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15 June 2021

Media Statement

In celebration of this year’s Youth Month, the Southern African Institute of Government Auditors (SAIGA) training academy, the Public Sector Accountancy and Audit Academy (PSAAA) held its first take a child to work initiative in Centurion, north of Johannesburg on Tuesday.

The educational initiative is a collaborative act of volunteerism, aimed at encouraging corporates in South Africa to empower and provide guidance to school pupils on career development. The initiative will not only support the self-development of the learners, but also aims to expose young people to careers in the public sector, where currently stats  by the Quarterly Labour Force Survey (QLFS) of the 1st quarter of 202, shows that there is shortage of young people working in the government sector. 

SAIGA has made every effort to adhere to government safety regulations during the Covid-19 pandemic and all Covid-19 precautions were observed. The Take A Girl Child initiative will going forward take the form of a virtual  workshop in order to accommodate for more learners and schools to participate. 

The launch of the 2021 SAIGA Take A Child To Work Day took place at the SAIGA head offices, with grade 10/11 learners in business and accounting subjects from Centurion, Masiqhakaze and Olievenhoutbosch Secondary Schools. After a brief welcome by Russell Morena, SAIGA’s Chief Officer, learners were put through their paces by Registered Government Auditor (RGA) professionals covering numerous topics including Accounting, Finance, Business and Information Technology.

The learners also engaged with the RGA professionals to gather an understanding of a day in the life of an auditor in the public sector. They will also got an opportunity to engage with employees of PSAAA and SAIGA.

“We’re proud to have been able to launch this initiative this year, despite the trying times we all live under,” says Morena.

“The Take A Child To Work Day initiative is an important agent for change in South Africa’s work places, promoting equality and empowerment,” he says.


Issued by:


Marketing Manager

Nompumelelo Cele 

Contact Number: 076 402 4936



SAIGA is the Southern African Institute of Government Auditors operating on a non-profit basis to serve the public interest. Since its inception on 27 July 1988, the role and functions of SAIGA has been to serve the public sector and society by advancing public accountability and auditing in its widest sense. As a professional body, SAIGA represents a unique brand of professionals, the Registered Government Auditor (RGA) in the public sector and in academia.


The Public Sector Accountancy and Audit Academy (PSAAA) was established as a (Pty) Ltd under the Company’s Act 71 of 2008 , during the 2020 financial year. The Academy’s mandate is to offer training services through partnerships with other prominent training institutions of the SAIGA range of qualifications and embed its training activities within the public sector by identifying the relevant interventions aimed at strengthening the core competencies of the professionals working therein.

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