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Friday, 10 August 2018 17:33

SARS Boss & Mervyn King to speak at prestigious conference

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Heavyweights to Speak at 21st Annual Southern African Internal Auditors Conference  Johannesburg, 10 August 2017 – A veritable Who’s Who of corporate South Africa, leading governance and ethics experts, thought leaders and award-winning journalists have been lined up to speak at the 21st Annual Southern African Internal Auditors Conference. They include Acting Commissioner for the South African Revenue Service, Mark Kingon, Governance guru, Professor Mervyn King, renowned speakers Siphiwe Moyo and  Zipho Sikhakhane, award-winning journalists Busisiwe Ntuli and Jacques Pauw, Wayne Duvenage of the Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse and David Lewis of Corruption Watch.

Hosted by the Institute of Internal Auditors SA (IIA SA), the annual event kicks off on Monday, August 13, 2018, and runs until Wednesday, August 15 at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg. The theme for this year’s conference is “Adapting to New Realities”. Several prominent speakers and experts in the fields of internal auditing, governance, risk management and business will discuss best practice in internal auditing, emerging issues and a variety of business and personal development topics.

(See attached programme). A gala dinner will also be held on Tuesday, August 14, where key movers and shakers in the sector will be honoured while the recipient of the prestigious 2018 Guardian of Governance Award will also be announced. The award has previously been won by former Public Protector Thuli Madonsela as well as the “SABC 8” (the group of journalists who were fired after protesting against the broadcaster’s editorial policies).

The conference kicks off on Monday morning with a panel discussion on “Bringing South Africa Back From the Edge” and will feature Duvenage, academic and political analyst, Dr. Steven Friedman, and author Annette Jahnel. Kingon’s talk, meanwhile, will focus on “Building Credibility” while Lewis will discuss whether corruption is just a perception. On Wednesday Professor King will attempt to unpack answers to “Where Were The Internal Auditors” during the country’s recent troubles.  Other interesting topics to be discussed include:

* Ethical Leadership as a catalyst to good corporate governance by author and motivational speaker Siphiwe Moyo,
* From cheerleader to decision-maker by Mercantile Bank’s head of internal audit Ingrid Ravenscroft,
* Creating depth in job hoppers by ABSA’s senior resourcing consultant Marichen Viviers,
* Adapting to new realities by founder and CEO of EMZ Advisory Zipho Sikhakhane,
* Mentalist rapid influence by mentalist and The Influence Institute’s Gilan Gork, and
* Persuasive Corruption and how it affects you by the chief director of internal audit and risk management in the Kwazulu-Natal health department, Vukani Dlamini.

CEO of the IIA SA and host of the conference, Dr. Claudelle von Eck, said the advent of the fourth industrial revolution in conjunction with increasing corruption and a rising inequality, create a new reality which necessitates changes to the way business is conducted in South Africa.

“This year’s conference, I believe, is the most crucial in its history. We represent 8000 internal auditors and never before have our members faced such serious challenges. Thus, self-reflection is needed while at the same time we must plan accordingly as to how do we adapt to our changing environment and circumstances.”

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About IIA SA
The Institute of Internal Auditors South Africa (IIA SA) is part of an international network representing the interests of Internal Auditors worldwide. As a part of this international network, the IIA SA upholds and supports the fundamental tenets of the profession - the Code of Ethics and the International Standards for the Professional Practice of Internal Auditing. The IIA SA supports the profession by providing a wide range of services dedicated to the education and advancement of internal auditors and dynamically promoting and developing the profession in South Africa. The IIA SA’s objectives are to build the profession, its credibility and a thriving business environment in South Africa.

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