The King IV Code on Corporate Governance builds on the strengths of King III and is based on the same philosophical foundations, but there has also been a refining and re-enforcement of key concepts. King IV replaces King III in its entirety and the new Code is effective for financial years commencing from April 2017, although an immediate transmission to King IV is encouraged.
For those organisations who have mindfully applied King III, the transition should not be too onerous. As with King III, the application of the King IV Code is voluntary and is viewed as a “best practice” approach towards good governance. Various pieces of legislation, like the Companies Act, JSE Listing Requirements, the Public Finance Management Act and the Municipal Finance Management Act contain governance requirements that are mandatory to implement.
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