By Ciaran Ryan and Ludzula Mukhuwana
Saiba has cemented its growing national presence with the opening of a new regional office in Cape Town. This is the latest in several regional offices to be rolled out in 2021 to better serve the expanding Saiba community and South African business clients.
Saiba was established in 1990, and relaunched in 2012 with just 300 members. Over the next eight years that membership has grown to over 9,000, and Saiba is now recognised as one of the most progressive and dynamic professional bodies in the country.
Saiba has become the logical home for accountants in practice, and for those with a strong entrepreneurial passion who want to prosper in their own businesses.
It has become a force, not just in the southern African accounting profession, but the highest levels of government, where its opinions are sought on legislative and policy issues. We are proud to be building a stronger, more vibrant and engaged accounting profession that is assisting South Africa in its economy recovery after the Covid economic crisis.
Mossel Bay regional office
As part of helping its members grow their practices and network with other accountants, Saiba officially opened its first regional office in the Western Cape, starting with Mossel Bay. The event was covered in the Mossel Bay advertiser on 7 August 2020
Cape town regional office
Next was the Cape Town regional office, which was officially launched on 12 November 2020, accompanied by a meet and greet cocktail party.
Saiba members were invited to the launch as an opportunity to meet and network with their fellow accountants. It was a stunning affair with Table Mountain as a backdrop, sponsored by Saiba partner, Draftworx.
Saiba members Marius Theart was appointed regional chair for the Cape town office.
The launch of these regional offices is an outgrowth of Saiba’s regional Whatsapp groups, where members in specific areas can get to know each other, ask questions, share viewpoints and post relevant news. These regional offices will host monthly events for members from January of 2021 to connect with the local members and exploit opportunities available for them in and around their local communities.
The intention is to create powerful networks that can extend out into the universities to host open days and offer career advice to students in the accounting and business field. They will also be on hand to assist local government offices with accounting services – in the interests of advancing economic development in different areas of the country.
Becoming part of the regional committee
Any Saiba member can become part of the regional committee. You need to have your own practice, with more than five years’ experience and be part of a network of accountants. Saiba vets and approves aspiring members before graduating them to the regional committee. You can also be a part of the regional Whatsapp groups, click here to find out more.
More regional offices to open in 2021
Saiba CEO Nicolaas van Wyk says this latest milestone in the incredible growth of the organisation is but a taste of what’s to come. Regional offices will be opened on a phased basis from February 2021, along with a 25-cities roadshow throughout South Africa and Namibia.
If you’ve been impressed by Saiba’s growth story so far, the best is yet to come.