Is It Time To Cut The Big 4 Down To Size?

Breaking the Auditing Monopoly! When it comes to reputations being dragged through the mud thanks to significant ethical violations by its practitioners, no other profession in the world comes close to the auditing profession. Following a string of global scandals over the past decade or so, international calls for reform are getting louder and louder. [...]

Why Is It So Important That We Care About Corruption?

Every year, over $1 trillion is stolen from the people of the world’s poorest countries through corruption. It’s an unimaginable amount of money.  In fact, if you tried to count a trillion US Dollars, Dollar by Dollar, it would take you over 30 000 years. Corruption threatens the health, welfare and security of the people [...]

It’s Time To Get Off The Coronacoaster – How Forensic Investigators Will Drive South Africa’s Economic Recovery

The financial fallout from the Covid-19 pandemic has exposed the soft underbelly of organisations in ways that nothing else has ever done before. We’re talking about the human factor. Whenever we’re faced with a crisis, or we find ourselves in stressful and unfamiliar surroundings, we often do things we would never think of doing under [...]

Pandemic Profiteering And The Rise Of The Covidpreneur

Franklin Roosevelt said during World War II, “I don’t want to see a single war millionaire created in the United States as a result of this world disaster.” In South Africa today, overrun as we are with “Covidpreneurs,” this commendable sentiment would fall on more than a few deaf ears. South Africa is not the only [...]

Celebrating South Africa’s Inspiring Women

Women’s Day is celebrated at various times throughout the year, depending on where you are in the world. In America, the UK and Australia, it’s commemorated in March, while the Canadians celebrate it in October. In South Africa, we recognise August 9 as Women’s Day, in tribute to the more than 20 000 women who [...]

When It Comes To Cyberbullying, Can We Rely On The Law To Protect Our Children?

Cyberbullying is not a new issue. As far back as 2009, the insidious practice was thrown into the spotlight when American teenager Megan Meier hanged herself after being cyberbullied by an adult neighbour posing as a fictitious boy on the social media platform MySpace. She was three weeks shy of her 14th birthday. No criminal [...]

Kids In Crisis – How COVID-19 Is Changing Our Children Forever

Academically, socially, mentally and emotionally, the fallout from the Coronavirus pandemic could haunt our children for the rest of their lives. It is almost impossible to gauge the full effect on our children’s mental health and wellbeing that the Coronavirus pandemic and resultant extended lockdown is having. But there is one thing we absolutely know for [...]

Is This The Defining Moment For Identity Management?

Much of the transformation that occurs in the world happens during times of crisis. Throughout history, catastrophic events have shaped future generations, and the potential of Covid-19 to change the direction of our future is already very apparent. This global viral pandemic has sparked the biggest push into the digital era we’ve yet seen. Home [...]

Are “Selfie” And “Contactless” Biometric Systems As Safe For Our Identities As They Claim To Be For Our Health?

During this perfect storm called COVID-19, a lot of so-called solutions in the identity management and trace-and-track solutions industries have sprung-up. The common thread linking them together is the proclamation that fingerprint scanners have the potential to infect the individual touching it. Therefore, according to this prevailing wisdom, contactless biometrics is the best thing since [...]

It’s Time to Take Identity Management Seriously

In recent weeks, there has been a noticeable increase in the number of people and businesses - some not even involved in identity management - proclaiming that “Fingerprint biometrics is dead” and “Give fingerprint scanners the finger.” Unfortunately, the Covid-19 pandemic has driven people to believe “contactless” biometrics is the way to go - if [...]

Up In Smoke – The Lockdown Ban On Cigarettes Has Run Out Of Puff

South Africa has arguably one of the strictest Covid-19 lockdowns in the world. At level 5, with less than a handful of recorded deaths, we were virtually imprisoned in our homes, not even allowed out to walk our dogs. Thankfully, level 4 eased things somewhat and Level 3, which came into effect on June 1, [...]

Never Go To War With A Man Who Has Nothing Left To Lose – Company Risk Checklist

by Jacques van Wyk As our long lockdown continues, with no immediate end in sight, the edges are starting to unravel. We hear more and more, on various media platforms, how people are growing increasingly restless and frustrated, challenging the Government’s decisions on what is and isn’t permissible under level 4 restrictions. Why, for example, [...]

Leadership In Times Of Crisis

American author James Lane Allen famously said, “Crisis does not build character, it reveals it.” It also, as has been shown by some of the world’s leaders during the Coronavirus crisis, reveals a lack of it! It is, of course, easy to bash the crisis leadership shown by some (and there is sadly no shortage [...]

Is Corruption The Coronavirus Of The Business World?

American medical experts estimate that for every confirmed case of COVID-19, there could be as many as between five and 10 undetected cases. This is a virus that’s hiding in plain sight. Since we first became aware of its existence in China in December 2019, Coronavirus has swept with frightening speed across the globe. Latest [...]

The Lockdown Lottery – What Happens When Keeping Your Employees Safe Puts Your Company Data at Risk?

by Jacques van Wyk The Corona virus has impacted our daily lives in ways we could not have foreseen a few weeks ago. In order to slow the spread of the virus, government and companies are suddenly forced to change the way they operate, in real-time, with no advance warning and no strategic think-tank preparation. [...]

Should We Privatise Our Failing SOEs?

In a recent interview on SABC 2’s Morning Live, Andile Mazwai, Founder and CEO of Ikhala Private Equity, gave some extremely thought-provoking answers to questions on whether or not South Africa’s State-Owned Enterprises (SOEs) should be privatised. The issue of privatisation has been raised a lot recently as a response to the continuing failure of [...]

What Are We Going To Do About Corruption?

The Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) recently released its 2019 report on public sector corruption in 180 countries around the world. It gave each one a score of between zero (highly corrupt) and 100 (very clean) based on their perceived levels of public sector corruption, according to experts and business people. Not surprisingly, sub-Saharan Africa is [...]

Does South Africa Have 2020 Vision?

Welcome to our first missive for the new year, and indeed, the new decade! Happy New year to you all. We hope 2020 is a productive and prosperous one for you personally, and for our country as a whole. We so desperately need this year to herald the start of a return to ethical leadership [...]

Do We Have 20/20 Vision When It Comes To Ethics?

When it comes to fighting corruption in both the private and public sectors, South Africa would seem to be something of an enigma. On the one hand, the 2019 South African Business Ethics Survey found that there has been an increase in unethical behaviour at work from 18% in 2009 to 31% in 2019. However, […]

Whistleblowing – Counting The Cost Of Courage

South Africa’s reputation as an ethically dodgy and pervasively corrupt country is sadly becoming as much a part of our identity as our magnificent scenery, wonderful game parks and colourful people. And, as so often happens when something becomes this common place, we become desensitised to it. Our sense of disgust and moral outrage lessens [...]

Recovering South Africa’s “Stolen Billions” – A Good Start, But Still Just A Start

“There is undeniable evidence that the majority of the people in this country are sick and tired of corruption, and demand that justice prevails." These are the powerful words of Judge Gidfonia Mlindelwa Makhanya, president of the Special Investigating Unit's (SIU) Special Tribunal. The Tribunal was established by President Cyril Ramaphosa in February 2019 to [...]

ANNOUNCEMENT – JGL Forensic Services partners with CGF Research Institute

We’ve got some exciting news - the partnership between  JGL Forensic Services and CGF Research Institute is now official! We’d like to take this opportunity to give you a little more background as to how this came about, and what it means for you, our valued client, going forward. Even if you’re not a follower [...]

When Seeing is No Longer Believing – A Deep Dive Into DeepFakes

By Jacques van Wyk CEO:  JGL Forensic Services We’ve probably all seen those amusing posts on Facebook. The ones where videos of Barack Obama or Donald Trump have been cleverly doctored so it looks as though they’re singing a rap song. They make us laugh, no one gets hurt and it’s all good, harmless fun. [...]

Lying On Your CV – What Does The New Law Really Mean?

As South Africans, we all know how hard it can be to find work. Almost a third of our working-age population is unemployed. In the second quarter of 2019, the number of jobless people rose by an additional 455 000, bringing the total to 6.65 million, the highest in almost 20 years. It’s a desperate [...]

Companies are losing up to 20% of revenues to fraud

‘CFO Talks’ interviews Jacques van Wyk from JGL Forensic Services Fraud examiner, Jacques van Wyk, outlines various scenarios where fraud commonly occurs in business and highlights the necessity to look for red flags, especially from the most trusted employees.

Is Twitter the largest porn site in the world?

The South African Law Reform Commission (SALRC) recently released a report outlining measures to reduce the risk of exposure – accidental or intentional – to adult material online by children. The report highlights just how easy it is for under-18s to access adult content, and makes recommendations for “default” settings on all internet-enabled devices that [...]

Investigation Case Study 1

by Dr Lombaard – Senior Investigator at JGL Forensic Services One of our investigation teams recently completed an investigation into the procurement of two contracts, as well as income and expenditure by an educational institution. The management team reports to a board of trustees set in place by the SOE who is the funder of the [...]

Are Your Employees Putting Your Organisation at Risk?

by Jacques van Wyk They say that people are an organisation’s greatest asset. That, although salaries usually account for any company’s biggest expense, good employees don’t actually represent a cost, but rather an intelligent investment that ultimately offers a great return. And it’s true that employees who perform well undoubtedly help your company perform well [...]

A Tribute To Some Of Our Most Inspirational Women In Leadership

“The hand that rocks the cradle is the hand that rocks the world.” This line, from a poem penned by William Ross Wallace in the mid-1800’s, speaks to the decisive influence mothers have on the direction society will take in the future, as they are ones who nuture, and set the moral compasses of, the [...]

Captains of Industry – Leaders or Glorified Dictators?

American actor and author Oscar Lavant once said “there’s a fine line between genius and insanity.” In the light of everything that’s happening in South Africa at the moment, it would be more than appropriate to borrow from this quote a little, and say that there’s a fine line between leaders and dictators. Of course, [...]

In Praise Of South Africa’s Unsung Heroes

South Africa’s political history has many heroes. Those who, at risk of persecution, imprisonment, exile or worse, fought to free our country from the shackles of Apartheid. Many of these heroes have been forever immortalised in our street names, airports and other buildings. There are also those heroes who’ve worked, or who’re still working, to [...]

Ethical Leadership…Until Proven Innocent!

South African corporate governance was once held in high esteem by both local and international investors. The King Codes were cited as proof of our commitment to ethical leadership and the sanctity of good corporate governance. But then the Steinhoff debacle happened, and all bets were suddenly off. As this, and other corporate scandals illustrate, [...]

The Sweet Smell Of Success Has Gone Sour For Tongaat Hulett

by Jacques van Wyk   Still recovering from the recent Steinhoff debacle, South Africa has once again been rocked by yet another corporate governance scandal. At the beginning of June 2019, sugar giant Tongaat Hulett announced it had requested its shares be temporarily suspended while it carries out investigations into concerns over the accuracy of [...]


Is it time to cut the Big 4 down to size? Breaking the Big 4 Auditing Monolopy!

How COVID-19 is changing our children forever!

Why it is so important we care about Corruption

How Forensic Investigators Will Drive South Africa’s Economic Recovery

COVID Profiteering

Are Your Employees Putting Your Company At Risk?

Is Fraud The Coronavirus Of The Business World?

Is Twitter The Biggest Porn Site In The World?

Leadership In A Time Of Crisis

Never Go To War With A Man Who Has Nothing Left To Lose

Whistleblowing: Counting the Cost of Courage

Are Your Employees Putting Your Company At Risk?