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Finding the silver lining …

The new normal is here. In a span of less than 6 months, life has transformed massively. COVID-19 has permeated every aspect of life, from business, to family and individual and the impact has largely been detrimental. The things we once took for granted: birthday parties, wedding celebrations, going to Church or the mosque, visiting a friend with a new born or even a casual jog with friends! These and many others are becoming all but distant memories.

All hope is not lost. As we emerge from the lockdown and life gradually returns to “normal”, the culture of optimism, ingenuity and resilience will be crucial.

In this edition, we unravel the silver linings in the COVID-19 cloud, as well as strategies that accountants can deploy to reinvent themselves so that they can leverage on existing opportunities. Personal branding, business opportunities for Small and Medium Practices (SMPs), cybersecurity considerations for remote working, the Going Concern, tax compliance, mental wellbeing are some of the resources to look out for. CPA Albert Richards Otete, a renowned practitioner and researcher shares pragmatic business solutions for SMPs. We also explore organisational responses to the pandemic and the impact of COVID-19 on nature.

PAFA CEO, Vickson Ncube challenges African states on the need to expedite the actualisation of the Agenda 2063, as a blueprint for crisis readiness. He underscores: citizen involvement, integration and political unity as key tenets for Africa’s prosperity.

By and large, COVID-19 and its tentacles are predicted to stay with us for an unknown period of time, therefore, we must each discover the opportunity, lest we are left behind.

What is your silver lining?

Remember the basics: wash your hands, wear your mask and practise social distancing.

Stay safe

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From the Editor