Gobodo Spurs On WSU Accounting Students To Rebuild Country

APRIL 18, 2015

Nonkululeko Gobodo, chairperson of South Africa’s largest black-owned auditing and accounting firm, SizweNtsalubaGobodo, said South Africa needs to usher in a new socio-economic landscape led by young black African minds.

Gobodo, a WSU alumnus and the country’s first black female chartered accountant (CA), challenged the University’s accounting students to pursue this transformation agenda through an inspired academic ethos in her address at the University’s annual SAICA re-accreditation/Thuthuka Fund Academic Awards.

“Our people have danced in the periphery of our own economic landscape long enough – it’s time we took our rightful place as the heartbeat of this country’s economic activities. If we’re to change the face and shade of this country’s predominantly white chartered accountancy sector, we have to start here (at University), with a dream, and lots and lots of hard work.” she said.

WSU’S Zamakulungisa Site in Mthatha was a hub of excitement on Wednesday night 17 April as about 300 dignitaries, including executive management, staff, high school principals and students came out to witness the presentation of 70 academic awards to students for their outstanding academic endeavours for 2014. 

Gobodo heaped praise on SAICA’s transformational wing, the Thuthuka Fund, which has provided 400 bursaries to WSU students from rural and previously disadvantaged backgrounds since the inception of the re-accreditation programme in 2012.

WSU Interim Vice-Chancellor and Principal Prof Khaya Mfenyana said the programme has comfortably established its place as the one of the University’s flagship programmes right alongside perennial over-achievers, the health sciences faculty.

“Through the fantastic work being done in this department by all concerned, we envision a day not too far in the distant future where we achieve full re-accreditation from SAICA. The road to that realization has already been laid,” said Mfenyana.

Mfenyana pronounced that the University has ambitions of achieving this feat by mid-2016.

Key to its successes has been the programme’s ability to lure young, passion-fuelled and ambitious CA’s from all corners of the country through a rigorous recruitment process, which saw 12 CA’s settling in Mthatha.

Ngqamakwe-born Akona Babana, who left a cushy job as a CA to pursue her passion for academia, was one such young professional roped in by the University in December 2013.

“The last year-and-a-half has been the happiest and most fulfilling period in my professional career. To see the will and drive of these students to realize their dreams of one day becoming CAs, in spite of their socio-economic situations, has validated my decision to come into teaching. Skills development through imparting knowledge has to be the most purposeful things I’ve done in my life,” said Babana.