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Last Updated Tuesday, October 29, 2013 11:59:02 AM

 
TRAINING
 

Charmain Esterhuizen
Dries Marais 
Eileen Nicholson
Fungai Chitapi
Heinrich Joubert
Igor Hockey
Itumeleng Chikane
Loveness Msuku
Nicola Nichols
Rendani Muthelo
Riaz Dhai
Rorisang Lebethe
Ryan Thompson
Selna Paulsen

 

Charmain Esterhuizen

Who are you?
I started as a trainee accountant in 2007 after matriculating the previous year. Doing my studies part time and working full time has increased my focus on balancing academic and practical experience. I am an enthusiastic trainee with a healthy appetite for learning and advancing myself as I believe knowledge is power.

Region representing:
I am representing the central region.

Position/articles done at: 
Current position is a trainee accountant at Smit Kruger Chartered Accountants in Kroonstad and is currently in my fourth year of a five year training contract.

What does it mean to be an NTC member? 
To be a NTC member means that I am part of a team striving towards improving and developing professionals and assisting in further development of the profession to its absolute best. The future of the Profession starts with the training and development of the younger generation. I am proud to contribute my share to ensure a foundation for the CA’s of tomorrow.

Why did you decide to follow the CA (SA) route?
This is an elite and sought after title which will be advantageous in any financial career. Becoming a CA will also ensure that I am up to International Standards which sets one apart and broadens ones horizons.

Future plans with qualification:
There are many fields one can enter into after qualification and I have not yet committed myself to one as this qualification has a broad spectrum of possibilities. With qualification I know that I will be best equipped whatever field I should choose to enter. 

Lessons learnt thus far (from being part of NTC): 
The most important that I have learned, being part of this committee, is that there are many enthusiastic trainees looking to better the profession. This has made me realize that is of a trivial nature that we support this younger generation and encourage them to play an active part in the building and future of the profession. 

 

Dries Marais

Who are you?
I am 27, a third year trainee accountant at Shoprite/Checkers. I am also qualified as an Associated Chartered Management Accountant (ACMA) from CIMA. I love reading, working with people and enjoying the good things in life!  

Region representing:
Southern Region

Position/articles done at:
“Old TOPP” at Shoprite/Checkers in Cape Town

What does it mean to be an NTC member:
To be in the middle of all new developments effecting trainee accountants, is a HUGE responsibility and by airing my voice, I can, will and did make a difference!

Why did you decide to follow the CA (SA) route?
I wanted a qualification that is one of the most sought after in South Africa. To call yourself a CA(SA) is an honour and being one, you know what dedication it took to become one.

Future plans with qualification:
I want to become more involved in marketing the CA(SA) brand to South African youth to show that CA’s are making a difference in the world we live in. CA’s are not anymore the geeky shy persons sitting in an office loving only numbers; they are the movers and shakers of our world!

Lessons learnt thus far (from being part of NTC)
We have to choose to become players in the game we call life/career/education. Being part of the NTC, I become a player and not a spectator anymore.

 

Eileen Nicholson

Who are you?
I am 26 years old and have been lining in Pretoria for 11 years. I am studying at UNISA and I am in my second academic year. I am in the third year of a five year contract. My goal is to learn something new every day. Thus I have a very inquisitive personality and always like to find out more whether it is of relevance or not.

Region representing:
Northern Region

Position/articles done at:
Senior Clerk at The Ashton CA (SA) Group

What does it mean to be an NTC member:
I have an active input in sculpting the structure of the training program. I have a platform where I can voice issues that my fellow trainees have brought to my attention and find the solutions more effectively.

Why did you decide to follow, the CA (SA) route?
I did not know what I wanted to be when I left school. I started working at my friend’s dad’s practice. The love for auditing and the practice started and blossomed in to the burning passion that I have for it today.

Future plans with qualification:
Forensic auditor or a practice of my own.

Lessons learnt thus far (from being part of NTC)
“Every problem has a limited lifespan” and there is always a way to solve every problem with a beneficial outcome for all the parties involved. Being a trainee is a portion of your life you have to do and you might as well make the best of it and take the most out of it.

 

Fungai Chitapi

Region representing:
Southern Region

Position/articles done at:
2nd year trainee, Grant Thornton Cape Town (previously BDO Cape Town)

What does it mean to be an NTC member?
I hope to learn from SAICA and other trainees what our objectives should be as trainees and be able to implement tools that will facilitate all trainees to achieve the defined goals and the prestigious CA(SA) designation. Being a part of the National Trainee Committee has provided a platform for trainees to raise their concerns without feeling the intimidation of work management; client deadlines or office politics. It is also a platform for us to be a part of the decision making process at SAICA that affect us as trainees

Why did you decide to follow the CA (SA) route?
To be honest, I didn’t know much about CA (SA) when I took up accounting at university. I came from high school have done A ‘levels in Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry so branching out into Accounting, having never even heard of debit or credit was very daunting!  However, as I did my research on the CA profession and the high reputation and opportunities the CA (SA) brand offers, I was relieved and decided to push through with accounting. It has been tough atimes but I do not regret my decision.

Future plans with qualification:
As I am still in my second years of articles, I am still exploring and researching the possible career opportunities I could venture into post my articles. Having had the priviledge of being involved in audits of so many different types of clients and industries has opened my eyes up to the endless and exciting opportunities that we have as a CA (SA)’s. At the moment I am thinking of looking into medical and health care management opportunities. Health care is a serious issue in our continent and I would be interest in exploring that avenue more.

Lessons learnt thus far (from being part of NTC):
SAICA is passionate about the CA (SA) brand and their professionalism and excellence in everything they do has been a priviledge to experience and be a part of. They are committed to making the CA (SA) brand the undisputed global leader. I have learnt that there are so many resources available to us as trainees that we are not aware of and that we should make use of to enhance our training. As it is early days of being the NTC, we are still learning the ropes but each time we meet, we feel more confident in the role we can play in shaping our training.

 

Heinrich Joubert

Who are you?
I am an ambitious person who strives to be successful, but I believe that success can only be achieved through honest, hard work.  I am a perfectionist who wants things done the correct way.  I always want to help people in need, and sometimes I find myself in difficult situations, because I struggle to say no when people ask for my help.
I feel that you have to be balanced in your life to achieve success.  Therefore, after work I like to socialise with friends and enjoy watching movies.  I am also a provincial bowler (lawn bowls) and played badminton for the University of the Free State.

Region representing:
Central

Position/articles done at: 
Trainee Accountant in my third year of articles at PricewaterhouseCoopers Inc, Kimberley

What does it mean to be an NTC member?
First of all, being a member of the NTC is a huge privilege and I am thankful for the opportunity which SAICA gave to me.  I have gained so much experience whilst being on the NTC and learned about the inner workings of SAICA. Being a member of the NTC also brings about a lot of responsibility, because you are not representing yourself on the committee, but all the trainees of SAICA.  You also have a responsibility to be the “middleman” between SAICA and the trainees, so communication and integrity is very important. As a NTC member, I also get to have a say in important decisions made by SAICA, regarding training regulations and trainees.

Why did you decide to follow the CA (SA) route?
The CA (SA) route is one of the biggest measurements of success in the financial sector.  I always had a passion for accounting and the accounting profession. I also knew that the CA (SA) qualification brings along with it a lot of status and respect.

Future plans with qualification:
I strive to become a CEO or CFO at a large, successful firm.

Lessons learnt thus far (from being part of NTC)
I learned that SAICA is not just a quiet partner in my training contract, but they have knowledgeable and willing people who are there to help you get through your articles.
I am not the only Trainee Accountant of SAICA who has problems.  Whilst being part of the NTC, I learned that all trainee accountants struggle with almost the same problems. 

 

Igor Hockey

Who are you?
I completed my CTA at University of the Western Cape. I then relocated to Johannesburg to start with my articles. I am a 3rd year trainee doing my articles at Sasol Limited.

Region representing:
Central Region

Position/articles done at:
Sasol – Statutory Reporting

What does it mean to be an NTC member:
To be able to assist in voicing trainee’s problems and bottlenecks that occur during their articles. To act as a conduit for trainees to make their experience as a trainee better and the communication between SAICA and trainees more effective.

Why did you decide to follow the CA (SA) route?
Cause the route gives you a variety of choice in possible future careers.  It is also a sought after designation and it is not easily obtainable, only high caliber candidates make it to the end and obtain the designation.

Future plans with qualification:
To travel and work abroad for a few years. To start my own business as the skills and knowledge acquired would be invaluable when starting your own business. 

Lessons learnt thus far (from being part of NTC)
That trainees face similar problems/issues and that these issues could be done away with, with the assistance of the NTC.

 

Itumeleng Chikane

Who are you?
I am a young African lady in her mid twenties. I am soft spoken, adventurous and chilled out type of a person. I find enjoyment in travelling, cooking, playing my guitar and keeping myself informed.


Region representing:

Northern Region

Position/articles done at:
Second year trainees at KPMG (Polokwane)

What does it mean to be an NTC member?
Being a member of the NTC means to keep other trainees informed about what SAICA role is relating to their designations. It also means to make SAICA aware of the challenges and difficulties trainees are experiencing in the time spent with the different audit firms.

Why did you decide to follow the CA (SA) route?
Being a CA (SA) has always been my lifelong aspiration.

Future plans with qualification:
The next future president.lol

Lessons learnt thus far (from being part of NTC):
What I have learned from the NTC is that being informed is never a waste of time or energy. I am still learning to sacrifice my time so that other trainees can make informed decisions when it comes to getting the tickets required to get to the ultimate designation CA (SA).

 

Nicola Nichols

Who are you?
I have just completed my articles in July 2010 at the Auditor General of South Africa. I am currently preparing for my QE1 examination. I am fun loving self motivated individual who just has a zest for life.

Region representing:
Northern Region

Position/articles done at:
Assistant Manager:  Auditor General of South Africa

What does it mean to be an NTC member:
Being a trainee is hard work and sometimes is not pleasant but worth every experience and hurdle faced. I am committed in making a change to the profession by bridging the gap between SAICA and trainee auditors as well as assisting trainees with the issues that they might encounter.

Why did you decide to follow the CA (SA) route?
Being a CA (SA) is a prestigious designation recognized worldwide. I believe that the CA (SA) qualification will allow me access to opportunities that would not normally be available me. In addition, as a female, I believe that the demand is greater.

Future plans with qualification:
Once I have qualified I wish to gain experience in the commerce industry as I have completed my articles under a TIPP contract and after that who knows from there the sky is the limit.

Lessons learnt thus far (from being part of NTC):
What I have learnt thus far from being a member of the NTC is that trainees are not alone ,issues they are facing are most probably the same issues that your peers in another firm is going through. I have also learnt that SAICA only has trainees best interests at heart.

 

Loveness Msuku

Who are you?
This is a tough question…. Well I’m a lady  born in Malawi but grew up in Johannesburg. Studied at Wits  and UJ, I love playing basketball, cooking and spending time with my friends and family, I strive for the best in life at all times and I work hard.

Region representing:
Northern Region

Position/articles done at:
Currently, I’m on secondment in Swaziland as the Sappi Usutu Financial Controller, completing articles with Sappi

What does it mean to be an NTC member:
This opportunity has had a huge impact on my life so I would say it means a lot to me because I now have the opportunity to assist future trainees with the various problems they will encounter in training organizations, encourage trainees to make their mark in each organization, promote the CA qualification in the various schools and communities and lastly I’m using this as an excellent learning opportunity for myself.

Why did you decide to follow the CA (SA) route?
Actually my Accounting teacher in high school decided I should become a CA because i was very good in accounting and mathematics, he actually applied to wits on my behalf to study Bcom accounting, when I started the course I had no idea that the outcome of it would be so great! When I was in third year I had an opportunity to either graduate and not do my honours but I’m glad I did because I now realize what that choice was so important and I’m glad I continued to study and obtain the CTA.

Future plans with qualification:
I have applied to do masters in Tax at UJ so once that is done I will probably consider either doing CIMA or CFA

Lessons learnt thus far (from being part of NTC)
I have learnt how to listen effectively and give others a chance to speak. I have also learnt that problems are everywhere and we are all bound to experience the same thing in the work place and lastly you as a person have the power to make your career a success.

 

Mr. Rendani Muthelo, the prospective.....(you all know)

Who are you?
Age 23, Born in Makwarela, Limpopo (Venda), work - the National Treasury (Pretoria)
Training Contract is1 year & 9 months thus far.
Qualifications are a BcomFinAcc (UCT), PGDA (UCT)
Something personal? I love PS3 (although the games are a bit pricey) and love spending time with her.

What does it mean to be an NTC member?
It means that I can play my role in ensuring the profession remains relevant and highly respected (sustainable) in the professional arena, not only locally in SA but also globally by not only addressing the needs of its members but also those of its future members as well.

Why did you decide to follow the CA (SA) route?
Being a CA (SA) to me meant that I will have the opportunity to work in fast-pace changing and challenging environment, all the way from academics to the workplace. I also desire to be able to contribute to the economy on a more intelligent level and to me, the CA (SA) designation gives you access to such. Lastly the prestige that comes with the designation was and still is very attractive.

Lessons learnt thus far (from being part of NTC)
The fact that SAICA established a committee specifically for its future members reminded me that SAICA values its trainees as much as it does its members.

Future plans with qualification?
I would love to see more CA’s (SA) play an even greater role in the public sector in promoting greater accountability, governance and upholding the high ethical standards that form one of the pillars of this outstanding profession - at the same time technically meeting the challenges that comes along with the sector. In that I plan to continue working with the public sector in order to ensure that country is able to achieve its objectives of making ‘A better SA for all.

Contact Details
rmuthelo@gmail.com or rendani.muthelo@treasury.gov.za

 

Riaz Dhai

Who are you:
Chairman

Region representing:
Eastern

Position/articles done at:
Ernst & Young, 3rd year trainee

What does it mean to be an NTC member:
The whole purpose behind the Chartered Accounting qualification is to develop individuals into business leaders. This positions affords me a valuable opportunity of contributing towards this development process by ensuring that the voices of trainees are heard at the highest levels.

Why did you decide to follow the CA (SA) route?
A CA (SA) is a recognized business leader in all parts of the world. This is as a result of a combination of theoretical, technical and practical skills developed throughout the course of the process of qualification. In becoming a recognized business leader, one is able to add value in almost any field. This flexibility and the freedom to be involved in different roles in business attracted me to the profession.

Future plans with qualification:
I would like to spend more time developing myself after I qualify. While the CA qualification gives one a great developmental grounding, there are number of specialised technical and soft skills that can be developed after one qualifies.

Lessons learnt thus far (from being part of NTC)
The position has highlighted the level of diversity in the trainee body. Diversity in race, gender, firm size, location as well as skills set. This is a significant shift in the historic CA benchmark. To me, this means that the future generation of CA’s will be more broadly equipped to deal with the ever changing challenges the world faces.

 

Rorisang Lebethe

Who are you? 
I am a trainee accountant in the Unilever South-Africa (Durban).  I am an avid reader and also enjoy running and travelling to see new places and meeting new people.  I am passionate about my country and the community where I come from.  I am very dedicated to the youth development and hope to use platforms such as the NTC and SAICA to develop the youth in S.A.

Region representing:
Eastern region

Position/articles done at:
2nd Year , Unilever South Africa (Pty) Ltd

What does it mean to be an NTC member: 
Being a member of the NTC is an opportunity to represent the needs and concerns of fellow trainees across the country, and to also find ways of improving the experience of trainees during their articles.  Being a member of the NTC also offers an opportunity to engage with other decision making structures within SAICA

Why did you decide to follow the CA (SA) route?
Accountancy has always been my passion.  I was furthermore attracted to the profession by the multiple skills that CA’s posses, as well as the influence that CA professionals have in the corporate world.

Future plans with qualification:
I plan to use my qualification to influence the strategic direction of the business environment in which I will be involved.  I also hope to manage my own business some day, whereby I will be able to address some of the economic inequalities facing the economy.  Growing and preserving the CA profession will also be a priority for me, and I plan to do this by supporting and being involved with organizations such as SAICA.

Lessons learnt thus far (from being part of NTC)
Being a member of the NTC has made me more aware of the current state of trainees in the profession.  I am able to engage with individuals who are focused on getting in touch with trainees and addressing their needs.  Being in the NTC gave me an opportunity to be a member of the CA Charter Council of S.A, which allows me to positively influence change in the future of the profession.  These are two platforms which also gives me access to engage with successful individuals who are already making a significant impact in the profession.

 


Ryan Thompson

Who are you?
Eastern Region Trainee Committee Chairman as well as Pietermaritzburg Accounting Student Society Chairman and a keen bass fisherman

Region representing:
Proudly Eastern Region

Position/articles done at:
Warmingtons Inc – Audit supervisor

What does it mean to be an NTC member:
Being a NTC member gives you and fellow trainees a voice to make a difference in your career path to becoming a CA (SA).

Why did you decide to follow the CA (SA) route?
If you want to set yourself apart from the normal financial public and have a mark of excellence behind your name becoming a CA (SA) is the natural choice.

Future plans with qualification:
I wish to use the knowledge gained in becoming a CA(SA) to further my company in to becoming a national leader  in its industry for global exports, imports and distribution.

Lessons learnt thus far (from being part of NTC)
There are many trainees in the same situations that you find yourself in daily. Your voice will be heard!

 

Selna Paulsen

Who are you?                   
27 Year old Afrikaans girl who got married this year. Currently living in Paarl and enjoying Cape Town- living very much.

Region representing:      
Southern Region

Position/articles done at:
APBCO Auditors, 3rd year        

What does it mean to be an NTC member:
You are given the opportunity to influence SAICA’s attitude towards trainees and visa versa. You can give input on how trainees feel regarding issues effecting them.  You are  kept up to date with all SAICA developments and is then in a better position to help friends, colleagues and other trainees. All in all – you are there to better the communication between SAICA and its trainees.

Why did you decide to follow the CA (SA) route?
Working with numbers comes naturally to me and I function well an environment where things are structured and there are certain rules to comply with. The CA(SA) designation  automatically creates an impression  that you are driven, are willing to work hard and have a lot of ambition. I like that.

Future plans with qualification:
I’m planning on working in the UK soon after my qualification as a CA, but I hope to return to SA after 2-3 years. I would like to go back into audit when I return, but the sky’s the limit…

Lessons learnt thus far (from being part of NTC)
The  most basic tasks becomes a little more complicated in a huge organization like SAICA, especially when you’re a membership body that only works to serve its members. I learned  more respect for people who do the hard work behind the scenes. I also learned that it is much easier to make decisions and help others when you are informed yourself. It pays to make sure you are up to speed with the world around you!

 
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