Big win for Walter Sisulu University’s Accounting Dept Head


WSU accounting department head Francis Kwahene’s enduring efforts to regain accreditation for the University’s BCom Accounting programme saw him walk away with a top prize from the country’s leading accountancy journal recently.

Kwahene outshone some of the country’s leading young chartered accountants to claim the academic prize in this year’s Accountancy SA’s Top 35-under-35 competition under the categories of entrepreneur, corporate and academia.

“Wow, words can’t describe how much of an honour it is to be given this accolade. I am excited and humbled at the same time. This recognition is testament to the hard work and dedication of the department,” said Kwahene.

Key to making the cut in the prestigious competition is a concerted effort and critical role in leadership, career achievements and corporate social investment initiatives – criterion thousands of entrants fell short adequately meeting.

Kwahene’s incredible efforts as HOD in championing the WSU/SAICA Reaccreditation Programme have catapulted the initiative to one of the University’s flagship programmes – achieving incredible feats since its commencement in 2012.

“We have made very good progress since the commencement of the project. We have managed to address many of the apparent gaps like staffing quality and shortages, curriculum development, assessments and student support that were identified when benchmarking our old qualification with that of accredited institutions,” he said.

WSU Acting Spokesman Thando Cezula said Kwahene’s efforts were testament to the incredible work being done by the University to achieve re-accreditation in the institution’s BCom Accounting Science programme.

He also highlighted the great significance such achievements have in creating a healthy appetite for success amongst the departmental staff, and the students.

“Mr Kwahene’s efforts epitomise the sort of character and dedication we should all aspire to emulate in order to take WSU forward. This award is a measure of the incredible work he continues to do for this University. Through these efforts, WSU will deliver on its mandate,” added Cezula.

Since Kwahene’s appointment as HOD in 2012, the SAICA reaccreditation programme has attracted an average of about 120 learners to the programme – all the while maintaining a 90% aggregate across all three levels since its commencement.

“I have always believed that education is the only sustainable way to change a person’s trajectory in life. By doing what we are doing here at WSU we are providing an opportunity for previously disadvantaged students to achieve their dreams and in doing so lifting their families above the poverty line,” said Kwahene.

His dogged determination over the past four years could soon bear the desired fruits – fulfilling his mandate.

“We have a preliminary visit in November 2014 from the accreditors. Based on the progress made thus far, it’s been decided that we will apply for accreditation in June 2015. We are silently confident that this application will be successful,” he concluded.