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See full profile: Tyger Valley, Cape Town Accountant - Pieter van Heerden

Were you always planning to be an accountant and why?

Yes, my Father was also an Accountant

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

My clients come to my office

What is your preferred mode of communication with your clients?

Email, Phone, Face to Face, Does not matter, it depends on the client's needs

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


What do you love most about accounting?

The Final Results

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

Yes, no business can go without Accounting

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

Experience, Accuracy, Qualification

What is the biggest challenge facing accountants today?

SARS, Tax Laws

What aspects of accounting do you focus on most?

Accuracy, SARS

Describe your average client:

Small, Medium Enterprise

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?

They don't spend time on the administration part of the business.

What accounting software do you like best?

Sage Pastel

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

CaseWare, Sage One

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

No, a machine can't do what we as Accountants can do.

What is your opinion on Bitcoin?

It is unregulated, very high risk

What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?


What is the most interesting thing on your bucket list?

To tour with a Camper through Europe

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