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Pink is for Power

Monday, 05 August 2013   (0 Comments)
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Although South Africa can boast that gender equality is a constitutional imperative, and we enjoy status as one of the most progressive countries in terms of women representation in politics; Women’s Day must be used to take stock of how much more work needs to be done.

The South African Institute of Tax Practitioners (SAIT) has shed off the corporate colours for the week leading up to Women’s Day to flaunt their new pink look in support of all the wonderful women of our Country. Marketing Manager for SAIT, Yanic Smit, is quick to emphasise that this is more than a temporary make-over, "We must expand the focus directed towards women this week, and use this attention to confront the deep-rooted, gender based violence and discrimination head on.”

A recent PwC report shows that Women only occupy 10% of executive director posts in South Africa as of April 2013. "While Government must be commended for their recently proposed Women Empowerment and Gender Equality Bill which seeks to address gender base discrimination in the workplace; it is the responsibility of every South African to treat their mothers, daughters, sisters, and wives with the respect they deserve,” remarks Ronel de Kock, Head of Education at SAIT.

According to Smit, gender based violence is of particular importance to SAIT, "The horrific truth is that South Africa suffers one of the highest incidences of rape of any country.”

"One of our projects for Women’s Day this year saw us partner with the Jes Foord Foundation’s Handbag project.  Through our network we enlisted the support of the tax industry in an effort to collect 1000 filled handbags which are filled with a list of essentials to help women after they report the crime at the police station and are feeling at their most vulnerable.” 

"The response so far has been overwhelming”, says Yanic Smit, Marketing Manager of SAIT. "We are very proud of the way the companies which we work so closely with have added their tremendous support and we are set to easily exceed the target. As a representative of the tax community, SAIT is looking forward to passing the donated handbags over to Jes Foord and her Foundation this Women’s Day.”  



Section 240A of the Tax Administration Act, 2011 (as amended) requires that all tax practitioners register with a recognized controlling body before 1 July 2013. It is a criminal offense to not register with both a recognized controlling body and SARS.

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