In 2019 the BKR Africa Sub-regional meeting took place in Johannesburg from 29th March to 2nd April. It was hosted by BKR Johannesburg member firm Boake Incorporated. In addition to staff from Boake’s office, members came from Auditec-Foirier (Cameroon), Molade (Netherlands), Logista (Pretoria), Ronalds & Associates (Kenya) and International Proximity (Mauritius).
The delegates gathered for a relaxed dinner on Saturday night, before a day spent in Seweto on the Sunday. This was a fascinating trip with a tour around the Kliptown Youth Program (KYP) in one of the poorer areas of Seweto, looking at a typical shanty town dwelling, followed by a tour around the school run by KYP and a demonstration of ‘boot’ dancing by local children. The group then moved on to visit Nelson Mandela’s house, which was a sobering memorial to South Africa’s recent history. It was a fascinating day out.
On Monday the meeting got underway with a welcome by host, Graeme Boake, before a very useful presentation by Scotwork’s Kevin Tessendorf and Leigh-Ann Moulder Attorney on Negotiation Skills. Then Tim Morris, the Europe, Middle East and Africa Executive Director of BKR International gave an update on BKR International and the various ongoing BKR initiatives, especially those in the EMEA Region. He was then asked to give the group a personal update on BREXIT. This was a subject that was mentioned several times over the two days! Boake’s, Claudia Fonseca-Joubert, gave an update on IFRS, before a suitably technical discussion on Tuesday morning by, Lettie Janse van Vuuren, on IRBA – Quality Control. There was then an Economic update by Joanne Baynham, which covered the world, regional and South African situation in an excellent tour de force and led to some excellent animated discussion. As always there was an opportunity for updates from member firms and Graeme Boake covered the 2020 BKR EMEA meeting which will be held in Cape Town – this should be an excellent meeting that will show Cape Town off at its best.
A big thanks to Boake Incorporated for hosting another excellent African Sub-regional meeting.