SA software alliance makes ‘cents’ for Africa’s financial sector

CQS Technology Holdings, one of South Africa’s leading software houses, has announced its partnership with, a global provider of secure audit confirmation services. Through this partnership, CQS will now offer the first-ever online audit confirmation solution to audit firms and financial institutions throughout Africa.
Africa's financial sector stands to benefit from new audit software. (Image: File)

Currently, financial institutions in South Africa respond manually to paper confirmation requests from auditors because it’s the only available option. Through this partnership, CQS will provide financial institutions a more efficient process for responding to these requests. Additionally, CQS will offer audit firms a more streamlined process as well.

The value to auditors is that automates the entire process from the initial request, validation, authorisation by the client as well as receiving the final confirmation from the bank. This saves tremendous time, and more importantly brings greater integrity to the process of validating the receivables, cash on hand and debt within financial statements. 

“As a company we are always trying to find solutions to improve efficiencies and processes for all our clients. As a technology provider to audit firms, it is astonishing how disruptive paper-based audit confirmations can be to an auditor’s workflow,” said Ashley Cohen, CEO of CQS.  “These paper and manual processes are inefficient not only for auditors, but for the banks and companies that respond to audit confirmation requests too.  We are pleased that made the whole process more efficient and secure, and are excited to now offer this solution to South African auditing firms as part of our partnership.”

“Growing our existing international footprint is extremely important to us because we have a significant number of auditors throughout the world who want to use globally instead of for only U.S.-based banks,” said Chris Schellhorn, President and CEO of  “To support our goal of expanding our solution globally, it’s important to have key strategic partners like CQS.  We look forward to working with them as we roll out in South Africa.” 

In addition to the CQS partnership, recently added new bank responders in Canada, Europe, the Middle East and Africa. They also signed a reseller agreement with Task Technology, a leading provider of auditing and financial reporting software to the professional accounting and corporate market in Australia, New Zealand and Papua New Guinea. 

Staff Writer