Tech Talk with Caryn Independent Reviews: When, what, how?

Overview of independent review engagements as required by the Companies Act, 2008


By the end of this webinar the participant should:  

    • Understand what an independent review is; 
    • Understand the requirements of the Companies Act; 
    • Understand how to determine if a company qualifies for an independent review; 
    • Know who can perform an independent review; and 
    • Know how to perform an independent review. 


The Companies Act, No 71 of 2008 changed the landscape of regulation and compliance with respect to the auditing of companies.  In 2011, the Companies Act as amended, introduced an alternative level of assurance – the independent review. 

Independent review engagements are a less onerous alternative to a full audit. They however offer more assurance than compilations and accounting officer’s reports. This webinar is aimed at clarifying what an independent review is, what it aims to achieve, as well as highlighting how it differs from other engagements. 


The following pricing apply:

Adhoc: R475.00

Subscription: Included for free in Accountant in PracticeAccountant in Practice plus Tax, Bookkeeper and QuickUpdate packages.


Study unit 1

Authority to conduct an independent review:

  • What us an Independent Review?
  • Requirements of the Companies Act.
  • Calculation of the Public Interest Score.
  • Who can perform and Independent Review?
  • Compilation vs Independent Review.
Study unit 2

Pre-Engagement and Planning:

  • Pre-conditions and accepting the engagement.
  • Engagement letter.
  • Ethical requirements
  • Professional scepticism and professional judgement.
  • Preliminary analytical review.
  • Areas that are likely to be misstated.
  • Documentation requirements.
Study unit 3

Performing the review for all financial statement areas:

  • Focused enquiries.
  • Additional procedures.
  • Reconciling financial statements to underlying records.
  • Related parties.
  • Fraud and non-compliance with laws and regulations.
  • Presentation and Disclosure.
Study unit 4

Finalisation and reporting:

  • Overall analytical review.
  • Evaluation of misstatements.
  • Letter of representation and management letter.
  • Reporting in terms of regulation 29 (RI).
  • Modified/Unmodified conclusion.


There are no preconditions for this course.
Moderate level.
Recorded webinar made available on a specified date.


Caryn Maitland CA(SA) 

Caryn Maitland is a Chartered Accountant (SA). She has been a member of IRBA as a registered auditor and accountant since 2002. 

Caryn has lectured Auditing and Accounting at various institutions and has conducted independent workshops and seminars for professional accountants since 2006 on various topics. 

Caryn has presented on the national tour for the annual Legislation Update with ProBeta Training (Pty) Ltd in 2014 and 2015, as well as on the FASSET national tour for the Tax Administration Act in 2014.  


By attending this webinar, you will be provided with: 

  • Summarised slide presentation 
  • Reference documents and / or course material where available 
  • Access to a technical knowledge base

R 475 VAT Incl.

Additional Course Information

Category Assurance
Accredited SAIBA
Verifiable CPD Hours 2
Non-verifiable CPD Hours N/A
Effort 2 hours
Duration 2 hours
Format Webinar
Level Moderate
Assessment Yes
Study Material No
Course Date 29 April, 2020
SKU CPD200031M Categories ,

Who should attend?

Business accountants in Practice (SA). 

Accounting officers; 

Trainee accountants; and 

Accounting department staff. 

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How to subscribe

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