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Tuesday, 11 March 2008

Poor Accounting

Unfortunately these black students are learning Historical Cost Accounting which includes the stable measuring unit assumption.

They will most probably never be taught that the combination of inflation and the stable measuring unit assumption annually destroys hundreds of billions of Rand of the real value of constant real value non-monetary items never updated in the South African economy. This include the real value of all Retained Income of all SA companies (listed and unlisted) which they will never be allowed to update as long as South Africa is not experiencing hyperinflation.

Most of them will most probably not even know anything about the stable measuring unit assumption as it is hardly ever mentioned in accounting lectures in South Africa. I wonder if the term even appears at all in any accounting textbook in South Africa.

This is very sad since it is exactly the combination of inflation and the stable measuring unit assumption as applied by Zimbabwean accountants that destroyed the Zimbabwean economy over the last 20 years of high and hyperinflation in that country.

I can foresee that the very same accountants may in the future help to destroy the SA economy when they apply the stable measuring unit assumption in the companies where they will be working or whose accounts they will be auditing. Just like it is now happening in Zimbabwe.

If they are taught that the combination of inflation and the stable measuring unit assumption is destroying hundreds of billions of Rands in the real value of all constant real value non-monetary items never updated (eg. retained income) in the SA economy annually and that by revoking it they can stop this destruction, they may have the guts to do that and to save the SA economy from the disaster that is currently happening in Zimbabwe.

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