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See full profile: Bellville Accountant - Jamaal Galiem


Were you always planning to be an accountant and why?

Yes, industry allows for a wide range of avenues to follow (not limited to specific services or specific industry’s)


When meeting with clients do they mostly come to your own premises or do you mostly go their theirs?

50/50 between the above


What is your preferred mode of communication with your clients?

Email, Phone


Have you ever done an online video call with a client?



What do you love most about accounting?

Interacting and dealing with various client across various industries


Would you recommend accounting as a career for school-leavers, and why?

Yes, industry has a wide range of service offerings and specialised fields


What qualities should South African business people be looking for in their accountant?

Diversity, being on the front foot with latest amendments, always have a view from the top approach (overall viewpoint)


What is the biggest challenge facing accountants today?

Setting yourself apart from other accountant - standing out in the crowd


What aspects of accounting do you focus on most?

Annual Financial statements, taxation


Describe your average client:



How far away from your premises is your furthest client?



From your accounting experience, if you could cite one of the biggest reasons SME's in SA fail, what would it be?

No having a CA(SA) on board + cash flow planning


What accounting software do you like best?

Sage one


What other software, online services or apps do you use?

Pastel, Xero, Quickbooks, VIP


Do you think the coming wave of automation in the next few years will steal some accounting jobs and why/why not?

No, it will allow for more focused approach to be taken - higher end service offerings


What is your opinion on Bitcoin?

Havent had any dealings with it, probably where we are headed - would not necessarily be against it


What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?



What is the most interesting thing on your bucket list?

Euro trip


What has your experience been on FindanAccountant?

Great website for accountants - quality leads received. Leads in currently have slowed down vs 2-3 years back (frequency) - most likely due to increased accountants registered.