SAICA Leadership in a time of crisis series

Webcast # 6: Impact of Technology (Thursday, 9 April 2020 08h00 – 10h15)


Who should attend?

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



In this 6th webcast of our series we will focus on the impact of technology. As we get used to working remotely, which we might become the norm for the foreseeable future, we need to consider the importance of cyber and mobile security. How do we mitigate the risks of malware and phishing attacks? We will also listen to business owners who have fully remote businesses. We will have an interactive discussion on the challenges, the technologies that they use, how they manage employees remotely, how they keep everyone engaged and most importantly they will share their lessons and practical strategies on how other businesses can run a successful remote office.



Session 1 (08h00 – 08h45)

Interactive discussion with businesses that have been running remote offices sharing lessons, tips, tools and strategies to enable other businesses to follow this blue-print.


Session 2 (08h45 – 09h30)

Cyber risks and data security implications of remote work



Simon Magner CA(SA), Director: Iridium Business Solutions 

Simon is the founder of Iridium which was started in 2013, Iridium is a Cloud Business that is focused on Digital Solutions for the SME space. They are a SAIPA and CIMA Training office and currently have a team of 24 that has all been working remotely since 16 March 2020 and will continue to operate as such for the month of April 2020.


Peter Magner CA(SA), Director: Iridium Business Solutions 

Peter is an avid trail runner and sports enthusiast. He has a passion for people and technology and uses these skills to help grow Iridium Business Solutions. He currently heads up the Business Development and Marketing for the company, whilst also managing a team of Cloud Accountants. In 2019, he was fortunate enough to be selected as one of the SAICA Top 35-under-35.


Willem Haarhoff, co-founder DoughGetters Accounting™

“Willem loves his family, interacting with people and doing beautiful digital business. He believes that things should be simple and straightforward and therefore he likes to shoot from the hip. He sees himself as somewhat of a mountain goat as he loves spending time at altitude “depreciating” his Altra trail running shoes and solving complex problems. Willem qualified as a Chartered Accountant a few months after the whole world had thought that the computers will switch off the lights.

Fortunately, this never happened and so he was able to complete 20 rewarding years at one of the Big 4 Accounting firms. He spent the last 11 of those 20 years as an expatriate in Lagos, Nigeria gaining invaluable experience and knowledge about how to develop, drive and execute business strategy. During this time he was supported by his valuable team of approximately 100 accounting professionals in providing high quality assurance services to numerous subsidiaries of large listed multinational companies. Willem returned to South Africa in 2014 doing some freelance work and in 2016 he co-founded DoughGetters Accounting™ with his current partner, Murray Barnetson, a fully remote office. Together they seek to play a leading role in shaping the future of accounting in South Africa and the rest of the world.”


Charles Mosia

Charles has almost a decade working in the financial sector in roles including Infrastructure, Data, Applications, Business and Enterprise Architecture within banking and insurance industries. He has further assumed roles in the Identity Management and Cryptographic security fields alongside financial payment systems. He has been instrumental in the enablement of multi biometric-based solutions within civil, commercial and financial industries locally and abroad among a myriad of other achievements.

Charles holds degree qualifications in Engineering Computer Systems, BSc Hons Computer Science and is a post graduate student in MEng: Engineering Management at the University of Johannesburg.

His interests include being an audiophile, cycling, learning about new cyber innovations among other disciplines.


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:

  • Digital acumen: Cyber security
  • Digital acumen: New developments and protocols
  • Relational acumen: People skills
  • Relational acumen: Relationship-building skills

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.