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UKZN/SAICA Development Camp Hones Future Chartered Accountants

2016/07/15 01:06:31 PM

Close to 200 school pupils received extra tuition in core mathematics and other subjects during a UKZN/ SA Institute of Charted Accountants (SAICA) Development Camp.


Development Camp participants.

Close to 200 school pupils received extra tuition in core mathematics and other subjects during a UKZN/ SA Institute of Charted Accountants (SAICA) Development Camp.

The week-long programme ended with a gala dinner where the pupils were addressed by a variety of speakers who highlighted their role in the transformation of the accounting profession.

The Acting Dean and Head of the School of Accounting, Economics and Finance, Dr Mabutho Sibanda, said the programme gave the youngsters a taste of what they could look forward to after joining UKZN next year. He added that transforming the accounting profession was the priority of the School.

Giving pupils a realistic view of the rewards and challenges involved in becoming a Chartered Accountant (CA), Auditor General South Africa’s Senior Manager and UKZN alumnus, Ms Amanda Zuma, shared some of her academic experiences.

‘Some years ago I was lucky enough to be part of this camp,’ said Zuma. ‘I completed my undergraduate and postgraduate degrees at UKZN always mindful that someone else could be occupying my space so I had to prove myself and qualified as a CA at the first try.

‘I am looking forward to welcoming you as your training officer because I am passionate about developing future CAs and by being here you have shown that you are ready to become a future leader.’

Learners Ms Sibabili Nsele of Ladysmith and Mr Thembelihle Mngadi of KwaMashu spoke about how the camp helped to not only enrich them educationally but also assisted them form new friendships and reinforced their passion to embark on the CA journey.

The keynote address was delivered by the Department of Education’s Senior Manager, Mr Sbusiso Kheswa, who spoke on the Department’s vision of delivering quality education.

‘The Department of Education is moving South Africa towards quality education. You must accept that the reason you are at school is to develop academically, culturally and socially. Being here will make you good leaders in the future so you need to understand your role.’

SAICA’s Mr Naeem Asvat encouraged pupils to continue striving for greatness and to be the best they could be.  He also thanked them for committing to the programme.

‘Years ago when this camp was launched, it was an opportunity for those who were struggling - it has grown to be much more than that.  Thank you so much for being part of our drive to shape responsible leaders,’ said Asvat.

Thandiwe Jumo


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