Johannesburg – The Southern African Institute of Government Auditors (SAIGA), in partnership with Investec, is pleased to announce that it will be hosting its inaugural Audit and Finance Indaba. The prestigious event, which is billed to bring together leading auditors and financial professionals from across the continent to discuss the latest trends, developments, and best practices in the field, is scheduled to take place at the Investec Pretoria Office on Friday, 15th of March 2024. 

The Institute has lined up high-profile speakers, who include the Accountant General of South Africa and keynote speaker Shabeer Khan, Phillip Rakgwale, the Chief Audit Executive (Acting) City of Ekurhuleni, SAIPA Executive Prof Rashied Small, Accounting Standard Board CEO Jeanine Poggiolini, Sunday Times Deputy Editor Makhudu Sefara, Omar Kadwa, the Director at SNG Thornton and the CEO of IRBA, Imre Nagy, among others. 

Rakgwale will give a presentation on ‘Emerging trends on public sector audits in the past three years (2021-2023) both PFMA and MFMA’ while Nagy, will speak about the journey of rotational audits in South Africa: challenges & success stories. 

The theme for Indaba is, ‘The Era of Big Data and Cybercrime’ and as part of the programme, SAIGA will also host a dedicated exhibition booth, where attendees can learn more about the professional body’s initiatives, publications, and training programmes. In addition to insightful discussions and networking opportunities, the half-day hybrid event will offer attendees a chance to earn Continuing Professional Development (CPD) hours.  

There will be six CPD hours allocated to registered participants.

Russel Morena, the SAIGA Chief Executive Officer, said: “One of the cornerstones of the institute is to be a trusted advisor and capacity-building partner to the public sector in areas related to development, service delivery, accountability, and governance, and to protect the interests of the public sector accounting and auditing. Therefore, this inaugural SAIGA Audit & Finance Indaba is inspired by the INTOSAI and IFAC ever-evolving standards and the South African legislative and Treasury frameworks.’

As the premier professional body for government auditors in the Southern African region, SAIGA is dedicated to fostering excellence and integrity in the public sector. Through this event, SAIGA aims to provide a platform for engaging with industry peers, exchanging knowledge and insights, and gaining valuable perspectives on the challenges and opportunities facing the profession.

Morena added that the indaba, which will focus on the external audit and finance areas that impacts public entities and the role of the professional auditors and accountants, will offer a unique opportunity for SAIGA members, stakeholders, partners, and industry professionals to network, learn and contribute to the global conversation on government auditing and finance. 

“We are excited to invite all industry professionals and stakeholders to join us at the Inaugural SAIGA Audit and Finance Indaba and we are confident that this event will contribute to the global conversation on government auditing and finance and showcase SAIGA’s expertise and thought leadership in the field. We look forward to welcoming you in Pretoria,” said Mr. Morena.