22 May 2024

SAICA congratulates new board members of the Accounting Standards Board

The Accounting Standards Board (ASB) recently announced its new board members, tasked with serving the public interest by setting Standards of Generally Recognised Accounting Practice (GRAP) that promote accountability, transparency, and effective financial management within all spheres of government.

The board members were appointed by the Minister of Finance, Enoch Godongwana, while the Chairperson was elected by members of the Board.

The South African Institute of Chartered Accountants (SAICA) would like to congratulate the following members for their appointment to the ASB board:

Andrew van der Burgh CA(SA)

Andrew van der Burgh CA(SA) was unanimously appointed as the new Chair of the ASB. van der Burgh was first appointed as a member of ASB in 2021. Passionate about developing public sector accounting standards in South Africa and beyond, he is also a board member of the International Public Sector Accounting Standards Board which is the international accounting standards setter for public sector entities.

He holds a Master of Commerce in Accounting Sciences and is an academic at the University of Pretoria, responsible for the Chartered Accountancy programme and lecturing on financial reporting. He is involved in accounting policy research with a specific focus on disclosures.

Annalien Carstens CA(SA)

A new appointee to the ASB, Annalien Carstens CA(SA) is the chairperson of the SAICA Northern Region Public Sector Committee and a member of various committees such as the SAICA National Public Sector Committee. She is also a public sector representative on both the SAICA Northern Region Council and the SAICA Pretoria District Committee.

In May 2023, she was appointed as a member of the Financial Reporting Technical Committee of the Financial Reporting Standards Council. Carstens holds a Master of Commerce from the University of Johannesburg and was a finalist in the 2022 and 2023 SAICA Difference Maker awards for the categories of Public Sector and Nation Building, respectively.

Sandiso Gcwabe CA(SA)

Sandiso Gcwabe CA(SA) was appointed to the ASB in February 2024. He is passionate about the public sector and its role in the realisation of South Africa as envisaged in the Constitution.

Gcwabe also served as the Deputy Chairperson of the SAICA Southern Region Public Sector Committee. In 2021 and 2022, he was awarded the Public Sector CFO of the Year award by the Association for the Advancement of Black Accountants of Southern Africa (ABASA).

“The career choices I have made were informed by a passion for acquiring skills and utilising them to serve organisations whose objectives are primarily focused on improving lives and livelihoods of others”, he says.

Aziz Hardien CA(SA)

Another new appointee to the ASB is Aziz Hardien who has accumulated 21 years of experience in the public sector. He is the Western Cape Provincial Treasury Stakeholder Representative on the Southern Region Public Sector Committee.

Having begun his career at Ernst & Young, Hardien’s first managerial position in the Public Sector was at the Auditor-General of South Africa in the Western Cape where he became a senior manager and later headed up the technical division in the Western Cape.

Seeking a new challenge, in 2012, he was appointed as the Western Cape Provincial Accountant General – a position he has held to date. “For the past 25 years, I always seem to have gravitated towards the public sector. I am motivated by a passion to serve, which I pursue through continuous learning and improvement. In the Western Cape, I have led the team to achieve clean audits in provincial and municipal spaces,” he says.

Lebogang Senne CA(SA)

Another member appointed to the ASB was Lebogang Senne CA(SA). Senne is a Technical Director at the Pan African Federation of Accountants (PAFA) and the Deputy Chairperson of the Financial Reporting Standards Council (FRSC) of South Africa.

In addition to these roles, she is a member of SAICA’s then Initial Professional Development (IPD) Committee, now the Chartered Accountant Professional Development (CAPD) Committee. She is also the Africa representative on the Sustainability Standards Advisory Forum (SSAF) and represents PAFA on the International Forum of Accounting Standard Setters (IFASS).

She holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from the Gordon Institute of Business Sciences (GIBS). Led by her passion for making a difference, Senne also serves as a chair or member of audit committees in several public sector entities.

SAICA wishes all appointees the best of luck in their tenure.


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