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COMPUTUS MANAGEMENT BUREAU, CC started on 1 September 1991 as a bureau service in the Eastern Free State to initially do the financial record keeping for farmers from a agricultural economic viewpoint During 2001 COMPUTUS obtained membership of  SAIPA (South African Institute of Professional Accountants) and extended its services to businesses other than farming enterprises. Since 2005, COMPUTUS gradually got involved as expert advisors in disputes with an agricultural economic nature and formally added forensic accounting expertise to its services since the beginning of 2008. COMPUTUS currently possesses of the formal qualifications and membership to act as professional financial accountants, forensic accountants and agricultural economists. This is supported by practical experience in the area of financial record keeping, forensic investigations into disputes and advice regarding farm management.

In the course of more than two decades, COMPUTUS distinguished itself by adding valuable managerial information to its record keeping function with the capacity to investigate disputes in a forensic manner. These services are not only utilised by farmers and businesses but also by bigger organisations for decision making.

COMPUTUS gained credibility by emphasising the importance of supplying timely and accurate information. The rates are affordable and the products and services stood the test of time.

Dr Philip Theunissen

Dr. Philip Theunissen matriculated at Wolmaransstad High School in 1976 and after his military service obtained a B Comm. degree at the North West University. He started his career in 1983 as an economist with the South African Agricultural Union (now Agri-SA) but was appointed as agricultural economist at Free State Co-operative four years later. After that he was also financial manager at a farming company in Paarl before he started his own accounting practise in 1991 in Bethlehem.

He was a part time tutor for Technicon SA for a subject involving computer software for farm management and was a part time lector in Business Management at a technical college. He was also involved in the development of correspondence courses for farmers regarding financial recordkeeping, tax and marketing.

Apart from doing the full financial record keeping for farmers in his practise, he also covers succession planning, farm management, machinery management, enterprise budgeting, cash flow analysis and agriculture economical comparisons as part of his regular consultations.

His involvement in agricultural economics is also reflected in his post graduate study fields with a honours dissertation titled "Issues in the financing of first time farmers", a masters dessertation titled "The efficiency of agricultural co-operatives in South Africa as suppliers of production finance to farmers " and a doctoral thesis titled "Financial norms for mixed farming enterprises in the Eastern Free State".

During his career he was also involved in several disputes between farmers and suppliers as well as disputes amongst farmers. When the opportunity arises in 2005, he enrolled as part of the first group of students for the post graduate masters degree in forensic accounting at the North West University.

He is a free lance journalist en was involved in several columns in almost every agricultural publication in South Africa. In 1993, he was appointed as the South African journalist of the year and in 2001 his article: "When must a farmer quit?" was appointed as best article for the year in SA Grain. He acted as invited speaker at several agricultural functions and participates regularly in radio and television programmes regarding agricultural matters.

His other interests are travelling, camping, hiking and mountain biking. He is also a cricket umpire and serves on the Free State panel of umpires. He farms part time with sheep and fallow deer.

Marlize Theunissen

Marlize Theunissen matriculated in 1978 at the High School Kempton Park and obtained a B Mus-degree at the Potchefstroom University afterwards. She also completed a Higher Education Diploma at the University of Pretoria before starting her career as a teacher in 1984. She resigned from formal education to follow a career as private musical teaching until 1995 when she starts presenting distance education courses for farmers about financial record keeping, taxation and marketing. She completed a Certificate Course for Distance Education at UNISA’s Institute for Continuing Education in 1997 while enrolling for the National Diploma in Financial Accounting at Technicon SA at the same time. She obtained the latter in 1999 and after completion of the practical requirements she registered in 2004 as a professional accountant with the Institute of Administration and Commerce and joined COMPUTUS as a full partner.

Apart from the total accounting function COMPUTUS provides for farmers and businesses, the entire office administration and management of the practise is also her responsibility.

Her interests are travel, camping, hiking and music.


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