Saiba’s annual Practice Management Conference (PMC) takes place on the 15th and 16th September, an event that kicks off a 26-city Saiba roadshow across the country.

This year’s PMC is an event not to be missed. For a start, Saiba is hosting the event across two channels: the physical event will take place at the Maslow Time Square in Pretoria over two days, with the event being streamed online to those who cannot make it to the venue.

Given the current lockdown restrictions, there are limits on the number of people that can physically attend the event, but plans are in place to make it possible for as many people as possible to attend in person. Given the current Covid lockdown restrictions (which may be adjusted in the coming weeks) Saiba has to exercise care not to exceed the allowable number of people in the venue.

“The primary purpose of this year’s PMC is to help Saiba members through the difficulties they would have encountered over the last year and a half due to the Covid pandemic,” says Saiba CEO Nicolaas van Wyk. “The PMC content is designed to assist them in building a successful accounting practice, drawing on the knowledge and experience of some of the most accomplished accounting entrepreneurs there are. It will be a fascinating two days of presentations and discussions and this is something not to be missed. We are known as the entrepreneurial accountants and this PMC builds on that well deserved reputation.”

The PMC comprises two jam-packed days of presentations and round table discussions.

The keynote address for the first day (15 September) will be given by Mark Lloydbottom, founder, Ignite Practice Management, who will address some of the emerging trends in the profession and the new norms that are developing as a result of the pandemic. This vital information for accountants, no matter whether you are in the corporate world or in private practice.

This will be followed with a panel discussion on how regulators are preparing for the technology changes affecting the accounting profession. This panel discussion will include Rory Voller, Commissioner of the Companies an Intellectual Property Commission (CPIC), and will be moderated by Phumlani Majozi, senior fellow at African Liberty.

Then it’s down to business, with an in-depth session on how to plan your business in terms of strategic planning, service delivery, risk management, human resources, marketing, technology, finance and administration. That’s a lot of ground to cover, and this session will be hosted by Tamryn Dicks, director of Pharsyde Accounting.

This will be followed with a series of short, sharp sessions delving into building and growing your firm, how to develop a people strategy, and what business models have proven most workable for the accounting practitioner.

In the afternoon of the 15th September, Coenie Middel of Middel & Partners – no stranger to Saiba members – will take you through a carefully developed plan of innovation that will ensure your business is sustainable and growing.

This will be followed with a detailed look at the range of technologies now available to accountants, from cloud accounting to the internet of things (IoT) mobile applications, social media, blockchain, and artificial intelligence and robotics. This session will be moderated by Nicole Rousseau, co-founder of PKF Ignite.

The following session will explore the nettlesome subject of client relationship management, how to build your client base, charge correctly and create a win-win for both clients and service provider. This session will be moderated by Russel Ngobeni.

The final two sessions of the day will explore risk management for an accounting practice, and properly identifying these risks so they can be mitigated, followed by a session on succession planning.

Day 2 of the PMC will build on the groundwork laid on Day 1, and will focus on planning your practice and building it into a successful and thriving enterprise.

Register here for the PMC.