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Youth display leadership potential at Summit

Last Updated Aug 2013

Johannesburg, Monday, 2 August 2013 Nthabiseng Mutloane (23), originally from a village in rural Rustenburg called Ledig was declared a winner of the essay contest at the Student Leadership Summit held in Sandton on 2-3 August. She is currently a “Jo’burger living in Naledi, Soweto” and attended Laudium Secondary School in Pretoria. She is studying BCom Accounting at the University of Johannesburg and wants to become a chartered accountant [CA(SA)].

“In the next few years I hope to achieve the CA(SA) designation and a masters and/or PhD in taxation. I would also like to start my own business that I hope will improve the level of primary education in South Africa and eventually the rest of Africa,” says Mutloane.

Mpho Ntsudisang is from Etwatwa, a township in Benoni, Johannesburg. Ntsudisang was awarded second prize. This 20-year old young man attended Wordsworth High School in Benoni and is currently studying BCom Accounting Sciences at the University of Pretoria.

“I would like to be a professional that others admire and look up as a role model. I get my inspiration from my mother,” says Ntsudisang.

Third place went to Raesetja Gwangwa who is originally from Groblersdal in Limpopo province. This 22-year-old attended Hoerskool Ben Viljoen and decided to study towards becoming a chartered accountant at the University of Cape Town.

“Apart from pursuing my academic goals I would also like to be an influencer and change the lives of people for the better. I also want to uplift communities, especially my own back home in Limpopo,” says Gwangwa.

CA(SA) stream students at SAICA-accredited universities are invited to participate in an essay competition annually.  The best thought leadership essays are selected through a thorough assessment process and these students are invited to attend the Student Leadership Summit (SLS). 
On the first day, the students are put through a networking skills workshop. A networking event is held on the first evening of the summit, whereby the students have the opportunity to interact with business leaders from a variety of fields who hold a CA(SA) designation, reiterating the flexibility and opportunities offered by the designation. On the second day, the students are put through an intensive soft skills workshop.

Byron Riddle, Project Director at SAICA, is the chief organiser of the SLS in 2013.

Sage Pastel and Nedbank have been proud supporters of the SAICA Student Leadership Summit for a number of years. SAICA is extremely appreciative of the continued support that we receive from both organizations. Through this collaboration, we are able to continue growing our future CAs (SA) into the responsible leaders they will be one day,” says Riddle.

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Date: 2 August 2013
Time: 18h00 for 18h30
Venue: Nedbank Executive Dining Room; 135 Rivonia Road, Sandton

Sage Pastel sponsored the event. Steven Cohen, the MD of Sage Pastel delivered a talk.

About Steven Cohen:

Steven likes to classify himself as a chartered accountant by training, entrepreneur by nature and techie at heartSteve’s main interests include software and not only business software, but also video editing programs, music and chess. Playing guitar is a big passion of his and he’s a bit of a collector too. He doesn’t drive a car and has only used a motorcycle as his form of transport since 1997.

Steven is MD of Sage Pastel Accounting. Sage Pastel is South Africa’s leading developer of accounting and business management software for the small, medium and large enterprise market. Together with Ivan Epstein and Alan Osrin, Steve founded the company in 1988. The company has been through several incarnations to reach its current form. Originally Brilliant Software, it became Softline, was briefly part of Persetel, was listed on the JSE for six years and then bought by Sage plc, a FTSE 100 company, in 2003. Softline officially changed to Sage in February 2013 to align with its parent company Sage Group plc.

There are so many reasons why young people become attracted to accounting as a career choice. Entrepreneurs, businesses large and small, the public sector and institutions – they all need accurate financial information to prosper and grow. Every year I look forward to being part of the SAICA Student Leadership Summit – the standard of the submissions is always so high, but more importantly, I get to network and spend time with the future business leaders of our country.
Sage Pastel has enjoyed a longstanding relationship with SAICA and for over 25 years, we’ve supported the accounting fraternity by providing world class business management software to small, medium and large businesses. We look forward to the next 25 years of success!”

The guest speaker was Walter Marte.

About Walter Marte:

Walter was born in Bloemfontein and matriculated at Saint Andrew’s School in 1994.
He completed a Bachelor of Business Science degree majoring in Finance at the University of Cape Town in 1998 and followed this by completing a Post Graduate Diploma in Accounting.  Walter moved to Johannesburg to start his articles at KPMG in 2000 and qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 2003. He left KPMG soon after and spent two and half years providing management consulting services.
He joined Nedbank in 2005 heading up a team called Finance Analytics which was predominantly responsible for the Group’s planning process. In 2009 Walter was appointed as CFO for the Nedbank Wealth cluster and is currently still in this position.

“Youth development is vital for the future of any organisation and in particular for a leading financial services company like Nedbank. We as an organisation know the contributions and impact that qualifications and skills can make towards enabling the financial services industry to continue thriving, and our contributions towards education and skills development within the industry are driven by the need to make things happen, and create a pool of skilled and employable graduates to ensure the future sustainability of our communities, business and the economy.
In the last two decades Nedbank has partnered with a number of organisations and institutions to help equip graduates with the skills they require to enter the job market.”

Suresh Kana, a Board member of SAICA’s Thuthuka Bursary fund delivered a talk on behalf of SAICA.

About Suresh Kana

Suresh Kana is a vice chairman of the SAICA Board. He is the senior partner of PwC Africa and was deputy chair of the Independent Regulatory Board for Auditors. He is a member of the King
Committee on Governance in South Africa, the Financial Reporting Standards Council and the Integrated Reporting Committee of South Africa. He is also a trustee on the Board governing the Thuthuka Bursary Fund. In 1995 he was appointed as the South African representative on the International Audit &Assurance Standards Board where he served three three-year terms. Kana is also a trustee of the Constitutional Court Trust.

The pursuit and obtaining of a qualification, and in particular the CA(SA) designation, brings with it the inheritance of some measure of leadership of our nation. However large or small your share, as young leaders, you must do so with courage and determination. Accept the challenges and responsibilities that go with leadership. As a CA(SA), you will be well-placed to meaningfully contribute to and improve society. Whatever your passion to improve society is, let all those who gather around you see that passion shine and radiate your goodness, your intellect, your enthusiasm and, most of all, your integrity. Keep your own counsel and carry yourself with humble confidence. Whatever you do, use the talents you have to the full. Never compromise your beliefs and values, no matter what the temptation.”

The South African Institute of Chartered Accountants (SAICA), South Africa’s pre-eminent accountancy body, is widely recognised as one of the world’s leading accounting institutes. The Institute provides a wide range of support services to more than 30 000 members who are Chartered Accountants and hold positions as CEOs, MDs, board directors, business owners, chief financial officers, auditors and leaders in their spheres of business operation. Most of these members operate in commerce and industry, and play a significant role in the nation’s highly dynamic business sector and economic development.

SAICA serves the interests not only of the Chartered Accountancy profession, but also of society in general through its key objective of upholding professional standards and integrity. The pre-eminence of South African Chartered Accountants [CAs(SA)] nationally and internationally attests to the successes achieved by SAICA on a broad global canvas. SAICA’s members enjoy the privilege of using the highly regarded and prestigious CA(SA) designation. Members of SAICA are subjected to a Code of Professional Conduct, which provides guidelines for ethical and professional behaviour. Fundamental ethical principles to which CAs(SA) are expected to achieve include:

•             Integrity;
•             Objectivity;
•             Professional Competence and Due Care;
•             Confidentiality; and
•             Professional Behaviour.

SAICA members serve on international accounting bodies including; the Trustees of the International Financial Reporting (IFRS) Foundation, the International Accounting Standards Board (IASB), the IFRS Interpretations Committee, the IFRS Advisory Council and the Council of the International Federation of Accountants (IFAC). SAICA is also a member of The Global Accounting Alliance (GAA). 
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