SAICA Leadership in a time of crisis series

Webcast #20: COVID-19 and your Career Strategy


Who should attend?

SAICA members and associates [CA(SA)/AGA(SA)/AT(SA)] and trainees and members of the public



In 2002, Alibaba was a struggling 3 year old Startup and Jack Ma was unknown. Then the SARS epidemic hit China and Chinese households got used to shopping from home. A pressing problem met a well engineered solution and the rest, as they say, is history.

COVID-19, the novel Coronavirus that emerged only a few months ago, has already changed our society and the world, with experts fearing the worst is still to come. As the number of cases grows exponentially every day and governments worldwide step up the fight, it is certainly going to reshape our society and our lives.

Our government has launched a world-class fight with a keen awareness of our local conditions and our colleagues in healthcare are mounting a heroic effort on the frontlines. Our role as professionals in our field is to apply ourselves to the economic crisis ahead, and how we can bounce back as a country and stave off the worst effects of the lockdown.

Crises like this have three effects: A cyclical effect, which is the severe short-term impact we are feeling right now. Then there are structural changes that have more permanent effects. There are also catalytic changes that can create an Alibaba.

Markets are in turmoil, the rand seems to be in freefall and small businesses are closing and companies are already making plans for a recession. How is this likely to play out in South Africa? How long is social distancing and self-isolation likely to last? What will this mean for your personal finances, your career and your business? What is the best course of action to get through the coming months?

How do you look through this crisis and plan your career for what’s coming around the corner. How do you position yourself to not only survive, but thrive as a professional and help our economy bounce back?

Building on our deeply impactful conversation themes Braving Fear, Bouncing Back, Africa + Tech: Megatrends that will shape your career, and Up or Out: Planning your next big career move, this talk combines insightful analysis, model-based story-telling and scenario analysis to help you plan your career during the greatest crisis of our time.


(12h00 – 13h00)


(13h00 – 13h30)



About our Speakers

Abu Addae

Abu is a qualified actuary, co-founder and CEO of LifeCheq, an innovative financial advisory firm working with professionals, entrepreneurs and business owners.

Before co-founding LifeCheq, he was a senior executive at Old Mutual and a member of the Executive Committee of the Emerging Markets business – one of the youngest to be appointed at this level in the company’s 170 year history.


Grant Appel

Grant is a qualified chartered accountant and business development manager at LifeCheq, an innovative financial advisory firm working with professionals, entrepreneurs and business owners.

Before joining LifeCheq, Grant worked at the financial services group PSG Konsult as an assistant to the group COO and CFO, working with executives on projects across the 4 divisions of the group.  In his current role, he combines his experience in personal financial services with his love for people, connecting individuals to a service that helps them reach their most important life goals.


CPD Hours

SAICA’s CPD policy has changed effective 1 January 2020 from an input measurement basis to an output measurement basis. Learning and the development of professional competence is unique to each member and should be aligned to your personal needs identified in your reflective learning plans. For further information and guidance, go to SAICA’s CPD website. The competencies being addressed in this seminar are:

  • Lifelong learning, values and attitudes: Self-development
  • Lifelong learning, values and attitudes: Adaptive mind set and agility
  • Citizenship, values and attitudes: Personal citizen
  • Citizenship, values and attitudes: Professional citizen
  • Relational acumen: Leadership skills
  • Relational acumen: Self-management

If you are required to log CPD hours (for instance if you are a SAICA Tax Practitioner or registered with other professional bodies or organisations such as the IOD, SAIPA, SAIT etc.), please note that this seminar affords you 1.5 hours of CPD.



Please note this session is complimentary.