

He explains: “Through this year’s conference we call on the auditing and accounting professionals to ensure ‘sustainable’ auditing. We have already noted some signs of improvement in some areas and strongly urge auditing professionals to ensure progressive and sustainable improvements.

Morena adds that the event will bring together professionals not only in South Africa but outside the borders, with the sole purpose of contributing to solutions to capacity challenges and efficiencies within the public sector. 

“As we celebrate our 35th year milestone, we have to ensure that the Institution still exists in the next 35 years to come. The annual conference is part of SAIGA’s vision 2023 strategy, with a focus to strengthen capacity building in the public sector and expanding the Institute’s footprint in the rest of the African continent and globally,” Morena concludes.