The 2015 BKR sub-regional meeting for Southern Africa took place in Pretoria, hosted by Logista Inc.
In addition to colleagues from the host firm, South Africa was represented by delegates from Boake Incorporated, BKR member firm in Johannesburg.
From outside South Africa, delegates attended from Adebola Sobanjo & Company (Nigeria), Auditec-Foirier Consulting (Cameroon), and International Proximity (Mauritius).
The conference took place at the fabulous Farm Inn Country Hotel and Wildlife Sanctuary. Prior to the business sessions, the group enjoyed various social activities, including visiting the Cullinan diamond mine and experiencing a wild life tour of the farm.
The first session was led by Stephen Hamlet(London), updating the group, as BKR’s executive director for the EMEA region, on the latest activity and initiatives throughout the association.
Ashish Jagarnath (Ebene) then presented an update on Mauritius and his company.
This was followed by Vincent Ngankam(Douala) who provided the presentation on Cameroon. Morning tea preceded an interesting look at the challenges for Accountants in Africa, which took the group into lunch. The afternoon included presentations on Nigeria by Adebola Olubanjo (Abuja) and an external speaker discussing the economy and providing a current market overview.
The day was concluded with Stephen Hamlet presenting the BKR scholarship award to Talisa Aab, a worthy candidate of the University of Pretoria, accompanied by Graeme Boake(EMEA board representative for Africa). The scholarship award is a BKR initiative created a few years ago to assist students of accounting who have shown great promise and dedication despite struggling financially.
A fantastic group dinner was had later that evening.
The second day of business included presentations on Effective Auditing and Professional Indemnity Insurance.
We thank our hosts from Pretoria, Logista Inc. for their hospitality throughout and in particular Louis van Heerden for all the arrangements.