Thanks. I see even with SAIPA, you can get membership with 6 years verifiable experience instead of articles. That seems like a better option than working for an article salary, since the salary after articles for SAIPA members isn't that much either. That is if you can find employment without any sort of articles(and of course a better salary than articles salaries).Members of SAIBA can also act as accounting officer, which means they can also do independent reviews for sub-100 PIS companies. You dont necessarily need articles or a specific entry exam to join them. Refer to their website for registration requirements.
In my opinion CA salaries are the only ones that justifies working 3 years for an article salary.
Thanks for your help.