Prof Venter was a presenter at the recent Annual South African Accounting Association (SAAA) Conference which was co-organised by Old Mutual on 14 September 2020.

Her topic was on “The future of family businesses: The role and impact of family businesses – factors influencing their success, sustainability and failure”. More than 162 participants attended this session. Prof Venter emphasised the importance of African family businesses and that the “soft” issues and challenges are as important, if not more, as the “hard” issues, when providing services to family business clients.  She explained that because socio-emotional wealth preservation is important to families, it can lead to distinctive behaviours in family-owned businesses when compared to their non-family counterparts.