The Conference will bring together local and international speakers to share with delegates valuable insights:

  • Standardised Business Reporting focusing on international case study successes and challenges; and
  • XBRL implementations for regulators and companies –  case study successes and challenges

The Conference will also afford the delegates the opportunity to hear from local regulators in terms of where they are going with data and what it means for South African companies.

We will unpack the successes as well as challenges and provide valuable advice on how to overcome the challenges.

Date: Wednesday, 14 August 2019


Exhibition 4

Gallagher Convention Centre

19 Richards Drive



SAICA member R1500.00 (incl 15% VAT)

Non-member R1800.00 (incl 15% VAT)


XBRL SA exists to promote the use of the internationally recognised XBRL reporting standard in South Africa and to generate XBRL tags for South African specific financial reporting requirements.

XBRL SA was formed by a group of organisations interested in promoting XBRL in South Africa. In 2005, representatives from these organisations decided to approach XBRL International to form a provisional jurisdiction of XBRL in South Africa. XBRL SA was officially launched by Kurt Ramin, Vice President of XBRL International, at a function hosted by the JSE Limited in Sandton in 2006.

XBRL SA, is a non-profit company constituted in terms of the Companies Act, 2008 was formed in 2006. The company is governed by a Board of Directors and which is chaired by Rakesh Beekum. The business of the company is carried out by a Working Group made up of representatives of all the members of XBRL SA.

Pre- & Post-Training

As a build up to the XBRL SA Conference to be held at Gallagher Convention Centre on the 14th of August 2019 and in collaboration with XBRL South Africa, the Companies and Intellectual Property Commission (CIPC) brings you a set of training on XBRL and inline XBRL on the 13th and 15th of August 2019.

Speakers include:

Ruan is the head of Enterprise Information Management and Enterprise Architecture at the South African Reserve Bank.  He focusses on developing data and information strategies and capabilities as well as architectures supporting strategies and capabilities.  Most of his 27 year professional career has been in corporate and investment banking, treasury, asset management and consulting, developing…

Adv Voller is the Cabinet-appointed Commissioner of the Companies and Intellectual Property Commission (CIPC) of South Africa.  He was a member of the legislative drafting team for both the New South African Companies Act and the Regulations, the Companies Amendment Act as well as the Intellectual Property Amendment Act on Traditional Knowledge. He is a…

Aarti is the CFO of the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE) Limited. She is a Chartered Accountant, CA (SA) and has been the CFO and Executive Director of the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE), Africa’s leading Stock Exchange, since 2013. At the time, she was the youngest CFO of a JSE listed company. In 2014, Aarti won…

Michal serves as a Member of the Board of Directors of XBRL International. For over 12 years of his professional career he has been engaged in the professional community actively contributing to developments in open data ecosystems. He takes part in initiatives leading the changes and providing a platform for collaboration in the field of…


07:45 – 08:30


08:30 – 08:40

Welcome and overview (Gavin Marais, Programme Director)

08:40 – 09:15

Keynote address

09:15 – 09:35

XBRL vision for future (Rakesh Beekum, Chairman: XBRL SA)

XBRL SA started in 2006 with the JSE, SARB, SAICA, ABSA, FNB, FSB and Deloitte.  The standard has evolved internationally and XBRL SA is also evolving. The long standing Chairman, Rakesh Beekum will share the journey of XBRL SA and where is intends going.

09:35 – 10:00

CIPC: Mandate presentation on what their experience has been in implementing XBRL with the companies (Rory Voller, Commissioner CIPC)

CIPC mandated the use of XBRL for the submission of the companies’ Annual Financial Statements in June 2018.  Advocate Rory Voller will share the benefits of the mandate but also the “Good, Bad and Ugly.”

10:00 – 10:30

Tea break

10:30 – 11:15

Experience and best practice from International case studies (Liv Watson, founder of the XBRL business reporting standard and the XBRL International consortium)

Liv Watson (USA) inspired us about the optimisation benefits of the standard at the last XBRL SA Conference about a decade ago.  She will now share what the rest of the World has been doing in their implementations and how South Africa can continue to be inspired about making positive changes.

11:15 – 12:00

Panel discussion with regulators – SA Reserve Bank (Ruan Coetzee), CIPC, SARS, FSCA and the JSE (Aarti Takoordeen, CFO)

The JSE, CIPC, SARB, FSCA and SARS will discuss their data strategies and the standards that they are evaluating.  They will also enlighten the audience on what the future holds for them.

12:00 – 13:00


13:00 – 14:00

XBRL implementation for regulators and regulated companies (Michal Piechocki, CEO of BRAG)

Michael Piechocki, CEO of BRAG – Poland will present international case studies and trends for regulators.

14:00 – 14:45

Panel discussion on user perspectives – outsourcing vs insourcing

South African Companies are required to submit their AFS in the XBRL format. Some choose to do it themselves whilst others using partners to assist them.  Michael Piechocki will facilitate this discussion on the merits of insourcing versus outsourcing.

14:45 – 15:00

Closing (Rakesh Beekum, Chairman: XBRL SA)

15:00 – 15:30