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SAIT honours leading tax experts

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On 14 May, SAIT honoured distinguished individuals for their significant contribution to the tax profession, including two awards posthumously. The Awards evening was hosted at the Holiday Inn Skye Bar.

The awards ceremony was opened by MC Ruda Landman, followed by National Treasury keynote speaker, Keith Engel. Thereafter Stiaan Klue, SAIT Chief Executive, introduced SAIT’s new Tax Executive Suite. Daryl Blakeway from Ernst & Young presented on the role of the tax director today.

Background to the Honorary Fellowship Award

Within the context of professional expert communities, a fel­lowship is generally awarded to honour individuals who have given noteworthy service to a particular profession. Within the South African context, the SAIT established the Honorary Fellowship Award. This award recognises prominent indi­viduals for their sustained record of contributions to the tax profession or at the highest levels of South African society. The individual to whom the Honorary Fellowship Award is is­sued must have shown distinct merit. The core of such merit is extraordinary contributions to the tax profession, academia and South African society, accompanied by a significant paradigm shift in the field of taxation.

In only outstanding cases will the Honorary Fellowship be awarded to individuals who have already received a profes­sional fellowship, an honorary doctorate or another equiva­lent award, taking into account new or a significant contribu­tion worthy of an award, after the previous equivalent award. The Honorary Fellowship can be awarded posthumously in exceptional cases. The SAIT Honorary Fellowship Award is made by a select committee and approved by the Board of the SAIT.

2013 Honorary Fellowship Awardees

The prominent individuals who received an Honorary Fellowship Award were:

  • Late Dave Meyerowitz (posthumously)
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Dave Meyerowitz was born in Cape Town in 1917 and grew up in Salt River. He studied at the University of Cape Town, graduating with an LLB in 1937. A member of the Cape Bar, he took silk (senior counsel) in 1963. In 1990 he was honoured by the University of Cape Town when he was awarded an honorary Doc­torate in law. When he retired in 2009, at the age of 92, he was the oldest active member of the Bar. Dave passed away in 2011 at the age of 94.

  • Judge Dennis Davis

Dennis Martin Davis was educated at Herzlia High School, University of Cape Town and the University of Cambridge. He began teaching at UCT in 1977. Between 1991 and 1997 he served as Director of the Centre for Applied Legal Studies at the University of the Witwatersrand. Regarded as one of South Africa’s most respected le­gal minds, he was appointed to a personal chair of Commercial Law at the University of Cape Town in 1989. In 1998 he was also appointed as a Judge of the High Court, and thereafter as President of the Competi­tion Appeal Court in 2000, a position he still holds today.

  • Professor Michael Katz

Michael Mervyn Katz is the chairman of Edward Nathan Sonnenbergs and holds numerous honorary, advisory and governance posi­tions, both locally and internationally. He is an admitted attorney of the High Court of South Africa, initially qualified through the University of the Witwatersrand with a B Comm LLB degree. Subsequently Michael continued his post graduate study and successfully graduated as a Magister Legum (LL.M) through the Harvard Law School. The University of the Witwatersrand honored and conferred Michael a Ph.D honoris causa in 1998.

  • Late Aubrey Silke (posthumously)

Aubrey Samuel Silke was born in Hermanus on 1922, he matriculated at Villiersdorp High School in the Cape Province and completed his Ph.D at the University of Cape Town in 1958. In 1970 Aubrey was rewarded as an honorary professor of taxation by the University of Cape Town. He passed away in 1983 at the age of 61.

  • Professor Duncan Bentley

Duncan Bentley graduated from the University of Cape Town with a B.A. L.L.B. He completed his post graduate LL.M study through London University, and his Ph.D at Bond Uni­versity. He is qualified as a chartered accountant in Australia and in the United Kingdom and is a Chartered Tax Adviser. He is currently the Deputy Vice-Chancellor at Victoria University, Australia.

SAIT is privileged to have had the opportunity to honour these individuals for their contributions towards the field of taxation and the example that they set for so many tax professionals in South Africa.




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