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Meet KZN’s top aspirant accountants

Last Updated Jan 2019

Durban, Tuesday 22 January 2019 – Do academic support initiatives really help learners better their marks? Parents often ask this before agreeing to let their children take part in activities outside their hectic school curriculum.

For KZN’s top learners, the answer is a resounding ‘Yes!’.

Just ask Umlazi’s Amanda Dube (formerly from Siyabonga High School)and Ladysmith’s Andiswa Gwala (formerly from Ladysmith High School). Together, these learners achieved 13 matric distinctions in total and the titles of the “Top Accounting Learner in the Province” (Amanda Dube), and “Top Learner in the uThukela District” (Andiswa Gwala).

It takes hard work and determination to set yourself apart when you are one of a total of 187 337 learners in the province. But that is exactly what these two learners did.  Both participated in various academic interventions run by the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants (SAICA).

It is clear that some learners illustrate their maths and accounting prowess through the various academic initiatives that SAICA runs every year.

‘We are extremely proud of the achievement of these two matriculants,’ proclaims Robert Zwane, SAICA Senior Executive for National Projects. ‘We’re also delighted that both learners will taking their passion for accounting further when they start their BCom Accounting Science degrees at the University of Cape Town this year.’

Improving the quality of matric results: a critical mandate for SAICA

Improving the quality of matric passes in gateway subjects such as mathematics and physical science is of critical importance to professional organisations such as SAICA.  This is a result of the fact that the pool of learners who are academically capable of studying towards the country’s key professions of high demand (such as medicine, actuarial science, chartered accountancy, engineering and the sciences) is shrinking.

Results like those of Amanda Dube and Andiswa Gwala confirm the valuable contribution that SAICA and the profession is making in improving the quality of our country’s matric pass rates in key gateway subjects.

‘Through our Thuthuka Education Upliftment Fund (TEUF), SAICA invests countless hours and notable resources to organise and host annual academic initiatives such as its development camps, career fairs and our Accounting Olympiad,’ explains Zwane.

‘The team therefore eagerly awaits the matric results announcement every year, so that they can track “their” learners’ performance. It turns out that many of the country’s top learners are individuals whom SAICA had already honoured and recognised as top achievers in grades 11 and 12.’

He concludes: ‘Our TEUF initiatives provide the academic assistance that helps to produce better quality matric passes. These programmes also equip learners with the practical skills to help them prepare for life after matric. This is key part of our mandate to transform the demographics of the chartered accountancy profession to reflect the demographics of the country.’

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 46 000 members and associates who are chartered accountants [CAs(SA)], as well as associate general accountants [AGAs(SA)] and accounting technicians [ATs(SA)], who hold positions as CEOs, MDs, board directors, business owners, chief financial officers, auditors and leaders in every sphere of commerce and industry, and who play a significant role in the nation’s highly dynamic business sector and economic development.

About the Thuthuka Bursary Fund and Education Upliftment Project:
One of SAICA’s prime goals is to contribute towards strengthening the country’s economy by playing a significant and leading role in transformation and skills development. The Thuthuka Education Upliftment Project, a pioneering initiative to promote transformation in the profession, was launched in the Eastern Cape in 2002 and has grown into a national project.

Thuthuka’s objective is to transform the demographics of the profession to reflect those of the country in terms of race and gender, and provide educational support to African learners and students for the benefit of the profession, while simultaneously helping to uplift communities. Therefore, SAICA prides itself in leading the chartered accountancy profession as a socially responsible driver of business and skills development by supporting and encouraging enterprise development initiatives.

SAICA Media Contact
Ms Karin Jacobsen
Project Manager: Marketing and Communications (SAICA Nation Building Division)
Tel: ‪011 621 6913

Mr Kulani Chauke
Corporate Communications Co-Ordinator, Marketing & Communications (SAICA)
Tel: 011 479 0698