CGA (SA) is a professional designation targeted to be awarded to individuals who possesses a Magister Technologiae (MTECH) or other relevant Masters Degrees majoring in Public Finance and Accounting…. These individuals have three years approved experience in the Public Finance and Accounting field (including Auditor General South Africa – trainee accountant articles) and have also passed CGA (SA) board exam demonstrating high level competency in government budgeting, Generally Recognised Accounting Practice (GRAP) reporting, Modified Cash Basis reporting, Ethics, Internal Controls and Strategic Planning at national, provincial, and local government levels.
This designation is tailor made to equip senior finance and accounting officials including public sector finance and accounting supervisors, managers and executive managers, directors, as well as CFOs with their specific industry educational qualifications and experience in order for them to excel in their daily routines…. In order to continue their professional development, the officials will not only be required to attend one or two days continued professional development (CPD) workshops and tick the box, but they will also be encouraged to publish at least one academic article every two years in any public finance and accounting topic of their choice. These articles will be presented at the conferences of the profession. Training and support on article writing will always be provided.
South African government currently spend millions of Rand on consultants and training of finance officials…. The lack of qualified employee capacity in government has been reported in many government platforms. CGA (SA)’s main objective is to assist government in addressing this lack of capacity and not only filling vacancies, but filling these vacancies with properly qualified public sector finance and accounting professionals.
CGA (SA) is well aware that it cannot achieve these objectives alone and thus it plans to create and maintain healthy relationships… with its accredited academic institutions, provincial and national government departments, local government, provincial treasuries and the national treasury, the accounting standards board (ASB) together with other affected stakeholders.
The organisations’ main capacity come from individuals who chose Public sector finance and accounting as their career of choice…. This includes all students registered at different universities for public or local government finance and accounting courses and those that have already obtained their diplomas and degrees and have elected to convert to public finance and accounting. These individuals may include members of other professional bodies who make incredible contribution in uplifting the sector. More individuals are gaining interest in this field and this can only mean more future professionals for this most powerful sector that has an effect on all lives.